Karl Lagerfeld X Selfridges Rooftop Party

Much as I’d love to claim that I’m one of those people who just doesn’t get star struck, that would be a complete and utter lie. Whenever I meet someone who’s work/life/style I’ve long since admired, I inevitably find myself knock kneed, sweaty palmed and unable to think of anything remotely intelligent to say. So as you can imagine, the prospect of meeting the one and only Karl Lagerfeld left me giddy with excitement and nerves for days. The white haired, one gloved wonder is undoubtedly one of the most revered figues in the industry, as proved by the fact that London’s fashion elite flocked to Selfridges rooftop terrace in his honour last night… And happily waited 2 hours for Karl to arrive.

Karl Lagerfeld X Selfridges

After battling our way up Bond Street in the swealtering heat (glamourous, non?) we arrived at Selfridges to be ushered through the crowds into a cordened off lift which took us up to the rooftop terrace which has been given a complete Karl-over. Walls, boards, seats, Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic image was plastered on everything as far as the eye could see. I particularly loved the black and white (natch) Karl flags flying majestically from the chimneys. The champagne was flowing, caviar and tasty lobster bites being proffered around by uniformed waiters and as for my fellow guests… Think Daphne Guinness, Rosario Dawson, Hilary Alexander, Suzy Menkes, Poppy Delevigne, Edie Campbell and just about every magazine editor in town. Several hours and countless glasses of champagne later, we were informed that Karl had entered the building and the sheer excitement among a group of such innately cool and influential fashion insiders was amazing to see. As you’ve probably gathered, this was party was pretty spectacular and not an evening I’ll forget anytime soon. A couple of snaps of well dressed guests just wouldn’t do it justice so I thought I’d share this behind-the-scenes video with you instead, enjoy!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Gilded


What: Dress: Alice by Temperley, Sandals: Topshop, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery.

Where: Karl Lagerfeld Party at Selfridges.

If ever there were an occasion that required a truly fabulous outfit, a soiree with Karl Lagerfeld on Selfridges rooftop terrace is definitely it. After recovering from the initital over excitement at receiving an invitation to this particular event, I naturally went straight into outfit panic mode. I mean, much as I love my extensive collection of party frocks and chiffon blouses, when you’re partying with editors and A listers a well-worn topshop number doesn’t quite cut it. Thanks to my spendaholic ways and limited budget, I can’t afford to pick up a catwalk fresh designer number for every fash bash I attend so I borrowed this beautiful gilded print cocktail dress from Temperley’s dreamy sample closet. As you might remember my post a few weeks ago, I’m criminally obsessed with Temperley’s Pre Fall 2012 collection and this particular look has got to be one of the best. Sadly I’ll have to return it to it’s rightful owners pretty soon but for now it’s taking pride of place in my bedroom and frankly, I’m enjoying just looking at it!

Love Ella. X

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Juicy Couture Bloggers Breakfast

I heard rumours that the London fashion calendar was going to grind to a halt during the Olympics… Evidently that was a fib. Not that I’m complaining though as this week’s been a particularly fabulous one. On Tuesday morning I spent a very happy couple of hours toasting the launch of the brand, spanking new Juicy Couture flagship store with all my favourite fellow bloggers. It was a true testament to the power of Juicy Couture that we all made it for their eye-watering 8am kick off. We were lured out of bed at that unearthly hour with the promise of a ‘special surprise’, which Juicy certainly delivered by way of Tali Lennox and a bevvy of delectable male models crusing up Regents Street on hot-pink Vespas.

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

After that it was time to check out the store which had been given the full Juicy Couture treatment with boudoir furnishings, sparkle and of course, the brand’s latest collections. I always enjoy a fashion week reunion and yesterday morning London’s blogger contingent was out in force that morning with Ella of Coco’s Tea Party, Reem of Five Five Fabulous, Emily of Fashion Foie Gras and Zahra of Lyla Loves Fashion (and many more) all in attendance. We ogled the clothes (and the boys), moaned about the tube (which has actually ground to a halt thanks to the Olympics) and got stuck in to a truly delicious breakfast.

Love Ella. X

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5 Minutes With… Caroline Nodder, Editor-in-Chief of Drapers

Vogue may often be referred to as the ‘Fashion Bible’. I myself, am guilty of claiming this on many occasions. However, when it comes down to it, it’s not Vogue that industry insiders look to for valuable insights into the world of fashion, it’s Drapers. Since 1887, Drapers has brought us everything from the hottest fashion news and show coverage, to job vacancies, salary surveys and sales data. In celebration of their 125th anniversary, Drapers has relaunched with a slick, new, 21st century look. I caught up with Editor-in-Chief, Caroline Nodder, to get the lowdown on her enviable career, why Drapers announced this year’s award nominees via Twitter and what to expect from the fashion business bible over the years to come…


LPA: What was your first job in fashion and how did you get from there to where you are today?

CN: This is my very first job in fashion! I’ve run magazines in a variety of business sectors before but when I arrived last March at Drapers I was completely new to the fashion sector. Let’s just say that luckily I’m a fast learner….

LPA: Talk me through a typical day as Editor-in-chief of Drapers…

CN: There are no typical days at Drapers! One day I might be looking through the latest shoot images for one of our seasonal special issues, the next I could be furiously tweeting from a catwalk show or working with the news team breaking a news exclusive online. That’s what I love about it.

LPA: For it’s 125th anniversary, Drapers has re-launched with a new look. What particular changes have you made to the magazine and why?

CN: We re-launched both the magazine and the website with a new look at the end of March to better reflect the style and pace of today’s fashion industry. The magazine design offers a mix of bite-sized news and views with some in-depth interviews and reports that readers can kick back and spend some time on and we have injected a lot more Drapers opinion to give our readers a good filter on what they really need to help them in their businesses. The look is very clean and modern, and we use our own photography as much as possible.

LPA: Why did you decide to announce the nominees for this year’s Drapers Awards via twitter?

CN: Twitter is a global phenomenon but within the fashion sector in particular it seems to perfectly fit the culture. Our @Drapers account has 30,000 followers and we get a lot of our news tip-offs through Twitter now so what better medium to use? It also creates an immediate buzz around this year’s nominees and starts a conversation around the awards.

LPA: What are your thoughts on the relationship between print and online journalism? Do you think online will eventually replace print or the two can continue to co-exist?

CN: I am quite unusual in that I’ve worked as a journalist across print and web since the mid-1990s so this is not a new issue for me. I genuinely believe the two can co-exist, particularly in the fashion sector where, for the time being at least, there is still a strong love of the tangible paper product. However, our job is to provide our subscribers with information and analysis through whatever channel they choose to access it, be that a magazine, a website or a social media feed. We need to evolve as they do.

LPA: Do you think the rise of online magazines and blogs has forced print magazines to structure and approach their content in a different way? I imagine that the instant nature of online journalism could be an issue, especially when it comes to news and fashion week…

CN: I think the rapid advance in technology and speed of communication has massively impacted the way journalists work – but this has been happening for 20 years so I doubt its come as a sudden shock to any current magazine teams. Most of us now work over both mediums. I actually think it has made our jobs much more exciting. We are able to give our subscribers news as it happens, literally, and also get the industry’s feedback on it instantly. It’s something that I will never get bored of!

LPA: When you’re adding to the Drapers team, are there any particular qualities or qualifications that you look for in potential employees or interns?

CN: Personality and inquisitiveness. Everything else can be learned. I look for people with bags of energy, enthusiasm and a penchant for asking a hell of a lot of questions!

LPA: What advice would you give to someone hoping for a career in fashion journalism, or maybe even aspiring to one day be an Editor like yourself?

CN: Be the first to suggest changes and improvements. Good ideas can get you a long way.

Love Ella. X

Ps) The entry deadline for this year’s Drapers Fashion Awards is just 2 days away (friday 27th) and nominations are announced next month so if you think you, or someone you know, deserves one then now is your moment, nominate away!

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DKNY Resort 2013

The DKNY resort 2013 collection was a major winner with me for many reasons. Not least, because the ever-savvy Donna Karan has created an array of pieces that everyone can wear come January, regardless of whether they’ll be escaping to sunnier climbs during the most miserable month of the year.

DKNY resort 2013

The chic leather separates would work every bit as beautifully layered over tights and under coats by DKNY girls braving the frosty streets of New York as they would paired with golden limbs and Grecian sandals by lucky so-and-so’s heading to a coastal paradise far, far away. The same goes for the colour-pop silks, embellished cocktail dresses and elegant neutrals. And as for the sleek tailoring, patterned knits and chubby fur number… Surely these looks are designed to put a spring in our step on a cold, Winter’s day?

Love Ella. X

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