If you’re a Grazia reader (and if not, shame on you) then you’ll already be well aware that Milli Millu is the super chic luxury handbag brand founded by today’s interviewee, Mireia Llusia Lindh. In fact, even if you didn’t spot her gorgeous Hong Kong tote in the mag a few weeks ago, you may well have heard of the label as since 2010 Mireia’s elegant yet practical designs have been slowely but surely infiltrating the wardrobes and magazines of stylish high-flyers. With the latest collection being snapped up left, right and centre, Millu Millu looks set to go global.
I caught up with Mireia to get the inside scoop on her inspirations, aspirations and how she swapped finance for fashion…
In the past, I’ve never really been much of a watch wearer. There would be little point my buying one purely for practical reasons. My trusty iPhone is never far from hand so having ready access to the time isn’t an issue. But while the idea of toting some gorgeous piece of priceless-yet-elegant wrist candy appeals, I can never quite bring myself to spend as much as I would on a handbag (or rent) on an item I’ll most likely lose or break. With the best will in the world, inexpensive watches tend not to be things of beauty so I had resigned myself to the fact that while I couldn’t afford to splash some serious cash on a truly lovely timepiece, I just wouldn’t bother with one at all. That is, until I was introduced to Olivia Burton London…
The brand is the brainchild of two London College of Fashion graduates who went on to work at Selfridges and ASOS before deciding to launch their own watch brand instead, Olivia Burton London. And thank God they did! Classic but not boring, whimsical but not saccharine, ultra chic but gratifyingly non-bank breaking… If that isn’t a recipe for covetability then frankly, I don’t know what is! As you know all too well, I’m a sucker for all things girly so Olivia Burton’s floral face watches and colour pop straps are right up my street. But for those more inclined to androdgyny there are understated styles a’ plenty featuring plain gold faces and luxe leather straps in rich tan shades. Can’t make up your mind? Well never fear because at an average of £50 a pop you can always just get both, ingenious non?
Olivia Burton London is currently stocked at Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks and Joy among other independant boutiques.
Love Ella. X
What: Dress & Clutch: Nanette Lepore, Shoes: Isabel Marant.
Where: WGSN Global Fashion Awards at The Savoy, London.
While I have nothing whatsoever against re-wearing a favourite party dress numerous times, there are some events so fabulous that they demand a never-before-seen stunner. Well, events don’t come much swisher than an awards ceremony and gala dinner held in the majestic surroundings of The Savoy Hotel and attended by the international fashion elite and it was this kind of fash-tastic extravaganza with which I began my week. On Monday evening I was off to the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, an evening I’d been awaiting in a state of extreme over excitement for nearly two months. With the likes of Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Charlotte Olympia shortlisted, I wanted to be wearing something pretty amazing, not always the most achievable of goals on a student budget. Luckily the lovely folk at Nanette Lepore came to my rescue and loaned me this divine blue silk number and gold clutch bag for the occasion. More gossip from the ceremony, dinner and of course, after party will be coming your way soon!
Love Ella. X
Picking up from where we left of in my previous party post, destination number two on our evening agenda was ICETANK Studio in Covent Garden for the IDOL Magazine party. IDOL’s last event turned out to be pretty wild and given that Halloween is a major excuse to party, I had high hopes for this one. Well, even before I walked through the doors, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Both floors of the venue were packed fit to burst with costumed revellers knocking back vodka mixers and grinding on the dancefloor to hip hop tunes blasted out by masked DJs…
It couldn’t have been more different to the sophisticated cocktail hour vibe at the previous soiree but the clock was ticking and the hour for elegance far behind us so that certainly wasn’t a bad thing. I immediately regretted my lack of costume but had luckily stashed some sparkly ears in my handbag, having previously suspected I’d soon start to find my attempt at Halloween chic more than a little bit boring. There’s not a lot more to say about this particular party, largely because neither I or anyone I’ve spoken to can really remember it. All I know is that we drank, we danced, we had a very good time and I fairly fragile the next morning!
Love Ella. X
Regardless of whether it falls on a Saturday or mid-week, October 31st is an evening for dressing up, dancing and general debauchery. This was clearly a sentiment shared by the lovely folk at Matches who decided to host a Halloween themed cocktail party in celebration of the exclusive Giles Deacon capsule collection that will be hitting their stores on November 13th. As well as their four fabulous London boutiques, Matches also own a stunning Marylebone townhouse conveniently located 5 minutes from where I live. It was here they held last their Halloween bash and the entire place had been made over for the occasion. The white front facade was illuminated by eerie green lights with pumpkins suspended from the iron railings. Inside the ultra tasteful decor had been given a gothic edge by way of darkly opulent velvet curtains, stuffed crows and creepy branch decorations…