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LCM SS15 Party Diaries

LCM SS15

And so we’ve  talked about the shows, the clothes, the tricksier trends and the pieces we’ll be borrowing from the boys come Spring. Now, my friends, the time has come to catch up on the LCM SS15 parties! As I gloated about mentioned earlier this week, this season I skipped out on the opening night parties in favour of an early night so by the time evening rolled around on day 1, I was more than ready to sink a few glasses of champagne and get my groove on. Sure enough, there was no shortage of potential party spots that evening but the one everyone wanted to be at was the DKNY x Esquire Magazine official opening bash held deep in the vaults under Somerset House. The event kicked off with DKNY’s SS15 menswear presentation, a suitably stylish array of urban summer staples that gave me extreme cravings for the Big Apple (less than 2 months until I’m there!).

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No sooner had the final handsome chap exited the stage than it was flooded by beautifully dressed guests clutching the first of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve cocktails they’d knock back that night and it was officially time to let our collective hair down. As you might recall from last season’s late night diaries, when Esquire Magazine throw a party they mean business. Add DKNY into the hosting mix and it’s not surprising that everyone who’s anyone and a million others besides where there, drunk and dancing their asses off.

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Jourdan Dunn

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Jessie J & Wretch 32

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Mollie KIni

The place was packed fit to burst and you could move without bumping into Jordan Dunn, Jessie J, Lindsay Lohan or one of the other many, many famous folk in attendance. Having snuck out for a cheeky vino or three between the presentation and the party, Laura and I were definitely ready to hit the floor. Several hours of non stop, sweaty and possibly shameful shaking it later I severely regretted my decision to go for a run that morning (never again during fashion week) and tottered off in the direction of a taxi to give my aching limbs a breather before doing it all over again the next day.

If you read my LCM SS15 Day 2 diary – if not, I don’t blame you, it was ridiculously long – then you’ll know that the following evening brought something of an outfit calamity. I was suited and booted (read: wearing a short lace dress, badass gladiator sandals and red lipstick) and on my way to the Moschino show with the plan to head straight on to the Diesel Store Launch Cocktails with Nik and Alexis afterwards when disaster struck. With one 6 inch heel in my handbag, I hopped and wobbled my way through the show and then made a highly stressful, ridiculously expensive taxi dash home to grab different footwear before another equally manic journey to the centre of town. Why the rush I hear you ask? Well, because the Diesel ‘do was not the only thing on our evening agenda.

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Left: Renzo Rosso & Sienna Miller. Right: Luke Evans & Me

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Me & Renzo

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Alistair Guy & Emmanuele D’Angelo

After a happy half hour in Diesel’s Conduit Suit boutique involving several glasses of stress-forgetting champagne and the honour of meeting the brand’s unbelievably charming founder, Renzo Rosso, it was time to hit party number two. Ordinarily, if a soirée at a nightclub starts at 9pm you probably wouldn’t think about getting there until a good hour or two later. But this was no ordinary fash bash, this was Moschino and i-D Magazine’s much anticipated “Out of this World” rager. Little else had been talked about all day and we had more than an inkling it was going to be mindblowingly busy. We weren’t wrong. By the time Nik, Alexis and I arrived at Café de Paris – I hadn’t been since sneaking in as a teenager, good times – the queue was already jostling half way around Leicester Square.

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Nik & Alexis en route to the Moschino party

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Channelling our inner tourists on Leicester Square

After skipping said queue we headed inside where the music was blaring, the free bar was being pillaged and the scent of imminent bad behaviour was tangible. Within what felt like about thirty second the venue went from nicely full to sardine levels of packed and to say it was “fun” would be a ridiculous understatement. This wasn’t your usual canapés and polite conversation kinda thing. This was more like the rowdiest club night you’ve ever been to but with, at risk of sounding like a total dick, infinitely better looking, better dressed people. We’re talking Li-Lo (allegedly) slamming tequila shots, Paloma Faith shimmying in sequins, lethally strong slush puppy style ice blended cocktails and ordinarily-respectable industry folk hitting the dancefloor like college students on Spring break in Cabo. Basically, it was pretty awesome.

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Man of the hour, Jeremy Scott…

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Me x 2 wearing a Three Floor dress, Hobbs clutch, Karen Millen boots & MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick

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Left: Bip Ling. Right: Susie Lau

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Left: Daisy Lowe & Nick Grimshaw. Right: Amber Atherton

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Left: Pixir Lott & Paloma Faith. Right: Jack Guinness

I could have stayed and danced all night but I had one more port of call, Diesel’s Private Sinner & After Party at Chiltern Street Firehouse AKA the only place anyone seems to be hosting anything in London right now. I’d be lying if I said that the likelihood of their insanely incredible soft shell crab burgers being served didn’t factor into my decision but after the madness of Moschino, I rather fancied a more intimate affair to finish things off with. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The aforementioned crab burgers were on tap, as was some very fine wine, and I soon discovered that Luke Evans, Pixie Lott, Oliver Cheshire and a few others had bowed out of Café de Paris early for what turned out to be a civilised (well, ish), indulgent and end to a fabulous evening.

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Wining down at Chiltern Street Firehouse…

Thankfully the last day of LCM SS15 was a late starter for me as, if I’m honest, I was starting to flag just a smidge by this point. But the weather was glorious, the shows stellar and by the time 6pm rolled around I found I was actually quite keen to head out on the town. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? Obviously there was no shortage of options, there never are, but first and foremost it was time for something mildly more educational over in Hoxton Square. This season Stateside Menswear magazine, Details had teamed up with Mr Porter to host their inaugural “tech and tastemakers summit”. For anyone with an interest in online… Scrap that, anyone with any professional involvement in the fashion industry today, this was a major must attend. With speakers ranging from Lou Dalton and Christopher Raeburn to Google’s Matt Bush, Lyst CEO Chris Morton and Details’ Style Director, the lovely Eugene Tong, it was utterly fascinating. I wish I could attend all over again if I’m honest having had about seven hours more sleep and armed with a dictophone or at least, an iPhone with more than 3% battery.

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Left: Me. Right: Eugene Tong & Lou Dalton

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Tech & Tastemakers summit in session…

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Chloe Green & Harold Tillman at the Dunhill x GQ Style party

Mind whirring with all my newly acquired tech knowledge, I joined Andrew and Clym to head back to central London for the official LCM SS15 closing party hosted by GQ Magazine and Alfred Dunhill.Held inside the walled garden and exquisite townhouse that is Dunhill’s Mayfair boutique, this turned out to be one of the loveliest events I’ve attended in a while. Basically everyone I’d have hoped to be there was, as well the most stylish slebs doing the London rounds that week. The champagne was flowing, the outdoor area accommodated smoking-while-drinking-while-mingling (holy grail of party facilities) and all in all it was the perfect finale to three fantastic, fun and totally knackering days (and nights) of London Collections Men.

So that’s LCM SS15 over and out! Roll on the women’s shows in September…

Love Ella. X

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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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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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Partying with SUITCASE, The Kooples & Topshop

SUITCASE, The Kooples, Topshop

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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Want that print!

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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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Balloooooooooons!

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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Spring nights with Kate Spade NY & Roger Vivier

Kate Spade New York Tropical Fete

Why go to one fabulous party when you could go to two? Words to live by I feel. You’ve no doubt spied my previous posts on the Kate Spade New York Chelsea Flower show tea (slash cocktail) party, it’s become something of a stalwart signal that Spring is here for me and no doubt many others. That’s where my evening kicked off last Thursday.

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Lilah Parsons, Deborah Lloyd & Martha Ward 

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Me & Martha 

Decked out in a shimmering Kate Spade NY dress so darned pretty I was sorely tempted to pretend it got “lost” and could therefore not be returned to its rightful owners, I sped over to Chelsea where rain had not stopped play and the flower show was in full bloom. The Chelsea Flower show is always a sight to behold and fash brands with stores in the area tend to pull out all the stops. Kate Spade NY’s is always seriously good but this year they truly outdid themselves with a tropical display involving toucans and hot house beauties, winning them a well deserved “Best Floral Display” award. Inside, the place was packed with brightly dressed guests and things were showing no signs of finishing up at the designated hour. I grabbed a quick glass of champagne and a delectable rainforest cupcake and set about catching up with Co-Host Martha Ward. Despite how head over heels I was for my own frock, her print trousers and frilled fuchsia top gave me major wardrobe envy, this woman always has the best clothes. Evidently a stellar bunch had turned out to toast my beloved stateside export and I had a good old mingle with the likes of Antonia O’Brian, Lilah Parsons and Amber Atherton, as well as Kate Spade NY’s Creative Director and President, Deborah Lloyd who’s career, talent and life in general I’m permanently in awe of. All too soon, it was time to say my goodbyes and I scooped up Millie for a quick Itsu pit stop before heading on to party number two.

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me sans coat, carrying Roger Vivier’s Miss Viv bag… I’m OBSESSED!

While I was a little sad to be leaving Kate Spade NY’s tropicana paradise, I wasn’t sad for long as our next port of call was an event I won’t be forgetting any time soon. In celebration of the beginning of Summer (allegedly) and their adorable Miss Viv collection, Roger Vivier had decided to host an almost unbelievably stylish soirée at the chicest and – trying not to sound like an arse here but I know I will anyway – most exclusive club in Mayfair, LouLou’s.

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me & Ines de la Fressange

Inevitably there were about fifty other fash bashes going on in London that night but this, this was the place to be. Jungle fever was clearly not restricted to Sloane Square that evening as it was the theme of the night for Vivier too. LouLou’s had been bedecked in oversized foliage, lifesized giraffes and other decorations that made a lover of all things novelty like myself very happy indeed. The guest list was, of course, insane and a brilliant combination of fabulous people I wanted to ogle, and fabulous people I actually new and genuinely liked. We’re talking Caroline Sieber (former category, I won’t lie), Caroline Issa, Olivia Inge, Bip Ling, Paula Goldstein, Petra Palumbo, Otis Ferry, Kim Hersov, Tiphane de Lussy, Patrick Grant, Pippa Vosper, David Downton, Katie Hillier, Jazzy de Lisser… I could go on.

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Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni & Ines de la Fressange

Roger Vivier Summer Party At Loulou's

Paula Goldstein

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Otis Ferry & Josephine de la Baume

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Caroline Issa (wearing THE BEST COAT EVER)

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Gala Gordon, Clara Paget & Jazzy de Lisser

Roger Vivier Summer party at Loulou's on May 22, 2014 at 5 Hertford Street, London, England

Me & Pippa Vosper

We drank, we danced to Josephine de la Baume, we mingled so hard we almost injured ourselves. I also got to meet and chat with Roger Vivier muse, ambassador and creative force, the ever elegant Inès de la Fressange. Inès is an icon, an inspiration and an incredibly intelligent, not to mention stylish woman and, I’ll be honest, I was slightly daunted but utterly determined to say hello. Of course, she was charm personified and chatting with her was the cherry on the top of a truly wonderful evening.

Love Ella. X

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Ralph Lauren at Abbey Road Studios

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An iconic American brand and the most legendary music studio in London, sounds like a recipe for a cracking party am I right!? When Ralph Lauren took over Abbey Road Studios for the night, a cracking one it most certainly was. Having unwillingly awoken at 3am UK time that morning to fly back from Athens (more on this coming soon!) a more sensible evening option would probably have been tucking myself up in bed with a cuppa than heading to North London for a fash bash. But then, I’m not particularly sensible by nature and for some reason still seem to believe I can bend time to my will, despite all evidence to the contrary. This is perhaps why I thought it would be totally feasible to book in a dress fitting at Ralph Lauren’s Bond St HQ two hours after landing. I was working on the assumption that there would be absolutely no traffic driving in to London (this has been the case NEVER) and everything else would go without a hitch. Unsurprisingly I was wrong and what ensued was a manic scramble through West London, answering emails, downing coffees and lamenting my foolish scheduling as I went, no doubt arriving at my appointment looking mildly deranged. But I wasn’t exactly about to pass up the opportunity for a dress fitting chez Ralph, or to party the night away in a venue after which The Beatles’ named their 1969 album!

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Wearing Ralph Lauren head to toe & an Anne Bowes Jewellery bracelet

Some four (or  was it five?) hours later, I had been rescued from my coffee stained, semi sleep deprived, scruff bag state by the most fabulous flamenco inspired, Ralph Lauren number and was northward bound to Abbey Road Studios. When the team from a more-than-major global fashion brand who have, just days before, hosted an unbelievably A List bash with Prince William are excited about a venue, you know it’s going to be pretty awesome. The second Millie and I entered the party, it was obvious that no one was exaggerating. The place hadn’t been transformed into a high fashion paradise but felt and looked, gratifyingly, much like it has always done; a very cool but unpretentious recording studios where some of the greatest songs ever made were born.

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Left: Maisie Willis. Right: Martha Ward & Violet Henderson

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Left: Clara Paget. Right: Tom Odell

Ralph Lauren Collection Debut Spring 2014 Runway Collection at Abbey Road Studios

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Fan girl moment!

In case you’re wondering what the connection between Ralph Lauren and Abbey Road Studios is, they didn’t just choose the spot for their soirée because it’s kind of incredible and no brand has ever done so before. No, Ralph’s SS14 collection is all about the swinging sixties so it was in fact, a perfect collaboration. The party too wasn’t just an excuse for us all to dress up and drink champagne while grooving (sticking with the sixties theme, not that I don’t often use this word anyway) to to Spanish rock band Zeno and the Stoics. There was also a fashion show. Somewhere between fan girling Maisie Willis (Arya from Game of Thrones!!!) and catching up with Amber le Bon and Nat Weller, a line up of models appeared on the stairs and proceeded to strut their stuff in one of my fave Ralph Lauren collections to date. Seriously, those colour pop shift dresses and monochrome tailored minis… I die.

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Me, Kim & a monochrome clad model

After the show, I bumped into Kim Hersov and we headed backstage to see the A-MAZING collection up close and, obviously, take a few selfies next to the recording equipment (technical term anyone?). All in all, a cracking evening as predicted and so worth forgoing an early night for!

Love Ella. X

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