Jonathan Saunders

It Started at Celine…

Let’s be honest, the “it” in question could be any number of things. Frankly it would be far easier to name the trends, garments and general fashion moods not in some way influenced by or deliberately pilfered from French arbiter of all things chic, Céline. Low key luxe (duh), wide leg trousers, socks with sandals, label free it bags, double denim, summer leather… Whether you’re shopping at Armani or Primarni, I guarantee that the genius of Phoebe Philo has reached you in some way, shape or form. This time around the taste making move in question appears not to be a trend or far reaching aesthetic (although Céline continues to kickstart those too) but a specific garment. Namely, the pink coat. Roughly this time last year Philo sent two coats down the catwalk both of which were predictably and exquisitely understated in their immaculately crafted simplicity, save for the colour. The first was a dusky pink oversized mohair creation, the second a glossy fuscia pelt. In-your-face pink is not necessarily a shade usually associated with Céline but yet it seemed so right. The pared back, modern elegance and mannish silhouettes of the garments provided the perfect foil for their deliciously bright, shamelessly pretty hues.


Céline AW12

Whatever your shade of choice may be – candyfloss, powder, baby, magenta – the colour pink itself is nothing new. What struck me, and has evidently struck the rest of the fashion world too, was its place within an otherwise frill-free collection. The message was clear, pink isn’t just for girly girls and summer frocks, it can be grown up and serious too. I might be wrong (not a rare occurence) but thinking back over my shopping experiences these past few winters, there seems to have been a dirth of pink outerwear. Khaki, olive, navy, burgundy, tweed, camel, black and even scarlet all get a look in but pink coats, or at least ones that can legitimately be worn over the age of six, have been few and far between. Well, not any more. Not since Empress of all that is cool, Phoebe Philo decreed it. During AW13 fashion month pink coats cropped up on the catwalk at Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, John Rocha and Topshop Unique… And that was just in London! Across the pond in Paris, purveyors of Scandi minimalism Acne Studios delivered an incredible sculpted number and Guillaume Henry’s candy hued confections made him the talk of fashion week. Naturally it was Philo herself who delivered the ultimate take on the trend she kickstarted last year.


From left: Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Carven & Céline AW13

While I probably won’t be snapping up the Céline version or even one of Carven’s snuggly coverups (sob!) their solid presence on the AW13 runways will no doubt mean that pink coats will be all over the high street next season. Whatever your preconceptions about Barbie’s favourite hue I highly recommend trying this trend come autumn, but do avoid venturing into toddler territory by giving the pie crust collars a miss.

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Weekly Wish List 14/12/2012

Because you can never, ever have enough stuff…

weekly wish list

1) Chinti and Parket Big Heart cashmere sweater, £350, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Mid-Rise skinny jeans, £215, click here to buy
3) Nicholas Kirkwood Elaphe loafers, £535, click here to buy
4) Sophie Hulme Square Envelope shoulder bag, £330, click here to buy
5) Mulberry chunky knit wool blend beanie, £250, click here to buy
6) Miu Miu leather gloves, £230, click here to buy
7) Burberry London leather trimmed wool & cashmere coat, £995, click here to buy
8) Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle mini tote, £470, click here to buy
9) Charlotte Olympia Queen of Hearts embellished satin sandals, £625, click here to buy
10) Jonathan Saunders Helene jacquard dress, £515, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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London Fashion Week SS13: Day 3

Having ever-so-slightly overdone it on the first evening of London Fashion Week and then attended six shows the following day, by the time night two rolled around I could barely summon the energy to drag myself home to bed, let alone hit the town. One good night’s sleep and several episodes of Gossip Girl later I felt like a new and significantly less grouchy person as I slipped into outfit number three and set off to Somerset House.

London Fashion Week

I wore…
Dress: Whistles
Bag: Mulberry
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery 

Marios Schwab was the first show I ever saw, back when I made my London Fashion Week debut. Quite how I managed to wangle an invite that season still remains a mystery but I certainly wasn’t complaining! Two years on, things are rather different, but I’m always reminded of my first, magical fashion week experience every time that particular ticket arrives.
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Weekly Wish List, London Edition

So with exactly one month and three days to go (yes I’m that sad, I’m counting down) until fashion week kicks of over in NYC were on to the second of my themed weekly wish lists, the London edition. It’s funny, although New York fashion week is undeniably a lot bigger than London, I found selecting just ten brands from my home town a lot more challenging than picking the same number from the zillions that show in the Big Apple. Maybe it’s because I know them better, I mean, after four seasons worth of ticket requests I pretty much know the LFW schedule by heart! But a little, patriotic part of me wonders if it’s because of the fact that London seems to produce exciting, innovative, fresh fashion talent better than anywhere else… Whatever the reason, I’d give my right arm for any of these sartorial delights, enjoy!


1) Zoe Jordan Newman Lace T-Shirt, £145, click here to buy
2) JW Anderson Wool Blend Tuxedo Pants, £570, click here to buy
3) Charlotte Olympia Dolly Platforms, £675, click here to buy
4) Mary Katrantzou Powdy Printed Dress, £835, click here to buy
5) Matthew Williamson Suede Clutch, £995, click here to buy
6) Erdem Bergen Floral Print Scarf, £365, click here to buy
7) Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag in Oxblood Suede, £1450, click here to buy
8) Christopher Kane Leopard Print Leather Clutch, £390, click here to buy
9) Jonathan Saunders Roselyn Cotton Skirt, £490, click here to buy
10) Richard Nicoll Check Front Cardigan, £445, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Jonathan Saunders Resort 2013

I’ve come to the conclusion that Jonathan Saunders can simply do no wrong. Season after season his every collection is inevitably bursting with pieces so delectable I’d do pretty much anything to own them.

Jonathan Saunders resort 2013

Jonathan Saunders resort 2013

Jonathan Saunders resort 2013

I still had yet to recover from the sheer perfection of his ladylike SS12 collection when Glasgow’s golden boy hit us with an array of print-tastic Pre Fall creations. Now, as I’m just beginning to regain my composure from their autumnal hued deliciousness Jonathan Saunders goes and serves up yet another stellar collection! Not that I’m complaining though. Even if I don’t have a hope in hell of buying so much as a t-shirt – at least not without selling a kidney that is – Saunders’ latest eye-popping confections are certainly enjoyable to look at. Think tangy citrus hues, jacquard patterns and tie die, of a distinctly non-hippy variety. The collection has a graphic, 70′s country club vide to it combining sportswear inspired separates, clashing colours and lustrous texture play.

Personally I’m lusting after those brilliant leaf prints, which look would you pick?

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