MY PRETTY PONIES: Designer Emma Hill unveiled Hill & Friends on Sunday with a sumptuous breakfast in the Claridge’s ballroom and a parade of pink, print and a pair of lively ponies.
The event, where models dressed as bellboys carried her bright, punchy bags on silver trays around a table piled high with pink food, marked Hill’s return to fashion after leaving the creative helm of Mulberry in 2013.
The show also featured Hill’s nine-year-old son dressed as a bellboy riding a luggage trolley, and two much less well-behaved miniature Shetland ponies, who broke into a canter mid-way through their stroll around the room and raced backstage, dragging their obliging walker behind them.
The high-energy Hill, who loves her animals, even had a hot pink shovel at the ready in case there were any more surprises.
“Life’s too short – we wanted to offer up a bit of fun,” said the designer, who showed six styles in various combinations. The bags feature a signature lock at the front that’s shaped like a smiley face, with clasps for eyes. When the bag is locked, the eye appears to be winking.
The bags come in bright leather, leopard-print hair calf, and patchworks of the two, and in
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