Louis Vuitton and Kusama are Taking Over Selfridges

Louis Vuitton

It appears that Selfridges is the place to be right now. So far we’ve seen the department store go Diamond Jubilee/Olympics mad with its’ deliciously British window displays, re-open their fabulous rooftop space for a summer-long tea & golf party and exclusively unveil Tata Naka’s delectable pre fall 2012 collection. Well, as of August 24th there’ll be yet another reason to hot-foot it along to Selfridges (like we need one) as Louis Vuitton will be taking over both the window displays and Concept Space in celebration of it’s collaboration with legendary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. As a die-hard Louis Vuitton obsessive (did you SEE those hats for AW12?!) news of the brand taking over so much as a Starbucks in my hometown is music to my ears. Add London’s foremost shopping emporium and one of the most incredible artists of our time into the mix – if you haven’t seen the Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern go, now – and you’ve got yourself a serious must-visit destination. From the outside, Selfridges’ will be transformed with a spectacular 24 window display created by Kusama herself. Inside, the Concept Store will play host to the artist’s signature giant pumpkins and Louis Vuitton’s limited edition capsule collection of clothes and accessories, inspired by Kusama’s iconic, multi-coloured polkadots.

Louis Vuitton and Kusama’s creative takeover of Selfridges (and pop-up store!) will run from August 24th to October 5th so get down there to fulfil your cultural quotient and pick up some new season pieces in one fell swoop.

Love Ella. X

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La Petite Weekly Wish List, June 29th

weekly wish list

1) Whistles Wild Meadow Print Top, £85, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, reduced from £205 to £103 at Matches, click here to buy
3) Kurt Geiger Gemma Wedges, £220, click here to buy
4) Calzedonia Blue Paisley Bikini Top, £20, click here to buy
5) Calzedonia Blue Pasiley Bottoms, £15, click here to buy
6) Lily and Lionel Jolie Blue and Aubergine Scarf, reduced from £99 to £70, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Valerie Clutch, reduced from £250 to £150 at Net-a-Porter, click here to buy
8) Marc by Marc Jacobs Hot to Trot Bag, £350 at Selfridges, click here to buy
9) Aldo Rise Libertine Baughan T Bar Sandals, £125 at Selfridges, click here to buy
10) Boutique by Jaeger Olivia Button Breton Dress, £99, click here to buy

Another week, another selection of sartorial delights I just can’t keep my eyes, hands and wallet off. Actually I’ve been pretty restrained of late, shopping wise. But this has been more due to lack of free time and funds rather than my developing any kind of real self control. It’s also that strange between-season period as the pre fall stock is starting to arrive in stores at exactly the same time Summer decides to arrive in London and while this season’s togs seem ever-so-slightly passé, the idea of going anywhere near a fair isle knit makes me want to cry. Well, luckily I managed to scrape together a few pieces so delectable they’re still worth splashing out on regardless of the weather, season or possibility of impending bankruptcy. Happy shopping!

Love Ella. X

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Carven Resort 2013

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. 

Carven

Carven

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

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Look Du Jour: Broderie & Blush

broderie

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

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Tata Naka Pre Fall 2012 EXCLUSIVELY at Selfridges!

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

Tata Naka

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

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