Still running ridiculously behind on my party posts, sorry! The launch of the Sportmax for Cutler and Gross collection actually took place the week before last BUT it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the collection is divine so it would be a crime not to share any of it with you lovely lot. After spending the best part of an hour trying on the entire contents of my wardrobe (one of those getting dressed situations) I finally settled on my camo print jumper plus leather mini and pattern clashing accessories and set off at high speed to Dover Street Arts Club where the event was being held. Luckily my serial partner in partying, Nik Thakkar is also prone to lateness so we arrived simultaneously and made our way up the wonderful winding staircase to an already packed venue.
Me & Nik sans glasses
Amber Le Bon
Unsurprisingly the glasses were awesome. After all, Cutler and Gross are always great so add the cool little sister label of Italian purveyor of all things chic, MaxMara into the mix and things are going to get fabulous. Naturally we had to try about half the collection on and I was sad to have to remove my favourite frames all too soon. My sulk was abated pretty quickly when I discovered the bar was serving Lychee Martinis AKA my cocktail of choice and had to try pretty hard not to come over all teenage house party and start hoarding them in a corner lest supplies run out later on.
Leigh Lezark & Geordan Nicol
My fellow attendees included everyone from Julia Sarr-Jamois, Bip Ling and Amber Atherton to Aluna Francis and Yasmin Le Bon all looking stunning in Sportmax. Leigh Lezark was on the decks and, after a Lychee Martini or three, I decided to go and say hello to my long term style crush and as is so often the case with people you suspect will be scary, Leigh was utterly lovely.
Me & Bip Ling
Aluna Francis & Eliza Doolittle
Amber Atherton & Julia Jarr-Samois
There was a whole lotta mingling, a lotta cocktail drinking and a couple more trips back to the collection display to try on a couple more pairs. Great party, gorgeous glasses, an evening well spent I think!
Love Ella. X
What: Jacket & Jumper by Club Monaco, Jeans by J Brand, bag by Jaeger London, Rings by Swarovski (all c/0), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery & Boots by Massimo Dutti
Where: Meetings in London
Not exactly the most original phrase known to man but I can’t think of a better way to describe this ensemble than “low key luxe”. As is usually the case with sartorial clichés, it’s come to cover everything from Céline minimalism to skinny jeans and topshop frocks but for me it means wardrobe staples that are simple but beautifully effective. The kind of stuff that sounds “meh” on paper but looks delectable on person. Much as I love me some luxe, generally speaking I struggle with the whole low key thing so was extremely pleased with this outfit and basically wore it non stop for a week. On that subject, it’s time for me to crack out another over used fashion soundbite, investment pieces. Every season there are certain traffic stopping designer items we all covet madly and, for a brief time, are quite literally the epitome of cool. Think Prada’s banana print skirt for SS11 or Christopher Kane’s camo print parkas for AW13. The problem with these gorgeous garms is that while they’re undeniably wonderful and will temporarily make you feel like the chicest person on the planet, they’re so closely associated with their season that when the next batch of must haves comes along they run the risk of looking a little passé. While I’m not exactly buying myself Kane outerwear, I always struggle with the whole wearability V wow factor dilemma. On the one hand fashion’s very point is to bring a little joy into our daily lives so why resist the urge to snap up the eye catching, trend starting items that make your heart sing with joy? On the other, for those of us without mega bucks it seems wiser to splash the cash on the kind of style staples that won’t disappear after the next fashion week. What do you think?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
When Chloe invites you to spend an evening sipping champagne at The Serpentine’s newly opened Sackler Gallery there is really only one possible answer… OUI! A couple of weeks back the brand brought its inimitable Parisian elegance across the pond to celebrate the launch of Chloe Attitudes, a delectable coffee table tome dedicated to the Maison’s 60 year history. I arrived rather later than intended having had to reattempt my lipstick about five times as it seemed utterly determined to end up halfway down my chin. After a brief trip to the wrong entrance of The Serpentine I managed to find my way to the Sackler Gallery; an ice white, curved roofed construction designed by Zaha Hadid with glass panelled walls revealing a beautiful space filled with beautiful people. As party venues go, this was definitely a goodie and its clean, fuss free modernity felt oh-so-Chloe.
The label’s lovely Creative Director, Claire Waight Keller was of course in attendance with co-hosts and book collaborators US Vogue Contributing Editor Sarah Mower and legendary Art Director Marc Ascoli, posing for pictures, talking guests through the book and generally being impressive. As for the guests themselves, where to begin! Had a freak accident caused the gallery’s roof to collapse, London’s fashion and social scenes would have basically collapsed along with it. Musicians Mimi Xu, Eliza Doolittle and Lianne La Havas mingled with models Pixie Geldof, Lara Mullen and Leomie Anderson. There were industry big hitters by way of Chloe CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush and Julia Sarr-Jamois with the fashion designers quotient including Emilia Wickstead and Alexander Lewis plus Damien Hirst thrown in for good measure.
Sarah Mower & Marc Ascoli
Claire Waight-Keller & Eliza Doolittle
Geoffroy de la Bourdonnay, Pixie Geldof & Claire Waight Keller
Me & Sarah Mower
Leomie Anderson, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnay & Lara Mullen
Me & Alexander Lewis
Before chatting to any of the Chloe team I decided I’d better get acquainted with the book and found myself transfixed for the best part of twenty minutes. Text by Sarah Mower, creative direction by Marc Ascoli and image after stunning image shot by the likes of Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Deborah Turbeville and Patrick Demarchelier; Chloe Attitudes is definitely one for the Christmas list! Between the delectable champagne on tap and equally enjoyable company it was one of those events you, or at least I, didn’t really want to end. But of course, all good things must and after a final mince around the room we said our goodbyes and decamped to Shoreditch House to continue the party.
Love Ella. X
What: Skirt by J.Crew, Blouse by Whistles, Shoes by Kurt Geiger (c/o), Clutch by L.K.Bennett (c/o) & Rings by Monica Vinader
Where: Chloé Attitudes Launch Party
I am unashamedly, wholeheartedly in love with this outfit. High waisted skirt and Peter Pan collar incarnated in greens and blacks with a generous helping of sparkle. You no doubt remember this Whistles blouse from previous Look Du Jour posts. I’ve had it for ages and getting to dig it out cheers me up no end as the nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop. The skirt is a rather more recent acquisition, picked up in New York before fashion week. When I decided to give myself a few days free in the Big Apple before the shows began I was full of well intentioned plans and by that I mean barefaced lies involving museum and gallery visits. In reality I spent my time visiting every single J.Crew and Kate Spade store in the city and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! The second I laid eyes on this gorgeous green jacquard number I just knew it had to be mine and have been waiting for a suitably fabulous occasion for it’s first outing ever since. The occasion finally came courtesy of Chloé who hosted a stylish soirée at The Serpentine Gallery, stay tuned for all the juicy details from the night itself.
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn
What: Jacket, Jumper & Jeans by Forever 21, Boots by Massimo Dutti.
Where: London in Autumn.
Remember when Forever 21 challenged me to style up a party look way back in the dank depths of February? Well they hit me up again this season to do my darnedest with their Autumn – or “Fall” as my American friends would say – 2013 collection. I’m going to level with you, choosing two outfits from a shop with quite as much stuff in it as their Oxford Street flagship nearly blew my tiny mind. For all my supposed “styling” nous I struggle when confronted by vast quantities of choice, hence why I’m both lethal and useless in department stores. With a will of steel I managed to restrain myself from grabbing everything sparkly, patterned or very very brightly coloured and am pretty pleased with the resulting autumnal casualness. You all know how I feel about coloured jeans… I LOVE them! In a climate like London’s they’re perfect for putting a seasonal spin on weather appropriate ensembles. In Spring I battle the drizzle in pastel hued pants. When it’s bizarrely, unpleasantly warm and muggy in October like it was last week, rich burgundy skinnies keeps things OTM. You can’t go far wrong with a cosy knit and I particularly enjoy this wrong-yet-oh-so-right mustard hue. The jacket was my idea of taking a walk on the wild side. Woven, ikat-inspired fabrics are not exactly my forté but combined with the biker jacket they’re just the right side of slick.
What do you think?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn