Marks and Spencer Spring Summer 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of being flown to London to attend the Marks and Spencer Spring Summer 2013. Now you might think that we are amidst the cold spell and how can we possibly look at light textures and pastels? Fashion is forward thinking and the clever people who work at fashion HQs across the globe like to show off their wares for next season as early as they can. I think its refreshing to look at next season in November, I have been writing about winter all summer (I know it sounds weird) and its time to lighten up.

Marks and Spencer have taken on simple but effective story lines as the basis of the season’s key looks. Starting with one of my favourites: Monochrome! (Or Monopop as they call it)

Monopop:

With a nice balance of clean and simple lines, drops of neon and a graphical take on an everlasting trend, this is the easiest look to add to an existing closet. With a hint of the 1960s, a traditionally severe look is made feminine and focuses on pieces like a full length horizontal stripe dress, collared shirt and pencil skirt.

Dolls House

Girls be ready for the dolly take over. This look is super cute and full of pretty textures like lace and broderie. My favourite look is a python print jacket and cropped trouser which is an intelligent interpretation of a traditional suit.

marks and spencer SS13

Marks and spencer spring summer 2013

 

Print Fusion

Print will just not go away and is synonymous with summer. From orient inspired florals take print in a new direction, adding a new aesthetic to the floral prints of the past seasons. I am falling for the aquamarine metallic leather skirt which is as Head of Design, Karen Peacock says “a talk about piece of the season”.

marks and spencer SS13

Urban Utility

Oh now this is where utilitarian meets feminine. M&S have added the glam factor to this look, with a sophisticated use of leather and military inspired pieces. A key piece in this story is the cropped trouser, a must have for next season.

Modern Luxe

There is an element of deja vu here but in the best possible way. Many brands have tried to recreate the simplicity and high end appeal of labels like Celine and Stella McCartney, but none have really succeeded in my view until now. There are pieces in this story that have a real wow factor, like a midi-length blue leather pencil skirt and a red chiffon dress which introduce colour to a stark trend.