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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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Marni Winter Edition 2013

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Marni is another brand who’s sheer, unadulterated awesomeness I’ve only really come to appreciate in the past year or so. Maybe before that I was a bit of a fashion philistine (a phrase I’m hereby coining and will from now on use at every possible opportunity) who knows. Whatever the reason for my previous foolishness, since being awakened to Marni’s unique brand of quirky, high fash cool, my obsession with the Italian label has known no bounds. While I’ll forever be bitter to have missed out on their H&M collection (one of the few genuinely decent high street/designer collaborations in my opinion), since then Consuela Castiglioni has concocted more than enough sartorial delights to keep my imagination, if not my limited-budget-afflicted wardrobe, more than satisfied.

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According to the fashion calendar, Spring/Summer 2013 is upon us. In reality, or at least in London, it’s damp, grey and absolutely bloody freezing. We’ve long since lost interest in the winter collections but at the same time the idea of slipping into a little chiffon number while there’s frost on the ground seriously doesn’t appeal and anyone who attempts “winter leg” (i.e bare legs before March) is either very brave, or very foolish. There in lies the genius of Marni Winter Edition. Supplying us fashion hungry folk with new clothes that we can wear right now without risking hypothermia? Simple yet brilliant. And as for the clothes in question, covetable doesn’t even begin to cover it. Marni Winter Edition 2013 is all about “girls that dress like boys”, extremely chic boys that it. Castiglioni has reappropriated typical  menswear staples like double breasted blazers, slouchy trousers, duffel coats and parkas, combining them with neatly pleated skirts, fur trims, oversized florals and hits of glimmering gold and salmon pink to create a girlish edge.

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As always with Marni, the devil is in the deliciously kooky details, and their latest offerings feature dogstooth prints, tonal stripes and geek chic chunky loafers trimmed with white leather fringing. Marni Winter Edition 2013 perfectly toes the (very fine) line between Front Row-worthy and wearable, I expect to see a lot of this collection during fashion week!

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List 09/11/12

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1) J.W. Anderson waffle knit sweater, £498, click here to buy
2) 3.1 Phillip Lim zip detail leather skirt, £645, click here to buy
3) Marni metallic leather brogues, £370, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Lily tassel bag, £695, click here to buy
5) J.Crew Casati necklace, £154, click here to buy
6) Limited Edition Valentino handmade sunglasses, £450 at Luxup, click here to buy
7) Diane Von Furstenberg Saffano iPhone case, £34, click here to buy
8) J.Crew Casati earrings, £86, click here to buy
9) Nicholas Kirkwood metallic floral emrboidered sandals, £1125, click here to buy
10) Whistles Lia jacquard skater dress, £175, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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LPA Loves… Marni Winter Edition Collars

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Just when I though my bank balance was safe THIS snippet of sartorial temptation arrived in my inbox! Actually that’s a lie. My bank balence is never safe. At least not when there are clothes to buy, Cosmopolitans to drink and a Starbucks on every corner. But I have to say, combining Marni and collars – two of my all time favourite things – the very same week my student loan arrived was a particularly devious trick. Then again, who needs to stock up on stationary or pay their phone bill when you could invest in one or two (or three) super cute embellished collars that could potentially liven up an infinite number of outfits? Now that’s what I call sensible spending.

The Marni Winter Edition 2012 collars collection can be snapped up in all Marni stores and online… So basically, there’s no resisting it!

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List, August 25th

Another week, another weekly wish list. For a couple of weeks now I been OVER summer and at last the weather in London is agreeing with me! Bye bye pastels, florals and broderie anglaise. Hello tonal hues, supple leathers and cosy knits. Apologies to anyone who’s less than thrilled by this weekends’ autumnal weather conditions but given the gorgeousness of this new season fare, I’m sure you’ll get over it…

Weekly Wish List

1) 3.1 Phillip Lim Ka-Pow Print T-Shirt, £160, click here to buy
2) J.W. Anderson Caged Neoprene Skirt, £220, click here to buy
3) Charlotte Olympia Polly Haircalf & Patent Leather Pumps, £695, click here to buy
4) Stella McCartney Fallabella Boucle Bag, £790, click here to buy
5) Swagga and Soul Isabel Biker Jacket, £225, click here to buy
6) Miu Miu Croc Effect iPhone Sleeve, £85, click here to buy
7) Mulberry Tiger Beanie, £150, click here to buy
8) Alexander McQueen Water Molded Snake Clutch, £1,165, click here to buy
9) Marni Patent Leather Loafers, £410, click here to buy
10) A.P.C Denim Skirt, £140, click here to buy
11) Chinti and Parker Heart Pocket Cashmere Cardigan, £295, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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