The Shoulders Have It: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

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OpeningCeremony-Rodarte-1The ‘shoulder’ tends to re-surface now and then as fashion trend.  Dropped shoulders, off the shoulder, ‘boob tube’ – I’m personally a little partial to the hint of clavicle and bare shoulders.  It reminds me of a carefree summer, the warmth of a hot beach vacation and sultry evenings in mediterranean towns.

In an interview with women about the body parts of males they most loved, the shoulder topped the list.  Well-defined, broad shoulders are adored because they are a sign of strength and masculinity.  For us women, after a day of carrying around bags and books and children, a kiss in between the shoulder blades, perhaps one of the less likely erogenous zones, is a wonderful appreciation of ourselves (and our day) and a lot of loving attention from a very small action.

This dress is a true favourite. I think all fashion blogs should showcase their favourite pieces again and again: this dress already two years old and it comes out every summer.  With just a hint of shoulder, I love the layering in this piece.  I just need the vacation plan to match it :)

Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Heels: Kurt Geiger.  Photos: Beth Morton Photography. For more photos of this dress in NYC, click HERE.

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Made by Noemi Classic Collection – Friday Lingerie

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MadebyNoemi_classic1In the second of my ‘where I shop’ lingerie features, I bring you the wonderfully simple but beautifully crafted ‘Classic’ collection from Made by Noemi, driven by the belief that classic means timeless; always in fashion.

There are some lingerie styles that really should be an investment in the same way that your closet contains the perfect white shirt; the wear-everywhere leather jacket and those well-fitting pair of jeans.  Designer Noemi Ivanova has an aesthetic lean towards both basic and thematic collections, but the Classic collection is my new favourite as it excels in both simple beauty and function.

Produced in cotton and lace (there is also new beachwear collection, which I shall spoil you with another time):

“A key factor in the Classic collection is the fabric: it has to be perfect. The collection is produced in cotton and in lace. I wanted, and finally found, a thin cotton fabric and a lace fabric that met my requirements for quality, lightness and comfort.” - Noemi Ivanova

My favourites are the cotton soft cup bras - which have cross back straps and front fixture which I feel is a great detail for comfort – and the black lace panties.

Noemi continues:

“The Classic collection is at the core of the Made by Noemi brand. My aim is to create well-fitting and beautiful garments, and I have come up with a few styles that I believe should be in every woman’s lingerie closet. Having done this for over ten years I know what works and what doesn’t. But this doesn’t mean that things don’t evolve. Over the years, the styles have been modified and the details refined, but the core vision has remained the same: to enable women to feel comfortably, as well as a bit more luxuriously, dressed – every day.”

To see the collection in full click HERE to visit the Made by Noemi website.  These styles are my top picks for your lingerie wardrobe, and the collection consists of pieces that will last you year after year.

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Down The Rabbit Hole: Lavish Alice

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LavishAlice-playsuit-1A relatively new brand, previously taken on by TopShop and currently at ASOS (a sure sign of the brand’s popularity in the contemporary fashion sphere) Lavish Alice boasts a cute and vibrant summer collection of playsuits, rompers, crop tops and circle skirts.  Peachy and cream tones, playful dark florals and thick scuba fabrics result in a disparate but cheerful range of styles that reminds me of the rather fun phrase: “how puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another” from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. 

This pinafore playsuit reminds me of my childhood and fun summer afternoons in my parent’s garden sitting out on sun loungers with my friends and games with our cute west highland white terrier puppy.  It is true that you can grow up but never grow old, although like the famous book says: “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

For more of Lavish Alice designs including a first look at their winter styles, click HERE.

Wearing: Lavish Alice playsuit. Shoes: Zara.  White Skye Shirt: Whistles.

Photos: Bethany Morton.

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