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Girl Crush Alert! Rooney Mara…

Ok, so I know this post’s not entirely fashion-orientated but having seen Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Monday I’m currently OBSESSED with Rooney Mara. The Stieg Larsson trilogy is just about my all time favourite read so I was a little dubious as to whether the film would be able to do it justice. After all, Daniel Craig may be buff and Rooney beautiful, but could they really live up to the image of Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander I’d dreamed up during many a tedious tube journey? The answer is yes…. And then some. But whilst Daniel Craig was fantastic in that brooding, shouldn’t-be-hot-but-so-is way he does so well, it was Rooney who really stole the show. She not only acted one of the most difficult roles ever written to perfection but somehow managed to make cargo pants, 90′s punk hair and bleached eyebrows look stylish, albeit in a fairly terrifying kind of way. And if any doubt still remained as to her sheer amazingness, Rooney has been topping best dressed lists worldwide as she does the premiere/awards circuit in an array of breathtaking gowns. Miu Miu, Lanvin, Givenchy… you name it. This girl knows how to work a fabulous frock and the fact she manages to make that fringe look chic is frankly beyond me.

Rooney Mara
Rooney Wears (from left): Nina Ricci, Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci, Valentino & Prabal Gurung

Let’s be honest, anyone who can slip seamlessly from vanquishing villains to rocking Prabal Gurung on the red carpet deserves some serious R.E.S.P.E.C.T, don’t you think?

Love Ella. X

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SS12: Perfect Pastels

February is fast approaching, the catwalk edits are on the stands and sale rails around the world are finally starting to be replaced by new season fare. Yes, regardless of the fact that most of us are still waking up to find a thick layer of frost on the ground, it’s high time to start thinking about SS12. Now I know that trend run-downs aren’t exactly hard to come by but still, I’ve decided to do a couple of my own. After all, what better way to ward off the January blue than by imagining the summery treats you’ll be wearing over the months to come? You would think that pastel colours are a pretty innocuous Spring trend but in fact these delicate hues have us divided. For some the mere sight of dusky pinks, mint greens and ladylike lilac’s is enough to get our fashion pulses racing. For others, such saccharine shades spell sartorial doom. My flat mate and I are the perfect example of this. As someone who worships at the alter of Miuccia Prada, I have a total pastel obsession and from the second the new collections land in stores my wardrobe is always bursting with lemon yellows and Duck egg blues. She on the other hand, visibly balks at the sight of a damask rose ensemble and has been known to hide my Spring nail polish collection, supposedly “for my own good.”

SS12
From left: Christian Dior, Prada, 3.1 Philip Lim & Jaeger London

This season it looks like I’ll be having the last laugh as girlish hues dominated the catwalks, cropping up everywhere from Christian Dior and Prada to 3.1 Philip Lim and Jaeger London. In case you didn’t already get the message, I’ll be subscribing whole heartedly to SS12′s perfect pastels… Will you?

Love Ella. X

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It’s all about London…

There are five weeks to go until London Fashion Week and things are well and truly hotting up. We waved goodbye to 2011 with the joyful news that Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen would be making an appearence back home in the City that spawned their creative genius. Just this week the British Fashion Council announced not one, but TWO other big time international brands who will be showcasing their AW12 collections here in Blighty; Moschino and Belstaff. Ok, so Stella, Sarah and Rossella Jardini (Creative Director of Moschino FYI) wont be entirely abandoning Paris and Milan in favour of the British fashion capital. Stella McCartney will be hosting a special presentation of a one-off collection during LFW whilst her mainline fare shows in Paris. The Alexander McQueen show will also continue to take place in the City of Love but the brand’s diffusion line, McQ, will make it’s first ever catwalk appearence in London. Let’s be honest, Moschino is such an Italian brand that their not showing in Milan would just be weird. Instead its’ younger, edgier and, dare I say it, cooler, sister, Moschino Cheap And Chic will be cropping up on the LFW schedule.

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Moschino Cheap and Chic SS12

With some of the biggers players on the international fashion scene coming to town, might this just be London’s most exciting season yet?

Love Ella. X

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Who likes to be beside the seaside? Mulberry SS12…

It may be winter outside, but in fashion land it’s well and truly springtime. Magazines, blogs, shops… everywhere we look there are bright colours, vibrant patterns and mouthwatering images of glossy-limbed models heralding the arrival of the SS12. You know when you look at a collection and feel as though every single garment was simply made for you? Well that’s exactly how I felt about the delights Mulberry offered us last season and seeing their SS12 fare has only served to confirm my suspicions that Emma Hill designs with me in mind. I suspect I’m probably not the only person who feels this way but isn’t it just the BEST excuse for a splurge?

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Mulberry SS12

Like most people who grew up in England, I have bittersweet memories about childhood trips to the seaside. In theory it’s all ice creams, fun fair rides and burying your younger siblings in the sand. In practice it will most probably rain and nowhere in the world kicks off a family arguement quite like a British Beach. But looking at these stunning shots my miserable memories of ice cream-induced car sickness and brawling with my little brother simply fade away. If we all looked as glam as Lindsay Wixen and Frida Gustavsson during our seaside trips they probably would have been a tad more enjoyable, don’t you think?

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Cruise Control: Whistles Launches 2012 Resort Collection

Oh to be a millionaire. Instead of spending the next six weeks (minimum) wrapped up in well-worn winter woolies and scurrying around in the rain you could simply scoop up a selection of the resort collections and make for sunnier climbs. Unfortunately for those of us without a nine figure salary or an oil tycoon Daddy, there is no month more sartorially frustrating than January. Every fash mag is bursting with Spring/Summer delights which the combination of endless sale rails and sub-zero temperatures leave us unable test drive for at least another month. Yep, for those of us who can’t afford to snap up the Chanel Cruise collection and jet off to St Barths, the dismal post-Christmas/pre-Spring period is one with few redeeming features… or at least it was, until now.

Chanel resort 2012
Chanel Resort 2012

This season heralds the release of Whistles’ first full resort collection which has arrived not a second too soon. Featuring zesty brights, spring stripes and immaculate tailoring, this pre-Spring fare is a much more wearable, not to mention affordable, alternative to Karl Lagerfeld’s ultra glamourous offerings. So if the novelty of your Christmas jumper has long since worn off I’d highly recommend skipping the sales and investing in these between-season treats, guaranteed to put a spring in your step or at the very least, your wardrobe.

Whistles resort 2012
Whistles Resort 2012

Shop Whistles’ 2012 Resort Collection here

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