It’s the second release from Alexa Chung in her collaboration, Archive by Alexa with Marks & Spencer. The collection is the strongest of the two in my view with a real focus on the autumnal dressing, whilst paying homage to the iconic pieces of the 60s and 70s. On such piece is the PVC trench coat which has been getting a lot of love from bloggers and press. As soon as I saw it I had to have it. The length, the fabric, the detail and the cut all screamed at me. The thing is my Mum told me she had one just like it back in the day, which I followed up with “And you threw this out why?”. I got in trouble for that comment. But fashion is so cyclical and Alexa has chosen some absolute gems from the M&S archive. PVC is certainly a trend with the likes of Zara and H&M producing their own versions of the PVC mini for Winter. As I have styled in last week’s outfit post, it looks great when you use contrasting fabrics and textures, hence why the collection also has a chunky knit to match. I want to try and wear this casually, so I’ve styled it with a simple black knit and new jeans from Frame Denim. Frame make a good jean, and they are available in Brown Thomas. These are more of an investment piece, but like most premium brands, they last for ages. Archive by Alexa has been a genius idea on M&S’ behalf, and the style maven is the ideal fit to collaborate on such a range thanks to her keen eye and astute taste.
Other favourite pieces are the silver metallic blouise, cropped velvet flares and the full length grey coat, all of which you can check out in the scroll bar below!