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#SuzyLFW: Brit Wit – Emma Hill & Friends and House of Holland

20 сентября 2015


If you think wild horses would not drag you to a fashion show - think again! Two ponies galloping through Claridge's Hotel, held (just) on reins by a uniformed bell boy marked the finale of a witty oh-so-British show of handbags from Emma Hill, the woman who made Mulberry bags an object of desire.

Now at the head of new brand Hill & Friends (found at, and working alongside Georgia Fendley, Emma put the best of British of show: craftsmanship illuminated with humour.

As models dressed as uniformed hotel staff walked out carrying bags colourful or streamlined, always woman-friendly, the presentation was in phase with the 'in the pink' set. That meant a long table laden with (pink) flowers, smoothies and biscuits. Emma's young son on a hotel trolley sent the fledgling brand off to a fine, funny and funky start.


It could have been retro downtown Las Vegas - or even today's Coachella Festival - when Henry Holland sent a singer out to walk the circular, sand-covered floor of a historicformer music hall.

The House of Holland is addicted to pattern and colour, but the familiar funky clothes had a psychedelic edge for the summer 2016 season - especially when beetle brooches seemed to crawl over the tropical Safari prints.

Although the base of the collection was sportswear and dresses, Holland added something else: British irony. Think cute patterned dresses set off with sandals with wafting feather quills; or dresses striped like seafront deck chairs, criss-crossed with shoe laces.

It was not a show to mark the course of fashion - but a cheery summer romp.

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