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…
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
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
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
What: Leopard Jacquard dress: Whistles, Necklace: J.Crew, Shoes & Clutch: L.K. Bennett (all c/o)
Where: Johnnie Walker Yacht Cocktail Party
I suspect this isn’t the first time you’ve spotted a pic of me in this dress and I’m sure it wont be the last. Since the lovely folk at Whistles (where else!) sent it my way last September I’ve worn it to God knows how many parties, dinners and nights out. But despite the fact this leopard lovely has played such a crucial role in my after dark wardrobe, I’ve never actually featured it in an outfit post. So when I had to pick an ensemble for a particularly fabulous yacht party last week (more on that coming soon) it seemed like the perfect time to share it with you properly. What do you reckon?
Love Ella. X
What: Monochrome Floral Playsuit: Whistles, Bag: Kurt Geiger, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Sandals: Preen for ALDO Rise (all c/o)
Where: Triumph VIP Dinner at The Gherkin, London.
I’m sure this will come as a huuuuuge shock to you all but generally speaking, I’m not big on monochrome. Don’t get me wrong, it looks chic as hell on certain understated style setters (and just about every woman in Paris) but my personal mantra is more along the lines of “the brighter the better”. Well, as is so often the case, one particular ensemble forced me to rethink. I’ve had this adorable Whistles playsuit for several years now and haven’t worn it much because I’m either too pasty, it’s jacket weather (no jackets work with this, trust me) or I can’t figure out how to accessorize the thing. Well then the weather hit 30 degrees, I acquired a tan and more importantly, got my hands on these insanely cool Preen for ALDO Rise two strap sandals. Suddenly it made sense. Monochrome floral playsuit + minimalist accessories = effortless dinner party ensemble. Or at least I hope so… What do you think?
Love Ella. X