StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Zana Bayne (ThatJeNeSaisQuoi)

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Zana Bayne StyleOnTheCouch Harness

Zana Bayne Harness StyleOnTheCouch

Zana Bayne StyleOnTheCouch

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With the commencement of  New York Fashion Week, it feels fitting to hand this Friday Lingerie Focus over to my lingerie-loving-friend-from-across-the-pond, Lindsay from ThatJeNeSaisQuoi.   A regular guest post contributor on StyleOnTheCouch, for a while now we talked about collaborating on a feature about leather designer Zana Bayne, whose harnesses, belts, neck pieces and bootstraps have featured in countless fashion editorials.  I first noticed Bayne following her collaboration with Prabal Gurung on his dramatic fall winter 2012 collection ‘Uncursed’.  It is with much delight and envy I bring you Lindsay’s thoughts on this wonderful accessories designer:

If you’re a StyleOnTheCouch devotee, you will already know Sarah that is a true harness devotee.  We both possess the same Lascivious harness which is a great starter in common, but she has some bold pieces in her wardrobe including the Bordelle Voyeur harness, the FYI by Dani Read leg piece and several Fleet Ilya designs.  So when Sarah and I were talking restraint over champagne last summer (because that’s how lingerie bloggers do) and she didn’t yet know of the wonderful world of Zana Bayne, it was time for an introduction.

In addition to the Lascivious harness mentioned above, I have a CHROMAT elastic pentagram harness (so easy to wear) and now one from Zana Bayne.  Zana’s is my first all-leather piece and I am so in love with the Chevron design: multiple straps woven in and out of each other overlapping the body’s curves just so.  I also love is how adjustable it is.  There are two belt buckles that sit on the ribcage, one in the back and another that goes around the neck.  From the back it looks quite simple, just a buckle around the waist and strap around the neck, halter-style.

I think Sarah would agree that this design is best executed in striking white.  I have so much black in my wardrobe that it makes sense to add a sharp contrast, especially with the level of detail that goes into Zana Bayne leather goods and this harness in particular.

She’s got quite the selection, by the way. In the online shop you’ll find everything from full body skeleton leather outfits to structured peplum accessories.  One thing I hold near and dear to my heart is that everything is designed and created in New York City.

I can’t wait to wear this harness in the warmer summer months. I think it will look utterly feminine and chic over an easy, flowy white sundress, don’t you?  Thank you for having me in your corner of the Internet, Sarah!  It’s always such a pleasure to share a love of harnesses! xx

Lindsay is wearing: Chevron Harness by Zana Bayne.  Photos of Lindsay: The amazing Lydia Hudgens.

Wolford & Kriss Soonik: Chic Lounging

Wolford Fashion Wolford Tights Kriss Soonik Bodysuit Kriss Soonik Lingerie StyleonthecouchTo mark the three year anniversary of StyleOnTheCouch there is a new look for the blog.  I’ve been so happy to see my little labour of love grow over the past years and I’m thankful for each and every visit, like and exchange of comments. Thank you, Blog Reader!

In this post I wanted to focus on two of my favourite items of clothing in another of my innerwear outerwear features.  The bodysuit is a style I adore for its simplicity and versatility – it can be super chic in black, stunning in white and incredibly eye-catching with sparkle, print and colour.  I often hound pinterest for bodysuit inspiration and some of my favourite pins are below.  I’m wearing my new long-sleeved, high cut bodysuit by Kriss Soonik in this post:

Wolford Fashion Wolford Tights Kriss Soonik Loungewear Kriss Soonik bodysuit Sarah StyleonthecouchKriss is well-known for her ‘loungerie’ pieces – not cute or sweet, rather sexy and powerful.  Modern with a hint of nostalgia, I adore the philosophy behind her collection.

Bodysuits can be worn under jeans; they look great with a pencil or a flared skirt or on their own.  This version here is pretty high cut on the leg but I find that style very comfortable to wear and it gives a seamless shape underneath a more fitted skirt or trouser.  Having said that, there is a reason I am ‘perched’ on the leather chair in this post!

My bodysuit icons are Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, Julie Newmar (Catwoman in the original Batman TV series) and of course Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.

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Wolford is a brand that provide all the essentials for your wardrobe.  A premium hosiery label, I think their legwear is worth every penny – these Marilyn stay-up stockings are indeed the perfect stocking filler for Christmas.   Wolford now focus on five product areas: legwear, ready-to-wear, lingerie, swimwear and accessories, but it is in hosiery I think they excel. I breathe a sharp intake of breath when I put these hold-ups on lest I accidentally put a finger or toe through them, but so far so good!  I love these underneath a little black dress with some fit and flare – it transforms the look of the outfit completely.

Kriss Soonik Bodysuit Wolford Tights Wolford Fashion StyleonthecouchSome of Wolford’s other legwear styles below:

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If these tights don’t give your legs the wow factor, then I don’t know what will.

Kriss Soonik Loungewear Kriss Soonik Bodysuit Styleonthecouch wolford fashionHere’s to blog year number four!

Wearing: Bodysuit from Kriss Soonik.  Tights, Wolford.
Many thanks to The Harley Biscuit Agency for the new artwork and to the amazingly talented William Williams for the photography.