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Leibovitz and her fashionable leading ladies

The woman that has photographed the world's biggest style icons has herself fashioned a pioneering career. Little wonder then that Annie Leibovitz was tasked with capturing the mood to launch Marks and Spencer’s new campaign.

Leibovitz and her fashionable leading ladies
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No stranger to creating striking portraits that adorn the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue, Annie Leibovitz’s A-list portfolio has courted both praise and controversy in her depiction of today’s modern woman.  

And now she sharpens her focus on what they will be wearing this season, as part of the latest Marks and Spencer’s Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign, which is now available online for customers via its Spanish website.

PHOTO GALLERY: Leibovitz and her fashionable leading ladies

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director Marketing and Business Development at M&S said:  “Annie was the perfect choice to shoot a campaign of this magnitude. Her unmistakable, signature style, with its truly dramatic aesthetic was exactly what we needed to communicate the essence of the campaign and of the new M&S.”

 

 

 

The UK’s largest retailing is inviting customers to “Meet Britain’s leading ladies” having styled an eclectic mix of 12 respected names including Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, Olympic gold-winning boxer Nicola Adams and Grace Coddington, Creative Director of US Vogue. 

“M&S has been completely a part of my life,” says Mirren. “When I was 13 I remember seeing a bathing suit in M&S that I really wanted so I saved up my money, week after week and I bought it and thought I was the bees knees in my M&S bathing suit!.

“I love the art of fashion. I like to mix classic pieces – and that’s where M&S is so brilliant – with pieces from other stores and second hand shops.”

Influential and inspiration, Mirren and her leading lady peers pose for Leibovitz in four quintessentially British backdrops to showcase the new season collection.

The winter coat
The female crew step on board to brave the chilly waters of London’s River Thames, wrapped in a diverse range of winter coats, from luxe fabrics in pretty pale shades to soft faux furs in animal prints.
We love this Wool Blend Large Faux Fur Collar Coat

Timeless femininity
Everyday glamour set in the lush rolling hills of the British countryside defines Marks and Spencer’s ultra feminine Per Una range, with soft tailoring and a contrasting mix of bright and muted colours.
We love these Roma Slim Leg Trousers 

London Calling
Playful for the camera but bold and rebellious in style, the scene shot in a London artist’s studio captures the essence of the London Calling trend with bold checks, relaxed wools and leather trims.
We love this Monochrome Tartan Checked Mini Skirt with Wool

Country house dressing
Sophistication and evening wear is styled in the elegance of a country house setting, presenting the pick of the collection’s dresses including the season’s must have lace-detail trend.
We love this Floral Lace Velour Panel Dress

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Spain to ban plastic packaging for food and vegetables from 2023

A ban on the sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping in supermarkets will come into effect in 2023, as part of a decree drafted by Spain's Ministry for Ecological Transition.

Spain to ban plastic packaging for food and vegetables from 2023
A ban on the sale of fruit and vegetables in plastic wrapping in supermarkets will come into effect in 2023. Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP

It also includes measures to encourage shoppers to buy loose fruit and vegetables and curb the sale of plastic bottles.

The ban on plastic wrapping for fruit and vegetables will apply to produce weighing under 1.5 kilograms. Meanwhile those “at risk of deteriorating when sold loose” will not be affected, according to Spanish newspaper El País.

The decree aims to incorporate European Union rules into Spain’s legislation, and follows similar legislation in France that will go into effect next year.

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The goal is to “fight the overuse of packaging in the most effective way,” a ministry spokesperson told El País, adding that plastic pollution has “exceeded all limits.”

It will also aim to make 100% of packaging recyclable by 2030, as well as cut the sale of plastic bottles by half.

Rules forcing authorities to “encourage the installation of drinking fountains in public spaces”, “introduce alternatives to the sale of bottled drinks” and reduce “the distribution of single-use drinking cups” at public events, are also being contemplated.

Representatives of green groups welcomed the ban but added that the Spanish government is not moving fast enough to put a stop to plastic pollution.

“We drink plastic, we eat plastic and we breathe plastic,” Julio Barea of Greenpeace, told El País.

According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Spain generations 1.6 million tonnes of waste from plastic packaging every year, and recycles less than half. Two thirds of what goes to landfill is not recycled.

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