London Fashion Week So Far: Mulberry, Burberry and Lots of Star Power
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While those of us in our east coast office are still recovering from New York Fashion Week, our British counterparts are busy stylespotting all over London for — you guessed it — London Fashion Week. Here, read up on the latest from the chic shows and star-packed front rows:
Mulberry celebrated another “monster” hit when its latest collection showed at London’s Claridges on Sunday morning. Greeting front row attendees such as Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Olivia Palermo were two giant yeti creatures standing guard over the catwalk — and guests’ seats were covered in shaggy goat hide, too.
Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book Where The Wild Things Are (with English boarding school references tossed in), the collection was a mix of delicate lace and printed dresses teamed with chunky Mongolian fur jackets and shaggy gilets. Models were sporting the latest Mulberry bag, the Del Rey, named after singer Lana Del Rey, who sat front row with her white ostrich leather bespoke edition (and performed at a private dinner later that evening). The show closed playfully with The Muppet Show theme song.
Though stars like Palermo are fashion week veterans, actress Olsen confessed to being a newbie. “This is my first Mulberry show and my second fashion show ever,” she told PEOPLE beforehand. “I have no real reason to go to them. But I’ve heard Mulberry is quirky and fun so this is really exciting!”
Enjoying some time off in London before she starts shooting an independent film in March, Olsen, wearing a Mulberry bow-tie blouse, toted her favorite bag, the black “Evelina.” “I’m obsessed with [it],” she shared. “I’ve only had it a few months but it’s been everywhere with me since.”
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The Burberry Prorsum show always offers a fresh take on quintessential British fashion, and designer Christopher Bailey’s latest offering in Kensington Gardens on Monday afternoon was no exception.
As Kate Bosworth mingled with Mario Testino and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, will.i.am slipped in next to Alexa Chung, taking in Bailey’s parade of sophisticated velvet coats in burgundy-wine red and fawn. There were also khaki country-style parkas featuring oversize pockets, and quirky elements like sequined owl motifs on jumpers, duck-head handbag clasps and wolf-shaped belt buckles.
Bosworth modeled one such owl top teamed with a tweed pencil skirt. Her go-to Burberry item? “Of course, the coats,” she told PEOPLE. “I’m always a little more on the classical side but this top is playful,” she added, referencing her shirt.
will.i.am, wearing a Burberry trench coat and clutching a studded tablet holder by the brand, raved about everything. “It was beautiful. I wanted to just trip the models and take it all,” he told PEOPLE jokingly. And Chung lauded Bailey, saying, “It just never ceases to amaze me how he comes up with a new twist on a classic design every time.”
As the finale began to a crack of thunder, simulated rainwater fell onto the outside of the marquee as confetti rained down inside and models took to the catwalk with umbrellas in hand. Looking up to the ceiling, will.i.am was obviously impressed, exclaiming, “That was fresh!”