Last week London Fashion Week came to Manchester for the first time as Marks and Spencer hosted the only official event outside London in its Manchester City Centre store.
I was invited along and, on arrival I felt the excitement and buzz as people started to queue for the first show. Of course, having a VIP invitation, I bypassed the crowds and was soon handed a goody bag (thank you Marks and Spencer for such a generous gift) and a complimentary glass of fizz. Soon after, I was escorted to the frow and eagerly anticipated the start of the show! It was opened by M&S Style Director, Belinda Earl and, following this, we were treated to an exclusive film featuring British fashion expert, Caryn Franklin, showing the highlights and trends of London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2015.
I have to say that I was mightily impressed with Marks and Spencer’s new collection. It was funky and fresh and also a little bit edgy. I was genuinely surprised at some of the looks I saw on the catwalk and would not have guessed in a million years that some of the designs were from good old M&S! There was not a waterfall cardi in sight! I have purchased the odd item of clothing for myself from Marks and Spencer in the past and always use the Market Street store for my Personal Shopping clients, but they will definitely be on my “go to” list from now on.
Of course, there was more than a nod to the 70s trend and there were some very chic outfits that would not look out of place in Paris or Milan, but what I loved were the bright florals that popped up frequently throughout the show.
So here is a selection of my favourite looks from the catwalk – all available in store between now and May. I already have my eye on that gorgeous sunshine yellow 50s inspired dress! That navy jumpsuit is sure to be a sell out. The cut was just beautiful and it has arm coverage yay! This is a very versatile piece to add to your Spring wardrobe that would take you from anything to a night out or a fancy wedding, just by cleverly switching accessories. If you are thinking of purchasing this then get in quick I say! Anything you fancy?
I must say it is great that Manchester is upping its fashion credentials and giving London a run for their money with the likes of the hugely successful Vogue’s Fashion Night Out last year, and now a collaboration with London Fashion Week! Let’s have more of this please!