There are certain things in life guaranteed to put a smile on my face. One of those things is Mulberry. Another of those things is Harrods. Exclusive events held at fabulous venues also feature somewhere near the top on my list of grin-inducing happenings. So when the handbag brand extraordinaire decided to hold an intimate press breakfast in the aftermentioned department store’s accessory department, my excitement hit new and probably unhealthy levels. But of course, this stylish get together wasn’t merely an excuse to drink champagne (served even at 8am in fashion circles), feast on miniature poached eggs and mingle… At least, not entirely. This week saw the launch of Mulberry’s Brilliant Britain project and so we gathered in Kightsbridge at the crack of dawn to hear all about it.
What: Slippers: Penelope Chilvers, Trousers: Topshop, Sweater: Whistles, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery & Bag: Mulberry
Where: Mulberry’s Brilliant Britain Launch Breakfast at Harrods.
Fashion may be fickle but, do you know what? I think I’m probably fickler. By the time we neared the end of July, I was already suffering from pastel overload and longing to replace my chiffon blouses with cosy autumnal fare. 2 months, 2 fashion weeks and countless SS13 collections later, I decided bright n’ breezy wasn’t all that bad, and rather wished we could dive straight in to next Summer’s graphic checks and neon hits. Well with fashion month over and temperatures falling, I’m back in love with autumn once again. There’s just something about rich hues, snuggly knits and luxurious fabrics that exudes opulence in a way that I dare even the most bikini-loving of beach bunnies to resist. Case in point, Penelope Chilvers’ bespoke dandy slippers. I ordered these stunners back in August and having awaited their arrival for what feels like a lifetime, my excitement when they were delivered last week bordered on unhealthy. But plum velvet, pink trim and my own initials embroidered on the tootsies… If that’s not a cause for celebration then frankly, I don’t know what is!
Love Ella. X
1) Boutique by Jaeger flocked heart sweater, £80, click here to buy
2) MiH Jeans Oslo red velvet skinnies, £160 at Donna Ida, click here to buy
3) Christian Louboutin Sakouette calf hair loafers, £465, click here to buy
4) Christopher Kane double cashmere leopard print scarf, £650, click here to buy
5) Karl Donoghue shearling & suede earmuffs, £100, click here to buy
6) Miu Miu shearling collar wool coat, £1460, click here to buy
7) Mulberry Lily silky snake print bag, £795, click here to buy
8) Whistles Mai Tai suede court shoes, £125, click here to buy
9) Roksanda Ilincic Izumi contrast cuff dress, £885, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
As I was extremely happy to learn recently, it is in fact London Cocktail Week! I’m not sure how long this fabulous seven day celebration of mixed drinks has been going, or more importantly why this is the first I’ve heard of it, but it’s certainly something I intend to make the most of in future. And what better was to pay homage to Carrie Bradshaw, James Bond and all those other cocktail sipping icons than by raising a glass (or three) at an elegant soiree hosted by Parisian footwear extraordinaire, Roger Vivier?
This summer I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Bailey at the launch of Radley’s pop-up store at Westfield, Stratford. At the time, I was both happy and more than a little jealous to learn that besides being gorgeous and clever, Laura was utterly lovely to boot. Well, it turns out that the multi-talented model, writer, Vogue blogger and mother is also a dab hand at designing handbags.