Nothing excites the fashion world (or me) more than a comeback and this one is definitely worth the wait. Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier pairing up at Marc by Marc Jacobs may just be my dream designer team!

I love Luella Bartley, both as a fashion writer and designer, and think her presence on the catwalk at London Fashion Week is sorely missed.


I mourned the day her eponymous label went bust. I still wear my Luella-like floral tea dress (albeit by New Look, RRP £14.99) religiously at least once a week in tribute to the spring/summer 2009 show, one of the best ever in my opinion.

And in spite of negative commentary from the Daily Mail’s ever-righteous Liz Jones, I don’t think Luella’s designs were ever unwearable. Unaffordable, maybe. But there was rarely a Luella collection I didn’t have in mind when I went high street shopping for more affordable versions.

Daddy, I Want A Pony may just be my favourite collection name of all time. Quickly followed by Daddy, Who Are The Clash?

The inventor of the It Bag, Katie Hillier, needs no introduction. But as the new creative director of Marc by Marc Jacobs, good things are practically guaranteed. I can hardly wait for their first collection, which is likely to be autumn/winter 2014-15 (according to Vogue UK).

Here’s a few looks back at what makes this an exciting fashion prospect…

Luella Gisele bag

“Pink is the only true rock and roll colour” Luella Bartley

Luella Penelope ribbon dress

Luella Beatrice dress

Luella Agnes patent bag


“They’re the kind of clothes you can get drunk and fall over in” Luella Bartley

Luella Florence boucle jacket

Luella oval retro sunglasses