The Malinda Gown: David Peck Collection AW12

The second in my series about David Peck‘s autumn winter collection for 2012 (read part one here) is this beautiful white lace Malinda Gown made from heavy crepe / organza.  The sheer panel at the bottom of the dress is rather unique and quite stunning to wear, a little flirty too because of where the skirt section begins.

In his collection of gowns and separates made from certified organic, fair trade and natural fabrics, Peck has created some beautiful styles rich in colour and texture.  A selection of my favourites from fall winter 2012 is below; also check out the Miles Dress, in printed silk organza with ‘see saw’ style skirt.

I’m a huge fan of David’s because he is committed to sustainable fashion and passionate about being socially responsible as a business and a brand.  Each season he partners with a charity to promote and bring awareness of their cause – for fall / winter 12 Peck is working with Covenant House in Texas, an organization offering shelter and services to homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21.  You can read more about David’s work with Covenant House here.

Thank you to Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez for these photos.
You can view fall 2012 from David Peck here.  Click here to shop online.

Give Me Your LAVUK

Last month I discovered LAVUK, a label blending elegance and modern living, who I featured in my weekly column for the online fashion community Lookbooks.  I had several delightful email exchanges with designer and founder Natasha Gindin about the inspiration behind her collections along with her path into fashion design.  Born in former Yugoslavia and now living and working in Los Angeles, Natasha’s talents were nurtured by the owner of a boutique she worked in, in Santa Monica.  Within a little studio tucked away inside the store front; “I was often helping out the designer with some styles that she was stuck on… I learned a great deal from her.  She was the first one to spot my talent” Natasha explained.

The rather unusual name LAVUK combines two words: LAV = ‘lion’ and VUK = ‘wolf’- the names of Natasha’s twin nephews who were born at the same time she took a leap of faith and started her own clothing brand.

She lends a touch of the Adriatic to her spring 2012 collection with colours of cyan blue and orange-red; “The sea is so full of inspiration starting from variety of fishes to seaweed to shallow and deep sea colours…”

Now based in Downtown Los Angeles, Natasha has a strong ecological focus that I admire. Every garment purchased results in a tree being planted through the American Forests organisation.  LAVUK garments are also created using eco-friendly dyes and fabrics; “I try to do everything I can from my end” Natasha told me. “The time is now or never, I believe.

You can buy LAVUK from several stockists across the USA, including the delightful Lower East Side boutique Kaight in New York City and Hangr 16 that I visited when I was in San Francisco last year.  To see the full LAVUK range, visit their website.

Happy Easter, Blog Reader! StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: Gloria maxi skirt and Amelia Earhart hand printed draped top, both from LAVUK.  Shoes (just seen) Izabela, Nine West.  Lace top (just seen) Stella McCartney ’Clemence Baking’ set; from Journelle. Sunglasses, GUESS.