After the previous evening’s exploits I felt none too fresh come Wednesday morning but with four hours of lectures and two really rather fabulous events to attend, lounging on the sofa was not an option. Thanks to the power triple-shot iced lattes I made it through the morning and by the time I arrived at Sloane Square, was feeling considerably better. And it was lucky I did because Kate Spade‘s Creative Director, Deborah Lloyd had jetted over from New York especially to host an exclusive tea party in celebration of the Chelsea Flower show, to which I had been lucky enough to snag an invite. Kate Spade’s Symonds Street store is always lovely but on this occasion, it was utterly picturesque. The sartorial delights on show were complimented by stunning floral displays and a bevvy of gorgeous attendees including Zara Martin and Sunday Girl AKA Jade Williams who’d been enlisted to DJ for the occasion. Other well dressed guests included Little Boots, Nisha and Amber of The Broken Hearts and television presenter, Zoe Hardman.
In between sampling the gourmet delicacies on offer and studiously avoiding the champagne – in my experience, when you start drinking before 6pm things tend to go downhill rapidly – I got stuck in to browsing the rails and compiling a mental wish list which consisted of pretty much the entire collection. By the time I said my goodbyes it was clear to me that Kate Spade New York is going to become a MAJOR obsession.
Love Ella. X
Between the delicious cocktails and great company, I could quite happily have whiled away the entire evening at Lily and Lionel’s Liberty launch but of course, it wasn’t the only event on our agenda. Pretty soon it was time to head back into the sweaty confines of the Northern Line and off to Blues Kitchen in Camden to celebrate the first anniversary of cooler-than-cool Notting Hill boutique, Village Bicycle. We soon realised that the unpleasant and highly unglamorous tube journey had been well worth the effort as Village Bicycle founder, Willa Kestwick certainly knows how to throw a party. I clearly wasn’t alone in this sentiment as everyone from Clara Paget to Alex Vargas made the trek to be there, prompting Willa to comment that Camden High Street had never seen so many stylish people!
The evening kicked off with vodka cocktails, soul food platters and popcorn before DJ sets from Bip Ling, Zara Martin and Leah Weller got us all on the dancefloor. Unlike your regular fash bash, this wasn’t a 6 to 8pm affair and with TRIBES set to headline, we knew we were in for the long haul. Given the level of drink mixing that went on, I probably shouldn’t be surprised that the night culminated in a rather embarassing kareoke performance.
Love Ella. X
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.
Love Ella. X
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.
Love Ella. X