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Christmas 2012 preview at Marks & Spencer

Junior brings you an exciting sneak preview of what to expect at Marks & Spencer this coming festive season

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The Marks & Spencer Christmas press preview continued along the same cosy theme as we have already been spotting at lots of other of the events so far this season. Themes included Log Cabin which encompassed everything for a spot of wintery indulgence, Midwinter which was elegant and ice white and Candy Stripe, our favourite theme, which is billed as a contemporary take on traditional New York Christmases and sticks to a red and white colour palette with lots of toy soldiers in the mix. It reminded us of the ever-popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For girls, there is a fabulous selection of designer-inspired fashion, including a dress coated in gold and bronze sequins and ankle boots in glitter. There are the usual chunky knit cardigans, this season updated with duffle coat detailing for boys. It depends on the boy, but they could also be persuaded to try out one of the ‘onesies’ – they look super cosy and we like the skull and crossbones design, but it remains to be seen if these are a fad or a wardrobe staple. A fashion collaboration this year is with Swarovski Elements, which sees the crystals sprinkled over all kinds of Autograph items for adults and children including a pretty white girls’ dress with laser cut petal detail.

Knitting, another trend that seems to be emerging has been captured in a pretty gift box complete with patterns. The love of home craft seems to have spilled over into the world of gardening this season too, with gift sets including a topiary kit (one in the shape of a squirrel) and ceramic herb pots with seeds.

To get the adult’s party started there is a lovely selection of new flavoured liqueurs, including elderflower, cherry brandy and orange brandy. And for the home, there were lots of cute and classy decorations that fit into the overarching themes. Our favourite was a winter fox and reindeer photographic print designs - a fun conversation piece. Also, the Candy Stripe pieces included retro shaped baubles in red and white stripes, also over biscuit tins candles and baking bowls.

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