So today Alexa's second launch for M&S has arrived in store. As a follower of Alexa I'm interested in what she has revamped this season from the archive..but can we all wear it?
With a big focus on the the 70's and a nod to the 60's (patent mini and trench coat) and most of the collection aiming at the party season, its got me thinking - is it only the 20 and 30 somethings that may go for this (I mean would you wear a mini skirt in black patent and velvet mini bodycon dress?!!!) and if it is ear marked for these youngsters ..would they shop at M&S anyway?
My big fear about M&S and big high street stores is that they are so over advertised that I'm so concerned that every woman at the party will be wearing it.
So, I've studied the collection and here are my top pics to buy..that is for us who are over 35 and who don't look like Alexa.
My key advise would be to NOT choose the signature print (i.e. the Kimono shirt or silver blouse). Instead go for some sultry standout pieces that will instantly update your wardrobe and that you can make your own by styling it with your current wardrobe.
The Portland Dress - this is my favourite from the collection - friends beware - I may be wearing this for cocktails on the 17th! I love it. Its perfect for daytime with boots, a polo neck underneath for a cosy look. Dramatic heels and worn open at the neckline for evening - love the sleeves, love the belt. Its a winner for me. Sexy and easy to wear! hurrah.
The Dudley Trousers - A new pair of black tailored trousers and a super price. I love the military shape. This would look sharp for the party season with heels and a metallic shirt tucked in (or even a velvet waistcoat worn bare) - but also fab for work and drinks after work and also at the weekend with a pair of trainers and cropped jumper. Gorgeous!
The Brigitte Trench - this is a statement but I love it. This is what you want to be wearing on a damp wet day with a bright red or yellow mohair jumper underneath. You'll look fantastic in the city but super cool in the country with a pair of yellow hunters on boxing day. Every age can wear this, its wipe down practical but totally glamorous too.
The New Market Boot - these big chunky boots will update all your dresses for and keep you stomping through the winter months. Rather like a Dr Martin but a lot cheaper.
The Wellington Jumper - Well I had to pick something colourful from the collection! I love this simple knit in this soft pretty pink. I would work this with jeans and also colour clash with red this season.
The Harper Dress - As a lover of leopard print, this is frankly a classic piece! Perfect for any age (just add a velvet jacket if you don't like your arms) or layer a silk polo neck underneath for daytime or a large oversize white shirt in the day with a baggy cardigan ontop - A fun dress - love it.
What to avoid from the collection...
The Aire Shirt - looks totally uncomfortable and too much like what you'll wrap your turkey in.
The Clarendon Tux trousers (unless you have a body like Alexa these will be so unflattering)
The Merrion Dress - there are so many other classic ways you can do velvet this season and not one that shows every mince pie you've scoffed.