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What: Shirt & Skirt by Mulberry, Clutch by Hobbs (c/o), Ring by Swarovski (c/o) & Heels by Kurt Geiger (c/o)

Where: Fashion Fringe 10 Year Anniversary party hosted by Christopher Bailey & Colin McDowell.

It always surprises people to hear that as a youngster, I was a complete and utter tomboy. I’m talking boy (read: pudding bowl) haircut, pony obsession, total lack of grooming, hatred of pink and hideous, offensive to the eyes outfits. This all changed by the time I hit my teenage years and discovered boys, glittery make up and home hair dye but the memories, and more importantly the photographic evidence, of that particular faze remained. One thing that particularly traumatised me for years to come was a bright orange, thermofleece Gap tracksuit I used to wear rather a lot… In public… I know. The hideous recollections of this hideous ensemble quite literally rendered me unable to contemplate wearing the colour for a decade. But then, of course, fashion got me changing my tune in the 5 seconds it took a marmalade clad model to trot down the Mulberry runway. All of a sudden, orange wasn’t the shameful shade associated with my pre-teen crimes against fashion. No, it was the spicy, autumnal, delectable hue I wanted, nay needed in my wardrobe. I snapped up this silk shirt in the Mulberry sale the following January and haven’t looked back since. The tweed skirt is also Mulberry, a cheeky purchase in the OUTNET Editor’s sale. At first I was dubious about pairing it with a tangerine top half in case I ended up looking jaundiced but I reckon it works. Despite the fact the incredibly pencil like cut of the skirt made movement a little tricky this is possibly one of my favourite outfits. What do you think?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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LFW SS14: Day 3

Despite the weather being – for want of a better word – completely crap, LFW day 3 was an excellent one. In fact they all were to be honest, but anyway, I digress. My morning kicked off bright and early with the Smythson presentation at their Bond Street store.

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I Wore: Club Monaco jacket & shirt, Tibi shorts, Whistles sandles & Mulberry bag
Image by Holly McGlynn

I’ve often thought that fashion would be the ultimate career for an alcoholic as regardless of whether its 9am or 9pm, champagne is served. I was rather tempted by the bellinis on offer at Smythson but with a will of steel, stuck to freshly squeezed juice instead. A good call as aside from anything else, I needed my wits about me to fully appreciate the gorgeousness of their latest accessories. Whether it’s a notepad or a briefcase, everything Smythson does is flawless and just about the ultimate in tasteful luxury. The latest edition to their handbag family, the x, is a perfectly formed top handle tote with contrast colour side panels, definitely a future classic. Their Panama range was truly a joy to behold with camera bags, clutches, iPad sleeves and basically everything else your heart could desire in the highest quality leather imaginable and a range of eye popping colours. It remains my lifelong dream to own a full set of, preferably monogrammed, Smythson gear… One day! I was delighted to run into Naomi in the store but then, as we were munching granola pots and shouting at each other we had the out-of-body experience of running literally smack into Anna Wintour clad in ice blue leather and enormous sunglasses. In that situation it’s hard to know what to do. We opted for averting our eyes and flattening against the wall while employing every modicum of self control not to whip out our iPhones and take a picture.

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Having just about recovered from our literal run in with La Wintour, we trotted across the road to the Halycon Gallery where Emilia Wickstead was showing. This was definitely one of my favourite shows on LFW SS14, if not ever. Opening with an exquisitely elegant full skirted look in palest blush textured cotton, Wickstead’s latest offerings were the very epitome of timeless elegance. Edible candy colours ranging from tangerine and turquoise to mint green, chocolate brown and ruby red.

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Emilia Wickstead SS14

Swing coats and crisp pleats exuded a demure, old world feel styled to perfection by Mark Cross box bags and Manolo Blahnik heels. Sculpted, couture worthy silhouettes complete with cinched waists, wide hems and voluminous, ankle grazing skirts were given a contemporary edge by way of bold horizontal stripes, piano prints and the surprising use of fabrics such as white denim. Emilia Wickstead’s SS14 collection was so mouthwateringly beautiful a challenge anyone not to go weak at the knees just looking at it, irrefutable proof of just why she’s being hailed as one of the hottest names in fashion right now.

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Emilia Wickstead SS14

Whereas on day two the scheduling of shows had provided something of an obstacle, the day three line up worked in everyone’s favour. After recovering from my Emilia Wickstead induced awe stricken reverie I joined my fellow fashion week-ers for the five minute trot up the road to Claridges. This venue can only mean one thing, Mulberry. As per always, the street was lined with photographers, some doing street style, others waiting to pap the guaranteed A List attendees. Mulberry is a brand that’s not afraid to reference it’s English heritage and on this occasion, Claridges had been transformed into a country manor complete with flower daubed wrought iron gates at the entrance, daisies on the grass carpeted stairs and a full afternoon tea spread once inside. Given that our invitations had been adorable miniature Wedgewood tea cups, I probably should have guessed this would be the case. The FROW featured a bevvy of celebs including Alexa Chung, Brit Marling, Douglas Booth,  Juno Temple, Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Hall and Tallulah Harlech plus Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman and every other important fashion figure this side of Antarctica.

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From left: Brit Marling, Lea Seydoux, Rebecca Hall, Alexa Chung & Douglas Booth

As this would be Emma Hill’s swansong collection for the brand, I was both excited and a little nervous to see the collection. What if, after God knows how many stunning seasons Emma got it wrong this time? But of course, she didn’t. In a delightful homage to all that is English, Mulberry’s SS14 offerings were a delightful fusion of countryside inspired chic and swinging sixties cool in shimmering grey floral jacquards, pop art prints, modish leathers, fiery red silk twill and embroidered cream cotton. Cara Delevigne, who had been noticeably absent up until this point, made one of her rare SS14 catwalk appearances to open the show and a wayward bulldog tugging his poor model minder down the runway bought a smile to everyones lips.

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Mulberry SS14

Mulberry always put on a beautiful show and the collection felt like a celebration of Emma Hill’s revival of a beloved British brand, offering something fresh for the new season while reminding us all of the designer’s signature playful style we’ve all fallen so hard for. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we’ll be on tenterhooks to see both what Emma does next and whether her replacement can continue Mulberry’s reign of excellence.

After an Itsu pitstop (they don’t have them in NY so naturally I’ve been having an Omega 3 Salmon Supreme bonanza since arriving home) I headed to The Savoy for my fourth show of day three, Temperley London. The hotel ballroom provided a fittingly regal setting for a collection fit for a princess. If recent high profile fans of the brand (AKA the Duchess of Cambridge) are anything to go by, adorning royal frames is probably where a fair few of these dreamy dresses will end up. For there really is no other way to describe the unbelievable beauty of what Alice Temperley served up this season. The designer treated us to an array of duchesse satin creations in a rainbow of delectable shades ranging from rich purples, pinks and mauves through to soft blush, ladylike lilac and peachy hues, midnight black, cream, ice white and palest mint green.

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Temperley London SS14

It was every girly girl’s fantasy realised in organza and brocade with floral embroidery, appliqué blooms and intricate lace cutwork. Combining delicate cherry blossom print with leopard while keeping things classy is no mean feat but Alice pulled it off with aplomb. Overlay skirts featuring hundreds of tiny ribbon bows had my jaw hitting the floor and wasp waisted creations were taken to the next level of red carpet glamour with shimmering crystal embellishment. I don’t know how else to describe Temperley London SS14 other than stunning for that is exactly what it was.

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Temperley London SS14

I wandered out of The Savoy fantasising about swanning around town in one of those Temperley gowns and was unceremoniously jolted from my daydream but the fact that it was raining and I had precisely 5 minutes to get across town for my Gap event. Luckily I made it just in the nick of time for a few hours of official “hosting” duties before re-entering the fray for my final show of the day, Mary Katrantzou. I’m a die hard Katrantzou fan (who isn’t!?) and have never before seen her work on the catwalk so excited doesn’t even begin to cover my pre show emotional state. Fearful that the appalling traffic and multiple road closures might make me miss the show I badgered my poor driver incessantly about his route. So desperate was he to get me out of his car, we made it with enough time for me to take my seat and enjoy the excellent people watching opportunities. As expected at such a hot ticket show, the FROW was strictly A* List with Olivia Palermo, Natalie Massenet, Ruth Chapman, Mira Duma, Elena Perminova, Anna Wintour (in a new and even chicer ensemble than the morning’s), Suzy Menkes, and Cathy Horyn gracing it to name but a few. Those who had been allocated standing spots were left virtually wrestling one another for space, proving just how much the world wants Mary. Having spent that trip to Doha in her charming company I can attest that such adoration couldn’t happen to a nicer and more deserving person.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

A peek at the show notes informed me that this seasons inspiration was footwear and I was very intrigued to see Mary work her magic and spin it into something extraordinary. “Shoes” is a fairly expansive field so Mary cleverly narrowed down her collection to three sections based on three distinct styles. First up was the humble brogue inflated and distorted to form voluminous, digital printed concoctions complete with punched leather detailing, lacing serrations and pleats in moody shades chestnut, deep blue and olive green.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

The second footwear style du jour was sports shoe, fitting really considering fashions ongoing fixation with trainers. But this, my friends, was like no other manifestation of athletic inspiration (thank God). The oh-so-talented Miss Katrantzou took the idea of gym kicks and transformed them into cropped and extended bikers, form fitting bandeau dresses and mini skirts crafted from neoprene, rubberised leather and mesh in neon bright shades complete with velcro straps and rubberised detailing recalling shoe soles.

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Mary Katrantzou SS14

Last but certainly not least came the evening heel, but not as you, I or anyone else have ever seen it before. For the second consecutive season Katrantzou worked with legendary French embroidery house, Maison Lesage, resulting super size gobstoppers of embellishment decorating the final array of architectural, rococo coloured creations. If I ever have the cash to splash on a Katrantzou frock I would consider it an investment on par with a priceless work of art because in all honesty, that is precisely what each and every one of them are.

Love Ella. X

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AW13 Handbag Hot List

It’s no secret that I love handbags. That might sound a bit #obvi because frankly everyone loves handbags. Anyone who claims they don’t is a great, big, no doubt poorly accessorized liar. But I suspect my obsession with those fabulous contraptions designed (in theory) for carrying stuff goes above and beyond what could be considered normal or healthy. As someone who once spent an entire term’s student loan on a Mulberry Tillie tote and frequently travels with a whole separate suitcase just for bags, I feel or at least hope that I know a good one when I see it. And boy, are there some good ones this season…

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Chloé  Baylee Medium Leather Two Tone Tote, £1325, click here to buy

As I’m sure you’re all very well aware, Chloé pretty much invented the “it bag” concept back in 2006 with their iconic Paddington. Since then the French purveyor of all things ridiculously chic has continued the deliver handbags so lustworthy they make your head spin but this season, they’re truly reclaiming their “it” status with what is being hailed as THE handbag of AW13, the Baylee. Having seen and stroked a few of these babies when I visited Chloé’s London HQ for the Resort 2013 press day I can confirm that they definitely live up to the hype. Buttersoft leather, sparingly applied subtle gold hardware, contrast colour straps and roomy enough to actually fit your laptop, makeup and a magazine or three, Chloe’s Baylee is the “it” bag re-imagined for the 2013 woman and I seriously want one.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Leather & Ponyhair Mini Pashli Satchel, £855, click here to buy

Ok, so this might be the fourth time I’ve featured 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Leather and Ponyhair Pashli in as many months but I’m just so completely and utterly in love with it. As I may have mentioned once or twice or thrice, Phillip Lim’s AW13 collection epitomised the girl a part of me wants to be. The leathers, the ever-so-slightly off colours, the sheer haute badassness (totally a word, starting now) of it all… I remember emerging from his show into the frigid february air during New York Fashion Week last season in a state of absolute awe that anything could be that, for want of a better word, cool. Whether I ever manage to recreate the biker’s moll vibe remains to be seen but owning this objet d’amour would certainly be a step in the right direction.

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Mulberry Primrose in Bright Red Haircalf, £2,500, click here to buy

It would be impossible to compile a list of the season’s hottest handbags without mentioning Mulberry! There are at least six styles from their AW13 collection I’m currently coveting and could more than happily include in this post but in the interest of not turning this into one giant Mulberry ad I’ve opted for the Primrose. Structured shape (no risk of the dreaded “bag sag” here), punchy hue, adorable top handle detailing; Mulberry’s Primrose ticks every must-have-bag box and don’t even get me started on the delectable calf hair situation!

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Burberry The Big Crush in Heart Print Calfskin, £1,500, click here to buy

Heart print calfskin, HEART PRINT CALFSKIN!! Burberry, what are you trying to do to me!? Super luxe and a little bit cheeky, much like the rest of Christopher Bailey’s incredible and aptly named “Trench Kisses” collection. I must confess, the arrival of these stunners in the Brit brand’s flagship store has rendered me incapable of walking up Regents Street without stopping to stare at them longingly. This, my friends, is not a handbag. This is an object of sheer, unadulterated lust.

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Louis Vuitton Alma PM, £1,070, click here to buy

Much like every other season ever, Louis Vuitton have concocted an array of truly awesome arm candy for AW13. I ummmed and ahhhed a lot over whether to pick the super practical yet oh-so-chic Neverfull tote as my fave but in the end, the Louis Vuitton bag I most want need in my wardrobe is the Alma PM. Ladylike shape in a succulent shade of greeny blue (the technical term) it would make any ensemble look instantly immaculate. It’s also slightly bigger than the Alma BB (as seen in my SS13 handbag hot list) making it a truly practical cost-per-wear investment. That said, I wouldn’t say no to a Neverfull too.

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Miu Miu Buggatti Textured Leather Tote, £1,100, click here to buy

On paper a mustard yellow bowling bag sounds dubious. Under the sartorial supervision of Miuccia Prada it’s nothing short of genius. If Phillip Lim appeals to the downtown cool girl vibe I occasionally attempt and generally fail to channel, Miu Miu is the stuff of my absolute Park Avenue Princess fantasies. Admittedly this little number is less sugar sweet than their pastel pink counterparts but it still bears a pulled together, girly girl polish that leaves me weak at the knees. Would look darling with knee high socks too, major bonus.

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Marni Trunk Shoulder Bags, small £790, large £880 – available at www.marni.com from November

From one female fashion visionary to another, the quirky chic creations of Marni Creative Director, Consuelo Castiglioni never fails to set my heart a flutter. Case in point, the Trunk bag. This boxy bag treads the fine line between prepster and hipster, bypasses both and ends up somewhere infinitely more stylish. Exquisitely autumnal hues in super glossy leather with the added practicality of a shoulder strap, these babies are the perfect fusion of on-trend and investment. Plus they’re not available until November so you/I have time to start saving!

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel, £315, click here to buy

If you’ve so much as glanced at my outfit posts or Instagram feed this Summer then you’ll know how how enamoured I’ve been with my apple green MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma tote. Since I got it way back in May not a week has gone by without me whipping it out at least once. It’s chic, it’s sleek and it fits just about everything you could feasibly need to carry without ever suffering “bag sag” (my pet peeve, in case you hadn’t guessed). Now in typical fashion style, Michael Kors has gone and unleashed a whole new batch of Selma’s in autumn friendly hues and frankly, I need this one.

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McQueen Bi-Colour Medium Leather Heroine, £1,545, click here to buy

So it looks like two tone handbags are big news for AW13! The McQueen Heroine has been spotted on just about every stylish celeb’s arm and their new season styles are simply divine. Black and red a mega on trend colour combination this season but those that dare to don it run the risk of looking like Dennis the Menace. Sporting the look on by way of your bag eliminates all that, think about it.

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Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Mag, £505, click here to buy

Two tone and green AKA my fave colour ever?! Anya Hindmarch, this bag is almost too much! Bond Street’s reigning Queen of Bags has well and truly outdone herself this season with a collection of accessories inspired by childhood board games that reduce me to the proverbial kid in a candy store. Tongue-in-cheek yet oh-so-chic, I want all of it.

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 16/08/2013

If I owned this Chloé jacket, my life would genuinely be complete…

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1) Diane Von Furstenberg Shanna Dress, £324, click here to buy
2) Jimmy Choo Amore Polished Leather Ankle Boots, £550, click here to buy
3) Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Trimmed Tweed Satchel, £1050, click here to buy
4) THE Chloé Leather & Shearling Biker Jacket, £2290, click here to buy
5) The Row Round Frame Sunglasses, £248, click here to buy
6) Mulberry Lizard Effect iPhone Case, £90, click here to buy
7) 3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Haircalf 31 Minute Cosmetic Zip Clutch, £380, click here to buy
8) MICHAEL Michael Kors Paxton Print Metallic Toe Pointed Pumps, £140, click here to buy
9) Rebecca Taylor Fit n’ Flare Leather Skirt, £395, click here to buy
10) Marc by Marc Jacobs Aimee Plaid Sweater, £260, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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Weekly Wish List: 14/06/2013

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1) Erdem Cecilia Kabuki-sky Degrade Print Shirt (Matches exclusive) £540, click here to buy
2) Erdem Esmerelda Kabuki-sky Degrade Print Trousers £560, click here to buy
3) Charlotte Olympia Kitty Embroidered Woven Cotton Slippers, £545, click here to buy
4) Anne Bowes Jewellery Vintage Pineapple Gold Necklace, £180, click here to buy
5) Karl Lagerfeld Paris Oversized Round Sunglasses, £158, click here to buy
6) Topshop Tangerine Rose Bikini Top, £16, click here to buy
7) Topshop Tangerine Rose Bikini Bottoms, £10, click here to buy
8) Mulberry Cecily Flower Clasp Bag, £950, click here to buy
9) Sophia Webster Rio Sunset Print Sandals, £340, click here to buy
10) Reiss Lemine Floral Embroidered Dress, £189, click here to buy

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