Friday Lingerie Lust: Women Are Weapons*TM ~ Dress Yourself As Such. FYI by Dani Read

Luxury lingerie, loungewear and boudoir accessories brand FYI by Dani Read brings us an utterly thrilling new collection for spring summer 2013 entitled ‘The Replicant’.  Drawing inspiration from science fiction, Read’s replicant – indistinguishable from a human being (think Battlestar Galactica’s Number Six meets Trinity from The Matrix) and isolated by technology – rebels against her social confinement by embracing her powers of seduction.

It’s an exciting concept for Read’s new line, with the colours and fabrications also channelling the themes of the very technology that binds the replicant.  Erotically charged, sinister but functional designs in leathers, silks and micro knits with alluring hardware embodies the femme fatale archetype – as each of Read’s collections indeed do. View autumn winter 2012: ‘The Commander’, here.

“The FYI woman is alluring, powerful, and dangerous. Our message is clear:

Women are weapons.™ Dress yourself as such.”

Above, spiked shoulder harness.  Below: binding brief (view a similar style from autumn winter 2012 here).

Both intimate wear and outerwear (expect to see some of Read’s key pieces on the blog shortly!) you can view and shop FYI by Dani Read here.  Spring summer 2013 will be available to purchase online soon.  A full list of stockists (including Patricia Field and Coco der Mer) is also available on the website.

Photos: FYI by Dani Read.  All products Dani Read, with the exception of the latex thigh highs – Atsuko Kudo Latex.

Thank you to the Lingerie Lesbian for this find!

Atsuko Kudo Latex Skirt

If I were an actress and not a psychologist, Blog Reader, I should quite happily have taken on the role of Trinity in the Matrix, or Catwoman, but would likely have most of all enjoyed the role of Selene in Underworld.  Played by Kate Beckinsdale, Selene gets a killer wardrobe for her role of Death Dealing (and Kate also gets to wear a whole lot of other amazing sci fi fashion as Lori in the remake of Total Recall soon).

With no catsuits or vampires at hand (that I know of), I’m enjoying a little drama of my own with this amazing new latex skirt from Atsuko Kudo, known to me following the brand’s collaborations with Lascivious lingerie.  You may well be aware of Atsuko Kudo designs already – worn by Lady Gaga, Rhianna (in her S&M music video) and seen on Kate Moss in I.D Magazine.

This Lady P Pencil skirt is a piece of clothing for women who want to feel beautiful, feminine and strong.  I understand the fetish aspect to latex, since the material is like a second skin and very transformative for the wearer.  In a fashion sense, this translates to a latex garment being super sexy, strong and provocative and Atsuko Kudo has a wide range of clothing in this theme, from lingerie to outerwear but also accessories: hats and bags.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.  (If you look closely you might just see her reflected in my skirt.)

Styling this skirt is quite a challenge.  Depending how bold you want to go, you can have a lot of fun with it.  Here I paired it with my sandals from Mango and a plain tee from Reiss.  There are two versions of this skirt; one with a box pleat and one with a zip.  I went for the zip which allows some versatility in freedom of movement but I find the pleat very pretty too.

The skirt comes in several colours in both plain and printed latex.  There is also a mini version.

I was thinking as I wrote this post that StyleOnTheCouch has always been more than just a fashion blog (to me at least), often I think of it as a diary of my personal style evolution and this post is very much part of that process.  I’m reminded to say a big thank you to all of you who check in from time to time to grow with me.  Thanks so much for reading xo

I’ll be posting Atsuko Kudo’s lingerie collection on a future Friday, so stay tuned!

Wearing: Lady P Plain Pencil Skirt from Atsuko Kudo. Sandals, Mango.  Top, Reiss.

Highlighter AG Jeans: Purple and Peplum

Just before the humidity became overwhelming in New York this month, Blog Reader, I took these highlighter purple Stilt jeans from Adriano Goldschmied out for a spin around the East Village.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Back in January at the Texworld USA apparel fabrics show in NYC, several of the trend-focussed seminars talked about the rise of coloured and printed denim and related jeanswear fabrics.  This shows no sign of stopping into fall but darker colours (crimson reds, sea greens) are back on the menu, along with leather (who wants to buy me these?) and metallic (for example here.).  I almost rolled my eyes into the back of my head, Blog Reader, when pastel and neon coloured trousers became popular*, but having spent a week in Austin where the colours are bright and the sun is always shining, I can appreciate the need for lighter denim.


I’m quite a fan of the Stilt variety of jeans by AG Jeans – they have a nice soft feel and stretch to them and they come in a range of fabrics, including ikat and tie dye print. The highlighter purple colour goes perfectly with my bargain Marni heels from Moss Austin which I bought last year.

A platform shoe might feel a little unbalanced with the skinny jeans I guess, but the shape  of the heel is so uniquely Marni I quite like showing it off regardless :-) Paired with a simple peplum top from H&M I was brunch-ready this day.

Wearing: Marni heels from Moss Austin; The Stilt jean from AG Jeans; peplum top from H&M, leather bracelet, Bordelle.

Have a wonderful weekend, Blog Reader! This Sunday I’m shooting photos of my new Atsuko Kudo latex skirt for the blog, along with some of the dreamy summer designs from Alice Yim. Next week I have an update for you on Urban Outfitters denim styles for fall and on Friday a look at the new collection from Lascivious, a brand I adore, who launch their new lingerie collection on Monday. Do pop back next week!

*A skill I am becoming adept at as Brit in NYC but I don’t think the Americans like me for it :-)