London Fashion Week Roundup: Burberry Prorsum vs. Mulberry
London Fashion Week was a mixed bag (no pun intended), especially when it came to the two most indelibly British brands around: Burberry Prorsum, representing the old guard reinvented, and Mulberry, the fresh, young house aiming to cement its role as classic luxury label. Some from each was really solid and stimulating; other bags left much to be desired. Here, my roundup of the fierce and the frumpy:
Burberry Prorsum: Their slim portfolio bag introduced an interesting use of patchwork. Pared down yet colorful, there was a surprising lack of the hardware the brand is known for, and an unexpected kaleidoscope vibe.
Mulberry: They upgraded their trademarks, like the Alexa, with a fun zig-zag motif, bold color on the trompe l’oeil (love!) and showed a vivacious use of white and an invigorating way with color. Python-embossed leather and satiny pony-hair invite you to spice up your fall wardrobe with a bold pumpkin-hued bag.
Burberry Prorsum: It’s not that this tote is necessarily bad – it’s just completely boring. Brown-on-brown suede stripes don’t exactly spark a fire. I’m waiting for this bag to grow on me, but I might just lose interest and forget all about it.
As for this crazy, quilted number, I have no idea what is going on here. It looks like a whole lot: Chanel meets Marc meets the English countryside meets a doorknocker…all gone awry.
Mulberry: The much-hyped Del Rey bag is a complete snooze-fest. Sure the clean duffel makes for a timeless shape, but it lacks personality. Especially for a bag named after such a controversial young star. They need to jazz it up and then get back to me.