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LPA x Diesel: The Pre AW14 Collection

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Unless you’ve spent the past year living under a rock or worse, somewhere without WiFi then you’ll be well aware that big changes have been afoot at Diesel. The Italian label launched by Renzo Rosso in 1978 has always been, for want of a better word, cool, deftly transitioning into a fashion force while selling an estimated 100,000,000 pairs of the iconic jeans that made its name (NY Times 2013) along the way. The addition of contemporary catwalk cool via the premium line, Diesel Black Gold in 2008, early adoption of pioneering digital marketing techniques and collaborations with the likes of Mark Ronson and M.I.A continued to further the brands clout as harbinger of all things hot-right-now. Then just last year, in a move that was nothing short of genius, Diesel appointed Nicola Formichetti as Artistic Director as the cementation of its standing as a global empire with cult status was complete. Within month’s Formichetti was lending his unconventional (to put it mildly, hello meat dress) touch to Diesel’s advertising campaigns and marketing activity but it is only now that his first full collection has been revealed. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal so I was absolutely delighted when Diesel approached me to work with them on its exclusive launch in Selfridges.

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The Pre AW14 collection is a master stroke in badass luxury (my words, not those of the official press release) and a really clear fusion of Diesel’s long running brand identity with Nicola’s own fearless creativity. Since Formichetti’s appointment, the brand has undertaken a “Diesel Reboot” and these pieces are a perfect culmination of that. Rather than changing, replacing or redesigning anything on a fundamental level, the past year has seen a series of adjustments, updates and creative initiative’s that have modernised and reinvigorated the label without losing the core values, design techniques or heritage that built Diesel into the powerhouse it is today. The Neoclassical Campaign which accompanies Nicola Formichetti’s debut collection for Diesel conveys a similar message. Looking back at striking group images through history – from Michelangelo to Avedon – Formichetti has brought together a democratic, eclectic group of starts, internet cast kids and musclemen to showcase the collection through imagery that juxtaposes the hypermodern and the classical, shot by photographer and digital innovator Nick Knight. In short, it’s a pretty awesome campaign.

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By now I suspect you’re wondering where I really come into all of this but never fear, I’m about to tell you. As the collection is currently available exclusively in Diesel’s Selfridges Pop Up, the team invited me in to check it out and choose a piece to style myself. Tempted though I was by the bad girl biker pants and red star detail jacket, I knew the second I arrived that the leather mini dress would be coming home with me. I’ve wanted a leather dress forever and this one, with its dungaree style strap details, cross body zip and buttery softness is too good to be true.

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Diesel are clearly fans of posing a challenge (remember last summer’s Jogg Jeans project!?) because gorgeous though the leather number is, it’s not exactly within my comfort zone and my confidence nearly failed me when it came to wearing it. But of course, I wasn’t about to slink back to Selfridges with my tail between my legs and ask to swap it for something more conservative. So I winched myself in and added seriously fierce sandals (I’m a big believer in going hard or going home, sartorially speaking) and do you know what? Suddenly I didn’t feel so fearful. All thoughts of retreating back into blouses pronto vanished and next thing I knew I was strutting my stuff on the streets of West London. It was slightly unfortunate in retrospect that our shoot coincided with school pick up time and many an open mouthed yummy mummy crossed the road away from us, shielding their young ‘uns eyes… But such is the transformative, balls-of-steel giving power of a dress like this that I found I really couldn’t have cared less about a few stares. Whether or not I manage to summon similar bravado when it comes to wearing it out and about remains to be seen… Watch this space.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Roksanda Ilincic Mount Street Boutique Launch

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Roksanda Ilincic’s Mount Street boutique launch was a true testament to both how highly people think of her as a designer, and as a person. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with Roksanda in Doha while I was working for Iman all those years ago and despite the fact I was a lowly assistant, the youngest and least important person there by a hell of a long way, she treated me with the same amount of kindness, interest and respect as everyone else on the trip. As a fairly petrified 19 year old – going to the UAW with four top designers and the Matches team to work with Arab royalty and Harpers Bazaar was intimidating to say the least – that was something I appreciated a lot. Every time I’ve run into her since she’s been equally warm and generous with her time. Judging by the turn out for the launch of Ilincic’s first boutique and the fact that every attendee openly adored her regardless of whether they’d know her for decades or met her once just last week, I’m far from the only person to feel this. And then of course, there are the clothes. Worn by fashion editors, first ladies and everything in between, Roksanda Ilincic knows how to create intelligent, innovative garments that women go wild for and her exquisitely designed, modernist Mount Street flagship is truly a fitting place to showcase (and sell) them.

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By the time I arrived the place was unbelievably packed as everyone from Laura Carmichael, Joely Richardson and Laura Bailey to Lulu Kennedy (with baby Rainbow, sporting Roksanda’s adorable childrenswear, obvs) to Kate Foley, Christopher Kane and Lucinda Chambers had pitched up to toast Roksanda with a few glasses of champagne. In between mingling and squeezing in and out of the super cute garden where hoards of beautifully dressed guests had snuck out for a not-so-surreptitious cigarette I ogled the technicolour delights on display and fantasised about being a Roksanda Ilincic customer. If, one of these days, I hit the big time you can rest assured I’ll be spending a LOT of time in this place!

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Me!

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Roksanda Ilincic & Livia Firth

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Christopher Kane & Nicholas Kirkwood

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Laura Bailey & Portia Freeman

If you’re in London any time, well, ever I urge you to go check out the Roksanda Ilicic store! Even if, like me, owing slice of her contemporary feminine chic is for now just a dream, it’s well worth visiting the stunning boutique.

Love Ella. X

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In My Makeup Bag

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Studded leather makeup bag from Austique. Available in navy here and you can find similar styles here and here.

Recently I’ve received a few requests from you lovely lot as to the makeup and beauty products I use. Your wish is my command so here we have the first of what I hope will be a series of posts about grooming. As I’ve said many times in the past, I’m actually pretty crap when it comes to makeup. This is partially out of laziness and lack of time – given how high maintenance I am when it comes to clothes and accessories, paying the same level of attention to my visage would be exhausting – but it’s perhaps also a hangover from my teenage years when I experimented wildly and badly with caked on foundation, orange fake tan and vats of glittery eye makeup. I looked like a low rent drag queen, especially given the stilettos and body con I paired the sorry lot with. Of course I’ve erased those days from my memory, as one does with truly traumatic experiences, but the periodic appearance of photos from “Val De Lobo ’07″ or “So and So’s Sweet Sixteenth” have no doubt served to keep me in very minimal, low risk make up ever since. Well now I’m a bit older and while probably not exactly wiser, certainly less likely to leave the how looking like the cast of TOWIE and Footballer’s Wives combined. So I’ve decided that maybe it’s time to take a few make up risks and have been embracing lipsticks of all colours and even experimenting with the odd smoky eye! I’ll be telling you more about this in beauty posts to come but I thought that to kick things off, it might be an idea to share the makeup staples I just couldn’t live without…

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Anticlockwise from left: Light stroke brush, £14, Full Flawless Face Brush,£24, READY Blush,£22 (I wear “the faux pas”), Original SPF 15 Foundation,£25 (I wear “fairly light”), SPF 20 Concealer,£19 & Well Rested Face and Eye Brightener,£22

Aside from when I’m on shoots, I have used nothing but bareMinerals powders on my face since I was 18 years old. I find any other foundation, even supposedly lightweight ones too heavy and pore clogging to wear on a regular basis. This stuff is genius as you can apply the lightest of dustings to eliminate the odd pimple of bit of blotchiness or buff and build it for a camera ready coverage if you’re off out somewhere fancy for the night. It also doesn’t totally screw up your skin if you don’t take if off before going to sleep which, let’s face it, we all do sometimes. The foundation also contains SPF which is brilliant if, like me, you always forget to apply it. My love affair with bareMinerals products began with their Get Started kit which you can buy here. It’s great because it includes all the powders and the brushes which are utterly essential but pretty expensive. If you want to purchase or find out more about any of the other products click on the underlined descriptions above.

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From left: Lancôme Artliner liquid eyeliner,£22, Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl eyeliner,£16.50, Eyeko Alexa Cheung Eye Do eyeliner,£15, MAC False Lashes mascara,£18 & Dior Iconic Overcurl waterproof mascara,£24.50

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you much about my go-to eye makeup. A flick of black liquid eyeliner and lashings of mascara never fail! Generally speaking, I keep the eyeliner part to an absolute minimum, if I wear it at all, during the day. Then come evening all you need to do is add more for a defined feline flick. People often ask me about how I apply it so neatly but seriously, it’s so easy. If I can do it anyone can! The trick is practice – always the way, obvious though it sounds and boring though it is – and also starting with the thinnest line possible as close to the lash line as possible. You can always build it up but it’s a total nightmare to make the line thinner or neater once it’s on. The amount of times I’ve gone about my business with totally mismatched eyes is not to be believed. When it comes to liquid eye liner, Lancôme is the absolute best but it is seriously bloody expensive so Rimmel or L’Oréal can be great alternatives. As long as it’s got a good brush (fine, possibly spongy, without trailing stringy bits if you know what I mean) and the liner itself isn’t ridiculously gloopy then it will be fine. When it comes to makeup, I think splashing out on really great quality foundations and concealers is the most important thing as ones with tons of chemicals and whatnot in them can seriously mess with your skin. With eye liners and mascaras you can get away with spending a lot less and to be honest, some of the cheaper brands products are basically just as effective.

Perfect Pout

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From left: Lanolips 101 Ointment, £9.97 & L’Occitane En Provence scented lipbalm,£8.50

While my recent obsession with offensively bright lipsticks shows no sign of waning, I rarely if ever wear them during the day. This is less to do with fearing looking OTT – that’s an unavoidable side effect of dressing like a cartoon character anyway – and more because I know I’ll get it all over my clothes, face and anyone/anything else I come into contact with. I don’t do lipgloss (another beauty product I abused as a teen) so lovely balms like this are my everyday pout perfectors. Lanolips 101 Ointment is quite literally the best thing ever for vanquishing chapping and leaving your lips all soft and smooth while L’Occitane’s Rose Tenderness Lipbalm adds just the right amount of shine and smells delectable too.

Have you found this little beauty post interesting? I’m scheming a few more so let me know what you like or don’t. Also I must apologise for the rubbish photographs. I took them myself and my photography skills are so non existent they make my makeup technique look Charlotte Tilbury standard!

Love Ella. X

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5 Minutes With: Deborah Lloyd

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Talk about exciting interviews eh! As you all know all too well, kate spade new york is one of my absolute, all time favourite labels. It’s playful girlishness and penchant for very bright colours and lashings of print makes my heart sing with joy while my wardrobe increasingly resembles an homage to the brand. Getting to grill the British born powerhouse behind the collections I covet so much seemed a little surreal. But it happened so, without further ado, I bring you 5 Minutes With Kate Spade NY’s Creative Director and President, Deborah Lloyd…

LPA: Tell me a little about your background. Where did you study and work before joining kate spade new york?

DL: Prior to kate spade new york I worked at Banana Republic, and before that at Burberry. In the earlier part of my career, I held positions at brands including Acquascutum, Kenzo and Byblos. I studied at the Ravensbourne College of Art and design, and received a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art in London.

LPA: Talk me through a day in the life of President and Chief Creative Officer of kate spade new york…

DL: No two days are the same at kate spade new york, that is what keeps me excited and inspired. Some days I am at our offices on Park Avenue reviewing sketches and selecting fabrics with our design teams, other days I am flying to exciting cities around the world for store openings and ad campaign shoots.

LPA: Since starting my blog, kate spade new york’s Chelsea Flower Show event has been one of my major spring highlights. Tell me a bit about why the brand decided to first get involved with it and, of course, your beautiful display this year…

DL: The Chelsea Flower Show is always a highlight for me. I live in New York now but I never miss the opportunity to come back to London to see the beautiful gardens. We knew that we wanted to do something over the top with our display this year. The current collection was inspired by travels to Rio de Janeiro, we wanted to go along with the theme and created a tropical display featuring a toucan made entirely of flowers!

LPA: How do you feel Kate Spade NY has changed or developed since you joined the brand in 2007? One of the reasons that kate spade new york is basically my favourite label is that regardless of whether minimalism or sports luxe or androgyny are “on trend”, it sticks to the playful, colourful, girly style it does so well and I love so much. Why do you feel this is so integral to the brand’s identity?

DL: One of the reasons I was drawn to Kate Spade new york was the brand’s optimistic spirit and its strong DNA. We think about the kate spade new york girl in everything we do. We like to say that she is quick and curious and playful and strong. She is not a wall flower, and she loves adventure and she inspires us to design product for every aspect of her life. kate spade new york has really transformed into a lifestyle brand during my time here – it started out as just handbags but has grown into so many categories including ready to wear, beauty, tech accessories, tabletop and stationery to name a few. The possibilities are endless!
How do you and your team offer up something fresh each season while still retaining such a recognisable aesthetic?

kate spade new york is unique in the sense that we inject a playful spirit into everything we do. We always incorporate strong colors and prints into each season, and we make sure that each collection that tells a story. We also pride ourselves on attention to details that make our customers smile whether its a special lining in a coat, a cheeky clutch or a line of copy on the inside of a bracelet.

LPA: I’m a huge fan of clashing prints and colours and topping it all off with statement accessories but it’s not without risks. What would be your top tip for someone who wanted to channel this kind of style but maybe wasn’t 100% confident?

DL: A great place to start is finding one statement piece that you fall in love with, then building your entire look around it. There are also subtle ways to incorporate a pop of color into any outfit, it can be a brightly coloured heel, an oversized cocktail ring, or even something as simple as a bright shade of lipstick.

LPA: What brands do you love and wear aside from kate spade new york?

DL: There are so many designers I love – Prada, Chanel and Balenciaga are a few of the brands that I have long admired. I also collect a lot of vintage pieces.

LPA: Spring may have only just arrived in London but of course, the fashion world has long since moved on to AW14! Sadly I wasn’t in NY in February but I’ve seen pictures of the collection and it’s absolutely stunning. What was your inspiration behind it?

DL: The theme behind 2014 is places to go and people to see. I am an avid traveler and always use it as a source of inspiration. For Fall 2014 our collections were inspired by travels to Asia – we specifically looked to Tokyo, Shanghai, and the Transcontinental Express.

LPA: What advice would you give to someone hoping to one day run a global brand like kate spade new york?

DL: Work hard, don’t take yourself too seriously and always do what you love.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Pretty in Pinko

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What: Sundress by Pinko, Sunglasses by Karen Walker, Bag by Kate Spade NY, & Shoes by LK Bennett (all c/o) with MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

Where: Roksanda Ilincic’s Mayfair Store Launch… Tonight! (This is a sneaky peek)

Another shameless spot of film title appropriation there, I just can’t seem to help myself! I’m not even a huge fan of the brat pack classic if I’m honest and find Andie mildly maddening but Pretty in Pink is one of those flicks you’ve just gotta see, right? Wrapping up this random ramble before we venture even further off topic, how divine is this Pinko sundress? As I explained in more detail that was strictly necessary – or, I suspect interesting – I’m mildly obsessed with sundresses at the moment. While I don’t follow them religiously, I love the whole idea of trends. The way such similar inspirations and aesthetic nuances crop up in totally different designers’ collections often created at opposites sides of the world has a magical zeitgeist about it. At the same time, picking up on those sometimes tenuous threads and categorising them as “sports luxe” or “art pop” is a hugely effective way for magazines to present the God knows how many shows they see over fashion month in a palatable format, for high street shops to design their seasonal wares and for the lot to be marketed to and shopped by clothes lovers everywhere. It’s smart, it works and personally I really enjoy trying to spot trends while galavanting around fashion week and perusing the edits afterwards, thinking about which I might give a go. For SS14 gingham was hailed as “the new tartan”, something I’ve got fully on board with. And how does one style a slightly acid hued pink and purple sundress? With floral heels, a striped handbag and ginormous pink sunglasses, obvs. This ensemble gave the Hammersmith youths a laugh alright as I was taking it out on the town.

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Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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