3.1 Philip Lim

Monthly Must Haves: April 2014

Spot the feeble fraudster who claimed she’d never be swayed by pool sliders and is all of a sudden finding herself dreaming of these green bad boys… As for Phillip Lim’s latest array of Pashlis, the feelings I have for these bags are so far from normal. TBH all these must haves are, well, must haves and I must have them all!

monthly must haves april

1) Rodarte 3D Heart Motif Sweatshirt, 160, click here to buy
2) River Island Pink Floral Skirt, 25, click here to buy
3) Whistles Maya Gladiator Sliders, 225, click here to buy
4) 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Leather Pashli, 805, click here to buy
5) Peter Pilotto Elizabeth Printed Silk Cloque Dress, 980, click here to buy
6) Acne Yellow Frame Sunglasses, 240, click here to buy
7) NW3 by Hobbs Yellow Cat Socks, 6, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Mandy Wedge Sandals, 595, click here to buy
9) Marni Striped Cuff Boyfriend Jeans, 250, click here to buy
10) NW3 by Hobbs Yellow Cat Jacquard Sweater, 69, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Eye On You

kenzo eye print

kenzo eye print

kenzo eye print

Kenzo eye print

ella catliff

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rag & bone

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What: Eye print skirt by Kenzo, Jumper by French Connection, Shirt by Gap, Boots by Rag & Bone & Bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim (both c/o)

Where: i-D Digital Relaunch party, Shoreditch

Ok, so I know I leapt on the Kenzo bandwagon a little late in the day but I’m sure you’ll agree, what I lacked in timeliness I more than make up for in enthusiasm. The absolute bloody genius of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon really does know no bounds. They manage to concoct playful, irreverent clothes that appeal to everyone from hipster types and streetwear lovers to Peter Pan collar aficionados like myself. Their collections, and I’m talking Opening Ceremony here too, are a mind bogglingly fantastic combination of flawless craftsmanship and tongue-in-cheek chic. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I like my fash with a healthy dose of fun so naturally gravitate towards brands like Markus Lupfer, Kate Spade and of course, Kenzo. Now what, I ask you, could possibly be more fun than a crazy, cartoon eye print in varying shades of purple? That was pretty much what was going through my mind when I impulse bought this bad boy while browsing Matches instead of working on my thesis. I’d been waiting for a suitably awesome occasion for it’s first outing and i-D’s Digital Relaunch party provided the perfect opportunity. Naturally I had to take things to the next level with a sequinned eye motif jumper and a luminous pink handbag because, well, why wouldn’t you?!

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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AW13 Handbag Hot List

It’s no secret that I love handbags. That might sound a bit #obvi because frankly everyone loves handbags. Anyone who claims they don’t is a great, big, no doubt poorly accessorized liar. But I suspect my obsession with those fabulous contraptions designed (in theory) for carrying stuff goes above and beyond what could be considered normal or healthy. As someone who once spent an entire term’s student loan on a Mulberry Tillie tote and frequently travels with a whole separate suitcase just for bags, I feel or at least hope that I know a good one when I see it. And boy, are there some good ones this season…

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Chloé  Baylee Medium Leather Two Tone Tote, £1325, click here to buy

As I’m sure you’re all very well aware, Chloé pretty much invented the “it bag” concept back in 2006 with their iconic Paddington. Since then the French purveyor of all things ridiculously chic has continued the deliver handbags so lustworthy they make your head spin but this season, they’re truly reclaiming their “it” status with what is being hailed as THE handbag of AW13, the Baylee. Having seen and stroked a few of these babies when I visited Chloé’s London HQ for the Resort 2013 press day I can confirm that they definitely live up to the hype. Buttersoft leather, sparingly applied subtle gold hardware, contrast colour straps and roomy enough to actually fit your laptop, makeup and a magazine or three, Chloe’s Baylee is the “it” bag re-imagined for the 2013 woman and I seriously want one.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Leather & Ponyhair Mini Pashli Satchel, £855, click here to buy

Ok, so this might be the fourth time I’ve featured 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Leather and Ponyhair Pashli in as many months but I’m just so completely and utterly in love with it. As I may have mentioned once or twice or thrice, Phillip Lim’s AW13 collection epitomised the girl a part of me wants to be. The leathers, the ever-so-slightly off colours, the sheer haute badassness (totally a word, starting now) of it all… I remember emerging from his show into the frigid february air during New York Fashion Week last season in a state of absolute awe that anything could be that, for want of a better word, cool. Whether I ever manage to recreate the biker’s moll vibe remains to be seen but owning this objet d’amour would certainly be a step in the right direction.

AW13 handbag

Mulberry Primrose in Bright Red Haircalf, £2,500, click here to buy

It would be impossible to compile a list of the season’s hottest handbags without mentioning Mulberry! There are at least six styles from their AW13 collection I’m currently coveting and could more than happily include in this post but in the interest of not turning this into one giant Mulberry ad I’ve opted for the Primrose. Structured shape (no risk of the dreaded “bag sag” here), punchy hue, adorable top handle detailing; Mulberry’s Primrose ticks every must-have-bag box and don’t even get me started on the delectable calf hair situation!

AW13 handbag

Burberry The Big Crush in Heart Print Calfskin, £1,500, click here to buy

Heart print calfskin, HEART PRINT CALFSKIN!! Burberry, what are you trying to do to me!? Super luxe and a little bit cheeky, much like the rest of Christopher Bailey’s incredible and aptly named “Trench Kisses” collection. I must confess, the arrival of these stunners in the Brit brand’s flagship store has rendered me incapable of walking up Regents Street without stopping to stare at them longingly. This, my friends, is not a handbag. This is an object of sheer, unadulterated lust.

AW13 handbag

Louis Vuitton Alma PM, £1,070, click here to buy

Much like every other season ever, Louis Vuitton have concocted an array of truly awesome arm candy for AW13. I ummmed and ahhhed a lot over whether to pick the super practical yet oh-so-chic Neverfull tote as my fave but in the end, the Louis Vuitton bag I most want need in my wardrobe is the Alma PM. Ladylike shape in a succulent shade of greeny blue (the technical term) it would make any ensemble look instantly immaculate. It’s also slightly bigger than the Alma BB (as seen in my SS13 handbag hot list) making it a truly practical cost-per-wear investment. That said, I wouldn’t say no to a Neverfull too.

AW13 handbag

Miu Miu Buggatti Textured Leather Tote, £1,100, click here to buy

On paper a mustard yellow bowling bag sounds dubious. Under the sartorial supervision of Miuccia Prada it’s nothing short of genius. If Phillip Lim appeals to the downtown cool girl vibe I occasionally attempt and generally fail to channel, Miu Miu is the stuff of my absolute Park Avenue Princess fantasies. Admittedly this little number is less sugar sweet than their pastel pink counterparts but it still bears a pulled together, girly girl polish that leaves me weak at the knees. Would look darling with knee high socks too, major bonus.

AW13 handbag

Marni Trunk Shoulder Bags, small £790, large £880 – available at www.marni.com from November

From one female fashion visionary to another, the quirky chic creations of Marni Creative Director, Consuelo Castiglioni never fails to set my heart a flutter. Case in point, the Trunk bag. This boxy bag treads the fine line between prepster and hipster, bypasses both and ends up somewhere infinitely more stylish. Exquisitely autumnal hues in super glossy leather with the added practicality of a shoulder strap, these babies are the perfect fusion of on-trend and investment. Plus they’re not available until November so you/I have time to start saving!

AW13 handbag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel, £315, click here to buy

If you’ve so much as glanced at my outfit posts or Instagram feed this Summer then you’ll know how how enamoured I’ve been with my apple green MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma tote. Since I got it way back in May not a week has gone by without me whipping it out at least once. It’s chic, it’s sleek and it fits just about everything you could feasibly need to carry without ever suffering “bag sag” (my pet peeve, in case you hadn’t guessed). Now in typical fashion style, Michael Kors has gone and unleashed a whole new batch of Selma’s in autumn friendly hues and frankly, I need this one.

AW13 handbag

McQueen Bi-Colour Medium Leather Heroine, £1,545, click here to buy

So it looks like two tone handbags are big news for AW13! The McQueen Heroine has been spotted on just about every stylish celeb’s arm and their new season styles are simply divine. Black and red a mega on trend colour combination this season but those that dare to don it run the risk of looking like Dennis the Menace. Sporting the look on by way of your bag eliminates all that, think about it.

AW13 handbag

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Mag, £505, click here to buy

Two tone and green AKA my fave colour ever?! Anya Hindmarch, this bag is almost too much! Bond Street’s reigning Queen of Bags has well and truly outdone herself this season with a collection of accessories inspired by childhood board games that reduce me to the proverbial kid in a candy store. Tongue-in-cheek yet oh-so-chic, I want all of it.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 16/08/2013

If I owned this Chloé jacket, my life would genuinely be complete…

weekly wish list
1) Diane Von Furstenberg Shanna Dress, £324, click here to buy
2) Jimmy Choo Amore Polished Leather Ankle Boots, £550, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Trimmed Tweed Satchel, £1050, click here to buy
4) THE Chloé Leather & Shearling Biker Jacket, £2290, click here to buy
5) The Row Round Frame Sunglasses, £248, click here to buy
6) Mulberry Lizard Effect iPhone Case, £90, click here to buy
7) 3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Haircalf 31 Minute Cosmetic Zip Clutch, £380, click here to buy
8) MICHAEL Michael Kors Paxton Print Metallic Toe Pointed Pumps, £140, click here to buy
9) Rebecca Taylor Fit n’ Flare Leather Skirt, £395, click here to buy
10) Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee Plaid Sweater, £260, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: New Season Blooms

new season

new season

new season

teatum jones

teatum jones

kurt geiger

teatum jones

What: New season floral dress: Teatum Jones (AW13 sample), Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Clutch: 3.1 Phillip Lim (both c/o), Inside clutch: Aspinal key ring & Burt’s Bees lip balm.

Where: Elite Model Look 2013 Final, London.

Can you BELIEVE that AW13 is basically here!? I know, I know, August hasn’t even begun and no one who isn’t a) completely insane b) a German Shepard or c) working in fashion really wants to think about Winter. Trust me, I didn’t either… Until I compiled this week’s wish list and got so over excited by all the delectable new season offerings that I practically did a rain dance. The beauty of the Summer to Autumn transition is that you actually can start wearing new season pieces when they come into stores (i.e July) without running the risk of hypothermia. I tried enforcing something similar in March by packing all my coats and scarves away, only to endure the depressing task of digging them out when it promptly started snowing. Admittedly huddling up in a chunky knit right now would be neither sensible nor elegant but Teatum Jones’ exquisite take on autumnal blooms (major trend for AW13 ) lends itself well to bare legs and an ice white wedge.

Are you going to be welcoming the new season into you wardrobe now or sticking to pastels through September?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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