Fashion

BREAKING NEWS!!! British Fashion Council Announces BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Winner…

Ok, so this news isn’t “breaking” per se. I actually received the email informing me of this years’ winner last week so the identity of the designer in question is hardly top secret. But given that this talented Scotsman is a particular favourite of mine, I’m certainly not about to miss an excuse to post about him. In case you hadn’t already worked it out or somehow missed this snippet of hotter-than-hot fashion gossip, the winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2012 is… Jonathan Saunders!

As you may already know, or read about in my previous post, this award is one of the most coveted in the industry and has helped to make the likes of Erdem and Christopher Kane into two of the most in-demand young designers today. Jonathan’s already established himself as one of fashion’s fastest rising stars so with an added £200,000 in funding and a year of expert mentorship, who knows what wonders await. Much as I adore his SS12 collection, I’ve probably posted it 5 or 6 times already so instead, here’s a peek at Jonathan’s sartorial evolution over the past few seasons…

Jonathan Saunders BFC/Vogue Designer fashion fund
Clockwise from top left: SS12, AW11, SS11, AW10, SS10, AW09

With barely 2 weeks until Jonathan Saunders’ latest sartorial delights are unveiled, I for one am very excited.

Love Ella. X

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Introducing Mulberry Travel Bag…

Now I’m the first to admit that when it comes to shopping, practicality isn’t exactly my main concern. Generally speaking looking chic and dressing sensibly don’t go hand in hand and when it comes to choosing one over the other, you can bet your six inch stillies that I choose chicness every time…. And you know what, I bet most of you do to. How else can you explain the fact that clutch bags (cute but oh-so irritating to carry), over-the-knee socks (if it’s cold enough for thigh highs, it’s cold enough for tights) and cropped sleeve chunky knit sweaters (what freaky weather conditions are those intended for???) continue to fly off the rails. But there are those rare occasions where a garment manages to look hot without leaving you, quite literally, cold… or in the case of the clutch bag, unable to do basically anything. If anyone could make practicality stylish, it’s Mulberry and that’s precisely what they’ve done with their latest creation, the Travel Bag.

Mulberry travel bag
Oversized Travel Bag in Natural Mixed Animal Print
Mulberry travel bag
Travel Camera Bag in Soft Matte Black
Mulberry travel bag
Travel Day bag in Lambskin Shiny Oak

Based on the Alexa but with metal tipped corners and traditional satchel flaps, the Travel Bag family is set to take the fashion world by storm. Blake Lively’s already been spotted out and about with hers and where this Gossip Girl starts, the rest of us will surely follow. Sadly for mere mortals this little slice of sartorial perfection wont be available until February 15th so I’d say it’s time to get saving!

Love Ella. X

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SS12: Desperate Housewives

Glittering flapper girls may have reigned supreme at Gucci, but the twenties wasn’t the only style decade making a comeback for SS12. Blame it on Mad Men mania if you will but 1950′s femininity has never felt so now… Except for maybe during the decade itself. Anyone who embraced last season’s ladylike trend will be happy to hear that cinched waists, defined curves and below the knee hemlines wont be disappearing anytime soon. How very desperate housewives.

Ok, so we may not all manage to pull it off with Christina Hendricks’ Va-va-voom but when the frocks are this fabulous, I’m more than willing to give it a go. Once again Miuccia Prada proved herself to be at the forefront of all things covetable, serving up a collection that fused retro glamour with just a hint of tongue-in-cheek. Back here in Blighty Jonathan Saunders offered up dresses so elegant they’d put Betty Draper’s best twinset to shame. Accessories came over all Stepford Wives too with silk gloves, cat eye sunglasses and even the odd headscarf cropping up on the catwalks. But if prim and proper really isn’t your thing then you’ll be relieved to hear that crop tops are also back on the menu. Just team an itsy bitsy bandeau with a high waistline et voila, modern day Marylin Monroe.

desperate housewives
From left: Jonathan Saunders, Rochas, Prada & Erdem SS12

As a die-hard Man Men fanatic and lover of all things ladylike I’m definitely planning on tapping into this trend and who knows, I may even attempt a crop top or two. Will you unleash your inner vintage vixen this season or are pussy-bows and pencil skirts simply too kitsch for you?

Love Ella. X

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SS12: Razzle Dazzle

Since September I’ve been studying Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins and, at the risk of sounding a little pretentious, it’s really opened my eyes to how the styles of the past influence what we wear today. That said, you’d have to be plain stupid not to notice that the SS12 catwalks were awash with 1920′s inspired looks.

Art Deco detailing was the name of the game and designers paid homage to the glamour of the roaring twenties with tassled trims, sizzling sequins and ostrich feathers galore. Channel your inner flapper girl in a drop waisted number a la Gucci or take your queue from Ralp Lauren in floor-sweeping silvery hues. This trend probably wont be suitable for the office but who knows, given the calibre of designers who’ve embraced all things opulent, maybe work wear will soon incorporate fluttering Marabou.

SS12
From left: Marchesa, Gucci, Etro & Ralph Lauren Collection

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BREAKING NEWS!!! British Fashion Council Announces Fashion Forward Recipients for 2012…

With less than ONE MONTH to go until London Fashion Week things are really hotting up in the British style capital. All over town fashionistas are prepping their wardrobes, charging their cameras and generally preparing themselves for 5 days (and nights) of non-stop shows, parties and photo opp’s galore. Whilst to the untrained eye London Fashion Week may just seem like an excuse to splash out on a new wardrobe and guzzle champagne from morning ’til night, really it’s so much more. Thanks to the tireless and might I add, non-profit, work of the British Fashion Council, LFW provides talented young designers with a platform to showcase their collections to the top press and buyers in the business. Over the past few weeks I’ve posted about not one, not two, but THREE of the British Fashion Council’s ingenius initiative’s for helping emerging fashion stars share their work with the world. Well, now it’s time to share a fourth. This very morning the BFC announced this year’s recipients for their ultra prestigious Fashion Forward Award. I could wax lyrical all day about the brilliance of this scheme but in the interest of not boring anyone to death, I’ll try to be concise. Every year Fashion Forward provides a handful of up-and-coming designers with sponsorship to show their collections at London Fashion Week for two consecutive seasons. Previous winners include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Giles and Richard Nicoll so suffice to say, it’s one of the most coveted awards in the industry and marks our anyone who nabs it as a serious fashion player.

So without further ado, this year’s recipients are… Louise Gray, Henry Holland, Mary Katrantzou and James Long, the first menswear designer ever to be awarded the prize.

British Fashion Council
From left: Louise Gray, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou & James Long (all SS12)

As a long-standing Mary Katrantzou obsessive I’m thrilled to hear that she’s scooped up the award. If those digital print delights of hers dont just scream fashion forward then frankly, I don’t know what does.

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