Look Du Jour: City Slicking

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What: H&M suede shorts, Whistles jacket (c/o), scarf & jumper, Pollini boots (c/o), Alice + Olivia bag (c/o), Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross sunglasses (c/o) & Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace.

Where: Paris

As you all undoubtedly know, and are possibly very bored of hearing about, the past fortnight have seen me mincing off to Paris for two whirlwind 24 hour visits. This was perhaps unwise given that I have roughly a month to finish my thesis (#FML) but come on, who says no to swanning around that city? My first jaunt was with the lovely H&M for their fabulous AW14 show at Le Grand Palais. I’ve already regaled the details of the trip at length (catch up here) but after very carefully planning two, in my opinion, banging outfits it seemed silly not to shoot and share them. First up, my day look. I spotted these green suede shorts when I was in H&M back in February and actually used them for the window display I curated. Naturally, I then returned and bought them. Paired with green croc boots and my oversized aviator jacket I dare say the whole thing had a whiff of Phillip Lim AW13 about it. Or at least that’s what I like to think anyway. I won’t lie to you, only taking very high heels with me wasn’t the wisest decision ever especially when it came to making the return journey by which point I was feeling less than fresh following a late night champagne session at Hotel Costes. But pain is beauty after all and any ankle agony inflicted was totes worth it.

Love Ella. X

Images by Lord Ashbury

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Alexander Lewis: ARTIST INTERVENTION

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I’ve written a fair few posts about the relationship between art and fashion. Now, my friends, it’s time for another. You may also remember a piece I wrote on Alexander Lewis a while ago. Or a more recent interview with the man himself. No doubt you’ve heard his name elsewhere too as, it seems, Alexander is the designer to watch right now. I’m not going to start being smug about “getting there first” because I was introduced to his work by people far more knowledgeable than myself but the second I clapped eyes on Lewis’ Pre Fall 2013 collection last year my jaw hit the floor. All glimmering jacquards and immaculate tailoring, those clothes were both excellent and reflected the intelligence and business acumen of their creator; a designer who cleverly decided to launch his brand with pre collections (for reasons you can read here) and has reaped the rewards. Lewis’ latest project looks set to cement his status as one of the smartest fellows in fashion today and send his already rising profile stratospheric. It’s also one that instantly appealed to me given my love of fashion x art collaborations. The aptly named ARTIST INTERVENTION series will see Alexander Lewis collaborating with female artists on three capsule collections, kicking things off with Marie Angeletti. Firstly, as I’m sure you’ve clocked, the clothes are really, really lovely. But beyond their aesthetic appeal, the collaborative creative process behind these garms is rather fascinating.

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Marie has made a name for herself in the art world through her captivating use of photography. Subjecting her images to a number of processes, ranging from re-photography and scanning to abstraction, Angeletti creates works that are at once familiar yet impossible to decipher. These ambiguous concoctions are certainly compelling to look at, but who’d of thought they’d look fly on a cocktail frock? Alexander Lewis, that’s who. This was certainly not a case of simply plonking one of her previous works on a dress, however. While Marie delved back into her own archives for the collaboration, the images she chose were reimagined and then expertly integrated into garments woven as jacquard in three cases and printed in another. The duo enlisted the expert help of ninth generation English silk weavers, Stephen Walters and Sons who had never attempted or executed anything like this before but, as I’m sure you’ll agree, pulled it off beautifully.

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What I adore most about the collection, and the collaboration itself, is its authenticity. The clothes are utterly exquisite in their own right but, after a little research, you can really see how each party’s own area of expertise and personal passions have combined to create something extraordinary. There is also a seriously fab film to accompany the collection, directed and shot by the multi talented Marie Angeletti.

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I can’t wait to see what the next ARTIST INTERVENTION will bring and would very much like that silk bomber in my wardrobe, please!

Love Ella. X

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LPA x Karen Millen

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First and foremost a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to my event with Karen Millen at their Regent Street store last week. It was so lovely to meet you all over a glass of Prosecco or three. And those jackets! I die, seriously. Here are a few pics from the evening itself. There was a lot of dressing up, selfie taking and hot waiter ogling. All in all, it was a good ‘un.

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I suspect I don’t need to tell you which pieces were my personal faves given that I wore, obsessively stroked and/or instgrammed the hell out of them. Numero uno has to be the green suede jacket I was rocking on the night. The iconic biker is Karen Millen calling card and the fact that this season they’ve made them in every shade under the sun makes me endlessly happy. It also intrigued me to discover that said leathers are all crafted within the brand’s own Shoreditch studio. Impressive stuff, no?

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I have to admit that in recent years, I haven’t really shopped at Karen Millen much. Between the (admittedly very good) workwear and bodycon dresses, it stopped being very “me”. However, I’m happy to tell you that the Brit brand is back on my style radar with a vengeance and I shall be frequenting it in future. While continuing to do office appropriate attire, Karen Millen is also offering a wide variety of chic, far more fashion focused pieces. Besides the iconic bikers and wardrobe staples SS14 brings bold animal prints, delicate broderie anglaise, fiery pleated chiffon and neon embroidered floral organza confections I need in my life, like yesterday.

Thanks again to those that came and hope to see lots of you at the next one!

Love Ella. x

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Look Du Jour: Fairy Dust

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What: Dress by Matthew Williamson (sample), Bag by Wilbur & Gussie (c/o), Shoes by Sophia Webster & Ring by Accessorize.

Where: Matthew Williamson AW14 show & after party

This dress. THIS DRESS! I just can’t get over quite how much I adore it. All thoughts of refashioning myself as a Phillip Lim clad badass go straight out of the window the second I clap eyes on something as divine as this Matthew Williamson number. My infatuation began last Spring at Matthew’s AW13 press day. Delicate lace, mouthwatering turquoise shade, Swarovski embellishment and sequins, it had me lovestruck on so many levels. I’ve been dying to wear said dress ever since but being the beauty that it is, the likes of Sienna Miller have been rocking it on red carpets all over the world so the chance to do so eluded me. I had a near encounter back in December when I wore the midnight blue version to the British Fashion Awards. But gorgeous though that frock was, it’s icy hued, shimmering counterpart had already captured my heart. Finally getting my hands on it after almost a year’s longing was as awesome as expected. And where else to wear it than Matthew Williamson’s show and after party during London Fashion Week? Paired with my beloved silver Sophia Webster heels and Wilbur & Gussie clutch bag, the whole ensemble was perhaps an all time favourite. One of these days I’ll be too old to dress up as some sort of fashion fairy princess. Until then, bring on the sparkles.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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LPA x Mulberry: The Kensal

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As you all undoubtedly know, I’m a handbag-aholic. Big ones, small ones, leather ones, calfhair ones, I crave, covet and hoard handbags. Seriously, my flat currently looks like some sort of crazy accessory tornado hit it. This isn’t helped by the fact I’m currently attempting to do the big new season wardrobe switchover… But anyway, I digress. Ever since I’ve been old and fashion obsessed enough to perpetually desire pretty things I can’t afford, Mulberry has been very dear to me. From the bags I constantly tried to pinch from my mum as a teenager, to the Tillie tote I spent an entire term’s student loan on during my first year of University, it’s been a love affair albeit of the one way variety until recently. Since starting La Petite Anglaise I’ve been lucky enough to have more in depth dealings with Mulbs than merely ogling their creations and it’s been a real privilege to learn more about the company, attend their wonderful shows, wear their fabulous clothes and get to know the team. So when they asked if I might be interested in collaborating with them on the launch of the new Kensal bag obviously my answer was YES!

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The Kensal collection is delectable, sleek, modern and luxe with a hint of “don’t mess with me” about it. It’s also got the whole one-bag-two-ways thing down thanks to a detachable shoulder strap. In styling up the Kensal I decided to go bright, printed and summery in one of my favourite looks from the SS14 collection. It was a potentially high risk move, given that we were shooting outside and Blighty cannot be relied upon not to randomly start snowing but luckily the weather was glorious. As for the location, where else could we choose than the neighbourhood after which the bag was named? Located in West London (AKA my ‘hood) a mere stone’s throw from Portobello, Kensal is one of the coolest up-and-coming spots in the city with the most gorgeous florist’s and chic bars, pubs and cafes a’plenty. I now want to move there and am genuinely thinking about it!

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You can see more snaps from the shoot over on The Mulberry Journal and the Kensal collection is now available to buy online here

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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