Since starting La Petite Anglaise waaaaay back in 2010 I’ve celebrated the end of each year with a round up of the previous 12 months highlights. This year I’m sorry to tell you that there will be not one, not two but THREE editions to this post. Not many words though, I promise. You see, the past year has been so unbelievably, unexpectedly brilliant that it just seems silly to try and cram my best bits into one post. First and foremost, I have to thank all of you. Without my wonderful, generous readers La Petite Anglaise would cease to exist. At the risk of sounding like a gushing fool, I have to tell you how incredibly grateful I am that you’ve stuck with me on my fashion journey so far. Right, enough of that, let’s talk 2013…
2013 got started with a bang. After mincing it up at London Collections Men and starting the second term of my second year at Central Saint Martins, I was off to Amsterdam for 24 hours of madness courtesy of Dutch über brand, Supertrash. My partners in crime where Alex Vanthournout of AlexLoves, Telegraph Fashion Editor, Sophie Warburton and the IPR London team who are pretty much the ultimate 24 party pals. It may have been freezing but we didn’t let that stop us having a hell of a good time. There where frosty walks (well, slithers), mulled wine, non mulled wine, delicious dinners, apple tart and round the table cocktail sampling sessions. As for the main event, well, click here for a reminder of that particular spectacle.
It may have been F-ing freezing but nothing and no one, not even “blizzard nemo” was going to stop me having an absolute ball during my second ever full on New York Fashion Week experience. And boy, was it seriously FULL ON. From getting snowed in to the Kate Spade 20th Anniversary bash and practically fainting over 3.1 Phillip Lim’s insanely awesome collection to Phillip’s own birthday bash, Prabal Gurung bringing sexy back military couture style, party hopping with Serena, Sharoni and Chloe plus blizzards, outfits galore and general mayhem. It was everything you’d want from the craziest (biannual) week of the year in the city that never sleeps.
Another fabulous 24 hour trip, this time courtesy of lingerie & swimwear giant, Calzedonia. Laura Hayden, David Downton, Tali Lennox, Poppy Delevigne and I got the full VIP treatment at the spectacular Grand Hotel Rimini (where Fellini stayed dontcha know) before a Victoria’s Secret esque extravaganza involving mid-air hoop dancing, buff bods, Tyson Beckford and Ke$ha… Bonkers. And I met SJP, even more bonkers.
In May I was lucky enough to join forces with one of the hottest jewellery brands around, Monica Vinader, to host a very special shopping event at their South Molton Street boutique. It was my first major hosting gig so I was incredibly nervous but the evening went fabulously and the lovely team even brought in a macaroon Eiffel Tower just for me! Working with such a fantastic (and more-major-by-the-minute) company with an amazing experience and I made a lifelong friend out of it too. What more could anyone ask for in a collaboration?
Having to keep this under my hat for four whole months was no mean feat I can tell you! Straight after London Fashion Week, I headed to Dalston to shoot a feature for the first ever Miss Vogue supplement. It snowed, I got very, very cold but boy, were the blue knees worth it when the June issue of British Vogue arrived with this baby alongside it. Huge thanks to Esprit, Exposure PR, Jackie Dixon, Nik Thakkar, Condé Nast and everyone else who made this happen. I will remember it forever.
One word: MAJOR. How else to describe an awards ceremony held in Berkeley Square Gardens and attended by Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Cara Delevigne, Rita Ora, Joan Collins and basically every other fabulous female on the planet!? Oh, and I wore next season Prabal Gurung which gave a whole new meaning to the somewhat irritating hashtag #lifecomplete. Thank you again to Pandora for inviting me as your guest, it was a truly fabulous evening.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the first instalment of La Petite Anglaise 2013. More coming soon!
Love Ella. X