Look Du Jour: Ice Princess

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Ella Catliff

Anne Bowes Jewellery

Ella Catliff Valentino

Ella Catliff princess

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What: Princess dress by REDValentino (c/o), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Ring by Swarovski (c/o), Shoes by Sophia Webster and clutch by Wilbur & Gussie (c/o)

Where: Dolce & Gabbana London Collections: Men party

In my previous Look Du Jour post I questioned whether, metaphorically speaking, a leopard could change its sartorial spots. I think this ensemble proves that the answer is a definitive NO… Or at least in my case it is. But then when a frock is quite as goddamn gorgeous as this REDValentino number who the hell cares anyway? As anyone with an internet connection and an interest in fashion will have seen splashed all over the internet, this week the international style set hit Britain for London Collections: Men AW14. Naturally it kicked off with a fabulous bash hosted by Dolce & Gabbana and attended by Kylie Minogue which provided me with the perfect excuse to take this stunner for its first outing. Between the tiered skirt and lace brocade, this is one of the most unashamedly, deliciously early items I’ve ever owned so I decided to embrace the sugar sweet, princess prettiness of the whole thing and run with it. Queue pink lips, nails and detailing plus a touch or two of sparkle. The party was, unsurprisingly, wonderful and this ensemble went down a treat. Evidently New Year’s fasholutions are rather similar to New Year’s resolutions; both are made to be broken.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Oh To Be A Chanel Girl

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Oh to be a Chanel girl! To travel to far flung locations for the annual Métiers d’Art extravaganza. To be part of Karl’s couture clad coterie of international beauties. Hell, I’d settle for shared custody of a Chanel handbag and be pretty darned thrilled with my lot! Especially if it was one of the drop dead delectable designs Monsieur Lagerfeld delivered for SS14.

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A few months ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to Chanel’s London HQ to ogle view a selection from the Spring collection. Getting the chance to pour over the new season pieces was, for want of a better word, awesome. It only further served to confirm what I already knew to be true; Chanel is an extraordinary brand and Karl Lagerfeld is an extraordinary man. As you all know and are probably thoroughly bored of hearing about, for the past two-and-a-bit years I’ve been studying Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins. Learning more than I ever thought possible about dress from the Renaissance through Tudors, Stuarts and Victorians was incredible. But what really had me in raptures was the 20th century stuff, especially in the case of Maisons like Chanel. Over a century may have passed since Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel scandalised and then seduced with the androgynous elegance of her menswear inspired designs. Through a combination of creative vision, craftsmanship and fearless business practices (Coco certainly would not have needed to read “Lean In”) Chanel was born and today it continues to enthral new generations of women, while retaining the impeccable quality and effortless chicness that keeps dedicated customers coming back to brand decade after decade. Nailing this near impossible balancing act is a true testament to the sartorial genius that is Karl Lagerfeld who, in the politest possible way, also cropped up relatively early in 20th century fashion history making his flair for capturing the contemporary zeitgeist all the more impressive.

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chanel

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As everyone knows, Chanel shows are always something of a spectacle. So what do you do when you’ve already done indoor ice bergs, wind farms, solar panels and the life aquatic? You turn your show space into an art gallery, well, duh. And then you fill it with your own creations. I’m not even going to begin wondering how in God’s one finds the time to design 75 art installations on top of running three major fashion brands so let’s just talk about the clothes instead. In the tradition of taking Chanel’s rich heritage and turning it on its head, this season saw the house’s iconic tweeds woven from ribbons of chiffon, organza, lace and plastic threads, frayed or even torn on some occasions.

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chanel

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Stretch knit crêpe de Chine came lace printed with motifs in silicone, while elsewhere garments were adorned with intricate pearl embroideries and painstakingly detailed trims galore. And then there were the colours! Naturally Chanel’s signature monochrome palette was featured but elsewhere there was a riot of eye popping confections. Pastels, neon brights, denim, bleaching, you name it. The iconic jackets introduced by Mademoiselle Chanel herself came reimagined slim and sleeveless and sleek and belted as well as oversized and re-proportioned. Never have I seen a house so seamlessly combine its past and its future.

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chanel

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Love Ella. X

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LPA Styles It: Cadenzza

New year, new edition of LPA Styles It! But this my friends, is a rather unusual take on it. In the past I’ve always teamed up with clothes brands like Banana Republic, Whistles and Belstaff to get my style on. At the risk of tooting my own horn the results have always looked pretty darn good but I have to admit, it’s not as taxing a task as I’d like to make out. On those occasions I’ve basically just run around the store grabbing anything and everything that takes my fancy before indulging in a lengthy dressing up session until four or five stand out outfits make themselves apparent. Well, as you may know, Cadenzza doesn’t do clothing! But what it does do, is seriously fantastic jewellery. Think collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier, Mawi London, Oscar de la Renta, Shourouk and Anton Heunis plus an endless array of delectable designs by their in house team. It’s lovely stuff, after all what else would you expect from a label in the Swarovski stable. However styling looks from my own wardrobe for the shoot proved a little challenging. Through a combination of pouring over the Cadenzza lookbooks and ransacking my vast clothing collection I managed to decide on four definitive ways I’d incorporate their pieces into my personal style. So, without further ado, here’s what I came up with…

Pink To Make The Boys Wink

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Swarovski Crystallized Treasure Chest Necklace, £231, click here to buy
Swarovski Crystallized Treasure Chest Bracelet, £135, click here to buy
Love & Destiny Bracelet, £108, click here to buy

I don’t need to tell you how I feel about the colour pink. Regardless of whether it actually “makes the boys wink” (I suspect not, especially when it comes with a Peter Pan collar) I just can’t resist it. This outfit is a prime example of my favourite fashion formula. Cute collar, check! High waisted, A Line mini, check! Cosy cashmere? Check and check! Given the pretty playfulness of it all I thought the best way to accessorize would be to absolutely embrace sugar and spice and all things nice. Because that what little girls are made of… Or so the gender stereotype-tastic rhyme goes anyway.

Easy Opulence

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La Petite Anglaise

Anton Heunis Tsarina Necklace, £159, click here to buy
Anton Heunis Tsarina Earrings, £100, click here to buy
Kenneth Jay Lane Golden Age Ring, £100, click here to buy

I was slightly dubious about whether this casual, rich hued ensemble would work with gobstopper jewels but it totally does, right? There’s something so wonderfully indulgent about pairing serious statement jewellery with everyday attire, like you’re a Park Avenue lady who lunches and then gets collected by a uniformed driver afterwards and whisked off to Berdorf’s afterwards.

Party Perfect

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La Petite Anglaise

Mawi Dynasty Necklace, £444, click here to buy
Mawi Dynasty Bracelet, £391, click here to buy
Swarovski Crystallized Fancy Ring, £45, click here to buy

Now, there are statement necklaces and there are STATEMENT necklaces. This stunner is definitely the latter. This Club Monaco lace top and Topshop PVC pencil skirts have been two of my most loved wardrobe additions this season and I so wish I could have worn a necklace like this with them at the Belstaff bash during London Fashion Week. When wearing pieces this in-your-face-fabulous I always think the trick is to leave one area unadorned to avoid things getting a little too bling. I opted to leave my lobes naked because I just couldn’t say no to that cocktail ring.

Winter Garden

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La Petite Anglaise

Swarovski Crystallized Winter Garden Necklace, £151, click here to buy
On Aura Touts Vu Compliments Bracelet, £135, click here to buy
On Aura Touts Vu Compliments Ring, £58, click here to buy

It’s green, it’s floral, there’s a whole lot of shine going on… Yes, this necklace is pretty much my fashion kryptonite. Naturally I just had to team it with this well worn outfit which just so happens to also be green and shiny. Predictable? Maybe. Covetable? Most definitely. I reckon that teaming up with Candezza to style their pieces into my own wardrobe actually taught me quite a lot. Lesson one: statement jewels do work for day even, or perhaps especially, when paired with slightly preppy, super laid back outfits.

I hope you enjoyed this somewhat experimental edition of LPA Styles It! Which look is your favourite?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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Look Du Jour: Leopard Spots

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Leopard spots

leopard spots

Ella Catliff x Furla by Holly McGlynn_005

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leopard spots

leopard spots

leopard spots

What: Furla Leopard Print Divine Tote Bag available here, Jumper & Gloves by Club Monaco (c/o), Skirt by Whistles, Shoes by Hobbs (c/0), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery & Beret by Pure Collection.

Where: Coffee date in London.

The phrase “a leopard cannot change its spots” is rather apt when it comes to describing my personal style. As you might have spotted in my New Year’s Fasholutions just a couple of days ago, once again I claimed that the next 12 months would see me experimenting with edgier ensembles. Not giving up my my beloved flirty skirts and girly girly accoutrements of course, that would be madness. Just trying a few less prep-tastic looks a bit more often. Predictably, no sooner had I published this post than I was reaching for the silk jacquard mini, tucking in a cashmere sweater and topping it off with the kind of matching beret usually seen on French school children under the age of nine. But much as I berate my inability to resist the allure of this kind of thing, I do adore it. Challenging yourself with a tricksy trend now and again is fun (or at least I think so) but if it doesn’t make you feel fabulous, why force it? Plus, on this particular occasion Italian accessory label Furla had entrusted me with the task of styling one of their new season bags “my way” so it seemed appropriate to team it with a tried n’ tested outfit formula. On the subject of Furla, they’re back with a vengeance, a seriously covetable collection and a newly revamped flagship store on Regents Street. Check out what they’ve got going on online here.

What personal style staples do YOU keep going back to? Sharing is caring people…

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Introducing: Fleming London

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For a couple of seasons now, backpacks have been de rigeur among fashion folk. And I can totally understand why. Fash-back-packs can look pretty damn cool, especially when paired with Celine skate shoes, minimalist tailoring and other things I’d look ridiculous wearing. However, no doubt unsurprisingly they’ve never been my cup of tea. After all, why carry your life around in a practical way when you could practically dislocate your shoulder hanging it on the crook of your arm? I jest… Kind of. Anyway enough of that and on to the point of this post, the Brit brand making me reconsider my relationship with the stuff carrier style that remains determinedly in style, Fleming London.

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Softest, smoothest strokeable leather, bold block hues and pretty enough to make up for being so darned practical, I love ‘em. Aside from being exceedingly nice to look at, the story of this label’s development is thoroughly impressive. The concept for these luxe rucksacks was conceived in January 2013 and by December 6th, Fleming London was born. Launching an independent, UK manufactured accessory brand is a pretty risky move so I always wonder how one summons up the necessary cojones to give it a go. I quizzed Fleming London Founder, Sophie Fleming, who just so happens to hail from the same area of Sussex as your’s truly, on this very subject as she offered the following explanation…

“I designed this backpack out of a personal need that could not be met from the High Street or Designers at the time; firstly when I became an avid cyclist as a university student, and then when I began commuting to London for my job at Jaeger’s Head Office just off Regent Street. Whilst casual rucksacks were available, I yearned for something that was more formal and structured, with a sense of style and sophistication. Hopefully I have achieved this with Fleming London!”

As a newly converted backpack wearer, I can say with confidence that she has. Find out a whole lot more about Fleming London here.

Love Ella. X

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