Sass & Bide Accessories

One of the advantages of staying with my blogger friend South Molton St Style this week has been the opportunity to raid Anna’s wardrobe* (rubs-hands-with-glee).  Last week I was looking for something to add a little oomph to a monochrome outfit and Anna suggested I try on her rope and gold / orange metal necklace from Sass & Bide.  You may remember Sass & Bide from my recent fashion week review; here I am going to focus on their accessories because I think this is something the brand does particularly well.  Below are my top picks from their current collection:

Clockwise from top left: The Over And Out necklace; Over & Over Again belt; Serpentine clutch; Complete Control cuff, The Stranded collar capelet and the Three Seconds harness (yep, there had to be one of these in here, Blog Reader!)

I like Sass & Bide’s accessories because they really do transform an outfit in the label’s signature style and are perfect if you cannot afford their clothing range.  The capelet for example can be worn over a simple white vest and with your favourite denim to great effect; as for the harness, just refer to my previous posts here and here!  Another example of a Sass & Bide body piece worn well is from my blogger crush Vahni of Grit & Glamour.  Like me she keeps the harness-accessorised outfit simple and I like how she emphasizes the leather by adding cuffs and knee-high boots to her ensemble.

You can purchase Sass & Bide accessories via their eboutique.  ASOS stock select pieces from the brand – Harvey Nichols and Net-A-Porter are also stockists.

Wearing: Necklace, Sass & Bide; Lovely Ever After Soft Tee, Naked Princess.  Shorts, Finders Keepers.  Stop boots, Carvela.  Thank you to South Molton St Style for the photos.

*Yes, of course with her permission. Well, most of the time :)

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!

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: London Fashion Weekend

Neatly positioned at the rear of London Fashion Week is London Fashion Weekend.  With just a little time to recover from the new and forthcoming collections, London Fashion Weekend is an opportunity to get your fix of well established and emerging British designers by shopping the labels under one roof.  Throw in a little catwalk show of the major trends for spring and it’s the perfect fashion fix!

During my trip home to the UK I met the lovely Anna (pic below) from South Molton Street Style at the event.  Anna’s blog is a great round up of British designers both high street and other and it’s often the place I visit when I’m feeling a bit out of the loop with British fashion.  Anna and I talked about it being a great time to “be British” and I’ve been pondering this ever since.  What do you think? We felt that somewhere in between the Royal wedding and Stella McCartney‘s special London Fashion Week presentation things got kinda cool again for us Brits.

I love the emerging talent that abounds in London fashion design – London Fashion Weekend showcases some of my favourite innovators: Liz Black, Jaegar and By Malene Birger really stand out for me.

I’d recommend heading to London Fashion Weekend if you should find yourself in London for fashion week.

And what is a fashion blogger to do after a spot of shopping? Head to The Savoy down the road from Somerset House (the home of London Fashion Week and Weekend) for tea and biscuits.  Which, Blog Reader, is exactly what we did.

Wearing: blue legging jeans from GAP; Heels from Nine West; Clutch from the Etsy shop of Taylor in Curly In The City; Klara asymmetric button down from Anthropologie; jacket from River Island.  Sunglasses, TopShop.