eBay.com Style Challenge – Fall Fashion

Being back in NYC for a visit at the end of September has focussed my thoughts on fall fashion.  Today I’m taking part in a style challenge with eBay.com to create an outfit for autumn using items on their site – a surprisingly addictive challenge if my recent browsing is anything to go by!

I’ve chosen a colour palette of black, gold and red for this outfit above.  The starting point was the fabulous Rick Owens leather jacket, a gorgeous draped style with chunky zip detailing.  I know that as the weather grows cooler and the nights begin to draw in I tend to crave a little colour to brighten and lighten – this red dress by Rebecca Taylor seemed a perfect choice for just this reason. The racer neckline, all over the catwalk for spring summer 2013, means the dress will work for me well into next season.

An oversized bag by Tory Burch (you know I need to carry my life with my in my bag, Blog Reader) and this gold Nikon watch add some smart accessorizing.  I’m finishing off the outfit with the Belle court shoes from Reiss, a style I was looking at in their Broadway store this week.  I love the multiple ankle straps which will work well with the length of the dress.

Here we are – fall ready!  I’m off for a last walk around Central Park before returning to Texas, Blog Reader.  You’ll see me posting more summer outfits next month what with the heat in Austin but here in Manhattan I met with Lydia to shoot some fabulous ‘darker’ looks for the blog later in the year.  A new direction perhaps? Watch this space….! A few previews are up on my instagram and Twitter feeds – you can find me over at @StyleOnTheCouch.

Outfit: Gold Nikon Women’s Watch; Rick Owens Motorcycle Jacket; Rebecca Taylor Dress in Red and Tory Burch Purse all from eBay.com.  Belle Black Multi Strap Court Shoes, Reiss.

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

Lady In Red: Joy Cioci

In my column for Lookbooks today I interviewed contemporary womenswear designer Joy Cioci, whose neon and leather Meagan dress you might have seen on the blog a couple of weeks ago.  Joy is a busy lady right now, preparing for New York Fashion Week in September and partnering with Fashion Fights Cancer.  I wore this dress, another of Cioci’s designs, full of beautiful layers of romantic chiffon and with a gorgeous cut out back detail, for Independence Day celebrations here in the US*.

Something about this dress is a little dangerous but also soft; a hint of romance mixed with a whiff of power.  In my recent interview with Joy she spoke of her collections telling the stories on her mind.  Although this dress is from a previous line, it is also in keeping with her theme for autumn winter 2012: ‘Seductive Survival‘ speaks a tale of feminine strength, instinct and animalistic urges…

I’m quite drawn to the sense of romance in Joy’s designs and this dress is a delight to wear. If you’re looking for a stand out dress with lots of impact then do take a look at her website.  Where do you usually turn for such clothing, Blog Reader?

I’m very excited to see what Joy brings us this September.

Wearing: Red dress by Joy Cioci.  Feelin’Good heels in sapphire suede, Nine West.
Photography by the wonderful Lydia Hudgens.

*Yes, I know I probably shouldn’t have been the one celebrating but still a party is a party, Blog Reader.

You can read my interview with Joy on Lookbooks here.