New York Fashion Week Favorites RTW SS14

Jason Wu SS14 RTW NYFW

Peter Som RTW SS14 NYFW

Prabal Gurung NYFW SS14 RTW

Alexander Wang RTS SS14 NYFWWhilst I may not be at New York Fashion Week in person this year, Blog Reader, I’m across the way in the state of Georgia enjoying the start to my break here.  Keeping up with the new designer collections has been a real pleasure for the opening days of the New York shows – mostly for the emphasis on sporty looks and separates.  Here are some of my favourites:

First up (image top) Jason Wu‘s bias cuts, lots of mesh and lace and the usual dramatic dresses, this time with flowing trains.

Secondly (image two) Peter Som, of which Vogue tells us:

“Pictures of 1950s surfer girls, James Dean in cool jackets, and a beach-bound VW helped sum up the look for spring: ‘It’s surfing mixed with menswear and the ease of being away at the beach, with a downtown twist,’ Som called it. And though his references were vintage, the collection—sporty, graphic, and clean-lined—was not. ‘I really came to it thinking about American sportswear and what that is, and feeling that separates are becoming more and more important’.”

The details at Prabal Gurung (image three) really inspired me. I recently bought a perspex harness from Zana Bayne and Gurung gave me some thoughts on how to style it.  The collection overall boasted floral prints, high waist skirts (perfect for the crop tops and jumpers also present on the catwalks so far) and the usual elegance one can expect from the design house.

Finally, Alexander Wang (final image) receives a glowing review from me.  The relaxed pants, crop styles and asymmetrical cuts are instantly wearable. Erin Wasson closed the show in a lovely dress. What a shame I can’t take it on honeymoon with me next week…

Images: Vogue.com

Do you have a favourite collection so far, Blog Reader?

Little Black Dress (With A Twist) Series

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Little Black Dress from DKNY SS13

Little Black Dress from Reiss

DSTM Little Black Dress SS13One of my favourite ‘types’ of posts to write, Blog Reader (second only to Friday Lingerie Lust, naturally,) is my Little Black Dress series, where I focus on those eye-catchingly chic styles that have grabbed my attention in recent weeks.  My own little black number here is a gem of a dress. I actually bought it a zillion years ago, in my last year of my undergraduate degree course when I had high hopes of attending the summer ball (in the end I spent the night in the local pub, a long story and several years swearing off men followed, ahem).  Whatever the outcome of that evening (we don’t talk about it any more, Blog Reader) I certainly had a dress that would carry me through a good few years into the future – a favourite little black dress with a twist; ruched fabric sitting over a nude underslip with detachable straps.

Images above: Photos of me taken by William Williams.  Also: Below me: Donna Karen (left) and Ann Demeulemeester.    The fabulousness that is DKNY SS13, currently on sale on Net a Porter.  Reiss SS13 dress favourites and finally, a new find, DSTM (Don’t Shoot The Messengers) whose wonderful creations deserve a blog feature of their own (coming soon!)

If you liked this feature, other posts in this series you might like are:

Femme Noir: T by Alexander Wang Little Black Dress

Nasty Gal Little Black Dress

Have you seen or bought any little black dresses you think I should know about? Please leave me a comment below!

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte: My Dream Heels

Every once in a while, Blog Reader, I am a ‘shoe person’. Though not normally a ‘shoe person’ I occasionally find a pair of heels that make me go weak at the knees.  There are a few brands I look to for footwear inspiration – Camilla Skovgaard, Jerome C Rousseau, Alexander Wang and Nicholas Kirkwood - the heels in this post are by the latter, part of Kirkwood’s line for Rodarte‘s autumn winter collection in 2010:

A gorgeously gothic mix of dark and light: molten wax along the heel, crocodile skin patterning, delicate cut outs and pointe shoe ribbon ties, I purchased these heels at the Rodarte sample sale in New York City my first summer there, complete with runway model’s name taped to the sole.

I wonder if Kate and Laura Mulleavy had Black Swan in mind when discussing this collaboration…

To wear these heels is to let them be the focus of an outfit – here I’m back to black with my ASOS midi tank dress and my Graceship bag. They are shoes for an occasion, shoes to feel great and look great in.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

I’m interested in the psychology of shoes at this point, Blog Reader.  What is your relationship with footwear?  Where do you turn for a killer heel and is your closet populated with them or like me do you have one or two styles that you splurge on and love?

Shoes are the quickest way for women to achieve instant metamorphosis - Manolo Blahnik

Lingerie Lust returns next week, Blog Reader – have a great weekend!

StyleOnTheCouch wears: ASOS Midi tank body conscious dress; Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels; New York laptop bag from Graceship.