Alice Yim New York Spring Summer 13

Alice Yimy SS13 looks

Alice Yim NY SS13

Alice Yim New York SS13 looks

Alice Yim New York SS13

Alice Yim Raina DressWithout a doubt, a collection I look forward to previewing is that of the supremely talented Alice Yim New York.  She produces instantly wearable, modern and minimalist pieces, all highly feminine and very sophisticated.  One of my favourite little black dresses ever, the Raina Dress (above, photo by Lydia Hudgens) is a design from Alice.  Rather than being ‘on trend’ for any particular time of year or a mere fashion fad, Yim’s styles will easily transition from season to season.  Her collection for spring summer 2013 is a dreamy assortment of beautifully fitted and draped skirts and dresses, chic tailored shorts and pants, vest tops and rompers. My favourite piece is the Posy Skirt in Onyx - a wonderfully full lace design with leather waistband.

You may, Blog Reader, be drawn to the lemon chiffon and canary yellow Amaryllis Dress.  It has a lovely criss-cross back detail and handkerchief design – perfect for summer.

I can’t stress enough how much I want you to go to Alice’s website right away and explore her collection further.  You can now SHOP Yim’s collection online – click HERE to browse.

It’s been a while since I wrote a little update on my life, Blog Reader! I’ve been so hectic at work lately I’ve had less time to write these past few months. On the other hand I’m busy planning lots of exciting travel and other adventures to share with you over the summer.  Drop me a note below if there is anything you’re interested in seeing on the StyleOnTheCouch over the next few months – designer features, outfit posts etc. Coming up I have the new line from Al & Alicia to share with you, another of my ‘Little Black Dress’ with a twist series and a few accessories I’ve been investing in lately.  As always, thank you for stopping by to read.  Come visit soon! Drop me a note on Twitter or Instagram if you’d like to say a more personal ‘hello.’

Alice Yim Raina Dress & Autumn Winter 2012 Collection

Hot on the heels of Peter Pilotto’s spring prints yesterday comes today’s outfit post showing Alice Yim’s Raina dress.  One of the few designers I take a break from my monochromatic norm for, Yim’s Raina dress (featured before on the blog in black, image below) also comes in a delicate dragonfly print, a theme running through her spring collection this year.

The Raina dress is a beautifully classic design in the onyx (black) colour yet the print version transports the dress into the romantic and ethereal category.  This is a perfect dress for the end of summer – the last rays of warmth, the last crisp but sunny evenings outside…

As we move towards autumn, Alice Yim’s collection for winter 2012/13 provides some good transitional options.  A palette of neutral tones, rusty browns, navy and black is broken up by the melancholia print – circular swirls set amongst a fabric dreamscape.  (Click on the image below to enlarge.)  My favourite pieces are the Pia wool and leather vest and the Lucia blouse - a long-sleeved silk Georgette top with lace shoulders.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

A high quality collection of leather, wool and lace with masculine overtones – I’m ready to step out of silky Raina and into autumn textures already.  Another lovely collection from Alice Yim NYC.

Wearing: Raina dress in dragonfly print, Alice Yim.  Belt, COS.  Heels, Mango.

Classic Black Dress (Alice Yim NY), Classic Styles…

It is without a doubt, Blog Reader, that my favourite fashion days involve little make-up, a black dress and some gorgeous shoes.  I’ve worn this Raina Dress by Alice Yim practically non-stop since I got it.  I love the neckline and the side slits in the skirt that flow beautifully in the Manhattan breeze when I walk.  Created in silk Georgette and Charmeuse (I’m obsessed with the quality of the fabrics I wear these days) Raina is one of those dresses that makes a perfect day to night transition – it can be worn without the belt for a relaxed day time look or cinched in at the waist for a sharper evening silhouette.

Images: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

Every time I wear these Zara sandals I get compliments.  I think they were a fantastic purchase this year and I’m happy to see that Zara has updated the style for fall here. If that isn’t a great party shoe I don’t know what is, Blog Reader!

The belt in this look is from a European brand I miss in the US very much.  COS offer modern and timeless styles and they are a favourite of mine for basics like white shirts and classic shift dresses.  COS have some fabulous structured silhouettes, so if you’re in the market for some seriously fashionable styles be sure to check out their website.  You can shop online too, obviously great for me in the US.

Wearing: Raina dress in onyx, Alice Yim.  Sandals, Zara.  Belt, COS.  Bag, ASOS.

There are still lots of exciting things coming up on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader.  My Nine West x Pose style challenge draws to a close – thank you to everyone who has been voting!  You can find the penultimate style here, which, if you ‘love’ you will be entered into a competition to win shoes. I have (short) shorts, a beautiful purple gown from BCBG Max Azria and some gorgeous accessories coming up.  Anything else you want to see? Be sure to email me using the ‘Ask Me Anything’ mail top right of the blog.  Until next time…..  StyleOnTheCouch, xo