Sunday 26 February 2017

Bold prints and Miami style from M&S

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Karen wears a zig-zag dress (€60), Lizanna a Per Una Speziale dress (€109) and Carmel a Limited Collection lace dress
(€54) at the launch of Marks & Spencer’s spring/summer 2012 collection in Dublin’s City Hall. KIERAN HARNETT
Karen wears a zig-zag dress (€60), Lizanna a Per Una Speziale dress (€109) and Carmel a Limited Collection lace dress (€54) at the launch of Marks & Spencer’s spring/summer 2012 collection in Dublin’s City Hall. KIERAN HARNETT

THE M&S spring/summer 2012 collection has a 'distilled' designer feel for the high street.

The themes of Miami kitsch, Park Avenue chic, sporting stars and clashing prints found favour with the audience at Dublin's City Hall as the store unveiled its latest collection.

Top marks for the €60 homage to Missoni Zig Zags -- the cap-sleeved dress with playful, arching pattern in six colours arrives into stores next month.

A summer wardrobe starts with a €47.50 one-piece swimsuit that looks like it's hand-painted with gold, or a leopard-print jumpsuit (€99) with thickly beaded luxe collar.

Meanwhile, the Per Una Speziale graphic-print dress (€109) really is a honey.

Packed with summer colour, the draping suggests a completely different price point.

Accessorised with flat sandals by the show's stylist Catherine Condell, it concluded the Miami glamour story.

If Charlotte Yorke was your favourite in 'Sex And The City', then there are lots of Park Avenue dressing options in the new M&S collection.

The Limited Collection yellow lace dress is shorter than conservative Charlotte would have worn but it looks the part when accessorised with a Gucci-esque scarf and red patent shoes and bag.

A horizontal-striped Per Una dress had the look of silk, but a price tag of €60, and pulling out the exact shade of purple with a €24 cardi made it a guilt-free option.

Clever shoppers aiming at a capsule wardrobe with a few core items shouldn't miss out on the white dress in cotton, waffle fabric (€54), which looks natty under a polka-dot coat for €60.

Irish Independent

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