February is fast approaching, the catwalk edits are on the stands and sale rails around the world are finally starting to be replaced by new season fare. Yes, regardless of the fact that most of us are still waking up to find a thick layer of frost on the ground, it’s high time to start thinking about SS12. Now I know that trend run-downs aren’t exactly hard to come by but still, I’ve decided to do a couple of my own. After all, what better way to ward off the January blue than by imagining the summery treats you’ll be wearing over the months to come? You would think that pastel colours are a pretty innocuous Spring trend but in fact these delicate hues have us divided. For some the mere sight of dusky pinks, mint greens and ladylike lilac’s is enough to get our fashion pulses racing. For others, such saccharine shades spell sartorial doom. My flat mate and I are the perfect example of this. As someone who worships at the alter of Miuccia Prada, I have a total pastel obsession and from the second the new collections land in stores my wardrobe is always bursting with lemon yellows and Duck egg blues. She on the other hand, visibly balks at the sight of a damask rose ensemble and has been known to hide my Spring nail polish collection, supposedly “for my own good.”
|From left: Christian Dior, Prada, 3.1 Philip Lim & Jaeger London
This season it looks like I’ll be having the last laugh as girlish hues dominated the catwalks, cropping up everywhere from Christian Dior and Prada to 3.1 Philip Lim and Jaeger London. In case you didn’t already get the message, I’ll be subscribing whole heartedly to SS12′s perfect pastels… Will you?
Love Ella. X
What: Shirt: H&M, Trousers & Belt: Topshop, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Gloves: Gap, Bag: Mulberry
When it comes to New Year, most of us fall into one of two camps. The first views it perfect opportunity to wipe away the mistakes of the past 12 months and start afresh, determined to lose that pesky half stone, get promoted, go to the gym every day etc etc etc. The latter views January 1st as a day like any other and spends the post-Christmas period smugly watching as the resolution-makers cave and reach for the nearest doughnut, cigarette or glass of Chardonnay. In theory I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t get sucked in to the whole “new year, new you” mentality. In practice, I’m a sucker for that kind of thing. But it’s not my exercise or white wine habits I vow to reform. No, it’s my wardrobe. This year I’m proud to announce that for the first time EVER I have successfully fulfilled one of my New Years fasholutions and invested in my very own Mulberry. Possibly not the most sensible way to spend my student loan but with 40% off, it would have been rude not to buy it.
Love Ella. X
So pastels and brights are in for Spring this season, I know what you’re thinking… quelle surprise! Still after what feels like an age of festive knits and “autumnal hues” I’m certainly not complaining. The only real problem with the new season’s candy colours is how to work them in to your January wardrobe without risking hypothermia and/or looking like an idiot. I’m all for being fashion forward but have a distinct feeling that donning my mint green American Apparel short shorts would be unwise, regardless of how on trend they may be. For the next few months I recommend leaving Summer scanties to heartier (read: insane) folk and test driving SS12′s hottest shades with some of these super cute accessories. Maximum style, minimum health risk now that’s what I like to see…
1) Acne Angora Sweater, £170, available at www.matchesfashion.com
2) Isabel Marant Etoile Corduroy Jeans, £175, available at www.matchesfashion.com
3) Lily & Lionel Leopard Print Scarf, £100, available at www.matchesfashion.com
4) Kate Spade New York Grand Street Melinda Bag, £330, available at www.katespade.com
5) Topshop Patent Pastel Brogues, £60, available at www.topshop.com
6) Suno Hawaiian Print T-Shirt, £138, available at www.matchesfashion.com
7) Lulu Guinness Small Lips Wallet, 3125, available at www.luluguinness.com
8) Kate Spade New York Shelly Patent Heels, £270, available at www.katespade.com
9) Whistles Big Spot Dress, available at www.whistles.co.uk
10) Black & Brown Montana Belt, £105, available at Black & Brown Tel: 02074934373
Love Ella. X
There are five weeks to go until London Fashion Week and things are well and truly hotting up. We waved goodbye to 2011 with the joyful news that Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen would be making an appearence back home in the City that spawned their creative genius. Just this week the British Fashion Council announced not one, but TWO other big time international brands who will be showcasing their AW12 collections here in Blighty; Moschino and Belstaff. Ok, so Stella, Sarah and Rossella Jardini (Creative Director of Moschino FYI) wont be entirely abandoning Paris and Milan in favour of the British fashion capital. Stella McCartney will be hosting a special presentation of a one-off collection during LFW whilst her mainline fare shows in Paris. The Alexander McQueen show will also continue to take place in the City of Love but the brand’s diffusion line, McQ, will make it’s first ever catwalk appearence in London. Let’s be honest, Moschino is such an Italian brand that their not showing in Milan would just be weird. Instead its’ younger, edgier and, dare I say it, cooler, sister, Moschino Cheap And Chic will be cropping up on the LFW schedule.
|Moschino Cheap and Chic SS12
With some of the biggers players on the international fashion scene coming to town, might this just be London’s most exciting season yet?
Love Ella. X
It may be winter outside, but in fashion land it’s well and truly springtime. Magazines, blogs, shops… everywhere we look there are bright colours, vibrant patterns and mouthwatering images of glossy-limbed models heralding the arrival of the SS12. You know when you look at a collection and feel as though every single garment was simply made for you? Well that’s exactly how I felt about the delights Mulberry offered us last season and seeing their SS12 fare has only served to confirm my suspicions that Emma Hill designs with me in mind. I suspect I’m probably not the only person who feels this way but isn’t it just the BEST excuse for a splurge?
Like most people who grew up in England, I have bittersweet memories about childhood trips to the seaside. In theory it’s all ice creams, fun fair rides and burying your younger siblings in the sand. In practice it will most probably rain and nowhere in the world kicks off a family arguement quite like a British Beach. But looking at these stunning shots my miserable memories of ice cream-induced car sickness and brawling with my little brother simply fade away. If we all looked as glam as Lindsay Wixen and Frida Gustavsson during our seaside trips they probably would have been a tad more enjoyable, don’t you think?
Love Ella. X
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