Kate Moss for Rag & Bone Spring Summer 2013

Kate Moss for Rag and Bone SS2013

Kate Moss Rag and Bone SS2013

Rag & Bone SS13

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It’s not often I post campaign previews but for Kate Moss’s partnership with Rag & Bone I make an exception.  Their previous fall campaign also featured La Moss in a series of photographs taken by Craig McDean in North London, an editorial I particularly loved for its nod to the brand’s British roots (founders and designer duo Marcus Wainwright and David Neville are originally from the UK.)  Oh that my first photos for StyleOnTheCouch taken on my own street in north London looked so good hmm.

For spring summer 2013 Kate is seen wearing Rag & Bone’s immensely wearable designs against the backdrop of pretty Southrop, Gloucestershire, in the wonderfully sleepy Cotswolds.  It feels a fitting setting in which to emphasise the brand’s Brit heritage along with showing off the clean silhouettes and beautiful construction of the clothing in sharp contrast to the countryside – urban style in a rural setting.

From Rag & Bone’s website, the inspiration behind their SS 2013 collection:

“For spring summer 2013, Rag & Bone looked to the great outdoors, starting with the idea of the Dakar Rally before exploring military safari and bedouin culture.  ’I watched the Dakar Rally as a Kid, which is how we got into desert motor sport’ explains Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright.  ’We were interested in the contrast between modern elements – like block colours, leather and technical modern fabrics, juxtaposed with these floaty white and striped pieces inspired by bedouin dress.  Military is always a reference for us and the desert theme evolved into looking at what the British Army wore in North Africa’.

We wanted to do a hard soft contrast and also really explore silhouettes this season,’ Wainwright adds.  Proportions span from cropped and body fitting to oversized.  Volume is also introduced in exaggerated details in pockets and sleeves.  Rag & Bone’s philosophy of embracing utilitarian design and incorporating unexpected detailing is realised in dresses which can be unzipped to create to separate pieces.  Details include perforation, leather padding and deconstructed tailoring.

The color palette for SS 2013 is saturated, featuring bold blues and greens and spiced coral along with chinchilla.  Crisp white is also predominant running in multiple styles, from a trench coat and leather short to a quilted skirt and perforated smoking shirt.”

Interestingly I read that Southrop was where Kate married husband Jamie Hince last year. I also learned that Kate turned 39 this month – what a wonderful icon of British style she is turning out to be. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to locate the nearest park bench for my next outfit post.

Photos: Style.Com and ELLE Magazine.

Atsuko Kudo Latex Skirt

If I were an actress and not a psychologist, Blog Reader, I should quite happily have taken on the role of Trinity in the Matrix, or Catwoman, but would likely have most of all enjoyed the role of Selene in Underworld.  Played by Kate Beckinsdale, Selene gets a killer wardrobe for her role of Death Dealing (and Kate also gets to wear a whole lot of other amazing sci fi fashion as Lori in the remake of Total Recall soon).

With no catsuits or vampires at hand (that I know of), I’m enjoying a little drama of my own with this amazing new latex skirt from Atsuko Kudo, known to me following the brand’s collaborations with Lascivious lingerie.  You may well be aware of Atsuko Kudo designs already – worn by Lady Gaga, Rhianna (in her S&M music video) and seen on Kate Moss in I.D Magazine.

This Lady P Pencil skirt is a piece of clothing for women who want to feel beautiful, feminine and strong.  I understand the fetish aspect to latex, since the material is like a second skin and very transformative for the wearer.  In a fashion sense, this translates to a latex garment being super sexy, strong and provocative and Atsuko Kudo has a wide range of clothing in this theme, from lingerie to outerwear but also accessories: hats and bags.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.  (If you look closely you might just see her reflected in my skirt.)

Styling this skirt is quite a challenge.  Depending how bold you want to go, you can have a lot of fun with it.  Here I paired it with my sandals from Mango and a plain tee from Reiss.  There are two versions of this skirt; one with a box pleat and one with a zip.  I went for the zip which allows some versatility in freedom of movement but I find the pleat very pretty too.

The skirt comes in several colours in both plain and printed latex.  There is also a mini version.

I was thinking as I wrote this post that StyleOnTheCouch has always been more than just a fashion blog (to me at least), often I think of it as a diary of my personal style evolution and this post is very much part of that process.  I’m reminded to say a big thank you to all of you who check in from time to time to grow with me.  Thanks so much for reading xo

I’ll be posting Atsuko Kudo’s lingerie collection on a future Friday, so stay tuned!

Wearing: Lady P Plain Pencil Skirt from Atsuko Kudo. Sandals, Mango.  Top, Reiss.

Chiffon and Leather: Helmut Lang and Mango

Greetings from Manhattan, Blog Reader!  I’m back in New York City after a wonderful vacation in Texas and a lot of fun with friends old and new.  In Austin I had the chance to work with Red Rogue Studio, I met the amazing photographer William Williams (he recently shot a fabulous campaign for Uniform Union by LoyandFord which you can see here) and I caught up with Ashley of Teddies for Bettys, a favourite lingerie boutique of mine.

Back in NYC, I’m leaving behind the denim shorts and cropped tees I wore in Austin and returning to a downtown vibe with black chiffon and leather.

Photos: The wonderfully talented Lydia Hudgens.

There are a few labels that really set my heart racing.  Some of them I am sure you could guess, Blog Reader: I covet Preen for Thornton and Bregazzi’s sophistication and their wonderfully modern and feminine silhouettes. I adore Rodarte for romance.  With Helmut Lang I crave their cool, urban vibe.  There is a great consistency in the collections of Helmut Lang, something I admire.  In pre-fall this year, the sharp shouldered jackets got my attention and I decided to invest in a leather style (well, part present, part gift to self) that I knew I would wear for years. The jacket works really well with dresses as well as trousers and that was my one requirement for such a piece.  I adore the snug fit and the asymmetric, draped style – a Lang signature.

This 70s style black maxi dress was part of Mango‘s summer collection for 2012, the editorial for which featured Kate Moss, shot by Terry Richardson.  I really liked the summer collection, a mix of sharp tailoring, sports-inspired separates and voluminous dresses.   Going back to this collection today reminded me yet again how simple and chic monochrome can be.  I’m working on the all white look next, with the shot of Kate, below left, as my inspiration:

Images of Kate Moss from the Mango Blog.

Watch this space, Blog Reader, watch this space!

Thanks to all who kept up with my adventures in Texas! Normal blogging service resumes.  Tell me, Blog Reader, which pieces have you invested in, that have truly stood up to the test of time?

Wearing: Dress from Mango; jacket, Helmut Lang; clutch, ASOS (they have a great selection). Belt, COS.