Reiss Eveningwear: My Style – After Dark

Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterFark_5

Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_2

Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_1

Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_Bloggers

Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_Bloggers1When it comes to dressing for the evening, guaranteed I like to shake the day off with an entire outfit change and a new energy to take to drinks or dinner.  Whilst a pair of killer heels (previously hidden away in my desk drawer, waiting for the right moment to spring free) and a spritz of my favourite perfume are my day-to-night essentials, after dark you can likely find me changing into a dress or skirt for the evening, and this Rhomona ruby red lace style from the Reiss partywear collection ticks all the right boxes for adding the necessary high-octane glamour to move me through the twilight hours.

Earlier this month Reiss invited me and fellow fashion & beauty bloggers Lucy (Fashion Me Now), Anneli (What I Bought Today), Jesse (We The People Style) Patricia (Patricia Bright) and Sarah (Framboise Fashion) to London’s Hoxton Hotel to showcase our style: after dark with our favourites from their AW14 collection.  Regular readers of the blog will be only too familiar with Reiss since it forms a considerable part of my wardrobe – for someone my age and in my profession the brand produces modern, classic, well-made and often a little edgy styles with wonderful mix and match versatility.

Only such a well-loved brand could persuade me to ditch my usual monochrome after dark, but the Rhomona dress had me at hello.  Floral lace, fit and flare, scarlet red hue – if I am going out, I am reaalllly going out.  I paired the dress with the Flutter soft biker jacket (did I tell you I like a side of masculine with my feminine?), the Jessie cut out box clutch and the Isla shoes.

If we can just spend some time thinking about accessories, as if you are particularly pushed for time when transitioning from day-to-night, these can form the lynchpin of your look.  Both my clutch and heels here were intricate and directional in terms of design – interesting to look at, dramatic and sleek.  The clutch in particular, with its gold hardware, is for me the ultimate after hours accessory.

You can read the full feature and see all the different blogger-styled outfits HERE. Click HERE to shop my #OOTN (outfit of the night – you can search for this hashtag on Twitter also to see what other bloggers are wearing).

Photos taken on location at The Hoxton Hotel.  Hair styling: with thanks to Sassoon Salons.

Friday Lingerie Lust: I.D. Sarrieri Fleur Couture Collection

FLEUR couture collection - D6067, part of D6062

FLEUR couture collection - D6093

FLEUR couture collection - D6067, YOU'RE NEXT collection - D9055

FLEUR couture collection - D6055Lingerie as couture, and embracing intimates as high fashion has always been a priority in my Friday Lingerie features. This Friday I am happy to (re)introduce you to the couture collection for AW14/15 from I.D. Sarrieri, beginning with their voluminous ‘Fleur‘ line, inspired by the golden era of haute couture.

Each style within ‘Fleur’ features an in-built foam layer, concealed with stretch-silk fine satin, that results in a unique, minimalist design with  feminine volumes. To be worn and surely enjoyed as both inner and outerwear, this is the epitome of dramatic and beautiful lingerie that I love to showcase on StyleOnTheCouch.

Renowned for its creativity, craftsmanship, sophisticated designs and use of precious fabrics; most of which are created by the French artisans for the haute couture fashion designers, I.D. Sarrieri hones in on feminine strength. Founder Iulia Dobrin designs her lingerie with a “powerful and refined” woman in mind – the pagoda style shoulders on the Fleur brathough detachable, are not for the faint hearted.

Now available to purchase on Net-a-porter, so you can get a next day delivery of these specimens of seduction – see more of I.D. Sarrieri’s new couture line by clicking HERE.

Bradamant: Body(suit) Brilliant

Bradamant-body

Bradamant_bodysuits

Bradamant-bodysuits-3

Bradamant_bodysuits-2A long term fan of the bodysuit, I was excited to hear about new brand Bradamant, and their collection of essential, fashion, and workwear bodies combining the classic style of a shirt or top with the comfort and reliability of a bodysuit.  Whilst you can’t beat a great, slim fitting blouse, I find that the tucking-in-and-dealing-with-the-shirt-fabric-underneath jeans, skirts and shorts problems are erased with the Bradamant range.

Bradamant have created ‘body blouses’ and leotards under the categories of Essentials (the building blocks to your wardrobe) Fashion, (high on style, low on maintenance) and Workwear. My favourites are The Expert; a silk Crepe de Chine style with double pocket detail and buttons along the front. It reminds me of the shirts from French brand Equipment, at half the price.

Here I am wearing ‘The Hostess‘, a bodysuit made of soft modal fabric with an asymmetrical neckline.  I pair this most often with pencil skirts for work, but I also like to style it with my slouchy boyfriend jeans on weekends.

Why Bradamant, you ask?

“Before there was Lara Croft and Buffy, there was Bradamant. She was a sword-wielding, horse-riding, machine of a woman. Bradamant (Bradamante, in the Italian version) has been branded as one of the greatest warrior heroines in literature. As a champion of several Charlemagne legends, she was also the sister of Rinaldo, the famous fictional French knight.

She was strong. Very strong. Both physically and mentally. Regarded as one of the most fearsome female knights, she was an expert fighter who brandished a magical lance that could unhorse any opposing rider. She was feared by many strong and powerful men; an impressive feat for a woman during the 16th century.  All this while being a single mom.

Yes, she was a force to be reckoned with. More than that however, she was a woman of principles. Despite being madly in love with fellow warrior Ruggiero, she refused to marry unless he would convert to her religion. She had her beliefs, and she wasn’t willing to compromise them.  What can we learn from her? Bradamant Bodysuits is more than just a line of fashion tops. We believe in the strength that lies in being female, and while at risk of sounding like a Spice Girl, we believe in Girl Power.

Bradamant is the type of role model we should all have. She’s strong, she’s a fighter and she stays true to her beliefs. We’re proud to have a woman like her as the face of our brand.”

To view the entire Bradamant collection, click HERE.  Also, be sure to read their brief ‘history of the bodysuit‘ for some interesting insights about this style. It’s not all Jane Fonda and leotards, we can thank Donna Karan for bringing the body into the fashion sphere:

Bodysuit history