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Look Du Jour: Blogger Style

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Ella Catliff blogger

La Petite Anglaise blogger

Ella Catliff by Holly McGlynn Jan 14_002

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Rag & Bone blogger

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What: Kenzo sweatshirt, H&M skirt, Rag & Bone boots (real deal here) & Kurt Geiger bag (similar here) (both c/o)

Where: Dinner and drinks in Soho, London.

So, after much moaning about the refusal of all things sportif to remove themselves from every magazine, trend edit and stylish individual’s wardrobe on the planet, I finally gave in and embraced the fashion sweatshirt. I’d been psyching up to this for a while, guiltily ogling neoprene numbers from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Whistles, toying with the idea of Kenzo’s look-at-me motifs and even pondering a Brian Lichtenburg. In the end it was, unsurprisingly, Kenzo that won me around. When they decided to do pink and blue cloud print for AW13, the temptation just got too much. And do you know what? The ever so slightly extortionate amount I paid was totally worth it. My only issue has been what on EARTH I could wear the damn thing with. Obviously it’s perfect paired with a pair of skinny jeans, low key footwear for a kind of everyday effortlessness I never thought myself capable of. But when you’ve splashed out on a major “must have” piece you want The world to see it. There will be a 3 Ways To Wear it post on how to adapt a fashion sweatshirt for different occasions coming your way soon but here’s my first take on it, blogger style. I write this post, and indeed wore this outfit, with my tongue slightly in cheek as the whole thing’s a roaring cliche from start to finish. Fashion sweatshirt, a skirt that features not one but two of the seasons ‘it’ prints (camo + leopard, obvs), the Rag & Bone boots every fash gal worth her sartorial salt owns and an impractically small but oh-so-OTM calf hair satchel. All lovely pieces but together transform the wearer into a walking, talking, selfie taking fashion blogger caricature. Had I owned New Balance trainers or a Féline emblazoned beanie I may have felt compelled to add those into the mix and been subsequently unable to live with myself.

Love Ella. X

Ps) The night I first wore this look I ended up surrounded by bodycon babes in a Chelsea night club. I quite literally felt like an alien from planet fashion… And loved every second of it.

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Ice Princess

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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: Texture Blend

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What: Textured green cable knit sweater and duffel coat both Whistles, Skirt by J.Crew, Bag by Alice + Olivia (c/o) & Shoes by Kurt Geiger (c/o)

Where: Shopping in London.

I very nearly called this post “50 Shades of Green” and then remembered, somewhat embarrassingly, that I’d already made that oh so hilarious pun about a year ago… Shame on me. So, instead I opted for “Texture Blend”, a more accurate if infinitely duller title. I do adore pink and it may make the boys wink but green is and has always been my favourite colour. Suffice to say, I own clothes in every shade from moss, hunter, forest and emerald to palest mint and even eye-offending, neon highlighter hues. A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to a variety of my favourite green garments at once but wanted to do so without looking like a human fern. The trick, I think, to achieving this is a combination of tonal colour blocking and contrasting textures. A chunky Whistles cable knit takes the evening edge of my beloved J.Crew jacquard mini and the forest green (also Whistles) duffel coat provides a perfect matching-yet-not coverup. Then I added the basically catching Alice + Olivia calfhair handbag because I’ve always thought that if you’re going to do something you may as well go the whole hog!

What do you think of my texture experiment? Would you try it yourself?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Mulberry Mustard

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What: Shirt & Skirt by Mulberry, Clutch by Hobbs (c/o), Ring by Swarovski (c/o) & Heels by Kurt Geiger (c/o)

Where: Fashion Fringe 10 Year Anniversary party hosted by Christopher Bailey & Colin McDowell.

It always surprises people to hear that as a youngster, I was a complete and utter tomboy. I’m talking boy (read: pudding bowl) haircut, pony obsession, total lack of grooming, hatred of pink and hideous, offensive to the eyes outfits. This all changed by the time I hit my teenage years and discovered boys, glittery make up and home hair dye but the memories, and more importantly the photographic evidence, of that particular faze remained. One thing that particularly traumatised me for years to come was a bright orange, thermofleece Gap tracksuit I used to wear rather a lot… In public… I know. The hideous recollections of this hideous ensemble quite literally rendered me unable to contemplate wearing the colour for a decade. But then, of course, fashion got me changing my tune in the 5 seconds it took a marmalade clad model to trot down the Mulberry runway. All of a sudden, orange wasn’t the shameful shade associated with my pre-teen crimes against fashion. No, it was the spicy, autumnal, delectable hue I wanted, nay needed in my wardrobe. I snapped up this silk shirt in the Mulberry sale the following January and haven’t looked back since. The tweed skirt is also Mulberry, a cheeky purchase in the OUTNET Editor’s sale. At first I was dubious about pairing it with a tangerine top half in case I ended up looking jaundiced but I reckon it works. Despite the fact the incredibly pencil like cut of the skirt made movement a little tricky this is possibly one of my favourite outfits. What do you think?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Rule Brittania

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What: Dress by Matthew Williamson, Valorie Glitter Clutch by Anya Hindmarch (available here), Ring by Swarovski (c/o), Shoes by Isabel Marant & Navy nail polish by Nails Inc.

Where: British Fashion Awards 2013

As anyone who ventured near twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the internet in general or various daily papers last week will know, Monday played host to a rather special event… The 25th annual British Fashion Awards! I love an awards ceremony and with Kate Moss, Harry Styles and Miuccia Prada on the eclectic nominee list, these were set to be the big cheese. Such a fabulous event requires a fabulous dress and obviously I was determined to wear British. Thanks to the fact that everything seems to be moving in warp speed at the moment (seriously, wasn’t it September just yesterday!?) I left my outfit selection a little late. Queue extreme panic and very nearly emptying my bank balance on one of Net-a-Porter’s frocks. Luckily the wonderful Matthew Williamson came to my rescue and not only did I stave off bankruptcy for a while (or at least, until the Manolo Blahnik sample sale) I got to wear one of the most gorgeous gowns I’ve ever laid eyes on. Between the rich, cobalt blue lace, dazzling embellishment and full skater skirt I did’t think I could have been more enamoured with this ensemble. Then I added a glittery Anya Hindmarch clutch and very nearly passed out from sheer, sartorial excitement.

All the goss from the awards themselves coming soon! For now, what do you think of my look?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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