Parties

Gordons x Temperley Launch Ten Green Bottles

Picking up where we left off at the J.Crew ‘do, up next on that crisp Wednesday night’s party agenda was a trip to the Temperley boutique on Bruton Street where Alice was celebrating the launch of her latest collaboration with none other than Gordons Gin. Gorgeous frocks and top notch booze, a match made in party heaven don’t you think?

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

Gin o’clock…

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

Moi

We arrived at around half past 9, fairly late for this kind of affair, but the festivities were still in full swing thanks to a heady blend of delicious yet lethally strong gin cocktails and general joie de vivre. Naturally there were famous faces a’ plenty with Laura Bailey, Jade Parfitt, Emilia Fox and Jodie Kidd heading up the bevvy of Temperley clad beauties mingling up and down the stairs. Equally unsurprising-yet-enjoyable were the spectacularly handsome waiters stationed around the place serving traditional English delicacies such as Union Jack shaped finger sandwiches, hot smoked mackerel and piccalilli on granary toast and roast dexter beef complete with mini Yorkshire puddings and horseradish cream.

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

Jade Parfitt, Alice Temperley & Jodie Kidd

Gordon's And Temperley London VIP Launch Party

Emilia Fox

There isn’t a great deal more to say about this soirée except that a jolly good time was had by all and there were bottles of Gordons gin in the goody bags, hooray!

Love Ella. X

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WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013

Another appallingly late party post, sorry guys I will catch up at some point… I hope. As I mentioned in my outfit post yesterday, this year’s WGSN Global Fashion Awards were held in none other than the regal surroundings of the Victoria & Albert Museum, one of my favourite places in London. Suffice to say, it was a fabulous evening.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Arrivals

After a particularly long afternoon of very studious and ever-so-slightly tedious thesis related stuff the idea of slipping into a fancy frock and drinking champagne somewhere lovely was extremely welcome indeed. Well, locations don’t get much lovelier than the V&A’s magnificent dome ceilinged entrance hall where I enjoyed pre dinner drinks with some of my fave fashion people including Nik Thakkar, Courtney Blackman, Metro Fash Ed Naomi Mdudu, Red Carpet Fashion Awards Founder Catherine Kallon, Stylenoir Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Joseph and the ever stylish Angela Scanlon. While requesting an ice cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc from a rather handsome barman I also bumped into Spanish super blogger Aida Domenech who seemed to have got even more stunning since the Gucci trip.

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

O-M-G

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Catherine Kallon, Angela Scanlon, me & Naomi Mdudu

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Arrivals

Nik Thakkar

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Arrivals

Hilary Alexander

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Me & Dulceida blogger, Aida Domenech

A few more pre dinner drinks than strictly advisable later, we were ushered through the galleries themselves and down a flight of stairs where tables had been set below gold framed Old Masters.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Ceremony

Dinner is served…

As if the excitement of dining beneath Renaissance paintings within one of the world’s most exquisite museums wasn’t enough, the food was delish and my table mates equally so. On my left, sat lovely Catherine who proved to be excellent dinner company. On my right, the place name informed me, sat journalist Leisa Bernett whose Vogue.com articles I had been researching for my thesis that very day! This obviously got me very excited indeed and I no doubt bored the poor woman to death recounting things she’d written four years ago in between stuffing my face with beetroot carpaccio and pan seared Sea Bass.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Ceremony

Me (smizing hard enough to make Tyra proud) & Leisa Barnett

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Ceremony

Zara Martin & Laura Whitmore

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Ceremony

Annabelle Wallis & Emilia Fox

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Insta-pud!

As our equally scrumptious chocolate puddings were served, host Cat Deeley took to the stage, all honey blonde locks and California tan in a slinky, black, bedazzled number, to kick off the main event. Having already spent three (or was it four?) thoroughly enjoyable hours wining, dining and generally having good time I’d almost forgotten about the actual awards! But, the calibre of fashion faces that were subsequently announced left me in little why we were all gathered in our gladrags that rainy Wednesday night.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards - Arrivals

Cat Deeley & Amber Le Bon

A coterie of gorgeous and glamorous presenters ranging from Amber Le Bon to Gwendoline Christie proceeded to announce who would be receiving this year’s prizes. As per usual, I won’t list them all (click here if you want full deets) but I’m very happy to tell you that Erdem Moralioğlu, Nicholas Kirkwood and THE OUTNET all scooped up gongs with Christopher Bailey taking home the very well deserved Hall of Fame award for his outstanding contribution to the fashion industry. As is usually the case post ceremony, we all mingled around the tables chatting and polishing of the remains of the wine until eventually being ushered back in to the entrance hall for post dinner hijinks. Thank you WGSN for a magical evening, looking forward to next year already!

Love Ella. X

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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

sportmax x cutler and gross

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.

Sportmax x cutler and gross

Lycheelicious!

Sportmax x Cutler and Gross

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

sportmax x cutler and gross

Aluna Francis & Eliza Doolittle

Sportmax

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

Chloe

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

Chloe Attitudes

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.

Scottish Fashion Awards

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.

Scottish Fashion Awards

David Gandy & Me

Hilary Alexander

Hilary Alexander

Scottish Fashion Awards

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

Scottish Fashion Awards

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.

Scottish Fashion Awards

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.

Scottish Fashion Awards

Wining and dining time…

Scottish Fashion Awards

Steak o’clock!

Scottish Fashion Awards

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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