Diane Von Furstenberg

NYFW SS14: Day 4

The fact that NYFW takes place in September and February poses something of a problem, sartorially speaking. In September AKA well and truly the start of Autumn, or as my American friends would say “fall”, any self respecting fashion devotee worth their Kenzo sweatshirt should have long since packed away their summery gear. The reverse is true come February but given the fact that the former tends to bring sweltering, muggy heat and the later sub zero temperatures and the odd blizzard, only those who are either incredibly brave or in possession of a driver can feasibly dress for the (fashion) season rather than the weather. Many people do indeed do this – I always spy lashings of leather at the SS shows and bare legs in Feb but personally I can’t quite manage it. Hell, even in my sleeveless Sea NY shirt dress I nearly asphyxiated on day 4!

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I wore: Sea NY dress, Wildfox Couture sunglasses, Vince Camuto sandals & Jaeger London handbag

After a deeply unpleasant, sticky subway journey uptown followed by walked precisely the wrong way up 8th Avenue I finally arrived at the Sean Kelly Gallery with just minutes to spare before the Derek Lam show. On this occasion my lateness played in my favour as I got to stand directly where the models walked out, affording me a close up look at what was a truly masterful collection. The aesthetic was, at least in my opinion, All American elegance with a Parisian twist. Gingham ensembles were concocted with couture craftsmanship resulting in crisp, full skirted looks complete with matching turbans. There was a certain strictness to the cinched waists and immaculate precision with which Lam cut his cloth, counterbalanced by a soft palette of whites and blues with hits of cornflower yellow. With embellishment kept to an absolute minimum, the designer was left to experiment with texture. From my prime position I marvelled at his manipulation of raffia, hand-painted guipure lace, spongy crepe, indigo denim and silk georgette. The collection was the epitome of refined ease and I could certainly see Mrs Obama in one of those fantastic gingham looks, although possible sans turban.

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Derek Lam SS14

Feeling somewhat less flustered after seeing such a fantastic show (the venues “more is more” attitude to air con may have helped a bit too) I headed to the West Village for the Public School presentation. If you read my pre-fashion week New York posts then you might remember I enjoyed a night on the town with Public School designers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. Both awesome, clearly very talented and a lot of fun to boot, I was intrigued to see what they had in store for SS14. When I arrived at MILK Studios it became clear I’d have to wait a while to find out, the queue for the presentation was a mile long! Clearly this was the place to be and once inside I spied J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons and just about everyone else worth knowing in town. The collection itself was the epitome of what any fashion forward fellow should be wearing come Spring. Urban inspired staples and modern tailoring in a blend of luxe, tech and natural fabrics. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… guys, will you PLEASE start doing womenswear!?

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After a brief spot of relaxation on MILK Studios roof terrace with Sharoni and lovely stylist Haya Maraka, it was back out into the sweaty streets and on to the Thakoon show a few blocks North in Chelsea. I needn’t have rushed though, there was a mega delay in opening doors thanks to lighting failure (fashion week nightmare alert!) but those kind of queues can be good for a mingle and this time I even managed to fit in a little interview for Glamour.com. Once inside I stared open mouthed at the unbelievable outfits I spotted fellow show goers wearing which were above and beyond anything I’d seen before. The FROW bore a seriously impressive line up, as befits a designer beloved by Anna Wintour (going from what I saw in The September Issue, obv) including Suzy Menkes, Caroline Issa, Paula Reed, Hanneli Mustaparta, Leandra Medine, Bryan Boy… Oh and your’s truly. Admittedly this may have been more by default that anything else but when the wonderful PR team managed to slot me into a seat, my feet and Instagram feed were both extremely grateful. I have to say, if ever there were a show worth being in a great spot for, it was this one. I don’t even know where to begin it was, just, wow. The collection began an exquisite ice white and cream ladylike fantasy, a modern take on aristocratic elegance complete with freshwater pears and lace embroidery. How Thakoon managed to make this feel so fresh is anyone’s guess but the duchesse silk, crystal embroidery and ivory chevron textured crepe all carried an underlying feeling of youth and newness.

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Thakoon SS14

Thakoon’s meticulous attention to detail is unsurpassed and as a lilac silk gazar number glided past I spied the shimmer of a reflective floral slip layered beneath it. Delicate jacquard prints paved the way from Princess worthy shades of cream and ivory into stiffened hot pink floral pleats featuring laser cut latex and thigh skimming slits, what a transition! Cheeky PVC numbers in red hot shades moved into sculpted denim and noir satin slips adorned with crystal trims and lace inlaid pleats – think Park Avenue Princess with a wild side – displaying the vast scope of Thakoon Panichgul’s imagination and sheer design skill. It was the kind of heart meltingly exquisite collection that makes the frenzy fashion week just melt away while you gape in awe and wonder. Thakoon’s show was without a doubt a major New York Fashion Week highlight and it was frankly an absolute privilege to be there.

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Thakoon SS14

With an unimaginable stroke of luck I managed to pounce on a free taxi within minutes who sped me up to Lincoln Center at a terrifying pace, in good time for DVF. Once I arrived, the feeling of calm instilled in me by the Thakoon show disappeared pretty quickly. Lincoln Center is always akin to some sort of feeding frenzy during NYFW (think the scene outside Somerset House on steroids) but this was truly something else. DVF shows always attract a high celeb quotient which inevitably results in mayhem in the tents. Once in my seat, having politely asked the random trio of people occupying to if they wouldn’t mind moving I had the interesting experience of watching my row mates reactions to the seat stealers who proceeded to move into unoccupied spaces until there were none left. Some people asked them to move with a sigh, others were downright vitriolic and refused to so much as make eye contact with the offending parties as they apologised. Could make an interesting human behaviour study, don’t you think? The FROW was a frenzy of celebs and industry legends, with everyone from Janice Dickinson and the Hilton sisters to Grace Coddington and Franca Sozzani in attendance. Eventually the disembodied French accented voice I’d come to look forward to so much ushered us to our seats for the show to begin.

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Diane Von Furstenberg SS14

Karen Olsen opened to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (cheeky or controversial?) in a monochrome wrap dress with a printed A line skirt. The show notes decreed “Be Your Own Oasis… An unexpected source of renewal, serenity and Beauty”, words Diane clearly stuck to when dreaming up this collection. We were treated to nautical inspired blue and white prints complete with rope detailing, crop tops paired with flirty skirts and of course, lots and lots of dresses. DVF was clearly drawing on her own heritage here with the bold hues and punchy patterns we all know and love incarnated in jersey, chiffon and denim accompanied by a soundtrack of RnB classics which got me smiling. All in all, it was DVF doing what she does best; sexy, wearable glamour not exactly pushing the fashion frontiers but bursting with joie de vivre. Between the A list model line up – Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Daria Werbowy, Karlie Kloss and finally a majestic Naomi Campbell – and Diane herself dancing down the runway to Mary J Blige, the whole thing was truly a joy to behold.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 16/08/2013

If I owned this Chloé jacket, my life would genuinely be complete…

weekly wish list
1) Diane Von Furstenberg Shanna Dress, £324, click here to buy
2) Jimmy Choo Amore Polished Leather Ankle Boots, £550, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Trimmed Tweed Satchel, £1050, click here to buy
4) THE Chloé Leather & Shearling Biker Jacket, £2290, click here to buy
5) The Row Round Frame Sunglasses, £248, click here to buy
6) Mulberry Lizard Effect iPhone Case, £90, click here to buy
7) 3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Haircalf 31 Minute Cosmetic Zip Clutch, £380, click here to buy
8) MICHAEL Michael Kors Paxton Print Metallic Toe Pointed Pumps, £140, click here to buy
9) Rebecca Taylor Fit n’ Flare Leather Skirt, £395, click here to buy
10) Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee Plaid Sweater, £260, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 27/07/2013

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1) Boutique by Jaeger Racer Back Pleat Dress, £199, click here to buy
2) Charlotte Olympia Hollywood Platform Sandals, £795, click here to buy
3) Burberry Little Crush Heart Print Bag, £875, click here to buy
4) Markus Lupfer Key To My Heart Sequin Sweater, £290, click here to buy
5) Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses, £180, click here to buy
6) Valentino The Rockstud Patent Leather Clutch, £995, click here to buy
7) Diane Von Furstenberg Pink Shadow Print iPhone 5 case, £29, click here to buy
8) Nicholas Kirkwood Suede, Grosgrain & Elaphe Pumps, £490, click here to buy
9) Reiss Paris Slim Trousers, £89, click here to buy
10) Erdem Amanie Floral Print Fish Scale Sequin Blouse, £1000, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Summer Holiday Wish List

I know, I know, Summer’s essentially “over” according to the fashion calendar and I should have really compiled this wish list some time back in April. But then again, I’m not actually going on a Summer holiday until tomorrow and I’m betting many of you lot won’t be sunning yourself on a beach for another few weeks. Despite the fact I repeatedly tell anyone who’ll listen that shopping for bikinis in July is basically criminal and they won’t have a hope in hell of finding a damn thing, that’s not necessarily the case. Just check out these poolside delights…

summer holiday

1) T by Alexander Wang Stripe T Shirt, £104, click here to buy
2) Frame Denim “Le Cutoff” shorts, were £159, now £79, click here to buy
3) K Jaques St Tropez Buffon Leather Sandals, £215, click here to buy
4) Sensi Studio Maxi Straw Tote, £198, click here to buy
5) Raggianti Turquoise Bikini, £80 at Beach Flamingo, click here to buy
6) Whistles Mia Oversized Sunglasses, £50, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Pineapple Necklace, £130, click here to buy
8) Diane Von Furstenberg Flirty Miniadure Clutch, £244, click here to buy
9) Jimmy Choo Lance Neon Patent Sandals, £495, click here to buy
10) Reiss Otto Printed Cotton Dress, £139, click here to buy

Happy holidays!

Love Ella. X

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New York Fashion Week AW13: Day 4

Day 4 of New York Fashion week got off to an infinitely better start than the previous one. I had forsaken the parties in favour of a much needed early night so felt sprightly and ready to hit the shows. My first port of call was in fact, not a show at all but a visit to Kurt Geiger’s gorgeous new Bleecker Street boutique where they were bringing us Brits a bit of home comfort with an all day English tea party. I adore Kurt Geiger’s shoes and team there so it was a real treat to see the both of them out in NYC and indulge in a decent cup of earl grey (easier said then done in Manhattan!). In celebration of the latest stateside Kurt Geiger outpost they had also managed to get their hands on a black London taxi which they very kindly said I could use whenever I fancied. I have to say that having a car and driver at your disposal, even just for one afternoon, makes fashion week an infinitely less exhausting experience.

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I wore… Shorts suit & poloneck jumper: Theory, Coat: Sandro, Hat: Maje, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Massimo Dutti

After drinking countless cups of tea and falling in love with a pair of adorable white croc flats and matching clutch bag I hopped in the Kurt Geiger cab and headed uptown to Lincoln Centre for the Trina Turk presentation.

I have to admit, I don’t know a great deal about Trina Turk but I really liked her collection for Banana Republic last Summer. The American designer’s latest offerings included plenty of the bold colour combos I’d previously admired, applied to classic wardrobe staples to see the well-heeled woman through both Autumn and Winter. Oversized fedoras, flared trousers and floor-sweeping maxi skirts in a palette of mustard, plum and aubergine gave some looks a distinctly 70′s feel while a sharp houndstooth knit and red leather skinnies combo referenced the previous decade. While it didn’t really appeal to me personally Trina Turk’s AW13 collection was undeniably elegant and will no doubt sell like hot cakes.

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Trina Turk AW13

After that I decided it was definitely time to replenish my caffeine levels with a trip to, you’ve guessed it, Starbucks. The nearest one is literally 100 mentres from Lincoln Centre but navigating the Street Style snappers lined up outside generally takes around half an hour. Then again, when none of them want to take your photo it does feel vaguely depressing. Coffee in hand (and some down coat) I returned to the tents for show number two, Diane Von Furstenberg. The inimitable DVF is something of an industry institution and always pulls in a top class FROW. This time around was no expection and before even taking my seat I spied Coco Rocha, Carine Roitfeld and Olivia Palermo. By the time the show began the “Theatre” was absolute packed, no mean feat when you consider the vast size of the venue. Cara Delevgine opened, all flowing locks and saucy swagger in figure skimming animal print. The show notes opened with the statement that “life is a party” and the collection reflected this sentiment entirely. It was a veritable feast of eye-popping hues and vibrant prints that simply oozed Studio 54 decadence. When it comes to colour, Diane Von Furstenberg is fearless and her label’s latest offerings included everything from rich earthy hues to luscious jewel tones and shimmering metallics. As promised the collection featured many a party-ready frock but there was also some really fantastic tailoring, my personal favourite being a magenta silk trouser suit. The closing look was a breath-taking, floor sweeping cobalt blue halterneck number that will no doubt soon be a red carpet fixture and after the models took their final lap, Diane herself came dancing down the runway to the sound of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”. All in all the show was fun, feminina and fabulous, surely the very essence of what DVF is all about.

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Diane Von Furstenberg AW13

I left the Lincoln Centre with a great big grin on my face and made a beeline for the London taxi Kurt Geiger had kindly let me carry on using that afternoon. My next destination was the lower east side for Y-3. Held waaaaay downtown in an actual warehouse the Y-3 show was just about one of the hippest I’ve ever attended. Then again, you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Adidas line designed by Yohji Yamamoto. Unsurprisingly there was a whole lotta comme des garçons on the FROW and I felt unbelievably grateful for having decided to wear my red beret/flippy mini combo the day before. Y-3 was a seriously late starter (I need to stop bothering to mention this) but I was having such a good time basking in the sheer coolness of the whole situation I didn’t particularly care. Just as I was starting to tire of people watching Carine Roitfeld arrived, a Wild West soundtrack struck up and it was time for the show to begin. This was directional sportswear at its most fashion forward with sculpted silhouettes, innovative technical fabrics and distorted proportions galore. Black on black looks were punctuated with neon accents and day glo waffle knits and there was even some very neat tailoring. The overall aesthetic was 90′s streetwear with an avant guard twist and seriously wow-worthy trainers. Re-imagined trench coats and tweed looks were unexpected but strangely fitting. The collection was achingly cool and masterfully constricted and a finale of zip topped, voluminous creations hinted at Yamamoto’s legendary couture creations.

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Y-3 AW13

By this time I’d sadly had to say goodbye to my driver and decided to walk home which took rather longer than expected. That evening I once again ditched the parties in favour of dinner with an old friend but rest assured, I haven’t come over all sensible and definitely made up for it over the next two evenings!

Love Ella. X

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