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GIRISSIMA Give Away!

GIRISSIMA

GIRISSIMA

GIRISSIMA

I’m wearing GIRISSIMA’s French Connection Cobalt Dress, French Connection Antique Lace Bag & M by Marlene Birger Quilcina Cuff with my own Kurt Geiger sandals.

It’s been aaaaages since I did a give away, sorry guys, more in future I promise! Anyway, enough of the lame excuses and on with the matter at hand; a little something from me to you, or more accurately from GIRISSIMA but y’know, same diff really. In case you hadn’t heard of it (I hadn’t either don’t worry) GIRISSIMA is a multi brand e-boutique stocking both major and under-the-radar European brands. What makes it interesting, in my opinion at least, is their emphasis on “special items”; unusual picks that might not necessarily grab your attention among an entire collection but when presented within a tightly curated coterie of quirky cool pieces, suddenly seem super covetable. Case in point, this French Connection dress. I’ve been pretty familiar with the label’s SS13 collection and even styled a shoot for them a few months back. Somehow, this little number slipped past me all season but the second I spied it on GIRISSIMA I needed it in my wardrobe. The goodie we’re giving away (below) is a similar deal.

GIRISSIMA

Effortlessly understated and roomy enough to store half your accessory collection, the FORALICE bag worth €190 from little known Spanish brand Et Bang is pretty much guaranteed to be both a hardworking and outfit fixing item… And it could be yours! Just follow these three oh-so-simple steps…

1) “Like” GIRISSIMA on Facebook here

2) “Like” La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here

3) Subscribe to the GIRISSIMA newsletter here

4) Let me know how you would style your FORALICE bag by emailing ella@ella-lapetiteanglaise.com

Good luck!

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 02/08/2013

OHMIGOD it’s August! Officially time to start thinking Autumn/Winter, whether you like it or not…

weekly wish list

1) T by Alexander Wang Striped T-Shirt, £104, click here to buy
2) Whistles Green Quilted Leather Skirt, £295, click here to buy
3) Nicholas Kirkwood Suede and Elaphe Slippers, £510, click here to buy
4) Anya Hindmarch Eye Twister Courtney Clutch, £395, click here to buy
5) Monica Vinader Siren Chandelier Earrings, £425, click here to buy
6) Tibi Crepe Slip Dress, £292, click here to buy
7) Aquazzura Beverley Hills Suede Lace Up Sandals, £470, click here to buy
8) 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Leather & Ponyhair Pashli, £855, click here to buy
9) Theory Clah Geometric Jacquard Shorts, £195, click here to buy
10) Theory Lanai Geometric Jacquard Blazer, £360, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Elite Model Look 2013 Final

What do Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen and Constance Jablonski have in common? The obvious answer is, of course, that they’re all heartstoppingly, gobsmackingly, jealous-makingly gorgeous… And tall, and thin and blessed with razor sharp cheek bones, super shiny hair, million dollar smiles etc etc. But more to the point (of this post at least) these ladies all came to fame thanks to a certain modelling competition. The Elite Model Look competition to be precise. Think America’s Next Top Model but, dare I say it, rather more credible. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tyra as much as the next girl. But Elite’s annual competition has produced an array of bonafide supermodels and household names while ANTM, well, hasn’t. With this in mind I was pretty excited to be attending the 2013 UK final last week, not to mention more than a little apprehensive about being in a room full of six foot glamazons who would make even the most confident person feel like an Oompa Loompa. Luckily I had a fabulous Teatum Jones frock for the occasion which, teamed with ankle breaking heels made me feel slightly more statuesque.

Elite Model Look 2013

I arrived at The Brewery in East London (same venue as the Fashion Monitor Awards) to find the entire place pink lit and already teaming with people. My party pal for the evening was a school friend, tempted along on the promise of free booze and models. Inside I ran into the lovely Alistair Guy and, after a rum cocktail or three, we all squashed up on the FROW to see this year’s finalists in action. As the aspiring models hit the runway I kicked myself (metaphorically of course, those wedges would have caused bruises) for not following the competition the whole way through. There’s something bizarrely enjoyable about watching ridiculously good looking teenagers battle it out to be the next Cindy Crawford. I soon learned that after being picked from nationwide auditions the young hopefuls had just come from a rigorous week of “bootcamp” style training… Next year, I am SO stalking the early stages!

Elite Model Look 2013

Female Runner Up and Winner of the Colgate campaign

Elite Model Look 2013

Male Winner, Ross Trevillion

Elite Model Look 2013

Female Winner, May Bell

One of the most enjoyable things about watching America’s Next Top Model, X Factor or really anything involving egos and competition is picking your personal favourites. On this occasion I was delighted when one of my top two girls, the exquisitely ethereal May Bell, was awarded the female title. The male prize went to 16 year old Ross Trevillion who, despite looking unbelievably cocky, I had to admit had serious presence on the catwalk. Once Crystal Renn (yes, really) had announced that May would be jetting off to Shanghai for the global final there was a stampede back to the bar where champagne was already being poured in preparation for the after party.

Elite Model Look 2013

May & Ross celebrating at the after party

You’ll no doubt be shocked to hear that I didn’t stick around this time but I think it’s a pretty safe bet those who did weren’t feeling too fresh the next morning!

Love Ella. X

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Introducing: Wondaland

wondaland

New brand alert! Yes, another one. With so many popping up all over the show it’s often tempting to not to bother checking out the latest launches but I’m very glad I did take the time to investigate Wondaland. Since writing this opening line I’ve learnt that Wondaland is in fact in it’s seventh season… Shows what I know. But enough about me, let’s look at some pretty clothes…

Wondaland

wondaland

Cute, right? Feminine, wearable and sans bank breaking prices, I applaud. I particularly enjoy how the collection delivers several takes on the same flirty shapes, effortless separates and low key tailoring ranging from cotton trimmed chambray to bold bird print, racy lace and even monochrome. Unsurprising really that Sienna Miller and the Delevigne sisters have both been spotted rocking Wondaland.

wondaland

But not only are the designs divine, the label’s founder is seriously impressive too. Freshly graduated from Central Saint Martins (where else?!) Alice Kestwick was enticed out to Hong Kong to become Head Designer at Eviso jeans. From there she relocated to Paris to work at Pop Magazine for a year, during which time she also managed to become a buyer for high end vintage emporium, Atelier Mayer. Then she decided to go it alone, moved back to Hong Kong to set up Wondaland and now runs the business from her home in Saigo… Phew! The fact that Alice, at 28, has already had a globetrotting fashion career is amazing and terrifying in equal measure, once you know about her diverse its easy to see how they play into the collections. Pared back Parisian chic meets orient inspired eclecticism, not your average combo but in this case it certainly works.

Wondaland is stocked at Village Bicycle in Westbourne Grove and online here.

Love Ella. X

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Chloe Resort 2014

Chloe Resort 2014

There are many brands both large and small, who’s creations catch my eye each season but only a handful make my heart skip a beat quite like Chloé. As you might remember, I was lucky enough to meet the label’s wonderful Creative Directer, Clare Waight Keller and her charming CEO at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards last month. Afterwards I felt sure I’d made a right fool of myself, coming over all star stuck (understandable I think!) and stammering on and on about my bordering-on-obsessive love for Chloé. Luckily they must have taken it with a pinch of salt and since then I’ve had a couple more equally dreamy encounters with the team behind the brand, most recently earlier this week when they bought Claire’s Resort 2014 creations over to London.

It may have been 30 plus degrees in the city and I definitely should have been putting in some library time to work on my thesis, but no way in HELL was I going to miss out on the chance to preview this collection. And do you know what? My sweaty, guilty journey to Chelsea could not have been any more worth it. Everything, and I mean everything, in Chloé’s Sloane Street store was so exquisitely, elegantly, gobsmackingly gorgeous it was all I could do not to grab an arm load and make a break for the door! After spending about 20 minutes staring open mouthed at a particularly delectable powder blue aviator jacket, I finally made my way over to where the lovely team were sipping freshly squeezed orange juice (while looking enviably cool and collected) and we made our way downstairs to the showroom.

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

The Chloé Resort 2014 lookbook had been shot in a 1930′s school just north of Paris. Several shots had been set within a mesmerising old swimming pool, and this aquamarine, dapple tiled environment had been beautifully recreated for the presentation. But the space in which they were displayed paled in comparison to the collection itself. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a trip to Topshop as much as the next clothes horse (provided its not on a Saturday afternoon that is) but when I see designs of Chloé calibre, that reminds me why I fell in love with fashion.

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

From laser cut cotton lined with butter soft calf leather, to the barely there embossed metal labels bearing the Chloé logo, every single garment was an immaculately constructed composition of painstakingly detailed design and oh so careful craftsmanship. But despite the level of meticulous attention to detail and ingenious imagination behind them, I have never seen a Chloé piece look anything less than effortless. This attitude of fuss free, elegant irreverence, a truly pioneering move from founder Gaby Aghion in 1952, is the true genius of the brand and Clare Waight Keller executed it flawlessly this season.

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

chloe resort 2014

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I don’t think I could physically pick a favourite item. Just when I decided the two tone peachy tan Baylee (THE “it” bag for SS14) was my ultimate, I laid eyes on a pair of unreliable chic leather shorts and changed my mind. Then the laser cut cotton midi skirt caught my eye, then a pair of loosely tailored city shorts, then a cream and black sweater adorned with a playful “C” motif. This particular piece reminded me once again of the brand’s heritage. When Gaby Aghion first launched Chloé, her ”luxury prêt-à-porter” designs were a far cry from what virtually all other couturiers were doing. In lieu of full skirts, cinched waists and formal silhouettes, Aghion created garments that could be bought off the (very high end) rack and thanks to their soft tailoring, fine fabrics and lack of corsetry, really worn by any woman. Much of the label’s success was thanks to the fact that their designs managed to be both classic and modern. Thanks to Waight Keller’s sheer skill and understanding of the Chloé DNA, this remains true over six decades later.

Love Ella. X

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