What: Yellow jersey dress & Ella box bag: Whistles, Coat: A.P.C, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Hat: Topshop, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery.
Where: Dinner at inamo in Soho, London.
I know this little mustard number has appeared in my Look Du Jour posts a number of times now but it really is one of the most hard-working items of clothing I own! Many people sniff at the phrase “investment piece” on the grounds that it’s just a handy excuse to buy stuff… Fools. Ok, so occasionally even the savviest of shoppers claims that a certain non-essential and/or expensive item will “pay for itself in a years time” simply because the handbag, pair of heels or cocktail frock in question is so darned pretty they just have to have it. On these occasions, said garment is often as impractical as it is alluring and therefore ends up languishing in the back of your wardrobe six months later, an unworn reminder of your spendthrift ways. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case with this yellow jersey dress from my beloved Whistles. Since snapping it up last Christmas I’ve worn it a LOT. Press brunches, lunch dates, early evening cocktails and late night soirees… Whatever the occasion, it just always feels appropriate and of course the comfort factor doesn’t hurt a bit. This time around I donned it for a girly dinner with my four housemates at inamo, a super chic chic pan-asian restaurant in Soho with snazzy interactive tables. If you haven’t been then I highly recommend you book a table asap… And maybe squeeze in a cheeky trip to Whistles on the way.
Love Ella. X
I’ve come to the conclusion that these posts are ever-so-slightly self indulgent. They’re basically just an excuse to pontificate about the things, brands and clothes I love. But then again, that’s kind of the point of this blog. And when a brand consistantly delivers exquisite hues, strokeable fabrics and immaculate cuts the way Raoul does, can you blame me for leaping at the chance to spend some of my morning pouring over their collection? Since making it’s international fashion debut for AW10, Raoul has been hailed as a “label to watch”. But beyond the high profile fans – think Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Lawrence and The Duchess of Cambridge – prestigious stockists and glowing collection reviews lies a rather unusual back story.
I’m ashamed to admit that until yesterday I’d never heard of VSP (Very Special Pieces of Vespucci). But then, they’re not exactly a label who shout about their products or overtly seek admirers. The self-proclaimed “modest luxury designer brand” are more about the ‘pieces’ themselves, the quality and the craftsmanship involved, rather than the hype or celebrity endorsements. Of course that’s not to say that their exquisite yet understated designs aren’t well and truly A list worthy. In fact, quite the opposite. VSP offers up an immaculate fusion of tradition and innovation resulting in high fashion with an effortless twist. Sumptuous shearling, sleek skins, neat knitwear… Oh just watch their SS13 video, you’ll see for yourself.
Given this brand’s fascinating heritage (and ever-so-slightly confusing) their consistent delivery of knockout collections should be no great surprise. As the name implies, VSP was born out of a company named Vespucci, a leather manufacturer established in Istanbul in 1987 which has been involved in the collections of every big name brand going, from Burberry and Barbara Bui to Loewe and Donna Karan. To this day, they still have a hand in the work of Isabel Marant, Acne and Dries Van Noten. But by 2006 founder Kadri Soygul was no longer content with supplying established labels with top notch leathers and began collaborating personally with cutting edge and often unknown creative talents from all over Europe. The following year VSP was born, bringing together the ultra talented array of multicultural designers discovered by Soygul to draw on the luxury leather manufacturer’s rich heritage and create something new. The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is pretty damn awesome.
Love Ella. X
The news of Sergio Rossi and Peng Wei’s collaboration could’t really have come as a better time for me as just last week, I started a new module at Central Saint Martins entitled “Art in Fashion”, a subject I’m mildly obsessed with at the moment. The course focuses on the relationship between the two creative industries (duh) and the question of whether fashion can ever truly be considered art due to it’s essentially commercial nature. Personally, I think it can and challenge anyone to claim that the likes of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan don’t qualify as artists. But that, my friends, is a debate for another day or possibly even the subject of my dissertation next year and I certainly don’t want to think about that yet so let’s just look at some pretty shoes instead.
As you’ve probably noticed, when I post interviews with fashion industry insiders I always try to squeeze the person in question’s job title into the heading. Well, this proved a bit tricky in the case of Courtney Blackman. You see Courtney isn’t ‘just’ the Founder and Managing Director of Forward PR, one of the capital’s leading agencies. She also runs The Industry London, a hugely successful fashion professionals members group Courtney co-founded in 2006. Add to that appearences NBC’s Today Show as a fashion commentator, roles on numerous fashion juries and talks on social media and you’ve got yourself one seriously impressive lady!
I grilled Courtney on her incredible career so far and how the hell she manages it all…