The Brand New Magic Of MARKS & Spencer

If there’s one rea­son to feel good right now it’s the new col­lec­tion from M&S, which proves that this high street stal­wart just keeps get­ting bet­ter. Don’t be­lieve us? Just look…

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It’s of­ten said that fash­ion is a young per­son’s game. Trends are but a fleet­ing phe­nom­e­non, the pace is re­lent­less. How, then, do you ex­plain the 132-year-old force still man­ag­ing to cre­ate clas­sic, well-made, ut­terly ir­re­sistible clothes that un­doubt­edly ap­peal to just about ev­ery age group?

That force is, of course, Marks & Spencer, which, af­ter an­nounc­ing it was clos­ing stores at the end of last year, has bounced back with a spring/summer col­lec­tion that’s so good we can’t stop look­ing at it. There are some se­ri­ous show­stop­pers: chinoiserie silk tops tie at the waist while bil­low­ing midi skirts look hand-painted. A ging­ham ruf­fle skirt prom­ises to be a sell­out (it’s not dis­sim­i­lar to the Monki ver­sion we spot­ted on al­most ev­ery In­sta blog­ger), a fuch­sia dress with trum­pet sleeves is rem­i­nis­cent of Rok­sanda, em­broi­dered denim jack­ets are paired with blush tulle and there are summer dresses that are the stuff of our hol­i­day dreams.

And that’s just the clothes. Lace-up bal­let flats, pe­tal-print kicks and Cé­line-in­spired totes help make up the ac­ces­sory haul, which is ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive. To go through the en­tire look­book is to feel the sort of de­sire so in­tense it al­most evokes a sense of panic. But don’t worry: while the ac­ces­sories have been avail­able for a while now, much of the col­lec­tion is only land­ing in stores and on­line from now on­wards. So your brand new wardrobe won’t be miss­ing any of that M&S magic.

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