Black Swan: Made by Noemi Body & Whistles Carrie Skirt

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It is, Blog Reader, almost the Easter holiday weekend here in the UK.  To those of you not familiar with UK bank holidays this means two four-day working weeks and a chance to re-charge batteries.  I’m very much looking forward to a visit from my friend Anna from South Molton St Style here in my new country-abode and I’m also doing a fair bit of exploring of my new surroundings too.

Given that I’m in a lovely bank holiday spirit right now I wanted this post to be about some of my favourite things fashion-wise in the shops presently.  First of all, Made By Noemi has become my favourite place to shop for bodysuits and you may have seen designer Noemi Ivanov’s white bodysuit on the blog before (click here for the link).  Her floral body is a piece I wear often.  Currently her Feather Body is high on my wish list – a great loungewear style.

So here you have it, my fashion favourites for your holiday shopping weekend:

Lover are a fabulous Australian based brand whose styles will just blow you away. Check out this amazing flared short lace and sheer dress from their Nocturnal collection.

Reiss’ new spring summer collection for 2013 is a line I’ll be featuring on the blog very soon.  This Portofino jumpsuit caught my eye as a very unique design, also their Lola white quilted fit and flare dress. I love Reiss, I would snap all their collections up in a flash if I could, they are so perfect for work and play.

Finally I’ve been thinking a great deal about shoes this week.  My go-to-shoe-shopping is at Zara and right now their multi-coloured lace up sandals are making me drool….

A little shopping inspiration for your weekend ahead, Blog Reader!

Wearing: Made by Noemi body.  Skirt: Whistles Carrie, in black. Photos: With thanks to William Williams.

The Body: Made By Noemi Bodysuit

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The lingerie brand Made By Noemi perfectly straddles that line between functional and sensual – their designs are comfortable and beautiful, no less so than this lovely bodysuit with shoulder ties.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of the bodysuit.  I added this piece to my collection after Made by Noemi held a half price sale over the Christmas holidays.  At such a fabulous price I could not resist – there is a 50% sale on swimwear right now if you are interested!

Designer Noemi Ivanovas is a true beauty; Amelie-meets-Bond-girl.  Her collections are designed to be the go-to pieces women love and wear again and again because they have that magical power of making her feel amazing…  I think Noemi succeeds very well at this with the simplest of styles like the body – having emerged from the bathing suit, camisole and panties, the body is that perfect cross-over combination that can be worn underneath sweaters or alone with high waist trousers.  Here I’ve paired my suit with my Paige Denim Jimmy jeans, bought at Selfridges denim hall, the perfect stop for finding a new style of boyfriend pants.

Made by Noemi’s collections are inspired by such a wonderful variety of things like film, historical figures, eras and paintings.  One of my favourites was influenced by the work of realist painter Edward Hopper: ‘In the colour shadow of Edward‘, a soft and feminine collection with a vintage feel and a pretty pastel colour palette.  Her ‘Base‘ collection is a series of basic, comfortable and well made pieces, the perfect foundations for a lingerie wardrobe.

This is perhaps my last opportunity to be super slouchy for a while, Blog Reader, as this weekend I move home for a new job that starts the following week.  I can’t wait to take some photos in my new setting and use the surroundings for StyleOnTheCouch posts.  I’ve spoken before on the blog of how much I love change – this weekend represents another really exciting move forwards in life for me so apologies if I seem a little absent here and on social media whilst I do some exploring and get myself sorted!  I still have lots of fashion week posts and reviews to bring you so watch this space.  Have a lovely weekend!

Photos: The amazing William Williams.

Lingerie Focus: Ayten Gasson

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This very pretty lingerie collection is from luxury label Ayten Gasson.  Made from the softest, shimmering silk fabrics and unique vintage trims, spring summer 2013 is a delicate mix of styles with a decadent appeal: kimono style bed jackets, lace-kissed playsuits and soft-cup bras.

Ayten Roberts is both designer and founder of Ayten Gasson lingerie.  A graduate from Central Saint Martins, London in 2004, she quickly became disillusioned with the manufacturing industry in the UK.  Finding that many of the factories she knew in England had closed and moved their design operations overseas, she worked to support the British fashion industry by using only small production units in London, Nottingham and Wales to make her collections.  Roberts is also committed to ethical and sustainable practice and recently launched an eco-friendly line.  Cruelty free ‘peace silk’ and organic silk also feature regularly within her collections – there is a lovely interview with the designer on The Lingerie Addict about her inspirations and ethical approach.

What appeals to me about this line for spring is its slinky look and feel and the vintage flair which comes across in these images.  It makes me think of the era of Downton Abbey – I think Lady Mary would be more than at home with this silk teddy and garter as her foundations!

To view the entire collection from Ayten Gasson click here.  To find a list of stockists, click here.