There was an air of anticipation this morning as fashion spectators piled into Claridge’s for today’s Mulberry show, Emma Hill’s final collection for the house (she officially leaves her post as creative director tomorrow).
Her exit might be tinged with sadness, remember it was Hill who catapulted the British bag maker into an international brand – launching ready-to-wear too – and all delivered with equal measures of wit and gloss, but if she was feeling a little mournful of her departure there was no sign of it here.
The floor was laid in astro turf popping with daisies. At the entrance, a stately urn filled with foxgloves and other fresh flowers, and a painted mural that depicted a lush garden scene with a passing-by peacocks. Inside, ivy and roses climbed the walls and white doves perched. It was as though we were here to celebrate a wedding, not a swan song.