StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Tibi Fall 2012

Tibi is a label I adore for their sleek and minimalist aesthetic and this year I could not contain my excitement when I was fortunate to receive an invite to their Fall 2012 show.  Designer Amy Smilovic brings us a menswear inspired collection of slim cut, cropped trouser suits, tailored maxi skirts, double breasted jackets and simple shift dresses for fall; with a hint of the 60s filtered through Tibi’s modern, 21st century lens.  All so very wearable, there are some lovely details in the fall line – my favourites being the skirts with back welt pockets and shift dresses decorated with a breastplate of geometric shapes.

Unusual fabrics and textures give a cool flash of depth and colour to the collection.  Glossy varnished skirts and lurex sweaters are standout pieces, yet these remain faithful to Tibi’s simplistic, hint-of-androgyny silhouette.  This season I was reminded just how far the label has evolved since its inception – Smilovic continues to show us her love of crazy prints and colour used in unexpected combinations, but there is a lovely relaxed yet luxurious ease about her recent work, making her pieces highly attractive to me.

I could have taken these styles off the catwalk and worn them right away.  This winter you can find me wearing Tibi, Blog Reader!

Images from Elle.com.

Dancing With Florals…

This afternoon in New York City – a lot of spring sun and a little free time, a chance to visit some of my favourite places; the first trip of the year to Sundaes and Cones (not called ‘the journey to ice-cream paradise’ for nothing) and browsing Cadillac’s Castle for bargains…

‘The basics’ are sometimes difficult to do well, but Amber Sakai gets it right every time.  I’m wearing the Ballerina Body from her spring 2012 collection in this photo – it’s a gorgeously smooth-on-the-skin and just-fitted-enough bodysuit that you can pair with trousers, skirts or shorts, or wear it on it’s own for lounging around…. it is a simple and versatile piece – something for the perfect capsule wardrobe.

I’ve paired Amber’s bodysuit with my Cartonnier floral pants from Anthropologie, here.  I took a deep breath buying these trousers since a) they are cropped (like three quarter length sleeves, I often think ‘hmm what’s the point?!’) and b) perhaps the more obvious reason – that they are colourful and bright and have flowers on them.

I now laugh in the face of my former print-eluding self and these sateen slim pants make me feel like skipping through fields.  Well, First Avenue, maybe….

What is your go-to brand for chic simplicity of the very finest standards (ahem, may I suggest Amber Sakai), Blog Reader?  And where do you stand on floral pants – love them or hate them?  (I’m not sure you can sit on the fence with this one!)

Wearing: Sunglasses from GUESS; heels from Dorothy Perkins; pants from Anthropologie (by Cartonnier), bodysuit, Amber Sakai and wallet, Karen Millen (a lovely birthday present last year from my friends in the UK, thanks guys!)

What a Feeling

Hello again, Blog Reader!

So, I’m back from Landahn Town.   I had a very nice feeling of belonging being home again for the first time since July (along with acting like a bit of a tourist, my sister confirmed).   It was wonderful to connect with old and new friends, keep up with London’s winter collections and visit some of my favourite UK based boutiques and designers.

I’m catching up on my writing now I’m back in Manhattan and I want to start with one of my outfits during New York Fashion Week.  I have several mild obsessions at the moment, largely fuelled by fashion weeks and my recent travels.  My list of current obsessions include Peter Pilotto dresses; Atelier Bordelle accessories and asymmetric hemlines, amongst other things.

On the asymmetric note, the jacket I am wearing here is currently on sale from ASOS.  Whilst the neon and neutral colours are very ‘now’, I was mostly attracted to the shape and details of the design – the exposed zips, the cap sleeve detailing and the slanted, pointy hemline.  I love the power in this design as I think it’s reminiscent of the 80s – like I DIY-ed a Members Only jacket.    When the jacket is old I’ll be able to give it a new lease of life as a my fancy dress costume of choice – paired with leg warmers and soldering iron I think I could work the Alex Owens from Flashdance look, no?

Photos by the awesomeness that is Lydia Hudgens.

I’ve mostly been pairing the jacket with skinny jean leggings but I’m also going to try it with a bandage skirt and some cropped pants over the next week.  I want to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let the jacket be the focus (though I am sorely tempted to invest in some neon heels.)

So, blog writing or welding? It’s a tough choice…

Welcome back, Blog Reader! How have you been?  StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: jacket from ASOS; skinny legging jean from Gap; black bralette (just seen) Jockey.