The latest news to hit the fashion airwaves this week was the launch of Johnny Coca’s debut collection for Mulberry’s at London Fashion Week.

Responsible for Celine’s most successful leather accessories over the past few years and the recently appointed Creative director for Mulberry, Johnny Coca brings a refined elegance and poignant talent for creating must-have accessories to the brand.

Bringing to life the core essence of Mulberry’s British heritage, the collection is influenced heavily by the works of Shakespeare. Fascinated by the playwright’s capacity to replicate the layers of English society, from the noble to the nobody, the royal to the rebel, the collection has been described as sexy, modern and poetic; utilitarian in inspiration, functional in purpose and a bold new design signature for the brand.

Drawing on sharp tailoring nestled against acute femininity, traditional shapes now feature bold cuff detailing and delicate pleats offset by press studs in an array of sizes. Majestic capes with statement collars, femininity expressed through tulle and intricate beading on dresses and the presence of a heavy overcoat gives way to the punk rock origins of London street fashion. The structured colour palette of black, dark navy and khaki green is set against the romanticism of delicate cream which comes through in tulle and lace, as well as streaks of pink and burgundy.

An exclusive capsule collection of Johnny Coca’s first designs will be available online and in store from April. The capsule collection includes the new Clifton bag and Mulberry.com customers will have the chance to pre-order the new pieces when they sign up: www.mulberry.com/fashion-week

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Above: Contraction is the word used to describe what underpins Johnny Coca’s debut collection for Mulberry. “Modernity always needs roots in the past”, says Johnny.