Fashion and Fringing.

During New York Fashion Week last September I was introduced to Morgan Carper and her collection of beautiful, classic looking yet unique designs.  I was drawn to several of her dresses and knew I would like to own one the moment I saw the presentation – it was just difficult deciding which to buy since a few pieces attracted me and for different reasons.  Last month I tried on some of my favourite styles including this Lily Casey dress with a deep plunge v neckline and soft pink fringed skirt.

I absolutely adore the dramatic neckline and bold style of this piece.  I’ve seen other fringed styles around recently; All Saints springs to mind as they usually have several but these are a little too Calamity Jane for me.  Gucci had some lovely 1920s inspired fringed dresses in their spring 2012 collection - in black with glistening metallics which resulted in a lot of shimmer along the catwalk.

Pictures (above and below), taken at the Morgan Carper spring summer 2012 presentation in September.

The fringing gives this piece wonderful movement (the one outfit post I wanted to do a video of me dancing walking in it rather than photos, in fact!)  There is some decent structure in the top half of this dress around the plunge neckline but it’s still a bold design – and one that just begs me to go do the Charleston.

So – do you ‘do the fringe’ Blog Reader? And just how low does your neckline go….?!

Wearing: Dress, Morgan Carper.  For stockists, click here.  Shoes, Dorothy Perkins.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Marika Vera

Marika Vera‘s strapline ‘Better Than Naked’ is truth*.  The moment I saw their forthcoming autumn winter 2012 collection Queen Of The Galaxy I knew our Friday was made, Blog Reader:

“While the United States had Wonder Woman, Europe had Barbarella, a secret agent who would go on missions to other planets to protect Earth – all the while surviving the deadly Orgasmatron and using the power of seduction to control men and keep the world at peace….”

Tapping into all my our superheroine fantasies, Marika Vera’s series of bodysuits, kimono wraps and lingerie sets have been designed in stretch velvet, chiffon, silk and tulle fabrics which have a wonderful feel against the skin.  A palette of rich purples; amethyst, fuchsia and violet – are the psychedelic shades that bring the collection to life.

I have two favourites from this collection.  First of all, the June Culotte (second image and below) a stretch silk satin brief in high waist, retro style with stretch tulle details and some delightfully placed cut-outs. Second is the Sue Catsuit, a marvellous stretch tulle design with satin elastic binder and some very ‘discrete’ yet practical cut outs.

“Marika Vera exists to empower women, to inspire them to live sensually in a pleasing and sophisticated way for themselves and others.”

Is there anything I need to add to this?  Happy Friday Lingerie Lust, Blog Reader!  You can buy Marika Vera from Faire Frou Frou, Assiere and Bella Bella Boutique.  Stay tuned for the release of Queen Of The Galaxy this summer.

*To be distinguished from my gym‘s strapline “Look Better Naked”, which always gets me working out, pronto.

Fashion and Fitness.

Summer is just around the corner.  I always enjoy working out more in the summer months, I find it easier to get to the gym when it’s not snowing (yes NYC, I mean you) and take part in my favourite classes as well as exercise outdoors.

I’ve had a few requests for a fitness post, something I am by no means an expert in but there are certain things I love, that I wanted to share.  First up, Pilates.  Back in London I took reformer classes at my local studio and I love the challenge of working with the reformer machines. The exercise is gentle but intense, an intensity that can increase as your body conditioning improves.  It’s great for developing a strong ‘core’ (muscles at the centre of your body) which can protect your back and spine. I think Pilates helps you to become in tune with your body, through breathing, alignment and focus on movement*.

Second up, Tracy Anderson.  Tracy is somewhat of a guru to the stars – Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Shakira have all trained using her method:

“Based on over a decade of research on different muscular structure groups, Tracy Anderson has created a fitness method that can transform any body type. Tracy has created and patented over 3,000 fitness movements and her varying moves target every muscle in your body. The sequences strategically exhaust the muscles in a way that does not create bulk, and that strengthens the connection to the body.”  ~ From the Tracy Anderson website.

You can read a (somewhat comedy) review I wrote about Tracy’s mat work DVD for my friend Milla’s blog here along with other people’s thoughts on her method.  I wouldn’t touch the diet part of Tracy Anderson’s programme (there feels like hardly enough fuel to get you through the day let along her work outs**) but I’ve used both the mat work DVD and the Metamorphosis routine and I enjoy the challenge of these work outs too.

Finally, cycling.  I am by no means a speed cyclist but I love to cycle around the tip of Manhattan, east to west, and up the west coast path to the George Washington Bridge. In comparison to London there are so many more cycle routes here in NYC which is amazing.

How do you keep fit, Blog Reader? Do you feel passionate about Pilates like me? Or tried Tracy?

Wearing: (top image) Michi NY Illusion Pant;  Nike trainers, Reiss ballet wrap (old season).  (bottom image) As before plus: Skunkfunk women’s tee (similar here); Michi NY Feline Bra (just seen). Mesh gym bag, YakPak, gifted by The Accessories Council at their wonderful Breast Cancer Awareness event.

I borrowed this title from my gorgeous and uber fit blogger friend Lynzy whose website contains a separate section on exercise and includes an excellent feature on blogger fitness. Go check it out here!

Pilates image: Fat Bottom Slim.

*My opinions, but I am not an expert.  **Um… still not an expert.