Where: Roger Vivier Book Launch at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.
There are some outfits so goddamn gorgeous you never, ever want to take them off. This was one of them. Last Wednesday I was very excited to be attending a truly spectacular soiree at the Saatchi Gallery. With Ines de la Fressange co-hosting, I knew I’d need to really pull out all the stops with my evening ensemble but luckily Matthew Williamson and Roger Vivier came to the rescue. More details from the party itself coming soon but for now, what do you think of my look?
I’m the first to admit that my music knowledge is poor at best but even I’ve heard of the Kaiser Chiefs. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I like them and may even have a few of their tunes on my largely abandoned iPod. Anyway let’s be honest, when Burberry invites you to a champagne fuelled gig at their A-MAZING Regents Street emporium you RSVP “oui” regardless of who’s playing.
Christopher Bailey and his talented team have taught me a fair few things this Spring. Firstly there was the London Fashion Week revelation that head to toe latext could be elegant. Don’t believe me? Well then check out Burberry’s oxblood trench coat and playful, peek-a-boo pencil skirts. And last week my beloved Brit brand rekindled a long-forgotten love of live music. Of course it helped that the Kaiser Chiefs are fantastic (and the lead singer had more than a hint of Ryan Gosling about him) but most of all it was just so much fun dancing around watching a band give it their’ all on stage.
My party pal, Millie and I managed to wangle a great spot on the balcony that not only afforded us a great view but also placed us in prime position for champagne refills. The real genius, or rather luck, of our choice only came to light when lead singer x (or as I prefer to think of him, the English Ryan Gosling) came charging upstairs during I Predict a Riot and performed most of the song standing right next to us! We danced, we drank, we sang along and we didn’t have to make any conversation whatsoever… All in all it was a lot of fun and after weeks of press days, meetings and mingling and cocktail parties, it was exactly what I needed. Some say a picture is worth a thousand words but we all know a video’s that bit better so here you go…
1) Chinti and Parker Heart Print Striped Top, £90, click here to buy
2) French Connection Hachi Denim Hotpants, £50, click here to buy
3) 3.1 Phillip Lim Electric Yellow Medium Pashli Satchel, £740, click here to buy
4) Moschino Cheap & Chic Suede Platform Sandals, £320, click here to buy
5) ASOS Embellished Cat Eye Sunglasses, £20, click here to buy
6) Boutique by Jaeger Bow Shoulder Shift Dress, £175, click here to buy
7) REISS 1971 Catalina Laser Cut Top, £79, click here to buy
8) Isabel Marant Etoile Britany Shorts, £110, click here to buy
9) Sarah Forsyth Snakeskin Belt, £85, click here to buy
10) Chloe Lauren Leather Ballet Flats, £280, click here to buy
What: Gingham shirt: Gap, Jeans: Hudson c/o Jeanography, Bag: Jaeger, Shoes: Boutique in Paris (forgotten the name, sorry!) Engraved Bracelet: Monica Vinader c/o.
Where: Meetings in London.
I refuse to believe that anyone in England is quite so happy about the arrival of Spring as me. Given how much I’ve moaned about the weather over the past few months, I doubt many of you need convincing that the ever lasting winter practically had me packing my bags and fleeing the country. Well at long last the gloom seems to have given way to something slightly more seasonably appropriate. While our days being that bit brighter is lovely, the thing I’m most excited about of course is unleashing my new season wardrobe! A couple of weeks ago I made a bit of a trolley dash through Gap and picked up several crisp cotton shirts in bright colours. I love the way this particular one puts an androgynous twist on gingham, a fabric most frequently associated with sun dresses and school girls. I’m also a big fan of summer denim (SO much chicer than opaque tights at this time of year) and these Hudson jeans are sunny season perfection. I got them from a fantastic new e-boutique called Jeanography who offer a Fit First Time service allowing you to order three different pairs of jeans to try and then only pay for the style you decide to keep. Buying denim online is a sartorial minefield so I’d definitely recommend it. Jeanography are also currently running a competition called Rafflecopter to win a free pair of designer jeans, click here it you fancy checking it out.
Love Ella. X
Ps) Since wearing this outfit and writing this post it has started absolutely pouring with rain in London… Typical.
As you may remember, back in December during the SS13 press day season I had something of a revelation. Namely, that I bloody love Matthew Williamson. I don’t know how or why it took me so long to realise my affinity with a designer who specialises in bright colours, punchy prints and exquisite embellishment (AKA my sartorial cryptonite) but hey, at least we got there in the end. My MW obsession was rekindled a couple of weeks ago when I paid a visit to his Mount Street boutique to check out the AW13 collection. Still sporting my navy winter coat, it was a thrill to enter the gloriously colourful, carefree world of Matthew Williamson… Minimalists, you’ve been warned.
I hadn’t even had time to greet Matthew’s PRs before I spotted what might just be one of my favourite dresses, ever. Long sleeves, short skirt, skater shape in mint green velvet jacquard complete with shimmering trim and beaded neckline… In other words, my idea of heaven. Throughout my visit my eye did keep returning to this particular frock but that certainly didn’t stop me admiring the others. Understated Matthew Williamson most certainly isn’t but he is a true master of doing glitz and glamour without verging into tacky territory. The collection was an oh-so-stylish riot of eye-popping hues, opulent embroidery and shimmering sequins; a delectable fusion of high fashion fabulousness and carefree party girl cool.
However you feel about rainbow shades and sparkly things, Matthew Williamson’s skill and painstaking attention to detail is undeniable. Each intricate piece of beadwork and hand stitched bloom reflects a designer truly passionate about his work and not afraid to put in some seriously hard graft. And as for that sweet minty number, I’m already saving my pennies.
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