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
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Images by Holly McGlynn
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
I know, I know, Christmas is just around the corner… All the more reason to treat yourself to a present from you to you!
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
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Yup, you heard me right. The fabulous folk at Whistles who I stalk mercilessly (sorry guys) have decided to give away an entire, top-to-toe look from their Resort 2014 collection as part of their annual Advent Calendar Competition. This time last year I teamed up with them to offer you a sneaky peeky at the personalised varsity jacket one lucky so and so would be receiving in time for Christmas. I’m sure you’ll agree it was a pretty bloody brilliant prize but, dare I say it, this year’s is even more spectacular. And not just because it involves more stuff, although that is obviously awesome. What really sets this treat apart is the calibre of Whistles’ Resort 2014 collection.
Pastel hues, A-line skirts and ice white accessories provide a tantalising teaser of what Spring has in store while razor sharp cuts, mannish outerwear and androgynous attitude stop things from erring on the side of saccharine. Even I, someone who has no problem with styles so sickly sweet they should come with a health warning find this Céline-meets-Carven chic impossibly compelling. I want to be the messy haired, devil may care girl who rocks bubblegum pink knits and printed leather dungaree dresses with equal nonchalance. But this post isn’t about me, for once, it’s about YOU lovely lot and how to get your hands on the aforementioned ensemble.
To recap, the prize is the WHOLE outfit from Whistles’ Resort 2014 collection pictured directly above; powder pink coat, tailored trews, monochrome heels, the lot. And all you have to do to enter is “like” the picture on Facebook here. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Good luck…
Love Ella. X
Ps) If you don’t get lucky this time around, no sweat, there are 19 more chances to win some Whistles online here
What: Paisley pants by Topshop, Shirt by Whistles, Bag by Angel Jackson (c/o), Shoes by Kurt Geiger (c/o), Necklace by J.Crew (c/o) & Coat by Sandro
Where: Meetings in London
As you may have gathered, I’m rather partial to paisley. Now I know technically speaking it was AW12′s “it” print but given the fact this motif has been been beloved by Western culture since they pinched it from Persia in the 18th century I don’t think carrying it over from one winter to the next could exactly be considered a crime.These bad boys entered my wardrobe as one half of a Topshop trouser suit I simply couldn’t resist last Autumn. I gave the look its first outing during London Fashion Week SS13 where it proved one of the most street style snapped ensembles I wore all month! I was then presented with the problem of how to ever donning the pieces again without it being ridiculously obvious that I was re-wearing. After all, a paisley trouser suit isn’t exactly shy and retiring now is it? I’m proud (I think?) to tell you that I’ve managed to give both components a couple more outings since then. The jacket, I whipped out in the midst of blizzard nemo during New York Fashion Week in February. I teamed it with ankle boots, a burgundy corduroy skirt, denim shirt and black bow neck detail (click here for a reminder). This whole denim shirt/paisley print thing obviously struck a chord because when I decided to unearth the suit’s bottom half some nine months later, I turned to my trust Whistles number yet again. Paired with pointy metallic shoes (this season’s “party flats” dontcha know), camel coat, statement necklace and patchwork satchel I thought it all looked pretty snazzy. Admittedly my feet where very cold but I never bloody learn, do I?
Love Ella. X
Images by Lea Salomone