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Catwalks influence M&S womenswear

Marks & Spencer has paid closer attention to catwalk trends for its autumn 09 womenswear, paying homage to the 1940s and 1980s.

Key looks at the younger end include animal prints, exaggerated shoulders, all-over sequins and sexy proportions, which were unveiled at its autumn preview this week. Older shoppers will be served a flattering mix of waist-defining tailoring, below-the-knee pencil skirts and textured knitwear.

With its younger, more directional handwriting, Limited Collection will chase a more catwalk-literate customer next season. A Balmain-inspired tuxedo jacket in a metallic leopard-pattern jacquard sits alongside an angular-shouldered zebra-print mini dress.

Echoing Lanvin’s autumn 09 presentation in Paris, M&S’s older-pitched Portfolio sub-brand will feature belted wrap-front tailoring, alongside kick-flared pencil skirts.

An improved footwear offer includes hidden-wedge patent mid-heel shoes with a triangular toe cap.

M&S is due to report its interim results next week. Analysts said sales were likely to have improved in light of the good weather and late Easter, but that this was unlikely to mean a longer term uplift for the retailer.

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