Marks and Spencers a/w 2014 collection, the third overseen by Belinda Earl, is being unveiled to the press today but we got a first look yesterday. We walked through the high street collection with Earl and her brilliant design team, making a mental shopping list as we went, and here are the six things that you really need to know:
1. The Best of British collection, manufactured and made from fabrics developed in the UK, is celebrating its first birthday and, while the quality of the pieces is still as high, there are a number of more affordable pieces in the line-up with prices now starting at £59.
2. The design team has raided the archives. Theres an amazing jacquard print in blue and red that has been conjured into a biker jacket that youre really going to want to wear.
3. Speaking of which, theyve nailed coats again this season. There are softly draped blanket coats, wool bikers, cashmere trenches, sixties swing shapes, and faux fur galore. And theres a brilliantly simple single breasted cashmere coat for £159 that is going to be available in 20 different colours across the season.
4. There are five different trends to shop from; the 1960s-inspired Down Town, the colour pop-filled Modernist, the soft pastels of Gentlewoman, rich colours and prints in The Arts and modern classics in Simple Luxe.
5. The fabrics are really great M&S has worked really hard to improve them without raising its prices (thats buying power for you). Look out for the leather skirts, printed scuba tops, black glittery dresses and double faced cashmere coats.
6. The mid-height, block heel rules when it come More