StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Zana Bayne (ThatJeNeSaisQuoi)

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Zana Bayne StyleOnTheCouch Harness

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With the commencement of  New York Fashion Week, it feels fitting to hand this Friday Lingerie Focus over to my lingerie-loving-friend-from-across-the-pond, Lindsay from ThatJeNeSaisQuoi.   A regular guest post contributor on StyleOnTheCouch, for a while now we talked about collaborating on a feature about leather designer Zana Bayne, whose harnesses, belts, neck pieces and bootstraps have featured in countless fashion editorials.  I first noticed Bayne following her collaboration with Prabal Gurung on his dramatic fall winter 2012 collection ‘Uncursed’.  It is with much delight and envy I bring you Lindsay’s thoughts on this wonderful accessories designer:

If you’re a StyleOnTheCouch devotee, you will already know Sarah that is a true harness devotee.  We both possess the same Lascivious harness which is a great starter in common, but she has some bold pieces in her wardrobe including the Bordelle Voyeur harness, the FYI by Dani Read leg piece and several Fleet Ilya designs.  So when Sarah and I were talking restraint over champagne last summer (because that’s how lingerie bloggers do) and she didn’t yet know of the wonderful world of Zana Bayne, it was time for an introduction.

In addition to the Lascivious harness mentioned above, I have a CHROMAT elastic pentagram harness (so easy to wear) and now one from Zana Bayne.  Zana’s is my first all-leather piece and I am so in love with the Chevron design: multiple straps woven in and out of each other overlapping the body’s curves just so.  I also love is how adjustable it is.  There are two belt buckles that sit on the ribcage, one in the back and another that goes around the neck.  From the back it looks quite simple, just a buckle around the waist and strap around the neck, halter-style.

I think Sarah would agree that this design is best executed in striking white.  I have so much black in my wardrobe that it makes sense to add a sharp contrast, especially with the level of detail that goes into Zana Bayne leather goods and this harness in particular.

She’s got quite the selection, by the way. In the online shop you’ll find everything from full body skeleton leather outfits to structured peplum accessories.  One thing I hold near and dear to my heart is that everything is designed and created in New York City.

I can’t wait to wear this harness in the warmer summer months. I think it will look utterly feminine and chic over an easy, flowy white sundress, don’t you?  Thank you for having me in your corner of the Internet, Sarah!  It’s always such a pleasure to share a love of harnesses! xx

Lindsay is wearing: Chevron Harness by Zana Bayne.  Photos of Lindsay: The amazing Lydia Hudgens.

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