On a mission to prove London Fashion Week isn’t all about the designer labels, we asked womenswear editor Sophie Hines and PR manager Lauren Jenkins to test run M&S’s most on-trend styles this season…
HELL FOR LEATHER
With photographers on every corner, the perfect Fashion Week outfit needs to look polished, but not overdone. To achieve this, copy every stylist’s favourite trick of mixing standout items, such as this leather pencil skirt, with more subtle pieces, such as a cashmere Breton. Then choose heels or loafers depending on your vicinity to the nearest black cab…
A DRESS TO IMPRESS
Scanning the Fashion Week catwalks, every editor is trying to spot the next big trend. After being shown at the Marks & Spencer press show back in June, this yellow dress was hailed as a future hit, and now autumn’s arrived the wait is over. For top style points, team with knee-high boots and a corduroy blazer (corduroy is a huge trend for this season, so you’ll get plenty of wear from this buy).
It can be tricky to look suitably fabulous in September, when the weather’s sunny one minute, overcast the next. What you need is a lightweight coat with a modern heritage print – throw over your shoulders or tie at the waist to stay warm without damaging your fashion credentials.
We’re calling it already – this teddy coat is the ultimate ‘it’ coat for autumn/winter 2018. And while you’re turning heads, you need a good pair of sunnies so you can spy right back at all those fabulous outfits. Plus, as every Fashion Week-goer knows, sunglasses are the best way to disguise those post-party eye bags.
ACCESS(ORISE) ALL AREAS
Whether you’re dashing between shows across London, or simply tackling the tasks of everyday life, you want footwear that’ll go the extra mile. For some, that’s chunky leather trainers in brilliant white, for others, leopard print heels, featuring foot-cushioning Insolia technology, are just the ticket. Box bags and oversized scarves are also key accessory trends this season. Don’t you just love it when fashion and practicality come together?
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
What elevates an outfit to Fashion Week status? It’s those finishing touches – cinching your coat with a belt in a contrasting pattern, or swapping your standard black shoes for footwear that warrants a second glance (tip: pick a secondary colour from whatever print you’re wearing and amplify with block colour shoes). It’s these thoughtful but easy-to-achieve touches that will have you turning heads, catwalk or no catwalk.
Editor: Sophie Hines / Photographer: Stephanie Sian Smith / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall
Hair stylist: Luke Benson / Make-up artist: Lindsey Poole