New York Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: DKNY

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DKNY is a designer I will go to for the sort of capsule closet-wear in monochrome that will take you effortlessly from work to evening. Not only that, but DKNY always produce a wonderful mix of urban-cool and mature designs from which most New Yorkers (and this Brit over here) can find something to love.

In this, their #25yearsstrong collection, AW14 was both old school and new school, chic with street… sick to slick.  Certainly the progression along the catwalk from urban styles such as parkas and puffer jackets to floral cut lace dresses (an unexpected twist) and grey marl three-piece trouser suit demonstrated this.

The collection remained heavy on black but with navy and shades of wine, a splash of neon and light grey.  There was a complete ‘mash-up’ of styles (intended by the designer) but standouts were the previously mentioned three-piece suit and I really liked the liquid-look dresses with spaghetti straps too.  Here’s to the next 25 years, DKNY!

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From Runway to Reception: Wedding Dress Part II: DKNY

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DKNY runway dress RUNWAY JERSEY MAXI SLEEVELESS V-NECK DRESS WITH MESH INSERTSThe colour black is like a second skin to me.  So in accordance with my life in monochrome, Blog Reader, two dresses were sought for my wedding day, the first a white lace design from Lover the Label, the second a beautiful long black gown from DKNY.

Part of their runway collection, this dress is currently on sale on the DKNY website and if you head over there quick you just might catch yourself a bargain.  I noticed this dress at DKNY last summer and fell in love with it immediately. I purchased it from Net a porter to wear for the reception part of my wedding; when the sun was down, the fairy lights around the reception area were twinkling and there was some drinking and dancing to be done.

I loved having two dresses for the different moods of the wedding day, Blog Reader.  It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Wearing: DKNY runway jersey maxi.  Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: All White for Spring

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It seems fitting, Blog Reader, to write about white after a week or so of snow here in the UK.  It’s been coooold in England!

These photos are from one of my last photography sessions with my good friend Lydia Hudgens back in the US last year.  We shot this series in the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, a chic and fun place to stay with very close proximity to some amazing fashion…  Opening Ceremony‘s boutique at the front of the hotel stocks a great selection of designers: Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang for starters.  I have a soft spot for the place, it being where Rodarte held their sample sale when I first arrived in NYC and snapped up my Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels at a bargain price!

This dress is two of my favourite things rolled into one.  ’Body conscious’ or well-fitted as you might call it, and the colour white.  I bought it from French Connection eons ago and at the time I think I felt it was as close to a Victoria Beckham piece as I was ever going to buy….. These days (ok, still no Victoria Beckham in my wardrobe but hey) it’s still a great dress to wear for cocktails or dinner.  And although silhouettes aren’t quite as structured this spring, the more relaxed summer styles make for a little more wearability (is that even a word?) and styling possibilities.  My round up of the best at designer and high street prices, below:

Reiss ‘Crew’ Knitted Sweatshirt Dress, 120 GBP

T by Alexander Wang Jersey-Cotton Dress, 50 GBP and Carven Asymmetric Dress 147 from The Outnet

DKNY runway snowball leather dress, 843 GPB

Tibi Pleated Neoprene Dress at Net a Porter, 484 GBP

Clean Textured Shift Dress, 50 GBP from TopShop

Oh and finally – Victoria Beckham Lace-Trimmer Stretch Cotton Dress at Net a Porter (you might have seen Scarlett Johansson wearing this on the cover of February’s Elle Magazine), 1,700 GBP

And because I love this piece sooo much – white with a twist – Alice Yim Flora Romper in pearl, price available on request.

I also found a lovely round-up of spring whites from the catwalks on the blog PinkHappens - perfect for some inspiration on how to get dressed in this summer.

Wearing: Dress from French Connection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano who has a lovely Etsy shop!