Whistles

Look Du Jour: Twinkle Toes

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What: Markus Lupfer shoes (c/o), H&M skirt & socks, Whistles top & Angel Jackson bag (c/o)

Where: the library followed by dinner at Dean Street Townhouse

These beautiful, twinkle tastic shoes from Markus Lupfer have been languishing rather fabulously in my wardrobe for some time now. You know when you have something really, really great in your sartorial arsenal and you’re torn between wearing them ALL THE FREAKING TIME or saving them for a special occasion? I slightly had that with these shoes. I waited, and waited, for that perfect moment but then as soon as the weather was no longer torrentially hideous I decided it was time for them to see the world. Or rather, for the world to see them. After all, nothing screams “look at me” like a pair of sparkly shoes. Then I added a borderline indecent gold jacquard mini and colour popping, patchwork leather hexagon bag. Once the maximalist ball starts rolling, it’s pretty difficult not to end up looking like you’ve been assaulted by a giant tube of glitter glue. I think I managed to just about sidestep insane and end up somewhere south of eccentric with the addition of a simple, leather collar detail tee. Admittedly, the socks did cause a few lols on the tube.

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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LFW AW14: Day 4

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Wearing Whistles Jacket, Skirt & Jumper, Sophia Webster shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Anne Bowes Jewellery Necklace & AllSaints Scarf
Image by Holly McGlynn

Here we have LFW AW14 Day 4, and only a casual fortnight late, result! Let’s ignore my tardiness and crack on with the matter at hand… the shows. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that LFW day 4 is “the big one”. We’re talking big shows, back to back, non stop from 9am. This season it was also the day that I had to submit my thesis 2nd draft (always during bloody fashion week, I swear they do it on purpose!) and I may have spent the previous night dancing until the wee hours at Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders’ after parties, which made the 7am thesis editing particularly unpleasant. My spirits were soon lifted though as, triple shot (caffeine was much needed) Starbucks skinny latte in hand I leapt on the Piccadilly Line and headed to my first show of the day, Roksanda Ilincic.

Roksanda’s collections have been stellar since her LFW debut back in 2005 yet somehow, she manages to outdo herself time and again. AW14 proved this. The past couple of years have seen the designer moving away from the covetable, easy-to-wear cocktail dresses with which she first made her name. Don’t get me wrong, Roksanda Ilincic still does dresses and seriously great ones at that but she’s not afraid to challenge both herself and her customer. The fact she manages to do so while still creating pieces compelling enough to entice everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to Lily Allen is a true testament to her talent.

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Roksanda Ilincic AW14 (Images via Style.com)

AW14 saw Roksanda building on the artistic inspiration which underpinned her also awesome SS14 collection, offering up sculpted felted wool confections with abstract patterns in wrong-yet-right contrasting colour combinations. Making pointedly uneven hemlines appear the height of sophistication is no mean feat by any account yet in Ilincic’s capable hands, lopsided skirting smoothly bypassed bizarre and simply felt elegantly unusual. The same goes for her colour palette; neutrals, burgundy, plum, orange, cobalt and ice blue all thrown together amid , surely that should be a disaster? Yet, it works, brilliantly. As for the textures, Roksanda really pulled the stops out here. Having begun her experiment with off kilter fabrics some time around AW13, the designer’s latest concoctions involved intricate PVC woven with tartan and 3D plastic embellishment, perfectly counterbalanced by luscious furs, shearlings and lambswools.

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Roksanda Ilincic AW14 (Images via Style.com)

Buoyed up by Roksanda’s show I trotted off up Tottenham Court Road for a presentation I was very, very excited. You’ve guessed it, Whistles. Holding a presentation in a stunningly elegant townhouse on Fitzroy Square is to some degree a risky move, especially for what is technically speaking a high street (albeit very high end high street) brand. Didn’t Jane Shepardson worry that the understated expensiveness of the surroundings might detract from collection itself? Not a bit of it, and with good reason. For AW14 Whistles delivered an array of ensembles so exquisitely perfect in their simple chicness one would have been forgiven for assuming they were the wincingly pricey produce of a bonafide luxury label. This is not to say, of course, that the pieces on show were flash. In fact they were the antithesis of bling and that was what made them so incredibly impressive. It’s easy to distract from non-designer-brand fabrics and imperfect cuts with oodles of colour and prints, but Whistles AW14 was a masterclass in polish. Delectably enveloping overcoats in tactile wools, soft shades and oversized checks tempted you to snuggle stylishly inside them. Whistles always gives good knits and this seasons jumpers came roll necked and ribbed, tucked into simple black midi skirts, worn loose over wide leg tailored trousers, and with lashings of nonchalant slouch.

LFW Whistles

LFW Whistles

After marvelling at the precision with which they had cut their pleats (seriously, it was mind boggling) I found my way into the eveningwear room and that, my friends, was the moment I knew I was done for. Thick pelted faux furs, delicately embellished tunics and peek-a-boo jumpsuits all in the most delectable shade of lilac! As for the off the shoulder, almost Dior esque sculpted co-ords and glossy navy satins… I fell hard and mentally kissed goodbye to financial solvency come August. This season Whistles had the exact same effect on me as every Phillip Lim show I attend inevitably does; it made me want a whole new wardrobe.

LFW Whistles

LFW Wistles

After the joy of seeing two excellent collections all thoughts of “headaches” were long forgotten as I loitered in itsu, munching on salmon sushi while hating myself for wishing next Autumn would just hurry up and get here until it was time to head West for Burberry. I will be forever grateful to the generous folk at Burbs for giving me the benefit of the doubt back in 2011 and inviting me to their shows ever since. It’s always one of my major fashion month highlights and I suspect that will remain the case for as long as I’m in the biz. This season was no different and from my usual seat next to Reem Kanj of Five Five Fabulous and Emily Johnstone of Fashion Foie Gras I witnessed a whole lotta spectacle. First up, there was the thoroughly enjoyable experience of watching Anna Wintour and Bradley Cooper lolling on the FROW. Far from seeming traumatised her unplanned trip to Newcastle, La Wintour was positively beaming every time I saw her! The mind boggles… But anyway, let’s talk clothes.

Burberry Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 - Front Row & Show

Anna Wintour & Bradley Cooper

Burberry Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 - Front Row & Show

From left: Felicity Jones, Naomi Harris, Tini Tempah, Harry Styles, Alison Mossheart & Mario Testino

As Ed Sheeran’s melodious tones filled the venue (live, no soundtracks here, obvs) the first tousle haired, fair skinned model took to the catwalk adorned in a captivating abstraction. How many variations can one man conjure up based on the classic trench? In the case of Christopher Bailey, it appears the answer to that is infinite. Deconstructed, loosely flung over shoulders and adorned with painterly florals I’m not even sure you could call the latest coverups “trench coats”, they were almost too bohemian for that.

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Burberry AW14

Flowing, barely-there silk and chiffon ensembles evoked images of carefree yet cultivated beauties, just as Bailey’s show notes citing the “Bloomsbury Girls” as his latest inspiration suggested. Silhouettes came far softer than recent seasons (remember last Autumn’s foxy homage to Christine Keeler?!) with teddy bear textures and slouchy shearling adding a sense of warmth to flimsy slips and delicately ruched evening dresses.

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Burberry AW14

Admittedly, it was less up my sartorial street than Spring/Summer’s cinched waists and sweet pastels but that didn’t stop the show, the collection and the entire experience being anything less than magical. The ever impressive final saw Paloma Faith serenade the cast of supermodels all clad in personalised blanket coats drumming home the message that Christopher Bailey had in one full swoop delivered both his most daring, and his softest collection for Burberry yet. No one marries creativity and commercial viability quite like he does.

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LFW

More from day 4 coming your way soon! For now, I’d love to hear what you think of these collections?

Love Ella. X

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Shine On Whistles

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Whistles Daisy Foil Skirt, Foil Patchwork Vest, Luiza Cashmere Crewneck and Harlow Varsity Bomber Jacket worn with AllSaint scarf, Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag & Sophia Webster heels.

Another post, another pun tastic title. Sorry guys, but I just can’t resist. This particular ensemble is a celebration of, you’ve guessed it, Whistles. Anyone’s who’s read LPA for any length of time will be well versed in my borderline unhealthy obsession with the brand. From the elegant grey peacoat that was my pride and joy aged 17, to the pastel Peter Pan collar blouses I stockpiled during the summer of 2011, to my vast collection of all things Jane Shepardson designed today, they’ve got me hooked and willingly so. Whistles’ SS14 collection, displayed in their first ever catwalk show atop the Heron Tower is a true testament to it’s rise to the foreground of really great British Fashion. And this skirt, this shining, shimmering, stunner of a skirt and perhaps the piece de resistance. I fell hard the second I spotted it sashaying down the runway so when Whistles challenged me to style up their silver skirt for London Fashion Week I leapt at the opportunity. Given that it’s such a statement garment I wasn’t entirely sure how to make it work for daytime – not to mention, freezing February temperatures – but after an epic dressing up session involving most of the contents of my wardrobe and Whistles’ SS14 collection I settled on this ensemble. The personalised bomber jacket is not only my newfound favourite thing but, paired with a super cosy cashmere sweater, also puts a casual spin on what is essentially a mega glam evening skirt. Of course, we wouldn’t want to make things too casual so I threw my heart print Sophia Webster’s into the mix, keeping with the silver and pink theme. I’m also wearing a matching, bias cut silver top underneath which will be unveiled after dark (inside a well heated venue). All in all, I’m rather in love with this outfit and the fact that this skirt is SO MUCH FUN to wear is the icing on the cake. If you snap one up, I highly recommend taking it outside on a windy day and prancing around like a madwoman. You might get a few stares but the novelty factor makes your neighbours thinking you’re a nutter totally worth it.

You can watch Whistles AW14 London Fashion Week presentation live between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Monday 17th February here

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Texture Blend

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texture blend

texture blend

La Petite Anglaise Ella Catliff

texture blend Whistles J.Crew

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Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise

What: Textured green cable knit sweater and duffel coat both Whistles, Skirt by J.Crew, Bag by Alice + Olivia (c/o) & Shoes by Kurt Geiger (c/o)

Where: Shopping in London.

I very nearly called this post “50 Shades of Green” and then remembered, somewhat embarrassingly, that I’d already made that oh so hilarious pun about a year ago… Shame on me. So, instead I opted for “Texture Blend”, a more accurate if infinitely duller title. I do adore pink and it may make the boys wink but green is and has always been my favourite colour. Suffice to say, I own clothes in every shade from moss, hunter, forest and emerald to palest mint and even eye-offending, neon highlighter hues. A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to a variety of my favourite green garments at once but wanted to do so without looking like a human fern. The trick, I think, to achieving this is a combination of tonal colour blocking and contrasting textures. A chunky Whistles cable knit takes the evening edge of my beloved J.Crew jacquard mini and the forest green (also Whistles) duffel coat provides a perfect matching-yet-not coverup. Then I added the basically catching Alice + Olivia calfhair handbag because I’ve always thought that if you’re going to do something you may as well go the whole hog!

What do you think of my texture experiment? Would you try it yourself?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Monthly Must Haves: December 2013

I know, I know, Christmas is just around the corner… All the more reason to treat yourself to a present from you to you!

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1) Sophie Hulme Bi-Colour Wool Jumper, £350, click here to buy
2) J Brand 624 Photo Ready Skinny Jeans, £215, click here to buy
3) Sophia Webster Lola Neon Patent Leather Pumps, £195, click here to buy
4) ASOS Pastel Bobble Hat, £10, click here to buy
5) J.Crew Collection Embellished Wool Blend Coat, £1350, click here to buy
6) Maison Michel Paris Maelis Cat Headbank, £355, click here to buy
7) L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur Monica Lace Bra, £40, click here to buy
8) L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur Monica Lace Briefs, £20, click here to buy
9) Whistles Small Calf Hair Clutch, £55, click here to buy
10) Topshop 60s Crop Floral Jacquard Dress, £65, click here to buy

Love Ella. X

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