The Week of Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto, Christopher De Vos

Christopher De Vos & Peter Pilotto

As you may have gathered from this subtly nuanced post title, last week was all about Peter Pilotto. On Tuesday the uber talented design duo scooped up this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award, a seriously major achievement by anyone’s standards especially considering that their fellow nominees were OSMAN, House of Holland, Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou and Zoe Jordan. I was lucky enough to be at Cafe Royal with the great and the good of London’s sartorial community for the official announcement soiree which was lovely, obvs fancy do’s always are. But it was even more exciting for me because I’ve posted about the award since 2011 and always dreamt of getting closer to the whole thing than just reading about it on Style.com! I’d also chosen to wear my beloved Peter Pilotto pencil skirt for the occasion (partially because I love it, partially because I don’t own any Mary Katrantzou or Emilia Wickstead… yet) so felt thoroughly smug about that. Anyway, enough unattractive smugness, that evening was all about Christopher and Peter whose boldly beautiful take on colour, print and eye boggling awesomeness wows critics and consumers alike.

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Wearing Peter Pilotto c/o THE OUTNET (available to buy here)

The very next night my eyes were boggled by their talent once again at an intimate dinner hosted by Net-a-Porter to celebrate the Peter Pilotto x Target collection. I can’t even begin to describe my excitement when that invitation arrived! After a very, very long day involving a major uni presentation and many hours spent in an archive all the while feeling an unpleasant combination of grubby and stressed because I’d overslept so badly I hadn’t had time to shower, it was both surreal and wonderful to be slipping into a silky Peter Pilotto number and whisking across town to what I knew would be an incredible evening. The venue was the incredible Dairy Art Building, an achingly cool, architectural triumph of a place with raw concrete floors and neon strip lighting. After walking in (via the photo board for a quick pose, natch) the first thing you saw was a selection of outfits from the collection itself, artistically displayed amongst black glass mirrors. I’m often dubious about high street/designer collabs as you know but this one is frankly brilliant. As in, I literally want all of it and ideally to be a fly on the wall the morning it hits stores. I predict a riot (sorry, couldn’t resist!).

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The collection!

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Would like all of these please

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Lucy Yeomans, Peter Pilotto, Ben Matthews, Alison Loehnis, Christopher De Vos, Lisa Bridgett

This space also played host to a whole lotta mingling going on. And with fellow guests including the likes of Net-a-Porter Editor, Lucy Yeomans and Business of Fashion Founder, Imran Ahmed it was some pretty fantastic mingling. Aside from ogling the collection,I caught up with fellow bloggers Ella Gregory and Catherine Kallon, chatted about our upcoming Aspinal of London x Glamour Magazine event with Angela Scanlon and indulged in an Instagram session with Kim Hersov and Alison Loehnis.

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Me & Angela

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Me, Ella Gregory & Catherine Kallon

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Me, Alison & Kim

Several hours of mingling later it was time to take our seats and the dining area took my breath away. In the centre of a vast, raw concrete floored room stood a long table, exquisitely decorated with silver candles and delicate crystal goblets (well, fancy wine glasses anyway). Once everyone was happily ensconced with a drink in front of them a troop of model gorgeous waiters filed out and stood behind each seat. The dinner that followed was complete and utter perfection. My only issue was that I desperately wanted to enjoy the conversation and the incredibly delicious meal and it was tricky trying to concentrate on too such delectable things at once. I know right, poor me.

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Le Table!

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Lamb-stagram (sorry)

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Pud

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Dinner in action

Peter Pilotto’s 9 piece, limited time only collection for Target will be available to buy on Net-a-Porter from February 9th… Or in stores for those based in the States and have extremely sharp elbows.

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Tougher Stuff

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What: Personalised Timberland boots (c/o), Acne skinny jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Whistles camo print sweater & shearling jacket (both c/o)

Where: Lectures

Stepping out of my Peter Pan collar comfort zone again this week with a tougher take on everyday chic (rhyme unintentional… I promise). Bet you never thought you see me in Timberland boots, eh?! I acquired these bespoke bad boys in Berlin last Summer and have been wondering how the hell to style them ever since. After a lot of deliberation over whether to go for a boy/girl mash up by rocking them with a dress I opted for an easier and, dare I say it, more badass route with simple staples. I’ve had these acne skinnies FOREVER, four years to be precise. They were definitely a wise investment as despite having accompanied me across the globe, endured coffee stains and been slept in on more occasions than I care to admit they don’t seem in danger of disintegrating yet. The camo sweater is another seriously hard working piece which has seen me though London Fashion Week SS14 plus countless parties, dinners, lectures and assorted other engagement. I suspect this incredible aviator jacket (also Whistles) will soon be joining the ranks of my “most worn” wardrobe staples although it may require me adding a few more frill free garms to my arsenal. Shopportunity? I can live with that.

Love Ella x

Images by Holly McGlynn

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There’s Something About Cara

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Firstly I have to apologise for the frankly lame title of this post, I just can’t resist a bit of shameless appropriation. Secondly I know the subject of Cara Delevingne seems about as original as the blogger tastic ensemble I rocked on Monday. But bear with me, because this is one of occasions where I’d especially love to hear from you lot. The other night I slipped off my J.Crew sheepskin slippers and tucked myself into bed in my tartan PJs and cosy cashmere socks armed with a mug of peppermint tea and set about getting stuck into the February issues.The first thing I noticed, leafing through the many gorgeous ad campaigns on display before the first article, was the fact that Cara Delevingne starred in not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 of them. Namely, mulberry (above), DKNY, La Perla and Saint Laurent make up. This was not the first time I’d encountered Miss Delevingne that day nor would it be the last, she’s everywhere. And despite having been E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E for some time now, it doesn’t appear that her proverbial fifteen minutes are even close to being up. This, I know, isn’t exactly news but it got me thinking, what is it about Cara that has the world so enraptured? What unique qualities have made her fame and career eclipse that of her sister?

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La Perla SS14 Campaign

Cara Delevingne is beautiful, well obvs, but dare I say it no more gorgeous than Karlie Kloss or Jourdan Dunn. I mean really, they’re all goddamn goddesses. But yet, it’s Cara who makes headlines on a daily basis, walked in practically every AW13 show, then had the clout to basically opt out next season and still scores more Vogue covers and major advertising campaigns than the lot. This led me to wonder that perhaps the key to this particular model’s meteoric success lies not in her good looks, banging bod, posing prowess or business acumen. Perhaps the reason fashion brands and fans alike go cray cray for Cara D is more down to her highly publicised personal life and possibly even her personality itself, or at least what we conceive her personality to be. Whether or not the Cara’s knack for face pulling selfies, A list besties and inherent naughtiness are a clearly calculated PR strategy, it’s sure as hell worked out brilliantly for her. She neither pretends to be perfect not subscribes to the Kate Moss school of enigmatic mystery which, I suspect, may not have been quite so effective in an age where everyone wants to know what their idols had for breakfast and swiftly direct their attentions elsewhere if their demand for 24/7 selfies goes unmet.

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Cara Delevigne closing the Chanel Haute Couture SS14 show

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Cara’s backstage snaps

But of course, merely sharing the ins and outs of ones daily grind does not a megastar make. It’s got to be something people want to see and secretly, or openly for that matter, desire to emulate. A reason so many social media addicts flock to Cara D’s Instagram feed is no doubt because they can be damn sure those snaps won’t just be of her at home reading a novel. Cara spends New Year’s Eve partying with Rhianna, casual afternoons causing global scandal by snuggling with Michelle Rodriguez and last Tuesday morning opening and closing the Chanel haute couture show, playing muse to Monsieur Lagerfeld, documenting the lot with a series of gleeful and goofy selfies. On paper, Miss Delevingne seems like the ultimate rockstar supermodel but maybe the obvious joy and excitement she takes and shares in experiencing something most people could only dream of proves she is not so far removed after all. If you spent a night with Rhianna, let’s be honest, that shit would be all over Instagram. And that’s precisely what Cara does.

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Cara & Rhianna’s New Year’s Eve night out

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Michelle Rodriguez & Cara Delevigne getting cosy on the baseball FROW

As a supermodel, she appears to be both a combination of unbelievably lucky and comparatively relatable. For as long as I’ve read magazines it’s been something of an A list obsession to pretend they’re just normal people when of course, clearly they’re not. So no wonder we love (or love to hate) it when famous females openly live the excessive, jet set, high rolling lifestyles most of us can only fantasise about. The more major campaigns and famous mates Cara Delevingne acquires, the more she can revel in these particular perks of her job. The more her antics reach our ears, or rather our iPhones, the more we talk about her, the more campaigns she lands and thus, the cycle continues. Or at least, that’s one theory on it.

The question I’m really putting to you dear readers, is what do you think it is about Cara Delevingne that has kept her star rising and looks to keep it doing so for the foreseeable future. Is it her differences from other supers and celebs? Her willingness to share her life, flaws n’ all? Or just a combination of good genes and even better luck? Ultimately it comes down to the question of what it is exactly that elevates someone from the realms of mere celebrity and makes them a phenomenon.

What do YOU think?

Love Ella. X

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LPA, Aspinal & Glamour Magazine Invite You…

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Exciting news mes amies, I’m teaming up with Aspinal of London and Glamour Magazine for a fabulous event during London Fashion Week and YOU’RE ALL INVITED! On Saturday 15th of February, Aspinal of London will be laying on a delicious brunch at the equally delicious Marylebone Hotel. Besides eating, drinking and making stylishly merry, guests will be introduced to the brand’s aptly named Marylebone collection, enjoy free Nails Inc. manicures, an exclusive Aspinal discount and then of course, there’s the main event.

TV presenter-of-the-moment, the lovely Angela Scanlon will be chairing a street style talk between Glamour Magazine’s Executive Fashion Director, Claudia Mahoney and your’s truly. We’ll be chatting trends, fads, fashion blogging and everything in between as well as answering any questions you may have for us. An element of competition is never a bad thing so at the end of the talk, I’ll be choosing the best street style look and that stylish so-and-so will win a brand new Aspinal of London handbag.

I’d be absolutely thrilled to see any of you there! Just email social@aspinaloflondon to reserve a place and click here for more information.

Love Ella. X

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Introducing: Stills

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Have you ever been to Amsterdam? I first went aged 18. This decision was prompted largely by the fact my Dad was dead set against it, something than instantly made my visiting the Dutch capital inevitable. As the lone female in a large group of boys the trip itself involved a whole lot of aimlessly wandering around the Red Light District, very disgusting hostels and fast food that came out of vending machines. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the experience. Since that deeply unpleasant trip I’ve been back to Amsterdam, discovered the impossibly picturesque, gallery packed and generally gorgeous side of it and fallen hard. If you’re not a scrubby, clueless teenage tourist it’s a city of such immeasurable culture and coolness you’re left daydreaming of the canal boat lifestyle. In recent years Amsterdam has also shown itself to be a veritable hotbed of exciting fashion talent. Case in point, Stills.

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I feel bad that I’m only posting about Stills now. I was introduced to the brand months and months ago so you may well be very familiar with them by this point. But then again, you may not. Theirs is a subtle, unassuming elegance. Once that resides in their Amsterdam atelier, focusing on perfecting the cut of their cloth, the architectural brilliance of their stores and the captivating beauty of their imagery rather than dressing ‘slebs or splashing themselves all over social media. Now, I’m a big advocator of using all the technological tools available to promote one’s wares far and wide but there’s something about the cool, calm and collected way designers Korrie Vulkers and Martin Tramper go about their business that is utterly compelling. I also suspect that they know, once someone’s stumbled across the understated sensuality of Stills they won’t forget it anytime soon even if they have to hunt a little harder than usual to find it. It is in fact only now, some five months on from being introduced to the brand that I’ve finally ‘got’ what the name’s all about; stillness, which, in a world that couldn’t be moving any faster is a rare and delectable luxury. That’s not to say for one minute that their creations are boring. You know me, I’ve no time for head-to-toe neutrals. Admittedly Stills gives great neutral, in tactile worked fabrics, buttersoft leathers and sumptuous silks, but they also deliver a myriad of rich hues which leave me weak at the knees every time I look at them.

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Spring/Summer 2014 provides a crystal clear example of this fusion of minimalism and eye candy. Razor sharp cuts and stark monochrome shades meet painstakingly concocted, hand woven raffia jacquards, delicate prints and melt-in-your-mouth colours. Gossamer fine, draped and flowing shapes are juxtaposed with structured silhouettes echoing the striking modernism of their Dopel Strijkers designed boutiques. Though a myriad of contradictory qualities and a rigid adherence to their core brand values, Stills is a brand to watch for 2014 and beyond. I recommend snapping up a piece or three now and revelling in feeling thoroughly smug.

Stills is currently stocked in the UK at Harvey Nichols and Fenwicks, Bond Street. More stockist info here.

Love Ella. X

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