I Stole Her Chanel

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Reiss_Heels_Reformation_Skirt_Chanel_BagWhen it comes to accessories, I’m a basic-kinda-gal.  Black bag? Check.  Oversized bag? Check. Clutch? Check check. Anything else? Ermmmm….. doesn’t that cover all the options?

Happy am I, therefore, when I can ‘loan’ my new neighbor’s accessories for a blog shoot.  Since moving to Cambridge I’ve found myself in close proximity to fellow blogger Briony of A Girl A Style - we’d met prior to my move to Cambridge but quite co-incidentally we found ourselves a stone’s throw from each other.  Very handy when it comes to [motivation to attend your weekly barre fitness classes and] photoshoots out and about in Cambridge; mostly for the necessary humour when passers-by decide to comment on a) choice of outfit (yes, yes, thank you I like it too, please don’t stand and watch you are really putting me off) b) appropriateness of said choice of outfit during current climate (the fashion calendar works in advance leave me alone) or perhaps even c) just photobombing me (really? REALLY?). Actually c) only ever happened in NYC, we Brits are far too polite for that kind of thing.

But I digress. On this recent shoot I wanted to show an option for going-out in the winter evenings.  I can struggle to balance my love of fashion with my basic need for warmth (I hate being cold, Blog Reader,) so I’m constantly seeking solutions where I don’t have to make a choice in this dilemma.  I have this new three-quarter length sleeved polo neck by Pop Boutique which is a great choice for comfort, warmth and a dose of minimal chic-ness, which I’m wearing here with this midi skirt with a dramatic front split from US brand Reformation.  The Isla Heels are from Reiss (did you see the ‘My Style, After Dark’ collaboration with Reiss Fashion?) and the bag? A temporary loan from A Girl A Style.  She has all the best accessories. I stole her Chanel for this feature. It really made me want to be an accessories person, it really did*.

Photos: Beth Morton.

*saving starts now.

Von Vonni Transformer Dress & Bill Hallman Coat

Von vonn wrap dress blue maxi dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyIn the original Sex & The City TV series, some of my favourite styles worn by Carrie were those from winter in New York City.  Ms Bradshaw would hop, skip and jump through Manhattan (yes, even in her Manolo‘s) in the biting cold, wearing amazing dresses covered up with a super stylish coat for warmth.  In this series of photos taken by Lydia Hudgens in my last week in New York this year, I’m wearing the Victoria dress from Von Vonni with a grey jacket from Atlanta-based designer Bill Hallman:

Von vonni dress bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyVon Vonni’s Victoria dress is part of their ‘transformer‘ collection.  With endless styling options in just one dress – available in short and long versions – it is a great piece for any wardrobe.  I own a maxi style in black too – you might recall my previous posts on styling the dress several ways here.

Von Vonni dress wrap dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacketThis coat by Bill Hallman is part of his menswear collection – a line of impeccable suits and outerwear.  His jeans and trousers for men are cut with a great slim fit.  Bill Hallman’s womenswear is worth a look for his longer evening dresses and cocktail styles. I love this dramatic, flowing black lace fishtail dress (on my Christmas wish list!)

To view the entire Von Vonni collection click here.

London Fashion Week Series: 1. Peter Pilotto SS13

After New York City and before the move to Paris and Milan, London Fashion Week offers a very unique and interesting mix of designers with collections that I find to be distinct, individual and often very colourful.  Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos presented one of my favourite collections in London this September.  Vibrant, mixed prints, peplums and embellishment – beading and mirrors – comprised their line for spring 2013.

Vogue commented on the designers’ use of prints:

“Spring references everything from baroque scrolling to ornate 1970s diamonds, abstracted Op Art black-and-white cubes to Art Deco–ish intersecting lines, many of which were inspired by a trip they made to the Santa Maria Assumpta cathedral in Siena (imagine Bridget Riley designing the interiors of a place of worship, and you are getting the right idea) and their summer vacation in India and Nepal. It’s how those patterns undergo some kind of alchemical reaction with a woman’s body, through being worked into increasingly imaginative silhouettes; the total effect — not just a litany of print motifs— creates the impact of what Peter Pilotto does.” Mark Holgate, Vogue.com

Shapes and silhouettes this year were a fascinating mix of feminine nipped in waists, voluminous ruffles, frills and cut outs.  If you described these dresses to me blind I might not imagine them not to work at all.  What Vogue calls a ‘cascading’ motion of the ruffle effect in these styles is probably what gives each piece an elegant and appealing fluidity.  Although not at all one for print, Pilotto and Vos manage to change my mind the moment I see their designs.

Images: Vogue.