Since March 2007 when Anya Hindmarch launched her hugely successful “I’m not a plastic bag” canvas shopper in conjunction with the non-profit campaign group “We Are What We Do”, fashion designers have been clamouring to work with charities on iconic pieces.
The latest member of the club is Diane Von Furstenberg who has designed an image which has been printed on a canvas tote bag.
The limited edition shopper features a bold portrait print with a kohl rimmed eye and bright red lips and it has been donated to the Whatever It Takes campaign which raises money for worldwide charity projects.
Diane joined the likes of, Claudia Schiffer, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney who have all previously donated art to the charity.
At £14.99 it is more than double the price of Anya’s original but is set to be a sellout.
There are a great many stories about Princess Margaret and fashion so it is only fitting that Mulberry is sticking to their British themed design guns in their Autumn/Winter collection this year with the introduction of the Margaret family; bags, clothes and accessories named after the Queen’s youngest sister.
We are thinking the inspiration comes from the exhibition staged at Kensington Palace in 2007 entitled “Princess Line – The Fashion Legacy of Princess Margaret” which showcased contemporary fashion from British designers such as the 2006 Burberry collection from Christopher Bailey’s Burberry and Vivienne Westwood.
Whilst the styling is classic there are quirky details which mirror the Princess’ sense of humour; a regal looking plaque which on closer inspection reveals the adorable motto “We belive in tea and cake” along with teapots, cupcakes and English Bulldogs!
The range starts with a small clutch that is Mulberry’s signature fold over style with a cute teapot charm and a perfect size to hold all the essentials for a night out. The shoulder bag comes in two different sizes (mini and standard) with envelope style flap closure and a key trend for the season, a leather and chain strap.
There is more to this strap than meets the eye however as it can be tucked into the main compartment of the bag so you can use it as a clutch. We love this detail and gives the bag dual purpose. Multitasking at its best!
As usual Mulberry have picked the perfect hues for the time of year with each bag style available in a rich, deep Grape suede, vibrant pebbled Plum or Black matte leather with the mini bag also available in a luxurious drizzle grey ostrich leather.
Along with the two bags you can also purchase a small and standard “zip around”(purse and make-up bag to you and me!), dress in neon “Loopy Leopard” print with shoulder epaulets and a draped back and bracelet.
You may not be a Princess but now there’s no excuse not to dress like one! All are available now at mulberry.com
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