Right up our street: Johnny Coca magics up velvet coats, floral race day suits and equestrian-inspired bags
TEXT Susanne Madsen
Ever since Johnny Coca took over the reins at Mulberry, the house has been going from strength to strength in nailing its quintessentially British and tongue-in-cheek take on tradition and heritage. It’s not just the horsey nods that have got us all giddy, from equestrian-inspired bags to quilted blanket coats and tweeds: what Mulberry does so well is eccentricity – that most British of all virtues.
This really came to the fore when we walked in to the AW18 presentation last week in Paris, where woollen suits and cocktail rings worn as earrings mingled with day-glo seventies granny prints and boudoir mules. “A mix of the aristocratic woman and the rebel,” Johnny Coca explained, adding that the colour palette was really quite HM Queen Elizabeth II. “The Queen, in a way, is always modern. The way she wears colours,” Coca mused, and we couldn’t agree more.
It was all very jolly, a bit bonkers and terribly chic. Here are five things we were very tempted to accidentally bring home on the Eurostar:
The Harlow satchel with a pearl lock
The ring part of Mulberry’s signature Rider’s Lock makes for a very sexy hardware detail on the double v-flap Harlow. If only snaffle bit rings could come with pearls in real horsey life, too.
Noel Stewart’s floral visors
Following his blockbuster collaboration with Mulberry for SS18, Noel Stewart dreamt up these mega visors, which would be rather splendid for the end of year racing calendar in warmer climates. Neo-nostalgia perfection.
The large Wilton tote
Mulberry’s new shopper is quite dreamy, no? The Wilton’s elegant lines and craftsmanship draws on saddlery references and will hold everything but the kitchen sink.
This suit as an alternative to the race day dress
How to do Ascot, the modern way. Would also make a very nice suit for a day of watching hot polo players whack balls at each other.
This coral velvet coat
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you reimagine an old-school cape-shouldered riding coat. We’ll take the marabou-trimmed socks too, please.