Nanette Lepore

Look Du Jour: Moody Blooms

Ella Catliff WGSN by Holly McGlynn Oct 2013_013

moody blooms

Moody blooms

Nanette Lepore

Ella Catliff Nanette Lepore

Moodly blooms

What: Moody blooms print dress by Nanette Lepore, Leopard print clutch by Vince Camuto, Rings by Swarovski & Shoes by Kurt Geiger

Where: WGSN Global Fashion Awards at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Nanette Lepore gives damn good cocktail dress. This little number has been languishing in my wardrobe since September, patiently waiting for a suitably fabulous occasion for its first outing. Such an occasion eventually arrived a couple of weeks back, namely the WGSN Global Fashion Awards held in the magnificent surroundings of the Victoria & Albert museum. When wining and dining in one of London’s most exquisitely gorgeous cultural destinations you need and outfit that packs a punch and the print on this bad boy certainly does that. When it comes to prints, I’m firmly in the more is more camp so I decided to up the pattern clashing anti with a leopard print clutch. The evening itself did not disappoint and more on that will be coming your way soon!

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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New York Fashion Week AW13: Day 7

By the final day of New York Fashion Week I found myself, for the first time ever, craving a pair of trainers. My state of exhaustion wasn’t helped by the fact that I woke up on Suitcase Magazine Editor and my partner in crime, Serena’s sofa less than two hours before my first show of the day.

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I wore… Coat: Whistles, Shirt & Bag: Jaeger London, Skirt & Beret: American Apparel, Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Gloves: Accessorize.

With a lot more luck than I deserved I somehow managed to make it to Lincoln Centre in time for Nanette Lepore. I always adore Nanette’s collections and, as you may remember, had a slight Cinderella moment when she dressed me for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards last Autumn. Last season I fell hard for her joyous tropical brights and punchy prints but in the battle for my heart, Nanette’s latest offerings provided some stiff competition. Drawing inspiration from footage she’d seen of the Mars Curiosity, the designer delivered a perhaps bolder array of ensembles than we’ve seen from her in previous seasons. Fiery digital prints paid homage to the Red Planet while khaki looks and sculpted plum leather added a sharper, utilitarian element. As expected, there were killer cocktail dresses a’plenty but Lepore also tapped into AW13′s obsession with androgyny by way of hooded parkas, mannish overcoats and seriously sharp suiting. Much like last season, every other look I saw during the Nanette Lepore show elicited an “ohmigod I want it!” kind of reaction.

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Nanette Lepore AW13

By this point I was in seriously dire need of caffeine and made a high speed Starbucks stop to pick up a latte which I promptly spilled all over myself. By the time I arrived at the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti show I was feeling more than a little frazzled but cheered up considerably when I bumped into the lovely Tali Lennox in the queue. Having also been at the Diesel ‘do’, Tali feeling equally worse for wear (not that you could see it) and we commiserated over our mutual hangovers in the queue. Once inside I waved Tali goodbye as she took her place on the FROW next to Miroslava Duma and Olivia Palermo who looked so unbelievably elegant that I almost couldn’t bear to look at her. This was Philosophy’s first season under new Creative Director Natalia Ratabesi and I was intrigued to see   how she developed the label. I can imagine that taking over from a fashion doyenne like Ferretti poses a fair few challenges but x really rose to the occasion, offering up a rather sleeker, more modern look than we’ve seen in previous seasons while still retaining the brands inherent Italian elegance. Luscious textural knits and rich, burnished gold brocades were kept fresh by their combination with clean lines and athletic touches including mesh panels, elastic trims and zip detailing. Excellent separates came by way of subtly embellishex peplum tops, neat cigarette pants and immaculate tailoring. Of course, it wouldn’t have been a Philosphy di Alberta Ferretti show without a fur or five and several stunning evening dresses. Overall the collection was a rare combination of commercially appealing and sartorially surprising, an impressive debut from  Ratabesi.

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Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti AW13

When a “celeb” turns their hand to fashion design, it is inevitably met with some industry reservation. Admittedly I havan’t always been overly infatuated with the boho luxe collections delivered by Rachel Zoe but this season I think it’s safe to say she nailed it. Gone were the floaty maxi skirts and the piled on accessories. In their place came svelte silhouettes, luxe fabrics and immaculate tailoring. The vibe was cool, contemporary and ever-so-slightly equestrian styled with minimal makeup, low ponytails and glossy, knee-high leather boots. A palette of lusciously understated neutrals, save for the odd hit of olive green or rich burgundy, enhanced the overall air of well groomed elegence while some truly excellent outerwear had me reaching for my ever growing wish list.

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Rachel Zoe AW13

After a breather and bite to eat it was time for me to venture back into Lincoln Centre for my final show of the week, Milly by Michelle Smith. Now you know me, I’m a sucker for a dance-ready cocktail hour ensemble and whether she’s doing super girly or, like last season, sportif chic Smith always delivers them in spades. Her latest collection was particularly covetable in a charmingly “look at me” kind of way. Hologram leather featured heavily, applied to sweatshirts and pencil skirts to be worn mix n’ matched or top to toe depending on how brave you’re feeling. Punchy prints, oversized checks and eye-popping shades of orange and cobalt blue were perfectly offset by simpler pieces such as tailored trousers and mannish overcoats in restrained grey wool. While I liked the Milly show last season, Michelle Smith’s latest offerings were infinitely cooler and her deliciously shimmering final provided a suitably covetable end to a truly incredible New York Fashion Week.

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Milly by Michelle Smith AW13

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Look Du Jour: Evening Emerald

emerald

emerald

emerald

What: Emerald silk blouse: Nanette Lepore, Silk Jacquard skirt: Whistles, Velvet Bag: Topshop, Heels: Isabel Marant, Stacking Rings: Swarovski.

Where: Tommy Hilfiger & Esquire Magazine Party at The Zetter Townhouse.

Can you BELIEVE it’s time to start thinking about fashion week already? It seems like only yesterday I was nursing my swollen feet after 12 days of back-to-back SS13 shows and now it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear this time around. It certainly wont be spike heels again, I’ll tell you that for free! This week Covent Garden plays host to the second ever London Collections Mens – 3 days solely devoted to what stylish señores will be wearing next season. Obviously it wouldn’t be fashion week without lots and lots of parties and the Tommy Hilfiger and Esquire Magazine bash I attended last night was a bit of a “pinch me I’m dreaming” kind of affair. More juicy party gossip and menswear AW13 collection reviews will be coming your way soon but for now, what do you think of my evening emerald look?

Love Ella. X

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Look Du Jour: True Blue

True Blue

True Blue

True Blue

What: Dress & Clutch: Nanette Lepore, Shoes: Isabel Marant.

Where: WGSN Global Fashion Awards at The Savoy, London.

While I have nothing whatsoever against re-wearing a favourite party dress numerous times, there are some events so fabulous that they demand a never-before-seen stunner. Well, events don’t come much swisher than an awards ceremony and gala dinner held in the majestic surroundings of The Savoy Hotel and attended by the international fashion elite and it was this kind of fash-tastic extravaganza with which I began my week. On Monday evening I was off to the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, an evening I’d been awaiting in a state of extreme over excitement for nearly two months. With the likes of Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Charlotte Olympia shortlisted, I wanted to be wearing something pretty amazing, not always the most achievable of goals on a student budget. Luckily the lovely folk at Nanette Lepore came to my rescue and loaned me this divine blue silk number and gold clutch bag for the occasion. More gossip from the ceremony, dinner and of course, after party will be coming your way soon!

Love Ella. X

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5 Minutes With… Nanette Lepore

I always love grilling designers on their inspirations, aspirations and how they come up with the collections we all covet but I have to say, I was particulary excited about this particular interview. As you’ve probably realised by now, I’m a bit of a Nanette Lepore fanatic and her colourful, summery extravaganza was one of my favourite New York Fashion Week moments this season. I’m a firm believer in the idea that fashion should make you happy and Nanette’s deliciously flirty aesthetic never fails to bring a smile to my lips. On top of that, she’s also one hell of a businesswoman who’s weathered all manner of financial and sartorial storms to reach where she is.

Nanette lepore

I caught up with New York’s cocktail dress queen to talk first jobs, social media and saying goodbye to jeggings…

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