Bradamant: Body(suit) Brilliant

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Bradamant_bodysuits-2A long term fan of the bodysuit, I was excited to hear about new brand Bradamant, and their collection of essential, fashion, and workwear bodies combining the classic style of a shirt or top with the comfort and reliability of a bodysuit.  Whilst you can’t beat a great, slim fitting blouse, I find that the tucking-in-and-dealing-with-the-shirt-fabric-underneath jeans, skirts and shorts problems are erased with the Bradamant range.

Bradamant have created ‘body blouses’ and leotards under the categories of Essentials (the building blocks to your wardrobe) Fashion, (high on style, low on maintenance) and Workwear. My favourites are The Expert; a silk Crepe de Chine style with double pocket detail and buttons along the front. It reminds me of the shirts from French brand Equipment, at half the price.

Here I am wearing ‘The Hostess‘, a bodysuit made of soft modal fabric with an asymmetrical neckline.  I pair this most often with pencil skirts for work, but I also like to style it with my slouchy boyfriend jeans on weekends.

Why Bradamant, you ask?

“Before there was Lara Croft and Buffy, there was Bradamant. She was a sword-wielding, horse-riding, machine of a woman. Bradamant (Bradamante, in the Italian version) has been branded as one of the greatest warrior heroines in literature. As a champion of several Charlemagne legends, she was also the sister of Rinaldo, the famous fictional French knight.

She was strong. Very strong. Both physically and mentally. Regarded as one of the most fearsome female knights, she was an expert fighter who brandished a magical lance that could unhorse any opposing rider. She was feared by many strong and powerful men; an impressive feat for a woman during the 16th century.  All this while being a single mom.

Yes, she was a force to be reckoned with. More than that however, she was a woman of principles. Despite being madly in love with fellow warrior Ruggiero, she refused to marry unless he would convert to her religion. She had her beliefs, and she wasn’t willing to compromise them.  What can we learn from her? Bradamant Bodysuits is more than just a line of fashion tops. We believe in the strength that lies in being female, and while at risk of sounding like a Spice Girl, we believe in Girl Power.

Bradamant is the type of role model we should all have. She’s strong, she’s a fighter and she stays true to her beliefs. We’re proud to have a woman like her as the face of our brand.”

To view the entire Bradamant collection, click HERE.  Also, be sure to read their brief ‘history of the bodysuit‘ for some interesting insights about this style. It’s not all Jane Fonda and leotards, we can thank Donna Karan for bringing the body into the fashion sphere:

Bodysuit history

 

New York Fashion Week Series: 2. DKNY

I think it is fair to say that when spring comes around, Blog Reader, you will find me first in line to buy the new summer 2013 collection by DKNY. I will then wear it endlessly, such do I feel that these sleek sportswear inspired looks, silky skirts and dresses and bodysuits were made for me.

Known for her chic and largely monochrome styles, Donna Karen injected an energetic splash of colour this season with neon yellow – a likely homage to the New York taxi cabs that have featured on the DKNY runways and famous adverts in the past.

Add visors, caps with leather brims, cutaway shoulders and mesh panelling and that’s a lot of sports luxe. Yet this influence didn’t distract from DKNY’s sharp and classic black and white tailoring.  One of my favorite looks was a crisp white silk suit with a structured blazer and slightly sheer shirt underneath.

Always one for a dress which flows – the image below shows another of my favourite styles.  It’s a perfect example of the understated glamour that DKNY does so well.

What do you think of the collection, Blog Reader? I’m back in NYC at the end of next week – there’s naturally a lot of inspiration here for my trip and I’m excited to return to Manhattan to visit.  Thank you, DKNY, for creating a collection that so matches my own aesthetic :-)

Images: Vogue.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Amber Sakai

The lovely people at Amber Sakai recently got in touch with me about their designs. I was already aware of Amber’s core staple, her bodysuits, because they perfectly satisfy my love of lingerie as outerwear and are easily worn from a slouchy morning in my apartment to a late afternoon brunch with friends.  Have a look at this, one of my favourite pieces from her forthcoming Spring/Summer 12 Collection:

Amber’s designs are modern and playful.  I was thrilled to receive the drop waist lace jacket from their SS 11 collection from them and I wore it a great deal in the Big Sur. It was the perfect cover-up and I adored the satin tie around my waist that pulled into a big luxurious bow.  Many of Amber Sakai‘s designs are created from fabrics that drape for a great fit, making them comfortable and easy to wear. Below is one of my favourite looks from Amber’s AW 11 range

Not unsurprisingly, Amber has a background in lingerie design.  I think this is most clear in her gorgeous Weekend line – nine versatile and essential pieces: leggings, skirt, button down top, a light lace overcoat, lace bra, lace top, and a zip-back faux leather skirt

I love this whole outfit.  LOVE.

I covet a great deal of Amber Sakai, Blog Reader, because she so wonderfully matches my style aesthetic.  I do hope you check out her website sometime.  I’m planning to feature more of her designs on StyleOnTheCouch in the near future, including an in-depth look at her SS 2012 collection.  If you want a sneak peek in the meantime however, you can check it out here.

Wearing (top): Amber Sakai drop waist jacket; Super flare jeans from Gap; Copacabana lace bandeau bra (just seen) Belabumbum; Sunglasses, Nine West.