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.’

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!

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.