Tamzin Lillywhite Leather Accessories: Dekard Choker

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TamzinLillywhite-chokerOne of the nicest things about blogging has been the opportunity to meet my fashion idols: designers, fellow bloggers and inspirational brands alike.  This post makes me feel good just writing it, because I’m wearing my new Dekard choker from Tamzin Lillywhite‘s leather accessories collection – a designer I have watched grow since I was in NYC and who I finally got to meet (over a cocktail or two!) in London last month.

Tamzin’s accessories are hand-crafted using traditional saddlery techniques, using the highest quality English leathers and solid brass fastenings.  Her pieces have been styled for vast number of fashion publications and I see them crop up everywhere – it was on the London underground I saw her Peleus mask blown up within an advertisement for signer Nicole Moudaber’s album ‘Believe’ – and recently her Pony Ear Bridle was worn by Cara Delevingne.

Tamzin comes across as very passionate about her work  and has collaborated with others to showcase her style in different ways; working in partnership with Lascivious lingerie and P & Co. Clothing.  To see more of Tamzin’s designs click HERE to visit her website.  I hope you will love her accessories as much as she loves making them.

Photos: Bethany Morton Photography.  Wearing: Jumpsuit by Shona Joy.

With thanks to Tamzin Lillywhite for my Dekard choker.

 

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Alfie Douglas

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Alfie Douglas Handmade Bags and Accessories

Alfie Douglas BagsThe soon to be launched Alfie Douglas collection of original, handmade leather bags and accessories is getting me very excited indeed.  Visually simple yet stunning and ingenious in that the styles can be adapted and customised in their function, Alfie Douglas have created a wonderful line of reliable and sustainable accessories for AW13.

“(Alfie Douglas designs are) used by individuals with a strong sense of identity.  Free and active.  Confident and capable.  Actively seeking new adventure.  Cherishing and valuing their possessions, conscientious of their impact on the environment”.

Made in England, each design is made and finished by hand, with many being entirely hand stitched.  Emphasis is on using the finest materials and on ethical and sustainable design, which, judging by these images from the lookbook, clearly shows.  One aspect of this is the use of solid brass hardware plated to copper and nickel finishes to give a lasting shine.  Another is use of the hand sewn saddle stitch for durability.

The styles for autumn winter remind me of a cross between Alexander Wang and Fleet Ilya – Alfie Douglas is a very sleek, minimal and contemporary look.  Watch for their website launching soon. Click HERE for more details.

Women are Weapons*TM (Part II): FYI by Dani Read Ilsa Harness

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FYI by Dani Read Lingerie and Accessories

FYI by Dani Read Harness lingerie and accessories by William Williams Photography

Dani Read Binding Brief

Dani Read glovelets and suspendersBack in December, Blog Reader, I introduced you to FYI by Dani Read, whose aptly titled ‘Women are Weapons’ strapline is all the evidence you need of a sleek, strong lingerie and boudoir accessories brand .  This piece, the Ilsa Harness, is from Read’s SS13 collection ‘The Replicant’, a collection that perfectly embodies Read’s fearless aesthetic as a designer.

“A science fiction heroine wielding her powers of seduction: The collection features lingerie and lounge wear, along with our widest selection yet of luxury leather bondage and fetish accessories.”

The Ilsa Harness comprises a choker and leather belt joined down the front, between the chest, with a connecting piece of leather.  My other favourites within the collection include the Baratta lambskin gloves and the Binding brief.  These are pieces for the femme fetale.  As the slogan suggests: Woman are weapons. Dress yourself as such.

Photos: William Williams Photography and Dani Read.  Wearing: Ilsa harnessReiss trousersTopShop tee.