New year, new edition of LPA Styles It! But this my friends, is a rather unusual take on it. In the past I’ve always teamed up with clothes brands like Banana Republic, Whistles and Belstaff to get my style on. At the risk of tooting my own horn the results have always looked pretty darn good but I have to admit, it’s not as taxing a task as I’d like to make out. On those occasions I’ve basically just run around the store grabbing anything and everything that takes my fancy before indulging in a lengthy dressing up session until four or five stand out outfits make themselves apparent. Well, as you may know, Cadenzza doesn’t do clothing! But what it does do, is seriously fantastic jewellery. Think collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier, Mawi London, Oscar de la Renta, Shourouk and Anton Heunis plus an endless array of delectable designs by their in house team. It’s lovely stuff, after all what else would you expect from a label in the Swarovski stable. However styling looks from my own wardrobe for the shoot proved a little challenging. Through a combination of pouring over the Cadenzza lookbooks and ransacking my vast clothing collection I managed to decide on four definitive ways I’d incorporate their pieces into my personal style. So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with…
Pink To Make The Boys Wink
I don’t need to tell you how I feel about the colour pink. Regardless of whether it actually “makes the boys wink” (I suspect not, especially when it comes with a Peter Pan collar) I just can’t resist it. This outfit is a prime example of my favourite fashion formula. Cute collar, check! High waisted, A Line mini, check! Cosy cashmere? Check and check! Given the pretty playfulness of it all I thought the best way to accessorize would be to absolutely embrace sugar and spice and all things nice. Because that what little girls are made of… Or so the gender stereotype-tastic rhyme goes anyway.
I was slightly dubious about whether this casual, rich hued ensemble would work with gobstopper jewels but it totally does, right? There’s something so wonderfully indulgent about pairing serious statement jewellery with everyday attire, like you’re a Park Avenue lady who lunches and then gets collected by a uniformed driver afterwards and whisked off to Berdorf’s afterwards.
Now, there are statement necklaces and there are STATEMENT necklaces. This stunner is definitely the latter. This Club Monaco lace top and Topshop PVC pencil skirts have been two of my most loved wardrobe additions this season and I so wish I could have worn a necklace like this with them at the Belstaff bash during London Fashion Week. When wearing pieces this in-your-face-fabulous I always think the trick is to leave one area unadorned to avoid things getting a little too bling. I opted to leave my lobes naked because I just couldn’t say no to that cocktail ring.
It’s green, it’s floral, there’s a whole lot of shine going on… Yes, this necklace is pretty much my fashion kryptonite. Naturally I just had to team it with this well worn outfit which just so happens to also be green and shiny. Predictable? Maybe. Covetable? Most definitely. I reckon that teaming up with Candezza to style their pieces into my own wardrobe actually taught me quite a lot. Lesson one: statement jewels do work for day even, or perhaps especially, when paired with slightly preppy, super laid back outfits.
I hope you enjoyed this somewhat experimental edition of LPA Styles It! Which look is your favourite?
Love Ella. X
Images by Lea Salomone