3.1 Philip Lim

Weekly Wish List: Vestiaire Collective Edition

I don’t know whether you’ll remember my post on Vestiaire Collective last year. When I first heard that the Parisian pre-owned designer e-tailer would be gracing our shores, or rather our browsers, I was very excited but while I expected it to be a success, I didn’t anticipate quite what a phenomenon it would become. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have been remotely surprised at the voracity with which the fash pack pounced on this online treasure trove of sartorial goodies. For those that don’t know, Vestiaire Collective is a designer reseller unlike any other. Not only do they stock the absolute cream of the crop clothes wise (think sell out Kenzo sweatshirts and Celine Trapeze bags) but every single item on the site has passed a plethora of quality and authenticity checks performed by their team of experts in Paris, something that will no doubt be music to the ears of anyone who’s ever been swindled by knock offs on eBay. Yesterday marked one year since Vestiaire Collective’s UK launch so in celebration of twelve fash-tastic months, they invited me to curate a dedicated VC wish list. But take note, these goodies won’t stay unsold for long so I recommend you stop whatever work you’re doing and get shopping!

vestiaire collective

1) Chanel sunglasses, £152.39, click here to buy
2) See by Chloé cocktail dress £160.85, click here to buy
3) Miu Miu crosstrap platform sandals, £241.28, click here to buy
4) Mulberry iPhone case, £60, click here to buy
5) Miu Miu glitter pumps, £203.18, click here to buy
6) Anya Hindmarch Valorie glitter clutch, £275, click here to buy
7) Isabel Marant Etoile jacket, £101.59, click here to buy
8) Sandro striped top, £38.10, click here to buy
9) Sandro embroidered denim shorts, £50.80, click here to buy
10) 3.1 Phillip Lim mini Pashli bag, £414.83, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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LPA Styles It: Harrods

It’s been a while since my last edition of “LPA Styles It” but with SS13 in full swing (well, in theory anyway), I decided it was high time for another one. And where better to flex my styling muscles than Harrods? I was lucky enough to visit the Knightsbridge shopping mecca before opening hours earlier this year when they invited me to take some snaps at the new 3.1 Phillip Lim concession. I don’t know whether you’ve ever had virtually an entire vast department store to yourself but there really are few things more fabulous. At 8am the Friday before last there wasn’t another shopper in sight and with every designer delight in the place at my disposal, I felt like the proverbial kid in a candy store. Despite my despondence at the fact that I’d undoubtedly be leaving empty handed, as an experience it was still pretty magical. With just two hours to style and shoot my favourite looks from God-knows-how many covetable collections the pressure was on. Here are the ensembles I chose…

Cheetah Chiquita

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lita Cheetah Sweater, £185, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Jett Leather Skirt, £450, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Cross Body bag, £310, click here to buy
Nicholas Kirkwood Salsa Pump, £460, click here to buy

Initially I thought look number 1 was my favourite of the lot. Then looks 2, 3 and 4 changed my mind but in retrospect I think this outfit is the one I’d most like to have in my wardrobe. In fact, I ended up buying the sweater the following week because I couldn’t get its cheetah print cuteness out of my head. As you know, I’m more than a little obsessed with Marc Jacobs. While I’m perhaps a little too young and definitely a lot too broke to own any mainline Marc or Louis Vuitton, I’ve collected a few pieces from his little sister line over the years and these super versatile separates would definitely be worthwhile investments. Punchy prints and sizzling shades add a youthful, casual cool to simple silhouettes and clean cuts. As for the fab Nicholas Kirkwood shoes… Need I even provide an explanation?

True Prep

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Carven Denim Jacquard Jacket, £540, click here to buy
Carven Denim Jacquard Mini Skirt, £240, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Bowery Blouse, £195, click here to buy
Carven Contrast Strap Handbag (strap removed), £600, click here to buy
Chloé Lucy Sandal, £420, click here to buy

This is the kind of immaculate ensemble I dream of trotting around town in during Spring. I cannot physically express quite how much I covet all things Carven, Guillaume Henry’s patterned shifts and playful separates are simply chic beyond belief. You may remember this neat little jacket from one of my London Fashion Week outfits. I’m sorry to say it was borrowed not bought so naturally I leapt at the chance to wear it again. This time around I went the whole hog and paired it with the matching skirt. This kind of outfit can’t help but be preppy so I decided to embrace it by adding a white Peter Pan collared blouse and neat navy bag. Two strap sandals are having a moment (albeit one that’s now lasted about three seasons) so I opted for this understated Chloé pair and regretted not having gotten a pedicure beforehand.

How Day-Glo Can You Go?

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Equipment Signature Reptile Silk Shirt, £290, click here to buy
House of Holland Polkadot Skinny Jeans, £140, click here to buy
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Bag, £625, click here to buy
Nicholas Kirkwood Salsa Pumps, £460, click here to buy

One of the things I enjoy the most about doing LPA Styles It, or really any photoshoot for that matter, is getting the opportunity to step outside my clothing comfort zone and experiment with something a bit wacky. This fluro tastic, 90s inspired get up is SO not the kind of thing I naturally gravitate towards but once I saw it in all its technicolour, print clashing glory was convinced. But be warned; fun, fearless and generally fantastic though this look may be, I suspect it might be something of a man repeller and best saved for fashion week, not first dates.

Shimmering

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Striped Jacquard Shift Dress, £675, click here to buy
Valentino Noir 65 Leather Pump, £620, click here to buy
Chloé Medium Elsie Shoulder Bag, £865, click here to buy

Last but certainly not least, I slipped into a bit of Victoria, Victoria Beckham. As you may remember from my post on her presentation during New York Fashion Week, I have the utmost respect for Mrs Beckham and a buisness woman, fashion designer and master of re-invention. This exquisitely elegant cocktail dress epitomises the immaculate, modern femininity that has won Victoria countless awards, stockists and the notoriously hard to win admiration of the fashion community. With a miniature Chloé evening bag and the studded Valentino stilettos I’ve wanted forever I feel this ensemble is the stuff sartorial dreams are made of.

What do you think of the first “LPA Styles It” of 2013? I hope you enjoyed it as I’ve got some very exciting ones in the pipelines!

Love Ella. X

Photography by Paul Gonzales

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Look Du Jour: Trench Kisses

trench kisses

trench kisses

trench kisses

What: Trench Coat: Comptoir des Cottoniers, Jumper: Chinti and Parker (gifted), Jeans: J Brand, Pumps: French Sole, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Hat: Accessorize, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (gifted).

Where: Personal Shopping Appointment in London.

Ok, so I may have shamelessly reappropriated the name of Burberry’s AW13 show for this post title but given that the look du jour in question involved a trench coat and a heart jumper I reckon Christopher Bailey would understand… If he ever found out which, let’s be honest, is beyond unlikely. The man responsible for restoring Burberry to its former glory and then some has far more important things to think about than my shameless pilfering of his ideas but anyway, I digress. March (AKA the first month of Spring) is here so no matter how abismal the weather I refuse to carry on wearing my winter coat. I donned this ensemble for my first EVER personal styling appointment last Friday. Given that someone had put the fate of their wardrobe in my hands it seemed only right I looked both chic and seasonally appropriate, the day seemed to go really well so I assume this look did the trick. Admittedly I did get pretty chilly tramping around town in the pouring rain sans socks and fear the ballet pumps/bare feet situation might result in my developing a case of gangrene. If the British weather continues refusing to comply with the fashion seasons quite this dramatically I may have to swap my beloved London for sunnier climbs, or accept spending the rest of my days with a perma-cold… tough call.

In other news, I now officially offer personal styling services so if you, or anyone you know, fancy a major wardrobe overhaul or just a bit of styling advice contact me at ella@ella-lapetiteanglaise.com

Love Ella. X

Ps) Since writing the point it has started snowing and I’ve been forced to dig out my winter coat, fur hat and thermals… Boo.

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New York Fashion Week AW13: Day 5

Much as I’d moaned about the bitter cold on New York Fashion Week day 4, it was infinitely less grim than the following morning which was so rainy it almost put London to shame. Just as I was despairing that thanks to my lack of umbrella (it didn’t survive snowstorm nemo) I was going to resemble a drowned rat by the time I got to the subway my lovely friends at Kurt Geiger came to the rescue by offering to loan me their London taxi for the entire day! I have to say I felt pretty swish as I left the apartment and stepped straight into my waiting car.

New York Fashion Week

I wore... Hat: Vintage, Coat: A.P.C, Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Gloves: Accessorize.

After a not-so-brief Starbucks stop we were on our way to the ICB building for show number one, Belstaff. I love it when a heritage brand makes a major comeback and Belstaff has done just that. The FROW was a veritable feast of fashion big hitters including Nina Garcia, Natalie Massinet, Bryan Boy, Jemma Kidd, Suzy Menkes and Jefferson Hack to name but a few. Every second guest seemed to be sporting a supple skin something perhaps in homage to the label’s leather legacy, or maybe just because leather’s so totally OTM (of the moment in case you didn’t know!). I was very glad I’d picked that morning to wear my own black leather mini and my general sense of smugness was only enhanced when I took my second row seat and discovered that the benches were cushioned, a surprisingly rare occurrence during fashion week.

New York Fashion Week

Belstaff AW13

The show was seriously delayed, even by NYFW standards due to a fash-eds-stuck-in-traffic disaster but when it finally did begin it was every bit as impressive as expected. The collection opened with an array of belted waxed jackets (who knew barbours could be so seductive?!) before moving on to elegant motorcycle inspired ensembles complete with quilted knees and elbows. This was utility chic at its absolute chicest and besides excellent outerwear X offered thick, ribbed knits paired with sheepskin lined knee high boots, bare legs and flippy minis. Of course the collection included a whole lotta leather encompassing everything from luscious pleated skirts in regal burgundy to grown up toffee toned trench coats. A hooded aviator style coat lined in THE most luxurious shearling elicited an audible gasp from some guests (i.e me) and the final looks introduced an element of eveningwear with gleaming silver, chain mail embellishment. All in all Belstaff’s AW13 collection was the epitome of tasteful opulence and will no doubt be a big hit with both the fash pack and jet set.

At the end of every show there’s always a highly undignified scramble to get out of the venue. Evidently the combination of schedule stress and lack of taxi anxiety can reduce even the most poised style maven’s to a rabble of scrambling teenagers. On this particular occasion I didn’t join the fray because I had a sizeable break until my next show and my own personal driver. I was feeling so nonchalant in fact that I offered to give a few of the lovely ladies from Glamour and Marie Claire a ride to their next destination. Evidently the old saying that “no good deem goes unpunished” holds true even during fashion week and half and hour later we were still sitting in midtown traffic. Eventually I got so fed up that I decided to continue on foot and bought an umbrella that I lost within ten minutes. In the end I set up camp in the nearest Starbucks to make the most of their free WiFi. Two hours, several coffees and one slightly dubious Panini later it was time to venture back out into the damp for one of, if not the most eagerly anticipated shows on my schedule, 3.1 Phillip Lim. As you all know, I’ve got a bit of a “thing” about Phillip Lim (hello understatement of the century) and I apologise in advance because after last week my obsession’s going to hit new levels. Despite the rain, I spied a lot of his SS13 collection on my fellow guests which made me even more determined to get my hands on a piece of it than ever. Once inside the cavernous venue we were treated to steaming hot chocolate a, dare I say it, rather more welcome refreshment than champagne on such a grim day. 3.1 Phillip Lim always pulls in a good and this season’s line up included pretty much everyone who’s anyone ranging from Derek Blasberg and Taylor Tomasi Hill to Garance Dore and Hanneli Mustaparta. After a very enjoyable people watching session the lights went up and the show was at last ready to begin.

New York Fashion Week

3.1 Phillip Lim AW13

At the risk of gushing, Phillip Lim’s AW13 collection was genuinely one of my favourite collections ever. Building on last season’s grunge inspired look, Lim’s latest offerings felt a both effortlessly thrown together in that tomboyish was he does so well but still beautifully cohesive. Rather than sticking predominantly to one main “story”, Phillip Lim creates an attitude allowing for enough different colours, fabrics and styles to constitute an entire and oh-so-covetable wardrobe. Bad girl tartans and zip detailed motorcycle jackets sat alongside angora turtlenecks, patch worked furs (evidently a major trend for AW13) and shearling trimmed azure overcoats. OTK boots are evidently back with a vengeance for autumn and Lim paired his with low slung minis, statement sweatshirts and a healthy dose of devil-may-care attitude. Slouchy tailoring is always something Phillip Lim does well and this time around he turned his hand to the traditional velvet trouser suit, transforming it into something modern and totally relevant. A colour palette including everything from rich autumnal shades of olive green, navy and burgundy to neutrals and cool monochrome hues confirmed my belief that if you can afford 3.1 Phillip Lim, you don’t really need to shop anywhere else ever.

The novelty of having a car was still far from wearing off and with a spring in my step I skipped out of the show and into my waiting London taxi. My next destination was the Meatpacking District for the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet presentation. I absolutely adore their last collection and this time around was no different. Tartans, leathers, plaids, prints and burnished metallic brocades all came in to play, applied to city chic separates, cute cover ups and of course, deliciously girlish cocktail dresses. Flared minis, boucle tweeds and perfectly coordinated accessories provided Park Avenue Princess prep while sleeveless leather motorcycle jackets and sharp suiting hinted at something bolder. As with every Alice + Olivia collection I see, virtually all of it went straight on the wish list. Day 5 was shaping up to be one of the best of New York Fashion Week and it still wasn’t over yet!

New York Fashion Week

Alice + Olivia AW13

Sadly, once again, I’d had to wave goodbye to my ride at 5pm so instead of gliding to a waiting car I made for the subway. At that exact moment a free taxi approached and, given quite how impossible they are to find usually, I took this a sign that I should take it and all good budgeting intentions went straight out the window.

After a couple of hours frantic blogging, email sending, outfit changing and, I’ll admit, watching an episode of Girls it was time to head back uptown for my final show of the day, Marc by Marc Jacobs… Yep, like I said, day 5 was awesome. As with Phillip Lim and Alice + Olivia, I really don’t need to tell you how I feel about this label. Marc by Marc is always a hot ticket show but this time it reached new levels thanks to the mainline Marc Jacobs show being postponed until Thursday evening when a lot of people will have already left for London. Lincoln Centre is never exactly a dull environment but that evening the atmosphere was electric. If anyone ever needed proof that Marc Jacobs wields serious power then they need only refer to this occasion. Every major fashion editor this side of Timbuktu was in attendance and the fact that Susie Lau was in the fourth row and Joanna Tillman in the second spoke volumes. As well as causing a fashion frenzy unlike any I’d seen all week (and I’d seen a fair few I can tell you!) Marc also managed to achieve the impossible and get virtually everyone in their’ seats on time. No sooner had I ogled Anna Dello Russo’s head-to-toe Louis Vuitton ensemble the show began, less than 15 minutes behind schedule!

New York Fashion Week

Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

While I liked the Marc by Marc Jacobs SS13 collection a lot, his latest offerings were on the next level. The 1970’s never cease to inspire designers and for AW13 Marc really did pay homage to the iconic decade. Waists were cinched and prints punchy with plenty of pinstriped shirts and preppy plaid on offer. Wide leg wool trousers, everyday tailoring, ribbed turtlenecks and midi skirts came in a palette of typically seventies hues ranging from rich merlot and azure to burnt orange, olive green and violet, perfectly complimented by voluminous ‘do’s and luscious, berry stained pouts. As expected at Marc, there were plenty of big name models on the catwalk including Lindsey Wixen, Daphne Grunewald and Cara Delevigne who gave it her trademark swagger. To summarise, it was playful elegance and utterly delightful, yet another would-be capsule wardrobe collection.

Exhilerated from a truly fantastic day of fashion week-ing I headed back downtown again for the 3.1 Phillip Lim aftershow party. This has been a pretty lengthy post so in the interest of keeping things concise, it was SUCH a fun night and I may or may not have told Phillip I wanted to marry him.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List 25/01/2013

weekly wish list

1) Preen Leopard Jacquard Evelyn Dress, £690, click here to buy
2) Alexander Wang Croc and Lizard Effect Sandals, £562, click here to buy
3) Anya Hindmarch Studded Joss Zip Top Pouch, £350, click here to buy
4) Anne Bowes Jewellery Enamel Green Egg Necklace, £90, click here to buy
5) 3.1 Phillip Lim Green Large Pashli Satchel, £830, click here to buy
6) Whistles Caroline Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket, £350, click here to buy
7) Burberry Prorsum Metallic Shoulder Bag, £550, click here to buy
8) Valentino Studded Leather Flats, £530, click here to buy
9) Isabel Marant Etoile Iti Skinny Corduroy Trousers, £145, click here to buy
10) J.Crew Liberty Contrast Merino Wool Sweater, £100, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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