ITS Competition 2014: Weekend in Trieste

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

As you cannot have possibly missed thanks to the million Instagram snaps I posted – unless of course you don’t follow me, a situation which can be amended here – a couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Trieste for the ITS Competition final as a guest of Diesel. If you did spot those ‘grams then you’ll already know it was pretty awesome. Before I tell you ALL about the trip (#sorrynotsorry) let’s kick things of with a bit of background about ITS. For thirteen years, the International Talent Support platform has been enabling young creatives from all over the world to share their talent, build their businesses and reinvigorate the creative industries with their fresh ideas, skills and individual brands. That sounds a bit sweeping, not to mention pompous, but I don’t really know how else to summarise the magnitude of what the platform does for both the designers themselves and the professional fields into which they go. Virtually every previous ITS Award winner currently holds a role at the likes of Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin and McQueen. Those that don’t are making waves with their own lines; think Peter Pilotto, Michael Van der Ham, Mark Fast and Aitor Throup. The prizes are big ones and besides providing cash, also offer mentorship, ongoing support and exposure in publications such as Vogue Italia and Dazed & Confused. It was truly an honour to be given the opportunity to attend this year’s final, see the work of the new talents who will be our industry’s future and meet many of the inspiring and esteemed judges too. I’ll be sharing the winners and my thoughts on the catwalk show shortly but first, night one.

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

I wore… AllSaints leather jacket, J.Crew floral top (available here) and skirt, Prada clutch & Karen Millen ankle boots (available here)

The first thing that struck me as I arrived in Trieste, rather later than planned, was how incredibly beautiful it is and also, how old fashioned. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, it’s just absolutely your quintessential, old school Italian coastal town, all semi dilapidated but gorgeous buildings, tiny locally run shops and traditonal gelato parlours. Of course, even Trieste can’t escape the influx of new visitors and new money so this slightly run down charm is juxtaposed by mega buck yachts in the port and a smattering of incredible grand hotels, the most wonderful of which was ours. I fell hard for the Grand Hotel Duchi D’Aosta the second I walked in the door. After seeing my room that infatuation hit new levels. Despite being rather big and very grand, the place has a boutique-y, intimate feel thanks to personal touches – think charmingly mismatches antiqued in every room, quirky vintage chandeliers and a bed that was both one of the most magnificent and most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. It was heaven.

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

I didn’t have a great deal of time to revel in my surroundings that evening as I checked in with precisely 4 minutes until we were meant to leave for the first evening’s celebrations. Queue panic and world’s fastest outfit change and the worst lipstick application of all time. The Diesel team and their respective guests were all outside Harry’s Grill – the Duchi’s divine restaurant overlooking the Piazza Unità d’Italia. We were of course running on Italian time which allowed enough for me to knock back a much needed vino and Instagram the hell out of my surroundings. Eventually someone decided that it might actually not be a bad idea to make a move and so Laura, Alya Mooro – my fellow London guest of Diesel; journalist, blogger and all round babe – and I commenced the short totter along the seafront to the ITS Location; a vast, warehouse esque building opening out onto the water.

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

Me & Laura

That evening the venue was playing host to the Vernissage of ITS 2014′s accessories, artwork and jewellery and Samsung GALAXY Award finalists, each consisting of 10 finalists from at least 6 different countries. This year’s theme was “Lucid Dream” and the fantastical, varied and original creations the finalists created in response to it left me genuinely speechless, no mean feat as I suspect I don’t need to tell you. A couple of my favourites were Katharina Bauer, Ryota and Chiaki Murakami and Noriko Nakazato but they were all enormously impressive. This standard is perhaps unsurprising when you consider that the judging panel included Carla Sozzani, Nicola Formichetti, Nick Knight, Manish Arora, Consuelo Castiglioni and Susie Lau. Suitably awestruck, we wandered out onto the waterfront terrace which was bedecked with white umbrella topped seating areas and a buffet that was frankly the stuff of gluttonous dreams. We’re talking the kind of limitless, Mediterranean cuisine feast that runs a very real risk of ending in calamari induced food coma if not approached with the utmost caution (caution I did not exercise and suffered the consequences). There was also, of course, a never ending supply of very fine Italian wine which is never a bad thing. Being very much a global competition there were press, guests, judges and sponsors from all over the show in attendance with a pretty strong London contingent. I ran into lovely Laura Martin who styled my Ibiza shoot for Company Magazine back in June as well as fellow blogger and my Athens travel pal, Reem Kanj. All in all, it was a wonderful start to what would be a very memorable weekend. After hearing what some of the others got up to until the wee hours I rather regretted making a midnight return to my bed but good God it was comfortable.

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

By Katharina Bauer

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

By Ryota & Chiaki Murakami

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

By Noriko Nakazato

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

Me & Laura Martin

FYI, the Trieste street shots below were actually taken on day 3 but I’ve included them here, partially to show you how lovely the place is but mainly because I’m not going to write a whole separate post about alternating between nursing a hangover of epic proportions, attempting to work and walking around taking photographs of random stuff I thought looked nice, which is how I spent that particular afternoon. We also had a very delicious lunch at Harry’s Grill during which I drove the waiters mad by customising the menu like the irritating customer I am.

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel
Me & Alya at Harry’s Bar

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

ITS Competition 2014 Trieste Diesel

More on ITS Competition 2014 coming soon!

Love Ella. X

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Monthly Must Haves: July 2014

Monthly Must Haves July 2014

1) Topshop lace trim crop top, 28, click here to buy
2) Whistles Limited Edition stretch-knit skater skirt, 115, click here to buy
3) LK Bennett Aisha kid leather sandals, 225, click here to buy
4) Chloe Baylee Medium Leather Tote, 1325, click here to buy
5) Edie Parker Jean Toucan box clutch, 1050, click here to buy
6) PRISM Capri cat eye acetate sunglasses, 255, click here to buy
7) J.Crew Showater reversible bandeau bikini top, 50, click here to buy
8_ J.Crew Showater reversible bikini briefs, 45, click here to buy
9) Tory Buch Calita dress, REDUCED from 285 to 142.50, click here to buy
10) ASOS Madhouse pointed shoes, 35, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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LPA x Chanel in Soho

 Ella Catliff AW14

Since starting this blog some four-and-a-bit years ago there have been more “pinch me” moments that I can count. From the trips, shows and parties to the clothes, the people I’ve met and the fact La Petite Anglaise is (hopefully) on it’s way to becoming a viable full time job, the whole experience hasn’t been entirely unlike a bizarre – if very intense – dream. And what could possibly be more dreamy than collaborating with Chanel? I’d certainly struggle to think of anything. One of the most iconic, influential and inspiring fashion houses of the past century, Chanel remains as bold, boundary pushing and beautiful under Karl Lagerfeld today as it was when Coco Chanel scandalised and then seduced society during the first half of the 20th century. Just as Coco was originally decried for using jersey in couture, so was Karl for pairing his creations with trainers. It goes with out saying that in both cases, Chanel had the last laugh and where the maison went others swiftly followed. This inimitable and continuing fusion of fearlessness, exquisite design and time tested craftsmanship that imbues Chanel with one of the richest heritages in Paris and it was truly an honour to work with the brand on a shoot featuring the stunning AW14 collection. It was also incredible – albeit in a terrifying way – to be given a lot of creative freedom with this project. Over afternoon tea at Rose Bakery, Chanel’s UK press team and I concocted the idea of working together to showcase the new season pieces as they began to arrive in boutiques around the world. Given the collection’s aesthetic – and of course the fabulous supermarket show back in March - I thought that it might be interesting to shoot them outside a more typically luxurious setting. With a matter of days until AW14 Act 1 would start to hit stores, we settled on Soho and just last Monday we shot ‘em. Having only returned from Trieste at 2am the previous night, and not entirely confirmed which looks we’d be featuring or exact locations we’d be using, things I was a ball of anxiety that morning. After all, if there’s anyone you really don’t want to screw up a collaboration with, it’s Chanel. Thanks to a bit of luck combined with a few hours high speed organisation and the help of a great team we pulled it off and I’m absolutely thrilled with the results.

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Chanel Ella Catliff AW14 LPA

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

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Look 1: Yellow Wool Silk Dress & Yellow/Brown Sock Shoes (AW14 Act 1 – available in Chanel boutiques now) worn with Transparent Cuff (AW14 Act 2 – available in Chanel boutiques from September)

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Look 2: Pink Metallic Dress, Black Leather Boots with Chain Detail & Black Can Cuff (AW14 Act 2 – available in Chanel boutiques from September) worn with Black Quilted Leather Bumbag (AW14 Act 1 – available in Chanel boutiques now)

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

Chanel Ella Catliff AW14

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Look 3: Silver Leather Coat & Miniskirt, Black Wool Pullover, Silver Quilted Leather Bumbag & Silver Black Calfskin Lace Up Shoes with Bow (all AW14 Act 2 – available in Chanel boutiques from September)

I also cannot tell you quite how much fun this was to shoot or how wonderful it was wearing those clothes! Soho was a sweaty, sardine esque crush of tourists that day who gawped at me like I was an alien from planet fashion who had arrived armed with oodles of Chanel delights and hellbent on weirding out the locals. Maybe I’m just a chronic attention seeker - or perhaps the fabulousness of the clothes countered any possibility of self-consciousness – but frankly I couldn’t have cared less. Do you guys like the images? I’m dying to hear your thoughts!

Love Ella. X

Credits:
Styling & Art Direction by Ella Catliff
Photography by Hanna Hillier
Hair & Makeup by Oliver Simpson
Special thanks to Soho House for being incredibly accommodating, Storm Models for all their help and of course, to Chanel for asking me to collaborate with them.

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Introducing WHIT

WHIT Whitney Pozgay

Given that Whitney Pozgay honed her craft in the studios of Kate Spade, there was never really any doubt that her own brand, WHIT, was going to be a huge hit with me. Currently a member of the ultra prestigious CFDA Incubator, Whitney’s career trajectory has been impressive to say the least. After studying theatre, concentrating in costume design at the University of Texas and spending a final semester at the Sorbonne the designer relocated to NYC in 2003 and went to work as a receptionist at the office of her aunt, Kate Spade. Having spent her college holidays indulging her long term love of fashion by way of internships, Pozgay decided to pursue her passion, enrolling at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Kate Spade soon spotted her flair for deliciously playful prints, adorable details and ingenious colour combinations and promoted her up their design ranks through cold weather accessories, the relaunch of women’s apparel and overseeing the brand’s collaboration with avant guard collective Threes Afour. In 2007 Whitney made the move to Steve Alan where in her role as lead women’s wear designer she spearheaded and designed women’s collaborations including Steven Alan for Uniqlo and Urban Outfitters’ brand Lark and Wolff. All in all, seriously impressive stuff. But enough with the bio and on to the matter at hand… WHIT! After three years at Steve Alan, Whitney decided it was time to go it alone and oh I’m happy she has. As you’d expect, WHIT is all about pattern clashing, bold colour and has a definite Kate Spade air about it. But – and this is a pretty important but – while Pozgay’s own line may have the Kate Spade touches I so love, the vintage patterns and feminine silhouettes are fused with a more downtown aesthetic. Think girlish gorgeousness with a tomboy twist. In other words, it’s brilliant.

WHIT Whitney Pozgay

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These are just a few of my favourite looks from Whitney’s AW14 collection. Unsurprisingly, WHIT’s gathered stockists faster than Anna Dello Russo gathers street style photographers and you can find out all about those here.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Bye Bye Boys

boys manrepelling

What: Club Monaco blue biker jacket (c/o), Whistles shirt, Tibi embossed leather shorts (c/o), Paul & Joe Sister orange satchel (c/o), Markus Lupfer glitter brogues (c/o) & Cutler and Gross sunglasses (c/o)

Where: Meetings in London

Why is there something so incredible satisfying about wearing an outfit that you know will send the majority of (straight) men running for the hills? Blame it on Leandra Medine maybe but manrepelling has never been more tempting. Between the buttoned up shirt and its tutti frutti print, the slightly nappy esque embossed leather shorts – a tailoring accident – and the potentially confusing glitter/mannish hybrid that are these glorious shoes, this would perhaps be an unwise ensemble to don for a first date or going out on the pull. Throw a clashing cobalt blue biker jacket into the mix – because why wouldn’t you? – and you’ll be terrifying fellas at 20 paces… Result! Between looks like these, and my ongoing obsession with dressing like a primary school child slash cartoon character it’s maybe not entirely surprising I’m single. But then, I’m a firm believer in wearing whatever the hell makes YOU feel fabulous regardless of whether that’s a bodycon party frock, Nike Air Max or a clown costume. Any paramour you have to change your personal style more is frankly not worth the bother.

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boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling la petite anglaise

boys manrepelling

Thinking more on this subject, I’d probably say I dress firstly for myself and secondly for other women/gay men. Attracting the opposite sex doesn’t usually factor into it, something I’m not entirely sure is healthy. What about you guys, who you do dress for?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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