Fleet Ilya Corset Belt: Still The Dark Side Of The Force

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FleetIlya-leatherbelt-4I love a mix of hard and soft textures within an outfit.  A crisp white shirt and a soft, flowing leather jacket; a fluffy cropped Angora sweater and a sharp cashmere blend A line skirt (and so on, and so forth.)  If you haven’t got the right mixture of fabrics and textures to complete this type of look, I suggest turning to your accessories to mix things up a little.

I have several Fleet Ilya pieces in my wardrobe, with this large point cut out corset belt being my newest accessory from the brand.  A wonderfully webbed show piece – reminiscent of the armour of Batman with a modern Spiderman aesthetic – it’s a very slim fitting, waist nipping style I’ve worn in many different ways.  In summer, when wearing black, navy, or entirely ‘dark’ colours is typically frowned upon (for more of my thoughts on this topic, see here) I’ll still be aligned with the dark side of the force, but I will roll out the lighter fabrics.  Here I thought the combination of the corset belt and this flowing summer dress was a great dichotomy between textures.

Wearing: Heels, Zara. Belt: Fleet Ilya.  Dress: Bought in NYC (unknown Soho boutique, if I ever find it again I will tell you!). Nude slip: Flexees.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography

Fashion Essentials: 5) Leather

Leather-Essentials-StyleOnTheCouchFor this part of my Fashion Essentials series I am talking about a great love.  I have an on-going romance with leather; no longer a fashion luxury but a fashion staple (faux or no).  The three key items I want to focus on for your capsule closet are the leather jacket; the perfect leather pant and the unique leather accessory.

To begin with, the leather pant.  Whether it be slouchy or skinny, the leather trouser is a model-off-duty favorite with its classic meets luxe fashion stance.  My own pair of leather pants are from Joseph; a lovely mix of sleek and chic texture with contemporary detailing (unfinished trouser cuffs).

Leather-essentials-trousersPlenty of other leather pants options are around.  If you are looking for skinnies, I recommend any of the Joseph versions plus this leather and jersey mix pair from DKNY .  Again, lottery winners need to head straight to Net-a-porter for this pair by Saint Laurent.  For those who prefer their leather a little looser fitting, try this relaxed style from Warehouse or try these gorgeous Hallum Pants from Australian brand Viktoria & Woods.

Leather-Fleet-IlyaI am not sure many days pass on my various social media feeds without me mentioning Fleet Ilya,  a London-based leather fashion brand.  Producing creative accessories season after season, to satisfy your leather craving for a kick-ass accessory find, look no further.  You can find a selection of bags, belts, cuffs and harnesses on their website.  A clear sign that leather does not need to be black to have impact, their blush pink clutches for Fall are an unexpected leather touch.

Leather-essentials-jacketFinally, the holy grail of the essential leather family, the jacket.  My own leather jacket is from Helmut Lang, a wonderfully draped style that layers and cocoons with Lang’s typical cool and urban vibe.  I’ve worn it countless times since I purchased it about four years ago now, with no signs of this stopping. My top leather jacket suggestions are as follows:

1) Iro Ebeyna Biker Jacket: slim and structured fit; pair with skinny denim and silk or chiffon blouse underneath

2) Helmut Lang Wither Fitted Jacket (you can find some steals on Lang’s jackets on The Outnet)

3) For a cropped style, try this Xana jacket from Christie Nicole

Finally, proof again that coloured leathers also have impact, take some inspiration from Rick Owens (blue) and Iro again (red) when you go a-shopping.

For those of you with ethical questions, check out this well written page by the Stella McCartney brand on leather usage.

I’m wearing: Zara faux leather top and Reiss trousers.

Metamorphosis

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I have always been the opinion that change is a good thing. Something is always lost, but there is much to be gained in the process of metamorphosis and transformation.

In this, my fourth year of blogging, there is a new blog design for StyleOnTheCouch that reflects the simplicity and purity I seek in my clothing. What you will see on my blog in 2014 is a little more of ‘me’ – in fashion, in lifestyle, and in the details of my life.

In December I took a break from blogging after a personal loss. It was a time to mourn as well as to rejuvenate and I travelled back to the US; to Miami for Art Basel, to Atlanta for family and to Mexico for adventure.  These photos were taken at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, a beautiful gallery providing a journey through time and across continents.  On this day I chose to wear some of my favourite pieces of the present, including my new Fleet Ilya corset belt, a Christmas gift.

I adore Fleet llya.  Their sculpted leather designs without boundaries make them intense and interesting additions to a wardrobe.  I’ll be wearing this belt again over a flowing dress for New Year’s Eve.

Welcome to my new blog, Reader.  Thank you for supporting the site to grow over the past four years and for being part of my own style adventures.  Happy New Year!

Wearing: Zara Cropped Sweater; Fleet Ilya Large Cut Out Point Corset Belt, French Connection Jumpsuit.  Clutch; Curly In The City Etsy Shop.

Photography: William Williams