StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Hampden Clothing

Let’s take a moment to read the list of brands on Hampden Clothing‘s front window, Blog Reader.  Alexander Wang? Check.  Helmut Lang? Check.  Opening Ceremony? Check check.  Yigal Azrouel? Check.  Ah I believe Hampden Clothing is my idea of shopping heaven.  This lovely boutique on King Street, Charleston was a must-visit on my recent trip to the city.  Owner Stacy Smallwood showed me around the boutique, a mix of contemporary womenswear and accessories perfectly grouped for outfit inspiration.

My favourite part of the store was the wall of ‘Stylist Picks’ from Stacy and her team – a beautiful array of autumnal colours with a standout sleeveless leather dress from HANii Y. The team at Hampden Clothing make the place something special too, offering personalised service to their clients as well as running some incredibly fun and unique events in store.  Rag & Bone once held a fashion show at Hampden and tomorrow night (Thursday 9th August) Timo Weiland and the girls from Lizzie Fortunato are around for a meet and greet.

Above: The boutique space at Hampden Clothing.  Below: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels clutch.
Photos by the amazing William Williams.

I also came away from Hampden with a little something of my own, this gorgeous Lily Pad Pleated Skirt by by Timo Weiland. An absolute bargain at $85 in the sale, selected for me by Stacy.  I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have looked twice at this piece if she hadn’t suggested it, but a perfect fit for me it is:

If I lived in Charleston, I’d be in Hampden Clothing on a regular basis.  Actually, I just might move in.  Thankfully for those of us not in the area, we can also shop online as well as receive styling advice via the website.  Their summer sale is still on too – some fabulous bargains to be had.

Hampden Clothing can be found at 314 King Street, Charleston.

Pastels and Peplum ~ Rodarte X Opening Ceremony

I go weak at the knees for Rodarte, I really do.  I find many of their dresses have that dream-like, sleeping beauty quality – a truly romantic feel.  When the Metropolitan Museum of Art held their Addressing Fashion exhibition, they described Rodarte gowns as characterised by an obsessional attention to detail:

A selection of Rodarte dresses over the last few years – catwalk images below from Elle

“At Rodarte, stiffer fabrics in brocades and metallics are invested with movement and swing and the house’s favored organzas and chiffons are painstakingly worked to emphasize their fluttering ethereality. A Rodarte gown, therefore, is not only beautiful in the long view of the red carpet but also in circumstances of greater intimacy. The seduction of their craft is in the lightness of their touch.” ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art

This photoshoot is one of my favourites.  I’m wearing my peplum dress from the second Rodarte x Opening Ceremony collection – complete with amazing details: a flouncy hemline; ruffled bodice and skirt and open shoulders.  I own two dresses from this collection (you can see the other dress here) that was themed around the Mulleavy sister’s vision of a nordic winter:

“Ruffled textures and beadwork accent clean scandinavian lines, mock necks and draped shoulders.  Mints, blush and ochre combine for a romantic colorscape grounded in earthy browns” ~ Opening Ceremony

I’m longing for warmer weather to break out this dress.  In approximately two months, if you see someone flouncing around Manhattan in this dress (fairy godmother optional), it could well be me.

Photos by the wonderfully talented Lydia Hudgens.
Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Shoes: Dorothy Perkins (closest matches here).

Doing The Splits.

Current obsession: skirts with splits.

Back in 2010 I remember a resurgence of skirts and dresses with splits on the catwalk, I’m thinking specifically here of Versace (never shy of exposing the thigh, I admit), Lanvin and Zac Posen.  I found this amazing high-waisted slashed maxi skirt in the Rodarte for Opening Ceremony collection and well, I couldn’t do splits by halves so I just went for it.

The design of the skirt is incredibly flattering.  The high waist gives a sculpted look with enough fabric before the slashes begin to make me feel ‘secure’ in wearing it.  The splits stop just shy of being too revealing although it’s still a bold design to carry off. Don’t ask me about walking down the stairs* or gusts of wind….

There are some amazing pieces available in this kind of style right now.  I’m particularly noticing leather skirts with splits in – Rodarte designed a shorter version of this here in leather, for the same collection for Opening Ceremony.  I’ve included some of my inspirations for this style here – I’m particularly drawn to the Burberry Prorsum mustard dress above and the ASOS pencil skirt in mint is on my never-ending wish list (a perfect spring skirt!)

Image above: left to right: Burberry Prorsum slash front silk dressASOS pencil skirt in mint and Lanvin side split beach maxi from Net a Porter.

Above, left to right; Cecile halter maxi dress from Reiss (see me wearing this dress here); Rodarte for Opening Ceremony slit leather skirt and McQueen split leather pencil skirt on Net a Porter.

Will you be daring to brave the split this year, Blog Reader?

Main image, top: wearing: skirt from Opening Ceremony; blouse, Madison Marcus, from Barneys NY, shoes, Andriana from Nine West.

*I don’t care, I’m wearing a little piece of Rodarte and I shall get taxis EVERYwhere.