Sunday, 6 November 2016

Archive by Alexa

How did I not know that this was coming along? Missed that Vogue or Facebook update but only found out about the newest Alexa Chung collection for M&S two weeks ago. For two solid weeks I was itching to get my hands on several pieces.

I thought the first collection was a one off way back in April time. The concept totally brilliant. Instead of a C list celebrity or TOWIE wannabe teaming up with a middle of the road high street chain (Lily Allen and New Look, I am talking to you) you have an actual model/fashionista collaborating with a legitimate British institution. Didn't disappoint.  
I was in Leeds on Tuesday for my bi-monthly work visit so ideal to get down to M&S early doors before getting to my desk for 9am. I have been to launches before Kate Moss/Topshop for example and seen queues around the block waiting. BUT not in Leeds, the home of the Marks Archive I might add. Barely anyone on the streets or in-store. 8am is obviously too early for the Leeds fashion collective. 
They didn't have the whole collection in Leeds but about 2/3's of what I have seen. I had to head to the London stores to see the Harper Dress. This silk dress is more like a maxi dress on me (5ft nothing) but it is a little too flimsy for me right now, you would be able to see all the lumps and bumps. The collection was right at the front of the store. I picked up the Aire Shirt, the Lovell Blouse, the Portland Dress and the Wellington Jumper straight away. 
Having the whole fitting room to myself, I was able to take my time trying things on and totally didn't feel rushed and flustered. Aire silver shirt was the first on. As much as it was really pretty and I loved the cute collar, the material was a bit rough and I know it would have annoyed me after a while. Really cute but not for me. As soon as I popped on the Lovell Blouse, loved it. Gorgeous colour and lovely details, I am a bit fan of red lippie and I love the contrast of blue, blonde and red.  Didn't really need the pink wellington jumper but it really reminded me of the M&S jumpers that my Grandad used to wear for playing Golf.  Nostalgia took over and I had to get it. 
Here's my pick of the best of the range

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