5 Minutes With: Dawn O’ Porter

Dawn O' Porter interview La Petite Anglaise

Somewhere amidst the madness of fashion month I received an email inviting me to a lunch to celebrate the launch of Dawn O’ Porter’s brand new clothing line, BOB. Without thinking twice I rsvp’d a big fat OUI! This was for a number of reasons. Firstly, I think Dawn is fantastic. She’s gorgeous, funny, a brilliant writer and one of a legion of women defining feminism today and making it an attractive cause for hundreds of thousands of young people who might otherwise shy away from its previously unattractive associations with man hating, bra burning and an aversion to waxing. I was also very intrigued and, I won’t lie, pretty sceptical about what her clothing brand would be like. Every week sees more famous ladies launch fashion labels and, while the ladies in question may be very stylish themselves as Dawn O’ Porter most certainly is, their role in the design process is often questionable to say the least. I arrived at the lunch excited to meet Dawn and prepared to be slightly underwhelmed by the frocks on show. And do you know what? My scepticism couldn’t have been more unfounded. The collection was utterly and totally gorgeous, not to mention beautifully made. Dawn talked us through each piece in such painstaking detail that I felt rather ashamed about having been so ready to judge and swiftly got stuck into asking all about all of it. And then we talked careers, fashion and feminism for a bit, Enjoy…

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Beauty: Ice Princess

beauty ice princess la petite anglaise

It’s been a fair old while since my first thoroughly amateur attempt at a beauty tutorial so I decided it was high time for another one! I suspect that I actually found my YSL Beauty: Couture Palette step-by-step rather more useful than you guys did as it forced me to step out of my comfort zone and make a cack handed attempt at eye shadow, the results of which (I think) turned out surprisingly well. During the madness of fashion month it was enough of a struggle to find the time to eat, sleep and maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness so despite lugging most of my makeup collection with me around the world, most of it never left my suitcase. So with those crazy days behind us – for four months anyway – I’ve been experimenting with a few new beauty looks. After all, if you’re wearing a really special outfit for a particularly fabulous occasion it seems fitting to try something a little different when it comes to your visage, right? The perfect opportunity to do just that presented itself when I styled up this beautiful balletic look for the Jimmy Choo dinner a couple of weeks back. So friends, I give you the somewhat pretentiously named “Ice Princess”…

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Dining with Jimmy Choo, Partying at the Mondrian

Jimmy Choo VICES Collection Dinner

This party post is woefully late and I promise that after this my party round ups will be much more prompt. At least within a week of the event itself! It would be ideal I know to have them up the next morning but I do like to write rather a lot and seem to be rather time poor these days. I should really leave this one altogether as it’s “that time of year” and there’s all ready a ton more tales to tell that have occurred over evenings since. But the whole night was so goddamn memorable that I feel it would be a shame, nay, a crime not to share it with you. Admittedly party season seems to basically mean every season in the world of fashion but during the pre Christmas period it really seems to gather pace. Whatever the day of the week, there are countless stylish soirées taking place all over town so you have to choose which to attend carefully and at least attempt to exercise some restraint to avoid totally burning out. Whether or not to attend the Jimmy Choo VICES dinner hosted by Creative Director, Sandra Choi was obviously a no brainer. To be honest, I couldn’t actually believe I’d been invited at all. With a guest list including Isla Fisher, Kate Mara, Arizona Muse, Caroline Rush, Imran Ahmed and Caroline Issa, I felt very lucky indeed to have made the cut…

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