Ibiza with Claire’s Accessories: Part II

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Picking up where we left off earlier this week, having thrown in a totally unnecessary outfit change into Liberty London short shorts and a crisp cotton top picked up on my River Island shoot back in February it was time for team #ClairesxIbiza to hit the road. Our destination was Hotel Es Vive, a super cute art deco place where the Company Magazine crew were staying, to be primped and preened in preparation for the shoot. As I mentioned in my beauty post the other week, my makeup routine is usually very boring and very basic. As for my hair routine, it’s literally a wash n’ go situation so being coiffed and groomed up by a team of professionals never gets old. I have to say, Athena and Heath did a seriously fantastic job and I grilled them both on how I could recreate the smokey eyed, mussed haired look they gave me at home. Whether I ever successfully manage it is another matter.

Once satisfied that Kenza and I had been suitably glammed up, we all headed outside for a poolside lunch in the sun. Being the consummate professional I am, I decided a glass of rosé was in order. Not necessarily the wisest pre shoot tipple but come on, we were in Ibiza, and I wasn’t the only person who opted for something a little more exciting than diet coke. At this point I began to seriously consider changing my flights and refusing to go home for a few more days. There’s nothing like basking in the sun in a beautiful place to make the idea of returning to commuter tubes, sporadic downpours and the obscene email backlog that follows an “out of office” period feel like a fate worse than death. Thankfully I had a fair few more blissful hours to go before I had to start thinking about that so after the plates were cleared we headed back into the hotel to get our outfits styled.

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claires accessories ibiza

claires accessories ibiza

Given my extreme pastiness, it’s not often I wear head to toe white but such shades feel wholly appropriate under the Ibizan sun so I was happy to be decked out in lace trimmed shorts and a beaded cami of the aforementioned hue. They were basically the exact same colour as my post Winter “glow” but I reckon it worked, or at least I hope so. After a drive through across the island we arrived at one of the most gorgeous beaches I’d seen in a long time. It took every ounce of self control I had not to launch myself into the insanely blue ocean but that would have gone down quite badly given the hair and makeup situation so with a will of  steel I managed to resist the temptation. Pretty soon it transpired that we were not in fact allowed to take any shots there, at least not without forking out an extortionate amount to do so… ah the joys of shooting on location in a foreign country. This actually kind of worked in our favour as while some of the team went off to find another spot, the rest of us hung out and got ice cream which only added to the ever growing dread I felt about having to go home.

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

One round of white chocolate magnum’s later we were on the road once again, heading for the most adorable, secluded beach tucked behind a sheltered cove. At last it was time for Kenza and I to get ready to pose, bedecked in enough jewellery to sink a sizeable boat.

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

Outdoor shooting can be something of a minefield given that the smallest gust of wind can totally eff up a look. When there’s a whole bunch of professionals on hand to each keep tabs on a different and highly specific detail (hair, makeup, accessories, clothes, post etc etc) it can also take absolutely bloody ages but this one ran pretty smoothly. Before I knew it we were wrapped, de-accessorized and celebrating with rosé while waiting for our Ushuaia bound taxis to arrive. The previous evening I’d crashed out in bed straight after dinner so I was determined to hit Pacha like a bat out of high heeled hell that night. I’m ashamed to admit that, in an uncharacteristic bout of sensibleness, I didn’t make it despite having thrown on a party ready dress and levels of smudgy black eyeliner that put Taylor Momsen’s to shame. What can I say, evidently my general exhaustion overcame my desire to dance until dawn. But we still had a delectable last night dinner at Ushuaia and the flake out that followed has only strengthened my resolve to return to Ibiza toute suite.

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Thank you Claire’s Accessories for a fantastic trip. Can’t wait to see the results of our shoot in the August issue of Company Magazine!

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Tiger Tiger

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What: Bastyan tiger print dress, Black & Brown London belt (similar here), Vince Camuto sandals (similar here) & DSquared2 Esther Sunglasses (available here cheaper alternative here) (all c/o)

Where: Meetings in London followed by dinner and drinks at Soho House.

I love print an unhealthy amount. Floral, digital, animal, mineral, vegetable etc… If it’s brightly coloured and multi pattered with the potential to provide distraction, fuel procrastination and send minimalists running for the hills (or at least the nearest Céline store) then I want it in my wardrobe. I also seem to be in the grip of a total dress addiction. I promise I’ll start wearing separates again soon but one pieces are just so wonderfully easy to wear. A great dress requires far less thought and room for error than combining different pieces in different prints, colours and fabrics. They’re super simple to accessorize – slick black pieces are a perfect way to pull the look together – genius for day to night dressing and have the power to make you feel like 2014′s answer to Carry Bradshaw, minus the maddening levels of neurosis. This tiger print number is by Bastyan who are also running a really cute campaign at the moment called #BastyanLittleThings all about, you’ve guessed it, little things. That sounds vague I know but it’s actually a pretty concise concept, namely the little things that matter to you and make you feel good when it comes to style. In case it wasn’t (in some recent cases, literally) blindingly obvious, one rather large little thing that matters to me is print. Whether that’s print of the all over, in your face variety or a subtle motif etched on a lining, print makes me happy when I spot it on others and even happier when I’m wearing it myself.

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bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

bastyan tiger

Bastyan are inviting everyone to get in on the Little Things campaign and share their own sartorial delights with the hashtag #BastyanLittleThings. There are prizes and discounts and whatnot on offer too, you can find out more here.

Love Ella. X

Ps) How freaking cool are these glasses!?

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Ibiza with Claire’s Accessories

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So far this summer’s got off to a pretty cracking start. I finally handed in my thesis (suspect you guys might be as relieved about that as I am, so frequently have I whinged about it) and bid higher education adieu, signed with Storm Artists division, went to Athens with Juicy Couture, collaborated with Thierry Mugler on their Angel campaign and shot something very cool for Matthew Williamson which I’ll be telling you all about soon. In the midst of this, I jetted off to Ibiza with Claire’s Accessories for a Company Magazine shoot. I fell hard for Ibiza when I visited the island last Summer so was very, very excited to be returning. I’ve also been having major holiday cravings for the best part of six months so any chance to swap pavements for white sand and I’m on it. Add a shoot for Company Magazine into the mix and my flight simply couldn’t come quick enough!

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Wearing a Club Monaco jacket (similar here), Hobbs silk shirt, clutch and sandals (available on SALE here, here and here) and J.Crew skirt (similar here)

We touched down at around 9pm local time and headed straight to Ushuaia, the notorious party hotel we’d be calling home for the next two nights. My room was vast, flash and super luxe – much like the rest of the place – but I didn’t exactly have time to lounge around or pillage the mini bar. After a five minute outfit change and frantic attempt to charge the battery blackhole I call my phone it was time to head out for dinner at Blue Marlin. After joining the Claire’s team, videographer extraordinaire, Lukas and Kenza, the lovely French blogeuse who’d also be starring in the Company Magazine shoot. We piled into taxis to the restaurant and as Ibiza regulars, everyone else regaled me with tales of its fabulousness the whole way there. They certainly were not exaggerating, Blue Marlin is wonderful. Renowned as the perfect location for a champagne fuelled lunch under the Ibizan sun – something I’m determined to return to experience – Blue Marlin is also pretty darned brilliant at night. The wine was a’ flowing and the Peruvian inspired cuisine was delectable. I kicked off with a sushi platter followed by masterfully seared tuna accompanied by fresh-from-the-oven warm bread rolls and juicy olives, finishing up with cookies and coffee… Having established that we would not be shooting in swimwear the next day, obvs.

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From left: Josie, Me, Lizzie, Hind, Kenza & Wajeeda

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

Day two dawned beautifully sunny and bright, something made all the more satisfying by reports of torrential rain back in London – #sorrynotsorry etcetera – and after hitting snooze on my alarm about fifteen times I made a pretty unsuccessful attempt to hit the hotel gym. Ten minutes of half arsed jogging later I was back in my room for a quick shower before slipping into a Tory Burch tunic and instagramming a no doubt maddeningly smug “good morning from Ibiza” snap of the view from my balcony, before heading to breakfast. After wandering a weaving route past the infinity pool and beachfront, around white linen clad sunning beds and gleaming ice buckets freshly stocked with Veuve Cliquot champagne, I finally located the outdoor area where guests were lazing at white tables drinking mimosas. I’ve seen a fair few breakfast buffets in my time but have to say, this one was bloody impressive. Whether you’re after a health giving tropical fruit bonanza, Moorish mezze morning feast, freshly baked pastries of every variety or a full English and bowl of Coco Pops, Ushuaia’s got you covered. Extra LOL points for the red bull smoothie they offer alongside fruit versions. I suspect many of the guests are mainlining that stuff like nobody’s business once the Ibiza season really gets going.

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

Wearing a Tory Burch tunic (available on SALE here), Wildfox sunglasses (very similar here) and The Sandal & The Craftsman sandals

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

ibiza claires accessories

Regrettably I had to spend the next hour or so in my room, typing away on my laptop like a madwoman rather than lounging in the sun as I wanted to. Then again, it was technically a work trip and the fact that two days spent primarily eating and drinking in Ibiza, with a photo shoot on a beach thrown in, can be called “work” is rather surreal so I’m not about to start complaining! God knows how many misspelled emails and one swift outfit change later, it was time to get moving and off to hair and makeup.

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Wearing Liberty London shorts (similar here) & River Island top (real deal here)

ibiza claires accessories

More on my Ibiza trip with Claire’s Accessories coming soon! Including a few sneaky behind-the-scenes snaps from the Company Magazine shoot…

Love Ella. X

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LPA x Diesel: The Pre AW14 Collection

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Unless you’ve spent the past year living under a rock or worse, somewhere without WiFi then you’ll be well aware that big changes have been afoot at Diesel. The Italian label launched by Renzo Rosso in 1978 has always been, for want of a better word, cool, deftly transitioning into a fashion force while selling an estimated 100,000,000 pairs of the iconic jeans that made its name (NY Times 2013) along the way. The addition of contemporary catwalk cool via the premium line, Diesel Black Gold in 2008, early adoption of pioneering digital marketing techniques and collaborations with the likes of Mark Ronson and M.I.A continued to further the brands clout as harbinger of all things hot-right-now. Then just last year, in a move that was nothing short of genius, Diesel appointed Nicola Formichetti as Artistic Director as the cementation of its standing as a global empire with cult status was complete. Within month’s Formichetti was lending his unconventional (to put it mildly, hello meat dress) touch to Diesel’s advertising campaigns and marketing activity but it is only now that his first full collection has been revealed. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal so I was absolutely delighted when Diesel approached me to work with them on its exclusive launch in Selfridges.

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The Pre AW14 collection is a master stroke in badass luxury (my words, not those of the official press release) and a really clear fusion of Diesel’s long running brand identity with Nicola’s own fearless creativity. Since Formichetti’s appointment, the brand has undertaken a “Diesel Reboot” and these pieces are a perfect culmination of that. Rather than changing, replacing or redesigning anything on a fundamental level, the past year has seen a series of adjustments, updates and creative initiative’s that have modernised and reinvigorated the label without losing the core values, design techniques or heritage that built Diesel into the powerhouse it is today. The Neoclassical Campaign which accompanies Nicola Formichetti’s debut collection for Diesel conveys a similar message. Looking back at striking group images through history – from Michelangelo to Avedon – Formichetti has brought together a democratic, eclectic group of starts, internet cast kids and musclemen to showcase the collection through imagery that juxtaposes the hypermodern and the classical, shot by photographer and digital innovator Nick Knight. In short, it’s a pretty awesome campaign.

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By now I suspect you’re wondering where I really come into all of this but never fear, I’m about to tell you. As the collection is currently available exclusively in Diesel’s Selfridges Pop Up, the team invited me in to check it out and choose a piece to style myself. Tempted though I was by the bad girl biker pants and red star detail jacket, I knew the second I arrived that the leather mini dress would be coming home with me. I’ve wanted a leather dress forever and this one, with its dungaree style strap details, cross body zip and buttery softness is too good to be true.

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Diesel are clearly fans of posing a challenge (remember last summer’s Jogg Jeans project!?) because gorgeous though the leather number is, it’s not exactly within my comfort zone and my confidence nearly failed me when it came to wearing it. But of course, I wasn’t about to slink back to Selfridges with my tail between my legs and ask to swap it for something more conservative. So I winched myself in and added seriously fierce sandals (I’m a big believer in going hard or going home, sartorially speaking) and do you know what? Suddenly I didn’t feel so fearful. All thoughts of retreating back into blouses pronto vanished and next thing I knew I was strutting my stuff on the streets of West London. It was slightly unfortunate in retrospect that our shoot coincided with school pick up time and many an open mouthed yummy mummy crossed the road away from us, shielding their young ‘uns eyes… But such is the transformative, balls-of-steel giving power of a dress like this that I found I really couldn’t have cared less about a few stares. Whether or not I manage to summon similar bravado when it comes to wearing it out and about remains to be seen… Watch this space.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Roksanda Ilincic Mount Street Boutique Launch

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Roksanda Ilincic’s Mount Street boutique launch was a true testament to both how highly people think of her as a designer, and as a person. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with Roksanda in Doha while I was working for Iman all those years ago and despite the fact I was a lowly assistant, the youngest and least important person there by a hell of a long way, she treated me with the same amount of kindness, interest and respect as everyone else on the trip. As a fairly petrified 19 year old – going to the UAW with four top designers and the Matches team to work with Arab royalty and Harpers Bazaar was intimidating to say the least – that was something I appreciated a lot. Every time I’ve run into her since she’s been equally warm and generous with her time. Judging by the turn out for the launch of Ilincic’s first boutique and the fact that every attendee openly adored her regardless of whether they’d know her for decades or met her once just last week, I’m far from the only person to feel this. And then of course, there are the clothes. Worn by fashion editors, first ladies and everything in between, Roksanda Ilincic knows how to create intelligent, innovative garments that women go wild for and her exquisitely designed, modernist Mount Street flagship is truly a fitting place to showcase (and sell) them.

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roksanda ilincic

roksanda ilincic

By the time I arrived the place was unbelievably packed as everyone from Laura Carmichael, Joely Richardson and Laura Bailey to Lulu Kennedy (with baby Rainbow, sporting Roksanda’s adorable childrenswear, obvs) to Kate Foley, Christopher Kane and Lucinda Chambers had pitched up to toast Roksanda with a few glasses of champagne. In between mingling and squeezing in and out of the super cute garden where hoards of beautifully dressed guests had snuck out for a not-so-surreptitious cigarette I ogled the technicolour delights on display and fantasised about being a Roksanda Ilincic customer. If, one of these days, I hit the big time you can rest assured I’ll be spending a LOT of time in this place!

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Me!

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Roksanda Ilincic & Livia Firth

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Christopher Kane & Nicholas Kirkwood

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Kate Foley

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Laura Carmichael

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Laura Bailey & Portia Freeman

If you’re in London any time, well, ever I urge you to go check out the Roksanda Ilicic store! Even if, like me, owing slice of her contemporary feminine chic is for now just a dream, it’s well worth visiting the stunning boutique.

Love Ella. X

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