Alice Yim New York: Chiffon and Lace

Alice Yim remains one of my favourite New York designers.  She recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of her namesake label at a rooftop bar in Manhattan, a super stylish event (naturally!) and an opportunity for me to thank Alice for designing clothes that are fabulous to look at and that I feel wonderful wearing.

This outfit from Alice’s spring summer collection – the Sparrow skirt in sapphire blue and the Sierra top in onyx – is a delightful combination of sheer lace and floaty chiffon layers.  It’s an outfit I want to dance and sing in (evidenced by the photoshoot, yes Lydia Hudgens can probably confirm I was a little loopy this day…)

The Sierra top is a gorgeous off the shoulder lace design, falling just at the right place on the waist to go with high-rise styles (I wore it with some high-waisted skinny jeans and high heels too and loved the look).  The bustier underneath is an old style from Reiss – there is a challenge to find the perfect under garment for this top but I think lace/sheer is super glamorous when done right. Just remember that less is more Blog Reader, less is more.

Photos: The awesomeness that is Lydia Hudgens.

I have half an eye on this outfit for dancing in Charleston, where I am heading this weekend.  I wanted to ask – what do you wear to go dancing in, Blog Reader?

My trusty Zara basic sandals come out again to complete this outfit.

Stay tuned for a feature on Alice Yim’s autumn winter collection, coming soon.

Wearing: Zara sandals; Sparrow skirt and Sierra top from Alice Yim; Reiss bustier (just seen).

*May I suggest you browse some of my Friday Lingerie features for ideas, Blog Reader?

You’ve Got The Power To Know: You’re Indestructible.

The search for the perfect white shirt is never an easy one.  I found this gorgeous Klara buttondown at Anthropologie at the start of the year and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.  Made from oh-so-sheer silk it has a fabulous feel and a wonderful flow along the asymmetric hem.  Recently I’ve been styling it with the front tied together but I’m usually wearing it loose and untucked, as I did for London Fashion Weekend, here.

I can tell I am reacting to the floral explosion this spring since I’m craving monochrome lately.  But my recent monochrome comes dressed with metal (you’ll surely see this theme develop on the blog over the next few months).  Case in point – I’m utterly obsessed with these Wing High Sandals from the Unique collection at Topshop.

One of my purchases from February’s trip to London, I agonised over the practicality of these shoes in store (the thought process: “so, these are sandals but really they seem like a boot.  They seem like a boot but they are a boot with a peep toe. Hmm.  And cutouts. But really they are sandals and I do like them.  Hmm. I don’t need them, but hey everyone can live without fashion.  I like them. A LOT.“)

The point, Blog Reader, is not actually one related to practicality.  The point, Blog Reader, is that I feel like Wonder Woman. And that’s reason enough for me.

With their gold metallic heels and winged detail they are a truly unique design.  Available in black leather/gold or off white/gold I’m off to a flying start (Could. Not. Resist) wearing a motif which was a huge for fall 2012. I’d say this was a small stepping stone (again, could not resist) along the way to me being head to toe in gold come the Christmas parties – anyone want to buy me this gorgeous Ralph Lauren gown?

Wearing: Legging jean from GAP; Wing High Sandals, Topshop.  Klara shirt from the Liefsdottir collection at Anthropologie. Clutch from ASOS (closest matches here).

How are you wearing your metallics Blog Reader?  (Alternatively – do you own any superhero-themed-clothing? Do share!)

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

“The Body Never Lies” ~ Martha Graham.

Last year I attended a wonderful talk on women’s rights and women’s clothes at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Although hard for me to imagine, the changes described in women’s dress since even the 1900s was quite startling.  I started to think about the evolution of lingerie too – women’s lingerie has evolved enormously since the 1920s when the introduction of elastic fabrics took the bra industry mainstream. Fast forward to the 1980s and my favourite clothing piece the bodysuit, no more an undergarment, was popularised by designers such as Donna Karen and immortalised by the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Images above from Elle.com / thisislandlife and Tush Magazine.

In another of my posts that combine fashion, lingerie and outerwear, I’m focusing on the one piece.  I think that a bodysuit is one of the most flexible and versatile pieces a woman can own; easily converting from day to night, from the casual to the dressy and elegant, from the basic to more risque.  Several versions of the one piece exist – teddies, rompers, bodysuits – each slightly different in style but all experiencing a major renaissance as a fashionable garment for women both as lingerie and as outerwear.

Here I’m wearing the black lace romper by Amber Sakai.  Amber has a number of sheer lace pieces in her spring collection and this one of my favourites.  Some of the other  one pieces I am coveting right now are:

Left to right, below: Bordelle Nouvelle Justine body; Dolce & Gabbana Peony- Print matte satin body available to buy here on Net-a-porter; Lascivious Midori bodysuit and The Lake and The Stars Monument stretch mesh body (click here to buy on Net-a-porter).

I’m also wearing my Aiko waistcoat by Lascivious (you really need to see the back of this piece, so I’ll do another post soon, I’ve been wearing it non-stop, Blog Reader) and the BCBG Max Azria Power Skirt bought during my trip to Montreal with the styling help of my friend Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou.

Do you own a bodysuit, Blog Reader? Are you as much of a fan of them as me?