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It’s the 40th anniversary of M&S in Ireland, and we kicked off the celebrations with a catwalk show at the historic Royal College of Physicians in Dublin. Shown alongside archive pieces from 1979, these are the hottest autmn outfits loved by the press

Decades of style

Our autumn collection takes inspiration from M&S’s Seventies legacy, with prints, shapes and colours nodding to the iconic decade. “We opened our first Irish store, on Mary Street, in 1979, so this is a special year for us,” says Frances Deasy, head of marketing and sales. “We are very proud to have been dressing and empowering women in Ireland for the last 40 years.”

This season, we’ve brought Seventies style right up to date. Bairbre Power at the Irish Independent says, “For sheer versatility, it’s hard not to be wooed a little by the M&S Collection blue printed satin dress, which boxes well above its weight in terms of price. With its pretty pleated skirt, roll neck and reptilian print, it looks like it should cost far more.”


Your favourite teddy

When it comes to cold-weather investments, a fabulous coat always tops our wish list. Stylist and influencer Clementine MacNeice says, “I’ve been a fan of M&S coats for a long time. This teddy style will be a dream on the chilly winter mornings ahead. A fluffy coat is always a style staple for autumn and winter.”

Of course, what lies beneath that statement coat is just as important, and sharply cut separates are a must for weekday dressing.


Raid the crayon box

Dark days needn’t mean a dull and drab wardrobe: colour reigns supreme for autumn/winter. “This season at M&S sees a rich palette of autumn colours: varying shades of green, copper, burgundy and ruby reds, mixed with plenty of camel tones,” says stylist Catherine Condell. “A velvet trouser suit and faux-leather aviator jacket are standout pieces for me. My key footwear favourites include the flat knee-length cowboy boots and oxblood penny loafers.”

And if those shades aren’t enough to raise your fashion spirits, look instead to vibrant yellows, pretty pinks and beautiful baby blues. “M&S fashion is looking good for its age,” says Elaine Prendeville at The Sunday Business Post. “Printed dresses are a mainstay of the new season. Add layers to make them work in all weathers.”


Words: Ellie Spicer / Images: Kieran Harnett / Styling: Catherine Condell / Hair: Michael Leong
Make-up: Christine Lucignano / Models: Assets Models, Andrea Roche Models, 1st Option Models and Morgan the Agency

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