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

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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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Dining At: Villandry St James

Villandry St James

As longer term readers of LPA may recall, last summer I shared my thoughts on the seafood at Villandry’s Great Portland Street restaurant. It wasn’t the first time I’d visited and it certainly hasn’t been the only time I’ve been back since. My most recent return was, however, to the shiny new Villandry in St James’. The press release promised a different dining experience and I was intrigued to see if they delivered. I’ll admit that I was slightly sceptical as to whether they would, I mean we’re talking two restaurants owned by the same chain with the same name within about ten minutes of one another after all. Within seconds of arriving at Villandry’s vast, brasserie style outpost on Waterloo Place it was pretty clear that my scepticism was unfounded.

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The place itself is impressive, to say the very least. The first restaurant to open as part of Crown Estate’s project to transform Waterloo Place, Lower Regents Street into a wide Parisian inspired avenue with new eateries, shops and laid back outdoor seating (a scheme I’m fully on board with) Villandry is housed inside a very grand Edwardian baroque building. Inside the opulence continues by way of high ceilings, old school mirrored walls, antique lamps and luxe red leather booths; a striking contrast from Great Portland Street’s more informal, café chic vibe.

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villandry st james

villandry st james

villandry st james

After a quick snoop around we set about ordering wine which, thanks to the very knowledgeable and obliging sommelier turned into a fairly lengthy sampling session, never a bad thing in my opinion. After finally settling on the delectable Reserve Mouton Cadet Graves Blanc our attention turned to food. As I’m sure you guys know by now, I’m an absolute sucker for seafood and can never say no to Salmon Tartare so obviously that was my starter of choice. I’ve eaten a lot of tartare in my time and this one was excellent, nicely navigating the challenge of being juicy without turning into an oozing oil fest. My wining and dining companion went for the Salt & Pepper Squid with Tartate Sauce. This dish is less my cup of tea but if the fact he inhaled it in about thirty seconds is anything to go by, Villandry St James’ nailed it.

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Salmon Tartare

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Salt & Pepper Squid with Tartare Sauce

When it came to the main I had forced myself to forgo the Grilled Seabass with Artichoke, Broad Beans, Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Green Beans & Quail Eggs AKA my go-to dish and what I’ve ordered at Villandry Great Portland Street basically every time I’ve ever been there. Instead I opted for the King Scallops with Pesto & Summer Vegetables. Scallops are one of my favourite things of all time but can be high risk; done badly they are nothing short of disgusting. Luckily this wasn’t the case but while I thoroughly enjoyed them, my dish was nothing on Lukas’. In celebration of the World Cup Brazilian Villandry’s special of the week was a Marinated Fillet served with Rice, Feijoada and Banana Plantain. This is a dish I would never even consider ordering for myself but it turned out to be utterly delicious. Banana plantain is definitely something I’ll be sampling again soon and its presentation was perfection.

Villandry St James

Kind Scallops with Summer Vegetables

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Marinated fillet served with Rice, Feijoada and Banana Plantain

Despite being pretty stuffed by this point (FYI Villandry’s seed rolls are excellent) it seemed stupid not to at least try one of the desserts. We decided to try the haute twist on Strawberries & Cream that Villandry were offering during Wimbledon. How you make strawberries and cream anything other than, well, strawberries and cream must have been a challenge but they did a tasty job of it was some sort of sinfully rich ice cream/cream hybrid, the sweetest berries imaginable and freshly baked seed biscuits.

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Strawberries & Cream

All in all, I would say Villandry St James’ is a success on every level. Magnificent design, good food, fantastic service and reasonable prices – our meal came in somewhere around £120 – and different enough from its Great Portland Street counterpart to warrant visiting both, possibly even during the same week.

Villandry St James can be found at 12 Waterloo Place, south of Piccadilly just off Pall Mall.

Love Ella. X

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