The equestrian look is back in the saddle
Several designers turned dressage into dress-up this season, taking riding staples like blazers, jodhpurs, boots and horsebits from the stable to the runway. Mulberry’s creative director Johnny Coca went all in, showing fitted checked blazers and dramatic capes straight out of the riding ring, knee-high boots, and most notably the Amberley, a new range of sturdy top-handle bags born out of a modern exploration of Mulberry’s heritage and classic British style. The bags are made from fine saddlery leathers, graphic snakeskin and crocodile leather in five different silhouettes, all featuring equestrian-tinged stitching, quilting details and Mulberry’s new signature hardware, the Rider’s Lock, a slender metal clasp reminiscent of horsebits and bridles.
Stella McCartney’s lifelong love of equestrianism served as inspiration for quilted barn jackets, plaid sweaters and prints of wild horses taken from a motif by 18th-century English painter George Stubbs. It was crisp, classic and commandingly sexy. To extend the equine vibe, visual director Philippa Price created a surrealist western desert awash with dreamlike psychedelic colours in her second film collaboration with the designer, entitled ‘Eclipse’. Time to get back on the horse.
Scenes from Philippa Price’s film collaboration with Stella McCartney. Below: George Stubbs wild horse prints via Stella McCartney A/W ’17
Mulberry’s new equestrian-informed Amberley bag in its different silhouettes