StyleOnTheCouch Loves: ALLSAINTS Autumn Winter 2013

All saints autumn winter 13 jacket

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All Saints autumn winter 2013 womenswear

All Saints autumn winter 13 menswear

All Saints aw13 womenswear leather jacket

Towards the end of London Fashion Week, when the catwalk shows were ending and the excitement of Milan was building, I was invited to an exclusive blogger preview of the new autumn winter collection from ALLSAINTS.  So exclusive in fact that I cannot share many of the looks with you just yet – these pictures here show the detail and wonderful investment in fabrics that ALLSAINTS have made for 2013.

Under the creative direction of Wil Beedle, styles for autumn winter have been created from soft lamb’s leather, pony hair and cashmere and take ALLSAINTS in a distinctly new and more grown-up direction.  Beedle certainly seems to be trying to re-inject ALLSAINTS with the attitude that I first loved it for; looking to strengthen the ‘newness’ of designs but evolving a mature look.  He also gives a nice synergy to the menswear and womenswear lines that was perhaps previously absent.  My favourite outfit from the event was a beautifully soft pleated leather mini skirt in forest green, paired with wool biker jacket and cream sweater.  In addition I was a big fan of the slim cut aviator style pants and the sturdy outerwear for women.

Accessories have also been developed within this new collection. A series of chunky silver chain and leather necklaces and bracelets complement the new styles perfectly.  I’ve never considered ALLSAINTS as a place to purchase accessories but I can see this changing. The weight of the new pieces lend a certain gravitas to the collection.

As I mentioned before menswear follows the same direction as womenswear – a more rounded look; less grungy and distressed than the ALLSAINTS of the past.  Light wool long coats, sharp leather jackets and tailoring.  Both lines are polished.  This is a collection to watch out for later this year.

Pictures: ALLSAINTS.

Post sponsored by ALLSAINTS who gave me exclusive blogger access to their new collection. For further information on sponsorship or collaborations please email me at styleonthecouch@gmail.com

Style In The City of Manhattan: Brooklyn Bridge & All Saints Black Dress

Manhattan has an uncanny ability to make me feel like Carrie Bradshaw at times.  The energy is infectious, the people full of spirit – New York City really feels like a place where anything can happen.

I remember arriving in the USA on December 27th 2010 after several huge snowfalls had hit New York.  My first adventures in Manhattan were experienced through the snow, including a walk over the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge where I recall a big feeling of ‘wow’ hitting me as I took in the views of Manhattan and the islands.

Before my trip back to the UK this week, I returned to Brooklyn Bridge with my photographer Lydia to take some new photos of one of my favourite dresses from All Saints.  From their premium collection last year, brought out in time for the party season, I am still in love with the gothic construction and parachute themed styling (an All Saints signature) of this gown.

There is a wonderful Harpers Bazaar cover with Sarah Jessica Parker running on Brooklyn Bridge in a pale blue dress full of layers of chiffon.  I have this print to remind me of my wonderful stay in NYC:

Image above from here.  All other photography: Lydia Hudgens.

Lots of people have asked me what it was like moving to Manhattan from the UK and living here: Was it amazing? Expensive? Friendly? Unfriendly? Rude even? Would I recommend it? Absolutely.  To quote Carrie Bradshaw again:

If you can only have one great love, then the city just may be mine. And I don’t want nobody talkin’ shit about my boyfriend.”  (Sex and the City TV Series)

I’ll be back for a visit in September, Blog Reader.  I’ve also worked with Lydia on lots of outfit posts over the last month in preparation for my various adventures and travels.

Normal blog service will resume from back in the UK very soon.  I’m excited about my visit.  So pass the crumpets.

Until then!  StyleOnTheCouch xo

Fashion and Fringing.

During New York Fashion Week last September I was introduced to Morgan Carper and her collection of beautiful, classic looking yet unique designs.  I was drawn to several of her dresses and knew I would like to own one the moment I saw the presentation – it was just difficult deciding which to buy since a few pieces attracted me and for different reasons.  Last month I tried on some of my favourite styles including this Lily Casey dress with a deep plunge v neckline and soft pink fringed skirt.

I absolutely adore the dramatic neckline and bold style of this piece.  I’ve seen other fringed styles around recently; All Saints springs to mind as they usually have several but these are a little too Calamity Jane for me.  Gucci had some lovely 1920s inspired fringed dresses in their spring 2012 collection - in black with glistening metallics which resulted in a lot of shimmer along the catwalk.

Pictures (above and below), taken at the Morgan Carper spring summer 2012 presentation in September.

The fringing gives this piece wonderful movement (the one outfit post I wanted to do a video of me dancing walking in it rather than photos, in fact!)  There is some decent structure in the top half of this dress around the plunge neckline but it’s still a bold design – and one that just begs me to go do the Charleston.

So – do you ‘do the fringe’ Blog Reader? And just how low does your neckline go….?!

Wearing: Dress, Morgan Carper.  For stockists, click here.  Shoes, Dorothy Perkins.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.