Neon and Leather: Joy Cioci Laser Cut Leather Dress

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the SoHo showroom of Joy Cioci.  I was there to take a look at her fall 2012 collection ‘Seductive Survival‘, but I found myself captivated by her colourful spring summer line.

A dazzling palette of crimson, soft pink, pale blue and bold yellow is a treat for the eyes.  Layers of flowing chiffon, leather accents and semi-sheer fabrics come together to create a light and romantic collection.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

This Chartreuse dress made from laser cut leather is one of my favourite pieces from Joy’s spring summer line.  When I saw this dress in the showroom, I realised that my evolution from ambassador of monochrome to someone who can embrace print and colour was complete.  The cut out pattern is unique and I adore the peplum overlay with the belt to cinch in the waist.  It makes what might otherwise have been quite a stiff and static piece very feminine.

For more details on this Meagan dress, along with pictures of the entire summer 2012 collection click here.  I’m very much in love with Joy Cioci’s designs and have a couple more to show you on the blog over the next couple of months.

Wearing: Meagan dress, Joy Cioci.  Clutch from the Etsy shop of Curly In The CityFetish Sandal from Mango.

I hope you’re having a great weekend, Blog Reader.  I’ve been busy entertaining a friend from the UK over the 4th July holiday and on Sunday it’s off to Austin for a week of adventure.  I’ll be posting occasionally next week as I’m travelling but you can follow my escapades here on my Travel Tumblr.

I Love (Emma Louise) London: Leather Dress

UK designer Emma Louise London has been on my ‘to watch’ list for a while now.  I interviewed Emma for Lookbooks back in April when I discovered her spring summer 2012 collection, a tribute to the city of London and a celebration of all things British.  Her Horizon Tunic remains one of my favourite tops this summer, always accompanied by a surge of British pride when I wear it!

For Emma’s autumn winter 2012 collection, she has taken inspiration from a recent trip to Kenya where she took part in a 400km cycle ride for charity.  Earthy tones and elephant prints are key within this new line, which features soft, draped blazers, silk shirts, leather jackets and tweed coats:

Photos of me: Lydia Hudgens.

The elephant prints are wonderful (Emma’s training saw her working with the team at Olivia Rubin, a designer known for her signature graphic prints) but this leather dress is my favourite piece from the aw12 collection.  It has a gorgeous fit and flare style, with contrasting royal purple top and tan leather skirt.  It makes me want to go dancing, and every woman should, I feel, possess a dresses like this in her wardrobe….

For more information on Emma Louise London visit her website here.

Wearing: Leather dress by Emma Louise London; Heels from Dorothy Perkins.
It is hot hot hot in New York City this weekend. Highs of mid 30s (90 degrees).  Carrie Bradshaw once said: “In a city of infinite options, sometimes there’s no better feeling than knowing you only have one”.  Right now my only concern is a focus on not melting.  See you on Monday, Blog Reader!