Look Du Jour: Sundress Styling

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What: Sundress and Bracelet by Juicy Couture, Bag by Ostwald Helgason for ALDO Rise, Belt by Black & Brown London, Shoes by Pollini, Sunglasses by Kate Spade NY (all c/o), Ring by Accessorize and Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery

Where: Juicy Couture pool party, Athens.

As I mentioned in my very long Athens post, after a morning trip to Folli Follie HQ and a couple of hours mincing around Glyfada it was time to get spruced for the main event, the Juicy Couture pool party! A floral dress might not be the most imaginative summer soirée attire but now and again, you can’t go wrong with a classic. There’s also something about a sundress that has always made me instantly happy. As a Londoner, accustomed to spending eight plus months of the year cowering from the rain in a state of shivering rage it heralds the kind of good weather that makes us strip off in inappropriate places, drink rosé on Soho street corners and possibly even speak to each other on the tube. Such a frock is also a wonderfully simple way to instantly make yourself feel like the very epitome of feminine gorgeousness; a 21st century Grace Kelly promenading in Cannes as opposed to a skinny jeans clad grump battling the crowds at Piccadilly Circus. Aside from their insta-goddess transformative powers, sundresses are also pretty versatile; footloose and fancy free boho with flat sandals, flowing sandals and perhaps some sort of flower crown, slightly sportif with a denim jacket and plimsolls as I did on my Next shoot or pulled together with glossy accessories. Needless to say, I went for option number three on this occasion. It was perhaps a little smart for a relaxed poolside afternoon but hey, it never hurts to go glossy.

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What’s your view on sundresses? And how do you style them?

Love Ella. X

Images by Reem Kanj

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Partying with SUITCASE, The Kooples & Topshop

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Another Thursday, another round of parties. This one kicked off with the SUITCASE Magazine Pop Up shop launch tucked down Walton Street in Chelsea. SUITCASE is undeniably one of the coolest independent mags around right now, and I’m not just saying that because the Founder/Editor is my dear friend Serena. Travel and fashion have long been a match made in heaven and you only need glance at any major retailer from MATCHESFASHION.com and Net-a-Porter to Topshop and ASOS to know that the holidaywear market has exploded in recent seasons. SUITCASE combines breathtaking editorials, intelligent features and genuinely useful guidance to the coolest places to visit and what to do when you get there, all wrapped up in a sleek and stylish, coffee table worthy package. It’s glossy but still personal, and unlike any other publications around and the fact it’s run predominantly by a group of young women is very inspiring. The pop up shop is a chic, modern space stocking a tight edit from an eclectic mix of under-the-radar and more established purveyors of travel friendly pieces ranging from Anna Skladmann and Yolke to Marianna G Swimwear and Kara by Kara Ross. It’s open until June 8th and well worth a visit, click here for more info.

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Me wearing a Three Floor dress, ALLSaints jacket, Swarovski ring & Coach clutch (top Me & SUITCASE Editor in Chief Serena)

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Charlotte Poppius Gala, Gonzalez Gabrielle Chipperfield, Serena Guen & Nimrod Kamer

After locating a slightly sleep deprived Nik – he’d been up for several days straight shooting the Ada + Nik SS15 campaign film, it’s going the be seriously epic – it was time to make for party number two, conveniently located about 100 metres away on Brompton Road. Our destination? The Kooples flagship store where the brand was celebrating a collaboration with VOLT Magazine on their latest issue. I fell hard for The Kooples during my Paris internship all those years ago but could never afford a damn thing. When they finally arrived in London, opening up stores here, there and everywhere my affections for the label somewhat waned. I’m pleased to say that after last Thursday The Kooples is back on my lust list. Me and Nik were unfashionably early to the bash which afforded me the opportunity to ogle everything and had the tills been open my bank account would now be looking even more unhealthy than it already does.. Who knew Hawaiian prints and biker leathers could be quite such a covetable combination?

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Me & Nik at The Kooples

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Cocktail o’clock…

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Anyway, having established that I couldn’t shop, we set about procuring a few tasty and no doubt unbelievably unhealthy cocktails from a bartender shipped in from Mahiki for the night and lounging around on a sofa until a few more guests arrived. We didn’t have to wait long, within minutes plenty of familiar faces had pitched up and Becky Tong took to the decks. I was almost sad to leave but party number three was a’ calling.

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Shrimpy’s!

Our final port of call on the evening’s party rounds was canal side Mexican restaurant, Shrimpy’s where Topshop was hosting a summer bash to toast the launch of their much anticipated collaboration with Ashish. The journey from South Ken to King’s Cross is a fair distance and by the time we’d harmonised loudly and badly to Wrecking Ball, taken multiple pictures of each other, parked and generally spent quite a long time fannying around it was gone 10pm by the time my and Nik arrived. Luckily, the party was still in full swing with drinks flowing, soft shell crab burgers being rustled up by the platterfull and achingly cool fashion folk as far as the eye could see. After stopping for a catch up with the ever jet setting Emmanuelle of Livincool’ - follow his Insta, seriously, dude is everywhere – I bumped into the lovely Pandora of The Debrief – a must read if ever there was one – and generally set about having a very good time.

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Lulu & Rainbow Kennedy

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Lily Allen, Ashish & Mary Charteris

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Highlights included campaign star and all round hottie, Mary Charteris doing some incredibly athletic posing for the photographers in a badass fishnet dress, counting how many light up buffalo trainers I could spy until it made me dizzy (wasn’t the cocktails, promise) and eavesdropping on Lily Allen and Ashish’s BFF (who knew?) catch ups. The collection is cracking too, you can shop it here.

Love Ella. X

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Valentino Cash & Rocket Tour

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Say what you like about luxury fashion, but you cannot say that it doesn’t do its’ bit for charity. From LVMH’s endless list of philanthropic initiatives to Fendi’s recent Peekaboo Project to support Kids Co, these brands may sell eye wateringly expensive products and boast megabuck turnovers but at the same time many of them contribute millions to helping people around the world. Valentino has long been one such label. Mr Garavani himself supported countless charities including the Children’s Institute Against Child Abuse, Aids Crisis Trust and Naked Heart Foundation. His successors, current Creative Directors of Valentino Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli, continue to use the brand’s reputation and considerable resources to help disadvantaged people around the world today. Their latest endeavour is the Cash & Rocket Tour, happening this very week.

The Cash & Rocket Tour sees 70 high profile women from the worlds of fashion, music, cinema and business embark on a 1600 KM drive from Venice to London with stops along the way in Geneva and Paris. The donations collected will help support three important humanitarian organisations – Shine On Sierra Leone, OrphanAid Africa and Sumbandila – to support African children and their families with health assistance and educational programs in Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa. Obviously I don’t need to convince you that this is a seriously worthy cause but I’ll tell you anyway that this year’s fundraising efforts will be put towards helping to provide higher education for young adults who are in the process of moving out of institutional care and into a state of independence, sponsoring children from poor rural homes through full education, providing healthy, nutritious school meals for young children and offering vital transport so young children can benefit from a Saturday school program. This is to name but a handful.

Valentino is one of the eight global brands supporting this year’s event and Maria Grazia Chiuri will be driving the tour herself alongside the likes of Jodie Kidd, Jo Wood, Daisy Lowe and Christina Hendricks. Besides fundraising, this year the brand will also be donating 20% of proceeds from the sale of several pieces from the Rouge Absolute Signature capsule collection and six other special products especially created by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. These are, of course, all incredibly beautiful items that epitomise the Valentino aesthetic through the artisanal techniques that belie them, their sleek design, sumptuous fabrics and of course, iconic red hue. So if you’re pondering a luxe purchase this week, why not help change a few lives while you’re at it? Valentino’s Cash & Rocket Tour pieces are available at Valentino.com and Net-a-Porter. Alternatively you can donate any amount to help these charities at JustGiving.com here.

The Cash & Rocket Tour will run from June 5th to June 8th, good luck ladies!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Sweet Broderie

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What: Broderie anglaise top, Shorts & Bracelet by Juicy Couture, Bag & Jacket by Paul and Joe Sister, Sunglasses by Kate Spade NY, Sandals by Hobbs (all c/o) and Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery.

Where: Athens with Juicy Couture

I was just going to include my Athens outfits in with the rest of the piece I posted last week but, as per usual, I found myself writing thousands of words and using so many pictures that would have just got totally excessive and possibly rather boring for you lovely lot. And at the risk of tooting my own horn, I also reckon the ensembles I rocked during my brief jaunt in the Greek capital deserve posts of their own. Juicy Couture is a brand that’s long been close to my heart. I’m sure I’ve told you the story of the baby pink tracksuit I BEGGED my dad to bring me back from America and subsequently wore to death when I was about twelve. Well, either way, I’ve told you again so… Sorry about that. I may have lost the over straightened locks, fake tan and appalling highlights I paired with my tracksuit (yes, really) but my soft spot for Juicy Couture lives on. Nowadays though, I’m less about the sweats, and all about this ensemble. Nothing screams “summer” like broderie anglaise and I can tell I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this peplum style over the next few months. The shorts are rather shorter than I’d usually wear but I couldn’t resist the paisley print. While I wouldn’t get flash so much flesh in the city, I feel normal rules don’t apply when you’re beach adjacent. With my new Hobbs silver sandals (so comfy, I’m obsessed!) and colour popping Paul & Joe Sister handbag thrown into the mix I reckon this kind of combo is ideal for mooching around towns while on holiday, stopping for Al Fresco lunches and possibly obviously afternoon cocktails along the way.

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Love Ella. X

Images by Reem Kanj

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Tory Burch Give Away!

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Yes, you read that right. This week I’m giving away a little something from none other than Tory Burch! And that “little something” just so happens to be an exquisite Tomino Tunic.

I probably don’t need to tell you that I’m completely obsessed with Tory Burch, both the brand and the woman herself. Tory is truly one of the smartest and most inspiring business women out there. In just a decade, she’s built a global mega brand, scooped up prestigious awards ranging from the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year to Forbes’s Most Powerful Women in the World and dressed fashion icons and First Lady’s alike. Tory has also somehow managed to combine this with extensive philanthropy – in 2009 she launched the Tory Burch Foundation to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S – serving on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to name but a few and raising her three sons. Tory Burch is one seriously impressive lady and as for her designs… They’re so totally up my street I can barely cope. Visiting her Bond Street store the other week nearly caused me to go into total fashion meltdown over how much I wanted every single thing there. One of those things was the incredible Tomino Tunic and so I was delighted when the brand not only let me take one home, but said I could give one to you guys too!

To enter the competition ALL you need to do is these three simple steps…

1) Follow La Petite Anglaise on Facebook here and instagram here

2) Follow Tory Burch on Instagram here and twitter here

3) Answer this incredibly easy question: Where would you most like to wear this gorgeous Tory Burch kaftan? 

Email your answers to me at ella@ella-lapetiteanglaise.com or just leave them in the comments below, whatever floats your boat.

Good luck!

Love Ella. X

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