As well as Shopping The Night Away at Dubai Festival City Mall, and confirming our love for an M&S Luxury Cheeseboard, here's what we learned at the Grazia Garden party...
1. There are #NewPricesYouWillLove
Sahar Milani, Head of Marketing, Marks & Spencer MENA told guests, “We're delighted to be hosting the event tonight in our Dubai Festival City store in collaboration with Grazia and just in time for our latest campaign, which is centered around new prices and giving our customers more of what they love for even less.” Grazia Editor in Chief Alison Tay added, "We really have to be smarter about shopping, whether it’s pricing or provenance. We all have a huge responsibility not just to ourselves but to the planet to be more mindful about what we’re buying and why we’re buying it. Buying less and buying well plays a huge part of that."
2. It's even easier to shop sustainably
"Part of the #NewPricesYouWillLove strategy involves T-shirts at pocket friendly prices, including the one pictured at just Dhs110," explained Alison. "But what we love about it most is that it’s made from 70 per cent recycled sustainable cotton, which is something that’s really feeding into what we’re passionate about right now."
3. There's a secret range of vegan leather shoes
"Something that we found really interesting is that Marks & Spencer has vegan leather," observed Digital Editor Olivia Phillips. "There’s actually seven vegan leather pairs of shoes in store at Marks & Spencer at Dubai Festival City Mall right now. And there’s a bigger selection online on marksandspencer.com/ae."
4. The What's My Size tool will blow your mind
Online shopping 101 according to Olivia: "There are two things you've got to remember - you need to know that you can trust the website and you need to know that things are going to fit so Marks & Spencer have actually nailed both of those things so you don't need to worry. You know you can completely trust them, they’re an incredibly well-known heritage British brand and you also have this amazing functionality where you can input your bra size, your regular size for other brands that you wear, what kind of shape you think your hips and your belly are and it will literally calculate all of those things together and come up with your perfect size, so you’re pretty much guaranteed that when it arrives at your doorstep it’s actually going to fit super well and you also get 10 per cent off on your first order and it’s free delivery for everything over Dhs200. What’s not to love?”
5. All the trends are ticked off
As well as a so-this-season palette of rich, earthy tones, Marks & Spencer's SS19 collection is also winning at animal print, and according to Grazia, more is more. "The trick to mixing prints is look for what those two prints have in common - be it a colour or the fact they're both animal print or graphic - and bring them together," explains Alison.
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Photos: Aasiya Jagadeesh