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Mulberry's irreverently modern look

Feb 12. 2020
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By The Nation

Confidence and irreverent creativity define both the state of mind and the wardrobe of the Mulberry women. The SS20 collection sees perennial staples reimagined through a 1980s lens, integrating the decade’s vibrant subcultures and signature extravagance while channelling the brand’s contemporary, urban functionality.

Heritage prints are updated with a graphic polish that reframes their usual associations. The key pattern, a classic tartan, is emblazoned across structured yet easy silhouettes from biker-inspired outerwear to a reinvented kilt. Ornate florals, meanwhile, embody modern-day femininity across masculine tailoring. Embroidered on layers of frothy tulle, they represent a youthful romance that is carefree and raucous.

The colour palette sees Mulberry’s classic British navies, oaks and oxblood reinvigorated with porcelain blue, scarlet and flashes of firefly yellow. Applied in alternate blocks, the colours also become a motif: contrasting seams are used to delineate the body and highlight the garment’s construction.

Three new bag silhouettes play with the signature Postman’s Lock hardware and emphasise its timeless versatility. The Darley Shoulder Bag is a chic chain-strap bag, the Belted Bayswater is a ladylike deconstruction of the original icon and the compact Belted Bayswater Satchel presents a youthful crossbody option. 

The Iris continues as a key style for SS20 and joins a range of bag families that receive retro texture updates from quilting and printed leathers to stud applications. Matte Croc Print leather, a Mulberry signature, returns to bring a seductive touch to silhouettes from the latest Keeley and Millie to the much-loved Amberley and Bayswater.

The eyewear introduces eight frames across three families: unisex variations on the metallic pilot sunglasses, bright pops of colours across butterfly acetate shapes and retro square frames that play with scale. 

“This collection is intrinsically Mulberry: graphic, dynamic and inspired by iconic British muses with a free spirit. It’s a collection of statement pieces that can align with the mood of any day or moment. The bags, shoes and jewellery are highlights of the silhouette, sometimes complementing, sometimes clashing, always emphasising,” said Johnny Coca, creative director.

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