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Look Du Jour: Joie De Vivre

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What: H&M Skirt & Bandeau Top, Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise clutch (c/o), Whistles blazer, Chloe bracelet, J.Crew necklace (both c/o) & Pollini shoes (c/o)

Where: H&M Studio AW14 show in Paris

Ok, so I admit there’s something undeniably cheesy about calling this Look Du Jour “joie de vivire” but really, what else would be appropriate? I was in Paris, wearing an outfit I was hopefully in love with, and enjoying the first fabulous hours of the fabulous H&M Studio trip. I felt like Carrie freaking Bradshaw. Y’know, minus the broken necklace, bizarre lack of mates and turns-out-to-be-a-bastard Russian artist boyfriend. I have also officially decided that this is going to be the summer I ROCK the bandeau top. Until now, I’ve resisted. This is largely because I wore a lot of lycra bandeau tops during my teenage years, paired with very tiny hot pants, vast amounts of fake tan and not a whole lot else. Regaling tales of the sheer unstylish, nay, offensiveness of my teenage tastes always shocks people who didn’t know me back then. This amuses me briefly until I feel so ashamed of my WAG-tastic past I want to go and hide in the nearest toilet. And before you ask, there will be no pictures of those dark, dark days published on here. Anyway, midriffs have been E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E for several seasons now (including Autumn/Winter, but that’s fashion for you dahling) and having forced myself to give one a whirl, I’ve decided they’re not actually so scary. Provided, of course, you don’t let it all hang out like you’re about to star in a rap video à la moi circa 2008. This is where the high waisted midi skirt comes in. The length keeps things demure and the above the navel waistline hides any bloating while its general ladylike elegance disguises the fact you’re actually wearing a piece of semi nipple covering elastic masquerading as a top. Genius. I maxed up the monochrome factor with my trusty Whistles blazer (plus, it was February and definitely not belly/toe/leg/anything exposing weather) and a clutch from the insanely great capsule collection by Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise. As for the Pollini sandals… Can you say “dreamy”? Rest assured, you will be seeing this outfit again. And more crop tops, lots of ‘em.

Will YOU brave the bandeau? And do you have any teenage sartorial horror stories to share? I’d love to hear them…

Love Ella. X

Images by Lord Ashbury

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Partying with Moynat, Matches & GQ Style

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Wearing Erdem @ THE OUTNET, Angel Jackson, Sophia Webster & Anne Bowes Jewellery

It’s no secret that I’m rather partial to a party so when Moynat, Matches and GQ all agreed that Wednesday is totes the new Friday and decided to host soirées that evening, my RSVP was obviously a resounding oui! This was before spending the evening prancing around Paris with Dior (more on that very soon) before leaving for London at 7am the next morning with the intention of “getting loads of work done.” Suffice to say, by the time I arrived back in Blighty the idea of getting back in my gladrags and hitting the town didn’t massively appeal. Once I’d slipped into a delectable Erdem number from THE OUTNET and enjoyed a scrumptious supper at Little House Mayfair I found that in fact, I was rather excited after all. Funny that.

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First up, was Moynat’s chic store launch a mere high heeled toddle up the road on Mount Street. Given that a) Moynat’s leather goods are the epitome of luxury and b) Karl Lagerfeld rocked up to the Paris party last summer, I was super psyched about their arrival in London. Launched in 1849, Moynat Paris is a heritage brand in the truest sense of the word and what they don’t know about luxury isn’t worth knowing. Many brands with a similar legacy did not in fact develop into their current guise until really quite recently but I was astonished to discover that Moynat released their first collection of women’s handbags in 1878 so have had well over a century to refine their take on my ultimate sartorial indulgence. As a result, the leather lovelies on show last week were utterly exquisite. In an array of buttersoft skins and deliciously colour popping shades it was all I could do not to grab as many as I could carry and leg it. Had I not be wearing 5 inch Sophia Webster stilettos then who knows, I may have even tried and been subsequently rendered a fashion pariah… albeit one with GREAT handbags. Seriously, the sheer craftsmanship involved in these babies is phenomenal and on the night, we were lucky enough to witness the artisanal expertise in action.

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Naturally Moynat had invited the toast of the town and I spied Samantha Barks, Martha Ward, Jasmine Guinness and David Downton (remember our Rimini trip last year?) among many fabulous others. My companions for the night were brand strategist extraordinaire and AnOther Man contributor, Andrew Blysack and of course, Nik Thakkar who FYI also wrote a fantastic piece on the event. With the exception of possibly Rhianna and/or Ryan Gosling, I couldn’t have wished for better partners in crime.

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After several glasses of champagne and a good ogle of E-V-E-R-Y gorgeous thing in the Moynat boutique it was time to head to Welbeck Street for a house party, the haute-ness of which you would not believe. Obviously you’ve heard of Matches. You may well have bankrupted yourself on their fashionable delights (as I have on many occasions) and read their brilliant new magazine. Well, on top of their online and offline stores and publications, they also own THE most fabulous townhouse on Welbeck Street. Every time I visit I start imagining I live their and have to be pretty much forcibly removed, it’s that gorgeous, and usually full of unbelievably beautiful clothes. On this occasion the beautiful clothes had been replaced by beautiful people as the house was playing host to the MATCHESFASHION.COM x GQ Style Magazine party. By the time we arrived the place was packed with well dressed revellers spilling out onto balconies and even the the street. Admittedly the latter were largely taking a cig break but still, you get my point. And this wasn’t your usual rammed house party posse. While tottering up the stairs, not looking where I was going, I physically collided with James Cordon (#embarrassing) before rounding a corner to see Sharleen Spiteri and Oliver Cheshire (not together).

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James Cordon & Eliza Doolittle

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Up the next flight were David Gandy, Eliza Doolittle, Patrick Grant and Jack Guinness. In celebration of the occasion Douglas Booth, Nicola Formichetti, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Craig Green and Agi & Sam had all been enlisted to create their own playlists. I think Nicola’s may have been my fave, it involved Miley Cyrus, the Spice Girls, Sean Paul and Rhianna… Hello my new gym/life soundtrack.

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Patrick Grant & Jack Guinness

After mucho mincing which was fab, and losing my lipstick which was less so, we decided hit the road and decamped to Soho House for a nightcap.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: City Slicking

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What: H&M suede shorts, Whistles jacket (c/o), scarf & jumper, Pollini boots (c/o), Alice + Olivia bag (c/o), Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross sunglasses (c/o) & Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace.

Where: Paris

As you all undoubtedly know, and are possibly very bored of hearing about, the past fortnight have seen me mincing off to Paris for two whirlwind 24 hour visits. This was perhaps unwise given that I have roughly a month to finish my thesis (#FML) but come on, who says no to swanning around that city? My first jaunt was with the lovely H&M for their fabulous AW14 show at Le Grand Palais. I’ve already regaled the details of the trip at length (catch up here) but after very carefully planning two, in my opinion, banging outfits it seemed silly not to shoot and share them. First up, my day look. I spotted these green suede shorts when I was in H&M back in February and actually used them for the window display I curated. Naturally, I then returned and bought them. Paired with green croc boots and my oversized aviator jacket I dare say the whole thing had a whiff of Phillip Lim AW13 about it. Or at least that’s what I like to think anyway. I won’t lie to you, only taking very high heels with me wasn’t the wisest decision ever especially when it came to making the return journey by which point I was feeling less than fresh following a late night champagne session at Hotel Costes. But pain is beauty after all and any ankle agony inflicted was totes worth it.

Love Ella. X

Images by Lord Ashbury

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Alexander Lewis: ARTIST INTERVENTION

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I’ve written a fair few posts about the relationship between art and fashion. Now, my friends, it’s time for another. You may also remember a piece I wrote on Alexander Lewis a while ago. Or a more recent interview with the man himself. No doubt you’ve heard his name elsewhere too as, it seems, Alexander is the designer to watch right now. I’m not going to start being smug about “getting there first” because I was introduced to his work by people far more knowledgeable than myself but the second I clapped eyes on Lewis’ Pre Fall 2013 collection last year my jaw hit the floor. All glimmering jacquards and immaculate tailoring, those clothes were both excellent and reflected the intelligence and business acumen of their creator; a designer who cleverly decided to launch his brand with pre collections (for reasons you can read here) and has reaped the rewards. Lewis’ latest project looks set to cement his status as one of the smartest fellows in fashion today and send his already rising profile stratospheric. It’s also one that instantly appealed to me given my love of fashion x art collaborations. The aptly named ARTIST INTERVENTION series will see Alexander Lewis collaborating with female artists on three capsule collections, kicking things off with Marie Angeletti. Firstly, as I’m sure you’ve clocked, the clothes are really, really lovely. But beyond their aesthetic appeal, the collaborative creative process behind these garms is rather fascinating.

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Marie has made a name for herself in the art world through her captivating use of photography. Subjecting her images to a number of processes, ranging from re-photography and scanning to abstraction, Angeletti creates works that are at once familiar yet impossible to decipher. These ambiguous concoctions are certainly compelling to look at, but who’d of thought they’d look fly on a cocktail frock? Alexander Lewis, that’s who. This was certainly not a case of simply plonking one of her previous works on a dress, however. While Marie delved back into her own archives for the collaboration, the images she chose were reimagined and then expertly integrated into garments woven as jacquard in three cases and printed in another. The duo enlisted the expert help of ninth generation English silk weavers, Stephen Walters and Sons who had never attempted or executed anything like this before but, as I’m sure you’ll agree, pulled it off beautifully.

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What I adore most about the collection, and the collaboration itself, is its authenticity. The clothes are utterly exquisite in their own right but, after a little research, you can really see how each party’s own area of expertise and personal passions have combined to create something extraordinary. There is also a seriously fab film to accompany the collection, directed and shot by the multi talented Marie Angeletti.

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I can’t wait to see what the next ARTIST INTERVENTION will bring and would very much like that silk bomber in my wardrobe, please!

Love Ella. X

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LPA x Karen Millen

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First and foremost a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to my event with Karen Millen at their Regent Street store last week. It was so lovely to meet you all over a glass of Prosecco or three. And those jackets! I die, seriously. Here are a few pics from the evening itself. There was a lot of dressing up, selfie taking and hot waiter ogling. All in all, it was a good ‘un.

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I suspect I don’t need to tell you which pieces were my personal faves given that I wore, obsessively stroked and/or instgrammed the hell out of them. Numero uno has to be the green suede jacket I was rocking on the night. The iconic biker is Karen Millen calling card and the fact that this season they’ve made them in every shade under the sun makes me endlessly happy. It also intrigued me to discover that said leathers are all crafted within the brand’s own Shoreditch studio. Impressive stuff, no?

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I have to admit that in recent years, I haven’t really shopped at Karen Millen much. Between the (admittedly very good) workwear and bodycon dresses, it stopped being very “me”. However, I’m happy to tell you that the Brit brand is back on my style radar with a vengeance and I shall be frequenting it in future. While continuing to do office appropriate attire, Karen Millen is also offering a wide variety of chic, far more fashion focused pieces. Besides the iconic bikers and wardrobe staples SS14 brings bold animal prints, delicate broderie anglaise, fiery pleated chiffon and neon embroidered floral organza confections I need in my life, like yesterday.

Thanks again to those that came and hope to see lots of you at the next one!

Love Ella. x

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