Weekends with Fifi Chachnil: Ivory Angora Cardigan & Black High-Waist Skirt

Fifi Chachnil Ready To Wear StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Fifi Chachnil Ready To Wear High Waist Skirt StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Fifi Chachnil Lingerie and Ready to Wear StyleOnTheCouch William Williams PhotographyWith my quality-over-quantity shopping philosophy this year, Blog Reader, pieces from Fifi Chachnil‘s Ready To Wear collection have been the very best investment. You may have seen Fifi’s high-waist pencil skirt on the blog before (here in the purple colour) but the black colour is my favourite and it’s a perfect foundation for a high quality capsule wardrobe.  I’m wearing this black ‘Francette’ skirt here with Fifi’s cosy warm Angora cardigan.  Every time I put this cardigan on it is so hard to take off because it feels amazing against my skin.  This cardigan comes in several coloursred, emerald green and bright pink included.  I almost wish Fifi did a longer version of this cardigan to wrap myself up in, but on the other hand the retro styling goes well with many of my spring dresses with a fit and flare and the copious amounts of high-waist denim I have in my wardrobe.  With Mad Men returning soon for another series, I predict a resurgence of interest in these styles.

Click here to view the Ready to Wear collection by Fifi Chachnil.  Photos: The fabulous William Williams.

Thank you to Fifi for making my weekends feel so good!

*If you have concerns about the ethical nature of Angora – be reassured that Fifi’s wool comes from the lovingly brushed fur of Angora bunny rabbits that frolic freely through the fields of Normandy, France.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa

This week in London has been a busy one!  One of the highlights was a preview of the new SS13 collection of clothing and footwear from British brand L.K. Bennett and their exciting collaborating with Caroline Issa, fashion director of Tank Magazine.  A capsule collection of shoes and bags inspired by Caroline’s trips to Thailand, hot neon colours with embroidery, oriental flowers and pom poms (see image below, top left) make for a delightful spring in your step come summer.  The shoes in particular are very much in keeping with Issa’s personal style aesthetic – Issa was born to in Montreal to a Chinese mother and a half-Lebanese, half-Iranian father and is very much a multi-cultural beauty.

The capsule collection of shoes – including shoe boots, ankle-strap stilettos and kitten heels – and two handbags styles, will be launched in February next year.

Below: spring summer 13 clothing from LK Bennett:

The L.K. Bennett team sure know how to put on a great launch event and the preview evening involved copious amounts of champagne, tasty nibbles and lots of education from their team of designers who were on hand to answer questions (I learned that the creation of a perfect court shoe is quite a meticulous process at the brand!)

I walked away from the event with a lovely gift of the Emmaline shoulder bag, seen here in light rose shade.  The smaller sister of the brand’s signature bag Emma, Emmaline is a classic bag in a simple shape with flap-over front and some lovely double strap detailing.  The perfect tote for my morning out in Notting Hill when I took these photos, it is available in black, grey, tan and pink from the L.K. Bennett website.

Image above: the new spring summer collection – far left, the Flora heel which captured the attention of myself and fellow blogger Anna of South Molton St Style, who immediately wish-listed the shoe.  Costing 185 GBP, Flora will be available in January.

Below: the Emmaline:

Many thanks to L.K. Bennett for a wonderful evening and to Anna for these pictures.  Watch out for L.K. Bennett by Caroline Issa early next year.

Wearing: Carvela Kurt Geiger ‘Stop’ heels; Timo Weiland skirt, Topshop top and Emmaline bag.

Atsuko Kudo Latex Skirt

If I were an actress and not a psychologist, Blog Reader, I should quite happily have taken on the role of Trinity in the Matrix, or Catwoman, but would likely have most of all enjoyed the role of Selene in Underworld.  Played by Kate Beckinsdale, Selene gets a killer wardrobe for her role of Death Dealing (and Kate also gets to wear a whole lot of other amazing sci fi fashion as Lori in the remake of Total Recall soon).

With no catsuits or vampires at hand (that I know of), I’m enjoying a little drama of my own with this amazing new latex skirt from Atsuko Kudo, known to me following the brand’s collaborations with Lascivious lingerie.  You may well be aware of Atsuko Kudo designs already – worn by Lady Gaga, Rhianna (in her S&M music video) and seen on Kate Moss in I.D Magazine.

This Lady P Pencil skirt is a piece of clothing for women who want to feel beautiful, feminine and strong.  I understand the fetish aspect to latex, since the material is like a second skin and very transformative for the wearer.  In a fashion sense, this translates to a latex garment being super sexy, strong and provocative and Atsuko Kudo has a wide range of clothing in this theme, from lingerie to outerwear but also accessories: hats and bags.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.  (If you look closely you might just see her reflected in my skirt.)

Styling this skirt is quite a challenge.  Depending how bold you want to go, you can have a lot of fun with it.  Here I paired it with my sandals from Mango and a plain tee from Reiss.  There are two versions of this skirt; one with a box pleat and one with a zip.  I went for the zip which allows some versatility in freedom of movement but I find the pleat very pretty too.

The skirt comes in several colours in both plain and printed latex.  There is also a mini version.

I was thinking as I wrote this post that StyleOnTheCouch has always been more than just a fashion blog (to me at least), often I think of it as a diary of my personal style evolution and this post is very much part of that process.  I’m reminded to say a big thank you to all of you who check in from time to time to grow with me.  Thanks so much for reading xo

I’ll be posting Atsuko Kudo’s lingerie collection on a future Friday, so stay tuned!

Wearing: Lady P Plain Pencil Skirt from Atsuko Kudo. Sandals, Mango.  Top, Reiss.