Rick Owens Fall / Winter 2013-14: Athena Dress

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There are collections and designers that one dreams of wearing. Those put under the label ‘most coveted’ or ‘to die for’ – the ones you look at over and over in Vogue, the ones you assign to your dream closet when you win the lottery or actually get to the checkout page of the Net-a-Porter sale…

Rick Owens is one of those designers whose aesthetic I admire and whose styles I have recently coveted.  Completely in line with where my own aesthetic appears to be moving, Owens sticks to monochrome shades and has his feet firmly planted in the dark side.  However, it can be quite difficult to see wearable designs in Owens’ catwalk shows, and as Vogue notes, his collections often seem ‘sinister and otherworldly’.

Not so for fall winter 2013/4 where Owens offered a wonderful range of leather and layers; shearling collared dresses, kimono style robes and a stitch motif, inspired by Japanese basket weaving:

“Owens went one part street and urban on us to one part very beautiful, combining his signature mix of leathers and layers for cape-backed dresses and slit long coats, duffle styles or those that were woven together with thick cables and knots. The same detail wrapped itself around ankles on wader boots that came with a killer, killer stiletto.” – Vogue

On my birthday I received a lovely gift of the Athena dress from the FW13/14 collection from my amazing husband.  It has made me think again about the quality of pieces I invest in and how I want to refine and build a wardrobe around my most coveted designers after all.  2014 might start out as the year I finally dress in the aesthetic I want to be seen in Blog Reader. Watch this space!

Wearing: Rick Owens Athena dress.  Boots: Reiss.  Photos: William Williams.

Images of Rick Owens F/W 2014: Vogue.co.uk

You can shop Rick Owens online at Net a Porter, Selfridges and The Outnet.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Arsenic & Vieilles Dentelles

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A&VD_lingerie_5Arsenic et Vieilles Dentelles is lingerie as second skin. A lovely email from A&VD designer Laure Hurlet found its way to me earlier this month, and I am very pleased to show her debut collection, released in July 2013, on StyleOnTheCouch.

Let us be clear, Blog Reader, when A&VD say ‘lingerie is arsenic’ you know you are in for a collection with deadly appeal.  A small but perfectly formed capsule range of sheer and soft cup bras, briefs and thongs is for women who want to wear beautiful lingerie everyday.  Hurlet believes that through lingerie women can compose, have fun, expressed their personalities and be able to reveal their own sensuality. A perfect match with the ethos of my Friday Lingerie features, A&VD comes complete with a manifesto declaring allegiance to Slow Fashion, based on the principles of sustainable fashion – celebrating unique style and encouraging the education and promotion of responsible consumption.

My favourite piece from the collection is the Dixie Lee Pea brief - a beautiful high waist style made from sheer fabric with button up detail at the back. The collection also includes a cheeky rope tie – a perfect accessory for a wickedly seductive line.

For more information about Arsenic et Vieilles Dentelles click HERE.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Cosabella x Erin Fetherston

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Cosabella_ErinFetherston_BridalLingerieI feel I need to counterbalance the sudden wintry cold here in England, Blog Reader, with the romantic summertime glow of this editorial for Cosabella‘s new collection, a collaboration with designer Erin Fetherston. This new bridal collection for spring 2014 is the brand’s first collaboration. Being a new bride herself and in love with the idea of a bridal trousseau, the line is a beautiful mix of Fetherston’s feminine and ethereal touch combined with Cosabella’s signature mesh.

One of my favorite designs is the soft pink bra and brief (image two).  It looks incredibly romantic yet still sexy and seductive – the sheer floral lace has a smooth scalloped edge that lays flat against the skin and it is accompanied by a silky satin ribbon trim – a balletic flourish of a finish.

It is also a full line of bridal underpinning in a monochrome and candy coloured palette.  Cosabella believe that the collection has provided them with the opportunity to expand their reach by creating the fairytale pieces that brides love so much. After my own wedding in September I know that bridal lingerie can be as important as the wedding dress itself – so any brides out there looking for the perfect luxury fairytale are encouraged to check out this collection when it lands in stores in early 2014.

To see more Cosabella styles click HERE.

Sorry for the late posting this week, Blog Reader! I’ve been away on a training course so there is a lot of writing to catch up with this week. Have a lovely weekend! StyleOnTheCouch xo