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Marks & Spencer

Spring 10


The design team at Marks and Spencer have firmly tapped into the key catwalks trends again for next season, so the sharp shoulders and 1980s cuts of autumn have been usurped by corsetry details, military embellishment and sportswear influences. The underwear as outerwear themes of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton were interpreted as a boudoir story of bone-effect ribboning on structured shifts, lace bustier tops, and acres of ruffles and feathery appliqué. Balmain’s influence continues to reign supreme on gold tasselled longer length khaki trenches while the sporty theme of Alexander Wang is represented via Fame-style jersey cropped T-shirts, oversized hoodies and grey bandeau tops. Elsewhere the spring 10 palette of blush and nude shades and soft charcoals are used liberally on darted leather dresses, tailored satin jackets, draped jumpsuits and harem pants, which remain the trouser shape of choice. Elsewhere, M&S has backed ethnic looks quite strongly courtesy of tribal beading and ikat prints which extend to rainbows of beading on wicker beach bags. There is a nod to the re-emergence of boho too, with tiered ditsy floral print sheer tops.

Key pieces

  • Khaki double breasted coat with gold military epaulettes
  • Soft grey satin tuxedo jacket
  • Geometric print shift dress with ribbon banding
  • Animal print harem pants

Right for the market?

M&S are one of the best at diluting catwalk trends for a more mainstream market, and the separates this season, such as the nude leather skirts and beaded lightweight knits, look particularly relevant for the M&S customer. While they’ve done this well, some of the corsetry elements and voluminous printed harem trousers look more like impressive press pieces than what is likely to end up on the shelves come the new year.

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