New York Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Alexander Wang

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Models at the Alexander Wang show for his AW14/15 collection stood robotic and warrior-like with their black slicked and combed down hair and pale faces.  An initial set of grey, muted styles – stiff shift dresses and jackets with multi-pockets – gave way to brighter shades of azure blue and chartreuse, before a finale of heat-activated looks that changed colour before onlookers’ eyes.

It was another collection that highlighted comfort for the winter season. Layering; polo necks and light-weight jackets, over the knee riding boots and safari vests created this season’s vision of Wang’s casually cool downtown style.

Whilst I won’t personally be clamouring for the clothes from this collection, the accessories are another matter.  As Vogue described, the bags were “more like belts slung over shoulders streaming in flask holders, camera and iPhone cases. A place for everything.”  There was also a camera bag with a hook for a water bottle. Fashion and function right there, Blog Reader.

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: All White for Spring

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It seems fitting, Blog Reader, to write about white after a week or so of snow here in the UK.  It’s been coooold in England!

These photos are from one of my last photography sessions with my good friend Lydia Hudgens back in the US last year.  We shot this series in the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, a chic and fun place to stay with very close proximity to some amazing fashion…  Opening Ceremony‘s boutique at the front of the hotel stocks a great selection of designers: Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang for starters.  I have a soft spot for the place, it being where Rodarte held their sample sale when I first arrived in NYC and snapped up my Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels at a bargain price!

This dress is two of my favourite things rolled into one.  ’Body conscious’ or well-fitted as you might call it, and the colour white.  I bought it from French Connection eons ago and at the time I think I felt it was as close to a Victoria Beckham piece as I was ever going to buy….. These days (ok, still no Victoria Beckham in my wardrobe but hey) it’s still a great dress to wear for cocktails or dinner.  And although silhouettes aren’t quite as structured this spring, the more relaxed summer styles make for a little more wearability (is that even a word?) and styling possibilities.  My round up of the best at designer and high street prices, below:

Reiss ‘Crew’ Knitted Sweatshirt Dress, 120 GBP

T by Alexander Wang Jersey-Cotton Dress, 50 GBP and Carven Asymmetric Dress 147 from The Outnet

DKNY runway snowball leather dress, 843 GPB

Tibi Pleated Neoprene Dress at Net a Porter, 484 GBP

Clean Textured Shift Dress, 50 GBP from TopShop

Oh and finally – Victoria Beckham Lace-Trimmer Stretch Cotton Dress at Net a Porter (you might have seen Scarlett Johansson wearing this on the cover of February’s Elle Magazine), 1,700 GBP

And because I love this piece sooo much – white with a twist – Alice Yim Flora Romper in pearl, price available on request.

I also found a lovely round-up of spring whites from the catwalks on the blog PinkHappens - perfect for some inspiration on how to get dressed in this summer.

Wearing: Dress from French Connection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano who has a lovely Etsy shop!

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.