M&S A/W 14 Press Day: Childrenswear

After months of wondering 'should I, shouldn't I', I have decided to introduce a small Kidswear section to my blog where I will produce wish lists and moodboards of current clothing that catches my eye for littleuns', and any events/ press days I may go to that features childrenswear. As my wonderful little boy is the biggest part of my life, and I am always on the look out for cute and cool clothes for him (often marching straight to the baby section before looking at anything for myself now!), I felt it was an obvious addition to my blog, and I hope other Mummies who read Mode Madeleine will find it useful/ interesting. I'm very wary of keeping my blog predominantly about women's fashion - I will not be classing myself as a 'Mummy blogger' because of this slight change, still an #fblogger :)
So enough of the chit chat! I thought I'd start off my first kiddies post with some images from the Marks & Spencer A/W 14 Press day from the other week. There were some really adorable little pieces, with animal motifs featuring heavily on the girlswear and a strong space theme for the boys. I love the cute little bear bowler hat and how it had been styled with a mustard cardi and patterned skirt, and my favourite item for the boys were the cool astronaut printed socks!

I thought how the show space had been set up and styled was really lovely; I especially loved to see this wall with the designer inspiration, filled with fabric swatches and embellishment. I felt this added a real creative and unique touch to the whole look - I'd love to see more of this type of thing at other press days for Womenswear!
This beautiful frilly lilac dress (centre) would be absolutely gorgeous for a picnic in the sunshine for all those little princesses out there! 

I loved the whole colour palette for boys, which included babywear and older sizes. So fresh and vibrant, which is so nice to see for A/W especially for childrens clothes, it keeps it young and fun, just the way they should look in their little outfits!

I'd love to know what you think about this new element added to the blog. It will only be quite occasional, but I hope it brings some interest to anyone with children/ neices/ nephews/ cousins etc! 
Drop me a comment below with your thoughts :)

M&S A/W 14 Press Day: Womenswear

This post has gone up a little later than planned due to life taking over recently, but here it is nonetheless! A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the exclusive A/W 14 press day for Marks & Spencer, which took place at the beautiful venue, One Marylebone. I had a brilliant afternoon, sipping prosecco and perusing the stunning womenswear collection for the upcoming season. The pieces were separated into five different trends: Simple Luxe, Down Town, Gentle Woman, Modernist and The Arts. My Magpie eye was immediately drawn to soft, powdery pastels & glitzy metallics shown in abundance throughout Down Town, and the Gentle Woman's luxurious silks, fur and cashmere, making these two trends my favourites. I also really loved the pieces in The Arts, as this collection carried on the luxurious feel but with richer, jewel tones and heavy embellishment which really epitomized opulent Winter dressing. I was so impressed with the whole collection - not only were they beautiful and unique items, but every piece was of incredible quality and looked and felt like designer creations. I have to admit, I have only just recently started looking in M&S for a new found love of investment dressing, for maybe the last year or so, but it just keeps getting better and better each season, with contemporary, classic and stylish pieces that still appeal to the loyal M&S customer, but also attract a new demographic, who may be more fashion forward and wanting to keep up with the latest trends. My favourite items were coloured faux fur coats, the pastel tartan wool coat, the heart printed blouse, leather swing coat with fur collar and the cream pvc A-line skirt. I honestly cannot wait for these lines to drop in stores in a few months time!

The Arts

*'A rich collage of tone and fabrication build a dramatic textural landscape; decadent embellishment and moody blooms meet blanket checks and statement faux fur in a collision of opulence.'

 Gentle Woman

*'Luxurious cashmere and wool layers in powder pastels set the tone, with printed silks and injections of colourful faux fur creating a vivid tactile contrast. This sumptuous fabrication is matched by intensely feminine hues creating a modern lady-like direction.'

Simple Luxe

*'A purist exploration of luxury sees soft construction and chic tailoring meet in a minimal take on sophistication. Deep russet and warm greys create a sleek tonal backdrop with a subtle masculine sensibility.'

 Down Town

*'Playful pastels offset with textured metallics create a chic mod-esque aesethtic. Iconic shapes are given a feminine overhaul in slush tones and cornflower blue. Vivid jacquard and high shine layers provide a striking modern edge.'

I didn't take as many photos as I usually do at press days this time, as I was too busy chatting away & sipping prosecco with the lovely Isa & Megan, who kindly showed me around and talked me through each of the trends. So here are a few of the press images which show a few of my favourite pieces more clearly.

*'Mininal separates are graphically punctuated by block colour in a dynamic new print direction. Striking primary highlights give sculptural shapes a bold update.' 
What I'm Wearing:
Blazer: George @ ASDA, cami: River Island, jeans: River Island, necklace: Miss Selfridge, heels: Primark.

The event also showed the new range of lingerie including the A/W range of Rosie for Autograph, and an amazingly cute and quirky kidswear range, which I shall do a separate post on following this.

A big Thank you to the team at M&S for putting on such a great event, and also to Megan & Isa for being lovely, friendly hostesses!  


My Style: Botanical Multicoloured Co-ords

It's no secret that I love a bit of the ol' co-ord dressing, and I instantly fell in love with this vibrant set from Primark. I really liked the fact that the shorts were a bit longer than usual bottoms to co-ords, giving it a slightly more casual feel, and felt I could get away with wearing them more in the day time than having to keep them for an evening out. I love the simple, vintage style button on the jacket as well. There are so many different styles of co-ords around at this time of year, so it is hard to choose (obviously I'd get them all if I could!), but I think the key is to go for a style that can be dressed up or down to get maximum usage out of the purchase.

What I'm Wearing:
Jacket & shorts: Primark, Mint clutch bag: Accessorize, Peep toe heels: New Look, Necklace: Tu Clothing.


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Next A/W 14 Press Day: Womenswear

Yesterday I was invited by the lovely ladies at Next HQ along to their A/W 14 press day, held at the very swanky One Embankment. The collection included everything from Womens & Menswear, to Kids and homeware for the upcoming seasons. Of course it wouldn't be a press event without trays of yummy canapes & cakes being served, along with some delicious ginger cocktails. After snapping our favourite pieces and having a mingle, bloggers and press were able to head on upstairs to the 'beauty area', for a bit of pampering with a choice of a manicure, massage, eyebrow threading or a little hair pick me up with a blow dry. I don't usually ever get anything done when I go to an event, as I always take so long ogling all the pretty things, but this time I gave myself a time limit for picture taking to make use of the pampering on offer.

I'm not usually a big one for monochrome trends, but lately I have been getting more into it, so this particular collection caught my eye. Also because of the different textures of lace and quilting of some of the garments it adds more interest to your usual tailored work wear. They also had their signature style of dresses and abstract/ floral printed blouses, which has been inspired by the Bauhaus in Code Navy, as well as adding a bit of glamour with embellished neck lines on tops and metallic knits.

I find Next do embellishement really well, adding just the right amount onto an item to inject a bit of glitz and glam, but without ever going OTT.

This was of course my favourite trend from the whole collection: pastels! Luxe Coccon adapts to the seasonal change by introducing heavier fabrics along with detailing playing a vital role, with intricate embellishments and lace. I've seen from quite a few A/W collections that pastels are here to stay for the next season, with a lot of emphasis on coloured faux fur, as well as coats and jackets following on from the huge popularity of the pink coat from last year; now we are seeing variations in powder blues, lilacs, apple greens and even lemon. I am obviously delighted that I can still rock my pastels come the colder months!

The outwear collection has something for everyone, ranging from cute pastel duffle coats, to luxurious leather jackets and glamorous fur. Shearling is also set to make a comeback which can be seen throughout their Nordic Charm collection, but by the looks of these pieces, with a much more refined look - think cocoon coats, biker jackets and gilets.

Since getting older and growing up, Next clothing is now very appealing to me as a customer, but I have always been in awe of their shoes and accessories from a young age when my Mum used to take me shopping in there, (undoubtedly for childrens clothes - but I'd always lurk around the jewellery stands and footwear!) So it's no wonder I'm a little bit obsessed with this collection; jewelled heels and boxy clutches are perfect for Christmas parties, while pastel and neutral leather totes and accessories add a softer touch, and metallic, snakeskin and suede really gives that Autumnal feel. Next are one of my favourite places for quality leather boots during those colder months, and their latest additions are no exception. They've really got it covered for any style: barely there sandals are still a staple, along with loafers and brogues and chunky block heels. It's almost got me all excited for Winter and Christmas parties now - which is crazy considering we've barely had a sign of Summer yet!

For this event I have decided to stagger the images into three separate posts (womenswear, home & kids) as there are a lot of photos, so it just breaks it up a tad. Home and kidswear are soon to follow this!

Thanks again to the team at Next, I had such a fab day! 


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