A couple of months back I brought you the newly released Burberry AW12 campaign starring actress, Gabriella Wilde and musician, Roo Panes. Well that crafty Christopher Bailey is keeping us all on our toes by releasing the second lot of so-hot-it-hurts snaps a few weeks later. Admittedly, these stunners have been languishing in my inbox for a while but I’ve been so fixated on making the most of our non-existant British Summer I refused to really acknowlege the imminent arrival of Autumn until now. This definitely makes me a bad blogger as in accordance with the fashion calendar, Autumn starts getting going towards the end of July and Spring from some time in January. Well they may no longer be breaking news, but here you have the second lot of new season campaign shots from Burberry, shot by Mario Testino and set at The British Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
How two people this gorgeous can be in such close proximity to each other and Burberry’s insanely chic AW12 collection without spontaneously combusting is frankly beyond me, but these snaps are certainly enjoyable to look at.
Love Ella. X
Only Christopher Kane could take pastel broderie anglaise, floral prints and pleated chiffon and make them feel somewhat subersive. Maybe it’s the semi-orthopedic footwear, maybe it’s the minimalist styling, or maybe it’s just that inimitable Kane touch that makes something as classic as lace twinset look utterly original (SS11 anyone?). Whatever the reason, Christopher Kane’s resort collection strikes the perfect balance between so-pretty-it-hurts femininity and cutting edge cool.
The candy colours and saccharine hues that stole our hearts this Summer are given a 2013 make-over by way of sporty touches and boyish cover-ups. With the addition of sculputural silhouettes, clever cut-aways and utility detailing, the vivid florals and candyfloss knits that have so long formed part of our fashion landscape all at once appear fresh and new. If there were any doubt left that multi-award winning designer-of-the-moment Christopher Kane had officially made it, his resort 2013 collection should sort that out pretty soon.
Love Ella. X
Anyone who thought this Summer’s power prints were a one season wonder need only glance at the resort 2013 collection from Preen to realise that oversized florals won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Since setting up shop on Portobello Road back in 2008, design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi have taken Preen from small scale start up to global fashion phenomenon. Their latest collection offers a perfect example of the boy-meets-girl elegance that has captured the hearts (and wallets) of the international fashion elite and become Preen’s oh-so-stylish calling card.
Eye-popping printed silks are given a hit of androdgynous cool by way of t-shirt dresses, clean lines and relaxed tailoring. The whole thing has a louche, effortless feel to it, no mean feat when you consider the peplums, pattern clashing and luxe fabrics involved. Kaleidescopic creations and neon blasts are juxtaposed with pared-down neutrals while sheer panelling and sporty touches further enhance the masculine/feminine mash up. Pretty as a picture with a healthy dose of downtown cool, I think it’s safe to say that Preen by Thornton Bregazzi has served up another winner… As if we weren’t all excited enough already for their return to London for fashion week this season!
Love Ella. X
Back when I was working as assistant to stylist, Iman Pasha, I used to find some of the events we organised pretty terrifying. After all, how could a naive teenager not be intimidated by meeting the likes of Erdem, Diane Von Furstenberg’s right hand man, Yvan Mispelaere and the legendary Mrs Joan Burstein?! I remember how Iman’s impossibly glamourous friend, Leila Kashanipour, always took the time to be incredibly nice to me, despite the fact I was shaking like a leaf, looking like an idiot and no doubt getting pretty much everything wrong. Well, I soon learned that besides being lovely and in posession of an unbelievably fabulous wardrobe, Leila was also an incredible jewellery designer. Last year she launched her own brand, LeiVanKash, which has quickly become a favourite with celebs, style icons and industry insiders.
I caught up with Leila to talk about the realities running one of London’s hottest new jewellery labels and what the future holds for LeiVanKash…
What: Hearts Blouse, Shorts & Shoes: Hoss Intropia, Bag: Jaeger London.
Where: Evening with Caroline Issa & Yasmin Sewell at The Industry.
Anyone who saw my film debut on Spanish blogzine, Fashion Salade a few months back will recognise this little hearts n’ swirls covered number. Hoss Intropia were kind enough to let me keep the outfit – probably due to the fact I practically teared up at the idea of returning to London without it – and I’ve been waiting for a suitable occasion and, more importantly, suitable weather conditions to wear it ever since. As my fellow Brits will know, last Wednesday was the hottest day of the year, but instead of lazing in a shady park or poolside I was headed into the sweaty heart of Central London and decided this little number – which, minus the scalloped edges and ruffles is really just a tank top and short shorts – was just the ticket. Plus, I was off to an evening with the ever-elegant Caroline Issa and Yasmin Sewell at fashion business club, The Industry, so heatwave or no heatwave, I needed to look reasonably slick.
Love Ella. X