Twiggy for Marks & Spencer

It’s not everyday I get invited to meet a fashion icon.

When I opened the email inviting me to meet, one of the first ever supermodels, Twiggy; I jumped at the chance.

The event included meeting Twiggy and attending a preview of her new collection for M&S. As part of the afternoon there was also a fashion show from Marks & Spencers archives through the decades from the twenties onwards.

There was a handful of lovely Northern bloggers and members of the M&S Sparks card community. Collecting points on your Sparks card unlocks treats, discounts and experiences- the Twiggy event was one of them. I’ve recently signed up to it and although it is another card in your purse, I’m finding it one of my most used. Monthly treats to choose from like deals on groceries or money off clothes.

marks and spencer archive leeds historyFor me Marks & Spencer is something that has always been there. The brand is ingrained in British culture. I suppose we take it for granted, remember what happened to BHS?

I think it is important for us to treasure that part of our culture and history. On the other hand it is incredibly important also, for the brand to keep up with the times, giving the customer what they want.

I think M&S are great at this, from developing clothing for children with special needs to bringing in British icons like Twiggy to design capsule collections.

If you cant already tell, I’m rather proud of being asked to work with M&S on this campaign. I thoroughly encourage you to visit the Marks & Spencer archives too, if you can.

mark and spencer vintage clothes

The archive is housed in Leeds University (M&S was started in Leeds- who knew!). The university campus is choc-a-block full of gorgeous red-brick buildings mixed with contemporary architecture. Worth a follow on Instagram for their beautiful feed.

twiggy old fashioned susie m&S

Me, Twiggy & Dash from Mode-Lily

Inside the Michael Marks Building, named after the founder, is where you’ll find this glorious gathering of British fashion and cultural history. The exhibition is free and permanent; open from 10-5 on weekdays.

The fashion show was a lot of fun and meeting Twiggy was lovely. She is incredibly down to earth. Her collection for Mark & Spencer promises to donate 30% of everything sold to the Breast Cancer Now charity.

As part of the campaign I got to choose a few bits from M&S and style them with a piece from the Twiggy collection.

I went for these jeans, which are a cropped skinny jean but have loads of give so they felt really comfortable to wear too, great for running around after the kids. I love the detailing down the sides, making them a little extra special.

how to wear double denim - twiggy collection for M&S

My whole outfit here is Marks & Spencer except for the neckerchief and my trusty Superga’s.

I’ve a real soft spot for double denim. The best way to pull it off, I think it works for me anyway, is to wear to different denim weights. The blouse here is almost a chambray denim and the jean are a heavier fabric. Also the loose shirt contrasted with the snug fit of the jeans helps the look feel contemporary rather than derivative.

how to wear double denim

Outfit details;

casual double denim

Huge thanks to M&S for inviting me to create this collaborative post
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  1. April 24, 2017 / 7:28 am

    I love this outfit on you and your instagragram stories that day were insanely good!!!

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Aw thanks Kirsty- it was such a fun day. Perfect for Stories!

  2. April 24, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    oh I am so envious , TWIGGY ! How wonderful. Marks and Spencer has gone through a bit of a bad patch in Exeter but I am glad to say they are back with a bang now. Loving so much of their new ranges. Agree how wonderful they are at supporting charities too xx

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks Karen, glad to hear you are enjoying your local branch again x

  3. April 24, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    You look great! Love that chambray shirt. And the little pops of red are spot on. Looks like a great day!!x

  4. April 24, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    You look gorgeous!! I love M&S … I always pop in to the one near Cheshire Oaks. I was actually there on Friday and picked up the very bag that you’re sporting. It’s a gem, isn’t it? x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Great minds think alike! Thanks chuck

  5. April 24, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    You look gorge! I love the vintage vibe and the neckerchief is so cute xxx

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks so much Cate!

  6. April 24, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    how amazing! and I had no idea they started in Leeds, I can’t wait to share that knowledge 🙂 I went to Uni there so its always been close to my heart. Outfit looks gorge hun! x

  7. April 24, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing opportunity! I love M&S so I’ll have to check out that exhibition when I’m next in Leeds 🙂 love your outfit too, you’re totally rocking that double denim 🙂

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Double denim is the future I’m sure 😉 thanks darling xx

  8. April 24, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day Sus, and what beautiful photos. Really love this look x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks Kate- denim is my failsafe for sure

  9. April 24, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    What an amazing event! I would have loved to have done this too, well done you for jumping at the chance and being proud of the opportunity. Love the outfit too, the splashes of colour are perfect x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much Donna! We’ll meet soon I hope

  10. April 25, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Twit twooo !! you look gorgeous Sue and I love your hair too!!
    How brilliant to meet twiggy in person I have (green eyed envy)
    Brilliant pics who took those?
    Lots of love
    Ash xxx

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Thanks so much- It was my husband! I should credit him really shouldn’t I

  11. April 25, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Ooh, you are so lucky. I’m a big Twiggy fan. And you look amazing in those jeans btw. x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks Carole! She’s lovely in person x

  12. April 25, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    How fun to meet Twiggy. Sounds like a wonderful event x

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      So much fun!

  13. April 25, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    LOVE THAT BAG! I have a pair of M&S jeans and love them so much. Twiggie sounds so cool (on my wish list to meet her too) – love your matching bent leg pose 🙂

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Hehe- I noticed that too! Thanks darling

  14. April 25, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    M&S is an institution! Congratulations on meeting Twiggy – off to check out her new collection,

    • Susie
      April 25, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Ah thanks Rachel!

  15. April 28, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I love the plait detailing on the jeans! It really adds that extra oomph to the outfit and makes you stand out from the crowd. I’m a massive fan of the M&S limited collection and I swear by their bras! It sounds like it was a fab event! x

  16. April 28, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Aw she’s such an icon – what a fab day. You look gorgeous in this outfit too Sus – love it!

  17. May 3, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Oh gosh, what an absolute treat and a brilliant fashion show. She really is an icon!

  18. May 5, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, I would love to meet Twiggy!

    I haven’t got a sparks card because as you say it’s another card to carry, but the offers and treats sound pretty good so I might sign up now!

    • Susie
      May 6, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Yeah My thoughts too- but I had a clearout recently and that one is worth having I think

  19. May 8, 2017 / 10:27 am

    OMG! How amazing I love Twiggy! Such an Icon! Sounds like an amazing day! xx

  20. May 10, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Wow what a fab day, I love Twiggy and who doesn’t love a trusty M&S treat?! I’ll definitely check this exhibition out, sounds great thanks for sharing x