Pre Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Shoe Perspectives

For a few weeks now I’ve been itching to share the details of this particularly exciting project with you lovely lot so I’m THRILLED to announce that today, I finally can! You’re no doubt all painfully aware of my feelings about Louis Vuitton; “love” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Even if I haven’t tweeted about it (unlikely) you can probably guess how I feel about Selfridges Shoe Galleries AKA Central London’s biggest, best and generally dreamiest footwear destination. When a press release arrived in my inbox announcing that the Parisian harbinger of all things covetable would be opening it’s very own shoe salon within the galleries I whacked the opening date in my iCal toute suite, determined to be among the first to ogle the space not to mention LV’s exclusive design for Selfridges. Naturally, I expected both the salon and the limited edition style to be fabulous. What I was not expecting however, was Louis Vuitton to invite me to take part in the project.

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Louis Vuitton’s Exclusive Selfridges Shoe, available in store only

To celebrate the launch of the Selfridges Shoe Salon, Louis Vuitton’s social media savvy team decided to pique people’s interest with a twitter competition. As you might have spotted, for the past week or so the brand have been tweeting images of their delectable Pre Fall shoes in front of iconic London landmarks, showing them from a “shoe perspective” and ending up in a particularly chic city spot. Anyone who guessed one of the locations could also tweet their answer using the hashtag #LVShoes adding an element of competition. Well, in case you were wondering who’s pasty pins starred in the snaps they were… MINE! Sorry for the excessive use of capitals and exclamation marks but like the landmarks, LV wanted to keep my identity a mystery until all the clues had been revealed, and it’s taken supreme self control not to dance down the street shouting “Louis Vuitton is tweeting pictures of me”. Even more exciting is the fact I can now share the full shoot featuring looks I styled from the beautiful beyond belief Pre Fall 2014 collection.

So without further ado I’m going to utter a sentence I never in a million years would have dreamed I’d get to say, check out my shoot for Louis Vuitton and Selfridges…

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Wearing monogrammed Velvet Smoking Slippers at the Peter Pan Garden in Hyde Park

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Wearing the Glam Rock Ankle Boot at Big Ben

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Wearing the Oh Really pump in Patent Calf at the London Eye

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Wearing the Lipstick Pump at the Tate Modern

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Thank you Louis Vuitton and Selfridges for inviting me into your world of wonder and giving me the opportunity to spend a day in outfits so goddamn gorgeous I frequently fantasise about owning them!

Try as I might, I physically can’t decide which outfit I adore the most! Do you have a fave?

Love Ella. X

Images c) LOUIS VUITTON / JAMIE MCGREGOR SMITH

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Roksanda Ilincic Pre Fall 2013

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Once upon a time Roksanda Ilincic was dubbed the new “Queen of the cocktail dress” but while her eveningwear remains elegant as ever, the past few seasons have seen the designer branch out into everyday attire too. This is excellent news for anyone with great taste and a big budget because as it happens, Roksanda’s take on day dressing is every bit as inspired as her red carpet looks.

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Ever since being inducted into the world of Roksanda during our fateful (and highly eventful) trip to Doha a couple of years ago I’ve been nurturing an obsession with her uncanny knack for combining bold colour combinations with immaculate cuts. Her Pre Fall 2013 collection is a prime example. Marrying clashing brights, acid hues and vibrant plaids with monochrome shades and conservative hemlines, Ilincic delivers a unique take on high fashion cool. Despite being a First Lady favourite and expert at “doing demure”, there is a playful side to her collections that makes me love them even more. Case in point: those supersized clutch bags. Are they practical? No! A little bit ridiculous? Maybe. But do I want one? HELL YES! It’s couture worthy construction meets London quirk with subtle geek chic undertones. Sounds like a recipe for carnage I know but as you can see, in the capable hands of Roksanda Ilincic it’s pure, sartorial gold.

Love Ella. X

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Tibi Pre Fall 2013

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With every collection Amy Smilovic designs, Tibi gets one step closer to unequivocably becoming the coolest brand in the world. That sounds like an overstatement I know but take a gander through the past few season’s offerings (and the many, many style setters snapped wearing them on the streets) and you’ll most likely find yourself agreeing with me. I’ve been a Tibi fanatic for a while now and think the Pre Fall 2013 collection might actually be their best yet. Beautifully negotiating the fine line between fashion forward and wearer friendly, Amy has delivered an array of FROW-worthy ensembles that exude New York nonchalance.
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Flirty, thigh-skimming mini dresses and sleek pencil skirts are perfectly offset by boyish grey marl sweatshirts, varsity jackets and super slick tailored trousers. Prints have always been a Tibi staple but in recent seasons they’ve been of the graphic, rather than girlish variety. This time around we’ve been treated to contrast coloured stripes, monochrome geometrics and acid hued reproductions of the Manhattan skyline. Smilovic has an uncanny knack with leather (remember the laser cut confections in her SS13 collection?) and for Pre Fall 2013 she’s gone for oil slick black and applied it to everything from A-line t-shirt dresses to immaculately cut cigarette pants. In short, I want ALL OF IT!

Love Ella. X

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Carven Pre Fall 2013

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Oh Carven, let me count the ways I love you. If there were ever a brand more synonymous with Parisian cool I’d like to see it. Every time I lay eyes on one of Guillaume Henry’s collections I think he can’t possibly out do himself next season yet somehow he always manages it.

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For Pre Fall 2013 the designer has concocted an array of elegant separates, sweet shift dresses and slouchy-yet-sleek outerwear that simply exude inousouciance. Texture play is a major theme with mottled wool coats teamed with print silk dresses and chunky ribbed tights prepping up luxe leather pieces. As usual there are skirt suits a’plenty but as well as the geek chic styles we all know and love sat a sculptural, quasi futuristic metallic green ensemble. Cute collars, another Carven trademark, also feature highly adding a quirky edge to tailored camel wool and exquisite lace confections. But while Henry has stayed true to the design motifs we all know and obsess over endlessly I’d say this (pre) season, he’s decided to get a little more experimental. Skirts and biker jackets have been given a modern twist with slick, cut-away sides and feminine frocks are awarded an air of androdgyny by way of oversized, boyish parkas. As for the red leather tuxedo style number… Frankly, I’m speechless. For a designer credited with turning a long-forgotton couture house into one of the hottest contemporary brands around, these deviations from the adored Carven DNA was something of a risk but boy, hasn’t it just turned out beautifully?

Love Ella. X

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Christopher Kane Pre Fall 2013

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Just last week Scottish fashion wunderkind Christopher Kane released his first ever Pre Fall collection, although one would be forgiven for thinking otherwise, such is the level of creative and technical prowess evident in each and every look included in this delectable selection. Among Kane’s many sartorial skills is an uncanny knack for taking normally non-fashionable things (rubber, sweet wrappers, Princess Margaret style twinsets) and turning them into catwalk dynamite. I was lucky enough to be invited to his SS13 show and got to witness this talent first hand. The designer drew inspiration from Frankenstein’s Monster to deliver an ingeniously original collection that combined plastic wingnuts, ruched plastic and injection moulded rubber with pastel hues, pencil skirts and oversized chiffon bows. You’d have thought after that he’d be out of ideas but as Christopher Kane’s Pre Fall offerings confirm, his supply is limitless.

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Far from using the pre season to trot out an array of commercial, wearer friendly style staples, Kane appears to have viewed it as an opportunity to let his imagination run wild. Sculptural suede bomber jackets sit alongside double breasted velvet trouser suits, flippy chiffon minis and floor length gob-smackers in a palette of inky blacks, purples and rich cobalt blues. As always with Christopher there’s something slightly off-kilter, think unfinished hems, sepia toned floral applique and semi-sheer fabrics giving off an eerie sheen. Equally characteristic is the fact that this high risk hint of subversion makes those pretty printed cocktail dresses infinitely more interesting.

Love Ella. X

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