Parties

New York Nights

New York Nights

This will definitely be stating the obvious but during fashion week you get the absolute joy of seeing lots and lots of beautiful clothes! Sometimes they’re things you want to rip off the models backs and wear yourself, other times they’re fantastical creations you couldn’t imagine wearing in a million years but simply stare at in awe. Admittedly you do occasionally see a few heinous garms but it’s all a matter of personal taste and for the sartorially obsessed, critiquing a collection can be every bit as riveting (and often results in a more interesting review) than simply slobbering over what you want/need/HAVE to be wearing next season. However we all know that fashion month isn’t just about the clothes; it’s about the parties people! Whatever anyone says, I maintain indulging in the after dark aspect of the biannual fash fest is important, if only for the memories or lack thereof. New York seems to agree with me on this, at least judging by the amount of FAB-U-LOUS do’s going on each and every evening. In case you were wondering why I’ve been so appallingly late with my show diaries (sorry, I promise I’ll be better next season!) then read on…

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Jessica Alba, Phillip Lim & Solange Knowles at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch party

If Phillip Lim’s involved, you know I’m going to be there (stalker alert) but add champagne, fun fashion friends and music and keeping me from attending would take far more than a restraining order. Kicking of NYFW SS14 was the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch. Held downtown a mere ten minute high heeled trot from my apartment, this was the place to be on night one. By the time I arrived, a mere 3 minutes after the official start, there was a queue halfway to the Hudson. Once inside I witnessed the rather amusing spectacle of ordinarily composed fashion week attendees fighting tooth and nail (literally) over bank balance friendly yet still really quite lovely versions of Lim’s designs. I will be eternally angry with myself for getting too carried away larking about with Sharoni et al and leaving empty handed but I did have a good night so all was not lost. One particularly amusing moment has to be when I was chatting to Phillip (not entirely sure he had the foggiest who I was or, thankfully, remembered the “marry me” incident from his last party) when I turned around to find Maria Sharapova and Jessica Alba waiting to talk to the man of the moment. Solange Knowles was there too looking trés hot. The night did not end there as we all, ok me, Serena and Sharoni, later decamped to the Nicholas K after party at Pravda… You may remember how day 3 begun.

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New York at night recreated in Spring Studios, obviously we ALL posed against it… Some of us more than once (image c/o Dejrit)

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Man of the hour (slash decade slash ever) Phillip Lim (image c/o Dejrit)

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Me and Sharoni (image c/o Dejrit)

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Tina Craig, founder of Bag Snob and possibly one of the most perennially stylish human beings I know (image c/o Dejrit)

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Maria Sharapova

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With Mr Phillip Lim himself (#OMG)

Unsurprisingly, I took night number two off, I’m only human after all. But night three more than made up for the comparative boredom of an evening spent answering emails. My ever fabulous friend and New York PR extraordinaire, Sharoni had organised a Parisian Ball on Governors Island… I know! For those unfamiliar with Governors Island (I was until this event so don’t worry), it’s basically a ten minute ferry from Manhattan and both one of the creepiest and coolest places I’ve ever been. We arrived after darkness had fallen and the whole place had been transformed into a vintage funfair filled with beautiful people including Dree Hemingway and Chloe Norgaard. I went on every single ride at least thrice, got candy floss stuck to my Tibi two piece and we danced the night away under the stars.

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Hello funfair rides!

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Me & Michael Shane, reunited after a few nights not partying together and very happy about it

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Suitcase Magazine Editor and my fashion month partner in crime, Serene Guen (right) with the gorgeous Coco Hu

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Kristian Schmidt & Chloe Nørgaard 

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I went on this!!

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And this… Twice

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Cheeky body painting…

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And a whole lotta dancing!

On night 4 I managed to do the unmanageable and attend two really excellent parties without getting home at stupid o’clock! First up was the Loewe x Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons capsule collection launch at Jeffrey in the West Village (could this get cooler?) hosted by Derek Blasberg and Lily Kwong (answer: yes). Unsurprisingly, there was a high concentration of celebs and important fashion faces in attendance ranging from Nicky Hilton, Miroslava Duma and Leigh Lezark to Bryan Boy, Chiara Ferragni and Hamish Bowles. Serena, Sharoni, Haya and I spent a thoroughly enjoyable hour ogling the collection and just about everything else in the store before decamping to the Jane Hotel for a quick bite before the Public School NYC after party at Bar Nana. Tucked up in bed by 11, perfecto.

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Derek Blasberg & Lily Kwong

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Meeeeeeee! Still unconvinced about “shoulder robing” but I gave it a shot

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Miroslava Duma

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Bryan Boy & Yvan Rodic AKA Facehunter

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Serena, Me, Derek Blasberg & Haya Maraka

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Chiara Ferragni, founder of The Blonde Salad

The following evening was rather less sensible, but given that the occasion was none other than the big, bad DKNY 25th Birthday Bash I don’t think I can be blamed for, as my Dad would say, “pressing the fun button”. Fun it most certainly was, and then some. Held in a gigantic Wall Street space that looked like an official government building as you pulled up and some sort of crazy rave venue once inside, this was a definite New York Fashion Week highlight in my book. The guest list was strictly A List and included actors (Hailee Steinfeld, Emmy Rossum, Jared Leto) supermodels (Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Chrissie Teigan) musicians (Natalia Kills, Antony Kiedis, John Legend) and celebutantes (Chelsea Leyland, Alexandra Richards) galore. We munched on Baked by Melissa cupcakes, drank Belvedere vodka cocktails and danced to live performances from Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea and A$AP Rocky. At the end of the night Karlie, Emmy, Iggy, Rita et al joined Donna Karen hersel on stage to cut a giant taxi shaped cake which they then proceeded to eat with their hands… All in all, it was awesome.

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DKNY!

#DKNY25 Birthday Bash, New York, America - 09 Sep 2013

Me wearing a Camilla and Marc dress, Sandro jacket (bra strap issues made a jacket essential but I assure you the dress had a very cool racer back going on), Kurt Geiger clutch & ALDO Rise by Preen sandals

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Joan Smalls, Emmy Rossum & Karlie Kloss strike a pose…

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Hailee Steinfeld & Emmy Rossum

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With Mr Jay Emanuel

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Rita Ora on Stage wearing head-to-toe DKNY, in case you hadn’t noticed…

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A$AP Rocky on stage

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Taxi cake, TAXI CAKE!!

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So as you can probably see, I had a very good time in New York indeed! I would say “I came, I saw, I conquered” but that would be a lie; those wild yanks totally out partied me. Fear not, I managed to get back in my gladrags in time for London Fashion Week and those posts will be hitting the blog as of tomorrow.

Love Ella. X

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Hugo Boss Red Never Follows

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, events at the Saatchi Gallery really are excellent. This was especially true in the case of last Tuesday when Hugo Boss decided to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a private view of their exhibition, Red Never Follows, followed by a party. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing was beyond fun. I’d planned on popping in to see the art before dinner with my lovely friend Lilly next door then going home, suffice to say that did not happen.

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Being among the first to arrive we got a seriously good look at the installations which ranged from cool and conceptual, to downright mind boggling. I soon learned that what we were ogling was just the tip of the iceberg. Hugo Boss’s Red Never Follows project is actually rather more complicated, in a good way. The brand enlisted 20 urban creatives to *ahem* create objets d’art inspired by the idea of “not following”. At the same time, their design team concocted a capsule collection of 20 pieces with the same aim; to take something classic and reinvent it. Having since see (and majorly coveted) the results I can confirm they achieved it. Slick, seductive and oozing contemporary cool in an effortlessly understated manner, I wouldn’t mind adding any/all of the items to my wardrobe. You can check the collection out at redneverfollows.com or read on to hear more about the night itself which pretty rapidly turned raucous.

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Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss

So after taking a turn of the gallery space and taking a few selfies inside Güvenç Özel’s amazing “Cerebral Hut” (totes what he designed it for) we said our goodbyes and moseyed out into the balmy Chelsea night with the intention of a girly dinner at Manicomio then home to bed. Just as we were finishing off our delectable chocolate dessert (having both got the monkfish “healthy option” for our mains only to be seduced by the promise of richer-than-rich truffle topping) when I received a text from Naomi of The Fash Pack instructing me to get myself back to the Saatchi pronto where the party was just getting going. Naturally there was only one possible course of action, scoff the rest of our meal, knock back our wine and hot foot it to the gallery as fast as our stiletto clad tootsies could take us.

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David Bailey & Catherine Bailey

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Rob Brydon & Alessandra Roach

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Vanessa Kirby

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Bip Ling

By the time we arrived the place was fit to burst with stylish types including many famous faces from the fashion, art and other-assorted-creative worlds including David Bailey, Alexandra Roach, Vanessa Kirby, Rob Brydon and Bip Ling to name but a handful. A quick glance inside the exhibition space confirmed that everyone had got their cultural fill and moved on to the bar area where the lights were low and guests were guzzling tantalisingly tasty (but lethally strong) Remy cocktails.

Hugo Boss Red Never Follows

Hugo Boss

The phrase “private view” doesn’t usually conjur up images of dancing and decadence but there was plenty of both on this occasion. Mr Hudson took to the decks – clad in Hugo Boss of course – and we made for the dancefloor. Innovative art installations followed by stiff drinks and throwing shameful shapes… Now that’s what I call a good Tuesday evening!

Hugo Boss Red Never Follows is on at the Saatchi Gallery until September 1st and free entry, sadly I suspect the cocktails were a one time thing.

Love Ella. X

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BMW i3 Launch Party

BMW i3

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been considering a self imposed party hiatus. Much as I love getting glammed up and sipping champagne in fabulous company, I lack the maturity to do the whole meet-and-greet-then-leave thing and perma exhaustion isn’t really conducive to a productive day’s work… Plus, I’ve also got seriously in to Game of Thrones. But then an invitation arrives that makes the idea of swapping evenings out on the town for watching the saga of the Seven Kingdoms unfold infinitely less tempting. One such invitation was the launch of the new BMW i3 which would be unveiled by none other than Sienna Miller and James Franco. With A-Listers, fashion friends and a LOT of fun guaranteed, there was no way I’d miss that one!

BMW i3

After rather embarrassingly turning up at completely the wrong place I finally made it to the right one and my jaw hit the floor when I saw the venue. A vast warehouse esque space overlooking the Thames, Old Billingsgate Market is always impressive but BMW had pulled out all the stops to create something spectacular. A long red carpet flanked by film crews (I gave several, no doubt unintelligible interviews that I seriously hope never see the light of day!) led up to a giant logo board surrounded by paparazzi. Once we’d navigated the fray and made it inside it was time to be gobsmacked all over again.

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Donna Air

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Laura Bailey

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Oliver Cheshire

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Laura Whitmore

The space was sleek, luxe and packed fit to burst with beautiful people… In other words, BMW all over. Having managed to find Nik Thakkar (who, I might add, was the person who gave me the wrong address!), and grabbed a glass of wine it was time to get mingling. There was certainly no lack of mingling, people watching and outfit ogling opportunities as everyone from Poppy Delevigne, Donna Air and Laura Bailey to Grace Woodward, Peaches Geldof and the lovely Laura Whitmore were in attendance. Many of my fellow attendees had also been at last week’s Johnnie Walker bash so I indulged in a spot of yacht reminiscing and whisky hangover bemoaning with PPQ designers, Amy Molyneux and Percy Parker. As darkness fell the lights went up and everyone headed stampeded to the stage to see Sienna Miller enter in an A-MAZING Dolce & Gabbanna frock closely followed by James Franco looking extremely dapper in Gucci. For some time I’d been wondering what the large, shiny sheet covered object they were now standing beside was and suddenly the penny dropped, just in time for James to whip off the cover and reveal the BMW i3 in all it’s super shiny glory. Having failed my test on an epic level and not reattempted, I don’t drive, but if I did I wouldn’t mind cruising around in that bad boy!

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BMW i3 Global Reveal, Old Billingsgate Market, London, UK

Once we’d all had a good gawp (at the car and obviously Sienna and James too) it was time to crack on with the rest of the night, the party. Queue more mingling, drinking, laughing and general joie de vivre while Amber Le Bon took to the decks and I dragged several unwilling friends onto the dancefloor. A Monday evening well spend all in all!

Love Ella. X

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WGSN Global Fashion Awards Shortlist 2013

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Remember last year’s WGSN Global Fashion Awards? I certainly do. It was the second major awards ceremony I ever attended and I enjoyed every second of it. This year’s do is set to be even bigger and better. The event will be held at none other than the Victoria & Albert Museum and the designers up for prizes include the likes of Raf Simons, Phillip Lim and Colette Paris… Like I said, it’s going to be awesome. Last week the great and the good of London’s fashion community gathered at St Martins Lane Hotel to drink champagne, network and hear the shortlist. Between yacht cocktails with Johnnie Walker, shooting for Company Magazine and my own birthday bash the week before, I thought I’d be all mingled out by last Monday but somehow I managed to drum up the energy to slip into a floral Milly by Michelle Smith number and leap in a cab to Covent Garden.

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Once inside the venue (heavily air conditioned, thank God) I felt positively sprightly and happily set about reminiscing on the previous Friday’s antics with Forward PR Founder, Courtney Blackman, Stylenoir Magazine Editor, James Joseph and Nephew London Founder, Nik Thakkar who all just so happen to be on this year’s judging panel. I also bumped into Donna Ida, Angela Scanlon, Harold Tillman and Rebekah Roy during the pre announcement mingling, further confirming my suspicions that this year’s ceremony is going to be a hot ticket occasion.

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Angela Scanlon

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James Joseph & Courtney Blackman

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Nik Thakkar

The room was already full when I arrived and by the time stylish songstress, Kate Nash took to the stage to announce the shortlist, it was positively heaving meaning that the cheering each announcement elicited was positively ear shattering. Then again, given the calibre of nominees, it would have been a crime not to get seriously excited.

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Kate Nash

WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Kate Nash & Rebekah Roy

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Harold Tillman & WGSN’s Laurette Roberts

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Goodie bags!

With judges including Donna Ida, Laura Bailey, Rankin and Rebecca Minkoff the event looks set to be star studded and the competition hotter than ever… Bring on October 30th I say!

Click here to see the full WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013 shortlist.

Love Ella. X

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Yachtails with Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker

You know what they say, cocktails sure taste sweeter aboard a stonking great yacht… Actually I doubt anyone says that, with the exception of Roberto Cavalli and, as of last week, me. Having attended a couple of their events in the past, I know from personal experience that Johnnie Walker throw one hell of a party. So when they invited me to join them for an evening of stiff drinks and general fabulousness on the John Walker & Sons Voyager – a stunning 1920s style luxury yacht which has hosted the likes of Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Leonardo DiCaprio – there really was only one conceivable answer, HELL YES!

Johnnie Walker

As anyone who’s spent the past couple of weeks in England will be sweatily aware, we are in the midst of a heatwave. Despite spending every waking moment from November to June complaining about the cold, it’s now 30 degrees and I’m still whinging. No pleasing some people, eh? Anyway, I digress. If there’s one activity perfectly suited to heatwave conditions it’s a yacht party. You can wear your fancy frock free from the fear of a cross winds or a sudden downpour leaving you fleeing for the cabin. You cannot however, wear high heels (a rule many ladies shamelessly flouted I might add) which almost entirely through me off my sartorial game last Wednesday evening. Luckily I managed to concoct a suitable swish flat footed ensemble in the nick of time and, after a quick pitstop at Soho House for the Barbour & Bella Freud launch, arrived at Butler’s Warf ready to revive my sea legs.

Once on board I instantly realised that this yacht was every bit as magnificent as promised. I kid you not, it is genuinely the one in the picture above (although admittedly we weren’t sailing past mountains). From the Johnnie Walker monogrammed bars, vast terrace area and impossibly handsome uniformed waiters proffering trays of Old Fashioneds to the luxurious cabins below complete with world maps and family sized bath tubs, it was old school glamour at its deliciously decadent best. Given that this was a traditional sized yacht (AKA big but not cruise ship proportions) the guest list was tight but still managed to include Nik Thakkar, Patrick Grant, Olivia Inge, Leah Weller, PPQ designers Amy Molyneux & Percy Parker and more famous faces besides.

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Patrick Grant

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Olivia Inge

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Amy Molyneux & Percy Parker

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Me & Nik Thakkar

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Shingai Soniwa & Paloma Faith

As the night drew on, Noisettes singer Shingai Soniwa and Paloma Faith pitched up, just in time for things to really get going. Often at these kind of do’s, many people head home after doing their posing for pap duties but that certainly wasn’t the case on this occasion. We minced, we mingled, we posed for endless Instagrams, strategically positioned in front of Tower Bridge (come on, wouldn’t you?) and all in all I think it’s fair to say everyone had a very good time. When 11.30pm rolled around most of us had to be politely asked to leave and then a foolish few of us headed to Whisky Mist for the after party. An even more foolish few then continued on to Le Baron for an after, after party but I won’t go into the details!

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Party, John Walker & Sons Voyager, St.Georges Stairs Tier, Butler's Wharf Pier, London, UK

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Party, John Walker & Sons Voyager, St.Georges Stairs Tier, Butler's Wharf Pier, London, UK

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Party, John Walker & Sons Voyager, St.Georges Stairs Tier, Butler's Wharf Pier, London, UK

As you’ve probably gathered, this was a night to remember. My only complaint would be that the boats constant movement left me in a constant state of confusion as to whether I was sober or otherwise. Given that the only drinks served were insanely delish Johnnie Walker Gold Label whisky cocktails (of which I guzzled a fair few in rapid succession), I reckon ‘otherwise’ was probably more likely. Either way, I had such a fantastic evening that I sincerely hope I’ll have to get used to the whole partying-on-a-moving-yacht shebang… Thank you Johnnie Walker, you’ve officially spoiled me rotten!

Love Ella. X

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