Laura Jackson sure knows how to cheer up a grey February afternoon. On the first day of London Fashion Week, she attended Mulberry’s spring-summer 2018 show at St James’ Palace wearing lemon sherbet power tailoring. Dare we say, it was the prettiest power suit we ever did see.
Looking anything but corporate, Laura pulled a fast one on us. For the Mulberry catwalk was awash with ruffles, flares, party dresses and double-breasted tailoring. From a quick glance, it looked like Jackson’s two-piece might have been a preview of the British label’s SS18 collection when in fact she’d personally sourced it at Zara no less. Once again, this high street favourite pulls the trump card.
She paired her corduroy suiting with a Delft pattern shirt, which was actually from Mulberry’s SS18 collection. Upon her feet, she wore square toe black ankle boots because it’s still very much winter in England and the fear of rain is never very far away. Her hair was casually fluffed and centre-parted, while her pearl drop earrings, from Denmark’s Anni Lu, solidified the message that she means business.
From the front row, Jackson watched Johnny Coca’s Mulberry celebrate archetypes of Englishness - Edwardiana, Ascot Ladies’ Day, garden parties and tea-drinking. The collection, which was available to buy as soon as the show finished, was a romantic exploration of the upper-class. The shapes were loose and a leaned on the seventies: Tops and dresses with snug fits recalled Rudi Gernich's monokini and a triumphant tiered sequin dress was ready for a trip to Studio 54. All the while, the taffeta cocktail dresses with their bundles of ruffles and drop-waists hinted at the 1920s. Silk-wrapped hats by Noel Stewart, eccentric Bijoux earrings and leather-ruffled handbags finished the look.