Monochrome Me: Rodarte X Opening Ceremony & Alice Yim

I can never stray too far from monochrome for long, Blog Reader.  The sun may still be shining here in New York after my holiday but a little black and white goes a long way both in summer and winter.  I often reach for this skirt, part of the collection that resulted from Rodarte‘s second collaboration with Opening Ceremony.  Beautifully designed with a high waist and side slits that flow as you walk, this black long slit skirt is a lovely evening number with a little added drama.

I am wearing a lot of my favourite designers this week which always makes me happy.  This slightly sheer Ivy Top by Alice Yim, available in both black (onyx) and white (seashell), has proved a perfect companion for skirts, shorts and jeans alike.

I was reminded, on wearing this outfit, to show some of the designs from Rodarte’s fall collection 12/13.  Not all reviews of this collection were positive but I personally liked the designs.  Alongside the signature floaty dresses a palette of earthy, forest colours – brown rust, orange, greys and fern greens sat alongside black and white.  Rodarte worked some interesting textures into this line; leather, cable knits and sherpa and silhouettes were wonderfully tailored, perhaps 30s or 40s style.

The Opening Ceremony blog noted that this collection might not look amiss on Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey, and I would have to agree.  Still romantic and pretty to look at (admittedly I realise my favourite pieces shown here are those styles in more of the ‘usual’ Rodarte vein) yet overall remarkably diverse in comparison to previous collections. To view fall 12/13 in its entirety click here.

Until I can afford their mainline collection*, I shall remain very content with this skirt, Blog Reader.

A monochrome related question. What is your favourite way to wear black and white? I have so many of these colours in my wardrobe, give me a little inspiration, Blog Reader.

Wearing: Skirt, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony; Ivy Top, Alice Yim; Shoes, Reiss; Clutch, gift from a friend. Slinkies Bandeau Bra (just seen) Made by Niki – pretty perfect for sheer tops right now.

*Yes, we could both be waiting a long time, *sigh*

Photos by Lydia Hydgens. Catwalk images: Elle.com.

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.