Fall Prints: David Peck Collection

Earlier in the year I interviewed David Peck for Lookbooks about his CrOp collection. Standing for ‘creative opportunities’, CrOp is produced in Houston, Texas with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. David uses low impact printing methods and organic, fair trade and natural fibers for designs that feature his signature bold prints and vibrant hues.

The inspiration behind fall 2012 began with a visit to NYC’s Tenement Museum, which got David thinking about his own rich family history: connections, travel, memories, evolution and change.  Peck used each of the themes for the prints in the collection to tell a story: harbor, lace, autumn leaves and geography.  For information and the ideas behind each theme click on the image below:

This Estelle dress in navy/geography print is one of my favourites from Peck’s current line.  The abstract print reminiscent of clouds, land and sea from above was inspired by David’s travels over the sea to and from Paris.  I love the length of the dress and the centre stripe that draws you in – it is a delight to wear.

You can view the whole collection on Peck’s website – I will be featuring another of Davids designs, along with photos of my other fall favourites over the next few weeks.

Each season David Peck partners with a charity to promote and bring awareness of their cause.  For fall / winter 12 Peck is working with Covenant House in Texas, an organization offering shelter and services to homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21.  You can read more about David’s work with Covenant House here.

Wearing: Estelle Dress, David Peck Collection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano.
Photography: Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez, shot on location at The Castle in Austin, Texas.

Poolside in Austin, Texas & Austin City Guide Part One

After a week in NYC, I’m now back in Austin, Texas.  Although I was just recently talking about fall wardrobes, I’m not in need of that quiiite yet, Blog Reader.  The temperature in the state of Texas remains in the 80s this month (that’s 30 degrees to you, Europe!) so here I am, in a typical Austin weekend outfit – denim cut offs, simple tee, sunglasses and sandals*.

Austin is an amazing city.  The weather is insanely gorgeous and the people here are so welcoming.  You’ll have seen snapshots, outfits and lots of travel tips from my trips to Austin over the past year but below I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite boutiques, bars and restaurants for part one of this week’s Austin City Guide:

Boutiques:

Co-Star Style 1708 S. Congress | 512.912.7970 – menswear and womenswear.  I was excited to find that they stock G Star Raw and J Crew, plus their range of sunglasses styles is excellent.
Feathers Vintage Boutique  1700b South Congress Ave | 512.912.9779 – sister store to Moss Austin (who you can read about here) this place has some amazing biker tees and enough accessories for you to put together a whole outfit before you leave the boutique.
Teddies for Bettys 211 West 2nd Street | 512.614.2103 – how happy am I that I can still get my lingerie fix in Ashley’s boutique.  Ashley’s blog keeps you in the know about in store events (DJs, champagne and cupcakes reign supreme here) plus she shares her expert knowledge on lingerie styling and current inspirations.  A must visit!

Photos: Red Rogue Studios

Bars/Restaurants:

Guero’s Taco Bar 1411 South Congress Ave | 512.447.7688 - an outdoor bar area playing live music several nights a week.  Grab one of their speciality margaritas and stay a while, especially on Wednesdays when Texas Music Radio live broadcasts from the garden.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden 709 East Sixth Street | 512.614.4972 – when I am missing NYC I can get my pretzel fix here, but really you come for the sausages and extensive drinks menu.  Absolutely try the Merguez and drink yourself under the table with their list of amazing brews.
Wearing: Denim (short) shorts, Urban Outfitters.  Sandals, Nine West.  Tee, Marks and Spencer.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

I’ll be posting part two of my guide later in the week, Blog Reader. Do visit!

*Life as a fashion blogger is certainly much much easier in a place with very little rain or wind.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Madison Marcus

Let me introduce you, Blog Reader, to Madison Marcus.  One of my most exciting fashion finds so far here in the US, I’m drawn to this label for its blend of grown-up femininity and playfulness.  Madison Marcus is quite an established brand, with collections running back to 2006. I first featured them on the blog back in January, styling this blouse from their fall 2011 line.  Designer Jessica Sturman manages to keep the label very fresh each season, never straying too far from ultra-feminine silhouettes and a lovely attention to detail.  I’m particularly excited about their fall 2012 collection; a mix of bold colour (aquamarine, cerulean blue and crimson), geometric prints, stripes and shimmer.

However, back in Austin it’s sunny springtime and this scalloped hem short dress is perfect for my day.  Made from silk, with lovely open back detail (I’ll be sure to take more photos of the dress in NYC and introduce you properly to more of Jessica Sturman’s designs, Blog Reader) and bustier style it’s already a firm holiday favourite.

You can buy Madison Marcus in many stores across New York City (Bloomingdales stock the line, who also ship internationally) and from several online boutiques, including Shopbop.  A full list of stockists can be found on the Madison Marcus website.

See you back in NYC at the weekend, Blog Reader!

P.s. These photos show the beginning of a tan. Honestly.

Wearing: Dress, Madison Marcus; Shoes, Nine West; Sunglasses, GUESS.