With a foundation of British style infused with punk eccentricity and a wide colour palette, the Mulberry AW19 collection presents an array of menswear-inspired staples that will uphold for seasons to come.

Creative director Johnny Coca sought inspiration from British heritage and culture to create a contemporary selection of outerwear, ready to wear, and accessories that project femininity without being outright girly. This is practical for the everyday woman, who we see needs a certain level of transferability in her outfits; whether it’s season to season or day to night.

“I’ve enjoyed playing with the eccentric, but this season, my focus was simple: to create building blocks for a modern British wardrobe. Pieces which reflect both who woman are and who they want to be.” Coca said in a statement.

The clothes showcased impeccable tailoring, focusing on clean lines and complementary silhouettes. Featured trends were plaids and tartans, eyelets, and shimmering sequins. There was also a striking colour scheme, built upon the foundational British style shades of navy, oxblood and oak, and offset by bright blues, soft pinks, and statements of scarlet. At the heart of the collection was checks, a homage to the brand’s Brit heritage, and a pattern that spans all facets of its culture, from youth punk rebellion to royal dress. Another impressive textile is the layered silkscreen print seen on the pleated dresses, giving the illusion of movement and richness in a sophisticated form.

The footwear options built upon the previous offerings, reinvisioned in vibrant colours with contrasting metals or with snakeskin and glossy black. The classic pump and loafer have been modernized for full-day wearability, so you can walk right out of the office and hit the town without a second thought.

This season, mulberry has introduced their first rendition of the sneaker, hopping on the trend of luxury causality that we’ve seen from big-name ateliers such as Balenciaga and Chanel. It’s sleek, albeit a little chunky for that dad-sneaker-but-make-it-fashion vibe. There are three variations, all unisex.

FW19 also brings three new bag families. The Keeley is a satchel, offered in three different variations and includes a detachable metal chain that can be worn around the wrist. The Millie is a hybrid tote and bucket bag, offered in luxe leathers and a beautiful colour range. The Iris debuts as a relaxed take on a classic silhouette and adorns new hardware, known as the keystone lock.

As a brand infamous for its bags, the new additions are sure to be a success. The Keeley, in particular, is poised to be a hit. Offered in numerous colour combinations, as well as a structured and relaxed variation, the satchel is meant to enhance your look without dictating it for you. The bag is versatile for all occasions, outfits, and owners.

“History should be built upon, but not repeated,” says Coca. “Referencing the past provides people with a sense of security, but using what has come before to create something new keeps them intrigued. My goal is to find the perfect balance.”  

 

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