Emma Willis on leaving her comfort zone, designing her first ever footwear range and bringing a pop of colour to her spring 2020 Edit
A year since launching her first clothing launch for Next, Emma Willis is back with a spring 2020 edit featuring footwear for the very first time. We sat down with the presenter to hear about her latest range which launches online on the 27th February and in store at The Rock Bury on the 10th March.
On Designing Footwear
With five collections already under her belt, this will be the presenter’s first range that features footwear. Emma’s previous collections included lingerie, jewellery and sportswear but this range features shoes and sandals that can be styled for multiple occasions.
“With sandals, I like something that’s super simple and flattering on the legs. I tend to wear flats more in the summer.”
The footwear designs successfully continue her philosophy as a designer, where she prioritises combining style, comfort and affordability for her collections with Next. This season’s pieces are easily adaptable, perfect for any occasion and for taking you from spring into summer.
On Embracing Colour
As well as designing footwear for the first time, Emma has stepped out of her comfort zone with this collection by becoming increasingly adventurous with her colour choices.
While this collection sees pops of red, blue and white present in dresses, skirts and tailoring, past collections have stuck to more muted and neutral tones. This move towards colour is testament to the fact Emma is becoming more comfortable than ever and is seizing the opportunity to explore bold colours and patterns, especially during spring and summertime.
Meanwhile, her favourite pieces from the latest range are a surprising choice for the mum-of-three, who always claimed to favour trousers over dresses.
“I would say my favourite pieces in this collection are surprisingly all the dresses. I honestly think we’ve nailed it. They’re really easy to wear, really versatile, you can wear them to work or out to drinks, they cover up in all the right places. I am for the first time in my life saying that dresses are my favourite bit.”
On Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones
Emma is living proof that stepping out of your comfort zone can yield great results – an approach she tries to pass onto her daughters. She also wants to instil compassion and kindness in them:
“I would like them to know their worth. I want them to be strong in body and mind but also kind and compassionate and caring – I suppose all the things I feel I got from my mum, I hope that they will have got from me and from my mum.”
Emma’s latest spring edit includes a range of leopard, polka dot and Eastern-influenced designs in sizes 6-22. It’s available online from 27th February or in store at The Rock Bury from 10th March.
It’s finally February and the month of love is upon us.
The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on and we’ve picked out some of our favourite gift ideas available from retailers at The Rock to help you find the perfect gift in time for February 14th.
Does the special one in your life deserve a pamper?
Lush here at The Rock has lots of special treats for an evening of relaxation and indulgence.
There’s a host of gift choices in store, including this peachy new set. Featuring a crumbly bubbleroon and bath bomb, their bathtime will be filled with fresh peach juice and tagetes oil.
Fancy getting your hands on an exclusive bubble bar? This is the gift for you or a loved one!
Want to say it with flowers?
You absolutely can’t go wrong with roses for Valentine’s Day and M&S have an excellent selection. Pick up 12 red roses for £5 or go all out and choose the Collection True Love Bouquet for £25. Roses launch in store on 12th February.
Or what about saying it with food?
They say the way to a man’s heart is his stomach – these Love Sausages from M&S will make the perfect tasty Valentine’s Day breakfast. Launching in store on 7th February, the original is priced at £6 and the ‘Give a Little Love Sausage’ is a purse-friendly £5.
The Love Sausage is heart-shaped, lightly truffled and wrapped in bacon. M&S suggest you serve the sausage with two fried eggs in the middle – what a start to a very special day.
What about giving them a something different?
Why not treat your other half to breakfast in bed using this fun gift set from The Card Factory.
It contains a fun mug, plate and bowl perfect for their morning meal, and will make them smile long after Valentine’s Day is over. Help them have the lie-in they deserve and serve up tea, toast and cereal in style.
This fun, flirty game from The Card Factory contains two after-dinner crackers filled with cheeky dares and questions. If you didn’t know each other that well before, you certainly will now! It’s perfect for new couples.
Looking for a tasty treat?
Tuck into Millie’s Cookies LIMITED EDITION Valentine’s Stuffed & Loaded Cookie Pie.
It is the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day – two 28cm/11″ Giant Cookies stuffed full of marshmallows & extra chocolate chunks and topped with Jammy Dodger biscuits, this cookie pie is the ultimate indulgent sharing treat.
Prices start at £19.99 – head in store to find out more.
Looking for a cheeky sweet treat? The Jelly Love Letters from M&S will make the perfect little gift and cost just £2 or if it’s something a little bigger you fancy, get your hands on a Giant Love Button for £5.
Say it with a special scent
Light up someone’s Valentine’s Day with a gorgeous fragrance from The Perfume Shop. On offer in-store until 14 February is Ralph Lauren Romance EDP 100ml Spray for £39.99 reduced from £76.50, a saving of £36.50 and Boss The Scent EDT 100ml Spray for the reduced price of £49.99 down from £69.00, a saving of £19.00.
Thinking of dining out?
90% of a relationship is deciding where to eat. On February 14th and 15th Pizza Express’s mouth-watering sharing set menu (£28.95) means you don’t have to worry about the details. Enjoy their famous Dough Balls Doppio, a main each – such as our Padana, with creamy goat’s cheese and sweet caramelised onion and finish with a trio of delicious desserts. This Valentine’s Day, the only thing you need to worry about is who will get the last Dough Ball?