The post actually comes courtesy of one lovely reader who took the time to send me a very nice email asking if I’d do a feature on my favourite Winter coats! FYI I don’t find this annoying as there are only so many things a girl can scheme up every week so now and again a gentle push in the right direction is much appreciated. First and foremost, anyone who is coat hunting now has broken one of the cardinal rules of shopping: never, EVER wait until you actually need something before you buy it. Bikinis should be purchased in March, possibly May at the absolute latest. We’ve all grappled with the swimwear sale rails in July at least once in our lifetime and I’m sure you’ll agree, it ain’t pretty. As for your parkas, peacoats and puffas, they should really be purchased sometime in August. But given what appalling weather we have most of the time, it’s understandable that us Brits don’t want to think about coats during the 2 to 4 months of the year we don’t have to wear them. Luckily for us, designers know this, so despite the fact it’s November there are still plenty of wonderful Winter warmers up for grabs and without further ado, here are a few of my favourites…
1) Opening Ceremony Melton Wool Coat, £610 exclusively at Matches, click here to buy
2) Miu Miu Leopard Print Shearling Coat, £2745, click here to buy
3) Moschino Cheap and Chic Flare Boucle Wool Peacoat, £770, click here to buy
4) Whistles Camille Melton Duffel Coat, £250, click here to buy
5) Reiss Reid Relaxed Coat, £350, click here to buy
6) Boutique by Jaeger Jenny Frill Hem Coat, £299, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
1) J.W. Anderson waffle knit sweater, £498, click here to buy
2) 3.1 Phillip Lim zip detail leather skirt, £645, click here to buy
3) Marni metallic leather brogues, £370, click here to buy
4) Mulberry Lily tassel bag, £695, click here to buy
5) J.Crew Casati necklace, £154, click here to buy
6) Limited Edition Valentino handmade sunglasses, £450 at Luxup, click here to buy
7) Diane Von Furstenberg Saffano iPhone case, £34, click here to buy
8) J.Crew Casati earrings, £86, click here to buy
9) Nicholas Kirkwood metallic floral emrboidered sandals, £1125, click here to buy
10) Whistles Lia jacquard skater dress, £175, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Blouse: Whistles, Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Bag: Laura Bailey for Radley, Ring: Swarovski.
Where: Halloween Parties.
I’m a big, BIG fan of Halloween as in my opinion an excuse to get dressed up and behave badly can never be a bad thing, even if you fail miserably on the costume front like I did this year. In the past I’ve gone all out in leopard print catsuits, Frankenstein masks and on several occasions I’d rather not remember, “schoolgirl” attire. This time around it fell on a Wednesday and my first port of call was Matches’ Marylebone HQ for an intimite soiree in celebration of their exclusive Giles capsule collection. Nowhere on the invitation could I find even the slightest hint that dressing up was mandatory, or even appropriate, so I resisted the urge to hit the nearest and most outrageous costume shop and went for a Halloween themed colour palette instead.
Love Ella. X
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