- By Leena Sanzgiri –
Emma Hill has come into her own as a member of the roster of female British designers that the fashion world refers to on a first-name basis (Stella, Phoebe, Hannah, and Sarah being the others, of course). This dynamic set of powerhouse créatrices has long distinguished itself from male couturier counterparts by maintaining consistent clarity in intuiting and communicating what the young cool girls of today want. Where Hill has delightfully intrigued us since assuming the role of Creative Director of Mulberry in 2008 is in transitioning from the woman who principally dictated what handbag the cool girls will be carrying to additionally determining what the cool girls will be wearing—no small feat, considering that the Mulberry label has traditionally remained accessories-focused.
For Fall 2012, Hill’s vision for what this young girl will wear was inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. The overall mandatory look was clear: slouchy, comfy outerwear worn with skirt, top, handbag, and lace-up platform (an admittedly elementary summation that belies the great workmanship and evident luxury of each piece). Hill presented a show that managed to make fur effortlessly urban, decidedly youthful, and—dare we use the word again?—achingly cool. Jackets done in a graffiti-like print were lined with rabbit fur on the inside and along hoods, and were also presented in the reverse as full-fur outerwear with playfully colorful lining. Skirts remained just above or at the knee in varying textures and combinations of knit, lace, satin, beading, and leather. The chevron print accented the collection throughout, most notably in the chunky knit scarves worn chicly wrapped around the neck and secured across the body with skinny, studded belts.
Not surprisingly, Hill also let us know what the cool girls will be carrying: the Del Ray bag. Available in classic Mulberry colors, the bag was seen on the runway in higher-end crocodile and snakeskin versions. Definitely cool—and perhaps even more so, undeniably hot.