StyleOnTheCouch Loves: All White for Spring

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It seems fitting, Blog Reader, to write about white after a week or so of snow here in the UK.  It’s been coooold in England!

These photos are from one of my last photography sessions with my good friend Lydia Hudgens back in the US last year.  We shot this series in the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, a chic and fun place to stay with very close proximity to some amazing fashion…  Opening Ceremony‘s boutique at the front of the hotel stocks a great selection of designers: Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang for starters.  I have a soft spot for the place, it being where Rodarte held their sample sale when I first arrived in NYC and snapped up my Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels at a bargain price!

This dress is two of my favourite things rolled into one.  ’Body conscious’ or well-fitted as you might call it, and the colour white.  I bought it from French Connection eons ago and at the time I think I felt it was as close to a Victoria Beckham piece as I was ever going to buy….. These days (ok, still no Victoria Beckham in my wardrobe but hey) it’s still a great dress to wear for cocktails or dinner.  And although silhouettes aren’t quite as structured this spring, the more relaxed summer styles make for a little more wearability (is that even a word?) and styling possibilities.  My round up of the best at designer and high street prices, below:

Reiss ‘Crew’ Knitted Sweatshirt Dress, 120 GBP

T by Alexander Wang Jersey-Cotton Dress, 50 GBP and Carven Asymmetric Dress 147 from The Outnet

DKNY runway snowball leather dress, 843 GPB

Tibi Pleated Neoprene Dress at Net a Porter, 484 GBP

Clean Textured Shift Dress, 50 GBP from TopShop

Oh and finally – Victoria Beckham Lace-Trimmer Stretch Cotton Dress at Net a Porter (you might have seen Scarlett Johansson wearing this on the cover of February’s Elle Magazine), 1,700 GBP

And because I love this piece sooo much – white with a twist – Alice Yim Flora Romper in pearl, price available on request.

I also found a lovely round-up of spring whites from the catwalks on the blog PinkHappens - perfect for some inspiration on how to get dressed in this summer.

Wearing: Dress from French Connection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano who has a lovely Etsy shop!

The French Connection

A perfect meeting of Europe and NYC: French Connection.  I have a deep affection for the British label French Connection.  They were my go to brand when I wanted to ‘treat’ myself at uni (usually with my student loan rather than my hard-earned wages from the bar but aaaanyway) and I’ve bought many pieces from them that have stayed with me for years and retained their quality.  This weekend my mind wandered to the issue of what to wear for events and shows during Fashion Week and with a desire to keep things simple and clean, I remembered this French Connection tailored jumpsuit, above*.

If the preview is anything to go by, I’m going to rediscover my love for French Connection all over again with their new spring collection.  The pieces are versatile and largely neutral in hue with a splash of print and citrus – peachy tones and Pantone‘s colour of the year, ‘tangerine’.  The usual shift and sheath dresses remain, something I see as a French Connection signature.  You see a hint of sports luxe which is a favourite trend of mine for the summer, with tailoring as well as bohemian skirts and dresses.

Above, left to right: Lost and Found Maxi; Ribbon Knits Dress; Nix and Nights Flared Dress; Izzy Jersey Top and Ergo Skinny Patchwork Jean.

My favourite piece from the spring preview is the dip dye maxi skirt:

Photo: The Real Style Network.

The Coletta Combat Trousers and Bric a Block top comes a close second:

Check out the entire spring preview here.

Back to my outfit, I have two questions.  Firstly, what is the difference between a catsuit and a jumpsuit, since I am never sure how to describe this one piece, and secondly with the fashion weeks approaching, if you attend, how do you dress for the occasion? xo

*accessorizing this will be the next issue, I can tell.

Photo credit: top, the fabulously talented Lydia Hudgens.

Green with….

The weekend was a rather relaxed affair – Friday night I saw My Week With Marilyn at the cinema (it was an excellent portrayal of Monroe by Michelle Williams) and on Saturday I saw the exhibition of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels and clothes at Christies and finally took a glimpse of the massive sparkling Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre here in NYC.

Sunday was for pilates, brunching and blogging.  I wore one of my birthday gifts, this maxi skirt from Reiss (sadly no longer available but check out the Danielle maxi and Jessica pleat maxi as close alternatives. The Jessica skirt is the same style as the green skirt I’m wearing here, with the lace effect print of the dress in my last post – howzat Blog Reader!).

It is a beautiful pleated skirt, a bold green colour unlike anything I have in my wardrobe that perfectly feeds my addiction for maxi lengths this winter.  Being a new colour for me, I found it quite difficult to know what to pair it with (any suggestions welcome in the comments below, Blog Reader!) but I wore it with my white tee from Eighteenth and my Izabela shoes from Nine West (I’m not usually a fan of the mid-heel, but this seemed a good choice for a casually chic brunch.)

It still feels quite mild for this time of year* but I threw on my chunky Reiss cardigan too.  French Connection gave me a pop of colour with my (gym) bag.  I love Sundays in Manhattan….

Wearing: skirt and cardigan from Reiss, shoes from Nine West, tee from Eighteenth and bag from French Connection (old season).

*One year ago I came to NYC to hunt for an apartment.   I froze my socks of traipsing around the city in the freezing cold but I did manage to find the perfect East Village flat….