Highlighter AG Jeans: Purple and Peplum

Just before the humidity became overwhelming in New York this month, Blog Reader, I took these highlighter purple Stilt jeans from Adriano Goldschmied out for a spin around the East Village.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Back in January at the Texworld USA apparel fabrics show in NYC, several of the trend-focussed seminars talked about the rise of coloured and printed denim and related jeanswear fabrics.  This shows no sign of stopping into fall but darker colours (crimson reds, sea greens) are back on the menu, along with leather (who wants to buy me these?) and metallic (for example here.).  I almost rolled my eyes into the back of my head, Blog Reader, when pastel and neon coloured trousers became popular*, but having spent a week in Austin where the colours are bright and the sun is always shining, I can appreciate the need for lighter denim.


I’m quite a fan of the Stilt variety of jeans by AG Jeans – they have a nice soft feel and stretch to them and they come in a range of fabrics, including ikat and tie dye print. The highlighter purple colour goes perfectly with my bargain Marni heels from Moss Austin which I bought last year.

A platform shoe might feel a little unbalanced with the skinny jeans I guess, but the shape  of the heel is so uniquely Marni I quite like showing it off regardless :-) Paired with a simple peplum top from H&M I was brunch-ready this day.

Wearing: Marni heels from Moss Austin; The Stilt jean from AG Jeans; peplum top from H&M, leather bracelet, Bordelle.

Have a wonderful weekend, Blog Reader! This Sunday I’m shooting photos of my new Atsuko Kudo latex skirt for the blog, along with some of the dreamy summer designs from Alice Yim. Next week I have an update for you on Urban Outfitters denim styles for fall and on Friday a look at the new collection from Lascivious, a brand I adore, who launch their new lingerie collection on Monday. Do pop back next week!

*A skill I am becoming adept at as Brit in NYC but I don’t think the Americans like me for it :-)

Nine West x Pose Style Challenge Wk 4 (Black Peplum Dress)

In this week’s Nine West x Pose challenge I’m getting back to a style I know well.  This black dress is from Zara, a lovely fitted shape with a broken peplum ruffle around the waistline.  There is something undeniably flirty about this kind of design – great for all shapes, the peplum frill will cinch in your waist and produce some ladylike flair in a matter of seconds.

The MsFabulous caged sandals are this week accompanied with a little metallic; a gold bag and bracelet along with some vibrant red nails.  Black, blood red, shiny gold and roccia-inspired print makes week four.  My pictures are up on the Nine West page of Pose if you want to vote by ‘loving’ the style – this action automatically enters you into a competition to win a pair of these sandals.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.
Wearing: Dress from Zara; heels from Nine West; Bracelet, JewelMint.  Bag, gift from a friend.  Thank you to Anne for treating me to the red nails at TenOverTen in NYC.

I’m in Austin until Sunday so this Friday’s lingerie feature will be a guest post by a friend of mine who I consider somewhat of an expert in gorgeous underthings.  She has a real treat for you this week!

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).