Johnny Coca, You Make Us Proud to Be British – M & S
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Johnny Coca, You Make Us Proud to Be British


Welcome to Runway Matters, where we’re delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows. Up now, UK girls Anna and Florrie of &Finally highlight their favorite moments from the Mulberry show during London Fashion Week. And don’t forget to follow these stylish ladies on Instagram here.

If there’s one thing that Johnny Coca knows better than British style, it’s how to turn it on its head. Since his appointment at the iconic British fashion house in 2014, the label’s seasonal showing has cemented its status as one of London’s hottest tickets. For spring/summer (and the label’s first full see-now, buy-now show) he celebrated some of our nation’s greatest style achievements: floral tea dresses in sweet shades of yellow, teacup porcelain heels on ruffled pumps, and hats more than worth their weight in royal wedding kudos.

Held at London’s magnificent Spencer House in Mayfair, it could be said that the setting was fairy-tale perfect: The building has played host to princes since the 1700s, but today, it hosted royalty in an altogether more playful way: royal ascot, royal weddings, and royal style shone through a joyfully colorful collection. Some of our favorite moments? Go on to check out everything you need to know about this brilliant collection.

It would be impossible not to mention the color, lots of color: Model after model sashayed down the runway in yellows, reds, pinks, greens, and combinations that seemed impossible yet brilliant (see the bright green suit with pink fascinator hat). But our favorites were the tonal kind: a ruffled pink slip dress made kick-ass by fuchsia pumps, a yellow tea dress that was all but twee teamed with knee-high satin boots of the same hue, and best of all, a striped floaty dress made maximal with a matching occasion hat.

As the mirrored centerpiece was raised to reveal a bright purple silk suit–clad performer, the room went from prim to party before Goldfrapp’s tunes were even in full swing.

If Mulberry’s colorful offering is anything to go by (and with bags, what Mulberry says, goes), then fabulously fun handbags are still fashion’s favorite accessory. The embellished drawstring is our favorite, transforming any outfit at the pull of a thread.

Coca’s walking works of art were subtle show-stealers: Ruched satin and leather pumps were completed with porcelain vase-inspired heels that would look as at home in a museum as they would a wardrobe. The former will have to wait, though: The collection was made available to shop online in 192 countries minutes after the show came to a close.

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