LPA Styles It

LPA Styles It: Harrods

It’s been a while since my last edition of “LPA Styles It” but with SS13 in full swing (well, in theory anyway), I decided it was high time for another one. And where better to flex my styling muscles than Harrods? I was lucky enough to visit the Knightsbridge shopping mecca before opening hours earlier this year when they invited me to take some snaps at the new 3.1 Phillip Lim concession. I don’t know whether you’ve ever had virtually an entire vast department store to yourself but there really are few things more fabulous. At 8am the Friday before last there wasn’t another shopper in sight and with every designer delight in the place at my disposal, I felt like the proverbial kid in a candy store. Despite my despondence at the fact that I’d undoubtedly be leaving empty handed, as an experience it was still pretty magical. With just two hours to style and shoot my favourite looks from God-knows-how many covetable collections the pressure was on. Here are the ensembles I chose…

Cheetah Chiquita

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Marc by Marc Jacobs Lita Cheetah Sweater, £185, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Jett Leather Skirt, £450, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Cross Body bag, £310, click here to buy
Nicholas Kirkwood Salsa Pump, £460, click here to buy

Initially I thought look number 1 was my favourite of the lot. Then looks 2, 3 and 4 changed my mind but in retrospect I think this outfit is the one I’d most like to have in my wardrobe. In fact, I ended up buying the sweater the following week because I couldn’t get its cheetah print cuteness out of my head. As you know, I’m more than a little obsessed with Marc Jacobs. While I’m perhaps a little too young and definitely a lot too broke to own any mainline Marc or Louis Vuitton, I’ve collected a few pieces from his little sister line over the years and these super versatile separates would definitely be worthwhile investments. Punchy prints and sizzling shades add a youthful, casual cool to simple silhouettes and clean cuts. As for the fab Nicholas Kirkwood shoes… Need I even provide an explanation?

True Prep

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Carven Denim Jacquard Jacket, £540, click here to buy
Carven Denim Jacquard Mini Skirt, £240, click here to buy
Marc by Marc Jacobs Bowery Blouse, £195, click here to buy
Carven Contrast Strap Handbag (strap removed), £600, click here to buy
Chloé Lucy Sandal, £420, click here to buy

This is the kind of immaculate ensemble I dream of trotting around town in during Spring. I cannot physically express quite how much I covet all things Carven, Guillaume Henry’s patterned shifts and playful separates are simply chic beyond belief. You may remember this neat little jacket from one of my London Fashion Week outfits. I’m sorry to say it was borrowed not bought so naturally I leapt at the chance to wear it again. This time around I went the whole hog and paired it with the matching skirt. This kind of outfit can’t help but be preppy so I decided to embrace it by adding a white Peter Pan collared blouse and neat navy bag. Two strap sandals are having a moment (albeit one that’s now lasted about three seasons) so I opted for this understated Chloé pair and regretted not having gotten a pedicure beforehand.

How Day-Glo Can You Go?

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Equipment Signature Reptile Silk Shirt, £290, click here to buy
House of Holland Polkadot Skinny Jeans, £140, click here to buy
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Bag, £625, click here to buy
Nicholas Kirkwood Salsa Pumps, £460, click here to buy

One of the things I enjoy the most about doing LPA Styles It, or really any photoshoot for that matter, is getting the opportunity to step outside my clothing comfort zone and experiment with something a bit wacky. This fluro tastic, 90s inspired get up is SO not the kind of thing I naturally gravitate towards but once I saw it in all its technicolour, print clashing glory was convinced. But be warned; fun, fearless and generally fantastic though this look may be, I suspect it might be something of a man repeller and best saved for fashion week, not first dates.

Shimmering

Harrods

Harrods

Harrods

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Striped Jacquard Shift Dress, £675, click here to buy
Valentino Noir 65 Leather Pump, £620, click here to buy
Chloé Medium Elsie Shoulder Bag, £865, click here to buy

Last but certainly not least, I slipped into a bit of Victoria, Victoria Beckham. As you may remember from my post on her presentation during New York Fashion Week, I have the utmost respect for Mrs Beckham and a buisness woman, fashion designer and master of re-invention. This exquisitely elegant cocktail dress epitomises the immaculate, modern femininity that has won Victoria countless awards, stockists and the notoriously hard to win admiration of the fashion community. With a miniature Chloé evening bag and the studded Valentino stilettos I’ve wanted forever I feel this ensemble is the stuff sartorial dreams are made of.

What do you think of the first “LPA Styles It” of 2013? I hope you enjoyed it as I’ve got some very exciting ones in the pipelines!

Love Ella. X

Photography by Paul Gonzales

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LPA Styles It: French Connection Trend Injection

French Connection

I definitely don’t need to tell you how much I enjoy writing about clothes. Anyone who’s read (or attempted to read and fallen asleep halfway through) one of my 1500 word fashion week reports will be well aware of the pleasure I take in sharing my sartorial musings. Well, my other favourite fashion related activity (aside from shopping, obvs) is styling. Whether it’s with myself, my friends, my long suffering boyfriend, a personal styling client or an unsuspecting randomer in Selfridges who definitely didn’t ask for my advice, there are few things more fun than playing dress up. So when French Connection invited me and 5 other bloggers to style their Trend Injection line I leapt at the opportunity.

On tuesday the ground floor of French Connection’s Oxford Street store was transformed into a studio complete where a full hair and makeup team, two photographers and about six shop assistants were on hand to help me get my style on. As you might have gathered from recent weekly wish lists and tweets, I’m absolutely LOVING the label’s current collection so was like the proverbial kid in a candy store as I frolicked around grabbing as many floral frocks and broderie anglaise blouses as I could physically carry.

French Connection

French Connection

The initial plan was for us to style 5 to 10 looks each but, as is almost always the case on photoshoots, technical difficulties put the whole thing hours behind schedule so we ended up sticking to three. I was seriously hard pushed to choose which pieces to include so I decided to just pick the ones I personally wanted the most!

Look 1

French Connection

Floral Flirtation Shirt, £55, click here to buy
Spring Bloom Flared Skirt, £65, click here to buy
Pia Platform Sandals, £75, click here to buy
Leather Shopper Handbag, £125, click here to buy

I’m criminally obsessed with this floral skirt and feel it would (and will) be a very necessary new season addition to my wardrobe. What with broderie anglaise and collars being two of my favourite things ever, this super sweet shirt was also an instant hit and together I think they’re just adorable. After deciding on the tan flatforms I considered a cream clutch but then settled on the tan tote… I just love matchy matchy accessories!

Look 2

French Connection

Bradley Denim Jacket, £95, click here to buy
Elizabeth Embroidered Cotton Dress, £120, click here to buy
Lori Sporty Oxford Shoes, £95, click here to buy
Harriet Cross Body Bag, £50, click here to buy

The general response to the looks I styled was pretty much unanimously “that’s so you!” And yes, every single piece I picked out was something I really wanted for myself. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s liberating to experiment with ensembles far removed from what you wear everyday. I decided this wasn’t one of those times and used the opportunity to indulge my love of all things girly. This particular look is just an absolute picnic-in-the-park-perfect dream. I just hope London ever warms up enough wear it.

Look 3

French Connection

Bonser Checked Jacket, £110, click here to buy
Bonser Checked Shorts, £65, click here to buy
Classica T-Shirt, £30, click here to buy
Desire Sandals, £95, click here to buy
Multi link Bracelet, £25, click here to buy
Peal & Tube Rope Necklace, £25, click here to buy

Ah the shorts suit… What more can I say really? Shorts suits are the best. Instantly pulled together, a little bit preppy, smart and/or casual PLUS you get major bang for your buck as they also function as separates. I considered pairing this neat blue number with a crisp white shirt but I then settled on a simple tee for a more relaxed vibe.

French Connection

As you’ve probably gathered, I had an absolute blast on the shoot and having the gorgeous Dani to dress plus the Hob Salons and Vintage Make Up Company teams as my disposal was awesome. What do you think of the looks I styled?

Love Ella. X

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LPA Styles It: Louis Vuitton Foulards D’ Artistes

I definitely don’t need to tell you how I feel about fash brand x artist collaborations, especially when said collaboration involves Louis Vuitton. Having obsessed over the Yayoi Kusama collection all summer (polkadots on EVERYTHING? Genius!) I was extremely excited when a press release arrived in my inbox announcing their latest project, Foulards D’Artistes. Anyone who accuses Louis Vuitton of cashing in by enlisting major art world names to design for them should know that in fact, the brand has been at it since the 19th century. Plus not all the artists they work with are internationally renowned like Kusama. For SS13 they’ve taken a risk on three emerging street artists but it’s certainly paid off. Aiko, Retna and Os Geméos were invited to re-interpret Louis Vuitton’s iconic scarves using their own unique artistic styles. Personally I think the results are on par with that leopard print number by Stephen Sprouse. With something as exquisite as these scarves, it seems a shame just to paraphrase the press release so when the lovely folk at Louis Vuitton asked if I’d like to style them myself the obvious response was “hell yes!” Plus they’re not going to be in the shops for a little while yet and I was dying to see them up close.

I had planned on having a major saturday afternoon dressing up session with the scarves but, unsurprisingly, a magazine called them in leaving me with just a couple of hours to get them styled and shot. So I dragged my long-suffering boyfriend out of bed (to be fair it was almost midday) to take some photographs… Et voila!

The SCRIPT stole by RETNA

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

As anyone in London will be well aware, it’s absolutely FREEZING at the moment. Few things could entice me outside without multiple layers but I’ll happily risk pneumonia for Louis Vuitton. I absolutely adore this scarf, it’s the perfect trans-seasonal cover up. You all know my penchant for colour coordination so seeing I couldn’t resist dressing in red, cream and blue. This exactly how I’d wear the RETNA stole for meetings in my dreams early Spring.

The Giant Four Seasons Silk Square by Aiko

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Regardles of whether you’re a “scarf person” (FYI I am, big time) you’ll have to agree that this particular number is awesome. It’s bold, brash and clashing in a way that shouldn’t work but does oh-so-brilliantly. I ummed and ahhhd for ages about what to wear it with (while the boyf sulked in the kitchen) and in the end I decided the only way would be to go monochrome and let the scarf do the talking. And then obviously I had to show off the whole, beautiful thing… While pulling a silly face.

The Mosaic Silk Square by Os Geméos

louis vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Last but not least was this snazzy micro-moon mosaic silk scarf. By this point I was so cold I genuinely thought my face might fall off and decided to wear something slightly more weather appropriate. While I did admittedly shove the outfit I’d been wearing that morning back on out of desperation I think it works really well with the scarf. Its bold print adds a certain something to an otherwise fairly “meh” ensemble.

What do you think of Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes and of course, how I styled them?

Love Ella. X

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LPA Styles It: Boutique by Jaeger

You might remember the first EVER installment of LPA Styles It with Jaeger London back in June. Since then my obsession with their little sister line, Boutique, has reached new levels. Boutique by Jaeger combines 60′s inspired London cool with a generous dose of Park Avenue Princess prep so, unsurprisingly, it’s right up my street. So far this season I’ve styled myself up in autumnal togs at Whistles, Start London and Matches but with temperatures plummeting by the day I decided that my latest shoot at Jaeger’s Regent Street store would be all about rich tweeds and Winter woolies. Enjoy!

Fluoro Fairisle

Boutique by Jaeger

Boutique by Jaeger

Margaret Polkadot Coat, £260, click here to buy
Fairisle Wool Blend Jumper, £120, click here to buy
Margaret Polkadot Skirt, £99, click here to buy

Clueless

Boutique by Jaeger

Boutique by Jaeger

Lizzie Tweed Jacket, £199, click here to buy
Jaeger London Pontelle Rollneck Jumper, £120, click here to buy
Tweed Side Split Skirt, £99, click here to buy
Black Claudette Bag, £199, click here to buy

Polkadot Pants

Boutique by Jaeger

Boutique by Jaeger

Flora Angora Cardi, £99, click here to buy
Louisa Spotty Trousers, £80, click here to buy
Claudia Bag, £250, click here to buy

Miss Match

Boutique by Jaeger

Boutique by Jaeger

Edith Coat, £260, click here to buy
Winnie Cable Jumper, £120, click here to buy
Edith A Line Wool Skirt, £99, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

Photography by Luc Coiffait

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LPA Styles It: Matches

It’s been a while since my last LPA Styles It post and with AW12 well and truly upon us I thought it was high time to do another one. Now I’m always partial to spending a morning trying on lovely clothes but I was extra excited on this occasion because of the store in question. If, for some unknown and evil reason, I was forced to choose just one place to shop at for the rest of my life (and money was no object) I’d pick Matches every time. Their buyers somehow seem to read my mind, selecting the cream of the crop from my favourite brands’ collections each season. Add three beautiful boutiques and an online store to rival Net-a-Porter into the mix and the results are pretty sublime. Unsurprisingly I had an absolute ball doing this shoot and a tough time choosing just five looks to feature. Somehow I managed to narrow it down to these exquisite ensembles… Enjoy!

Urban Cowgirl

Matches

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