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Following Emma Hill’s departure from the house earlier this year, Mulberry has announced that it will not be sending its Fall ’14 collection down the catwalk during London Fashion Week in February. The British brand told WWD that it has “not finalized its creative director search,” and that it will still participate in LFW, on a smaller scale. Word on the street is that Mary Katrantzou, Roland Mouret, Erdem Moralioglu, and Sophie Hulme—whose handbags have generated quite a buzz among editors and consumers alike—are all potentially up for the gig.
Emma Hill, the British designer responsible for the ever-popular Alexa bag, will be parting ways with Mulberry. According to WWD, Hill, who had served as the label’s creative director since 2008, reportedly made the break because of creative and operational differences with management. Having formerly designed handbags for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, Hill did a great deal to build up the Mulberry label, focusing on accessories, English heritage, and clothes that catered to a sophisticated brand of whimsy. (And, of course, who could forget those little dogs she’s become so fond of using in her runway shows?) Due to the fact that her departure comes while Coach is on the prowl for Reed Krakoff’s replacement, the rumor mill suggests that Hill might be up for the job—there’s also speculation that the likes of Clare Waight Keller, 2013 CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Phillip Lim, and the already very busy Marc Jacobs, among others, are being considered for the position. Hill’s official Mulberry end date is still undetermined, but she has already wrapped up the Spring ’14 collection, which will show in London on September 15.
Forty isn’t exactly a grand old age for a British heritage brand like Mulberry (by comparison, Burberry is 155), but in the words of creative director Emma Hill, “We have a lot to say!” Kicking off the 40th birthday celebrations is Mulberry ($90, available at Mulberry boutiques), a 480-page coffee-table book three years in the making. The tome features fly-on-the-wall photography by regular brand collaborator Venetia Dearden, shot everywhere from a campaign shoot with Tim Walker to an after-party with Alexa Chung. Looks inside the Somerset, England, factory jostle next to images of brand execs trying to fit a giant helium balloon in the shape of a Bayswater bag into a London cab. “We’re warts and all,” Hill explains, “and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. It’s nice that we could have pictures of our front-row celebrities but also silly ones of us having snowball fights.” The birthday celebrations will continue through the year, and the infamous helium Bayswater will make appearances at parties in London and New York, where a new Spring Street store is set to open. Hill hints that the new space will feature a special new piece exclusive to New York.
A packed schedule like hers requires the occasional break, like Hill’s recent trip to Cornwall for the Royal Wedding weekend. “We had a lawn party with lots of Union Jack bunting and cucumber sandwiches and scones and Victoria sponge cake and flag waving,” she said. As for the new Duchess, “She looked amazing, I thought she handled herself incredibly and was so poised.” First the Alexa; next, perhaps, the Catherine?