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.