- Gemma Champ shows tea dresses as the trend for garden parties this summer
- UK-based fashion expert shares new designer-meets-high-street collection
- 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 set for garden parties, picnics, and the relaxed weddings announced by Carrie and Boris’ low-key relationship.
And not ahead of time. With clothing stores still in gloom, a new designer-meets-high-street collection is guaranteed to spark a little excitement.
Naturally, H&M is first off the block, teaming up with a true fashion darling, the Brock collection. This California dream team exudes a mix of romanticism and pared-back chic—a slip dress in a dark floral is the perfect example.
Cherry Print Midi Tee Dress, £69, M&S x Ghost at marksandspencer.com; Mule, £46, next.co.uk
Freya dress, £320, Seffin Fenwick, exclusive at Fenwick. Co.UK; Heels, £49, next.co.uk
Rosie dress, £340, Cefinn Fenwick fenwick.co.uk. on special
If you’re a fan of partisan tea dresses, you’ll know that the original and best belong to the 1990s favorite Ghost, which makes the brand’s third affordable collaboration with Marks & Spencer an especially welcome one.
Where older M&Ss may have given us gaudy flowers, the Ghost-approved versions offer a blingy midi-skirt with banged prints and puffed sleeves that look more flattering than the clingy Ghost original.
If sundresses are more your thing, Savannah Miller (actress Sienna’s fashion designer sister) is bringing back the boho 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 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 provide a cover-up without looking flashy, while the high-waisted, zebra maxi is just the ticket to the summer event.
Collaborations aren’t just about getting designer pieces at a bargain price, though – as Seffin has teamed up with Fenwick, a top destination for ‘social season’ shopping.
Six Pieces Samantha Cameron comes in at the same price as the rest of the label, but they’re exclusive to department stores. The Rosie dress is just the floral chic side, while the fit-and-flare Freya style is exceptionally belted.
The appeal of the High Street collaboration lies in the uniqueness of getting your hands on a soon-to-be-selling frock from a limited run. So even if you’re sharing tea for two now, you probably won’t be sharing your tea outfit for one.
Ditsy Floral Puff Sleeve Midi Tee Dress, £69, M&S x Ghost at marks andspenser.com; heels, £75, dune london.com