Fashion and Fringing.

During New York Fashion Week last September I was introduced to Morgan Carper and her collection of beautiful, classic looking yet unique designs.  I was drawn to several of her dresses and knew I would like to own one the moment I saw the presentation – it was just difficult deciding which to buy since a few pieces attracted me and for different reasons.  Last month I tried on some of my favourite styles including this Lily Casey dress with a deep plunge v neckline and soft pink fringed skirt.

I absolutely adore the dramatic neckline and bold style of this piece.  I’ve seen other fringed styles around recently; All Saints springs to mind as they usually have several but these are a little too Calamity Jane for me.  Gucci had some lovely 1920s inspired fringed dresses in their spring 2012 collection - in black with glistening metallics which resulted in a lot of shimmer along the catwalk.

Pictures (above and below), taken at the Morgan Carper spring summer 2012 presentation in September.

The fringing gives this piece wonderful movement (the one outfit post I wanted to do a video of me dancing walking in it rather than photos, in fact!)  There is some decent structure in the top half of this dress around the plunge neckline but it’s still a bold design – and one that just begs me to go do the Charleston.

So – do you ‘do the fringe’ Blog Reader? And just how low does your neckline go….?!

Wearing: Dress, Morgan Carper.  For stockists, click here.  Shoes, Dorothy Perkins.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Friday Lingerie Lust: I.D. Sarrieri Autumn / Winter 2012

I go weak at the knees for I.D. Sarrieri and their forthcoming autumn / winter collection is another show-stopping range of lingerie.  Names such as Vixen Chic, Black Temptation, Irresistible and Lady Lovelace conjure up images of wild and sexy nights, with playful editorial images to match.

I introduced you to I.D. Sarrieri back in March, Blog Reader (you can read the earlier feature here) – a label mixing vintage inspiration with modern trends to create beautiful silhouettes for women.  It is sumptuous, luxurious lingerie and their new fall collection is heavy on fine lace, silk satin and mesh fabrics with some bold metallic detail – such aspects are important to I.D Sarrieri and many of their designs can be found decorated with Swarowski accessories.  This boned corset (above) is a favourite of mine, every inch a work of art.

Overall the collection contrasts light and dark.  The commanding ‘Ringmaster’ style uTame stands next to the beautifully adorned Little Mermaid (image below) and Belle du Jour (image directly above).

Image below: Secret November, for the sirens amongst us you.

Special occasion lingerie?  If you owned this surely you’d want to wear it every day.  This collection is so ‘femme fatale’ I adore it.  Who’s with me, Blog Reader??

Have a fabulous weekend – here in NYC I’ll be taking part in a few of the Cinco de Mayo activities (with apologies to my French friends, but you have a fanfare for everything these days….) and meeting up with Lydia for some new blog photos.  I’m excited as we have outfits from Three Floor Fashion and Morgan Carper coming up! xo

Wearing, directly above: I.D. Sarrieri bodysuit from their spring 2012 collection – outerwear, underwear, too pretty to hide in my opinion….. (worn under a blazer on a night out).  Main images HPR London / I.D. Sarrieri.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Morgan Carper

This morning Morgan Carper presented her new collection in the vast warehouse space above Chelsea Market, Manhattan.  A glance at the colour palette of black, nude, pastel pinks and creamy off-whites for her Spring Summer 2012 designs revealed to me that Morgan Carper is a woman after my own heart.   Designing out of her studio in Brooklyn, Carper takes inspiration from her travels across native America, India, Asia and beyond and creates practical and wearable styles that are chic yet effortlessly edgy

Most appealing to me about the collection here is the balance she strikes between clothing that is classic in style but also bold – through draping and asymmetrical hem lines and with the addition of sequin detail she achieves a highly modern look.  My favourite piece was the dress with a deep v front and fringed flapper style skirt overlay (top image, second from the left).  A close second was this nude dress with some sparkle delicately framing the bust – slide slits were an added detail that allowed the dress to move in a flowing, graceful fashion;

Many off the off-white dresses retained elements of Morgan’s Spring 2011 collection: smart design and careful crafting.  The silhouette of the silk dress below was beautiful – I love the day to night appeal of this, despite it being a very relaxed look

A new designer to me, I left preview full of love for her work.  Previous collections can be found on her website – do have an explore, Blog Reader! Do you like her new designs?