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SS13 Handbag Hot List: Designer Edit

Now this post has been a while in the making, three months to be exact. I thought it might be slightly premature to start thinking about new season styles when they first started arriving back in January but by late February/early March – AKA the official start of Spring/Summer – fashion week madness had taken over and spending an hour or so writing about handbags just wasn’t on the cards. While SS13 doesn’t look like it’s planning on making an appearence in London anytime soon (bitter, moi?) if there’s one area of our wardrobe we can keep in time with the fashion calendar without risking hypothermia it’s our accessories. So, without further ado, here’s my pick of this season’s hottest handbags…

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Mulberry Willow Tote in Mint Classic Calf, £1500, click here to buy

It’s mint green, it’s Mulberry, how could I NOT be in love with this bag!? To be honest I’m more than mildly obsessed with their entire SS13 collection thanks to Emma Hill’s plentiful application of mint green, broderie anglaise and some particularly inspired gecko print. This bag ticks every box for me. So delectable I want to swallow it whole and it’s roomy enough to fit camera, iPad, magazines and various British summer essentials (i.e umbrella, suncream, sunglasses and a scarf).

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3.1 Phillip Lim Blush Snakeskin Mini Pashli Satchel, £755, click here to buy

I don’t need to tell you my feelings about the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel. In a recent interview I may have admitted that one of my life ambitions is to own one in every colour. Despite that statement making me sound like an idiot, I stand by it. This understatedly luxe blush snakeskin mini version has sole out practically everywhere, ergo I now want it even more.

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Marni Polkdot Bags. Left £725, Right £660 click here to buy

Marni is one of the few brands that simultaneously manages to do tongue-in-cheek quirk and pared down elegance. I’m not sure quite how this is even possible but Consuela Castiglioni manages it with a canny combination of cleaner than clean lines and playful polkadots… I’m sold.

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Louis Vuitton Alma BB Monogram Bag, £900, click here to buy

Generally speaking, I’m a big bag kinda girl. Or at least I thought I was until Louis Vuitton released their “mini” collection. It’s pink, it’s shiny, it’s adorable beyond belief and I want it a LOT.

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Burberry Blaze Bag in Metallic Snakeskin & Vinyl, £1795, click here to buy

One of Burberry’s most fantastic and no doubt highly profitable qualities is the inherent practicality of their products. Then again, it’s also a high fashion brand and fashion folk have a well known weakness for things that are deeply impractical and unashamedly in-your-face. This bag is both and that’s precisely why I love it. Possibly not as useful as a trusy trench coat but my, isn’t it shiny?

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Sophie Hulme Black Leather Satchel, £500, click here to buy

As those of you who haven’t spent the past few seasons living under a rock (or somewhere without deparment stores on a internet connection) will definitely know, Sophe Hulme is one of the hottest young design talents in London right now. Sophie scooped up the Accessory Designer of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards last autumn and her latest array of utilitarian yet playful bags are surely proof that the best is yet to come.

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Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Satchel in Bluebell, £795, click here to buy

Rarely do I not crave pretty much everything Anya Hindmarch designs and this seasons Pomp and Pleasure collection was no exception. I absolutely adored suing their Maxi Zip satchel in bluebell during Fashion Week last month and very nearly cried when I had to return it to its rightful owners. Friends and family if you’re reading, my birthday is June 19th…

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Smythson Eliot Large Tote, £1395, click here to buy

Oh Smythson, you do know how to tempt me. Not only does the Brit brand deliver most exquisite (and unfeasibly expensive) stationary, over the past couple of seasons they’ve seriously upped their handbag offering. Case in point, the elegant Eliot tote which currently features highly on my wish list.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Burg Boxer Medium Zipped Bag, £375, click here to buy

My first EVER designer handbag was from Marc by Marc Jacobs and I’ve used it pretty consitently since I got it for my 19th birthday almost 3 years ago now. I think it’s safe to say that Marc is a genius and everything he touches, including the latest accessories for his mainline’s super sweet little sister brand, turn to sartorial gold.

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Miu Miu Craquele Tote, £870, click here to buy

Given my current state of largely entirely self inflicted brokeness the likelihood of me ever owning a Miu Miu handbag (or any of the bags on this list for that matter) grows slimmer by the day. Obviously that doesn’t stop me coveting their girlishly playful yet exquisitely chic styles.

Personally I can’t play favourites with these beautiful bags. I want, no I NEED them all! Which one would you pick?

Love Ella. X

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New York Fashion Week AW13: Day 5

Much as I’d moaned about the bitter cold on New York Fashion Week day 4, it was infinitely less grim than the following morning which was so rainy it almost put London to shame. Just as I was despairing that thanks to my lack of umbrella (it didn’t survive snowstorm nemo) I was going to resemble a drowned rat by the time I got to the subway my lovely friends at Kurt Geiger came to the rescue by offering to loan me their London taxi for the entire day! I have to say I felt pretty swish as I left the apartment and stepped straight into my waiting car.

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I wore... Hat: Vintage, Coat: A.P.C, Jumper: Boutique by Jaeger, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Gloves: Accessorize.

After a not-so-brief Starbucks stop we were on our way to the ICB building for show number one, Belstaff. I love it when a heritage brand makes a major comeback and Belstaff has done just that. The FROW was a veritable feast of fashion big hitters including Nina Garcia, Natalie Massinet, Bryan Boy, Jemma Kidd, Suzy Menkes and Jefferson Hack to name but a few. Every second guest seemed to be sporting a supple skin something perhaps in homage to the label’s leather legacy, or maybe just because leather’s so totally OTM (of the moment in case you didn’t know!). I was very glad I’d picked that morning to wear my own black leather mini and my general sense of smugness was only enhanced when I took my second row seat and discovered that the benches were cushioned, a surprisingly rare occurrence during fashion week.

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Belstaff AW13

The show was seriously delayed, even by NYFW standards due to a fash-eds-stuck-in-traffic disaster but when it finally did begin it was every bit as impressive as expected. The collection opened with an array of belted waxed jackets (who knew barbours could be so seductive?!) before moving on to elegant motorcycle inspired ensembles complete with quilted knees and elbows. This was utility chic at its absolute chicest and besides excellent outerwear X offered thick, ribbed knits paired with sheepskin lined knee high boots, bare legs and flippy minis. Of course the collection included a whole lotta leather encompassing everything from luscious pleated skirts in regal burgundy to grown up toffee toned trench coats. A hooded aviator style coat lined in THE most luxurious shearling elicited an audible gasp from some guests (i.e me) and the final looks introduced an element of eveningwear with gleaming silver, chain mail embellishment. All in all Belstaff’s AW13 collection was the epitome of tasteful opulence and will no doubt be a big hit with both the fash pack and jet set.

At the end of every show there’s always a highly undignified scramble to get out of the venue. Evidently the combination of schedule stress and lack of taxi anxiety can reduce even the most poised style maven’s to a rabble of scrambling teenagers. On this particular occasion I didn’t join the fray because I had a sizeable break until my next show and my own personal driver. I was feeling so nonchalant in fact that I offered to give a few of the lovely ladies from Glamour and Marie Claire a ride to their next destination. Evidently the old saying that “no good deem goes unpunished” holds true even during fashion week and half and hour later we were still sitting in midtown traffic. Eventually I got so fed up that I decided to continue on foot and bought an umbrella that I lost within ten minutes. In the end I set up camp in the nearest Starbucks to make the most of their free WiFi. Two hours, several coffees and one slightly dubious Panini later it was time to venture back out into the damp for one of, if not the most eagerly anticipated shows on my schedule, 3.1 Phillip Lim. As you all know, I’ve got a bit of a “thing” about Phillip Lim (hello understatement of the century) and I apologise in advance because after last week my obsession’s going to hit new levels. Despite the rain, I spied a lot of his SS13 collection on my fellow guests which made me even more determined to get my hands on a piece of it than ever. Once inside the cavernous venue we were treated to steaming hot chocolate a, dare I say it, rather more welcome refreshment than champagne on such a grim day. 3.1 Phillip Lim always pulls in a good and this season’s line up included pretty much everyone who’s anyone ranging from Derek Blasberg and Taylor Tomasi Hill to Garance Dore and Hanneli Mustaparta. After a very enjoyable people watching session the lights went up and the show was at last ready to begin.

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3.1 Phillip Lim AW13

At the risk of gushing, Phillip Lim’s AW13 collection was genuinely one of my favourite collections ever. Building on last season’s grunge inspired look, Lim’s latest offerings felt a both effortlessly thrown together in that tomboyish was he does so well but still beautifully cohesive. Rather than sticking predominantly to one main “story”, Phillip Lim creates an attitude allowing for enough different colours, fabrics and styles to constitute an entire and oh-so-covetable wardrobe. Bad girl tartans and zip detailed motorcycle jackets sat alongside angora turtlenecks, patch worked furs (evidently a major trend for AW13) and shearling trimmed azure overcoats. OTK boots are evidently back with a vengeance for autumn and Lim paired his with low slung minis, statement sweatshirts and a healthy dose of devil-may-care attitude. Slouchy tailoring is always something Phillip Lim does well and this time around he turned his hand to the traditional velvet trouser suit, transforming it into something modern and totally relevant. A colour palette including everything from rich autumnal shades of olive green, navy and burgundy to neutrals and cool monochrome hues confirmed my belief that if you can afford 3.1 Phillip Lim, you don’t really need to shop anywhere else ever.

The novelty of having a car was still far from wearing off and with a spring in my step I skipped out of the show and into my waiting London taxi. My next destination was the Meatpacking District for the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet presentation. I absolutely adore their last collection and this time around was no different. Tartans, leathers, plaids, prints and burnished metallic brocades all came in to play, applied to city chic separates, cute cover ups and of course, deliciously girlish cocktail dresses. Flared minis, boucle tweeds and perfectly coordinated accessories provided Park Avenue Princess prep while sleeveless leather motorcycle jackets and sharp suiting hinted at something bolder. As with every Alice + Olivia collection I see, virtually all of it went straight on the wish list. Day 5 was shaping up to be one of the best of New York Fashion Week and it still wasn’t over yet!

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Alice + Olivia AW13

Sadly, once again, I’d had to wave goodbye to my ride at 5pm so instead of gliding to a waiting car I made for the subway. At that exact moment a free taxi approached and, given quite how impossible they are to find usually, I took this a sign that I should take it and all good budgeting intentions went straight out the window.

After a couple of hours frantic blogging, email sending, outfit changing and, I’ll admit, watching an episode of Girls it was time to head back uptown for my final show of the day, Marc by Marc Jacobs… Yep, like I said, day 5 was awesome. As with Phillip Lim and Alice + Olivia, I really don’t need to tell you how I feel about this label. Marc by Marc is always a hot ticket show but this time it reached new levels thanks to the mainline Marc Jacobs show being postponed until Thursday evening when a lot of people will have already left for London. Lincoln Centre is never exactly a dull environment but that evening the atmosphere was electric. If anyone ever needed proof that Marc Jacobs wields serious power then they need only refer to this occasion. Every major fashion editor this side of Timbuktu was in attendance and the fact that Susie Lau was in the fourth row and Joanna Tillman in the second spoke volumes. As well as causing a fashion frenzy unlike any I’d seen all week (and I’d seen a fair few I can tell you!) Marc also managed to achieve the impossible and get virtually everyone in their’ seats on time. No sooner had I ogled Anna Dello Russo’s head-to-toe Louis Vuitton ensemble the show began, less than 15 minutes behind schedule!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

While I liked the Marc by Marc Jacobs SS13 collection a lot, his latest offerings were on the next level. The 1970’s never cease to inspire designers and for AW13 Marc really did pay homage to the iconic decade. Waists were cinched and prints punchy with plenty of pinstriped shirts and preppy plaid on offer. Wide leg wool trousers, everyday tailoring, ribbed turtlenecks and midi skirts came in a palette of typically seventies hues ranging from rich merlot and azure to burnt orange, olive green and violet, perfectly complimented by voluminous ‘do’s and luscious, berry stained pouts. As expected at Marc, there were plenty of big name models on the catwalk including Lindsey Wixen, Daphne Grunewald and Cara Delevigne who gave it her trademark swagger. To summarise, it was playful elegance and utterly delightful, yet another would-be capsule wardrobe collection.

Exhilerated from a truly fantastic day of fashion week-ing I headed back downtown again for the 3.1 Phillip Lim aftershow party. This has been a pretty lengthy post so in the interest of keeping things concise, it was SUCH a fun night and I may or may not have told Phillip I wanted to marry him.

Love Ella. X

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Valentines Wish List 2013

Two weeks to go until Valentines Day and shops, restaurants and bars everywhere are no doubt eagerly awaiting, or already enjoying, the clink of their tills growing ever fuller. This makes me sound like I’m one of those ultra cynical types who refuse to partake in any sort of V Day celebrations on the grounds that it’s a purely commercial holiday which I’m really not. I’m not an idiot, I’m fully aware that  February 14th is a perfect excuse for retailers and restauranteurs to cash in on those of us with more romantic natures. But, my fashion loving friends, it’s also an excuse to demand an extravagant and entirely undeserved present from that special someone or, just buy one for yourself! Here are a few of my valentines wishes this year, let’s hope the bf’s feeling generous…


1) Banjo & Matilda Heart Cashmere Sweater, £265, click here to buy
2) Miu Miu Cropped Cady Pants, £340, click here to buy
3) 3.1 Phillip Lim Devon D’Orsay Snakeskin Pumps, £355, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Valentines Alexa Bag, £955, click here to buy
5) La Perla Shanghai San Satin & Tulle Briefs, £115, click here to buy
6) La Perla Shanghai San Satin Blend Chemise, £355, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Blue Heart Necklace, £200, click here to buy
8) Smythson “Everyday I Love You” Wafer Notepad, £35, click here to buy
9) Marc by Marc Jacobs Lips Makeup Bag, £75, click here to buy
10) Charlotte Olympia Love Me Heart Applique Pumps, £990, click here to buy
11) Anya Hindmarch Studded Heart Zip Top Pouch, £350, click here to buy
12) RED Valentino Crystal Flower Applique Dress, £599, click here to buy

Love Ella. X


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Weekly Wish List: 04/01/2013

First weekly wish list of 2013!

weekly wish list

1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Uma cable knit merino wool sweater, £235, click here to buy
2) Acne lambskin leather trousers, £989, click here to buy
3) Alexander Wang Alla croc effect leather wedges, £625, click here to buy
4) 3.1 Phillip Lim The Pashli shark effect leather trapeze tote, £805, click here to buy
5) Burberry mid length trench coat, £1195, click here to buy
6) J.Crew Tinsley lady boucle jacket, £500, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Deco dot rabbit scarf, £345, click here to buy
8) Sophie Hulme lizard panel envelope bag, £305, click here to buy
9) Charlotte Olympia Serene crepe de chine platform sandals, £595, click here to buy
10) Roksanda Ilincic Sadler laminated dress, £910, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: Cosy Casual

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cosy casual

What: Fur Hat: Maje, Coat: Whistles, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jeans: Acne, Gloves: Dents, Boots: Dune (gifted)

Where: Meetings, errands and a trip to the library (boo).

I know this is the second time in 24 hours that this particular ultra cosy hat has featured but I’m just completely and utterly obsessed with it! Strictly speaking it wasn’t nearly chilly enough this week to warrent quite such hardcore head wear and I may have got a little bit sweaty prancing around London but I’d be damned if I was going to put it in my handbag and risk making the fur go all frizzy. I’m off to New York Fashion Week again in Feburary (yay!) and am horribly aware it’s going to be FREEZING so when I spotted this bad boy in Maje it went straight to the top of my Christmas list. Excessively large fur hat aside, I have no idea how I’m going to avoid getting hypothermia without completely sacrificing all semblance of style. If anyone has any tips for managing it (brandy? candy? both?) please do share them with me!

Love Ella. X

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