Rick Owens Fall / Winter 2013-14: Athena Dress

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There are collections and designers that one dreams of wearing. Those put under the label ‘most coveted’ or ‘to die for’ – the ones you look at over and over in Vogue, the ones you assign to your dream closet when you win the lottery or actually get to the checkout page of the Net-a-Porter sale…

Rick Owens is one of those designers whose aesthetic I admire and whose styles I have recently coveted.  Completely in line with where my own aesthetic appears to be moving, Owens sticks to monochrome shades and has his feet firmly planted in the dark side.  However, it can be quite difficult to see wearable designs in Owens’ catwalk shows, and as Vogue notes, his collections often seem ‘sinister and otherworldly’.

Not so for fall winter 2013/4 where Owens offered a wonderful range of leather and layers; shearling collared dresses, kimono style robes and a stitch motif, inspired by Japanese basket weaving:

“Owens went one part street and urban on us to one part very beautiful, combining his signature mix of leathers and layers for cape-backed dresses and slit long coats, duffle styles or those that were woven together with thick cables and knots. The same detail wrapped itself around ankles on wader boots that came with a killer, killer stiletto.” – Vogue

On my birthday I received a lovely gift of the Athena dress from the FW13/14 collection from my amazing husband.  It has made me think again about the quality of pieces I invest in and how I want to refine and build a wardrobe around my most coveted designers after all.  2014 might start out as the year I finally dress in the aesthetic I want to be seen in Blog Reader. Watch this space!

Wearing: Rick Owens Athena dress.  Boots: Reiss.  Photos: William Williams.

Images of Rick Owens F/W 2014: Vogue.co.uk

You can shop Rick Owens online at Net a Porter, Selfridges and The Outnet.

London Photo Diary: StyleOnTheCouch Travels

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London Travels StyleOnTheCouchI have, Blog Reader, just returned home from a lovely weekend in London.  I stayed at The Royal Horseguards Hotel on the river Thames –  perfectly positioned for hopping here there and everywhere in the city which is why I’d recommend it if you are ever in need of a fabulous place to stay.  London was my home for over ten years but as with all cities so much changes…. here I’ve put together some of my top travel tips based on the things I did this weekend. Check them out if you are nearby!

Wahacha South Bank – Mexican restaurant complete with tequila bar at the back. Eat (and drink) here at your peril.

Selfridges department store – this place will remain my London shopping mecca forever.  My favourite parts of the store: the shoe galleries and their denim hall. (I’ll be writing a post soon about my hunt for the perfect pair of denim skinnies so check back if you are interested in reading!)

& Other Stories – a new addition to London’s South Molton Street, & Other Stories is the new premium high-street brand from the H&M group.  It’s more youthful than COS, H&M’s other counterpart, yet with pretty similar prices.  What I was particularly impressed with was their lingerie collection (like my blogger friend Anna said I would, Anna you were so right!) and their accessories range.

The Dean Street Townhouse - one of my favourite places for brunch, lunch, dinner and everything in between.  The English breakfast here is really tasty and the perfect fuel for shopping.

Sassoon Salon – A trip to London isn’t the same without a visit to Sassoon to get my hair back into shape.  This visit I talked to the salon about summer hair; conditioning tips and hair styles that I’m looking forward to bringing you soon.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, Blog Reader!  This week I am posting another of my little black dress (with a twist) series and want to introduce you to a new collection I adore… until then, StyleOnTheCouch xo

The Body: Made By Noemi Bodysuit

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The lingerie brand Made By Noemi perfectly straddles that line between functional and sensual – their designs are comfortable and beautiful, no less so than this lovely bodysuit with shoulder ties.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of the bodysuit.  I added this piece to my collection after Made by Noemi held a half price sale over the Christmas holidays.  At such a fabulous price I could not resist – there is a 50% sale on swimwear right now if you are interested!

Designer Noemi Ivanovas is a true beauty; Amelie-meets-Bond-girl.  Her collections are designed to be the go-to pieces women love and wear again and again because they have that magical power of making her feel amazing…  I think Noemi succeeds very well at this with the simplest of styles like the body – having emerged from the bathing suit, camisole and panties, the body is that perfect cross-over combination that can be worn underneath sweaters or alone with high waist trousers.  Here I’ve paired my suit with my Paige Denim Jimmy jeans, bought at Selfridges denim hall, the perfect stop for finding a new style of boyfriend pants.

Made by Noemi’s collections are inspired by such a wonderful variety of things like film, historical figures, eras and paintings.  One of my favourites was influenced by the work of realist painter Edward Hopper: ‘In the colour shadow of Edward‘, a soft and feminine collection with a vintage feel and a pretty pastel colour palette.  Her ‘Base‘ collection is a series of basic, comfortable and well made pieces, the perfect foundations for a lingerie wardrobe.

This is perhaps my last opportunity to be super slouchy for a while, Blog Reader, as this weekend I move home for a new job that starts the following week.  I can’t wait to take some photos in my new setting and use the surroundings for StyleOnTheCouch posts.  I’ve spoken before on the blog of how much I love change – this weekend represents another really exciting move forwards in life for me so apologies if I seem a little absent here and on social media whilst I do some exploring and get myself sorted!  I still have lots of fashion week posts and reviews to bring you so watch this space.  Have a lovely weekend!

Photos: The amazing William Williams.