In With The New (Dress, obviously – you know me…)

With a reason to get dressed up and plenty of time to reflect, New Year’s Eve combines my passion for psychology and fashion perfectly.  I have a very short wish list of resolutions for 2012: to travel to Montana and play cowgirl this summer (I knew I should have bought that Stetson in Texas), learn to make macarons and make at least two trips back to Europe (because Europe, I miss you so…).

My outfit for New Year’s Eve is from All Saints.  All Saints recently brought out a collection of Premium dresses that are so wonderfully constructed and dramatic in style they drew me in like a moth to a flame.  This Appeley gown is styled around the parachute theme that typifies many of All Saints’ dresses.  Rope fabric has been twisted to create three-dimensional seams on the dress. These seams are placed strategically to create a uber flattering silhouette – curving around the body and flowing down into the full skirt.

There are five dresses in the All Saints premium collection – others are Heather, Sumi Cora, Allegra and the Silk Parachute dress.  Appeley remains my favourite, but I’ve love to know what you think of the collection, Blog Reader.

Photo credits: Lydia Hudgens.

I wanted to give a brief round-up of my favourite places to shop for dresses in the winter sales here – for any of you searching for bargains this January.  First of all Farfetch, an online site that brings together some fabulous boutiques from across the world, has a great sale on now with many designer dresses at discount (top tips – this sleeveless Alexander Wang dress and the Ardwick dress from Rag & Bone).  Also Black White Denim, a wonderful UK boutique (top tip – this cut out dress by Carven). Finally Opening Ceremony, whose SoHo store I often visit for style inspiration in NYC (top pick – the Rachel Comey Candela Dahia dress).

Happy New Year, Blog Reader!! (But now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty – what did you wear??)

NYFW Photo Diary Part I: Tadashi Shoji & Candela

Fashion week is here in New York City.  At Lincoln Centre I had the pleasure of hanging out with the lovely Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou to attend the Tadashi Shoji show where a mix of bold stripes, pastels and lace worked together to create a “romantic wedding” atmosphere on the catwalk…

Whilst I stuck to black (Reiss shirt, Gap jean leggings) and wore my new Marni heels from Moss Austin, Lani was the lady in red in her outfit: off-white heels by Marni, pants by Milly, Forever 21 top and gorgeous necklace made by her (very creative!) mother

The front row at Shoji:

After the Shoji show we headed into the Candela presentation.  There was a young, fresh feel to the designs, models ensconced in a tropical jungle playground.  Rather like Shoji, there was a mix of colour and fabric – feminine touches of lace, bold coloured gowns, sheer mesh and leather shorts… all in all a very hip and youthful collection

After the shows we went on to visit Alice Yim and Reiss for Fashions Night Out. Pictures to come!