Mulberry Spring 2013
It's hard not to call a collection inspired by ice pops sweet, and Emma Hill's Spring 2013 offering for Mulberry — what with its buttery leather, pastel-colored garments, and floral prints — definitely fits that sugary description. br> The flowers helped tie the collection to another source of inspiration: an English country garden. The entrance to Hill's runway show on Tuesday was filled with garden gnomes and AstroTurf to reflect that feeling. br> But the clothes themselves weren't what you'd call delicate. There was a strength in a number of leather pieces (even if they had flower-shaped metal buttons) and a definite toughness to the tweed biker jackets that came down the runway. And for all their flora, the '60s- and '70s-inspired suiting and dresses packed a bold visual appeal that wallflowers might shy away from. How else could they handle being walked down the runway with a couple of happy standard poodles?