Drapers Awards 2012: Independent Retailers Nominees

Drapers Fashion Awards 2012

Remember the interview I did with Caroline Nodder, Editor-in-Chief of Drapers Magazine last month? If so, then you may recall our discussing the Drapers Awards and how this year they planned on announcing the nominees via twitter for the first time ever. The fashion industry bible enlisted the help of a few social media lovers (myself included) to spread the word but in case you missed this morning’s tweets, here are the talented so-and-so’s up for the Independent Retailers catagories…

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Garance Dore for Kate Spade Launch

Garance Dore for Kate Spade

In theory the fashion industry shuts down during August, or at least that’s what I’d been led to believe. I don’t know whether it’s the Olympics, the fact fashion week’s coming early this year (thank you Milan!) or simply because I’ve got busier but from where I’m sitting, the past few weeks have been no less manic than usual. Not that I’m complaining of course, few things make me happier than trotting from party to party leaving a trail of emptied champagne glasses, business cards and twitpics in my wake. Last Thursday played host to some extremely stylish soirees, and I know I say this most weeks but frankly, it’s true. First on the party agenda was the launch of the much-anticipated Garance Doré for Kate Spade collection.

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Behind-the-Scenes at Penelope Chilvers Studio

Penelope Chilvers studio

If you read Grazia, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair or basically any other major fashion publication the chances are, you’ve heard of Penelope Chilvers. Since launching her eponymous shoe brand 7 years ago, Penelope’s exquisite, handcrafted footwear has earned her stockists all over the world and legions of fashionable fans including Alexa Chung and the Duchess of Cambridge. Having lusted after her bespoke Dandy slippers forever I was thrilled when the Penelope Chilvers team got in touch with me a few weeks ago to invite me along to their West London HQ. I always find it absolutely fascinating to see where designers dream up the collections I covet and this was no exception.

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Weekly Wish List, Paris Edition

Paris

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, how unbelievably quickly is this year going!? It seems like only yesterday I spent several happy hours browsing my favourite New York designers and now I’m already on to the fourth and final fashion week wish list, the Paris edit.

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Look Du Jour: Little Miss Sunshine

Please excuse the deeply cheesy title, I’m just slightly running out of ideas and thought that calling this look ‘lemon yellow shirt’, whilst accurate, might be a little on the dull side. As you may have noticed I’m desperately trying to wear every single one of my SS12 purchases at least twice before I have to pack them away for a good 9 months. That said, I will be able to get a few more wears out of my Summer wardrobe during New York Fashion Week.

Little Miss Sunshine

What: Sunshine yellow shirt: Boutique by Jaeger, Skirt: American Apparel, Socks: H&M, Bag: Kate Spade NY, Pumps: French Sole.

Where: Meetings in London.

As you may remember, last September GANT very kindly took me to NYFW as their guest for two days of wining, dining and general pampering… Oh and of course, a couple of fashion shows thrown in. This time around I’m taking myself out for the whole shebang, an exciting but fairly costly endeavour especially when you consider quite how many outfits I’m going to need! Being the cold-fearing Brit I am, last year I stuffed my case with coats, hats, gloves and layers. Naturally, it was absolutely sweltering and I spent most of my time feeling pretty uncomfortable. Well I’ve learnt my lesson and this season I’ll be using New York Fashion Week as a chance to indulge in pastels, florals and summertime delights galore, after all, there’ll be plenty of cashmere wearing opportunities back in London!

Love Ella. X

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