Parties

DKNY Artworks Party

You’d have had to be living under a rock (or at least, somewhere without WiFi) not to have heard about what went down at the DKNY Artworks party last Wednesday. If for some unfathomable reason you haven’t then *spoiler alert* I’m about to tell you. New York fashion legend, Donna Karan’s cool little sister label held a great big bash here in London. Cara Delevingne hosted, Rita Ora performed. Mid way through the performance Cara, I kid you not, stormed the stage where she proceeded to bump n’ grind with her bestie before grabbing the mic and singing a few lines herself. Apologies for skipping right to the end of the evening in my first paragraph but seriously, how nuts is that!? But let’s rewind a few hours.

DKNY Artworks

Having spent a fabulous day playing and watching polo with Avenue 32 I attempted to sleep off the after effects of a very boozy lunch on the coach. I certainly didn’t have trouble nodding off but had more than a little trouble waking myself back up. Once home, I almost gave in to the temptation to crawl into bed but I had an inkling that I’d regret skipping that evening’s event and given the Cara stage storming incident, I think it’s safe to say that following my hunch paid off! Several strong coffees and a make up touch up later I felt just about energetic enough to hit the town, climbed into my waiting Addison Lee and headed to the Mayfair Hotel where Negarin London was hosting an evening preview of her divine Resort 2014 collection. After reminiscing on the Glamour Women of the Year Awards with Laura Whitmore (DJ for the evening) and scooping up my party pal, Colin it was time to head south to Lambeth for the DKNY bash.

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

It’s a pretty rare occurrence that a fash bash is held in South London especially on a Thursday when there are guaranteed to be about ten different do’s on. People, myself included, are lazy and probably wearing ridiculous shoes so asking them to cross multiple postcodes is generally a foolish move. But this is DKNY we’re talking about, and a party involving one model-of-the-moment and two of the hottest music acts around right now, so regardless of the rain or the distance even the laziest of industry insiders refused to miss out. To give you a bit of background as to why the brand decided to hold this party (not that anyone should need an excuse), DKNY Artworks is an awesome project taking place all over the world this Summer. From 1992 to 2002, the iconic DKNY mural on Houston Street stood as an iconic symbol of New York. DKNY Artworks was launched to bring the logo back with a fresh new look. The brand has commissioned ten contemporary artists in ten different cities to re-imagine the mural by creating their own original artwork framed within the letters of the logo… And a seriously cool idea must have a seriously cool party to celebrate it, right?

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks party

Colin and I pitched up at Lambeth Fire Station to see a gaggle of paps and pedestrians by the entrance, jostling to grab a snap of any famous attendees. Once the rumble of Nik Thakkar’s jeep announced his arrival we headed inside to find the vast venue bedecked in neon lights (of the non-tacky variety) with beautiful people sipping from miniature Moët bottles as far as the eye could see. It soon transpired that DKNY’s bash was the place to be in London that night. Besides hostess with the mostess, Cara Delevingne and headliners Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea I also spied the ever lovely Henry Holland, Jade Williams, Tallulah Harlech, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Nick Grimshaw and Jourdan Dunn rocking an awesome cropped basketball tee.

Club DKNY In Celebration of #DKNYARTWORKS

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

DKNY Artworks

As fashion parties go, it was a messy one, with an abundance of stiff drinks resulting in everyone letting loose on the dance floor… If anyone from DKNY HQ is reading, please come to London more often!

Love Ella. X

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Glamour Women of the Year Awards

glamour women of the year awards

Oh how I adore an awards ceremony. Over the past year I’ve been lucky enough to attend the WGSN, Drapers and British Fashion Awards but without doing the others a disservice, Glamour Magazine’s 10th annual celebration of fabulous females really was above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. I still get almost giddy with excitement over everything from fashion week to an extravagant evening event. During the hours before the Glamour Women of the Year Awards I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I felt slightly sick with sheer anticipation and didn’t manage to get anything remotely productive done all day. If I ever get the chance to attend the Met Ball (fingers crossed!) I suspect I might actually faint.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards In Association With Pandora - After Party

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

As I mentioned in my outfit post yesterday, I had been invited to go as a guest of iconic jewellery brand, Pandora who were sponsoring the event for the third year running. According to my monochrome invitation (the oh-so-on-trend SS13 version of a “golden ticket”), the evening kicked off at 7pm with a champagne reception. By quarter past six I could wait no longer and hopped in a cab to Berkeley Square ignoring the fact that it takes twenty minutes tops to get from my house to Mayfair. Suffice to say, I arrived un-fashionably early and had to lurk around the corner until a paparazzi flurry confirmed that the first celebs had arrived.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards In Association With Pandora - After Party

Uncool though it is to admit, the guaranteed A List quotient was one of the (many) reasons I was particularly thrilled to be attending the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. An afternoon spent reading up on previous years attendees confirmed that Eva Longoria, Florence Welch and Zoe Saldana. Well, this time the guest list was every bit as fabulous with everyone from Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell to Victoria Beckham and the cast of Downton pitching up for dinner. After making my way up the red carpet, posing for a few snaps and finally entering the amazing, tented space I realised that a) I was really, really early and b) no one I knew had turned up yet. Queue more lurking and several nerve settling glasses of champagne. Luckily it wasn’t long before the room filled up with familiar fashion faces and all at once, I was totally in my element. But among every group of people I knew was at least one major designer or serious celebrity. In between being introduced to Chloé Creative Director, Claire Waight Keller, Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi and quite literally bumping into a certain JOAN COLLINS the whole thing felt more than a little bit surreal.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

As it neared 8 o’clock the organisers began encouraging everyone into the dining room with increasing irritation urgency. It seems that at this kind of thing there’s an unspoken idea that the later you take to your seat, the more important you must be. Unsurprisingly, I was one of the first to give in and totter to my table which put me in prime people watching position when everyone else finally filed in. I quickly realised that said table was in equally prime position, sandwiched between those of Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne. After sneaking a few not-so-subtle snaps of Kylie on my iPhone, I decided it was time to stop being quite so lame and chat to my table mates. With insanely chic Parisian born blogger, Mademoiselle Robot on one side, the lovely folk from Pandora on the other and a coterie of editors and journalists in between there was no shortage of banter as we laughed, munched and instagrammed our way through the first two delicious courses.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

By the time our plates were being cleared away I’d almost forgotten about the point of the evening, the Glamour Women of the Year Awards themselves. With our wine glasses refilled and incredible make up shaped chocolate puddings in front of us, a hush fell over the room as this years host Graham Norton took to the stage. I’ve always been a fan of Graham’s and last week he was on such hilarious form that I nearly choked on bronzer shaped brownie, definitely not chic. I won’t list every award as then we’d be here all day, plus you’ve probably seen them already (click here if you want a reminder) so instead I’ll just mention a few of my personal faves…

Man of the Year – Daniel Radcliffe

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

I was very much of the Harry Potter generation and grew up first reading about, then watching Harry, Ron and Hermione cast spells and vanquish Voldemort on the big screen. When Daniel starred in Equus my cousins and I insisted on going to see it and giggled loudly throughout. Immaturity aside, Danny Rad was a permanent fixture for me growing up and I’ve always had a soft spot for him. Now he’s left the Potter franchise behind and managed to go from child star to bonafide thespian, I couldn’t think of a more deserving Man of the Year. He also looked mighty sharp on the night.

Fashion Designer of the Year – Claire Waight Keller

Glamour Women of the Year Awards In Association With Pandora - Winners

I’ve adored Chloé ever since a cornflower blue silk dress of their’s made me fall in love with fashion as a teenager. Claire has done a fantastic job of continuing the house’s legacy of providing beautiful clothes for strong, modern women while raising three children and flying the flag for British design talent in Paris. Having met her earlier that evening, I can confirm that she’s also utterly lovely.

Accessories Designer of the Year – Emma Hill

Glamour Women of the Year Awards In Association With Pandora - Winners

The women who brought us the sell-out Alexa handbag and made co-ordinating your dog’s outfit to your own chic… Need I say more? Since writing this post it’s been announced that Emma will be parting ways with Mulberry after six phenomenally successful years. Where will she go next and who could possibly replace her?! Exciting times ahead…

Presenter of the Year – Clare Balding

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

The phrase “National Treasure” is bandied about almost as recklessly as “style icon” or “rock n’ roll royalty”. If anyone is truly a national treasure, it’s Clare Balding. A driving force behind the London 2012 Olympics, renowned journalist, avid campaigner for women’s sporting and political freedom and began her acceptance speech by informing us that the House of Lords had just voted 2:1 in favour of Gay Marriage. Clare is an absolute inspiration who makes me proud to be female.

Solo Artist of the Year – Rita Ora

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

A fave partially because I like her music, partially because she’s fearlessly stylish and clearly a lot of fun but mostly because Cara Delevigne presenting the award to her “best friend” Rita who then proceeded to dance up to the stage in a Marchesa gown was just too brilliant.

As you’ve probably gathered, there were a LOT of awards and after several hours drinking, clapping, cheering and lolling many of us were perhaps a little worse for wear as we got to our feet. But was the night over yet? Was it hell! What would an awards ceremony be without an after party?! After “Woman of the Year” Victoria Beckham’s speech drew to a close my fellow guests and I poured, tottered and wobbled back out into the main area where music was baring and freshly poured cocktails awaiting.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

My night in Instagrams…

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The rest of the night was a beautiful blur of fun, friends, sharing an iPhone charger with Keisha from the Sugababes and indulging in some very silly photo booth behaviour. A huge, HUGE thank you to Pandora and Glamour Magazine for an evening I’ll remember forever.

Love Ella. X

Images courtesy of Dave Bennett

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Agi & Sam for Topman Launch Party

Agi & Sam topman

Picking up where we left off yesterday afternoon, having taken about twenty five snaps at the Juicy Couture flower wall and in doing so thoroughly irritated most of our fellow (queueing) party guests, I decided to hit the road and make for Apartment 58 where menswear design duo of the moment, Agi & Sam, were launching their Topman collection. While my foolishly high heels and penchant for cocktail dressing whatever the occasion might indicate otherwise, I don’t have a driver or the kind of bank balance that makes taxi taking feasible. On this occasion however, I was not headed for the underground or the bus. Instead my mode of transport was the lovely Alistair Guy’s very slick convertible BMW, infinitely more glamorous.

Agi & Sam topman

By the time we arrived at Apartment 58 the place was positively bursting with fashion-y types and a queue snaking half way up Tottenham Court Road. Luckily it transpired that the ever useful Alistair was pals with the man on the door so we slipped straight in past amid a sea (understandable) scowls. Inside things were even busier and after finally managing to get my hands on a disturbingly luminous but undeniably tasty green cocktail I set about ogling the collection.

Agi & Sam topman

Agi & Sam topman

Not sure why I look so scary, sorry…

Agi & Sam topman

Agi & Sam topman

Notion Magazine Online Editor, Seb & Style Cupid‘s Gurd, both looking fly as per usual

Agi & Sam topman

I’m the first to admit I’m no expert on menswear but I do absolutely adore Agi & Sam. Their insanely covetable fusion of immaculate tailoring, bold hues and eccentric prints makes me pray for the day they start doing LOTS more womenswear but as that could be a while away yet, I’m hitting up Topman this weekend. Between mingling and getting very over excited about London Collections Men (now barely a week away, EEK!) I managed to squeeze in a quick but highly competitive game of table football before tottering home to my bed.

Love Ella. X

Ps) See and shop the Agi & Sam for Topman collection here

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Esquire Summer Party at Somerset House

I almost started this post by saying that party season is well and truly upon us but frankly it seems to me that in the world of fashion, party season lasts all year long. Not that I’m complaining of course, far from it. The day I tire of getting my gladrags on sipping champagne in a beautiful venue surrounded by beautiful people, well, then it’s time for me to do something else. The past couple of weeks have been jam packed with stylish soirees and judging from my iCal, things wont be calming down anytime soon. Last Wednesday I was off to one of my absolute favourite places in London, Somerset House, where Esquire Magazine were holding their annual Summer do.

Esquire

Me & Nik, Image by @Dappa_Pappa

My date for the evening was the lovely Nik Thakkar who even picked me up from my door in his Jeep saving me from having to take the tube in my bejewelled Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti frock and proving that perhaps, chivalry’s not quite dead. We arrived about an hour after the party began (Nik couldn’t decide what to wear, worth the wait though, I do love a man in a skirt) and the place was packed fit to burst with industry insiders and famous faces. Within seconds I’d spotted Mr Hare, Nick Grimshaw, Eliza Doolittle, Laura Whitmore, Mollie King, Rick Edwards and Jared Leto to name but a few.

Esquire

Ellie Goulding

Esquire

Mollie King

Esquire

Nick Grimshaw & Jared Lto 

Esquire

Laura Whitmore & Amber Atherton

After procuring a bright pink cocktail which tasted so delicious I could only assume it was very bad for you, we made a lap of the room. I was delighted to discover that plenty of my favourite fashion friends were in attendance and installed myself on the balcony where I somehow managed to persuade a charming waiter to keep a steady flow of cocktails coming. As with most of the parties I go to, half the guests are dressed to the nines and the other half have come straight from work. As you’ve probably gathered, my Ferretti ensemble put me firmly in the former category and while I did feel a smidge OTT when chatting with jeans clad pals I was so thrilled to wear something that glam I didn’t care one bit. As the evening wore on Idris Elba took to the decks and the Portico rooms all at once became a dancefloor.

Esquire

All in all, Esquire gave us a night to remember and while this bash may not have heralded “party season”, it was certainly an excellent way to toast the arrival of summer.

Love Ella. X

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Kate Spade New York Chelsea Tea Party

Kate Spade

You may remember Kate Spade New York’s Chelsea soiree from my post about the event last year. Having not realised that this was an annual affair, I was delighted to get the invite again this year and had a spring in my step (and a mega urge to splurge) as I headed to the brand’s Chelsea store tucked away amid the leafy loveliness of Symonds Street.

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Kate Spade NY Chelsea Flower Show Tea Party

In retrospect, last Thursday was an All American day for me. First up was an appointment at GANT’s Regents Street store where I was shown through the Hamptons tastic SS13 collection and cooed over crisp chinos and plaid shirts. After that I headed back to the J.Crew pop-up for an intimate bloggers lunch followed by another look at the collection. Then finally it was over to West London to finish the afternoon enjoying champagne and cake while immersing myself in the colour popping world of Kate Spade New York… Preppy perfection.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Anyone who’s read my New York Fashion Week reports will know that I absolutely, completely and utterly adore this label. As someone with a magpie like attraction for all things bright, polkadot or sparkly, any Kate Spade store is my idea of heaven. In between snacking on smoked salmon sandwiches and trying to restrain myself from buying everything in the shop, I spied Donna Air, Martha Ward and Camilla Rutherford browsing the collection. Despite the tender hour of 4pm, London’s usual fashion party faces were out in force and Amber Atherton, Caroline Flack, Olivia Grant and Angela Scanlon also made an appearance.

Kate Spade NY Chelsea Flower Show Tea Party

Kate Spade Creative Director, Debra Lloyd & Donna Air

Kate Spade NY Chelsea Flower Show Tea Party

Sophie Sumner & Angela Scanlon

Kate Spade

Camilla Rutherford

Kate Spade NY Chelsea Flower Show Tea Party

Amber Atherton & Caroline Flack

While I could happily have stayed all evening (Kate Spade clothes, champagne and cupcakes… hello perfection) I had deadlines to meet and about a zillion unread emails to go through so all too soon it was time to head back home. I did however, decide to treat myself to a super cute purple polkadot wallet… Then I snapped up the matching phone cover too because, well, how could I resist?

Love Ella. X

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