Collaborations can take fashion brands to the new level. They provide customers with new thrills, which is why we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting new partnerships. On our radar at the moment are two amazing new collaborations by British favourite, Marks & Spencer. The retailer, which has recently launched online in Australia, has teamed up with Alexa Chung and Kestin Hare to create two new collections which combine on-trend fashion with classic styles.
Archive by Alexa Collection
Fashion “It” girl, Alexa Chung, has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to create Archive by Alexa. The new collection blends Alexa’s personal retro-chic style with actual past M&S designs from the brand’s extensive archives. The unique collaboration brings designs straight from the past and into the present. Utilising her skilled eye for styling, Alexa pulls classic designs from past decades and modernises them to create perfect new wardrobe additions.
“I just found the future of Marks & Spencer in the past,” said the style icon.
The collection of nostalgic designs creates the perfect range of classic styles to choose from. Despite being firmly rooted in the past, each piece feels as on-trend today as it did originally. The ‘50s trench coat, the ‘60s fit and flare dress, the ‘80s blouse and the ‘90s ribbed t-shirt are all able to slide into your 2016 wardrobe with ease.
Our Picks From Archive by Alexa Collection
The Frances Trench
This classic ’50s trench is the perfect timeless coat. Chic and versatile, it looks just as good styled with a dress and lace-up heels as it does with boyfriend jeans and sneakers.
The Harry Blouse
This classic ’80s style blouse has been the standout piece for the Archive by Alexa collection so far. With a gorgeously modest ruffled collar and sleeves, it’s easy to see why this quirky yet classic blouse has been a sell-out style.
The Mae Playsuit
The cute Mae Playsuit is an easy-to-wear style which will become your go-to sunny day look. For colder days, play on the ’90s trend and style with a plain white T-shirt underneath, or toughen the look up with a black, leather, biker jacket.
The Ada Trousers
The Ada Trouser’s cropped, wide-leg silhouette is back on trend for 2016. Relaxed yet sleek, these trousers will take you from work to evening drinks with ease.
The Helen Trainers
We love these retro-chic, all-white trainers. Comfortable, stylish and ready to help you make decisions. Is there anything these trainers aren’t good for?
The Ada Blazer
The Ada Blazer (partner to the Ada Trouser) combines relaxed tailoring with classic design. We recommend trying it in a model “off-duty” look, paired with skinny jeans, boots and an on-trend shirt or T-shirt.
Kestin Hare for M&S Collection
Kestin Hare is the talented menswear designer and creative director behind the Kestin Hare label. Collaborating with Marks and Spencer, Kestin has produced an exciting new collection of great designs. Like Archive by Alexa, the Kestin Hare for M&S Collection explores traditional and classic styles of the past and successfully brings them into the modern world of fashion. Inspired by early British explorers, this collection sees classic design details paired with an overall contemporary aesthetic. The clean-cut styles are brought to life with a mix of botanical and safari prints.
“This partnership allows me to design for a wider audience without compromising on great quality fabrics, fit, and style.” said the designer.
The collection offers men a range of designs to easily add to their modern wardrobes. Styles such as textured cotton chinos and blazers make easy outfit partners whilst bold, hand-drawn prints create the standout pieces you’ve been looking for.
Our Picks From Kestin Hare Collection
Waffle Texture Short Sleeve Shirt
The Waffle Texture Shirt is the classic short sleeve shirt you’ve been looking for. Easy to pair with chinos and shorts, this wardrobe basic is one that you’ll reach for time and time again.
Hand Drawn Printed Short Sleeve Shirt
We love this standout short-sleeved shirt for its hand-drawn statement print. Attention-grabbing yet not “in your face”, the washed-out, safari green hues make this shirt a winning piece.
Textured Cotton Chino Shorts
It’s the little details that make these Kestin Hare Textured Cotton Chino Shorts standout from all the other pairs of chino shorts on the market. The buckles on the waistband, the warm brown buttons and the coin pocket detail, all contribute to making these classic shorts special.
Granddad Collar Jersey T-Shirt
The Granddad Collar Jersey T-Shirt is a great slim-fit tee for casual wear. With all the comfort of a plain cotton T-shirt but with infinite more style, this top will help you stand out from the pack. It also looks great paired with the Textured Cotton Chino Shorts. BUY
Textured Cotton Blazer
The Italian sourced, textured cotton of this blazer offers that luxury feel at a more affordable price. We especially love the palm leaf print lining on this single-breasted design.
Textured Cotton Pleated Chinos
With double knife pleats at the front, Kestin Hare perfectly modernises early British explorer influences in these chinos. Sporting an adjustable waistband and added stretch, these classic navy pants are a new wardrobe essential.