StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Madison Marcus

Let me introduce you, Blog Reader, to Madison Marcus.  One of my most exciting fashion finds so far here in the US, I’m drawn to this label for its blend of grown-up femininity and playfulness.  Madison Marcus is quite an established brand, with collections running back to 2006. I first featured them on the blog back in January, styling this blouse from their fall 2011 line.  Designer Jessica Sturman manages to keep the label very fresh each season, never straying too far from ultra-feminine silhouettes and a lovely attention to detail.  I’m particularly excited about their fall 2012 collection; a mix of bold colour (aquamarine, cerulean blue and crimson), geometric prints, stripes and shimmer.

However, back in Austin it’s sunny springtime and this scalloped hem short dress is perfect for my day.  Made from silk, with lovely open back detail (I’ll be sure to take more photos of the dress in NYC and introduce you properly to more of Jessica Sturman’s designs, Blog Reader) and bustier style it’s already a firm holiday favourite.

You can buy Madison Marcus in many stores across New York City (Bloomingdales stock the line, who also ship internationally) and from several online boutiques, including Shopbop.  A full list of stockists can be found on the Madison Marcus website.

See you back in NYC at the weekend, Blog Reader!

P.s. These photos show the beginning of a tan. Honestly.

Wearing: Dress, Madison Marcus; Shoes, Nine West; Sunglasses, GUESS.

Al & Alicia (and Liz Lemon and Me…)

On St Patrick’s Day the East Village is awash with students wearing green and wandering around with drinks in hand.  There is a little Irish in me (my grandfather was from Northern Ireland) but much in the way that I avoid Trafalgar Square in London on this day, today I pulled a Liz Lemon (you surely watch 30 Rock, Blog Reader?) and hibernated at home wearing orange.

This orange dress is a new favourite addition to my closet.  It’s a piece from the wonderful Al & Alicia – a label of boy meets girl designs; tailoring with a masculine edge combined with things flirty and feminine.  I’ve featured Al & Alicia on the blog before (you can view their previous collection here) and as the weather warms up here in NYC the spring collection Time To Pretend seems to tap into all my warmer-weather-wishes.

Time To Pretend is a collection that brings together structure and fluidity with strong shoulders, layering, cut-outs, asymmetry and colour blocking. Inspired by superheros and created in a palette of power red, graphite and bubblegum it provides a fun and blooming spring wardrobe.

Al & Alicia’s kite dress is available in three colours; blossom (shown here), buttercup and powder puff.  It’s a versatile tunic that can be worn on its own as a dress, over skinny jeans or leggings or even tucked into a skirt.  I love this kind of flexibility with a piece, especially in this transitional wardrobe weather.

Finally, I can’t finish this post before mentioning Al & Alicia’s amazing blog. I’m a huge fan of designers who give insights into their creative process and inspiration and I love how this blog covers everything from favourite things to useful updates about collection releases, lookbooks and outfit ideas.  It’s a wonderful way to find about more about Singapore-based designer Alicia Ong and her label.

Wearing: Kite dress by Al & Alicia.  Court shoe with metal toe cap, Zara (I’ll highlight these in another post soon, Blog Reader).

Happy weekend! xo