Last week the fash pack all descended on London's Kensal green in their interpretations on English Eccentric-wear to attend the first anniversary of Alice Temperely's Alice by Temperley diffusion line.
The brand definitely had a lot to celebrate. Despite only being in it's first year, the last twelve months has seen them launch their first ever cruise collection which was released last month.
When guests were not enjoying the fantasy photo booth on site, they all took to the dancefloor enjoying music spun by Ellie Goulding and Daisy Lowe or were seen sipping on Chambord cocktails. Guests included Poppy Delevingne, Lily Donaldson,Lara Bohinc and Ben Grimes.
Now in its closing stages, it feels like a long time since ELLE announced the launch of its competition, Shopgirl to Stylist - the magazine's search for the next international styling talent from London's shop floors. Since we last spoke to the team, the hopefuls have been taking part in numerous tasks set out by the ELLE team and have now been whittled down to 10 finalists.
This week, the magazine announced that Lily Allenand her sister Sarah Owen - who have just launched vintage clothes boutique, Lindsay in Disguise - will joinLorraine Candy on the judging panel on November 2nd in an X-Factor style final. Also on the panel are Giles Deacon, Ben Grimes, Arianne Phillips and Katie Hillier.
Last night, Bond Street was packed full of fashionistas and shoppers alike who all came out to celebrate Vogue's Fashion's Night Out. Just in case you were one of the few that didn't make it, here's the low down of what happened and who was there.
ELLE UK is on a roll. The last few months have seen the magazine bag a number of accolades. In June the magazine was awarded their first D&AD award in the Magazine and Newspaper Design category for their 'London Issue' fronted by Lily Allen and last month they reached a colossal 100,000 twitter followers, a reported 50,000 more than their competitors.
And it doesn't stop there. Today the magazine announced that designer and model Ben Grimes has come on board as the magazine's Contributing Editor. The role will see Grimes report on all the biggest events and launches happening in the industry.
"This is the first time we have had a contributing editor at ELLE who will work outside of the editorial content. Ben will be representing the magazine at a variety of events," editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy said. Although we're all thrilled by the news many were left wondering how Candy decided to appoint Grimes as opposed to the more obvious Alexa Chung but she was quick to explain why Grimes was the perfect candidate.
"Her knowledge of fashion, art, music and her spirited sense of humour made her the perfect choice to be ELLE's filter on everything new that is happening now," she said. "ELLE is the only monthly glossy that is predictive rather than reactive - it's our job to bring readers news on cultural and fashion trends before they happen, which is why we need people in the know to relay that information to us. Ben will be able to do that. She is already working on our Shop Girl to Stylist initiative and interviewed celebrities on the red carpet for us at the ELLE Style Awards. She will be our reader’s eyes and ears at events during London Fashion Week and available as a commentator for us as part of our in-depth coverage of British fashion."
Grimes seems thrilled at her new role saying today that "It's a new and exciting venture for me and as Elle is a favourite publication of mine, it’s also a big honour!"
In the midst of all the fashion-week running around, sometimes it's good to feel like a kid again. At least the Mulberry team think so. The brand's after-party was on of the rockingest carnivals we've ever seen - complete with thousands of balloons, real-life merry-go-rounds, funhouse mirrors, cotton candy and spiked lemonade.
Every it girl showed up for the run. "Right, I'm going straight for the face paint," Alexa Chung said when she entered the hall. Her name was one of the temporary tattoo designs on offer, since Mulberry named a bag after her this season and all.
Model-turned-designer Ben Grimes, though, was left remembering unfortunate times. "I've lost all my mates, which is what would always happen when I was a kid," Grimes joked near the photo booth, where revelers posed for pictures on a giant horse. "This is bringing back some rough childhood memories."
Around midnight, Friendly Fires took the stage. Needless to say, it was a long night, but we loved every moment of it.
Last week high street brand Uniqlo launched their spring/summer 2009 t-shirt collection. The party, hosted at Somerset House, showcased the collection featuring prints from Nicola Formichetti, Modular, New Young Pony Club, Cut Copy and Osamu Tezuka. The t-shirts are on sale now and can be found online at Uniqlo.