Parties

Sportmax X Cutler and Gross Launch Party

Sportmax x cutler and gross

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.

Ella Catliff, Nik Thakker

Me & Nik sans glasses

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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.

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Lycheelicious!

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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.

Sportmax and Cutler And Gross eyewear launch party, hosted by Leigh Lezark at The Arts Club

Me & Bip Ling

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Aluna Francis & Eliza Doolittle

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Amber Atherton & Julia Jarr-Samois

Sportmax and Cutler And Gross eyewear launch party, hosted by Leigh Lezark at The Arts Club

Jade Parfitt

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

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Chloe Attitudes at The Serpentine

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.

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

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.

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

Sarah Mower & Marc Ascoli

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

Claire Waight-Keller & Eliza Doolittle

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

Geoffroy de la Bourdonnay, Pixie Geldof & Claire Waight Keller

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Me & Sarah Mower

Cocktail To Celebrate The Launch of the Book "Chloe Attitudes" Hosted By Sarah Mower And Marc Ascoli

Leomie Anderson, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnay & Lara Mullen

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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

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Scottish Fashion Awards 2013

If you’ve been reading La Petite Anglaise for a while firstly a HUGE thank you, but secondly and more to the point of this post, you’ll probably remember my trip to Glasgow last spring for the Scottish Fashion Awards. That was my first ever awards ceremony experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and have repeated in various locations for various reasons-along-the-same-lines since so I was extremely excited to be hitting it up again this year. Sadly no travel or fancy hotel stay was involved this time around but it was conveniently held here in London and, as expected, a lot of fun. There are certain things the Scots really nail and throwing parties is most definitely one of them! But before we get onto all of that I’ll tell you a bit more about the main event.

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Left: me, Right: Laura Whitmore

Having had the kind of day at uni that felt like it might never end (how on earth did I ever manage full school days, every day!) I made a high speed dash home to change into my Holly Fulton ensemble and leap in a cab across town. I know I say this a lot but there are few better feelings than wearing a truly fantastic frock and by the time I arrived at “the home of Scotland in London”, Dover House.

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David Gandy & Me

Hilary Alexander

Hilary Alexander

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With Christopher Kane

Unlike most awards ceremonies which take place within a vast dining hall to a crowd of hundreds or even thousands, this one took place in an intimate room overlooking Green Park which provided the perfect opportunity to really mingle. And when your fellow attendees include David Gandy, Christopher Kane, Holly Fulton, Mary Charteris and Stella Tennant, what could be better than a close quarters mingling situation? One hour, several glasses of champagne and a surprisingly delicious haggis canapé (just had to try it) later Laura Whitmore picked up the microphone to announce this year’s winners. I won’t list them all because it would take forever and you can read them online here but I will tell you that Chanel scooped up Best Use of Scottish Fabric and Pam Hogg got the Creative Excellence gong while Emeli Sandé was named Scottish Style Icon of the year. Christopher Kane was named top Scottish designer for the second year running and collected his prize to the tune of rapturous applause.

Pam Hogg

Pam Hogg

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Christopher Kane

Mary Charteris

Mary Charteris

After a spot more mingling and a lot of congratulating it was time to move on to the second instalment of the evening, the VIP gala dinner at 8 Northumberland. Since learning that the awards and meal would be at different venues I’d wasted more time than I care to admit wondering how on earth they were going to transport us over there. All that was cloudy became clear when we filed out en masse to find two matching coaches were poised to whisk us off. There’s something about a coach that instantly takes me back to the days of school trips when the journey to whatever museum or inevitably wet and windy geography trip location was so much more fun than whatever we did when we arrived there. While I wouldn’t say the drive was more fun than the long, booze fuelled, delicious and generally jolly meal that ensued, my inner fourteen year old definitely made a comeback as I spent the journey giggled and reminiscing on this summer’s Ibiza trip with Grazia’s Jess Vince the whole way there.

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On the fashion bus with Grazia Digital Editor, Jess Vince and Look Magazine Digital Editor, Hannah Gale

Much as I’d enjoyed my first taste of haggis (kind of like cottage pie really) I was pretty relieved to hear we wouldn’t be having that for dinner and downright elated to learn that we would be having scallops followed by steak! Upon arrival at the venue we were greeted by a kilted Scotsman serenading us in on the bagpipes. Or at least, he tried to serenade us in but everyone stopped to Instagram him in all his tartan glory causing the mother of all pile ups on Northumberland Avenue. Once we’d finally all managed to locate our filter of choice and made our way inside it was time for more champagne and mingling. Yep, these things are a lot of fun but something of a marathon, if you ever find yourself at one I definitely wouldn’t advise scheduling a breakfast meeting the day afterwards! The dining room itself was kitted out in long black tables, chandeliers and candles, shamelessly OTT in the kind of way I can never resist. I found myself seated next to lovely Laura Whitmore which made for a lol-some three courses followed by a whisky tasting that seemed like a GREAT idea at the time and a truly terrible one the next morning. After that it was on to the after party, appropriately held at Whisky Mist and despite all earlier claims to be going “straight home to bed” post pudding I found myself still on the dancefloor in the wee hours.

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Wining and dining time…

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Steak o’clock!

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With my seatmate and the evening’s host, Laura Whitmore

Thank you Scottish Fashion Awards and Tessa Hartmann for a thoroughly enjoyable evening! Congrats again to the winners and I look forward to next years festivities.

Love Ella. X

Some images courtesy of Joel Ryan Invision for Scottish Fashion Awards, others courtesy of my iPhone… I suspect you can tell which are which

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Parisian Parties

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So my friends, we’ve finally reached the final of my SS14 fashion week tales. Between late night funfair rides on Governors Island and dinner with Daphne Guinness at Somerset House, it’s certainly been memorable and that’s not including the many, many wonderful shows in between! God knows how many people have asked me which was my favourite, New York, London or Paris, but as the cliche goes they were all wonderful in different ways. The final leg of my fashion week tour was not quite as wild as what went before. No doubt it could have got cray but I think I was just about partied out by that point! Of course I did manage to hit up a few and, as one would expect, they were fabulous.

I arrived in Paris to a balmy and beautiful night which naturally sent all plans of spending it unpacking flying straight out of the window. Instead I swapped my Breton striped tee – every time I go to Paris I feel compelled to wear one, the sartorial equivalent of writing “I am not French or cool” on my forehead – for a lace number, grabbed my new fave leopard accessories and headed out to the W Hotel. I’m still not 100% sure what this particular party was in aid of (does one need a reason to drink Sancerre somewhere swanky?) but from what I can deduce looking at the pictures, it was for a brand called Caravan Shop that looks kinda funky. Anyway, I joined forces with a few fellow Brit pals who were also in town and we all had a jolly good time ogling the endlessly gorgeous, achingly hip attendees before decamping to the KTZ After Party for a dance. This is perhaps the worst party write up of all time, sorry guys.

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This gave me the vital clue that the brand in question might be “Caravan Shop”… Just call me Sherlock Holmes

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Busy, busy, lots of pretty people…

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C’est Moi!

After a fantastic first day of shows I hobbled back to my lovely Paris based amie Laura’s adorable apartment in Montmarte (she let me and my clothes quite literally take over the place, now that’s friendship) to remove my extremely painful shoes, throw on a pair of over the knee boots and head back out on the town. All good intentions about taking the Metro disappeared the second the first drops of rain started to fall and we leapt into a cab to the Each x Other soirée in Le Marais. I’ve waxed lyrical about Each x Other in several posts over the past year and their latest collection proved beyond any shadow of doubt that the Parisian label really is awesome. To briefly recap, Each x Other are a collaborative art and fashion brand who enlist the likes of Robert Montgomery and Danielle Innamorato to produce biker pieces that could hang in a gallery as easily as they could a downtown bar. Held in the Designers Apartment on Rue de Richelieu with the artists all in attendance, this was the kind of event that could have been terrifyingly hip but thankfully wasn’t. Happy to be out of the downpour with a glass of champagne in hand we perused the SS14 offerings, stopping every two seconds to fondle one of the low key luxe, multi hued biker jackets or stroking one of the artist’s adorable pug pup.

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Inside the Each x Other soirée, check out that installation!

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Me & Laura

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Something about a pug, you’ve just gotta squeeze it’s little face…

Between the clothes, guests and super cute canine company I could have quite easily stuck around all night but as per usual we had places to be and people to see, plus by this point Laura and I were both absolutely starving. So it was back out into the night and on to party number two, stopping for a delectable dinner at Le Dépanneur en route.

Appetites sated after some of the tastiest American-Mexican fusion imaginable we headed to L’Aquarium de Paris for the Kenzo After Show Party. I don’t quite know how to convey my extreme over excitement at attending a party in an AQUARIUM!! All the poor buggers with me had to endure endless selfies with sharks and general giddiness which lasted all night and well into the next day. Actually scrap that, the memories continue to make me very happy several weeks on and strongly feel that more parties should be held in venues were many of the guests are exotic animals but anyway, I digress. Having heard that Kenzo party queues have a tendency to rival those at the Easy Jet check during the Summer Holidays, we arrived unfashionably early. Despite this, within five minutes of the doors opening the entire place was packed fit to burst with various obscenely cool fashion folk sipping Belvedere cocktails, Instagramming shots of the aquatic attendees and generally having a good time. Somewhere between totally fangirl-ing Leandra Medine (why must I be SUCH an embarrassment!?) and bumping into fellow Londoner Bip Ling I found myself in the VIP area admiring Harley Viera Newton’s insanely covetable sea shell clutch and talking Diesel Jogg Jeans with Atlanta de Cadenet, bit bizarre but I went with it. We drank, we danced, we drank and danced some more. A lot of fun was had by all and it was with great difficult I forced myself to leave in the wee hours while the party partied on.

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Selfies with sharks, another trend kickstarted by Kenzo

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Bryan Boy & Natalie Joos at the Kenzo After Show Party

KENZO SS14 Afterparty in Association with Nexus7

Bip Lin & Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor at the Kenzo Party

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With Harley Viera Newton and the clutch to end all clutches… #jeltothenextlev

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Me, Bip and a girl who’s name I don’t know but who’s bold bra bearing you’ve got to admire

It was lucky I did manage to exercise never before seen self control and leave the Kenzo bash at a vaguely reasonable hour because day two’s shows and presentations were unanimously fantastic. The evening was just as fab but a teensy tiny bit stressful as I found myself woefully late, with two parties to get to in under an hour and then walked the entire way around Place de Concorde twice before figuring out where the venue for the Giambattista Valli Book Launch actually was. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, sans Google Maps I’m basically incapable of finding my way anywhere. Once I finally did manage to locate the Galerie National Du Jeu De Paume (try pronouncing THAT after a glass or three of Chablis!) it was worth the high heeled flog. The gallery had been bedecked in blown up images depicting the mood board to catwalk journey taken by Valli’s every creation and my fellow guests including Alber Elbaz, Miroslava Duma, Suzy Menkes and Bianca Brandolini D’Azza. Given the designer’s sheer skill it’s a true testament to those who worked with him on the book and accompanying exhibit that both managed to convey even a tenth of his creations breathtaking exquisiteness.

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The book!

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, SUZY MENKES

Giambattista Valli & Suzy Menkes

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Miroslava Duma in her 1st outfit of the evening, possibly 9th or 10th of the day, girl’s got stamina!

BIANCA BRANDOLINI, CLOTILDE COURAU, EUGENIE NIARCHOS

Bianca Brandolini, Clothilde Courau & Eugenie Niarchos

After half an hour’s gaping open mouthed at everything, not to mention everyone, on display it was on to event number two to be wowed all over again. My second evening engagement was another cultural do’, namely the Roger Vivier Private View at Palais de Tokyo. Whenever I start to believe I’m a “bag girl” rather than a shoe-a-holic, once glance at this brands fancy footwork makes me think again. Be it the iconic comma heels of Monsieur Vivier himself, or Bruno Frisoni’s graphic Prismick designs, anything concocted by this chicer than chic maison leaves me weak at the knees and wishing for a heftier bank balance .

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You’s truly at the Roger Vivier Private View… In retrospect going tights free was a fashion faux pas, oh well.

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Inside the Roger Vivier exhibition at Palais de Tokyo

Bruno Frisoni et Ines de la Fressange

Bruno Frissoni & Inès de la Fressange

The exhibition, a celebration of five decades’ footwear excellence, is sublime. And the party to toast it’s launch? Well, let’s just say that if – heaven forbid – a bomb had gone off in Palais de Tokyo that night the fashion industry would be a very strange and distinctly non-fabulous place right about now. Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Caroline Issa, Giovanna Battaglia, Anna Dello Russo, Joe Zee, Robbie Myers, Mira Duma (who did indeed change outfits in between the two, serious commitment!) Elena Perminova and Mario Testino were all there as were, of course, Inès de la Fressange and Bruno Frisoni. We drank champagne while marvelling at shoes so stunning it almost hurt to look at them and people watching, what better way to pass an hour?

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Inès de la Fressange and Mira Duma in outfit number 2 (see above) which do you prefer?

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Anna Dello Russo & Mario Testino at the Roger Vivier private view

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Bruno Frisoni & Anna Wintour

After the Roger Vivier Private View and drinks with Laura at a gorgeous wine bar I’m genuinely devastated I can’t remember the name of, we hit up the New York New York party. I’d managed to miss this touring bash in New York and London so was pretty pleased to make the Paris one. My excitement was short lived when exhaustion and vodka cocktails met and did not mix well. Luckily I had the sense to excuse myself toute suite and retire to my bed where embarrassment could not ensure but I was rather sad not to join in on all the communal morning-after-the-night-before reminiscing the next day. Any sadness was dissipated however by the evening when I wast a combination of smug, nervous and once again, over excited to be off to the Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Launch at Le Bon Marché and feeling sprightly rather than ready for bed. Given the three independently incredible sartorial entities (mouthful much?) involved in this event, there was no way it was going to be anything less than heaven. The guest list was strictly A + list – think Dakota and Elle Fanning, Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Bennett, Eva Herzigova, Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins and of course, Sofia  - and the drinks, food not to mention insanely covetable handbag itself were all beyond perfection. I’m not usually one for canapés (if you like them, there’s not enough, if you don’t then you can’t exactly gob them into your clutch) but on this occasion they were, for want of a better word, banging.

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Sophia Coppola outside the Bon Marche window she designed… C’est parfait!

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Miranda Kerr at the Sophia Coppola for Louis Vuitton launch at Bon Marche

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Elle Fanning

Sofia Coppola & Louis Vuitton Celebrate New SC Bag Launch - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear  S/S 2014

Dakota Fanning

Tempted though I was to hit the Paul & Joe after party at Le Baron afterwards my newfound willpower kicked in again and I headed home for a cup of tea and bed, somehow managing to organise a nine person dinner at my house via twitter (I cannot cook, this should be interesting…) somewhere along the way. Don’t worry, I’m not a reformed and sensible character all of a sudden, there’s just no way in hell I was risking missing the Louis Vuitton show the next day.

4 weeks, 2 continents, 2 cities, approximately 30 outfits and god knows how many shows, presentations and parties later my SS14 fashion month formally finished up when I arrived at St Pancras around midnight the next day. Going straight into my final year of uni the morning after that was one hell of a return to reality but at least I’ll have these fond memories to keep me going until February… And let’s be honest, there will probably be plenty more fashion fun between now and then anyway.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my fashion week posts, bring on next season I say!

Love Ella. x

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London Lates

So, here we have round two of my fashion month party diaries! And before you ask, yes, I will be continuing to give them naff names with matching consonants because I just can’t resist. By the final days of NYFW I’ll admit that I’d started to crave early nights, bed socks and camomile tea but there’s no rest for the wicked, especiallu least not during fashion week. Once home, washed, unpacked and vaguely rested I checked out my London party schedule and suddenly the idea of curling up on the sofa for a Gossip Girl marathon didn’t seem quite so appealing. Much like the shows themselves, just as I start to think that they do after dark antics that little bit better stateside, London proves oh-so-wrong in the very best possible way. This season’s line up certainly included some fabulous ones, kicking off with the M.A.C x Miles Aldridge dinner at Somerset House.

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From left: MAC’s Sarah Burke, Suitcase Magazine Editor-in-Chief Serena Guen, Miles Aldridge & me
Image c/o Dave Bennett

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Now THAT’S what I call a dinner table…

Having visited the exhibition mere weeks before and waxed lyrical about how A-MAZING it was, how insanely talented Miles is etc etc it was a little bizarre to be back there for an intimate dinner party hosted by James Gager, Senior Vice President of M.A.C not to mention the photographer himself. I don’t know whether you’ve been to the exhibition (if you haven’t go right now!) but if you’ve visited Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries then you can probably imagine how stunning a scene they set for such a soirée. Add to that Aldridge’s arrestingly offish images on the walls and a guest list including Daphne Guinness (wearing THE most incredible McQueen gown), Marissa Montgomery, Tallulah Harlech, Portia Freeman, Daisy Bates, Jade Parfitt, Marina Diamandis, Eliza Doolittle, Caroline Rush and the ever brilliant at a party Chloe Nørgaard then you’ve got yourself a very memorable evening indeed! Having accidentally arrived earlier than Serena I spent a few minutes looking very intently at my phone, wishing it actually had any signal until thankfully people I knew well enough to latch onto turned up. After several hours mingling, checking out the exhibition and generally having a very good time it was finally time to eat. I found myself sitting with Daisy Bates (actress, writer, ridiculously gorgeous and witty to boot), Portia Freeman, Bip Ling and Maddison Brudenell who proved to be perfect tablemates. The food was, unsurprisingly, sublime and once I’d gotten over my “ohmigod I’m at dinner with Daphne Guinness” moment (second glass of champagne cured that) the whole thing was a lot of fun.

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Pour Moi?

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Dinner is served…

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With Bip Ling & Daphne Guinness 

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With Daisy Bates

Daphne turned out to be lovely, friendly and not at all scary (glass number three was enough Dutch courage to give me the cojones to say hello) as did everyone else and we all stayed on for many an apéritif afterwards. Suddenly I had a call from a courier announcing my outfit for party number two had arrived. And yes, this really happened, I was as gobsmacked as you no doubt are. That night’s schedule also held the Dazed Magazine x I.T London Street Takeover Party at Selfridges. The lovely folk there had invited and offered to “dress” me for the occasion. Naturally my answer was an equally great, big YES but it posed a slight issue as I wouldn’t have time to nip home and change between shows and dinner. They sent me the (seriously cool) outfit, I did a high speed change in the loo and then me, Serena, Bip and Maddison leapt in a cap and tore off to party number two. By the time we arrived at Selfridges the party was in full swing with psychedelic clusters of mylar balloons everywhere courtesy set designer Gary Card and Pixie Lott, Molly King, Susie Lau and (weirdly) Noel Fielding on the dancefloor. We were treated to performances from The Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Zebra Katz… What an evening!

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Your’s truly wearing I.T London 

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The Kills’ Alison Mosshart

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Susie Lau

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Striking a pose with Maddison Brudenell & Serena Guen

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Zebra Katz on stage

My day 2 show schedule was basically back-to-back up to 9pm by which point, as I’m sure you can imagine, I was a little on the fatigued side having “popped” into the Braganza after party on my way home from Selfridges and ended up staying rather later than was strictly sensible the night before. But there were people to see and places to be, plus the lovely Drapers team offered to give me a lift from Richard Nicoll to the Brown Focus Relaunch bash so how could I really say no?

Unfortunately disaster struck when my entire right stiletto heel snapped off halfway down Bond Street. I very nearly called it a night there and then but it seemed silly to go home when I could literally see fashion week fun being had mere metres away. So I put on a brave face and decided to attempt a night out on tiptoe (singular)… I mean, who even looks at your feet anyway? By the time we arrived the place was packed fit to burst, the music pumping courtesy of DJ Seb Chew and Eliza Doolittle, Pixie Lott and Brian Lichtenberg (the man responsible for those cult hit “Homies” and “Féline” tees) busting moves on the dancefloor. According to Tatler Bystander, I also got my groove on. This is not strictly true. For once in my life I was not to be found busting embarrassing moves on the dancefloor, more bobbing ungracefully around the edges. There is only so long a girl can last with one shoe and after a cosmo or two I gave up and hobbled off in the direction of the nearest taxi. While I was pretty peeved, the next day I was slightly thankful (and very, very smug) for my early bedtime as I heard from several reliable and cripplingly hungover sources that the night got pretty crazy.

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Cocktail o’clock at Browns

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Not both for me, I promise…

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Rebekah Roy, Kate Nash & Courtney Blackman at Browns

Browns Focus Re-Launch Party

Eliza Doolittle & Pixie Lott at Browns

If you spotted my day 4 post then you’ll already know that the Sunday of LFW was a good’un and despite the fact it was pouring with rain as I left Mary Katranztou I was definitely in the mood for a night on the town. After a high speed trip home to change out of my damp-dog scented clothes (couldn’t be bothered to dig out an umbrella, bad call) and into the pink PVC pencil skirt I’ve been dying to wear for what seems like a lifetime, it was back onto the underground (glam or what?) and on to party number one. As you probably already know, Belstaff have recently opened a whopping, super swish flagship store (click here to see my post on it) and unveiled none other than David Beckham as the face of their AW13 campaign. Unsurprisingly, the party they threw in celebration of this double whammy of awesome was pretty major. Half of Bond Street had been cordoned off allowing David to pull up, Belstaff clad, on a motorbike in full view of us partygoers, God knows how many papa and numerous gobsmacked passers by. Once inside, things only got more fabulous. The place was literally crammed fit to burst with A-listers and industry insiders including none other than Anna Wintour who was positively beaming as she posed arm in arm with Becks… Well, you would be, right?

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Need I say more?

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David Beckham & Anna Wintour

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Moi

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Harley Viera Newton

Doing a role call of “notable attendees” would go on forever and get boring but suffice to say, basically a lot of very famous and fabulous people were there. Once I’d finally managed to locate Serena, we, along with Alistair Guy and a few decamped to the London Edition hotel (if you haven’t heard of it/been change that asap, it’s the place to see and be seen right now). The place played host to many a fash bash this season and Sunday’s line up included the launch of Voyage D’Etudes – an extremely stylish site about travel, culture and all things work knowing launched by Purple Magazine’s Creative Director, Paula Goldstein – and the Dominic Jones after party. Frankly though, even if you hadn’t snagged an invite to either, it would have been worth hitting up the Edition because the whole place had been pretty much taken over by the international fashion crowd. I bumped into Scott Schuman (AKA the Sartorialist) at the bar, ANTIPODIUM’s Geoffrey J Finch in the lobby and Adrian “A” Sauvage on the dancefloor downstairs. We minced, we mingled and then Nik Thakkar and Ada Zanditon turned up (independently amazing duo behind hotter-than-hot new menswear label Ada x Nik) and we all set off on a madcap journey to East London that somehow ended up back on my (West London) sofa. I think it’s safe to say that a very good time was had by all involved. Except perhaps, my poor sofa, which sustained Reese’s Pieces related injuries I still haven’t been able to remove.

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With Scott Schuman AKA The Sartorialist the The EDITION Hotel
Image c/o CAM PHOTOGRAPHIC

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Hanging with Ada & Nik at The EDITION

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Me & Geoffrey J Finch at the Voyage D’Etudes launch

By day 5 my post New York longing for tea, bed and not-leaving-the-house-again-ever had somewhat returned. But, my fashion loving friends, a night in my PJs was not on the cards and buoyed up by fantastic show line up I found myself pumped for the Diesel Reboot party at The Serpentine… What can I say, Christopher Kane followed by Burberry will do that to a girl! I had been forewarned that the party would be taking place outside, to which I though PAH! I did bare legs today I can handle anything! Never fall into this trap. If it’s 10 degrees, drizzly and you’re going to be in the open air, wear something sensible, maybe even trousers and a cashmere vest, for God’s sake! Luckily the goings on that night at The Serpentine were spectacular enough to make up for a little frostbite and once I’d guzzled a few cocktails and practically inhaled a (gourmet organic fresh sourdough blah blah blah but yummy) pizza, all earlier chilliness was thankfully forgotten. It was an epic night on many a level. A large proportion of my favourite fashion folk were also braving the elements including the ever wonderful Diesel team, Chloe Nørgaard and her photographer boyf, Kristian Shmidt, Jaques Fath, Courtney Blackman, Notion Online Editor Seb Law, Miles Aldridge, Naomi and many more. Somewhere between bumping into Nicola Formechetti in the loos (casual) and piling into a photo booth with Chloe, Kristian and Miles to take some very silly pictures, the Sugarbabes and Aluna George played and we all hit the dancefloor.

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Freeeeeezing!

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Jaques Fath, Chloe Nørgaard & Kristian Shmidt

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Susie Lau

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Me & Nicola Formichetti

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Clara Paget

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Courtney Blackman, Miles Aldridge & me

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Aluna George in action

The night ended rather later than intended (don’t they all) when instead of taking the 15 minute bus ride home I threw caution to the wind and headed to the after party at Le Baron. Perhaps a little unwise with a 9am show the next day but I made Anya Hindmarch’s crack-of-dawn start time and anyway, you only live once.

Love Ella. X

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