Sass & Bide Accessories

One of the advantages of staying with my blogger friend South Molton St Style this week has been the opportunity to raid Anna’s wardrobe* (rubs-hands-with-glee).  Last week I was looking for something to add a little oomph to a monochrome outfit and Anna suggested I try on her rope and gold / orange metal necklace from Sass & Bide.  You may remember Sass & Bide from my recent fashion week review; here I am going to focus on their accessories because I think this is something the brand does particularly well.  Below are my top picks from their current collection:

Clockwise from top left: The Over And Out necklace; Over & Over Again belt; Serpentine clutch; Complete Control cuff, The Stranded collar capelet and the Three Seconds harness (yep, there had to be one of these in here, Blog Reader!)

I like Sass & Bide’s accessories because they really do transform an outfit in the label’s signature style and are perfect if you cannot afford their clothing range.  The capelet for example can be worn over a simple white vest and with your favourite denim to great effect; as for the harness, just refer to my previous posts here and here!  Another example of a Sass & Bide body piece worn well is from my blogger crush Vahni of Grit & Glamour.  Like me she keeps the harness-accessorised outfit simple and I like how she emphasizes the leather by adding cuffs and knee-high boots to her ensemble.

You can purchase Sass & Bide accessories via their eboutique.  ASOS stock select pieces from the brand – Harvey Nichols and Net-A-Porter are also stockists.

Wearing: Necklace, Sass & Bide; Lovely Ever After Soft Tee, Naked Princess.  Shorts, Finders Keepers.  Stop boots, Carvela.  Thank you to South Molton St Style for the photos.

*Yes, of course with her permission. Well, most of the time :)

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.

Guest Post: Rule Britannia by South Molton St Style

As I sort myself out on return from my European travels, Blog Reader, I hand you over to my good friend and fashion blogger extraordinaire Anna from South Molton St Style for a little guest post: focusing on emerging talent from the UK.

Having become united through our love of all things clean, simple and easy to wear, Sarah and I meet up and chat about what’s new in New York and London when one of us makes a transatlantic trip.  We met two weeks ago for a quick coffee in Topshop Oxford Circus aka “Fashion High Street Mecca” and Sarah pointed out how tricky it is to keep tabs on new emerging names in British fashion when you live abroad – so I thought I could help you expats with this little post (as well as introduce some potentially new names into the mix for all readers.)

As a basic principle, us Brits are quite into our red, white and blue at the moment – probably down to the Royal Jubilee at the beginning of June (we just enjoyed a Monday and Tuesday off in the sunshine to celebrate 60 years of Elizabeth II) and anything that has good, sharp tailoring.  We’re also fairly cautious shoppers at the moment, so we’ll either buy an investment capsule piece or something we know we can wear multiple times (and ideally roll over to the next season).  For these reasons I started my blog posts: Essential Series. The above outfit is a mix of new names and old favourites – all, obviously, being British.

First up, the red silk print tee is from Topshop.  I know the US are gradually getting stores across the country but I know the collections are more limited and from checking it is available on the US site here.  We are still obsessed with this store, and although other high streets stores are closely behind we really can’t not shop there when they make easy to wear chic pieces like this.

Now, the next few pieces are all sourced through a fabulous site called Young British Designers - a website/brand which finds, funds and helps new names in the British Fashion industry get noticed.  It works, they’re responsible for people like Erdem and Christopher Kane first getting ‘out there.’  Sign up to it here.  I use it all the time, and it’s how I found the shorts I have chosen – by a very talented Claire Judge of Aloe Clothing (pronouced Al-o-way).  Starting out in silk lingerie (Carrie and Charlotte wore her first collection in Sex and the City), Claire has now produced a day-wear collection and I love it – these Breton shorts retail at £90 and are available here.

The shoes are by J W Anderson, who I am hoping you already know – we Brits are very excited about him.  His SS12 collection was amazing and he basically started the pajama trousers trend that Stella McCartney and Peter Pilotto copied for their own.  I love these shoes, and love the combination of unique and wearable-several-times.  They’ll go with tonnes of outfits and are an absolute bargain for a designer shoe at £124.  Buy them here.  The necklace is by Daisy Knights, who creates fab one-off designs in gold, silver and coloured stones.  She is fairly well known for her skull rings but I love the anchor necklace, buy it here.  I am writing this whilst wearing four of her gold rings – I’m obsessed.

Finally the handbag is by another emerging talent, Sophie Hulme - here leather-wear is to DIE for and I’ve been lusting after this bag for yonks.  It’s so classic and I love the sharp shape – a fabulous alternative to the brown leather bucket bag from Zara that everyone and there dog own in London.  More pricey, but a price worth paying - click here to see more, it is selling out very quickly, and it £620.

I hope you like my choices – and if you do, please do pop over to see more on my little blog South Molton St Style. xx