Black Swan: Made by Noemi Body & Whistles Carrie Skirt

Made by Noemi Floral Bodysuit StyleOnTheCouch WIlliam WIlliams Photographer

Bodysuit Made By Noemi StyleOnTheCouch WIlliam WIlliams PhotographerBodysuit Made By Noemi WIlliam WIlliams Photographer b:w

It is, Blog Reader, almost the Easter holiday weekend here in the UK.  To those of you not familiar with UK bank holidays this means two four-day working weeks and a chance to re-charge batteries.  I’m very much looking forward to a visit from my friend Anna from South Molton St Style here in my new country-abode and I’m also doing a fair bit of exploring of my new surroundings too.

Given that I’m in a lovely bank holiday spirit right now I wanted this post to be about some of my favourite things fashion-wise in the shops presently.  First of all, Made By Noemi has become my favourite place to shop for bodysuits and you may have seen designer Noemi Ivanov’s white bodysuit on the blog before (click here for the link).  Her floral body is a piece I wear often.  Currently her Feather Body is high on my wish list – a great loungewear style.

So here you have it, my fashion favourites for your holiday shopping weekend:

Lover are a fabulous Australian based brand whose styles will just blow you away. Check out this amazing flared short lace and sheer dress from their Nocturnal collection.

Reiss’ new spring summer collection for 2013 is a line I’ll be featuring on the blog very soon.  This Portofino jumpsuit caught my eye as a very unique design, also their Lola white quilted fit and flare dress. I love Reiss, I would snap all their collections up in a flash if I could, they are so perfect for work and play.

Finally I’ve been thinking a great deal about shoes this week.  My go-to-shoe-shopping is at Zara and right now their multi-coloured lace up sandals are making me drool….

A little shopping inspiration for your weekend ahead, Blog Reader!

Wearing: Made by Noemi body.  Skirt: Whistles Carrie, in black. Photos: With thanks to William Williams.

The Body: Made By Noemi Bodysuit

Fashion Bodysuit Made By Noemi StyleOnTheCouch WIlliam WIlliams Photographer

Bodysuit StyleOnTheCouch Made By Noemi WIlliam WIlliams Photographer

Made By Noemi Bodysuit StyleOnTheCouch WIlliam WIlliams Photographe

The lingerie brand Made By Noemi perfectly straddles that line between functional and sensual – their designs are comfortable and beautiful, no less so than this lovely bodysuit with shoulder ties.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of the bodysuit.  I added this piece to my collection after Made by Noemi held a half price sale over the Christmas holidays.  At such a fabulous price I could not resist – there is a 50% sale on swimwear right now if you are interested!

Designer Noemi Ivanovas is a true beauty; Amelie-meets-Bond-girl.  Her collections are designed to be the go-to pieces women love and wear again and again because they have that magical power of making her feel amazing…  I think Noemi succeeds very well at this with the simplest of styles like the body – having emerged from the bathing suit, camisole and panties, the body is that perfect cross-over combination that can be worn underneath sweaters or alone with high waist trousers.  Here I’ve paired my suit with my Paige Denim Jimmy jeans, bought at Selfridges denim hall, the perfect stop for finding a new style of boyfriend pants.

Made by Noemi’s collections are inspired by such a wonderful variety of things like film, historical figures, eras and paintings.  One of my favourites was influenced by the work of realist painter Edward Hopper: ‘In the colour shadow of Edward‘, a soft and feminine collection with a vintage feel and a pretty pastel colour palette.  Her ‘Base‘ collection is a series of basic, comfortable and well made pieces, the perfect foundations for a lingerie wardrobe.

This is perhaps my last opportunity to be super slouchy for a while, Blog Reader, as this weekend I move home for a new job that starts the following week.  I can’t wait to take some photos in my new setting and use the surroundings for StyleOnTheCouch posts.  I’ve spoken before on the blog of how much I love change – this weekend represents another really exciting move forwards in life for me so apologies if I seem a little absent here and on social media whilst I do some exploring and get myself sorted!  I still have lots of fashion week posts and reviews to bring you so watch this space.  Have a lovely weekend!

Photos: The amazing William Williams.

Friday Lingerie Lust: At Pirate Sea – Made By Noemi

Inspired by a picture of a 19th century chinese pirate called Ching Shih (also known as Zheng Yi Sao,) Made by Noemi‘s lingerie collection ‘At Pirate Sea‘ attempts to get behind the surface of this strong-minded and disciplined beauty.

Image top: Zostera series.  Image directly above, Algea series.

“Ching Shih was originally a prostitute who married a Cantonese pirate captain. When he died she took over his role, married his son and made him captain.  She was however the one to lead 1800 ships and more than 80,000 pirates were under her command.  She was fearless and disciplined her men with strict rules and castrated any man who would commit rape.  Ching Shih was in no way a nice lady but her strong mind and life inspired me to create a collection that would appeal her.

For the collection I wanted to avoid the classical pirate wine-red-corsett-with-puffy-white-shirt feeling and instead go deeper into the dirty rotten sea colours.  I don’t imagine the life on board as glamorous but rather tough and humid.  The colour palette for the collection spins around earthy shades like olive-green and petroleum blue with off white and beige.  The materials mix between heavier velvet and delicate mesh and lace.”

“Femininity and luxury meets a world of struggle and unfriendly approaches. I wanted to make a clash of two imaginary worlds that never meet in the pirate fairytale and see what happened” ~ Noemi Ivanova, designer

Within this collection it is the mix of textures that interest me.  The feel of fabric against the skin is an important part of lingerie in my opinion, and I like the use of velvets, mesh and lace together.  My favourite from the collection is (image above) Deep Sea - soft cup bras are perfect for my shape and I like the gold fixture centre middle.

Above: Sargasso series.

Having resisted the temptation to write pirate jokes throughout this lingerie lust, I have to say it – oo-arrrrh indeed, me hearties! *winks*

Happy weekend!

View and shop the collection here on the Made by Naomi website.