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

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It Started at Celine…

Let’s be honest, the “it” in question could be any number of things. Frankly it would be far easier to name the trends, garments and general fashion moods not in some way influenced by or deliberately pilfered from French arbiter of all things chic, Céline. Low key luxe (duh), wide leg trousers, socks with sandals, label free it bags, double denim, summer leather… Whether you’re shopping at Armani or Primarni, I guarantee that the genius of Phoebe Philo has reached you in some way, shape or form. This time around the taste making move in question appears not to be a trend or far reaching aesthetic (although Céline continues to kickstart those too) but a specific garment. Namely, the pink coat. Roughly this time last year Philo sent two coats down the catwalk both of which were predictably and exquisitely understated in their immaculately crafted simplicity, save for the colour. The first was a dusky pink oversized mohair creation, the second a glossy fuscia pelt. In-your-face pink is not necessarily a shade usually associated with Céline but yet it seemed so right. The pared back, modern elegance and mannish silhouettes of the garments provided the perfect foil for their deliciously bright, shamelessly pretty hues.


Céline AW12

Whatever your shade of choice may be – candyfloss, powder, baby, magenta – the colour pink itself is nothing new. What struck me, and has evidently struck the rest of the fashion world too, was its place within an otherwise frill-free collection. The message was clear, pink isn’t just for girly girls and summer frocks, it can be grown up and serious too. I might be wrong (not a rare occurence) but thinking back over my shopping experiences these past few winters, there seems to have been a dirth of pink outerwear. Khaki, olive, navy, burgundy, tweed, camel, black and even scarlet all get a look in but pink coats, or at least ones that can legitimately be worn over the age of six, have been few and far between. Well, not any more. Not since Empress of all that is cool, Phoebe Philo decreed it. During AW13 fashion month pink coats cropped up on the catwalk at Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, John Rocha and Topshop Unique… And that was just in London! Across the pond in Paris, purveyors of Scandi minimalism Acne Studios delivered an incredible sculpted number and Guillaume Henry’s candy hued confections made him the talk of fashion week. Naturally it was Philo herself who delivered the ultimate take on the trend she kickstarted last year.


From left: Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Carven & Céline AW13

While I probably won’t be snapping up the Céline version or even one of Carven’s snuggly coverups (sob!) their solid presence on the AW13 runways will no doubt mean that pink coats will be all over the high street next season. Whatever your preconceptions about Barbie’s favourite hue I highly recommend trying this trend come autumn, but do avoid venturing into toddler territory by giving the pie crust collars a miss.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 04/01/2013

First weekly wish list of 2013!

weekly wish list

1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Uma cable knit merino wool sweater, £235, click here to buy
2) Acne lambskin leather trousers, £989, click here to buy
3) Alexander Wang Alla croc effect leather wedges, £625, click here to buy
4) 3.1 Phillip Lim The Pashli shark effect leather trapeze tote, £805, click here to buy
5) Burberry mid length trench coat, £1195, click here to buy
6) J.Crew Tinsley lady boucle jacket, £500, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Deco dot rabbit scarf, £345, click here to buy
8) Sophie Hulme lizard panel envelope bag, £305, click here to buy
9) Charlotte Olympia Serene crepe de chine platform sandals, £595, click here to buy
10) Roksanda Ilincic Sadler laminated dress, £910, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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LPA Styles It: Matches

It’s been a while since my last LPA Styles It post and with AW12 well and truly upon us I thought it was high time to do another one. Now I’m always partial to spending a morning trying on lovely clothes but I was extra excited on this occasion because of the store in question. If, for some unknown and evil reason, I was forced to choose just one place to shop at for the rest of my life (and money was no object) I’d pick Matches every time. Their buyers somehow seem to read my mind, selecting the cream of the crop from my favourite brands’ collections each season. Add three beautiful boutiques and an online store to rival Net-a-Porter into the mix and the results are pretty sublime. Unsurprisingly I had an absolute ball doing this shoot and a tough time choosing just five looks to feature. Somehow I managed to narrow it down to these exquisite ensembles… Enjoy!

Urban Cowgirl


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LPA Styles It: Start London

As a die-hard West London girl, few things could possibly entice me to up sticks and move to Shoreditch. Not for all the rooftop swimming pools, moustached hipsters and resonably priced beverages in the world would I relinquish my Starbucks-frequenting, French Sole wearing ways. But living within walking distance of Start London? Well, that’s tempting. As I probably don’t need to tell you, Start London was launched in 2002 by TV Presenter, musician and Front Row regular Brix Smith Start and her retailer husband, Philip. Ten years on it’s basically the last word in high fashion cool, stocking the likes of Carven, Acne, Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. With the September issues now gathering dust and Autumn basically here, never the time is ripe to shop. So with this, and now-scarily-close fashion week, in mind, I teamed up with cult multi-boutique e-tailer to create my own edit of Start’s A-MAZING new season collections…

Neon Knit

Start London

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