5 Minutes with Black and Brown London Designer, Simi Singh

As everyone knows all too well, there are days when your favourite pair of jeans or LBD don’t make you feel so hot. Maybe it was the Chinese takeaway you had last night, maybe you’re just not in the right mood, whatever the reason, even our trustiest of ensembles sometimes let us down, but accessories on the other hand, never do. Especially those of the ultra-luxe, handcrafted, exquisitely embellished variety, hence why I leapt at the chance to chat with Simi Singh, Co-Founder and Designer of cult accessory label, Black and Brown London

Black and Brown London

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Diesel Covent Garden Store Launch Party

Diesel

Apparently Tuesday is now the new Thursday, which of course was the new Friday… Until Tuesday took over, confused? I know I was when someone shared these pearls of wisdom with me. Not least because, from where I’m sitting, Thursday nights still seem pretty party heavy. Last week I was, once again, back in my 6 inchers and off on the fash bash rounds, kicking things off with the Diesel Covent Garden store launch.

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Liberty Print High Tops Take 2

As you all know oh-so-well, I don’t do trainers. I don’t care if Isabel Marant made them and Gisele wore them. I don’t care if they’re leather, studded, Swarovski encrusted or made from solid gold, they’re just not my cup of tea. Or at least, they weren’t until Liberty London teamed up with Nike to create their sell-out floral confections. This sudden change of heart took many of my nearest and dearest by surprise and to some extent, I too wondered if I’d simply succumbed to the fact that wedge high tops were topping the wish lists of style setters worldwide. There’s also an arguement that if you covered anything in Liberty print I’d want it and after resisting the temptation to invest in Liberty and Nike’s first collaboration this Summer, I began to believe this to be the case. Well, now the match made in fashion heaven has returned for round 2 and I quite possibly love with their second batch even more. On paper, vintage look ditsy prints and sportswear are absolute style blasphemy but somehow I can’t help but feel these just work.

 

Liberty Print high tops

Liberty print high tops, fashion “do” or fashion “boo”, what do you reckon?

Love Ella.

Ps) If you like ‘em and have cash to splash, they’re available for £95 online at Liberty.com but hop to it because they’re bound to sell out fast.

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Want to Party with BuyMyWardrobe?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are SO many things I love about working in fashion. The clothes (not to mention, the permanent excuse to shop), the shows, the endless ogling of sartorial treats… I could go on forever. But, immature though it may be, one of the things I love the most about the world of fashion is the endless array of parties! There’s something about the combination of free champagne, fabulous guests and fashion-orientated conversation that makes for cocktail hour magic. Fancy getting in on the fun? Well, you’re in luck because BuyMyWardrobe want to make that happen!

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Since 2008 BuyMyWardrobe designer fashion recycling events have been supplying London’s sartorially obsessed with pre-owned high end togs at a fraction of their original cost, not to mention the chance to exchange their own pieces for cold, hard, shopping-ready cash. On August 30th this year, the luxe-recycling revolution is taking to the internet, with the launch of BuyMyWardrobe.com, an online community where fashion fanatics can buy, sell and network from the comfort of their (no doubt stylish) sofas. In true fashion form, BuyMyWardrobe founder, Kal Di Paola is celebrating their digital venture with an exclusive soiree on the 29th of August. If sipping champagne and swapping style tips with industry insiders sounds like your cup of tea then just follow these simple steps by August 27th for a chance to snag an invitation for you and a friend to attend…

1) ‘Like’ La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here

2) Sign up to buymywardrobe.com by clicking ‘become a member’ on the site.

Oh, and did I forget to mention, the winner will also get a £250 voucher to spend on the site… Just think of all those Louboutins!

Love Ella. X

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lola&grace on tour…

As those of you who frequent twitter, facebook and fashion blogs may already know, this Summer Swarovski’s hot, new little sister brand lola&grace embarked on a tour of Europe’s coolest cities. So far lola&grace have partied in Berlin and soaked up culture in Prague bloggingtweeting and pinning all the way. Last week they arrived in the Italian fashion capital for a few days of indulging in Milan’s endless gastronimical and sartorial delights. Here are a few choice snaps of their favourite Milanese destinations from the trip…

Naviglio Grande
Resturants, clubs and live music all along the canals, this is probably the liveliest district in Milano.

lola&grace

Wait and See
Via Santa Marta 14, Milano
‘La vita è bella’ is their slogan and this eclectic boutique sells some of the best young brands in Milano.

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Pavè
Via Felice Casati 27, Milano.
Stylish and tasty a great place to have a chilled Italian breakfast, check your emails or just hang out till it’s aperitivo time.

lola&grace

Personally these pics leave me green with city break envy and I can imagine they probably have a similar effect on you. If you fancy joining lola&grace at their next oh-so-stylish destination follow the clues on their Facebook page to guess where’s next and maybe win a clued up city break ok your own…

Love Ella. X

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