Lily and Lionel designer, Alice Stone, must have known something the rest of us didn’t as between receiving the invitation to her seaside themed soiree and the evening itself, the weather has gone from grim to glorious in a matter of days. Given that the event took place inside Liberty’s sumptuous scarf hall (natch) it wouldn’t actually have mattered if it had poured with rain but thanks to the sunshine my fellow guests and I were well and truly in the mood to celebrate.
The cause for celebration in question was the newly launched collaboration between accessory brand du jour, Lily and Lionel and award winning photographer, David Bebber. In honour of the occasion, Liberty had been transformed into a quintessentially British seaside scene complete with Punch and Judy puppet shows, beach huts and even a replica Blackpool pier. Adorable though they may have been, the nostalgic nibbles and retro sweets didn’t quite manage to counteract the effects of the lethally strong but oh-so-delicious gin cocktails and I definitely spotted a bleary eye or two. With Jo and Leah Wood, Meg Matthews and BFC Chairman Harold Tillman all in attendance, the event was a testament to the success of Lily and Lionel, now a firmly established fash pack favourite that certainly wont be disappearing anytime soon.
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What with Victoria Beckham scooping up fashion awards and the Olsen twins continued sartorial domination, it’s hardly surprising that more and more celebs are deciding to try their hand at designing. As you probably already know, the latest famous (well, famous ish) face to get in on the act is none other than Chloe Green. Chloe’s decision to make her first foray into the fashion industry has encountered a fair bit of scepticism. But while it’s all too tempting to write off her shoe collection for Topshop (where else!) as another rich girl’s pet project, the results are actually rather impressive. My personal faves are the mint green Misha wedges (below), definitely one for the wishlist!
On Tuesday evening Chloe invited the London fash pack along to check out the fruits of her labour. My fellow guests included an eclectic mix of tabloid favourites, industry insiders and seasoned FROW-ers with everyone from Tess Daly to Louise Roe and Alexandra Burke in attendance.
Any event that combines alcohol and shopping is alright by me and between the champagne cocktails and six inch statement heels up for grabs, Chloe’s soirée truly nailed that fail safe combination.
Love Ella. X
Images courtesy of Rex Features
Despite the abismal weather there’s been no rest for the wicked, and on Tuesday evening we were off making the party rounds. Luckily fash bash number one was a relaxed affair hosted by the lovely, Maria Grachvogel. I always love Maria’s collections – click here for this season’s show report – and am never one to miss out on an opportunity to visit her gorgeous Chelsea store. This particular event was more than a canny piece of brand promotion and with 10% of all proceeds from sales going to charity, we were well and truly shopping with a cause.
After an hour or so cosily ensconsed in Maria’s exquisitely decorated flagship, it was tempting to stay until we got forcibly removed. But there were people to see and places to be so 2… ok 3, glasses of champagne later we journeyed on to party number two.
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Getting stuck in to the spectacular Ghanian inspired cocktails at A.Sauvage’s soiree may have been a mistake in retrospect as upon arriving at Nelly.com‘s London launch, we were confronted with one of THE most extensive drinks menus I’ve seen in a long time! Not that the success of a party is dependant on the standard (and quantity) of alcohol provided, but an open bar certainly helps it along the way. The Scandinavian e-tailer was clearly determined to celebrate in style and had transformed Oxford Circus nightspot, Aqua, into an emporium of girly delights. Aside from unlimited Cosmpolitans, my fellow guests and I were treated to manicures, dancers, DJs and the first 100 to arrive even went home with a free pair of shoes. In all fairness, I couldn’t really clock it up as a “work” event as there was minimal mincing and a LOT of dancing involved… But then again, that’s sometimes exactly what you need.
Love Ella. X
Images courtesy of Pearly Photography & Nelly.com
Yep, you guessed it, more parties. Given that I’ve got a 4000 word essay on post-war subcultures to polish off (ok, start) I should probably have given the cocktails a miss this week but, unsurprisingly, I didn’t. And seeing as this particular party served up THE most incredible smoking, dry ice confections I’ve ever laid eyes on, it would have been a crime not to try one. Drinks menu aside, Adrien Sauvage’s soiree to celebrate the unveiling of his stunning new Maddox flagship was certainly well worth attending.
Since launching his first collection of slick menswear and contemporary tailoring back in 2010, Sauvage has diversified into womenswear and made-to-measure, gathering increasing numbers of fashionable fans, rave reviews and prestigious stockists every step of the way. The brand’s first standalone store was a testament not only to how far A.Sauvage has come in just two years, but to the multi-talented man behind it. Sauvage is not only a designer, but also a critically acclaimed director and photographer, who’s 2011 film “The Art of D.E” was selected for Sundance. Around his Maddox Street shop-cum-gallery hang a selection of black and white photographs taken of his native Ghana, displaying Adrien’s artistic, as well as sartorial, successes. Between the shots exhibited on the walls, garments hanging on rails and wooden, shanty town esque installations, I’d be pushed to choose which was most impressive. Famous faces and industry insiders including George Lamb, Suki Waterhouse, Reggie Yates and Maia Norman all popped by to congratulate Adrien, and as we left to move on to party number two it looked like this one still had a few more hours of fabulousness in it yet.
Love Ella. X