In case any of you hadn’t realised yet, I LOVE Peter Pilotto. Then again, who doesn’t? This uber talented design duo have been setting the fashion world on fire – cheesy metaphor I know but appropriate in this case I feel - and judging by their resort 2013 collection, the best is yet to come.
I was lucky enough to sneak a peak at the collection at Starworks‘ resort press day the other week and can confirm that every look is even more mesmerizing up close. So enamoured was I with Peter Pilotto’s latest offerings that after nearly an hour’s ogling, I basically had to be escorted from the building.
Vivid, graphic and oh-so-covetable, Peter Pilotto has taken digital print to the next level with these mesmerizing confections. Pared with slicked back hair and sculpted silhouettes, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos have taken the past few seasons’ two hottest trends, sports luxe and pattern clashing, to create something unique and undeniably beautiful. On paper, combining quite this many colours should spell disaster or at least a bad headache but season after season, Peter Pilotto’s razor sharp cuts keep things sleek and strikingly elegant.
After one too many glasses of Prosecco at a Peter Pilotto private sale evening a few months back, I ended up ordering rather more pieces than was strictly sensible from their AW12 collection. Judging by the fact they’ve added super cute collars to a number of their resort looks, this pre-season could spell financial disaster. Then again, if I owned even one of these kaleidescopic creations I highly doubt I’d care about paying my phone bill.
Love Ella. X
During my mis-informed younger years, I used to think that diffusion lines – like the subject of this post Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti – were a (marginally) cheaper, second-best alternative to my favourite labels’ mainline collections. But time’s gone by, I’ve learnt the error of my ways and that this in fact couldn’t be further from the truth.
Marc by Marc Jacobs, RED Valentino, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti and their ilk are no less desirable than the designers’ original offerings, they just tend to be a little more youthful. In fact, diffusion or “little sister” lines are an ultra clever way for savvy brands to get us hooked on their sartorial delights at an earlier age, on the basis that we’ll move on to their mainline collections later on. Case in point, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti’s Resort collection, which offers a girlish alternative to the designers’ more glamourous ensembles.
Broderie anglaise, delicate lace panelling and semi-cheer chiffon are the order of the day in clean whites, smart navys and just the right number of colour-popping looks. This is unapologetic femininity at its’ very best featuring intricate embellishment, blush-toned brocade and exquisite embroidery. But it’s not all frivolous fancy as elegant summer tailoring provides an understated alternative to triple-tiered, ruffled confections in luscious, sorbet hues. While some of the looks are a little too bohemian for my tastes, those lightweight summer tweed skirt suits are almost too chic to be true!
Love Ella. X
There are no two ways about it, fashion is one of the toughest industries to break into and, in my opinion no one has it tougher than aspiring designers. For every Jonathan Saunders success story there are a thousand rather less successful tales. Given the emotional, physical and, crucially, financial resources design hopefuls must invest to have even the slightest hope of getting their work from notebook to Net-a-Porter, it’s extremely lucky that there are a certain schemes in place to support and nurture the design talent of tomorrow. One such initiative is the Swarovski Talent Jewellery Design Award, one fifth of the International Talent Support competition; an annual affair set up in 2001 to help the world’s top jewellery, fashion and accessory design and photography students get their foot in the door after graduating. For the second year in a row Swarovski Elements will be sponsoring the jewellery award, offering one designer €10,000 cash and a six month internship at Swarovski HQ. The winner will be chosen by an elite panel of industry experts including Ute Schumacher, Creative Director of Swarovski Elemants and Vicky Beamon of legendary jewellery brand, Erickson Beamon.
With mere days to go until the winner is announced, I am extremely excited to share the finalists competing for the opportunity of a lifetime…
Anabela Chen, UK
Charlotte Valkeniers, UK
Gregory Larin, Israel
Tian Hong Zhang, Canada
Xiao Zi Yang, China
Margherita Abi-Hanna, Lebenon
Milko Boyarov, Bulgaria
Kasumi Ashizawa, Japan
Merav Roth, Israel
Yz Wang, China
The final will be held in the Italian town of Triste between the 13th and 14th of July so be sure to check back then to find out which of these 10 talented fash grads is set to be the next big thing in jewellery design.
Love Ella. X
Once upon a time the purpose of a “resort collection” was to cater to the sartorial needs of the wealthy, jet set as they abandoned their homes during the chilly winter months in favour of sunnier climbs. Well, if any of the Resort collections I’ve featured so far truly cater to the kind of luxe lifestyle for which they were invented, it’s Gucci’s.
Think sumptuous silks, sheer chiffons, exotic animal skins and luxe leathers paired with gobstopper jewels and immaculately groomed locks. Leopard-motif silk jacquard pyjama suits in burnished hues hint at the louche elegance of Gucci’s AW12 offerings but the real stars of this show are the florals – which hark back to the Flora print featured in Frida Gianni’s debut collection for the house seven years ago – and the designer’s inspired use of colour. Sultry shades and pared-down neutrals exude effortless elegance before erupting into a rainbow of mouth-watering summer ready brights ranging from delicate pastel purple and eye-popping lemon to deepest azure. It seems to me than Gianni has extracted the most desirable aspects of 60s and 70s style, merging them together to create an array of luxurious, tailored trouser looks and simple-chic shift dresses. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Gucci collection without a dose of unadulterated glamour which comes by the way of billowing, chiffon sleeves, dramatic floor-sweeping gowns and an emerald green, jewel-collared, red carpet-ready finale. What I love about this collection, and indeed Gucci in general, is the way it manages to be unbeliavebly luxurious yet avoid looking flash. Thanks to fine fabrics and masterful cuts every look screams “expensive” but manages to do so without being remotely crass. Once again, Frida Gianni has proved herself to be nothing short of a genius, I mean, candy pink tailoring that oozes sophistication… Don’t mind if I do!
Love Ella. X
What: Jeans: Made in Heaven, Top: Whistles, Shoes: Zara, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery.
Where: Working at home and followed by a evening in my local pub.
This weekend I was having a quick flick through my ‘Look du Jour’ page and realised that on the whole, I only post what I wear to parties or when I’m out and about at meetings, press days and interviews… basically occasions that require me to look relatively smart. But contrary to popular belief, I do occasionally forsake blouses and high heels in favour of more relaxed attire. Ok, so I’m not talking tracksuit bottoms and trainers, heaven forbid, but come the weekend I do down-time dressing by way of looser fit jeans, soft cotton tee’s and well worn flats. As far as denim’s concerned, I’ve always been a J Brand and Acne devotee but recently I gave Made in Heaven jeans a try and discovered they’re not only stylish but also unbelievably comfy. While I won’t be giving up my addiction to dressing up anytime soon, a little off duty chic certainly hits the spot from time to time.
Love Ella. X