MODEL Twiggy is set to unveil the first collection of her super-successful clothing line in Liverpool.
She will launch her womenswear range at Liverpool’s Marks & Spencer on Thursday.
It is just one of two M&S branches in the country which will be getting her clothes in-store.
And Twiggy, who has been at the forefront of fashion for almost 50 years, said she could not think of a better city.
She said: “I was in Florida on business when I found out it was going in-store but we launched in April online, which was equally exciting.
“It was always a dream of mine to be in stores and it has been doing so well we are coming to Liverpool.
“I was thrilled when I heard. I love Liverpool and it is one of England’s greatest cities.
“I have been to Liverpool a few times and the women are very into their clothes – they pay attention to their appearance.
“It is such a vibrant city and the people of Liverpool are brilliant – I think they will like the collection.”
Twiggy has modelled for Marks & Spencer since 2005 and has an even longer connection to Merseyside, which is due to her friendship with Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.
She said: “One of my friends is Paul and we have been friends since I was 17, so I have been coming up to Liverpool since those days – it was home for him.
“I used to come to Liverpool and stay with his dad in Heswall.
“I remember I had the best New Year’s Eve in Liverpool.
“We came up to spend it with Paul’s family and we went to another area of Liverpool with his uncles and aunts.
“At midnight, the whole street came out to sing Auld Lang Syne.
“People were coming up to me, kissing me and wishing me a happy New Year. But Paul’s uncle had to rescue me because he said word had got out and people were coming from other streets. It was done in love. It was so funny, those were happy memories. It’s a very beautiful city and it has great shopping.”
The 62-year-old was recruited by the high street retailer to create a womenswear range.
And, due to high demand, she unveiled a second collection which includes a selection of accessories and footwear.
She said: “It has always been my mantra that clothes should be for everyone.
“People get so serious about fashion but people should have fun with clothes, regardless of how much money you have.
“I grew up in the 1950s and my mum used to make my clothes. It was an economic thing, people could not always afford to buy things.
“In the early 1960s I was a Mod and you had to have certain clothes. You couldn’t buy them so the kids used to put them together. I was running up things for my friends.”
Twiggy worked closely with the Marks & Spencer design team to create her range for the M&S Woman brand.
She said: “I am not just lending my name to this. It is based on the things I love and the way I like to dress. My range is completely ageless.
“I do not think you should put an age on what people wear.”