Friday Lingerie: Lascivious SS14

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LascivousOne of my most loved and hence written about lingerie brands Lascivious recently released their SS14 collectionReminiscent of 1960s Playboy shoots and the ‘summer of love’, Lascivious have created feminine styles with a vintage feel, yet still in keeping with the brand’s artistic tastes:

“Floral embroidery is combined with signature cut-outs, and powdery pastel, ivory and mint ranges are given weight with classic black and rich purple pairings. Light, flirty shapes are combined with subtle nods to the brand’s more erotic aesthetic, producing a balanced offering of lingerie pieces which allows individual interpretation:

The Liana range (featured above) is my favourite from the new collection:

“This sexy range combines a pop of sea-bright mint jersey overlaid with a delicate black circle lace and finished with a scalloped trim to create a modern, feminine collection of luxury lingerie.”

The provocative Liana suspender, featuring curved cut-outs on the hips, fastens around the neck and extends down the front over the bust to a waist band which highlights your narrowest point.  It is an intricate and alluring shape that works alone or sits beautifully with the rest of the Liana lingerie range.  If you choose just one piece from SS14, this should be top of your list.

The luxe and very pretty Lucy range features a long-line bra, cut-out basque and a gorgeous selection of different brief options. Utilising an unusual embroidered, 60s-style floral lace,

Excitingly, this season Lascivious have collaborated with some Friday Lingerie faithfuls such as Marika Vera in a series of unique departures from their signature styles.  Of these I am more interested in the unique and artisan designs by William Wilde -  a latex pencil skirt, bolero jacket and neck-bow – the skirt being the  ultimate celebration of the female form, hugging and caressing every curve.

Lascivious Flower Skirt

Finally, Lascivious’ Flower skirt is a perfect addition to this summer range.  With its bubble-hem, skater style and delicately embroidered with super pretty aqua coloured flowers and beaded appliquéd floral embellishment, it is heavy enough to offer coverage on a breezy summers day and will make a gorgeous addition to any wardrobe.

Head over to Lascivious to see more of their new SS14 collection.

Photos: William Williams.

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Details: Stephen Einhorn Jewellery

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When it comes to jewellery, I have always been most interested in something that is more than pure fashion – I’m interested in something elegant yet simple and something from a heritage brand, emblematic of fine craftsmanship.

Stephen Einhorn is a fabulous designer of men and women’s jewellery, based in Islington, North London.  Einhorn was somewhat of a trailblazer for men’s accessories – Paul Smith commissioned Stephen’s very first men’s jewellery collection.

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Einhorn’s London base is more than a design studio, it is also a workshop and retail unit, where the team use new techniques and technologies in their creations,  continually pushing the boundaries and experimenting with different materials.  The result? A design signature of elegant simplicity:

“I am interested in designs that are totally wearable, including my more avant-garde bespoke pieces. I have worked to create a style that is instantly recognisable and that appeals to someone who appreciates design, style and quality.

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Stephen Einhorn viper 6 silver bangle

As a born and bred London designer who runs my own fine jewellery label and workshop, I am proud to be part of London’s vibrant creative scene and feel passionate about keeping British jewellery design and production alive and flourishing. Part of the reason for starting my own company was a really strong desire to develop, and at the same time promote, British craftsmanship which is slowly disappearing from this country. Britain used to have a strong tradition and reputation of manufacturing and design all around the world. It’s a tragedy that this is not being nurtured. In my own small way I want to bring it back. I want to use these skills and I want to pass them on to others to use. I’m lucky because my customers seem to feel as strongly about this as I do and have been loyally supporting me for 16 years. I want to build on the solid base I have already got, and feel excited about my company’s future.”  - Stephen Einhorn

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Recently, Einhorn produced a ‘Making of…‘ video, going behind the scenes at their London base to demonstrate the craftsmanship and exquisite design detail that goes into the production of a ring, showing the entire process from concept to creation.  The idea behind the film was to show the care and attention that goes into making each and every piece of Einhorn’s jewellery.  Such pieces are original and exclusive, created with high quality craftsmanship and cutting-edge design with the British sensibility I cannot help but adore.

From the women’s jewellery collection, here I am wearing the Viper 6 silver bangle, engraved with my initial ‘S’ on the interior. It is a beautiful and contemporary piece, flat on the outside and curved on the inside.  It is a slim and close-fitting cuff, understated yet stylish – perfect for me.

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I urge you, Blog Reader, to visit the Stephen Einhorn website to explore for yourself the beauty of their collections.  To purchase one of these pieces is to buy into a great tradition of British craftsmanship as well as receiving something fabulous and exquisitely designed.

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Fashion Essentials: 4) Denim

William Williams style on the couch-31Next up in my Fashion Essentials series is denim.  Originally only for manual laborers because of its durability, Levi Strauss popularized denim in the 19th century, manufacturing overalls or ‘jeans pants’  as they were known, for coal miners in the USA.

“By the 1930s, cowboys in the United States had also adopted this seemingly indestructible pant. The rise in popularity of Western movies in the U.S. introduced the general public to jeans and soon every boy and man wanted to imitate their screen idols and get a pair. The rugged lifestyle of jean wearers helped to create a jean identity.”- from the History of Denim

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In the 20th century, jeans were transformed into a pop culture fad: think bell bottoms in the 60s and 70s.  Currently, denim sales are skyrocketing.  The metamorphosis of jeans from a commodity to a fashion item happened during the 90s; when jeans evolved into a number of various other items such as jackets, shorts, skirts etc.

How many denim items do you own?  I bet it is more than four, maybe even over ten.  I counted that I have nine: two pairs of boyfriend jeans; two ripped pairs, three skinny.  I have one denim shirt and one pair of denim shorts.  As my own capsule collection of denim has evolved over the years, I am now sharing with you my favourite denim essentials (for which I always stick to my rule: keep denim below the waist):

A) Boyfriend jeans

a. ACNE pop trash boyfriend jeans 260.00 GBP

b. Paige Denim Callie / Naomi deconstructed 229.00 USD

c. Shop Wasteland awesome baggies 145.00 USD

B) Essential skinnies

a. Paige Denim Colette super skinny legging 179.60 GBP

b. Current/Elliot The Ankle skinny 198.00 USD

c. ASOS Ridley high waist jeans 30.00 GBP

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C) Shorts

I am a complete sucker for shorts with the pockets that creep out below the hemlines, as if a little DIY-ed happened at home before you stepped out the door.  Remarkably hard to find online (is there more DIY going on than I thought?) here are some of my best finds:

1. Paige Denim Jaxx knee shorts (not since Carrie Bradshaw appeared in pedal pushers in Sex and The City will I ever look back wearing this shorts style.) 138.00 USD

2. TopShop Moto high waist denim shorts 28.00 GBP

3. Levi’s rolled hem shorts 40.00 USD

D) Overalls (okay, okay so I am breaking my rule just a little bit here.)

Since I spied one of my blogger favourites Style Heroine in her Stella McCartney denim overalls I had to go try out the style myself.  I prefer something slouchy for dungarees, and Frame Denim have this slouchy pair you might like. Alternatively, here are my top picks:

1. ASOS overalls (as in my picture) no longer available, but closest match here, 45.00 GBP

2.  Paige Denim Sierra Overall 279.00 USD

3. Shop Wasteland LA overalls 145.00 USD

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Want to know more? Check out my two favourite denim-centric sites Eat. Sleep. Denim and Donna Aida.  Or see additional ideas on my Pinterest.

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