If there is one thing I’ve done that I’ll never regret it’s starting La Petite Anglaise back in 2010. It’s been a professional and personal roller coaster ride that’s presented me with opportunities, challenges and, let’s be honest, clothes I never dreamed of having. One of the most wonderful things about it has to be the people I’ve met and worked with, many of whom I now count among my closest friends. Ada Zanditon is certainly someone I’ve been incredibly lucky to get to know. An award winning fashion designer and illustrator who’s not afraid to stick to her guns on ethical production, give the finger to fashion’s seasonal hegemony and pour her heart, soul and seemingly boundless creativity into haute couture creations, Zanditon is as inspiring a designer as she is a person. This year marks a major expansion for Ada’s brand which will see her really focusing on the sculptural, made-to-measure garments that have garnered a diverse global audience and, very excitingly, showing at London Fashion Week come September.
I was truly honoured (and, not gonna lie, mildly shocked) when Ada cast me as her muse alongside the unbelievably gorgeous Eloise Chong and asked if I might be up for doing a shoot in one of her bespoke beauties. Well, I obviously didn’t need to be asked twice, would any sane person? So during the first rainy day of LFW last season I joined Ada, Alexis (working her styling magic) and Nik (taking behind the scenes photos, allegedly) at the fabulous ME London hotel to strike a few poses for super talented photographer, Fiona Garden. Needless to say, I’m over the moon with the results and nearly fainted when I saw my pic in the Women’s Wear Daily announcement.
Congratulations Ada and thank you for inviting me to be a part of it!
Love Ella. X