What: Blouse: Whistles, Skirt & Shoes: Topshop, Tights: Asos, Bag: Alberta Ferretti
Between term starting, blogging and my new job at Velour Magazine, things have been fairly hectic of late. Still, given that I got to spend yesterday morning interviewing the lovely David Koma and Jackie Lee, I’m not exactly complaining. Finding time to party (or sleep for that matter) between deadlines, lectures and press days has been something of a challenge, but where’s there’s a will – and an open bar – there’s certainly always a way. I mean, all work and no play would make me a very dull girl indeed! This evening I’m off to the launch of cult, concept boutique Wolf and Badger’s new Diver Street store. The fine folk at W&B have hosted many a raucous fash bash in the past so I’d be surprised if tonight’s any different!
Love Ella x
Whatever way you look at it, fashion and music have always been intertwined. From Madonna’s infamous onstage costumes to pretty popstrels having handbags named after them, the two industries have always gone hand in hand. Now the relationship between fashion and music looks set to be cemented still further following the recent announcement from Ralph Lauren that Grammy nominated DJ, Avicii will be the face of their Denim & Supply line’s AW12 campaign.
Prior to recieving this news from Ralph Lauren, I have to admit I’d never heard of DJ Avicii. Then again my music knowlege is pretty appalling so that’s no great surprise. Anyway it turns out that the Swedish electronic DJ, remixer and record producer known as Avicii is seriously successful with his mega-hit, Levels, racking up a whopping 20+ million YouTube before its official release! Recently he was named one of Forbes Magazine’s World Greatest DJ’s and in 2009 he was crowned “Breakthrough Producer/DJ of the Year” in DJ Magazine. After a stellar performance at Coachella Festival last week, Avicii has officially established himself as one of the hottest (in more way than one) things in music and with a little help from Uncle Ralph it looks like he’s well on the way to making his name in the fashion world too. Plus, he’s pretty pleasant to look at, non?
Love Ella. X
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m an absolute sucker for all things preppy. Polo shirts, tennis skirts, tassled loafers, head bands… You name it, if Blair Waldorf wore it then it’s quite alright by me. So it will probably come as no surprise that I adore J.Crew. You see, despite being a London girl through and through, I think there’s something about the clean cut, country club style sported by Connecticut WASP’s and Park Avenue Princesses that I just can’t get enough of… And provided you don’t get completely carried away (monogrammed beach towels are a step too far methinks) it’s pretty darned chic.
Since way back in 1983, J.Crew has been the go-to brand for comfortable, good quality and affordable (AKA unfashionable) preppy gear. Then in 2007, something rather magical happened when the ultimate all American label came under the creative direction of a certain Jenna Lyons. In 5 short years the Brooklyn based glamazon’s dynamite combination of design talent and marketing savvy has turned the brand into one of the most in-demand around and following the recent launch of their global shipping online store, that reach will only extend further. Whilst it retains it’s trademark preppy polish (and reasonable prices), nowadays J.Crew is just as likely to be spotted on the front row at fashion week as it is in Midwestern shopping malls. Think classic elegance with a contemporary twist in luxe fabrics and a perfect mix of neutral shades, eye popping brights and power prints.
Personally I’ve got my eye on their striped, sequinned number… Which J.Crew look would you pick?
To shop the J.Crew SS12 collection click here.
Love Ella. X
I think it’s safe to say that last Thursday night was one of extreme contrasts. After spending an hour or so sipping champagne at the Juicy Couture soiree in Mayfair, my next stop was Shoreditch where I was interviewing indie rock band S.C.U.M after their private gig hosted by Farfetch.com. This elicited a fair amount of mirth (and mockery) from my friends as between my blouse obsession and my penchant for fine wine and overpriced cocktail bars, I’m not exactly an East London girl. Still, variety is the spice of life so off I trotted in the direction of Redchurch Street, ready to forgo my usual tipple and pretend to be far, far trendier than I actually am. And do you know what? It was a hell of a lot of fun.
The gig was evidently a pretty hot ticket event and there were plenty of familiar fashion faces for me to sip Hoxton gin & tonics with. Despite having never previously heard of S.C.U.M (Lana del Rey and Rhianna are the edgiest names on my iPod) I enjoyed their set and when we were finally booted out I was really quite sad to head home.
For my interview with S.C.U.M vocalist Thomas Cohen (AKA Mr Peaches Geldof) click here.
Love Ella. X
Aside from Starbucks lattes, Pinot Grigio and Ryan Gosling, there are few things in life I love as much as handbags. One of those “few things” is nail polish. So imagine my sheer joy when I heard that one of my all time favourite bag brands, Kate Spade New York, was going to be launching their own line of summer shades? Just think of the matching bag and nail combinations we can come up with! Following the success of their lipstick line, supercalafragilipstick, the brand has teamed up with beauty expert Poppy King once again to produce a range of nail polishes.
|From left: Watermelon Fingers, Sea Foam Swirls, Solar Orange & Yellow Cockatoo
The super cute Kate Spade nail polish set includes four eye-popping hues Australian artist Florence Broadhurst’s iconic wallpaper patterns. Reasonably prices at just £25, the collection will be hitting Kate Spade New York stores any day now. “Sea foam swirls” is my personal pick, which one would you choose?
Love Ella. X