Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A Trip to Dublin - M&S AW12 Launch!

I was delighted to be invited by the team at ASG Ireland to attend the M&S autumn winter launch party in Dublin this week. Following on from the new TV ad that launched at the weekend, this was an opportunity for press, stylists & bloggers to get a closer look at some of the key pieces. As well as Rebecca McConnell from ASG and journalist Mags Connolly, I travelled with my FABB blogging buddy & journalist Niamh Kelly, pictured below:
After downing a glass or two of pink bubbly, the show began and it soon became apparent that my state of the art (ha!) camera could not cope with the lighting and movement. Seeing plenty of official photographers about, I decided to leave the hard work up to them. But I made sure to get one half decent picture of the gorgeous ex-Miss Ireland, Olivia Tracey. Oh, to look this stunning in my 50's.. 
After the show, I was lucky enough to get chatting to Darren Kennedy, TV Presenter, Fashion Journalist and one of Ireland's most stylish men, who was also well impressed with the latest M&S collection. Ever the gentleman, he was happy to pose for a photo. 
If Darren's website Help My Style is not already in your favourites, you've got to check it out. It's jammed full of fashion & beauty advice - right up my street! 

But I digress...back to the M&S autumn winter range and I'd love to share with you all of the items I picked out on the night however, some of them are yet to arrive in-store and online. I'll do another post when they are available to purchase but for now, here are my choices from the stock that is currently available:
A very wearable day dress with flattering colour block panels
Autograph Slash Neck Dress - £59
Per Una Speziale (please don't let that put you off!) coat - £135
Trust me, this is stunning in real life - watch the video on the link
Again, bear with me on this one-it's truly lovely in real life!
Per Una Speziale Tweed Metallic Jacket £79
Limited Edition Geometric Dress - £39.50
Finally, this dress is super versatile - you could wear it in so many ways. On a night out, at work or over skinny jeans. As well as featuring in the show, one of the girls in the M&S Marketing team was wearing it & it looked stunning on her too.
I'll leave you with some of the PR shots from yesterday. Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I'll share the official catwalk photos when they come through.

Green Military Coat - £129 


Limited Edition Metallic Skinny Jeans - £35
All items also available on the Marks & Spencer Ireland website
Thank you to ASG Ireland, M&S Ireland & Wilson Hartnell PR
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16 comments

  1. It looks like a lot of fun. See ... and you were wondering what to do when the girls started school - your job should be professional blogger - do you think the other half will agree to that?

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    1. The trouble Sue is the lack of pay...and therein lies the other half's objections! Hey ho...I'll keep living the dream until he clicks that there is no money coming in...shush..don't tell! x

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  2. I am loving that skyline tunic <3 And how cute do you all look!!! Looks to have been a real fabulous time xx

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  3. Loving this, looks like you guys had such fun, I recently tried on the green military coat as I was besotted with it in the ad, not so good if you have hips darnit! Love the contour dress though, great to see an on trend day piece with sleeves and a decent length! Amazing!
    DpX

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    1. Thanks Dawn...I'm actually going to try all the pieces on myself when they're all in. Think it will be interesting to see them on a real person. Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  4. I too love the green military coat, Unfortunatly on me it would be milatry tank instead of chic!!! Darren lookin great. Love his hair. Sounds like a great day out

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    1. Lol Regina....it might be a bit long but that's all. Thought you'd like the pic of Darren...he's a dote! Avx

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  5. Your embellished top is gorgeous! Seeing as we've just come out of winter here in S.A. and are now well in the swing of Spring, I just can't find any winter stuff inspiring so I am focusing on your top which I love!

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    1. Thanks Pippa - and I'm loving your new personal style post...you look fab! Please do more of this - great to see you and your gorgeous wee boy too x

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  6. Envious! Bring me with you next time lol:)

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  7. Hard to believe that those clothes are from M&S. Looking forward to seeing them in 'real life'. Sounds like you had lots of fun. And as always, you look very chic!

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  8. That coat does look lovely in the vid! x

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  9. You look great,bet it was an amazing night,loving the collection :)

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