MULBERRY MANIA: After teaming up with designer Giles Deacon on a line of accessories for spring, Mulberry has taken an artsy turn with its fall clothing collection. The British brand has produced a capsule line for fall with artist Julie Verhoeven, which will launch in March during Paris Fashion Week at the Galleries Saint Père, when the brand will also unveil a 1,200-square-foot store on the city’s Rue Saint-Honoré.

The four-piece line comprises a chiffon dress, a quilted shopper with a gold chain strap, a cotton T-shirt and a scarf, all printed with Verhoeven’s whimsical illustrations of roses and doll-like faces. Clothing prices have not been confirmed, but the bag will retail for $1,195 and the scarf in wool or cotton for $595.

Meanwhile, London gals clearly can’t wait to get their hands on the punk-inspired collection of bags and leather accessories that Deacon has designed with Mulberry’s creative director Stuart Vevers. In fact, there’s already a waiting list at Harvey Nichols, which has the U.K. exclusive on the line in February. The 10-piece collection includes a black patent leather studded Roxanne bag, as well as a patent leather clutch with huge gold studs. Collette in Paris will also carry the Mulberry for Giles Deacon line during February. Prices range from about $180 for the stud cuff bracelet to about $2,500 for the large leather shopper. And Giles fans on the other side of the pond need not fret: The bags will land at Mulberry’s U.S. stores in March — ergo, there’s no need to ship home the leather ball key ring with metal spikes that looks uncannily like a hand grenade.

HONOR IN THE BAG: French accessories designer Renaud Pellegrino, known for his high-end handbags, has been named a chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. French screen legend Catherine Deneuve will bestow the honor on him in a ceremony in Paris on Jan. 22.

MARC LOVES LONDON: Clearly Marc Jacobs can’t get enough of London. Alongside opening a Marc Jacobs store on the city’s Mount Street later this month, the designer will unveil a Marc by Marc Jacobs shop-in-shop in Selfridges in February. The 1,000-square-foot space, designed by Stephen Jaklitsch, will open ahead of the Marc by Marc Jacobs show, which temporarily decamps to London for the fall 2007 season. The shop-in-shop will carry women’s wear, bags and watches.

This story first appeared in the January 17, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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