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.

Chain Me Up: IN PINK Necklace, ASOS Dress & Reiss Clutch

You may recall, Blog Reader, that 2012 was THE year for me to accessorize.  Here in September I am still on the case, this time with the help of IN PINK whose website I adore.  The multiple search functions on the site allow me to hone in on my style of jewelry quickly.  This silver tone chain necklace with leather strap (quite possibly inspired by the amount of metal and leather around me in Austin currently) is a nice bold design.  The length of the necklace appeals to me for wearing with my longer, simple black dresses as a bit of a statement piece.

Some of my favourite styles on the IN PINK site currently are below:

From left to right: Silvertone Rhinestone Spikes Stretch Bracelet; Black and Rhinestone Bar Wrap BraceletMixed Metal Rhinestone Bars Necklace Set ‘Skyline’ Collection and the Turquoise Rhinestone Swirl Stretch Ring.

I think I will always remain faithful to simple, minimal styles and shapes Blog Reader, yet this year my eyes have been opened to the transformative power of something like a necklace, a bag, some killer heels… (I thank you, Nicholas Kirkwood and Rodarte).  What do you turn to first to ‘add’ to an outfit, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Dress from ASOS (closest matches here).  McDougal sandals (just seen) ALDO.  Clutch, Reiss. Necklace, IN PINK.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.