I’m blogging about this show because I think for the first time in a good number of seasons Marks & Spencer have really tried and succeeded in creating a range of pieces that should appeal to women of all ages. I’m blogging because M&S may not necessarily be a store that would be high on my list of shops to hit when on a shopping spree. If someone found a reason why this should not be the case I’d sure is heck want them to tell me, so I’m spreading the word…
Last night the beautiful Baroque Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, played host to the M&S AW09 collections preview. (Yeah take that London Fashion Week!)
The chapel itself was where everyone gathered before going in to the show there were loads of people eager to see the collections. The crowd was as mixed a crowd as you would get at a fashion show, with ladies of literally all ages grabbing a seat in the adjoining room where a catwalk had been set up.
There were 8 collections in total; 4 younger more urban collections and 4 collections showing classic / business attire. I’m going to focus on the 4 younger collections, for a number of reasons; the main one being that it totally inspired and surprised me.
Because there were 4 collections there was a good variety in what we saw; some feminine, some edgy. Plum tartan coats, and metallic parker-style jackets layered over embellished knit dresses and abstract print skirts were particular hits.
Key style notes for dresses included structure, snake-print detailing, rouched sleeves and tulip-style skirts. Studs were on everything from boots to gloves, look out for the studded-cuff, leather bomber jacket and an incredible studded lambs wool dress with short sleeves. (That is a must have at €47.50). Continue reading ‘Plenty of Surprises at the M&S AW09 Fashion Show, Kilmainham’