After the excitement of Friday & Saturday, day 3 just felt a bit flat. There was a buzz around the anticipation of the Mulberry show and Topshop unique but because they were off-site shows there wasn’t much atmosphere at Somerset House. In hindsight I should have gone to the venues of those shows to get some Street Style shots but ah well. I only stayed at Somerset House for about an hour then headed home. By day 3 I was lagging a bit and needed just a bit of rest so that I could go full throttle for the last 2 days.
Watch the Mulberry Show below. It really was a beautiful collection and completely fitting for a spring/summer season, florals, elegant simple lines, cute dresses, pastels…what more could you want in an english country garden. Sadly this was also Emma Hill’s (No not me…I wish!) last collection at the brand so watch out for the new ‘IT’ bag (The ‘Kensal’) she designed as a parting gift!
Don’t you just love Turbo, the newest Mulberry pooch to strut down the catwalk. I think he’s a darn sight more British that the ponsy poodle they used back in February! Doesn’t he just rock those florals! I showed this to Bean, but he wasn’t so sure, he seemed to think that Turbo might be a bit of a ponse, I simply replied (in dog speak obvs!) ‘He’s just comfortable with his sexuality’.
|Turbo in action on the runway
Pictures courtesy of Style.com
|Mulberry posted this pic of Turbo on their social Media sites, my heart melts! And so the craze for a British Bulldog begins!|
Right now on to the second highlight of the day, Topshop Unique. I must say ‘gutted’ is not even close to how I felt when I didn’t get an invite to this show (maybe next season)! This was really one of the shows that I was dying to see. Their show space was a rather other-worldly looking construction set in the gorgeous Regents Park. There was a wooden planked walkway over the grass to the space itself, after all grass and Louboutins just don’t mix! Inside there were rows of crisp white gloss benches, a stark contrast against the green grass setting around them. Watch the video (courtesy of Topshop) below to see the whole collection, and watch out for Cara giving Jourdan Dunn a Low Five on the runway, I just love the Britishness of it all! Oh and I NEED that white backless jumpsuit in my life….like, now!
Obviously other designers showcased their SS14 collections on day 3 but I have focused on these two because they are prime examples of pure British talent, and something that I certainly feel proud to talk about. They are both successful (not to mention highly sought after) brands which maintain their British roots, and for that, you can’t help but adore them! This is where we see the true power of British design and style.