Trousers are the new tights, according to Mulberry creative director Emma Hill, as her AW13 collection clearly reflected with skater skirts and tunic dresses worn over cropped and wide-leg styles in honour of the way they wore it in the Nineties.
Pleated glossy leather skirts and cape coats, trim grey poodles (no really), checks and autumnal florals that were almost paisley and rich in the British heritage of the brand took turns identifying the look of the collection. Coats of brown and green tweed plaid accented by straightened sheepskin at the collars were styled with hair tucked in for safekeeping. Sleeves billowed out into soft shapely curves and the colour palette reflected the hues of the season with oxblood reds, forest green and maroon turning each ensemble into something rich and solid.
It was grown up and sophisticated though Hill’s choice of textures and prints allowed for an element of fun with the suggestion that mature dressing need not come only in a constrictive package, rather one that has a little room for imagination…