What: Shoes: Oliver Sweeney (c/o), Coat & Shirt: Whistles, Skirt: American Apparel Jumper: Massimo Dutti, Hat: Topshop, Bag: Radley
Where: Press days in London.
I promise I’ll stop banging on about the weather soon (I’m a Brit, moaning about rain is in my DNA) but how ridiculous is it to be wearing this outfit in almost April!? Bobbly wool hat, sheepskin collared duffel coat, thick corduroy… All lovely things but best suited, sartorially speaking, to autumn. This weekend I’ve gone to my parents’ house in Sussex for Easter and decided to make the big, new season wardrobe swap-over. When I return to London next week my winter coats, chunky knits and thermal tights will not be coming with me. Instead it’s going to be pastel blouses, floral prints, cropped cigarette pants and potential hypothermia. The only good thing about having to wrap up last week was how brilliantly this cold weather resistant (ish) ensemble went with my new Oliver Sweeney brogues. I have a feeling that these babies are going to prove invaluable as they look great with autumnal hues and I plan on pairing them with bare legs and pop socks if/when we ever get any sunshine.
Love Ella. X
Ps) Happy Easter!
1) REISS 1971 Ice Blue Crewneck Jumper, £179, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Neon Coral, £200, click here to buy
3) Folk light grey Steph boots, £315, click here to buy
4) McQ Pink Razor Blade Scarf, £135, click here to buy
5) LInda Farrow for Charlotte Olympia Feather Sunglasses, £135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Safari Leopard Print Parka, £125, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag, £260, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Miranda Silk Twll & Bamboo Sandals, £545, click here to buy
9) Carven Front Pleat Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Carven Textured Double Breasted Jacket, £420, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
I remember writing my post about the Mulberry SS13 collection after attending their press day back in October and musing on how strange it was to be thinking about summery pastels and chiffon delights in such bitterly chilly weather. Well, I’m mildly depressed to say that it feels entirely appropriate to be thinking about super chunky knits and thick tweed overcoats in London right now. For any overseas readers not currently suffering seasonally inappropriate semi-tundra weather conditions a) can I come and stay with you please? and b) it’s absolutely bloody freezing here in the UK. Given that the pre fall collections start arriving in stores in May, I’m tempted to give up on summer altogether. But enough of my miserable whinging and back to the matter at hand, Mulberry.
Our feet may have barely recovered from fashion month but this week, press day season began. Not that I’m complaining of course, spending my days looking at lovely clothes and catching up with my favourite fashion folk is hardly a chore, although all that mincing does leave precious little time to actually get any work done. Yesterday’s press day line up was a pretty fantastic one and despite feeling ever-so-slightly fragile after an evening of over indulgence at the Fred Butler Easter Bonnet Parade (followed by ill advised cocktails at Soho House, oops) I found myself so swept up in the Mulberry magic that my headache very nearly subsided.
You may or may not remember my post about Mulberry’s SS13 collection. To summarise, I fell head-over-heels in love with absolutely all of it and was convinced that not even Emma Hill repeat the performance next season. Once again I was proved wrong, and I didn’t mind one bit. As anyone who read my London Fashion Week diaries will recall, I absolutely adored the Mulberry show but in the flesh those clothes were even more delectable. Think luscious leathers in rich shades of emerald, navy and chestnut so buttersoft you couldn’t help but stroke them. Green tweeds applied to immaculately cut overcoats and cute bombers with laser moulded leather cuff detailing. Preppy chic platform loafers in delicate ostrich… And then there were the bags, oh the bags. My beloved Willow tote has been given an AW13 update in hunter green and cobalt blue hues and super luxe crocodile and calfhair skins.
The latest addition to Mulberry’s handbag clan in the Suffolk which, between you and me, is vaguely similar to the Alexa but better. Falling somewhere between a satchel and a doctors bag, the Suffolk is both exquisite and practical. There’s a handy shoulder strap for when you’re lugging lots of stuff and it’s structured enough to avoid the dreaded “bag sag”. Another fave was the Bayswater shoulder style complete with super sweet ladybug hardware.
As per always, I left with a wish list the length of the Nile… Friends and family if you’re reading, it’s the Willow I’m after.
Love Ella. X
As on so many occasions, I may or may literally be “introducing” you to the brand in question. Cobra Society is now in its fourth season but it is only recently that I really learnt anything much about them and I thought their’s was a sartorial story worth sharing. Before deciding to write this post or even looking at the label’s website I’d heard the name and seen the designs in countless fash mags and on the feet of various style setters. At first glace Cobra Society appears to be all about brights, eclectic patterns and putting a city chic twist on ethnic influences. Of course, it is all these things, but also many more besides. The rich hues, jazzy colour combinations and an air of haute bohemia inherent in the brand’s style isn’t just “inspired by” global wanderings and traditional artistry, it’s quite literally the product of it. During her travels designer Alex Davis became so enamoured with North and Central African culture that she decided rather than try to replicate the local artisans’ aesthetic, she wanted to support and nurture it… Not to mention, bring the real deal back West so that the rest of us could appreciate it.
Since launching Cobra Society in the autumn of 2011, Alex has employed locals from villages in North Africa and the Middle Atlas Mountains to create the hand dyed and woven Kilim rugs used for each and every accessory she produces. From a strictly style-oriented perspective, this results in a hand-crafted yet luxurious feel and each pair of boots or smoking slippers being ever-so-slightly different from the others. On a larger, or at least rather more worthy scale, Alex’s policy of using (and paying for) the time tested skills of these villagers help support communities living a very different life to the fashion forward females wearing their work in London or Los Angeles. And if the ethical aspect and craftsmanship behind Cobra Society doesn’t convince you that each design is deserving of its distinctly designer price tag just remember that Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lawrence and HRH Beyonce are fans… Yep, totes worth it.
Love Ella. X
Like me, I know many of you are more than partial to a bit of Felder Felder. The talented twins have perfected the art of the party dress and their girly-with-an-edge aesthetic is a failsafe recipe for effortless cool. Given their designer gorgeousness, Felder Felder pieces aren’t entirely budget friendly so I’m thrilled to be able to offer you dear readers, an exclusive 30% off their latest catwalk fresh collection!
This season Dani and Anette decided to embrace all things digital (girls after my own heart) and allow Felder fans to pre order the AW13 collection via a specially created e-boutique, ensuring that they’ll have the exact object of their affections months before it arrives in the shops. With under a week to go until they close they close their books and you miss out on that fabulous Felder Felder frock forever (well, until autumn anyway) the girls very kindly offered La Petite Anglaise readers the chance to place their orders at a fraction of the usual price. Besides their masterful cocktail-to-club attire, Felder Felder have also delivered some killer separates this season (oxblood trench coat… Need I say more?) so for all you sensible shoppers who don’t blow the budget on one digital print dream dress, now’s your moment!
Red Trench Coat with Fur Vest – retail price: £1150, LPA price: £805 – click here to buy
Red Lizzy Feather Print Dress – retail price: £425, LPA price: £298 – click here to buy
Black Polo Neck with Suede & Stude – retail price: £230, LPA price: £161 – click here to buy
Black Quilted Leather Pencil Skirt – retail price: £675, LPA price: £473 – click here to buy
Red Pami Cable Knit with Suede – retail price: £270, LPA price: £189 – click here to buy
Pink Latex Leggings – retail price: £1580, LPA price: £1106 – click here to buy
Browse the whole collection by clicking here and to claim your exclusive La Petite Anglaise reader discount by using the code LPAVIP30 at checkout. The offer ends on March 31st… happy shopping!
Love Ella. X