Parties

Cocktails & Cashmere With J.Crew

J.Crew

Cocktails and cashmere with J.Crew… Seriously, what more could anyone possibly want from an evening? Scratch that, what more could anyone want full stop! After a quick pitstop at the Vince Camuto ‘do it was back on the tube (oh the glamour) and northward bound to King’s Cross where J.Crew were hosting a two day pop-up shop. I definitely, definitely don’t need to tell you how much I adore the All American purveyor of all things preppy. Aside from the fact I wax lyrical about the brand at any available opportunity, I did devote an entire wish list to them just the other week. Not so long ago I would have been having a panic attack at the thought of pitching up solo but after three years I’ve finally got to the point where I can feel relatively sure that I should, fingers crossed, know at least someone at any London based fashion event. Plus, it was J.Crew, I was going even if I had to hang out on my lonesome, twiddle my thumbs and play with my phone all night. Luckily that unsatisfactory possibility was erased when I bumped into blogging pals, Abi Marvel and Ella Gregory at the station and it was with a spring in my slightly sore step (cab-to-curb-only footwear, bus pass budget) that I arrived at the venue. On the subject of said venue, J.Crew have recently partnered with my own alma mater, Central Saint Martins to offer one MA student a scholarship every year for the next three years. So evidently Jenna Lyons is stylish beyond belief and a supporter of the arts… amazing, anyway I digress.

J.Crew

J.Crew

For some unknown reason I thought this event was going to be a low key thing, after all the launch of a 2 day pop up shop doesn’t usually warrant the entire London fashion elite’s presence. Then agan, this was J.Crew we’re talkingabout… As the fash pack’s current favourite label, it’s adored by Caroline Issa, Michelle Obama, Olivia Palermo and a million other style setters alike so OF COURSE everyone from British Fashion Council Chief Exec Caroline Rush, Vogue stylist (and extreme wardrobe crush of mine) Martha Ward, Yasmin Sewell and Style.com’s Tim Blanks were present, correct and chic beyond belief. After nabbing a glass of something sparkling (champagne, duh) I set about ogling the knits and my, weren’t they pretty. Florals, neons, stripes and embellishment galore… If the tills had been open that evening I would now be completely bankrupt. After finally managing to tear myself away I set about indulging in perhaps my favourite pastime, yep, mingling.

J.Crew

J.Crew

J.Crew

J.Crew

Despite having decided I was just going to briefly “show my face” before heading home for a very early night I was still there two hours later having an absolute ball, sipping mojitos and catching up with loads of my favourite fashion friends who oh-so-luckily happened to be there. Eventually I decided to tear myself away but there was no way in HELL I was leaving without at least attempting to meet Jenna Lyons. With the kind of confidence only achieved through multiple cocktails I slunk up to where J.Crew’s legendary Creative Director was chatting with friends and, spotting a gap in the conversation, shamelessly introduced myself. I’m delighted to tell you that on top of being gorgeous, stylish and a freaking fashion GENIUS Jenna is completely and utterly charming. Despite a few less-than-thrilled glances from her colleagues (sorry guys!) the lovely Ms Lyons happily chatted to me about everything from her latest collection to my studies and British weather. I left the party with an even more gargantuan girl crush and an almost irrepressible urge to grab my laptop and purchase the entire J.Crew collection. The London store opens in less than six months… Roll on November!

Love Ella. X

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A Night in The Hamptons with Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto

Before anyone gets the wrong end of the stick and thinks I’ve been off gallivanting in The Hamptons I have to tell you, sadly that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have in fact been desperately attempting to wear Summer clothes in distinctly non-summery London and getting thoroughly cold in the process but, on the bright side, American shoe designer, Vince Camuto bought a little bit of beach chic to Blighty with the launch of his first European store on my beloved High Street Kensington. Having been out for a lengthy dinner at Aubaine with my BFF and consuming obscene quantities of Sancerre (more on that later) the previous evening, I didn’t feel at my most fabulous as I made my way to Regents Park tube last Wednesday afternoon. Pretty Ballerina was running an all day event involving cupcakes and customised loafers so I’d planned on hitting that up at 5.30pm before going on to Vince’s event and then finally heading to Kings Cross for the J.Crew bash with an itsu pitstop thrown in somewhere in the middle. After completely losing track of time, struggling to decide what to wear and getting myself into a state of complete stress meltdown I left home rather later than planned, arrived at Sloane Square ten minutes after the Pretty Ballerinas event finished then got the wrong tube to High St Ken and spent an increasingly angry 45 minutes taking a ridiculously convoluted route to party numero uno.

Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto

One box of salmon sushi later I felt a little less sulky and made my way to the newly opened and extremely slick Vice Camuto store just in time to strike a pose on the pink carpet before grabbing a glass of champagne and joining the fray.

Vince Camuto Store Launch Party

Vince Camuto Store Launch Party

Vince Camuto Store Launch Party

By 7.30pm the place was already filling up and I spied Olivia Grant, Leah Weller, Leah Wood, Angela Scanlon and Florence Brudenell Bruce among my fellow guests as well as Bip Ling who would be Dj-ing that evening. Sadly my transport (slash wardrobe) nightmare had put me so behind schedule that I couldn’t hang around and after a spot of mingling, another glass of champagne and quizzing Rosie Fortsecue on her A-MAZING tweed biker jacket (Sandro, unsurprisingly) it was time to head north for party number two.

Love Ella. X

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Stylenoir Magazine Launch

Stylenoir

Having been styling, smiling and socialising in high heels for four hours straight at my Monica Vinader event, by the time 8 o’clock rolled around last Thursday I was just about ready for bed. But pyjamas and peppermint tea would have to wait as I had another party to attend. Before you start despairing that I’m a complete nutter, hell bent on exhausting myself and crippling my feet in the process, I’ll tell you why I wouldn’t of dreamt of skipping this particular soiree. You see, that day my good friend (and the man responsible for La Petite Anglaise’s makeover last summer) James Joseph unveiled the first ever PRINT issue of his very own Stylenoir Magazine!

Stylenoir

Given that Stylenoir has been running as a hugely successful online mag since 2008, many Editors would be inclined to stick to the digital formula rather than venturing into the treacherous waters of print publication. It came as no surprise to anyone who knows him, that James isn’t one of them. With the help of Forward PR Founder (and former LPA interviewee) Courtney Blackman and a small team of talented creatives, Stylenoir’s debut print issue “Retribution” launched last week and I have to say, it’s magnificent.

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As we all know, any fashion occasion must be celebrated with a party involving gorgeous guests and lethally strong cocktails. Stylenoir had taken over Mo*Vida for theirs. I don’t know whether you’ve been to the club but its lair-esque, underground setting provided a fittingly glam goth back drop for noir themed cocktails and dark-inspired make overs. Sadly I didn’t stay until the dancing got started (very out of character, I really was knackered!) but I managed to get in a good mingle with some of my favourite fashion friends, guzzle a few vodka confections and have a good read through the magazine.

Huge congratulations to James, Courtney and everyone at Stylenoir! If you want to get yourself a copy, click here. James is also the developer at Motonoir.

Love Ella. X

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Warehouse Summer Party

Given that I was hosting my Monica Vinader event on Thursday and have precisely no self restraint whatsoever, attending the Warehouse Summer Party the previous evening was a fairly high risk move. But then, it sounded like so much fun I physically couldn’t help myself. Once I’d slipped into my little sparkly number there was no going back and even the fact that the event was being held all the way over in Hoxton couldn’t deter me. Spoiler alert, I didn’t end up dancing until dawn and was tucked up in bed by the respectable hour of 11.30pm (maybe I’m getting sensible in my old age?!) but this bash was certainly fab while it, or rather I, lasted.

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As my fellow Londoners will be bitterly well aware, most of last week was unseasonably cold and I was more than a little reluctant to make the tube-plus-walk journey to East London wearing a playsuit better suited to Ibiza than rainy Hoxton. Luckily my bookers at Select Model Management were also attending the bash so I managed to wangle a ride in their chauffer driven Mercedes, a far mor glamourous way to enter than shivering my way over from the station. Despite arriving a mere matter of minutes after 7pm, the minimalist chic venue was already pretty packed with familiar faces including Julia Sarr-Jamois, Millie Mackintosh and Dionne Bromfield sipping Lychee confections, snacking on macaroons and chatting with Warehouse’s lovely Directors Paula and Caroline (below).

Warehouse

Warehouse

Warehouse Summer Party - Inside

After wangling myself a glass of wine (tasty cocktails = mega hangover) one of the drop-dead-GORGEOUS roller skating waiters presenting me with a glass ball containing my invitation to try of Warehouse’s “Style Me If You Can” campaign, launching this autumn. You all know how partial I am to a spot of styling so naturally I leapt at the opportunity to put together a look although. The whole idea is that you choose your ensemble and it arrives 90 minutes later, which much to my delight, and for some unknown reason surprise, it did making me very glad I’d picked a certain A-line leather skirt. Next, I was ushered outside to do a short interview for Warehouse TV, something I was slightly nervous about given what happened when I did one for Village Bicycle last Summer. Thankfully they didn’t ask anything I could potentially misconstrue and it all seemed to go pretty well.

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warehouse

My official “work” duties done and dusted for the night, I grabbed a Moscow Mule (yep, gave in to the cocktails) and set about mincing, mingling and generally having a good time. My music taste generally revolves around pop-tastic RnB so with a playlist ranging from Mariah and TLC to Dr Dre and Rhianna, I was absolutely in my element that evening. But of course, no fash bash would be complete without a hotter-than-hot performer. On this occasion, the task fell to A*M*E who treated us to a dance perfect rendition of her hit single Need U (100%).

Warehouse

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We drank, we danced and we, ok I, managed to get home at a vaguely sensible hour… All in all, a result!

Love Ella. X

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Casio London 1st Anniversary Party

Casio London

Isn’t it funny how last minute decisions often turn out to be the best ones? You know, those spur of the moment nights out where you end up dancing until dawn. Or that unplanned handbag purchase that ends up being a cost-per-wear marvel. Having vowed to give parties a miss last week in an attempt to get vast amounts of uni work done, I caved on Wednesday and decided to pop along to the Casio London bash “just for a quick one”. I don’t know if you’ve ever managed to achieve the holy grail of mid week partying and head home to bed by 10pm, I sure as hell haven’t. I also don’t know what in God’s name gave me the impression that this ‘do was going to be super low key, it most certainly wasn’t.

Casio London

Casio London

Casio London

As I rounded the corner to Covent Garden piazza I was greeted by hoard of paps outside the store, vying for the best shot at the attendees. After navigating my way through the fray I realised that things weren’t going to get any calmer inside. The Casio London boutique was packed fit to burst with fashion friends and famous faces, sipping champagne and squeezing past one another in the chic but not exactly roomy space. Once I’d nabbed a drink I made a beeline for lovely photographer and my regular party pal, Alistair Guy who introduced his distinguished looking companion as Philip Start, Founder of Start London and Mr Start. This immediately caused me to start (no pun intended) gushing rather embarrassingly about how much I adore him and his stores. Luckily it transpired that Mr Start had actually been taking a picture of my Gap shirt before I walked over which made me feel like marginally less of a desperate stalker. It soon became evident that Casio London really was THE place to be that evening. Mary Charteris was on the decks and my fellow guests included everyone from Olivia Grant, Amber Atherton and Tolula Adeyemi to Jessica Lowndes (AKA Adrianna off 90210) and songstress Liane La Havas.

Casio London

Casio London

Casio London

By the time things wrapped up at Casio, all thoughts of curling up in bed with a cup of peppermint tea had been long forgotten and I found myself being persuaded along to Asia de Cuba for the after party dinner. If it was good times I was after then I was certainly in the right company. After stuffing our faces with Asia de Cuba’s culinary treats and guzzling a Lychee Martini or three we piled into cabs and relocated en mass to Libertine club where, as luck would have it, Tolula was dj’ing that very eve. Perhaps not the most sensible way to spend a wednesday night but hey, you’re only young once.

Love Ella. X

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