PHEW! What a crazy couple of weeks this has been! With the launch of a new business (OUR FIRST BOX SHIPS THIS WEEK!), Fashion Week, a plethora of new fashion and beauty launches, I have barely had time to breathe…let alone log on to my beloved little blog.

But hey! I actually find myself with a couple hours free to blog (while catching up on a month’s worth of cleaning and laundry) and I’m kind of relishing in it. Let’s kick off by announcing the winner of the Win the dress of your choice” competition!

The winner is….drumroll, merci…

ALI THORPE who chose the Stella Print Long Sleeve Wrap Dress!

Please e-mail me (lela at lelalondon dot com) with your address and telephone number and we’ll get that sent out to you asap.

Thank you to everyone who entered! I want to put another competition up very soon, and have a few things I would love to give away. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook what kind of things you love to win and hopefully I will be able to treat you guys to more great competitions.

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Jessica Wright - In Love With Fashion


It seems pretty strange that though I don’t watch The Only Way Is Essex, as soon as I had received the invitation the Jessica Wright‘s boutique launch, I knew who she was. As one of the more fashion-forward and sweet-natured cast members of ‘TOWIE’ (as judged by her media representation), I was very intrigued to see what her boutique ‘With Love, Jessica‘ had in store.

It was Jessica to a tee. The lingerie boutique not only features some of the girliest, sweetly seductive undergarments around (from Caprice, Melissa Odabash, Alexis Smith, etc), but it also showcased her brand new clothing capsule collection with LOVE.

There are seven pieces for Jessica Wright for Love; two bodices, three dresses, and two skirts. All glamorous enough to please the Essex crowd, without going over the top. (I think the nude bodice is a must-have, for me, after seeing it on Jessica herself).

So, enjoy the TOWIE-tastic photos from the launch (including my gorgeous assistant, Yeshna, with Arg – her dream man!) and head down to ‘With Love’ (at 148 Loughton High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4BE) if you’re looking for lusciously lady-friendly shopping!

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Jessica Wright from TOWIE


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TOWIE Cast


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Arg from TOWIE

Arizona Muse Freja Erichsen

  • Arizona Muse (my beloved mom model) and Freja Beha Erichsen (rumoured lesbiana modelizer) are dating! An hour-by-hour annotated itinerary from Joann Pailey – Elle’s Market Editor – quietly noted that everyone was talking about it during the Chanel couture show. Here’s to dreams of a fantastic couture wedding in New York.
  • The lovely Bip Ling is the new face of Forever 21! Launching in the Oxford St this week (don’t worry, I’m there for the launch!), the USA megabrand enlisted the British beauty to bring some international love to their fast fashion empire.
    Justin Bieber Vanity Fair

  • Justin Bieber‘s cover of Vanity Fair has only sold 246,000 copies, making it the worst-selling issue since July 1999. Ironically, the cover’s tagline reads, “Is this the adorable, inescapable face of 2011?”
  • Olivia Palermo is becoming a fashion blogger! At Giambattista Valli‘s debut couture show, Olivia told WWD that her blog will feature style advice and will launch midsummer.
  • “I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids and I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.” – Nicola Formichetti sticks his foot in his mouth.
  • Reem Acra has created a capsule collection exclusively for the Shopbop! Set to debut tomorrow, the collection features both her eveningwear and wedding masterpieces that we have all come to love.
  • No kind words were offered in regards to Dior’s Fall 2011 Couture collection. With longtime Galliano assistant Bill Gaytten now at the head of the eponymous label, the seemingly clown-inspired collection was – punningly – a joke. In the words of The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, “I like Mr. Gaytten. He’s a sweetheart, but he is not a designer.”
    Matthieu Blazy Margiela

  • Maison Martin Margiela‘s new designer was announced without being announced. Matthieu Blazy simply updated his LinkedIn. Welcome to the internet.
  • Illamasqua, the British makeup brand, has just started up a collaboration with Leverton & Sons…the funeral directors. According to Illamasqua’s blog, ‘to wear the most fabulous makeup applied by a professionally trained makeup artist for your final journey is the ultimate statement of celebration‘, and any Londoner who agrees can fork out £500 for said statement.
    Anna Wintour Legion dHonneur

  • French president Nicolas Sarkozy gave Anna Wintour a Legion d’Honneur award in front of a crowd that consisted of Bernard Arnault, Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Pilati, Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Alber Elbaz, Franca Sozzani, Riccardo Tisci, and more. She also wore Chanel Couture that had walked the runway the previous evening. Green eyes getting greener, here.
  • Leighton Meester Lovestruck
    Yes! Leighton Meester is back on the style circuit. Above, we have the official ad for Vera Wang’s “Lovestruck” fragrance – shot by Carter Smith – which Leighton is the spokesmodel for. The ad is a little bit Pretty Woman and unnecessarily Photoshopped, though brush off-able. C’mon, it’s Leighton.
    Leighton Meester Lovestruck Event
    For the fragrance launch, Meester wore a Vera Wang Pre-Spring 2011 top and pants, Roger Vivier shoes, and Cathy Waterman jewellery.
    Leighton Meester Vera Wang
    Later on, she joined Vera Wang to light up the Empire State Building. The landmark was illuminated in red and white to raise awareness about DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. With ombre hair, Leighton paired a beige Vera Wang Fall/Winter 2011 sleeveless top with a body-lengthening Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2011 floral print skirt. Toffee-coloured Brian Atwood “Debra” slingbacks completed her outfit.
    Leighton Meester DKMS Gala
    FINALLY – yes, this is all in one day – she attended the DKMS Gala in a Vera Wang Pre-Fall 2011 dress, Cathy Waterman Diamond Leaf Drop Earrings, and the same Brian Atwood heels. Let’s hope she had today off.

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    I am now setting out to bring you faster-than-possible fashion news on Youtube, as well as LelaLondon.com. There is so much going on in the world of fashion and beauty, but I am one woman and not all of it can be posted. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to interact with you all more and keep everything you’re looking for in one place! Enjoy.