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Look Du Jour: Crushing On Camo

Ella Catliff

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Ella Catliff La Petite Anglaise

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What: Camo print sweater by Whistles, Waxed Jeans by Juicy Couture, Shoes by Kurt Geiger, Bag by Alice + Olivia (all c/o) Necklace by Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bracelet & Rings by Monica Vinader

Where: Lectures & Dinner at Aubaine, High Street Kensington

I suspect this may be the first in a long line of posts featuring this particular AW13 über trend over the coming weeks and months. I’m a teeny tiny – hello understatement of the century – smidge obsessed with it. And I’m most certainly not alone in my latest sartorial addiction. Thanks to Christopher Kane, Whistles and the many other brands who seemingly serendipitously decided to bring back soldier chic, the whole world has gone bat shit cray for camouflage and you can bet your statement sweatshirt I leapt straight on that bandwagon. Call me a fashion victim if you will but I’ll be far too busy prancing around in my new favourite print to listen.

Will you be rocking camo prints this season?

Love Ella. X

Images by Lea Salomone

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LFW SS14: Day 2 Part 1

LFW Day 2 got off to a truly terrible start when fashion week disaster numero duo struck and I slept through my alarm… By three hours. I maintain that the damn thing didn’t go off but frankly, who knows. Eventually I managed to get myself dressed, breakfasted and on the slowest tube ever (damn you district line!!) to Embankment getting steadily more enraged reading everyone’s tweets about the ANTIPODIUM presentation, knowing full well I’d never make it in time. It was raining, I was doing bare legs and I had the mother of all blisters, generally not a great start to the day. On the bright side, I could console myself with the fact I would be attending a Holly Fulton show and her punchy brights and tongue-in-cheek chic style were guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

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I wore: Whistles top & skirt, Club Monaco jacket, Anne Bowes Jewellery necklace, Alice + Olivia bag & Kurt Geiger shoes
Image by Holly McGlynn

Once inside the morning’s earlier stress continued to fade away, sitting next to Susie Lau on the FROW I felt pathetically thrilled. I know that sounds beyond vacuous but hey, I’m only human. Holly’s show pulled in some seriously important attendees this season – think Natalie Massenet, Sarah Harris, Jessica Bumpus, Lucinda Chambers – a fact I was thrilled about as a long term Fulton fan. With people like that at your show, the pressure really is on and I thought that Holly absolutely rose to the occasion. The designer’s trademark prints, brights and embellishment were all present and correct although perhaps a little subtler than we’ve seen before. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of OTT chic but this collection felt perhaps more grown up and infinitely more wearable while not compromising the signature element of fun that makes Holly’s work so irresistible.

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Holly Fulton SS14 (images via Style.com)

More often than not, the press release for a show gets shoved straight in my handbag to be rediscovered later, a small crumpled ball. Holly’s however I always read in full straight away because I love reading about her latest “woman”. This seasons muse is a 70s siren inspired by soft focus pop icon Noosha Fox. Belted dresses, statements tees and day suits came in soft denim and printed silks featuring hazy florals, kitcsh birds and modernist graphics influenced by the geometric interiors of David Hicks. For after dark Holly delivered intricate embroidery, crystal chokers and touches of tinsel. Particularly impressive this season was her experimental approach to fabrics, creating textured cork ensembles out of leather and mesmerising surfaces from manipulated ribbon. Unsurprisingly, I adored it all, and felt the collection marked a kind of “coming of age” for Holly Fulton. The fearlessness, fun and disregard for all things trend related remains as does her boundless imagination and attention to detail. At the same time what we’re seeing for SS14 is perhaps a more refined and definitely a more wearable vision from the designer. Holly Fulton’s good time gal is all grown up.

Feeling buoyed up by such an uplifting collection I headed back out into the grey London afternoon for a loiter in the courtyard until show number two, John Rocha. John’s show was was another FROW experience (yay) albeit a slightly less comfortable one given how many well clad derrières were squeezed in. I found myself crammed between the lovely Angela Scanlon which is always a laugh and a black clad woman who I think was Lady Victoria Hervey and was rather less jolly. I’ve been attending John’s shows for a fair few seasons now and his sheer, awe inspiring skill with fabric always blows my mind. For SS14 the designer set out to “weave a narrative of grace and elegance”, an aim we can safely say he achieved.

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John Rocha SS14 (images via Style.com)

We were treated to an array of embroidered, sculptural creations, utterly elegant and slightly otherworldly. Like Holly, John Rocha is a designer who pays no regard to what anyone else is doing and simply serves up his own brand of sartorial genius by way of sculptural silhouettes crafted from silk organza, crouched georgette and sheer chiffon. While there were many objets d’art, as one would expect from John Rocha, we also saw many more wearable garden party ready numbers too. The watercolour floral dresses were a particular favourite of mine, adorned with origami roses and sunset infused prints. “Summer blooms” run the risk of being a tired look but in John’s seasoned hands it felt original, beautiful and serene. As the show progressed the designer continued his masterclass in textural, offering up sheer black georgette gowns adorned with burnished gold embroidery and laser cut PVC.

At the risk of sounding like a colossal whinger, I couldn’t help but feeling the scheduling on day 2 was a little dodgy. Julien Macdonald, Whistles and David Koma all in different locations within the space of an hour? Even those in possession a driver with no regard for speed limits this would have been impossible. Much as I wanted to see Julien’s latest spectacle and generally rate David Koma, there was only going to be one winner here. Yep, you’ve guessed it, Whistles. The show was held high up Heron Tower with eye boggling views across London and seated cosily with some of my fashion faves, Briony of A Girl A Style, Ella of Coco’s Tea Party and Anna of South Molton Street Style I couldn’t have been much happier. Until I saw the collection that is… Just wow. I warn you now, my borderline unhealthy obsession with Whistles looks set to reach new heights of insanity come Spring. This show was a true testament to the genius of Jane Sheperdson and so far from “fast fashion” or other not-so-favourable terms usually associated with even the highest of high street labels to associate it with such would be criminal. For SS14 Sheperdson offers a more feminine vision than last season, although still oozing the pared back cool we’ve come to expect from Whistles. Opening with an blush pink and faded chambray denim featuring boxy cuts and an attitude of nonchalance, the collection moved seamlessly into ice whites (lots of those for SS14 so maybe steer clear of Merlot), buttery tans and the most incredible, liquid look silver lurex.

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Whistles SS14

A peek at the show notes informed me that Jane had drawn inspiration from an African Safari, a reference that really came through in prints such as blown up Ocelot fur and flamingos, and later looks featuring vibrant shades of evergreen and fuchsia. Shapes stayed true to Whistles now well established sleek, modern aesthetic leaving Jane free to experiment with texture. And experiment she most certainly did, as with basically every other collection I’ve seen this and last season, there was leather a’plenty as well as rubberised and plastic coated cottons, luxe satin jacquard and woven raffia. Without exception, Whistles SS14 collection was a parade of gorgeous clothes I want, nay need to wear perfectly styled with pool sliders, two strap sandals and obscenely covetable handbags.

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Whistles SS14

So, three shows down, three more to go and kudos to anyone who’s persevered with this ridiculously long post up to here! Given that we’re approaching the 1200 word mark I’m going to save the rest for next time but I will tell you that the collections I viewed on day 2 continued to be unanimously awesome!

Love Ella. X

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Win a trip to London Fashion Week with Whistles

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As I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, London Fashion Week is now just days away! If you read last season’s diaries then you’ll know that my beloved Whistles held their first ever catwalk show for AW13. The collection was a mega hit (I’m sure you’ve spotted their camo prints in every single fash mag) and the FROW was graced by the likes of Tallulah Harlech and Grace Woodward. I’m thrilled to tell you that Whistles will be doing it again for SS14 and live streaming the show on their website. But that’s not all my friends. The brand will also be inviting one of YOU to attend the show as a VIP guest!

The lucky winner will also bag £300 to spend on a new outfit at their Dover Street store, a Bumble and Bumble blow dry at Radio Hair Salon, a goody bag of Bumble and Bumble products and a night’s stay at East London’s impeccably stylish Town Hall Hotel. Oh and it’s a prize for two so you can take a friend. Amazing, right? So here’s how to enter…

For a competition with such a fabulous prize, the task Whistles are posing is wonderfully simple, sharing your fashion week essentials. Whether it’s a particular outfit, a long-lasting lipstick, a state of the art camera or a pair of ballerina flats stored away in your handbag, whatever sartorial something could see you through five days of back-to-back shows and parties. Post a photo of your London Fashion Week Essentials to Instagram, using the hashtag #WHISTLESSS14 and mentioning @THISISWHISTLES. I thought this sounded like fun so I came up with a little selection fashion month must-haves myself to inspire you…

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1) Whistles Camo Jaquard Shirt, £135
2) Whistles Limited Connie High Block shoes, £250
3) Whistles Brigitte Round Heavy Sunglasses, £50
4) Whistles Limited Corine Clutch, £295
5) Whistles Camo Jacquard Skirt, £125

The competition will end on Tuesday 10th September and we will notify the winner on the following day by commenting on the winning photo. All entries will be judged by Whistles Design Director Nick Passmore… Good luck!

Love Ella. X

Ps) Of course there can only be one winner so if you don’t land the prize, remember you can watch the Whistles SS14 show as it happens at www.whistles.co.uk

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Look Du Jour: Putting The Pastels Away

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What: Madras Shirt: Gant, Jeans: DL1961, Flatform Loafers: Hush Puppies (all c/o), Bag: Whistles

Where: Lunch in Notting Hill

Firstly, I promise this is my final SS13 related outfit post. From now on it’s going to be bye bye pastels, hello PVC and other assorted AW13 fare. Aside from all things pink – if you’ve so much as glanced at the September issues you’ll know what I’m talking about – I’m packing the sugary shades away. And let’s be honest, it’s high time I did. Another month of Summer and I’d be in grave danger of actually morphing into a human ice cream. But enough about my pastel fixation and on to some rather (understatement of the century impending) exciting news. This season I’ll be bringing you daily diaries from New York (where I just-so-happen to be right now), London and PARIS fashion weeks!! Yes that’s right, I’m returning to the land where it all began for the most stylish bi- annual bonanza of the year. Sadly I’m only going to be there for the last four days, my uni terms starts immediately after and I really should do something to the dreaded thesis before then. Also as “self funding” international fashion week-er I’m crashing on a friend’s sofa and fear we may no longer be such good friends if my clothes take over her apartment for almost a fortnight. But of course, the last few days of PFW are when the big guns come out so stay tuned into October for reports on Chloé, Valentino and more!

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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Look Du Jour: Birthday Brat Take 22

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What: Dress: Whistles “Ella” dress, Bag: Alberta Ferretti, Ring: Swarovski, Shoes: Kurt Geiger “Ella” shoes, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery “Ella” necklace (all c/o)

Where: 22nd Birthday drinks at Archer Street, Soho.

Picking up where we left off with this mornings behind-the-scenes post, after spending last Friday primping, preening and posing for my Company Magazine shoot, my day hit new levels of awesome when the sun went down. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no doubt many more times before I get so ancient and saggy that dancing on tables in a cocktail dress no longer holds any appeal, I am a shameless birthday brat. It may only come around once a year but I always insist on holding numerous fêtes d’anniversaire. This year’s second (and hopefully not final) celebration was held on July 19th, exactly one month after my 22nd birthday and approximately three hours after wrapping up the Company shoot. I gathered my nearest and dearest at Soho cocktail bar, Archer Street, and decided to unleash my inner narcissist by donning not one, not two, but THREE items of clothing named “Ella” for the occasion. I strongly suspect/totally know that only one of the pieces (the necklace) was actually named after yours truly but hey, a girl can dream.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Love Ella. X

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