The more Carven collections I see, the more I can’t help but feel that the brand’s Creative Director, Guillaume Henry designs with me in mind. Ok, so I’m not quite delusional enough to really believe that’s the case but his super cute skirt suits certainly do have my name all over them. I’d barely stopped gushing over the pre fall perfection offered up by Carven when this brand new collection of so-fab-I-need-them-now garments arrived.
For Resort 2013, Henry has taken a few more risks than in previous seasons, juxtaposing immaculate tailoring and masterful drapery with rich paisley prints, floaty cotton numbers and even athletic touches here and there. Neons, pastels and florals all come in to play, pulled together with bold, block hues and androgynous touches by way of nonchalantly unbrushed locks and buttoned up shirting. I’d describe the overall aesthetic as city chic prepster meets boho luxe with an effortlessly elegant (and oh-so-French) vibe, or put simply, another triumph for a brand which is fast becoming a serious obsession.
Love Ella. X
What: Shorts: Sister Jane, Blouse: Topshop, Bag: Whistles, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Pumps: Parisian Boutique (forgotten the name).
Where: Meetings in London.
At long, long last we finally seem to be getting a bit of summer here in England, yay! Not only does this open up endless opportunities for picnics in the park, long evenings sitting outside in pub gardens and general fun in the sun, it also means that all the garments which have been languishing unworn in the backs of our wardrobes since February can see the light of day. Case in point, these broderie anglaise shorts. As an item that can under no circumstances be paired with tights in the event of a sudden downpour, I haven’t had the courage to take them out for a spin yet but after checking the weather forecast on my iPhone plus five different websites (sad I know) I managed it. Turns out, they’re THE most perfect thing for rushing around London between meetings in the heat so you can rest assured that these babies will be making a few more appearences before September comes.
Love Ella. X
As you may have gathered from previous interviews and show reports, I am a pretty big fan of Tata Naka. Given that the girls behind the hotter-than-hot independant brand are renowned for their incredible in-house prints, my love for their work can’t have come as any great suprise. The power patterns that earned twin sister design duo, Natasha and Tamara Surguladze an entire wall display in Barneys, New York devoted to their graduate collection are out in force for pre fall 2012, a collection that oh-so-conveniently arrives in Selfridges this sunday. Entitled, Toy Story and inspired by the work of Brit sculptor Robert Bradford, Tata Naka’s pre season offerings combine rubix cube brights in fine wool crepes with sleek tailoring and of course, their trademark prints. Anyone who thought colour blocking and pattern clashing were flash-in-the-pan fads will have to eat their words as one glance at these eye-watering beauties will no doubt put paid to that. The carefree brand of quirky chic introduced by a certain Miccia Prada is here to stay, long may it live.
Tata Naka’s pre fall 2012 collection will be available in Selfridges, and Selfridges along from Sunday 1st of July. Personally I’ve got my eye on the geometric, Peter Pan collared number (surprise, surprise), which one would you pick?
Love Ella. X
Is there no stopping Roksanda Ilincic? Every season the enviably gorgeous designer gains yet more accolades, high profile supporters (Michelle Obama anyone?) and general fashion kudos. I think it’s probably something to do with her uncanny knack for creating pieces that look every bit as elegant on civilians as they do when sported by a ten foot goddess on the catwalk. Having worn (but sadly not kept) a couple of Roksanda numbers myself I can vouch that they really do make you feel like a million dollars. I didn’t think she could top the fusion of eye-popping colours and ladylike silhouettes we saw for SS12 but having seen the Resort collection up close, I think she might just have managed it.
For Pre SS13, Roksanda has offered up the clean lines and immaculate cuts that have become her trademark. The collection is perhaps a little more daring than the previous season’s with high shine and matt black fabrics sitting alongside sumptuous silks and sleek tunics layered over trousers (a look I usually loathe but Roksanda somehow manages to get oh-so-right). As usual bold, block hues take center stage but they are interspersed with striking monochrome looks. For me, it’s the prints that really steal the show. Floral silk peplum tops with sweetly matching cigarette pants? Don’t mind if I do!
Love Ella. X
Anyone who accuses fashion folk of lacking a sense of humour need only look to Mr Marc Jacobs to experience a seriously swift change of heart. I’ve always suspected that Marc is a man with a healthy sense of fun and his latest sartorial offerings prove it beyond all shadow of doubt.
Not only is Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 collection playful and charmingly childlike, it’s also a feat of sheer design genious. Multicoloured florals, polkadots and bold, geometric prints are all thrown into the mix, piled on one after the other with youthful aplomb. But adorable though Marc Jacobs resort creations may be, there is nothing unsophisticated about it. Jacobs has always displayed an uncanny knack for fusing fun and games with high fashion, as demonstrated here by cleverly distorted proportions and innovative use of materials which result in a deliciously girlish collection with a distinctly grown up edge. Shameless pattern clashing in eye popping hues, chunky platforms and oversized bows are given an avant guard twist with splendidly sculptural silhouettes. Marc Jacobs may not take life too seriously but when it comes to clothes, he always gets it right. I’m not entirely confident I could pull off that shocking pink, lace overlay confection but given the chance, you can be damn sure I’d give it a try.
Love Ella. X