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.

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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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Look Du Jour: Going Green

Green

What: Green Brogues: Topshop, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Jumper: Mango, Jacket: Whistles, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Satchel: Zatchels.

Where: Meetings in London.

Mint, pastel, emerald, hunter, grass… Whatever the shade, whatever the season, I’m obsessed with the colour green. You’ve probably picked up on this particular fashion fetish of mine already, given the amount of it I have in in my wardrobe, so I apologise for yet another post harping on about my favourite hue. I donned this little number last Friday (before London’s current heatwave started, which as you can imagine, I’m beyond thrilled about) for a morning of meetings in town… and a sneaky peek in a shop or two.

Love Ella. X

Ps) A couple of (very kind) people have commented that my hair is looking particularly shiny at the moment. Sadly I can’t claim that’s natural. I’ve never been a big fan of hair products (generally I feel that money is better saved for the handbag fund) but I’ve been trying out an ultra luxe Shu Uemura treatment from RushHair in Kensington and I have to say, it’s worked wonders!

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5 Minutes With… Bea Deza, Founder of Sister Jane

Sister Jane may not be a household name just yet but from where I’m sitting, that looks like it could be about to change pretty soon. Much as I dream of wearing Prada from morning ’til night, when it comes down to it, I’m a high street girl and few things excite me more than discovering a brand who’s looks I love and have some hope of actually owning. A couple of years ago I braved the Oxford Circus Topshop and, to my delight, stumbled across an adorable, frill collar blouse by Spanish brand, Sister Jane. I snapped it up in a heart beat and since then have stepped out in that preppy-chic little number on more occasions than I can even remember. So, I was thrilled when I got the chance to chat with Sister Jane’s Founder/Designer Bea Deza, AKA the woman responsible for creating one of my most-worn blouses…

Bea Deza Sister Jane

LPA: When and why did you decide to found Sister Jane?

BD: I spent three years in banking and started feeling a uncomfortable about not fulfilling my dreams and being so far from my element. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do and little by little I found that it was expressing my feelings through design that made me feel at ease. During my career in banking I had travelled the world and during that time, was lucky enough to find factories in Asia where I later started having some of my designs made. So Sister Jane started in a very organic way. It took a lot of courage to change my whole life but I think you can’t go wrong when you are true to yourself.

LPA: Tell me a little about your professional background. What did you do before Sister Jane? 

BD:I studied finance and law in Madrid then I worked in banking in New york and London. In my holidays I took some short courses in fashion design at Central St Martins.

LPA: Do you design with a specific girl, or character in mind? If so, who is she?

BD: At the very beginning I got ALL my inspiration from Florence Welch. She helped me a lot to be couragous and believe in my designs. She is probably one of the people that has inspired me most back when she started, two years ago. I also get a lot of inspiration from exhibitions, music bands and the street tribes in London.

LPA: How would you describe the Sister Jane aesthetic?

BD: I think is when excentricism meets classicism, if that makes any sense… The Sister Jane girl is an old soul but at the same time she is a rebel so all the designs have a ladylike base but with a grungy twist.

LPA: Instead of designing just one collection each season, Sister Jane stock gets updated every six weeks! Why did you make the decision to do this? And more importantly, how do you manage it?

BD: When I observe the world and our generation I see that people get tired of things very quickly and nothing lasts long. Sister Jane tries to adapt to this new world we live in. Plus, individuality has become a big value in our society so Sister Jane aims to cater to that by constantly launching new styles that no one has already. In a way, we are launching ¨limited editions¨ all the time. this seems to work very well, although we NEVER stop, we NEVER sleep, but we will when the time comes!

LPA: Fashion is an incredibly competitive business and I can imagine that running your own brand is pretty touch at times. What do you feel has been the secret to Sister Jane’s success so far? 

BD: I think that if you have a good product you can’t go wrong and the styles we launch seem to work. You have to be agile in this world we live in and flexible, and a good observer!

LPA: You’ll soon be opening your first UK standalone store in Portobello and spend a lot of your time travelling between London and Madrid. How do you feel English and Spanish style are different?

BD: I guess Spanish style represents the nostalgia of my ¨past traditions¨and the English symbolizes excenticism. I’m crazy for British exentricism! You can’t find it anywhere else in the world. Thats why Sister Jane is ultimately an English brand, she was born in London.

LPA: What advice would you give to someone hoping or planning to launch their’ own fashion brand?

BD: If you love what you do, you will succeed. Observe the world, believe in yourself and get together with a geek friend who understands numbers and can write a savvy business plan. Artists and numbers are not good friends and at the end of the day, it is a business.

LPA: What’s your ultimate aim for the Sister Jane brand?

BD: We want to inspire people to find themselves through clothes. And if we need to open stores all over the world to achieve that then we will!

Love Ella. X

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Johnnie Walker Whisky Launches Gold Label Reserve

You’ve got to hand it to whoever organised the Johnnie Walker Whisky bash, they’ve got a sense of humour. I mean, holding the Gold Label Reserve launch party at London’s Whisky Mist, that’s rather amusing. Even if the party had been rubbish I still would have enjoyed LOL-ing at the choice of venue, but luckily – or perhaps unluckily, given how I felt the next morning – that wasn’t the case. In honour of the brand’s new ‘Gold’ label, the club had been transformed into a bling-lovers paradise with gold drapery adorning everything from the bar to the DJ booth where, fittingly, Drum n’ Base legend Goldie was on the decks. Naturally there were a number of suitably glittering names in attendence including Mischa Barton, Henry Holland, Tolula Adeyemi, Jade Williams and Zara Martin who – possibly as a result of the lethally strong whisky cocktails on tap – let loose on the dance floor until the wee hours.

Johnnie Walker Whisky

Johnnie Walker Whisky

Johnnie Walker Whisky

Johnnie Walker Whisky

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