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.

Get Smart: Theory, River Island & Fortnight Lingerie

I’m on a really smart, simple and classic clothing kick right now.  Likely influenced by the streamlined looks at DKNY and Saint Laurent Paris during the recent fashion weeks, I’ve been wearing my River Island blazer non stop (when Austin weather permits it) and I’ve dug out my smart trousers too.

A couple of weekends ago in Texas I travelled to Lake Buchanan and the weather was cool enough for this outfit, mixing a little lingerie as outerwear with some tailoring. This bralette is from Fortnight who you might remember from one of my Friday lingerie features (here).  I’ll bring you their new collection soon –  I swoon over their bodysuits and slips.

These low slung pants were one of my sample sale finds from New York City.  Oh how I miss those sales – bargains galore.  I find Theory a great place to shop for simple and sophisticated pants and sweaters – these Max C Wool Blend Pants are so flattering because the fabric has a little stretch and the slight flare / great length makes my legs look like they go on for miles.  One potential downside is that I need a very high heel for wearing them.  You could get them taken up if that worries you (watch that this doesn’t affect their perfect flare, mind you).

When I was trying to think of a name for this post I toyed with the idea of ‘smart is sexy’ because I’m really into masculine tailoring with a feminine twist at the moment.  In the end (as you can see) I went with ‘get smart’ – because I don’t think we should ever forget, Blog Reader, the impact of well fitted, tailored clothes.

Wearing: Theory pants; River Island blazer; Bralette, Fortnight Lingerie.

Black, White & Denim: Blazer, Shirt & Jeans

On my travels around Texas this weekend I opted for one of my favourite classic looks – a black blazer paired with a silk shirt (from Reiss, old season) and my Levi’s jeans.  I’ve been on a real mission lately to streamline my wardrobe and pull together those ‘classic’ pieces that I wear again and again.  What I have ended up with is two-thirds of a closet that is made up of black, white and denim, hence taking the advice of Jo Davies, the founder and owner of one of my favourite English boutiques of the same name:  “Get the three essential building blocks of black, white and denim right and everything else will fall into place.” (Jo Davies, Black White Denim.)

Quality is paramount in building a wardrobe of classic pieces and there are a handful of brands I feel are excellent for these essentials.  Reiss (of course!) and Helmut Lang for jackets, shirts and tees.  J brand and Levi’s for denim:

Look one (image above, left) Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt; Helmut Lang Sugar Cropped Jacket and J brand Jeans.
Look two (image above, right) Reiss Ella Jacket; Helmut Lang Threadbare Cowl Back Tee and Levi’s Low Rise Demi Curve Skinny Jeans.

An effortless way of looking good, pieces like these are a great way to begin structuring your wardrobe.  I’m focussing on more of my black, white and denim classics over the next few months Blog Reader, so I’d love to hear your thoughts below on the wardrobe staples you can’t live without, too.

Wearing: Blazer, River Island. Jeans: Levi’s.  Shirt, Reiss. Sandals, ALDO.