Quick sidebar before I get on with the point of this little feature but what do you think about me bringing back “Introducing” posts? I just figured that there are so many different companies, brands and designers launching all the time that it’s good to support and celebrate the really fantastic ones. Plus just imagine if you, I or anyone else missed out on a potentially wardrobe-changing buy because we didn’t know it existed! Anyway that’s enough rambling. Let’s talk about Alexis Barrell.
Born in South Africa and now based in London with a few years in Paris and New York somewhere in between, Alexis Barrell launched her ready-to-wear line in 2010 and so far, things are looking exciting. Ever the globetrotter, travel is both Alexis’ passion and her inspiration. Her every collection tells the story of a particular trip, her latest being an excursion to the African Karoo. From what I can seen, this method of design is a goodie. Serving up a fresh, new aesthetic each season keeps things interesting while beautifully executed bias cuts and divine drapery make a nod to the time Alexis spent working alongside legendary couturier Marc Bower.
SS13 is a little eccentric and a lot luxe. Think tribal chic meets lady of leisure with a cool girl, sporty twist. Sumptuous silks, exquisite blue and white prints and seriously glam gowns are juxtaposed with eye-popping patterns, bomber jackets, semi-sheer mesh fabrics and silk headscarf visors which sound strange but look awesome. With stockists everywhere from New York to Japan and a recent collaboration with Fashion Editor Natalie Hartley (Sunday Times Style and In Style Magazine), Alexis Barrell is an up-and-comer you need to be introduced to.
The Alexis Barrell SS13 collection is now up on My-Wardrobe! Click here to shop it.
Love Ella. X
It’s been a while since I last did a give away and I know how much you love a good freebie (who doesn’t?!) so I thought it was high time to do another one! Of course just decided to do one isn’t even the half of it as this kind of mini competition does require having something decent to give away. Luckily for me, or rather for you, BENGT Fashion and Kitty Joseph came to the rescue offering this DIVINE new season clutch worth £130.
I don’t know if you remember but I posted about BENGT Fashion aaaages ago (click here to see it) when I was first introduced to the unique e-commerce platform. Founded in September 2009 BENGT is all about sourcing, supporting and crucially selling the next generation of fashion talent. Think Eudon Choi, Charlie May, Elliot Atkinson, Kirsty Ward and of course, Kitty Joseph. Just to give you a bit of background on Kitty Joseph, she’s one of the hottest new names in the industry. The Brit born designer studied at the Royal College of Art and has since collaborated with Zandra Rhodes at Paris Fashion Week and Piers Atkinson at London Fashion Week as well as being commissioned to create bespoke pieces for Lady Gaga and Carine Roitfeld… Pretty impressive stuff considering she only graduated in 2011. This particular clutch is not only lovely to look at but it also won’t be availble to buy online until March so whoever wins it will have bagged themself a serious exclusive! To enter just following these three oh-so-simple steps…
1) “Like” La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here
2) “Like” BENGT Fashion on Facebook here
3) Answer the question: What prestigious London art college did Kitty Joseph graduate from in 2011?
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org… Good luck!
Love Ella. X
Marni is another brand who’s sheer, unadulterated awesomeness I’ve only really come to appreciate in the past year or so. Maybe before that I was a bit of a fashion philistine (a phrase I’m hereby coining and will from now on use at every possible opportunity) who knows. Whatever the reason for my previous foolishness, since being awakened to Marni’s unique brand of quirky, high fash cool, my obsession with the Italian label has known no bounds. While I’ll forever be bitter to have missed out on their H&M collection (one of the few genuinely decent high street/designer collaborations in my opinion), since then Consuela Castiglioni has concocted more than enough sartorial delights to keep my imagination, if not my limited-budget-afflicted wardrobe, more than satisfied.
According to the fashion calendar, Spring/Summer 2013 is upon us. In reality, or at least in London, it’s damp, grey and absolutely bloody freezing. We’ve long since lost interest in the winter collections but at the same time the idea of slipping into a little chiffon number while there’s frost on the ground seriously doesn’t appeal and anyone who attempts “winter leg” (i.e bare legs before March) is either very brave, or very foolish. There in lies the genius of Marni Winter Edition. Supplying us fashion hungry folk with new clothes that we can wear right now without risking hypothermia? Simple yet brilliant. And as for the clothes in question, covetable doesn’t even begin to cover it. Marni Winter Edition 2013 is all about “girls that dress like boys”, extremely chic boys that it. Castiglioni has reappropriated typical menswear staples like double breasted blazers, slouchy trousers, duffel coats and parkas, combining them with neatly pleated skirts, fur trims, oversized florals and hits of glimmering gold and salmon pink to create a girlish edge.
As always with Marni, the devil is in the deliciously kooky details, and their latest offerings feature dogstooth prints, tonal stripes and geek chic chunky loafers trimmed with white leather fringing. Marni Winter Edition 2013 perfectly toes the (very fine) line between Front Row-worthy and wearable, I expect to see a lot of this collection during fashion week!
Love Ella. X
A few weeks ago I decided to indulge in a spot of of wardrobe organisation which sounds dull but is hands down, one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. Somewhere between trying on party dresses and mourning the Mulberry shirt I bought knowing didn’t fit and have never worn, I realised what a vast number of hats I owned. Obviously the result of my discovery was all previous plans to do some Uni work being immediately forgotton. Instead I spent the next hour dressing up and taking photographs to share my collection of headgear with the world in a post I called “Attack of the Hats”. This got me thinking about unusual fashion obsessions. I’m not talking about stilettos, skinny jeans or handbags, not being obsessed with at least one of those is unusual. No, what I’m talking about is our more random sartorial fixations. The garments we feel an irresistable urge to buy multiple variations of despite not really knowing why. Mine is socks. Specifically novelty socks, the tackier or more ridiculous the better. From cosy cashmere and Fair Isle angora to foxes wearing party hats and 3D cartoon characters complete with jingly bells, you name it, I’ve warmed my tootsies with it and no doubt instagrammed it (#socialmediaaddict) at some point too. There’s just something about slipping into a pair of jolly socks that brings a smile to my face and given how FREEZING it is in London at the moment, their fabulous cosiness is pretty crucial too. Here are a few more of my current faves…
Has anyone else got any unusual fashion obsessions? If so I’d love to hear them!
Love Ella. X
At the risk of stating the obvious, I’ll start this post by saying that the past decade have seen the way we shop undergo some seriously major changes. I’d even go so far as to say that the rise of online shopping will, in the years to come, be regarded as a retail game changer on par with the opening of the first Department stores during the 19th century or the launch of Ready-to-Wear in the 1950s. But aside from enabling anyone with a credit card and an intenet connection to snap up the latest designer goodies at the click of a button, sites like Matches and Net-a-Porter are facilitating another dramatic development that I suspect will become all the more noticeable this year. Once upon a time, let’s say around the year 2000, you’d see a frock you liked in a fashion magazine and then go to the shop to try it on before either buying it, buying something else or leaving empty handed having wasted 2 or 3 hours. I’m sure you’ll agree, that’s not usually the case anymore. Editorial content (i.e seasonal trend edits, “top 10 party dress” features etc) is no longer just to be found in fashion magazines. Nowadays every online emporium from ASOS to Luxuup offer tips on what’s hot complete with direct links to buy the recommended products without so much as leaving your sofa. But the impact of these retail/editorial overlaps goes further than just cutting down the hours you spend on Bond Street. Last year saw the likes of Harpers Bazaar Editors Lucy Yeomans and Carmen Bornogovo leave to take up positions at Net-a-Porter and My-Wardrobe and I don’t doubt for a second that more fash eds will swap publishing for retail during the months to come. As much as I love more curling up in bed with a fresh copy of Vogue and a cuppa, if I want to brush up on the latest trends I head straight for Style.com. The equally instantaneous natures of digital media and online shopping make combining the two a no brainer and from this premise, Atelier-To-Go was born.
Let’s be honest, fashion e-tailers aren’t exactly few and far between. Given the vast number of successful (and not so successful) designer shopping sites around anyone who launches one is a far braver woman than me. So when I heard about the launch of another online boutique my immediate response was “yawn”. But then I learnt a bit more about Atelier-To-Go and swiftly changed my tune. Rather than launching an an e-tailer and then introducing editorial content (which, FYI, I’m not knocking) the fusion of smart fashion features and nice-stuff-you-can-buy is the very foundation of Atelier-To-Go.
Each season Atelier-To-Go’s team of expert editors and stylists will pick their top 5 themes/trends/fashion inspirations and create editorial features based on them using the best collections from the extremely tighly curated selection of mid-high end designers (think Carven, Alice + Olivia, Markus Lupfer and Iro) stocked on the site. This is then presented as a online magazine that the customer can shop directly from each shot. It’s not rocket science I’ll admit, but the marrying of super curated stock with snazzy looking shoots is so simple-yet-effective that I seriously wonder why no one’s thought of it before. Of course, that’s not to say if they had it would be as covetable as Atelier-To-Go’s sartorial offering which, in my opinion, are pure fashion gold. Aside from the gorge editorials and ultra covetable clothes, one thing that really struck me about the site was the way it managed to be personal without verging into cheesy/forced territory. Oh and they also offer personal styling, online shopping organisation and best of all, “special treats”
And to be clear this isn’t a sponsored post, I just think this site is brilliant.
Love Ella. X