The high-end shopping area has gone: you can buy Ghost at M&S, Sam Cam at Fenwick and Savannah Miller at Next
- Gemma Champ reveals tea dresses as this summer’s trend for garden parties
- British fashion expert shares new designer-meets-High-Street collections
- Among them is Ghost’s third affordable collaboration with Marks & Spencer
Yes, the fashion collab is back, and this summer it comes in the form of tea dresses destined for garden parties, picnics and relaxed weddings, heralded by the low-key affair of Carrie and Boris.
And not before time. With clothing stores still in the doldrums, a new designer-meets-High-Street collection is guaranteed to spark a bit of excitement.
Of course, H&M is the first of the blocks, along with a real fashion darling, the Brock Collection. This California dream team serves up a mix of romance and understated chic – the dark floral print slip dress is a perfect example.
Cherry print midi tea dress, £69, M&S x Ghost at marksandspencer.com; mules, £46, next.co.uk
Freya dress, £320, Cefinn Fenwick exclusively at fenwick. co.uk; heels, £49, next.co.uk
Rosie dress, £340, Cefinn Fenwick exclusively at fenwick.co.uk
If you’re a fan of biased tea dresses, you’ll know that the original and best belong to the favorite Ghost of the 90s, making the brand’s third affordable collaboration with Marks & Spencer especially welcome.
Where the old M&S may have given us frumpy florals, the Ghost-approved versions offer pop-on-trend ditsy prints and puff sleeves with flared midi skirts that are more flattering than the tacky Ghost originals.
If sundresses are more your thing, Savannah Miller (actress Sienna’s fashion designer sister) is bringing boho back with her new collection for Next. T
Lyocell mix dress, £29.99, Brock Collection x H&M, and sandals, £14, hm.com
Zebra maxi dress, £62, Savannah Miller x Next at next. co.uk; sandals, £75, dune london.com
Terracotta dress £49, Savannah Miller x Next, and bag, £26, next.co.uk; sandals, £85, dune london.com
The loose sleeves of this terracotta dress offer a cover-up without looking squeamish, while the high-waisted, zebra maxi is just the ticket to a summer event.
However, collaborations aren’t just about getting designer pieces at a bargain price – as evidenced by Cefinn’s partnership with Fenwick, a top destination for ‘social season’ shopping.
The six pieces are available for a similar price to the rest of Samantha Cameron’s label, but are exclusive to the department store. The Rosie dress is simply the chic floral side, while the fit-and-flare Freya style is extravagant with a belt.
The appeal of the High Street collaboration lies in the exclusivity of getting your hands on a soon-to-sell limited edition dress. So even if you’re now sharing tea for two, you probably won’t be sharing your tea dress for one.
Ditsy puff sleeve midi tea dress, £69, M&S x Ghost at marks andspencer.com; heels, £75, dune london.com