Anne Bowes Jewellery

Look Du Jour: Spring Red

spring red carven

spring red carven

Spring red carven

spring red carven

spring red carven

spring red carven

Ella Catliff by Holly McGlynn Carven 21 March 2014_007

spring red carven

What: Spring red Carven skirt suit (sample), Isabel Marant pumps, Club Monaco top (c/o), Ostwalk Helgason for ALDO Rise bag (c/o), Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace & Accessorize ring

Where: Carven x NO NAME launch party (and many more, see here)

Oh, Carven. I could not even begin to count the ways I love you. Any brand that advocates non-stop collar wearing and has an entire wall of detachable ones in their store was obviously going to be my cup of tea but even this shared affinity couldn’t do justice to my hands down fashion obsession with the brand. Most of the pieces appear entirely at odds with the studied slouch and perennial nonchalance rocked by most women in the French fashion capital yet Carven still manages to feel like the quintessential Parisian label. To be honest, I suspect that even the most committed Marant clad left bank ladies can’t resist its ingenue charms and secretly have a stash of flirty A line minis and lace insert cardigans that they would secretly rather be wearing than Stan Smith’s and leather pants. I was lucky enough to be lent this exquisite resort 2014 skirt suit for the Carven x NO NAME launch party a couple of weeks ago and it took every ounce of willpower I possess to give it back. In retrospect, I wish I’d purchased it back in January as I reckon it could be seriously versatile. For an evening ‘do I paired it with my favourite lace top from Club Monaco (you’ve seen it on here a lot, no?), even trustier Isabel Marant pumps (ditto), a bag from Ostwald Helgason’s amazing collection for ALDO Rise and a necklace my mum, jewellery designer Anne Bowes, gave me for Christmas. Had I been trotting it out before dark I’d probably have gone for a simple sweater and ballet flats… Or maybe even the aforementioned Stan Smith’s. Believe it or not I own a pair and they’re possibly the most comfortable thing ever. You could also totally split the pieces, that jacket would be just the thing to perk up a pair of skinny jeans and a plain white tee. Dammit, why did I not buy this suit!?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Ice Princess

ice princess

ice princess

princess

princess

Ella Catliff

Anne Bowes Jewellery

Ella Catliff Valentino

Ella Catliff princess

princess

What: Princess dress by REDValentino (c/o), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Ring by Swarovski (c/o), Shoes by Sophia Webster and clutch by Wilbur & Gussie (c/o)

Where: Dolce & Gabbana London Collections: Men party

In my previous Look Du Jour post I questioned whether, metaphorically speaking, a leopard could change its sartorial spots. I think this ensemble proves that the answer is a definitive NO… Or at least in my case it is. But then when a frock is quite as goddamn gorgeous as this REDValentino number who the hell cares anyway? As anyone with an internet connection and an interest in fashion will have seen splashed all over the internet, this week the international style set hit Britain for London Collections: Men AW14. Naturally it kicked off with a fabulous bash hosted by Dolce & Gabbana and attended by Kylie Minogue which provided me with the perfect excuse to take this stunner for its first outing. Between the tiered skirt and lace brocade, this is one of the most unashamedly, deliciously early items I’ve ever owned so I decided to embrace the sugar sweet, princess prettiness of the whole thing and run with it. Queue pink lips, nails and detailing plus a touch or two of sparkle. The party was, unsurprisingly, wonderful and this ensemble went down a treat. Evidently New Year’s fasholutions are rather similar to New Year’s resolutions; both are made to be broken.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Blush On Blues

blush

blush

blush

Club Monaco

Anne Bowes Jewellery

Wilbur and Gussie

Nicholas Kirkwood

blush

What: Lace Top & Blush Skirt by Club Monaco, Clutch by Wilbur & Gussie (both c/o), Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Ring by Accessorize, Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem.

Where: Temperley London Notting Hill Store Relaunch & Dinner at Beach Blanket Babylon

I don’t need any excuse to whip out a girly, blush hued ensemble involving piped satin, cream lace and Mary-Janes but if I did, a soirée hosted by Alice Temperley at her Westbourne Grove boutique would be it. I only acquired this divine Club Monaco top back in August but I’ve already worn it more times than I can count. It’s one of those genius pieces that works for every occasion from a Belstaff party attended by Anna Wintour to an evening down the pub. It also looks good without not causing physical pain to the wearer, always a plus when it comes to clothing. The Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem shoes on the other hand, dreamy though they may be, are an absolute b*tch to do anything in. Standing, walking, whatever, I almost pity the poor models who had to wear them on the Erdem catwalk but then, they only had to grin and bear the discomfort for a few minutes. The problem is, they’re so darned pretty I can’t bear to leave them unworn or worse, get rid of them. Motto of this story? Beware splurging at a sample sale without taking a lap of the room in your prospective purchase. Or just be prepared for some tender tootsies.

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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Look Du Jour: Crushing On Camo

Ella Catliff

Whistles

Camo

camo

camo

camo

Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise

camo

What: Camo print sweater by Whistles, Waxed Jeans by Juicy Couture, Shoes by Kurt Geiger, Bag by Alice + Olivia (all c/o) Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bracelet & Rings by Monica Vinader

Where: Lectures & Dinner at Aubaine, High Street Kensington

I suspect this may be the first in a long line of posts featuring this particular AW13 über trend over the coming weeks and months. I’m a teeny tiny – hello understatement of the century – smidge obsessed with it. And I’m most certainly not alone in my latest sartorial addiction. Thanks to Christopher Kane, Whistles and the many other brands who seemingly serendipitously decided to bring back soldier chic, the whole world has gone bat shit cray for camouflage and you can bet your statement sweatshirt I leapt straight on that bandwagon. Call me a fashion victim if you will but I’ll be far too busy prancing around in my new favourite print to listen.

Will you be rocking camo prints this season?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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Look Du Jour: Perfect Day

perfect day

perfect day

perfect day

perfect day

perfect day

perfect day

What: Dress: Kate Spade New York, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Bag: Michael Kors, Pumps: French Sole (all c/o) Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bracelet & Ring: Monica Vinader

Where: Shopping, lunching & other cultural activities in London… In other words, a perfect day.

This is the kind of look that would make Phoebe Philo run away screaming, should I have happened to bump into her in Hammersmith Starbucks (unlikely) last Thursday morning. It would be understandable, there is a hell of a lot going on here. But as someone with an irresistible attraction all things über girly, an outfit like this makes me want to hop, skip and jump for joy. Borderline offensive colour clashing? Check! Floral print? Check! Enough pink to give Barbie a headache? Check, check and check! Admittedly the Karen Walker Candy Bar sunglasses may have been overkill, better paired with slouchy skinny jeans and a grey marl tee, but I was so excited to take them for their first outing I couldn’t resist. I’ve had this Kate Spade dress in my wardrobe all Summer and despite spending at least five minutes per day looking lovingly at it, have never found quite the right occasion to actually wear it. With SS13 basically O-V-E-R I decided to take the plunge and felt every in the Park Avenue princess, it’ll definitely be coming with my to New York Fashion Week next month. Adding to the general joyousness of things was the fact I donned this eye popping ensemble for my favourite kind of day, lunching, shopping and catching a few, ok one, exhibition with my mum. Whenever we set off on this kind of outing it’s always with a plan to visit/achieve/buy an endless list of things but end up just wandering around chatting and coming home with one or two totally random purchases. That, my friends, is what makes it a perfect day.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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