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.

Neutral Fluidity & Powerful Pastels: Reiss SS12 (Erin Dress)

Earlier in the week I introduced you, Blog Reader, to the 2012 fall / winter collection from Reiss.  Back in the present day, the Reiss summer collection is filled with powerful pastels, clothes to take you from poolside to party and occasion-wear from fun to formal as well as more relaxed affairs.

I love this Erin dress from Reiss.  Not for a while has something so light and airy stolen my heart.

It has a beautiful flowing style with lines in all the right places to enhance the female silhouette.  With the addition of a slit each side of the skirt it moves with a wonderful fluidity…

Photos of me by Lydia Hudgens.

A hint of geometry and an art deco feel perhaps give this dress a little retro appeal.  Here I’m wearing the dress with my Raj bracelet from JewelMint. I found it quite difficult to know how to accessorize this dress, so all suggestions are welcome!

To me this is a sweet summer dress.  It also reminds me of my recent trip to Turkey, where the colours were light and sunny and there was adventure in the air.  I felt very happy to spend some time away from Manhattan and have an adventure…. I’m already dreaming of the next one, Blog Reader :-)

Above and below, photos of Kaleici, Antalya, Turkey (no, I didn’t step into Game of Thrones but admittedly some of the ancient city ruins in the surrounding area would have worked well in the series!)

Have a lovely weekend Blog Reader! xo