Carven

Look Du Jour: Spring Red

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Spring red carven

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Ella Catliff by Holly McGlynn Carven 21 March 2014_007

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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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Monthly Must Haves: March 2014

Once again, I must start this post with an apology. Despite having swapped those time consuming and financially perilous weekly wish lists (lengthy browsing, inevitable spending) for monthly must haves I’ve still failed to churn one out every four weeks. I’m a bad blogger. In my defense February was fashion month and, rather inconveniently, uni deadline madness so things have been a bit of a scramble. BUT at long last, here are my March loves and I suspect you’re going to love them too…

Monthly Must Haves March

1) Carven Floral Print Sweatshirt, £160, click here to buy
2) Paige Tyler Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, £225, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Mirrored Leather Bag, £1545, click here to buy
4) Monica Vinader Atlantis Rose Gold Plated Lapis Lazuli Earrings, £250, click here to buy
5) Miu Miu Noir Sunglasses, 205, click here to buy
6) Kate Spade New York Kaslow Coat, $1296, click here to buy or locate a UK store
7) Kate Spade New York Sedgewick Place Tweed Bag, $428, click here to buy or locate a UK store
8) Valentino Rockstud Neon Patent Leather Pumps, 600, click here to buy
9) Topshop Crepe Cigarette Trousers, £40, click here to buy
10) J.Crew Embellished Cotton Shirt, £110, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

Ps) Between concocting and posting these must haves I’ve managed to buy two of them myself! Can you guess which?

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Look Du Jour: Craving Carven

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What: Skirt & Collar by Carven (c/0), Jumper by J.Crew, Coat by A.P.C, Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem (cheeky sample sale purchase) and Bag by Paul & Joe Sister (c/0)

Where: Lunch date in London

I definitely don’t need to to tell you how I feel about Carven. My love for the French purveyor of perfectly playful elegance knows no bounds and certainly no notion of attempting to limit the number of times per day I think about/mention/covet its stylish fare. Not so long ago I was in the library attempting to work on my thesis and avoid the distracting allure of Instagram when I stumbled across a hefty tome all about Carven. Suffice to say, the old thesis didn’t get written but what I gained from the hour or two spent reading it was, in the long term, no doubt far more valuable than another cats-in-hats session on Buzzfeed. Or baby sloths, as I spent last Sunday staring open mouthed at. But anyway, I digress. You’re probably now busy watching said sloths as I foolishly included a hyperlink but in case you’ve found your way back to my blog then I’ll say a bit about this outfit. The skirt is one of my favourite pieces from Carven’s insanely good AW13 collection. Who would’ve thought of using deer print?! Guillaume Henry, that’s who. You should see the super soft, oversized coat that goes with it, serious sartorial heaven. There are many things about Carven I completely and utterly adore, not least is their knack for concocting perfect collars. Monsieur  Henry is clearly as savvy a businessman as he is talented a créateur and Carven now not only attach nonchalantly adorable collars to many of their garms but also sell them separately! This orange and blue number is in fact, not attached to the jumper, but a bib like design that can be paired with just about anything. I opted for my latest J.Crew acquisition with a super cute Paul & Joe Sister bag swinging over my shoulder, blue and orange is definitely one of my favourite colour combinations.

On another note, if any UK readers haven’t been to Carven’s divine flagship store at 85 Pelham Street in South Kensington you must! It’s not to be believed.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Monthly Must Haves: November 2013

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1) Carven Turtle Neck Wool Sweater, £410, click here to buy
2) Whistles Katie Circle Skater Skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Whistles Canter High Jodphur Boots, £185, click here to buy
4) Topshop Traditional Check Scarf, £14, click here to buy
5) Elizabeth and James Cotton Mohair Coat, £610, click here to buy
6) Johnstons Fairisle Gloves, £29, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Duke Backgammon Clutch, £995, click here to buy
8) Tory Burch Vesper Bead-Embellished Woven Silk Top, £340, click here to buy
8) Max Mara Pegno Trousers, £238, click here to buy
9) KG Kurt Geiger Livvy Leopard Flats, £95, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Introducing: Monthly Must Haves

After what seems like an absolute lifetime since my last weekly wish list I’m very happy to announce that I will once again be scouring the net for sartorial gems to tempt us both with! But, as you might have gathered from the title of this post, it won’t be a weekly thing. This isn’t due to any lack of covetable clothing. Hell, I could probably make a daily wish list and I suspect it’s this sheer abundance of stuff I want that means it takes literally hours for me to narrow it down to a top ten. With final year of uni pressure on and less time for browsing (sob!) I’ve decided to swap my Weekly Wish Lists for Monthly Must Haves but don’t worry, these picks will be extra awesome, just you wait…

Introducing Monthly Must Haves

1) Chinti and Parker Aran Knit Wool Sweater, £350, click here to buy
2) Topshop Orange Wool Checked Skirt, £38, click here to buy
3) Chloe Buckled Leather Ankle Boots, £810, click here to buy
4) Sophie Hulme Mini Envelope Clutch, £290, click here to buy
5) Whistles Leopard Leather Gloves, £65, click here to buy
6) Missoni Dogtooth Fur Collar Coat, £2938, click here to buy
7) Nicholas Kirkwood Printed Suede & Leather Pumps, £680, click here to buy
8) ASOS Marabou Clutch, £45, click here to buy
9) No.21 Cropped Wool Trousers, £400, click here to buy
10) Carven Cornelis Lace Top, £510, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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