Eleanor Doughty
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Future Vogue Editor, fashion assistant, freelance fashion journalist and photographer.

Likely to look at your shoes before your face. Byline image is not at all representative of my actual face.

Entries by Eleanor Doughty

A New York Meditation: Kaelen

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2014 | (11:58)

It seems odd mid-show season to write about anything with a meditative eye. After all, Milan and Paris are yet to come; London is on its way out and only New York is over. And there's a very real danger that what you're seeing on the runways right now, is...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: Introducing Caslazur

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (14:39)

Ah, December. The season of tinsel wrapped jumpers, cracker hat selfies and mince pie gorging. The beginning of skiing, mulled wine and touch-sensitive iPhone gloves. But who wouldn't like to be on a beach, right now? I've got both hands in the air right now. Say, Australia. Bondi beach, anyone?...

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Magic Makers: Zoe Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (21:29)

Last year, I found myself front row at Zoe Jordan's AW12 show. Crammed in an upstairs room of Somerset House, very lovely it was too. Peaches Geldof got snapped and papped while Poppy Delevigne opened and closed the show. What a treat! The beauty was amazing - messy fishtail plaits...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Fall in Love

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (10:34)

I've been trying this new thing recently. It's called looking put together. Previously the idea of this would have terrified me, but I am beginning to see the light. It means heels are unveiled from the shoe rack of doom more often - those usually the wardrobe's devil are put...

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A Cosmic Collaboration

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (17:29)

It was no ordinary day in South East London when I sat down with a special pair of interview subjects. This two-pronged attack chose a menswear designer Alex Mattsson and his partner in creative crime, Californian-born rapper Brooke Candy. When I first arrive, Alex Mattsson is sitting in a space...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Navy Trumps Black

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (17:00)

Navy is the new black. Sorry to all those so long, so black soul sisters, but I'm switching it up. I am in favour of the tender shade, the chic, elegant colour that Jil Sander may as well be ambassador for. If navy was a country, she'd be prime minister....

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Magic Makers: Emma Cook

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (17:28)

I'm talking about another British designer this week. Derbyshire born Emma Cook is in the hot seat, her print-plentiful collections oozing British brilliance with a sense of humour only to be expected from our fair land.

Graduating from Central Saint Martin's MA design-factory her peers included Roksanda Ilincic and...

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Dreaming of Jerome

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2013 | (23:35)

There is undoubtedly a direct correlation between the kind of 'fashionite' you are and the first section of any etailer that you're drawn to. I experience this daily, browsing the 'New In' sections of the shopping sites I frequent, as my eyes are forwarded to 'shoes'. So I guess I'm...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Go Nude

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (22:25)

I am very bad at painting my nails. As far as I can tell, painting the dominant hand with the non-dominant hand is as tricky as finding the perfect lipstick, jean or bobble hat, all tasks I wouldn't wish on an enemy. But I am particularly inept. My hands shake,...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Sandals Simplify

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2013 | (23:38)

Hands up who has bared a naked leg this week. I have! The sun was back from maternity leave for a couple of days and bathed London in glorious sunlight. I am perpetually optimistic regarding mother nature's attention to the weather. An endless winter of ankle boots and tights has...

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Magic Makers: Ashley Williams

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (19:57)

Ashley Williams would go to a wedding every weekend, if she could. "If you dress happy, you feel happy!" she says, when I ask if fashion needs an injection of fun. And it does. Amongst the squeaky vinyl and vixen red and black of fashion's rebel girl, Williams, Fashion East's...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Plaid Comes Back

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2013 | (00:21)

As regular readers will know, I am not a rock chick. The closest thing to biker-babe I own is a vintage caramel suede jacket with a distressed - now-holey - lining that my mum bought me years ago, and that I had to be persuaded into loving.


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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Pastels Reign

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2013 | (00:00)

Pastels and spring have a mundane, predictable relationship. In a similar vein to the floral prints for spring's sister non-surprise, designers are naturally drawn back to soft unicorn colours - those to brighten and lighten the April skies.

When it comes to cultivating the candy cane into your daily wear,...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Do Casual-Chic

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (01:20)

My favourite thing to wear right now? A trusty pair of Topshop jeans, a sumptuous - although initially leaky - navy, not black. They're running a very close race with a certain spotted pinafore I've barely parted with.

Since my recent hair cut, instead of dressing up - as...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Monochrome Gets Its Moment

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2013 | (14:52)

Just when spring was all worked out - the standard pastel highlight, floral punches and the really good demi-heel - there remains a difficulty. Monochrome. In my youthful orchestra-playing experience, black and white worn together dictates a look that screams 'catering staff', and that's something I'd never wish on anyone....

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Go Head-to-Toe

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2013 | (13:37)

My favourite colour is green. I have spent the best part of four years collecting - not entirely on purpose - exquisite green items. My study is a pastel sea green, my favourite - and now famous - COS coat is a royal hunter green; my favourite boots a sumptuous...

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Simplicity Sells: Bill Amberg

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2013 | (09:51)

The handbag is a very special thing. The perfect leather is required for the job at hand, the size an art to perfect, and the fastening is nothing but the third stage of precision difficulty on the path of handbag Eden. A question of pockets is high in my mind,...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Am Not Sexy

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2013 | (18:20)

I am not very good at being sexy. And that's just as well, as this season is not about traditional sexiness. It's about the no-sex sexy.

Frankly, it's perfectly exhausting being all done up, all the time. It takes a lot of effort, effort that I don't usually possess. Much...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which My Feet Are Confused

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (16:16)

Last week I wore trainers. For those lucky people that have experienced my incredible running prowess or seen me post-workout, this won't necessarily be surprising. To those in a professional context, I'd hazard this as unheard of. I 'don't do' trainers. I have been indoctrinated by the notion that a...

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Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which I Have Fun

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (20:47)

Cheerleader bow (Chanel) in hair, glitter-flecked eyes (Mac) here, and a perfect manicure courtesy of Sabrina at MW Nails there, I am the picture of kitsch circa 2006. You're only young once, right? Besides rifling through my rediscovered dressing up box, I am a firm believer in making things happen...

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