(For my outside-of-the-UK friends: the Marks & Spencer food commercial tagline is 'It's not just food, it's M&S food'...geddit?)
The latest news on high street/celeb/designer/whatever collaborations is that Marks & Spencer is teaming up with Sex and The City and Ugly Betty stylist Patricia Field to produce a one-off fashion collection for release this Autumn.
Women will be excited and (straight) men will say 'The chick who made Sarah Jessica Parker's character look like a rich girl playing dress-up with her gran's wardrobe in a dumpster?' My Other Half refers to her style as 'Poho' as he coined it - Posh Bohemian (not bad). He absolutely hates the Carrie character (as most men do) and thinks 'she tries too hard by taking high-end designer pieces and attempting to make them look hippy-ish and low-rent' (she's not real, eh?).
Depends which season I suppose, I can think of a few episodes where I was scratching my head (that yellow Hermes print scarf Carrie wore like a headband with the corner sticking up in the middle of her forehead like a triangle...How? Why? and Why? I was embarrassed for her as she walked down the street looking so silly. That's right, embarrassed for a fictional character on TV).
The Telegraph reports that according to Field she has "conceptualised the line as 'Destination Style New York' and it consists of iconic womenswear including matching accessories. I like to see it as expression of my philosophy of 'the democratisation of luxury'. Other Half would likely say to this, "So, trashy looks for everyone, then?"
I'll admit that I'm far more curious to see what Patricia Field will come up with for the M&S customer than I would be for an independent line. The thing I can appreciate, however, is the way she accessorises and puts pieces together in ways most of us would never consider. It's done bigger and bolder and therefore sometimes a bit ridiculously when it's for television and intended to create impact for a character (it sure put SJP on the fashion map - she's become one-in-the-same with Carrie Bradshaw in the minds of her adoring public) but surely there's something to learn from it all?
So if we think about it with an open mind we can modify Field's unconventional approach for our daily dressing, can't we? Instead of a silk triangle on our foreheads, maybe consider a scarf creatively placed around the neck for a complementary splash of colour to brighten the face? Baby steps. It's incredible what a little thing like that can do.
Oh, uh, um.............OH DEAR.