Dress The Population Spring 2013 – Lace, Chiffon & Layers

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Dress The Population Spring 2013

Dress The Population spring 13 looks

Dress The Population Mini DressIn New York City I was introduced to the wonderful Dress The Population, whose sparkling mini dress went on a zillion outings with me over the festive period as I got my shimmer on in Manhattan at Christmas. This spring, the delightful team at Dress The Pop asked me if I’d like to try some of their new collection and of course I jumped at the chance to collaborate with them again.

Launched in July 2011, this LA-based brand have a heavy focus on the movement of fabrics, evidenced nicely this spring with lots of layering and flowing, asymmetrical cuts.  The dresses in this collection are perfect for parties and weddings – pastel and monochrome colours mix and mingle with bold jewel tones and shimmering metallics so you have plenty of choice.  I chose two of my favourite pieces from spring 2013 for the outfit post here. I chose them because they are perhaps also the most versatile, the Lylah chiffon and lace cream skirt with side splits and Cara black chiffon tank.  The tank is also great worn with denim shorts or jeans or a maxi skirt.

I love how Dress The Population help you make an impact on a budget.  Click HERE to view their facebook page.  Click HERE for their website.  Many thanks to Dress The Population for the items featured in this post!

Photos: William Williams Photography (spring) and Lydia Hudgens.

 

Friday Lingerie Lust: Fraulein Kink

Since I am travelling this week, I asked my friend Lindsay of thatjenesaisquoi.com to take over the reins* for this Friday’s lingerie feature.  Lindsay couldn’t be more perfect for the role.  Her personal blog details her crush on underthings – the things that make her feel beautiful, like she has that je ne sais quoi.  So without further ado I hand you over to Lindsay, who introduces you, Blog Reader, to Fraulein Kink.

Crossing “digital paths” with StyleOnTheCouch, in hindsight, was entirely inevitable. Our personal styles overlap as does our affinity for lingerie and Sarah’s style in particular is just SMASHING. But of course, you know this already. I was so flattered when she asked me to write a guest post.

One of the things I admire most about Sarah is her courage to be tastefully directional on her blog. Specifically, she is one of the first I’ve witnessed to wear a harness as outerwear, a feat I think is both brave and undeniably stylish. So, it was only appropriate to write about Fraulein Kink, a luxury erotic accessories brand that mixes boudoir allure with a downtown chic vibe for a stunning effect.

My favorite range from the Fraulein Kink label is the Lascivious x Fraulein Kink playsuit (image, second on page). Three main pieces compose the suit: a collar, set of handcuffs and belt. They are made of patent leather lined with faux fur and are accented with delicate, adjustable (!) small-link chains. Because they can be worn together or separately, the pieces are perfect for styling over outerwear and would really work for any season. The belt would be a great summer statement piece when worn over a white sleeveless but form-fitting dress, but would also be just as edgy and chic when paired with black for fall. Along the same lines, the Tease Me playsuit (third image) and full-of-fringe Justine belt (image below) are both perfect for spicing up an ensemble that needs a little something extra.

Accessories by Fraulein Kink; photography by Catherine Day & Camilla Camaglia.

Thank you Lindsay!  You can find Lindsay on Twitter here and follow her blog here.  I’m flying back to NYC this weekend so usual posting resumes next week.  I have in the works two collections close to my heart and since we’re on a roll with peplum, another outfit in this vein. Have a great weekend!

*pun entirely intended.

Fashion and Fringing.

During New York Fashion Week last September I was introduced to Morgan Carper and her collection of beautiful, classic looking yet unique designs.  I was drawn to several of her dresses and knew I would like to own one the moment I saw the presentation – it was just difficult deciding which to buy since a few pieces attracted me and for different reasons.  Last month I tried on some of my favourite styles including this Lily Casey dress with a deep plunge v neckline and soft pink fringed skirt.

I absolutely adore the dramatic neckline and bold style of this piece.  I’ve seen other fringed styles around recently; All Saints springs to mind as they usually have several but these are a little too Calamity Jane for me.  Gucci had some lovely 1920s inspired fringed dresses in their spring 2012 collection - in black with glistening metallics which resulted in a lot of shimmer along the catwalk.

Pictures (above and below), taken at the Morgan Carper spring summer 2012 presentation in September.

The fringing gives this piece wonderful movement (the one outfit post I wanted to do a video of me dancing walking in it rather than photos, in fact!)  There is some decent structure in the top half of this dress around the plunge neckline but it’s still a bold design – and one that just begs me to go do the Charleston.

So – do you ‘do the fringe’ Blog Reader? And just how low does your neckline go….?!

Wearing: Dress, Morgan Carper.  For stockists, click here.  Shoes, Dorothy Perkins.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.