Alexa Chung Dug Into the Marks & Spencer Archives for Her Latest Collection

A look book shot for the
A look-book shot for the Archive by Alexa collection for Marks & Spencer.

British it-girl Alexa Chung will launch the Winter Archive by Alexa Collection for Marks & Spencer on Tuesday.

This is the second iteration of her capsule for the British retailer and will complete the series. Like the first, it is a contemporary interpretation of archive pieces from the brand, which was established in 1884. The 27-piece womenswear collection was curated by Chung and the M&S design team using the brand’s extensive archive that is housed in Leeds in the north of England.

There are three shoes styles: a lug-soled, lace-up work boot in black leather with brogue detailing; a heeled bootie that comes in both black matt leather and crushed velvet; and a pair of pointed, floral pumps.

The Archive by Alexa floral York Pump. The Archive by Alexa floral York Pump.

 

The archive inspiration behind Alexa Chung's York Shoe for Archive by Alexa. The archive inspiration behind Alexa Chung’s York Shoe for Archive by Alexa.

The pump style was modeled on a classic pair from the Sixties, known back in the day as “casuals” or “flexibles.” The team updated them by introducing the oriental print from a dressing gown that was sold by Marks & Spencer in the Thirties.

The Chinoiserie print robe dates from around 1935 and has a black background with a Chinese floral and pagoda motif in pink, blue, white and green. Traditional designs from China were a huge influence on the clothing and accessories of the era, with the kimono-style proving particularly popular.

“For this second collection, I wanted to focus on a more luxe evening wear vibe to lead us into the winter party season,” said Chung, “and was thrilled to once again to discover an abundance of inspiration within the Marks & Spencer archive.”

New Market Boot from Archive by Alexa. New Market Boot from Archive by Alexa.
The Wade Boot from Archive by Alexa. The Wade Boot from Archive by Alexa.
New Market boot archive inspiration. New Market boot archive inspiration.
archive by alexa Wade boot archive inspiration.

The collection will available in select stores and online at Marks & Spencer.