Mulberry has cancelled its Fall/Winter 14 London Fashion Week show.
The fashion house lost its creative director in September, when Emma Hill moved on. She confirmed she was leaving in June but stayed to work on the company’s Spring/Summer 14 show.
Mulberry is yet to find a replacement, which is why it will be taking time off when show season rolls around in February.
“[The company] has not finalised its creative director search and will therefore exceptionally not stage a catwalk show this February,” a statement given to WWD reads.
Despite this, the label intends to be involved in Fashion Week somehow. This could mean a party will be staged, or a most intimate presentation of pieces to key members of the fashion press.
“[We will] definitely be participating in London Fashion Week and details of this will be released in the near future,” the statement explained.
Although a new creative director hasn’t been named there has been intense speculation about who might win the position.
Thought to be in the running are Erdem Moralioğlu, Roland Mouret, Mary Katrantzou and Sophie Hulme.
Emma was creative director for six years and Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon admitted he was shocked when she handed in her notice.
She was widely regarded as the person who made Mulberry such a well-known label, in part due to her decision to create ready-to-wear fashion and not focus solely on handbags and luggage.
“Without a catwalk show it’s very hard for an accessories brand to create the kind of buzz you need these days to get international recognition. You need the catwalk in order to tell a story, and, really, to do catwalk, you need clothes,” she previously explained.
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