Olive Layers: La Redoute Laura Clement Coat

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LaRedoute_coat_styleonthecouch5I think I went through some kind of fashion ‘phase’ when I was younger of spending a lot of time in baggy, khaki-coloured utility pants, which at that time I viewed as a sort of comfortable alternative to skinny jeans, misguided though I realize that concept was!  It’s certainly a stage of dressing that has led me to avoid khaki like the plague until recent years, quite possibly only as recently as this FW14 when Balmain, Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein and Isabel Marant placed military khaki back on the catwalks.

Many of these FW14 styles took inspiration from a soldier’s uniform and showed stricter silhouettes and structured looks.  In this current outfit post, I’m wearing one of the only double breasted styles I own – a coat from Laura Clement at La Redoute.  Perhaps more of an olive drab or avocado shade than a khaki, there is something quite comforting about wearing green – it appears to denotes safety, nature and harmony because of its presence as the most pervasive colour in the natural world.

He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.” Oscar Wilde

Khaki is of course about camouflage, so wearing green is a little like wearing black in the fashion world I feel – you don’t really want to be noticed, which reminds me of this quote by Yohji Yamamoto:

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time.  Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious.  But above all, black says this ‘I don’t bother you, and you don’t bother me‘.”

I think the key to wearing khaki and olive tones is to stick to classic looks.  Since olive is about as earthy and muted as colours come, it’s a great option for timeless classics, like this coat from La Redoute here. To view more styles from Laura Clement, click HERE.

Wearing: La Redoute coat; New Look loafers from ASOS; Black slim cropped pants from GAP; Sweater, Pop Boutique at ASOS. Bag: Maison Martin Margiela. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

Reiss Eveningwear: My Style – After Dark

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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

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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.