Look Du Jour: Skater Girl

Look du jour skater girl

Look du jour skater girl

Look du jour skater girl

Look du jour skater girl

What: Skater skirt: Topshop, Christmas Jumper & Embellished Blouse: Zara, Hat: Vintage, Loafers: Russel & Bromley, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Where: SKATE Launch Party, Somerset House.

Apologies for the slightly misleading post title. As you’ve probably gathered, I haven’t actually been reliving my tragic teenage Avril Levigne faze (yes I had one) this week but given that I donned this little ensemble for the SKATE launch party at Somerset House I couldn’t resist! There are few things in life I enjoy more than ice skating at Somerset House and every year I go at least ten times, despite the fact they’re yet to issue season tickets or start operating a (much needed) loyalty card system. Add mulled wine, music and famous faces galore into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for success… Or possibly a broken leg.

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Harvey Nichols Host Evening With Donna Karan

Donna Karan

Can you BELIEVE it’s Christmas in just over a month? Where the hell is this year going!? This week has certainly seemed to whizz by in a high speed blur, albeit a rather fabulous one. No sooner had I recovered from the excitement of ‘meeting’ (read: spotting, stalking, snapping) Boris Johnson on Monday evening at The Hospital Club than it was time to slip into something significantly less comfortable and head to Harvey Nichols for an evening with New York fashion legend, Donna Karan.

Donna Karan

I’m an absolute sucker for British department stores, especially at this time of year, and spent about half an hour loitering outside Harvey Nicks taking photos of their exquisitely illuminated Christmas windows on my iPhone. Finally I managed to tear myself away and head up to the 5th Floor Bar, arriving just in time to grab a glass of champagne (priorities) and spot Yasmin Le Bon, Izrina Lazareanu and Victoria Pendleton before being ushered to my seat so things could get started. The evening’s main event was a live interview between Paula Reed – Harvey Nichols’ Fashion Director and a personal career/life/wardrobe idol of mine – and the designer.

Donna Karan

I was dying to hear about Donna’s incredible career from the woman herself, given that she last visited London over five years ago, it was unlikely I’d be getting that opportunity again anytime soon. I wasn’t entirely sure how to do this post, whether to try and regurgetate the whole thing or paraphrase it myself. In the end I’ve settled on sharing a few of my favourite quotes from the woman responsible for pioneering the capsule wardrobe. Enjoy!

On the female body: “I love the body. The body for me is the most celebrated piece of artwork.”

On resort collections: “Resort is always one of my fave seasons to design because I don’t have to do a fashion show. You just get to design what you like… Resort clothes are those objects of desire.”

On ‘the cold shoulder’: “It’s the one place you’re guaranteed to never get fat… I love shoulders.”

On drapery: “It really allows you to wear what you want to wear.”

On long dresses: “Think about wearing them once and then cutting them short.”

On 21st century life: “We’re living in a very challenging world but there’s nothing wrong with a challenge, you can’t just do another collection, you have to work your butt off.”

On her philanthropic work: “All of us are going to be patients and all of us are going to be loved ones, I was. That’s how I realised what was wrong with the healthcare system and that I had to get involved.”

On keeping her energy up: “Bittersweet dark chocolate.”

On her career: “I don’t consider it work, I consider it living”.

Besides getting a rare peek inside the life and mind of a female fashion designer who’s revolutionised women’s wardrobe’s and become an industry institution, we were also treated to a mini catwalk show featuring the Donna Karan 2013 Resort collection. From immaculately cut pencil skirts and sleek blazers to blush pink confections and floorsweeping embellished red carpet dreams, Donna promised us “objects of desire” and boy, did she deliver.

Donna Karan

Donna Karan

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The h.Club Hot 100 Winners Announcement Party

h.Club hot 100

I know what you’re thinking, ‘another party?’ Well yes, I do go to a few but it’s all in the name of work I promise and if people insist on throwing them every night of the week, who am I to say no?! Plus this wasn’t your average fash bash or even really a fashion event at all. In place of the usual coiterie of bloggers, journalists, designers and stylish celebs, the guestlist was a selection of London’s top creatives ranging from TV producers to artists, actors and advertising gurus. Many moons ago, The Hospital Club – a members only media hub in Covent Garden – decided to launch the h.Club Hot 100, an annual search for the most original and influential people working in the UK’s creative industries. This year they joined forces with Time Out London to hunt down an array of innovators, visionaries and pioneers before hosting a nice big party to announce which talented so-and-so’s made the cut.

h.Club hot 100

I’m a HUGE fan of The Hospital Club (they make a mean Cosmopolitan) and conveniently my dad’s a member so much to his annoyance, I try to tag along there with him as often as possible. Any event held in their seven floor space is guaruanteed to be a goodie and the h.Club Hot 100 bash certainly didn’t disappoint. As this wasn’t a fashion party per se, I was a little worried that I would be a bit on the mateless side. Luckily uber stylist Rebekah Roy was nominated (she won) and came with Forward PR Founder, Courtney Blackman along so we got to reminise on the WGSN Global Fashion Awards last week over a couple of glasses of champagne. Aside from shoes, bags, Starbucks and Scandinavian crime novels, I’m also a sucker for British comedy so I was thrilled when Mark Dolan took to the stage and had us all in fits with his hilarious and ever-so-slightly mocking rendition of this year’s h.Club Hot 100. Just to clarify, there are ten winners over ten catagories, chosen by the public from a long list of nominees. I don’t mean this in a patronising way but I got the wrong end of the stick and made the embarassing mistake of asking several rather important people when the final would be taking place! I won’t list the entire h.Club Hot 100 here as it would take a rather long time but I will tell you that the winners in the ‘fashion’ catagory included Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Nick Knight and of course, Rebekah. To find out the rest click here.

Given that there were 100 winners to announce, I suspected this particular part of the evening might go on for a while. But Mark being the comedic genious he is managed to read out the lot in about 10 minutes, interjecting gags as he went. After that it was time for more champagne and mingling – by this point I’d had a couple so was striking up conversations with intimidatingly hip media types left, right and centre) before heading up to the fourth floor bar to indulge in the aforementioned Cosmopolitan. Oh and I almsot forgot to mention, we bumped into Hugh Grant and Boris Johnson (sadly not together), great way to start the week or what!?

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Weekly Wish List: Party Edit

party edit

1) Stella McCartney Josephine Lace Dress, £4195, click here to buy
2) Lucy Choi London Adele Glitter Courts, £185, click here to buy
3) Lanvin Crystal Embellished Box Clutch, £1440, click here to buy
4) Kenneth Jay Lane Drop Earrings, £240, click here to buy
5) Elizabeth and James Metallic Brocade Top, £205, click here to buy
6) Erdem Esmerelda Venice Printes Trousers, £560, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Marano Dancer LED-lit Glitter Finish Clutch, £495, click here to buy
8) Christian Louboutin Crazy Fur Heels, £735, click here to buy
9) French Connection Disco Leopard Flared Skirt, £95, click here to buy
10) Whistles Jackie Sequin Sweater, £125, click here to buy

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Look Du Jour: Neon Knit

neon knit

neon knit

neon knit

black ankle boots and neon knit

What: Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Jacket: All Saints, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Jeans: Hudson, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (both gifted)

Where: Press Days & Meetings in London.

This outfit isn’t my usual style due to the lack of Peter Pan collar involvement but do you know what? I rather like it. Now and again it’s fun to try something a bit different, although my housemates were slightly unamused when I blinded them with my neon knit first thing in the morning. The fab jumper and ankle boots are both AW12 purchases (last season in fashion terms, current season for everyone else) picked up on a spree with my mum a couple of weeks ago. One of the less fantastic things about ‘growing up’ is that shopping avec maman no longer involves her buying you anything. On the bright side whatever you do buy, you can feel extra smug about the fact that you really earned it.

Love Ella. X

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