First looks Archive By Alexa for Marks & Spencer

Archive by Alexa lands in M&S stores.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

This morning I popped into the Marks and Spencer flagship store to take a peek at the new Archive by Alexa collection which is landing in store November 1st. This is her second rummage through the Leeds M&S archive, and she’s definitely hit on some future classics. With a pile of looks with a retro vibe which fall just this side of wearable for us regular folk, I think these items will be flying off the shelves.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

With laser-like focus, the press pack sifted their way through the collection with a few key pieces jumping out as favourites. The Briggate trench (£89) was definitely the go-to item of the morning – I was picking up one for the lovely Karen Blanchard from Where Did U Get That who couldn’t make it over from New York. But I also spotted reserved tags on a pile more – coming to the Instagram feeds of your favourite bloggers soon no doubt.

archive by alexa briggate trench photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

This chunky cable knit – the Headrow knit (£45) – was also garnering a lot of attention… Hilary Alexander had it pegged as her top pick as we scoped out the racks side by side, and I can report that it felt super weighty and definitely one for the autumnal closet.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

Alexa herself had voiced her love of the Crown jacket (£99), and in the flesh, it’s actually really delicious for a faux fur – perfect for those gals on the skinny side, but be wary of its bulkiness if you’re carrying any extra weight around the middle.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaneyThe original Crown Jacket (above) and Ellerby Coat (below) from the Marks & Spencer archives.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

I’m not normally a print fan, but my eye kept being drawn to the fabulous oriental floral print on the Albion shirt (£35) and the Lady Kimono (£49.50).

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaneyThe York Slipper

So this blouse might just have made it into the going home bag….

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

The Lovell blouse (£35)

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

The Wellington jumper (£35)

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

The Harper Dress (£49.50)

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

The Aire metallic shirt (£39.50) (actually more silvery in real life)

I tried on the Templar coat below (£99) and even though it has a super luxe weighty feel to it, it is cut to a shorter fit and didn’t quite make it to my checkout pile.

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

archive by alexa collection press preshop photographed by sara delaney

Wade velvet boot (£65)

The collection is now on sale… take a peek at the items below and click the links to shop.

If you’ve shopped it already – which pieces did you love? Let me know in the comments below…

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  1. Sarah
    November 9, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I bought the crown jacket on the day of launch and I love it but it is big! Not just bulky but roomy too. I could have gone down a size as the 12 (my normal size) swamps me but as I bought it online, fell in love with it out of the package and haven’t taken it off since, I didn’t exchange it for a 10. The Wellington jumper (in grey) is gorgeous, roomy and really reminds me of the 1990s M&S v neck jumpers that I wore as a teenager. It has a look of the school jumper about it and goes beautifully with my grey suede over the knee boots. Finally I also bought the Harper top and it’s very snug (again a size 12) so it does pay to try this stuff on.

    • November 9, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Hey Sarah – thanks for the comment. I was there picking up for lovely Karen from WhereDidUGetThat and she also had a panic about sizing as had heard they were coming up big – but hers ended up fitting fine. Sounds like you had a great haul in the end… I opted for the silk print blouse which is utterly gorg! Take a peek at how Karen styled hers NYC stylie here http://wheredidugetthat.com/2016/11/the-alexa-chung-briggate-trench.html

      Sara xx

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