I’m sure I probably don’t need to tell you quite how excited the news of this fashtastic collaboration made me! Given my not-so-little obsession with Whistles, any news relating to the brand gets my sartorial pulse racing, but the fact they decided to team up with one of the hottest designers around (and a personal fave) was almost too good to be true. Markus Lupfer‘s playful embellished knits make pretty frequent appearences in my weekly wish lists and his uncanny nack for delivering youthful elegance with an urban edge have made him a fash pack favourite with legions of famous fans including Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo and Leighton Meester. Unsurprisingly, the designer’s collection for Whistles is ultra covetable and I had to restrain myself from making off with the lot when I saw them in the opulent surroundings of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel earlier this week…
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