MULBERRY’S SHOE-IN: It’s not usually considered polite to plunk shoes on the table, but guests made an exception at a lunch hosted by Mulberry’s creative director, Emma Hill, at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor restaurant Tuesday. The label’s shiny red high-heeled Bow pumps and shearling-lined Ena buckled boots formed centerpieces on guests’ tables at the lunch, held to mark the launch of the label’s fall footwear collection at the Knightsbridge store, which carries the line exclusively outside of Mulberry’s stand-alone boutiques. Hill picked out the Ena boots as one of her favorites. “I’ve named them after my goddaughter, but she’s only 9, so I’ll have to wait until she grows into them,” she said.
As for the designer herself, she was sporting blue suede, fringed ankle boots from the label’s forthcoming spring collection, but declined to give any further clues as to her inspiration for the season. Hill said she’ll show the collection at Soho House in New York on Sept. 15 and Claridge’s in London on Sept. 20. “We’re going a bit posh this season,” she said with a laugh, referring to the tony venue. After the London presentation, Mulberry will host at party in Claridge’s ballroom, with British band Friendly Fires playing live and Mike Pickering DJing.