Let’s Party Inside My (ASOS) Salon…

Salon [ˈsælɒn]
1. a room in a large house in which guests are received
2. an assembly of guests in a fashionable household, esp a gathering of major literary, artistic, and political figures from the 17th to the early 20th centuries
3. (Business / Commerce) a commercial establishment in which hairdressers, beauticians, etc., carry on their businesses; beauty salon
4. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms)  a.  a hall for exhibiting works of art  b.  such an exhibition, esp one showing the work of living artists (Definition from here.)

ASOS Salon is part of the ASOS (‘As Seen On Screen’) own brand collection.  Launched last year, The Salon is inspired by the best of recent decades.   A small but perfectly formed range of dresses and playsuits - summery, sugary and feminine – conjures up images of tea parties, walks in the park, trips to stately homes and picnics by the lake…

My favourite piece from the collection is this midi floral print prom dress, above.  The skirt is lined with mesh to give it volume, which, when accompanied with the bodice style high waist and pleats give it a 50s feel.  Add a little ombre however and we’re back to the current century in a snap.

The collection is marketed as occasionwear and I find the prices quite reasonable for the styles.  I haven’t yet bought a dress (I saw a preview of one I believe is yet to be released) so I can’t speak for the quality, does anyone own a Salon piece already who could tell us?

There is some lovely attention to detail here.  Embroidery, floral embellishment and elaborate cut outs decorate prom styles and pencil shapes created in a palette of ice-cream shades.  A sprinkling of accessories are the cherry on the cake for this statement collection.

Who’s for tea in the park, Blog Reader? See anything you like?

Images: ASOS.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Dorothy Perkins

There are some London high-street favourites I return to each time I take a trip back home, Blog Reader.  One of these is Dorothy Perkins, an established brand known for providing affordable fashion – it’s one of the UK’s biggest retailers.  Recently Dorothy Perkins collaborated with designer Olivia Rubin on a delightfully named ‘Postcards From…‘ collection of clothing, created with some of Rubin’s signature bold prints.  It’s a small collection of simple wrap dresses and tops with some draping and peplum details and the print is very cute – colourful flying birds, shells and flowers:

Image above: Blush Shell Peplum Top and Grey Bird Peplum Dress, both Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins.

The Dorothy Perkins mainline collection tends to stick to classic silhouettes and simple shapes.  I go to them for their shoes, tees and dresses and during my last trip home to London in February my mother treated me to this lavender lace pencil dress.

Available in blush pink and a similar style in grey also, it’s a simple dress with flutter sleeves that give a lovely balanced, hourglass shape on the body.

Some of my other favourites at Dorothy Perkins right now: below left, the Border Print Prom Dress and Lilac Sleeveless Blouse.

I’m hugely fond of this label having grown up with them.  Do you have similar brands, Blog Reader, who follow you through life?

Wearing: Lavender Lace Dress, Dorothy Perkins; Tassle clutch, Robyn Brooks New York.