Archive by Alexa and Rosie’s perfume – a M&S update

Everything she touches turns to fashion gold, so letting Alexa Chung loose on the not considerable fashion archives of M&S has to be one of the best ideas ever. ‘Archive by Alexa’, which has just launched, is a collection of pieces that have been curated by Alexa, and have then been reworked, or used as inspiration for a brand new collection that is sure to appeal to fashion purists, M&S fans and Alexa fans everywhere.

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I love the collection, which has the sort of retro cool feel you would expect from Alexa Chung. You can see the inspiration everywhere. The Misty tea dress is one of those 1970s takes on a 40s tea dress in the most beautiful print. The Olive slip dress is a typical minimalist 90s barely there dress, but with the addition of a really pretty print. The Ada blazer is a real 1980s, power dressing throwback, whilst the Harry Blouse has touches of 1970s Laura Ashley milkmaid meshed with Lady Diana circa 1981. I totally love it all.

My Key Picks

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Misty Dress £45 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Misty Dress £45 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Frances Trench £89 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Frances Trench £89 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Olive Slip £39.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Olive Slip £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Eliza Dress £45 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Eliza Dress £45 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Ada Blazer £49.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Ada Blazer £49.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA New The Ada Trousers £39.50 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Ada Trousers £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Bertha Cardi £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Bertha Cardi £35 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Harry Blouse £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Harry Blouse £35 Click to visit M&S

ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Effie Skirt £39.50 Click to visit M&S

ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Effie Skirt £39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Lydia Trousers £35 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Lydia Trousers £35 Click to visit M&S

To view the complete Archive by Alexa collection, click here.

Rosie for Autograph

I’m not normally a great fan of celebrity perfumes, I hated everything by Britney and JLo, and even SJP only convinced me with Covet Pure Bloom (no longer available – sob!), but the Rosie Huntington Whiteley fragrance for M&S is different. A Eau De Parfum rather than toilette, Rosie for Autograph is just lovely.

It is a floral fragrance with an topnote of rose that makes it soft and wearable for everyday. It has been blended with rose centifolia, which is beloved by perfumers as the most prestigious and exceptional of all rose fragrances. The Rose Oil is from handpicked roses from the South of France, adding a gorgeous Continental twist to this fragrance, and a stunning bottle complete with Rose gold label and top, would grace any dressing table, it is just so super pretty.

A 75ml bottle costs just £28 – an absolute bargain for Eau De Parfum, and you can currently get a free Rosie Body Cream when you buy this size.

Rosie HW

Rosie HW

 ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH Eau de Parfum 75ml £28.00 Click to visit M&S


ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH
Eau de Parfum 75ml £28.00 Click to visit M&S

To view all M&S fragrance, click here.

Uniqlo and Celia Birtwell – It’s here!

This is definitely one of the most anticipated High Street and designer collaborations ever. The legendary textile designer Celia Birtwell, the lady behind those iconic Ossie Clark prints, has collaborated with cool Japanese brand Uniqlo to create a series of pretty basics and much lusted over scarves and stoles. Taking those same iconic prints that once adorned the coolest of 1970s stars as the starting point, the prints have then been rescaled, recoloured and the reworked in order to make them fresh and irresistable for 2013.

Sure to be a total sell out, and with models Portia Freeman and Charlotte Pallister fronting an eye-catching campaign, this is a collection you need to have in your wardrobe. And with those famous Uniqlo prices, this is a designer collaboration you can actually afford to treat yourself too.

 

Key Picks

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt A £12.90

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt G 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell 3/4 Sleeve Dress B £29.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Sleeveless Tunic B 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell 3/4 Sleeve Blouse B £19.90

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Pyjama pants £19.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell Cropped Legging Trousers £14.90 

WOMEN Celia Birtwell stole B £9.90