I don’t know about you but personally, I’m more than partial to a bit of kitsch. Actually given the popularity of this interviewee’s quirky cool creations, I think it’s safe to assume that I’m not the only one. Anna’s story sounds like something of a fashion fairy tale. In 2004 she started selling her designs at Portobello Market. Not long after a buyer from Harvey Nichols spotted her work while browsing the stalls and within a couple of months, her designs were being snapped up by top department stores and Anna Lou of London was born. Eight years on, Anna Lou of London is an internationally recognised brand stocked everywhere from Paris to Tokyo while the designer’s achievements and business savvy have earned her a plethora of prestigious industry awards.
I caught up with Anna to get the inside scoop on her plans for the future and fashion journey so far…
Gird your loins and steel you livers, party season is well and truly upon us. During this period of champagne, canapes and merriment nothing is more essential than a killer cocktail dress. Few know this better than Karen Millen, the British eveningwear mecca renowned for giving top quality frock-age. This season they’ve made getting party-ready even easier by enlisting the help of me and a coterie of my fave fellow fashion bloggers to compile a perfect dress edit by each making a personal pick from Karen Millen’s endless array of slinky little evening numbers. There were many, many divine dresses to choose from and I managed to while away several hours that should have been spent essay writing browsing the collection. In the end, I went for this little lace lovely…
I’m loving longer hemlines right now and this one hits just the right leg-flattering point, add shocking pink silk into the mix and you’ve got the ultimate in ladylike elegance with a bad girl twist. And at just £210 too… Altogether now, “I want it, I want it, I WANT IT!”
But that’s not all, on November 15th my good friend and founder of AMAZE blog, The Fash Pack, Naomi Mdudu will be hosting and exclusive customer event at Karen Millen’s Regent Street store. Click here to find out how to get in on a fabulous evening of cocktails, expert style tips and perfect party dresses.
Love Ella. X
What: Blouse: Whistles, Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Bag: Laura Bailey for Radley, Ring: Swarovski.
Where: Halloween Parties.
I’m a big, BIG fan of Halloween as in my opinion an excuse to get dressed up and behave badly can never be a bad thing, even if you fail miserably on the costume front like I did this year. In the past I’ve gone all out in leopard print catsuits, Frankenstein masks and on several occasions I’d rather not remember, “schoolgirl” attire. This time around it fell on a Wednesday and my first port of call was Matches’ Marylebone HQ for an intimite soiree in celebration of their exclusive Giles capsule collection. Nowhere on the invitation could I find even the slightest hint that dressing up was mandatory, or even appropriate, so I resisted the urge to hit the nearest and most outrageous costume shop and went for a Halloween themed colour palette instead.
Love Ella. X
Here we have part three of Tuesday’s party diaries… Like I said, it was full on! Atelier Liberty is not, as I originally assumed, a swanky new suite inside the store where super rich shoppers can have their couture fitted in peace although admittedly, that would be rather fabulous. Atelier Liberty is in fact a chicer-than-chic hair styling emporium run by Josh Wood, the man credited with being the most respected and influential hair colourist in the world. Given Josh’s top tier client list (think Vogue, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier) the launch event for his latest venture was strictly A List and a whole lot of fun…
Tuesday was certainly one hell of a busy day and after ogling the Markus Lupfer for Whistles collection I made for the Piccadilly line and headed West to check out another lovely collaboration. I posted about the Louise Gray for Brora launch party this time last year and it must have been a hit as they decided to do it again this Winter with another hotter-than-hot young designer. Ever since reading a feature on him in i-D Magazine a couple of years ago I’ve been a bit of a Michael Van der Ham fanatic. His AW12 collection was easily one of my favourites so the news that he was teaming up with the ultimate cashmere brand was music to my ears. Between that and the Markus Lupfer/Whistles situation, I thought I might actually pass out from excitement but after taking a self-imposed “time out” in Starbucks I managed to hold it together…