Last week I had the absolute pleasure of heading down to London to see the babes from M&Co and Search Laboratory for a little sneaky peek at the SS15 collection. It’s odd being in the middle of a Christmas mad phase and then going to swoon over nautical and pastel prints – the life of the fashion industry though ay?
The early morning was totally worth it, walking through London to see all the Christmas lights – major excitement – and heading on over to the beautiful building in Portman Square where the event was being held. Gorgeous architecture that wouldn’t look out of place in an Austen inspired TV series, but that’s not what you’re here for is it?
The M&Co SS15 Collection takes inspiration from the hand painted washes seen on the Chanel and Michael Kors catwalks, making Spring feel very relaxed and swishy in the light lace and sheer fabrics hand-picked by the designers. With four collections to view, and a fruit stick in hand – blogger’s breakfast dontcha know? – I was more than in my element at picking out clothes I would love in my recently cleared out wardrobe – that’s how it seems to work I fear.
The first rails showcased the ‘easy daywear’, full of stripes, patterned trousers inspired by the 50’s but with that modern jacquard twist I absolutely love. Fresh lace details in throw-on cuts made me want every piece as it’s so easy to wear with jeans or a pretty skirt.
The Promenade collection was one of my favourites, part of a selection of pieces that’s a little more dressed up but easy to rock to brunch, town or a city break. More tailored, defined strokes of colour to offset reversed monochrome, before weaving into the workwear section with bold square checks and bold yellow tones to brighten up any day in the office.
Being on the hunt for new pieces, I was drawn to a 30’s inspired full skirt with a blue hand-brushed effect – so pretty for Spring with a slouchy tee tucked in during the day with sandals, or a Bardot crop with little boots or heels! There were also some gorgeous cut-out ankle boots dotted around in lovely browns and blues which I’m very much looking forward to being released too as they would look perfect with so many Spring outfits.
Pastels are making a comeback again thanks to the influence of Michael Kors, and there were absolutely gorgeous, floaty pieces mixed with boutique designs that wouldn’t go amiss in Chelsea or a SS15 wedding – perfect inspiration! There’s also a big emphasis on shape enhancing cuts and designs, with lots of pulled in waists, gathered centers to create an hourglass figure and disguise the mid-section without losing confidence.
Statement prints and designs were the main themes to take away from the whole collection; from the cut-out chunky boots, sleek modern heels and classic clutch designs, to squared tops for casual cool, bold flashes of yellow and pastel and 50’s inspiration, the collection is a definite hit and has something for every shape, size, type of woman and style to flatter – a fabulous all round brand in my opinion!
Along with viewing the collection, it was the perfect chance to catch up with Jennifer from Search Laboratory about life since our last meeting (turns out our birthdays are two days apart – love random links like that!), and to also meet some of the lovely ladies from M&Co and Search Labs to chat about the brand, designs and inspiration, and what was coming up with the company; such a lovely bunch of ladies, who were also so very kind about the work I’d done for them on my post – kisses all round!
I also did some filming for the M&Co site on how I’d style my chosen SS15 piece which should be up on their blog by the end of this week – keep yo eyes peeled here – I’m definitely loving structured feminine pieces with a slouchy tee for cool comfort next season for day to night ease and style.
One of the things I love most about blog events is the people you get to meet, and I finally got to meet the beautiful Josie from Fashion Mumblr, who it turns out used to live in the town near me – crazy! – and was an absolute babe, definitely taking her up on her coffee offer when I’m down in London, and right at the end I was chatting to the gorgeous and lovely Georgie from Georgie Away With The Fairies; we bonded over a love of Benedict Cumberbatch, Christmas, and fashion bargains before hot-footing over to Selfridges for a scout out of the beauty halls – please someone, get me some Charlotte Tilbury – and the amazing Christmas floor, which was full of so many treats and decorations to get you in the festive mood.
Saying our goodbyes and strolling my favourite route of New Bond Street, through Green Park and past the palace, the decorations and Christmas displays were truly stunning, and the park had this beautiful haze I had to stop and take in – the amazing vastness of green, a lovely and rare moment of appreciation in nature for me I’ll tell you.
From all the pieces I got to view, I can definitely see M&Co’s SS15 collection being a huge hit. As a massive fan of their jeans, I can image the rest of their line is high quality and really needs more attention – so many great tops, I can’t! Even with my Christmas Elf nature taking over life 24/7 right now, I am very excited at this teaser of what’s to come next year – here’s to a stylish 2015!
Thanks to the awesome crew at Search Labs and M&Co for inviting me down, I cannot wait to see what more SS15 has in store (rhyme not intended).
Are you a fan of M&Co? What are styles are you looking forward to for SS15? Are you still getting excited for Christmas?!
Lots of Love,