Is anyone else as #OBSESSED with matching things as me? I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for co-ords and luckily for me there are a lot of them around this season. Here are a few of the super chic separates sets I’m currently coveting… In fact, I actually picked up the REISS skirt suit just this week.
1) Erdem Karina Venice Lace Collar T-Shirt, £320, click here to buy
2) Erdem Emi Venice Print Shorts, £390, click here to buy
3) Madeleine Thompson Baltimore Colour Block Cashmere T-Shirt, £340, click here to buy
4) Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Micro Shorts, £185, click here to buy
5) Whistles Victoria Floral Top, £95, click here to buy
6) Whistles Victoria Floral Skirt, £110, click here to buy
7) REISS Jasminda Jacket, £179, click here to buy
8) REISS Nice Short Puff Skirt, £95, click here to buy
9) Whistles Chi Chi Block Heel Sandal, £155, click here to buy
10) Sophie Hulme Envelope Bag, £345, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
Scooping up the feted New Establishment prize at this year’s British Fashion Awards confirmed that Erdem has well and truly made the leap from rising fashion star to serious global brand. But let’s face it, most of us knew that already. Since receiving the Fashion Fringe Award mere moments after launching his label in 2005, the Canadian born designer has picked up virtually every accolade and scored every prestigious stockist worth working one’s chicly clad derriere off to land. Obviously he’s an immensely skilled craftsman – you don’t dress everyone from Samantha Cameron to Alexa Chung without an excellent grasp of the basics – but I maintain that Erdem’s phenomenal success is due, at least in part, to the fact he creates clothes that women really, really want to wear. Every season he delivers silhouettes that suit mere mortals, as well as six foot supermodels. Add mouthwatering colour palettes and pretty-as-a-picture prints into the mix and it’s no wonder that Erdem’s divine dresses make shoppers squeal with glee. But while Erdem could most likely have continued to churn out slight variations on the uber popular floral print, garden party theme and still sold out every season, he hasn’t, and for that I applaud him.
For Pre Fall 2013, Erdem continued to explore the flirtation with subversion that permeated his Spring collection. In place of previous seasons’ ladylike lace came plastic, leather and high shine PVC. The designer’s fabric experimentation extended to include lamé tweeds, semi sheer organza, laser cut leather broderie anglaise and iridescent paillettes resembling huge fish scales in a palette that included everything from eye-popping pinks, acid edged greens and neon brights inky midnight shades and soft yolk yellow hues. But for all its surprising fabric choices, peek-a-boo detailing and seductive undertones, Erdem’s Pre Fall 2013 collection is ultimately feminine, wearable and utterly covetable… Personally, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Love Ella. X
1) Stella McCartney Josephine Lace Dress, £4195, click here to buy
2) Lucy Choi London Adele Glitter Courts, £185, click here to buy
3) Lanvin Crystal Embellished Box Clutch, £1440, click here to buy
4) Kenneth Jay Lane Drop Earrings, £240, click here to buy
5) Elizabeth and James Metallic Brocade Top, £205, click here to buy
6) Erdem Esmerelda Venice Printes Trousers, £560, click here to buy
7) Anya Hindmarch Marano Dancer LED-lit Glitter Finish Clutch, £495, click here to buy
8) Christian Louboutin Crazy Fur Heels, £735, click here to buy
9) French Connection Disco Leopard Flared Skirt, £95, click here to buy
10) Whistles Jackie Sequin Sweater, £125, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
While the gothic luxe trend may not exactly be a shocker for Autumn/Winter, I challenge anyone to claim that they seriously expected to see trouser suits returning to the fashion fore during their lifetime. I don’t know about you, but until recently the phrase “trouser suit” conjured up of ill-fitting nylon, sloppy tailoring and sludgy greys. Well, after spending God know how many seasons banished to bargain bins and middle management, they’re back on the sartorial menu.
Need I actually say anything more? I mean, how could a collaboration between hotter-than-hot, London based, former NewGen recipients Nicholas Kirkwood and Erdem be anything other than sublime?