Up up up up all night long.
I have in fact been up all night long, such was the buzz from last night’s M&S Summer Ball. Couldn’t sleep.
The evening was styled in the theme of the Secret Garden with hanging foliage, birdcage table centres, flowers adorning our food and a champagne bicycle.
I attended the ball as a VIP – an ambassador for Breast Cancer Now having appeared in last year’s fundraising campaing which meant for the acts: Soprano Joanna Forest, Paloma Faith, Rob Brydon and Kylie all compered by Gabby Logan, I with my 20 comrade ambassadors, were front and centre of the 100 tables present.
But none of those are reasons why M&S are my heartbeat song. It’s because last week at the UK Plus Size Fashion Week, M&S were the ONLY high street brand in attendance, modelled here by the Grey Goddess Rachel Peru.
It’s because last year they launched their curve range which appreciates that in creating larger clothes you can’t just up-size them, you need to redesign them.
Because they stock the largest range of sizes on the high street and because when I pointed out my bikini shopping research, they listened.
Marks and Spencer are far and away the front runner in pushing the envelope on body image on our high streets.
And from a personal perspective I cherish their authentic commitment to Breast Cancer Now and saving lives.
In his speech, M&S CEO Steve Rowe, confirmed their ethos is a commitment to making “a real difference to people’s lives”.
All of that, and because my lingerie drawer would be nothing without them, they are my heartbeat song.