StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Three Floor Fashion

Refinery 29 named Three Floor Fashion one of their labels to watch this year.  I’ve also had my eye on this emerging brand who are creating affordable, contemporary and cutting edge designs.  Three Floor have put together some beautiful lookbooks for their collections – the current one reminds me of Bertolucci’s film ‘The Dreamers’ with its romantic colours and youthful styling.  For summer a sensual palette of cool white, apricot and blush pink meets with a little drama in the bolder, brighter tones of crimson, aqua and navy.

Image above, left to right: Poser Skater DressNew Girl Dress and Hoxton Dress.

I own the Element Dress from Three Floor Fashion, a bodycon style with velvet bandage detail:

I’m almost loathe to share (!) but I’ve had my eye on this Hidden Gems dress for a few weeks now (image below, dress on the left).  Mesh, lace and pleated chiffon tick a lot of boxes for me this summer:

Below: Another of my favourite dresses from Three Floor, the French Exchange Midi Dress.  With contrasting panelling in the colours rouge red and nude this is a very striking summer piece. I especially like the sheer and flirty pleats:

Although I have focussed largely on the dresses from Three Floor in this post, the brand have several separates too.  The Race Sequin Shorts and Sun ‘Del’ Ray Dip Hem Shirt make for a very hip summer outfit.  Another of my favourites (yes, there are many, ahem) is the Bare Neath Peplum Top, a very cute mesh and neoprene design with clever geometric contouring to give the illusion of nipped waist.

Above: a selection of dresses from Three Floor.  Below: the Delight Dress, currently available for pre-preorder.  Another two-tone number with nude and aqua panels, it has a unique two level skirt – not one of those ‘high low’ designs but skirt-cape kind of style.

I like my Element Dress for its luxe feel and interesting cut out pattern.  It’s something very different for me and I’ve been wearing it with my Helmut Lang jacket and Dorothy Perkins black patent pumps (closest match here).

I hope you do check out Three Floor Fashion sometime, Blog Reader – they are creating some very innovative and affordable designs, so don’t miss out!

Wearing: Element Dress, Three Floor Fashion.  Outfit photos by Lydia Hudgens.  Additional photos: Three Floor Fashion.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Morgan Carper

This morning Morgan Carper presented her new collection in the vast warehouse space above Chelsea Market, Manhattan.  A glance at the colour palette of black, nude, pastel pinks and creamy off-whites for her Spring Summer 2012 designs revealed to me that Morgan Carper is a woman after my own heart.   Designing out of her studio in Brooklyn, Carper takes inspiration from her travels across native America, India, Asia and beyond and creates practical and wearable styles that are chic yet effortlessly edgy

Most appealing to me about the collection here is the balance she strikes between clothing that is classic in style but also bold – through draping and asymmetrical hem lines and with the addition of sequin detail she achieves a highly modern look.  My favourite piece was the dress with a deep v front and fringed flapper style skirt overlay (top image, second from the left).  A close second was this nude dress with some sparkle delicately framing the bust – slide slits were an added detail that allowed the dress to move in a flowing, graceful fashion;

Many off the off-white dresses retained elements of Morgan’s Spring 2011 collection: smart design and careful crafting.  The silhouette of the silk dress below was beautiful – I love the day to night appeal of this, despite it being a very relaxed look

A new designer to me, I left preview full of love for her work.  Previous collections can be found on her website – do have an explore, Blog Reader! Do you like her new designs?