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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Look Du Jour: Pink n’ Floral

pink floral

pink floral

What: Floral Blouse: Vintage (ish), Pink Loafers: Bobbies, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Whistles, Cardigan: Mango.

Where: Interviewing Negarin Sadr, founder of R-T-W designer brand, Negarin London.

Anyone who’s in London today won’t be remotely surprised to hear that I’ve spent the past 24 hours in a state of extreme over excitement. Just as I was ready to give up on Summer altogether and make straight for the pre fall collections – something I might do anyway, but in an effort to be fashion forward, rather than avoid catching a cold – we’re treated to a heatwave! And what better way to celebrate this bout of glorious sunshine than by indulging my love of all things pink and floral? The blouse is a steal from my mother’s wardrobe. Fool that I was, I remember absolutely hating it aged 12 when I first saw her wearing it at some sort of Pony Club event (yes, I was one of those little girls) but a couple of years passed and I realised that this little floral number was actually rather chic… so I promptly claimed it for myself. The loafers were a gift from an AMAZING Parisian brand called Bobbies. They arrived a couple of months ago but pink suede and rain don’t mix all too well so they’ve been confined to my wardrobe ever since. Well, not any more, as thanks to a frantic morning of dashing around London in the sweltering heat (give it 2 days before I start complaining) while wearing these little cuties I discovered that they are not only chic, but also insanely comfortable. C’est un miracle!

Love Ella. X

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Erdem Resort 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about Erdem and I can’t for the life of me think why. Since the Canada-born designer’s floral print lovelies first stole our hearts, every collection to follow has been just as delectable. In fact, I’d go as far as to say Erdem’s become even more impressive as the seasons go by, managing to constantly develop his style whilst still retaining the soft femininity that initially had the fashion world in raptures.Take his Resort 2013 offerings for example. Florals, lace and exquisite detailing feature highly in a blue-tinged rainbow of azure infused hues. But while each look is recognisably ‘Erdem’ there could be no mistaking it for his previous collections. Classic silhouettes and demure hemlines are given a fresh twist with innovative textural combinations and hits of shocking pink.

Erdem Resort 2013

Erdem Resort 2013

Erdem Resort 2013

Once again, Erdem manages to fuse wearability and desirability, resulting in an array of pieces that couldn’t fail to make you feel fabulous. Mesmerisingly beautiful, delicate prints are contrasted with bolder, graphic designs and as for the designer’s first foray into the world of swimwear… One word: divine.

Love Ella. X

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5 Minutes With… Kate Nash

In the five years since she burst onto the music scene, we’ve seen Kate Nash go from doe eyed, MySpace ingenue to chart topping, style setting, award winning star. When she’s not making hit records she’s gracing the Fashion Week FROWS, founding charitable organisations and nurturing her blossoming acting career. I caught up with Kate to talk… You’ve guessed it, fashion.

Kate Nash

LPA: When I posted about you a while ago several people commented on how much your style had changed since you released your first album. Do you agree? If so, why do you feel this is?

KN: I think it’s a natural thing to change and develop. I think it would be pretty weird if I were still wearing the same clothes I was wearing when I was 18. I can understand why some people that don’t keep track of me might be surprised, but really it would be far more surprising if I was some freaky ghost child that didn’t age – like that freaky kid from resident evil – the first movie.

LPA: Do you dress very differently when you’re performing or attending an event to when you’re, say, going for a night out with friends?

KN: I like to dress differently during the day when I’m on tour to when I’m on stage. I like the transition, the feeling of going from casual to dressed for stage. It’s part of my preparation for the show. It helps me get into a certain mindset. There are certain things I would wear on stage that I would wear on a night out, but I like the way being on stage gives you a freedom to do things you might not do regularly. For example I wore a wedding dress on stage in Dublin and that felt really good. It’s not really the sort of thing I would pop down to the pub in…although I guess that depends on my mood.

LPA: Over the past couple of seasons you’ve been something of a front row regular during London Fashion Week. Has this exposure to the industry changed the way you feel about fashion?

KN: I think it showed me how the fashion industry embraces the freaks and individuals in the world and I really love that about it. It celebrates the unique and people doing whatever they want to do – just having fun with what they wear. But, on a deeper level, having fun with what you wear and dressing how you want gives you an identity. It can totally change how you feel about yourself and how the world sees you. I think it did change my perspective a little bit.

LPA: You work with top stylist, Rebekah Roy. Do you think this has made you more open to taking risks with your wardrobe? Have you had any major disagreements over what you will and wont wear?

KN: We don’t really disagree that much. I can’t really remember a disagreement. Rebekah is one of my closest friends and she understands my style and how I want to come across. I have a lot of fun creating mood boards and sending them over to her and then we have extremely girly meetings in vintage shops and drink coffee and eat cake and decide whether we should have things like “kittens in pink or yellow”. She helps me put together looks that I want to achieve and I love working with her. I think a stylist should be like a bestie who makes you laugh and comfortable and confident and encourages you to embrace things and know when to rock something.

LPA: Who are your favourite designers and why?

KN: Georgia Hardinge and Gemma Slack. I like strong interesting fun women whose clothes are fun and strong. I also like Felder Felder, Cooperative Designs and William Tempest. Dagda are extremely fun and experimental and I like Tatty Devine for jewellery.

LPA: Vintage, high street or designer… What kind of shopper are you?

KN: A bit of everything really. I think I’m becoming more aware of designers. I think it’s really amazing what some people come up with and invent, I LOVE vintage shopping and always will. I love the fact that a piece of clothing has a history and was worn by other people at other places that you don’t know about and just wondering around vintage stores aesthetically pleases me and gives me a sense of nostalgia. And, you always need the high street for essentials.

LPA: What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?

KN: Combats with tassels. Terrible. Although I really enjoy how much those kind of awful looks can encapsulate a time period – a generation of kids and a time in your life. I think it’s fun to look back on that stuff.

Love Ella. X

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2013 Presentation

While my constant moaning about the rain may have given the impression that I wasn’t particularly enjoying myself last week, that couldn’t be further from the truth. For starters, I’m a Brit, complaining about the weather is in my DNA regardless of whether I’m actually that bothered by it. And frankly no amount of rain could dampen my spirits (sorry, couldn’t resist) as on top of meeting Stella McCartney, I had also been invited to the Louis Vuitton Resort 2013 presentation. As a lifelong Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs fanatic, I was pretty darned excited to get up close and personal with the latest collection, not to mention have a good snoop around the brand’s Bond Street HQ. Once again I refused to forgo my carefully selected and highly non-waterproof outfit so by the time I arrived I resembled a drowned rat and the cold that’d been brewing since Monday had basically developed into full blow flu. Luckily the sartorial delights on show were so, ahem, delightful that I got over the fact I was basically dripping pretty quickly.

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

The showroom had been transformed into a girly girls paradise, complete with a floor-to-ceiling pink, neon “Louis Vuitton” sign, cocktails, finger sandwiches and candy coloured macaroons. As for the collection itself… there are almost no words, but I’m sure I can rustle up a few. Inspired by Catherine Deneuve in Indochine and Missisippi Mermaid, Marc Jacobs and Julie de Libran conjured up an array of ensembles designed for female traveller, albeit a very glamourous one. Pulled-together femininity was the name of the game in soft whites, rich earth tones and touches of pink and lavender. The layered looks that wowed at Louis Vuitton’s AW12 show were given a holiday-ready make over with short jackets teamed with long dresses, gilets over t-shirts and cropped trousers peeking from beneath sleek tunics. Graphic jacquards, embroidered tweeds and bold prints add an element of playfulness that is furthered by the new look Speedy and Neverfull bags which have been reworked for Resort 2013 in “monogram applique” cotton and caramel and pink hues. But while I adored the matchy-matchy elegance of the garments, for me, it was the accessories that really stole the show. Footwear made a nod to seventies style by way of sandals with oversize lacquered cork platform soles while dramatic perspex heels kept things just the right side of retro. But Louis Vuitton’s accessories triumph didn’t end there with multi-coloured crystal jewellery further adding to the collections’ attitude of carefree luxury.

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

Louis Vuitton Resort 2013

As you can imagine, I was in no great hurry to leave the Louis Vuitton showroom and could quite happily have hung around to ogle – a possibly try on – the collection all day! But I had places to be (Starbucks, caffeine cravings) and people to see so I forced myself back out into the rain, dreaming of being Marc Jacobs’ travel-happy muse.

Love Ella. X

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