As you’ve no doubt gathered by now, or experienced for yourself, the fashion industry will leap at any excuse for a party. But as cause célèbres go, I’d say that the announcement of the WGSN Global Fashion Awards’ shortlisted nominees is a pretty good one.
Last Wednesday the London fash pack gathered at the W Hotel to drink, mingle and most importantly, find out who made the cut this year. Despite many people being fresh off the Eurostar from Paris, there was a stellar turnout of industry big hitters including former British Fashion Council Chairman Harold Tillman, Forward PR & The Industry Managing Director Courtney Blackman and renowned Brit designer and Owner/Director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Saville Row, Patrick Grant. Having dashed over from 2nd year welcome drinks at University (AKA warmish wine out of plastic cups in a classroom, enjoyable but not exactly the height of glamour) plunging into the midst of this kind of champagne fuelled swank-tastic soiree was a major change of pace but, unsurprisingly, it didn’t take me long to get into the swing of it.
Whether it was for the music, the gossip, the scripted reality TV shows or the ridiculously good looking presenters, who didn’t grow up watching MTV? I know I certainly spent many a school night delighting in Lauren Conrad’s endlessly dramatic Laguna Beach social life and Speidi’s car crash relationship instead of doing my homework. While MTV was once-upon-a-time all about music, I think it’s safe to say that’s not the case these days. And I don’t mean that as a criticism. Between Olivia Palermo’s wardrobe, Ashton Kutcher’s Punk-ing, and strokes of sheer television genius such as “Engaged and Underage”, MTV brings a bit of everything to the table. Not least, a healthy dose of fashion. It’s this pop cultural smorgesboard that inspired their latest venture, a digital platform (AKA a website) named District MTV.
1) Whistles Narcisse tiered lace dress, £195, click here to buy
2) Valentino studded calf hair pumps, £700, click here to buy
3) Nicholas Kirkwood suede and glitter loafers, £460, click here to buy
4) Carven wool crepe skirt, £240, click here to buy
5) Carven wool crepe jacket, £430, click here to buy
6) Stella McCartney Cloche hat, £185, click here to buy
7) Hoss Intropia frog brooch, £19, click here to buy
8) Mulberry Bayswater in burgundy, £795, click here to buy
9) J Brand 501 courduroy skinny jeans, £205, click here to buy
10) Theory Christelle sweater, £235, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
Whether you’ve got limitless cash to splash or are more likely to be found in Primarni than Armani, everyone loves a freebie. Especially a really nice freebie from a fabulous brand like Hoss Intropia and that, my fashion loving friends, is precisely the point of this post. In case you hadn’t heard of Vente Privee (unlikely) it’s an ingenious members-only online shopping club that delivers designer delights at up to 70% off their retail price. Their current flash sale is with the aforementioned Hoss Intropia and I’ve teamed up with them to give one of you this super cute clutch bag worth £181 from the Spanish style setter’s AW12 collection. All you have to do to enter is follow these oh so simple steps…
1) “Like” La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here
2) “Like” Vente-Privee on Facebook here
3) Answer the following question:
What country is Hoss Intropia originally from?
Send your answer to email@example.com…. Good luck!
Love Ella. X
As I’m sure you all know, October is more than just a time when the fash pack to attempt to go teetotal (#stoptober) following the excesses of fashion week. Nor is it solely the four panic stricken weeks during which we hunt for the perfect winter coat, something that should really be done in August but most of us Brits can’t face in case we’re tempted to wear it straight away. Most importantly (yes even more important than fashion week recovery and shopping), October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international campaign organized by major charities everywhere in order to increase awareness about the disease and raise funds to help those afflicted. This year my fave scarf brand, Lily and Lionel have teamed up with My-Wardrobe to support the initiative in the most stylish way imaginable. Founder and designer, Alice Stone has created a DIVINE coral confection named “the O’Hara” which will be available exclusively on My-Wardrobe for £95 with 20% of every single sale going to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. Supporting a truly worthy cause while enhancing your AW12 wardrobe… Now that’s what I call fashion magic.
Love Ella. X