What: Coat & Leather Collar Top: Whistles, Jumper: French Connection, Skirt: American Apparel, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Hat: Topshop & Bag: Anya Hindmarch.
Where: Press Days, Lectures & Parties in London.
Some days are like leisurely strolls in the park, others like high speed but thankfully short lived sprints. Certain days however, are marathons by the end of which you find yourself so sweaty and exhausted you can no longer summon up the energy for anything but trashy tv and sleep. Tuesday should have been one of those days but luckily every engagement was so fabulous that I was on too great a fashion high to feel tired!
Why so manic? Well, you see it’s press day season. A bi-annual period lasting 3 or 4 weeks during which every major brand and PR company under the sun showcases next season’s collections. While spending the day looking at gorgeous garments and scoffing free cakepops (cupcakes are so 2011) is certainly no cause for complaint, when you add lectures, evening events and trying to actually write the odd blog posts into the mix things do get a little bit hectic. Thankfully having spent most of last week in bed with a virus feeling extremely sorry for myself, I was ready and raring to go come tuesday morning. With a venti, skinny, extra hot, triple shot Starbucks latte in hand, I headed into town to ogle the latest fare from Anya Hindmarch, Nanette Lepore, Louise Gray and DKNY before hot footing it to Central Saint Martins’ Kings Cross campus (via itsu) for a lecture. After that I legged it home as fast as my ankle booted tootsies could carry me for an hour of frantic email answering, blogging and a half-hearted attempt to read through the following morning’s lecture notes. By this point my caffeine levels were starting to drop so I downed another latte en route back to King’s Cross to check out the much-anticipated Markus Lupfer for Whistles collaboration. Unsurprisingly, it was utterly divine but with two more events to go there was no time to linger. More details from the parties and press days will be coming your way soon but right now I’ve got another back-to-back day to contend with!
Love Ella. X
There are no two ways about it, I’m a slave to apple. Not so long ago I was a committed – or so I thought – PC and blackberry user. Two years, five fashion weeks and four iPhones 4s’s later, I’m completely and utterly hooked. On the frequent occasions my iPhones get ‘stolen’ (read: left in a loo after one too many cocktails) I spend the 3 to 5 working days it takes to get a replacement wandering around like a lost puppy, unaccustomed to being unable to recieve emails every second of the day, or navigate my way from A to B without the option of following that handy little blue dot. Even when my iPhone and indeed, iPad are safe and sound in my handbag, I still struggle to be away from my laptop for more than a couple of hours. Ok, so maybe I’m an extreme (-ly sad) example but be honest, could you imagine life without a smartphone?! I can imagine the answer is a resounding ‘no’ or if not then frankly, I suspect you’re lying. This leads me to the point of this post: tech-sessories.
As you’ve probably realised by now, I’m an absolute sucker for a theme. From the original (15th century monarchs) to the not-so-original (tarts and vicars) few things make me happier than the chance to get dressed up, especially if said dress code necessitates a shopping spree. Unsurprisingly, I adore Halloween and every year end up spending a small fortune on ridiculous items that get worn once and either destroyed in the process or stuffed somewhere in the depths of my wardrobe straight afterwards, never again to see the light of day. Well this time around I’m determined to invest in an outfit that’s both spooky and chic, so here are a few Halloween themed pieces that might just outlast our post-party hangovers…
1) Whistles Clara Pintuck Dress, £165, click here to buy
2) Butter London ‘The Dark Night’ Nail Polish, £12, click here to buy
3) Gucci studded heel boots, £1040, click here to buy
4) Bottega Venetta woven satin & snake trim clutch, £990, click here to buy
5) Lanvin Tutti Frutti Swarovski crystal ring, £285, click here to buy
6) Alexander McQueen classic skull print scarf, £165, click here to buy
7) Miss Selfridge chain embellished collar, £22, click here to buy
8) Jimmy Choo + Rob Pruitt printed leather mules, £550, click here to buy
9) Balenciaga Le Slim suede & leather leggings, £1175, click here to buy
10)Temperley London Web embellished tulle top, £895, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Yellow jersey dress & Ella box bag: Whistles, Coat: A.P.C, Boots: Massimo Dutti, Hat: Topshop, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery.
Where: Dinner at inamo in Soho, London.
I know this little mustard number has appeared in my Look Du Jour posts a number of times now but it really is one of the most hard-working items of clothing I own! Many people sniff at the phrase “investment piece” on the grounds that it’s just a handy excuse to buy stuff… Fools. Ok, so occasionally even the savviest of shoppers claims that a certain non-essential and/or expensive item will “pay for itself in a years time” simply because the handbag, pair of heels or cocktail frock in question is so darned pretty they just have to have it. On these occasions, said garment is often as impractical as it is alluring and therefore ends up languishing in the back of your wardrobe six months later, an unworn reminder of your spendthrift ways. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case with this yellow jersey dress from my beloved Whistles. Since snapping it up last Christmas I’ve worn it a LOT. Press brunches, lunch dates, early evening cocktails and late night soirees… Whatever the occasion, it just always feels appropriate and of course the comfort factor doesn’t hurt a bit. This time around I donned it for a girly dinner with my four housemates at inamo, a super chic chic pan-asian restaurant in Soho with snazzy interactive tables. If you haven’t been then I highly recommend you book a table asap… And maybe squeeze in a cheeky trip to Whistles on the way.
Love Ella. X
What: Jumper & Bag: Jaeger, Skirt & Beret: American Apparel, Shirt: Whistles & Shoes: random boutique in Paris, have forgotton the name, sorry!
Where: Lectures, meetings and press days in London.
Everyone has certain outfits that are guaranteed to put them in a good mood. This is definitely one of mine. Obviously the ballet flats/high waisted mini/blouse combination is pretty much my failsafe fashion formula but for me, the match-matchy red accents on this ensemble give it that something extra. Of course, I suspect this kind of super preppy colour co-ordinated accessory fest isn’t for eveyone, especially anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a hipster. But I’ve long since given up on trying to dress edgy, wearing what makes you happy is just so much simpler! You may remember this adorable heart detail jumper from London Fashion Week Day 5 this season. Jaeger very kindly lent it to me for the occasion but I loved it so much I went and bought it straight afterwards. I donned this
Ask any student at Central Saint Martins why they love it and I’ll bet one of the reasons is that you can wear whatever the hell you want and not encounter so much as a raised eyebrow. For some, this means boys in skirts, multi-coloured handmade creations, green hair and drop-crotch PVC trousers. For me, it means I can dress like Cher from Clueless without fear of being laughed at. For once, this really is my “look du jour” as I donned it this very morning for a lecture on early 21st century fashion followed by Roksanda Ilincic‘s SS13 press day (two words: totes amaze) and then finally coffee at Villandry Bakery with Claire Watts, founder of exquisite handbag label BoBelle London. Currently I’m at home feeling ever-so-slightly panicked about cramming in as much work as possible before I head over to Somerset House for Tim Walker “Storytellers” Private View this evening!
Love Ella. X