The collaboration is back for a second time...
UPDATE: It’s back! If you loved the original Archive by Alexa collection as much as we did, you’ll be pleased to hear Ms Chung has been working on another uh-mazing edit for the brand.
Yep, the second lot will be titled Winter Archive by Alexa and will consist of 27 pieces (named after streets in Leeds where M&S was founded, FYI).
It’ll land in stores on November 1st and, judging by the first promo pic, Winter Archive by Alexa is set to solve all our party dressing probs. (In case you’re wondering, yes that black halterneck polka dot frock is already on our wishlist and yes, we will hunt you down and hold you captive if you get one and we don’t.)
So there you have it- November 1st ladies. Be prepared, be very prepared.
13/4/16: When it comes to Alexa Chung, we never saw an outfit we didn’t like. Which is why we’re giddy, over-the-moon and even hysterical about this new high street collaboration. That’s right, no hyperbole is too much for this.
Ms Chung has been teasing us with Insta pics galore of Archive by Alexa for Marks and Spencer, her range based on classic M&S designs of times gone by, and on Wednesday we can finally get our mitts on it.
Our fave Br-IT girl (see what we did there?) has brought each design bang up to date with a frill, a flounce and a piecrust collar, as only Alexa could. Think understated but achingly cool; the sort of clothes you want to queue outside shops for, which, incidentally, is what we’ll be doing.
So, what’s worth the wait? Well, there’s no question that Alexa’s favourite piece is the classic khaki trench coat, which we’ve spotted her rocking more than once. There’s also the pale pink, ruffled blouse, guaranteed to be a sell-out. But the best news is that, what with this being M&S and all, everything is totally wearable, with buys fit for every shape and size. To prove it, the Look team tried on some of the collections’ best pieces, and we can honestly say they were a dream to wear! Check out our try-on session in the video above…
We’re talking polka dot frocks, pleated schoolgirl skirts, double-breasted blazers, cable knits, gingham separates, wide leg trousers, playsuits, ballet flats and slogan trainers. Yep, you heard- slogan kicks. There’s even a baby pink, terry-towelling bikini. We didn’t know we were coveting such a thing but we sure are now. That’s the power of Alexa. And yes, it’s true that your Mum might recognise some of these high street staples from back in the day, but we can safely say they never looked quite this good. In fact, we’ll probably all be scooping our own style awards in no time thanks to La Chung.
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It seems like only yesterday when Alexa Chung kicked off LFW by hosting a party with Marks & Spencer. Not just any party however but the launch of her much-anticipated M&S Archive collection, and our first peek at the 31 piece range. Inspired by the M&S archive and Alexa’s covetable style, it’s safe to stay we’ve got our eye on pretty much all of it.
Check out the some of the key pieces below and start preparing your shopping list ready. We predict this will be a sell-out…
Ada Blazer, £49.50 and Ada Trousers, £39.50
Eliza Paisley Print Dress, £45 and Eliza Dress, £39.50
Frances Coat, £89 and Effie Skirt, £39.50
Edna shirt, £39.50 and Hattie top, £25
Alexa Chung is undisputedly one of the best dressed stars in the fashion-sphere, so you can imagine our excitement when we first heard that she was working on a collaboration with none other than shopping hotspot Marks & Spencer, launching in April 2016. And now, we can finally spill the details!
That’s right – the style tastemaker has teamed up with the high street heavyweight for a very special collection, which will be inspired by M&S’s fashion archives.
The collection, called Archive by Alexa, features 31 items that have been reworked from original pieces the brand has sold over the years. In short, its Alexa’s edit of Marks And Spencer’s best EVER pieces.
‘It was so fun to be given the keys to the M&S archive and such a treat to get to cherry pick the very best of their vast collection of pieces,’ Alexa gushed about the partnership.
‘I pulled from stored garments, in-house magazines and TV adverts from various points in the history of Marks & Spencer to create the collection that I believe looks every bit as relevant today as it did then.’
Of course, this isn’t the first time Alexa has loaned her fashion support to M&S. Last season, the 32-year-old style maven was clocked rocking the brand’s tan suede midi skirt, after which it instantly reached cult status and sold out faster than a pair of Jimmy Choo’s with 95% off.
The collaboration is topped off with a stunning campaign to boot, which Chung herself creatively directed.
And while we’re patiently waiting to see the pieces Alexa has handpicked for our wardrobes, what do we expect will make the cut? Well, given her penchant for dungarees, sharp shirts, floral mini dresses and achingly cool accessories, we reckon we have a few ideas…
Roll on April!