Fleet Ilya Diamond Body Piece: Harness Style

A body harness is a key theme for spring summer 2013 according to the recent fashion weeks.  Jason Wu, Herve Leger and BCBGMaxAzria (image far below) all featured such looks within their collection, much to my joy having been a fan of accessorizing this way for a while now.  In this post I’m wearing my new diamond body piece by Fleet Ilya, who have a wide range of harnesses from a simple, thin leather style that sits around the waist and crosses at the back, to a more complicated ‘web’ design that buckles around the neck, waist and ribcage (here) and everything in between.

Below: some of Fleet Ilya’s designs from the web and in the press

I’ve spoken on the blog before about how Fleet Ilya blur the line between leather bondage and fashion accessories with their collection.  I think the harnesses and are a wonderful way to add interest, power and sex appeal to a look.

My favourite way of wearing this body piece right now is with a tailored jacket and a simple white blouse and skinny jeans; and with this white dress from COS.  Since the black tuxedo jacket was another big trend on the catwalk recently, I’d say I’m getting a head start on SS13 too!

There is also something a little equestrian about this look which I love.  It’s smart and not overtly sexual but understated, which I think is the key to incorporating these pieces as outerwear.

This is probably one of my favourite StyleOnTheCouch looks to date – monochrome, tailoring and a harness.

Wearing: River Island blazer, COS shirtdress, Fleet Ilya Diamond Body Piece.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Herve Leger Fall 2012

This fall at Herve Leger, signature figure-hugging dresses were made yet more seductive with the added thrill of restraint.  Harnesses at the hip, waist and bust and gladiator style corset boots accompanied each piece of the collection down the catwalk.

A little equestrian at times however overall pertaining to a bondage theme, the harnesses seen for fall 2012 seemed to be a development of the details we saw back in spring: back then we saw dresses with bodices, adorned with delicate metal belts.

This collection, inspired by feminine strength, is likely to appeal to those who love to show off their curves.  (Which, naturally, is a pre-requisite for an overall liking of the label.)  The harness details accentuate the feminine shape and certainly add a sense of drama to the proceedings.

I got a bit lost in the dominatrix accents at first – I almost overlooked the fact that different silhouettes punctuated the collection rather than it being bandage dress after bandage dress.  Fringed skirts, long sleeves and even some skinny trousers found their way onto the catwalk this season at Leger.

Much of the collection is just what I have come to expect from Herve Leger – devastatingly sexy pieces, time after time. I’m a fan – are you?

Images: Elle.com.