Iâ€™ve been happily modelling for M&S for the last six years, so when Kate Bostock approached me about getting more involved and producing a collection I thought it was a great idea. Iâ€™ve been designing collections across the world, but creating a range for M&S felt like a match made in heaven.
Growing up I was always obsessed with clothes and fashion, but not many people know that I can sew. In fact, sewing is my hobby and I love making clothes. Iâ€™m obsessed with fabric and understand the technicalities too â€“ seams, buttons, zips… so Iâ€™ve been totally hands-on with the designs for the new range from day one. From picking out colours, prints and fabrics (the fabrics are fantastic!) to talking about trends and how we can cover them in the best way, my vision was always to create clothes that are flattering and feminine, as well as on trend, so that women feel confident when they wear them.
The new collection, called TwiggyÂ for M&S Woman, is essentially a capsule collection featuring all the wardrobe staples that I love. There are some great jackets â€“ versatile enough to wear with dresses, skirts and trousers â€“ some brilliant prints, luxurious leather and a little sparkle, plus, some amazing skinny jeans. Most important for me, everything had to be comfortable, affordable, stylish and fun (fashion should always be fun), and Iâ€™m really pleased with the end result.
I get lots of letters from ladies, from 18 to 80 years old, saying â€śIâ€™m not sure how to put this togetherâ€ť, so everything in the range is stylish and coordinated to ensure the pieces work together, making it easy to build outfits. I donâ€™t believe in ageism in fashion, so my range really is for everyone. The pieces can be worn in different ways to suit your own style, no matter what your age. The whole range works together, but, if you buy a single item, itâ€™s sure to fit with what you may already have in your wardrobe too â€“ women donâ€™t just start their wardrobe from scratch every season!
My inspirations for the range have come from lots of different places. I love vintage clothing and old movies or I might find a great colour or print in a painting while visiting an art gallery. I also keep up with trends by going to the shows in Paris, London and New York and by reading the latest fashion magazines.
Iâ€™m so lucky to have a brilliant team around me who are able to interpret my designs and ideas, theyâ€™re on my wavelength in terms of what I like and what I believe will work for the M&S lady. In fact, weâ€™re already working on next season!
I really hope you like the new collection because Iâ€™m incredibly excited about it. Do let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.