SÍOMHA CONNOLLY selects the KEY PIECES to look out for from MARKS & SPENCER’S AW18 COLLECTION, arriving in stores from September …
Over the past few years Marks & Spencer have produced a number of pieces that instantly evoke a flurry of customers begging to hand over their money in exchange for that season’s must-have item. First it was that pink coat in 2013, which the brand had to continually restock to meet demand, and more recently it was an animal print midi dress with an orange side stripe that sent customers both in the UK and Ireland into a frenzy trying to find it both in store and online over the past number of weeks, says Jo Hales, head of buying at Marks & Spencer. The brand has since had to order more into production (it’s currently in stock online!) and is also hoping to redevelop the same style in various prints for autumn/winter after seeing the demand, according to Hales.
It is for this reason that you have to act fast when it comes to Marks & Spencer’s key pieces, which is why we want to share with you a sneak preview of their autumn/winter collections, arriving in stores from September onwards. Below you’ll find the key pieces worth seeking out over the coming months.
At a recent preview of the AW18 collection in London a double-breasted two-piece camel suit stood out. Paired with a white blouse and tan loafers you could quite simply lift the entire outfit off the mannequin and wear it to the office, but we can tell it would work just as well with a chunky roll-neck knit and trainers for weekend wear, too.
Marks & Spencer always does great outerwear and this season is no different. Overcoats and blazers in Prince of Wales check, deep greys and buttery cream are sharp enough for work, while the teddy coat returns for another season offering up the cosiest off-duty outerwear for winter.
1970s aficionados will rejoice at the corduroy offering; a caramel-coloured two piece suit in thin corduroy was a standout, as were a pair of pink straight-leg corduroy trousers. According to Hales, pink is their customer’s favourite colour – as you will remember from the aforementioned pink coat!
As always, the lingerie offering was strong as it continues to be one of Marks & Spencer’s best performing areas (they sell over 20 million bras every year) and Rosie Huntington-Whitely returns with a new Rosie for Autograph collection as the collaboration reaches its sixth year.
But it was the new, innovative Heatgen thermal top that caught our eye in the lingerie department. At the preview in London, Paschal Little, head of product development technology at Marks & Spencer, told us about the black velvet polo neck long-sleeved top that looks stylish while keeping you warm with the hidden Heatgen technology that works to retain heat and keep body temperature up when it is cold. Did we mention it’s also machine washable? We’ll take two…
Last but not least, we’re taking bets that this will be the piece of the season; an ochre midi dress with ditsy floral print, voluminous sleeves and a pussybow neck tie paired at the press show with chunky biker boots and an animal print crossbody bag. Plan ahead to nab this one, due in stores in September.
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