Rick Owens Fall / Winter 2013-14: Athena Dress

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There are collections and designers that one dreams of wearing. Those put under the label ‘most coveted’ or ‘to die for’ – the ones you look at over and over in Vogue, the ones you assign to your dream closet when you win the lottery or actually get to the checkout page of the Net-a-Porter sale…

Rick Owens is one of those designers whose aesthetic I admire and whose styles I have recently coveted.  Completely in line with where my own aesthetic appears to be moving, Owens sticks to monochrome shades and has his feet firmly planted in the dark side.  However, it can be quite difficult to see wearable designs in Owens’ catwalk shows, and as Vogue notes, his collections often seem ‘sinister and otherworldly’.

Not so for fall winter 2013/4 where Owens offered a wonderful range of leather and layers; shearling collared dresses, kimono style robes and a stitch motif, inspired by Japanese basket weaving:

“Owens went one part street and urban on us to one part very beautiful, combining his signature mix of leathers and layers for cape-backed dresses and slit long coats, duffle styles or those that were woven together with thick cables and knots. The same detail wrapped itself around ankles on wader boots that came with a killer, killer stiletto.” – Vogue

On my birthday I received a lovely gift of the Athena dress from the FW13/14 collection from my amazing husband.  It has made me think again about the quality of pieces I invest in and how I want to refine and build a wardrobe around my most coveted designers after all.  2014 might start out as the year I finally dress in the aesthetic I want to be seen in Blog Reader. Watch this space!

Wearing: Rick Owens Athena dress.  Boots: Reiss.  Photos: William Williams.

Images of Rick Owens F/W 2014: Vogue.co.uk

You can shop Rick Owens online at Net a Porter, Selfridges and The Outnet.

Get Shopping: My Top Summer Sale Selections

Summer Sale Picks Net A Porter Lover Lace Skirt Carven Skirt StyleOnTheCouch

Summer sale picks Alexander Wang and Dorothy Perkins StyleOntheCouch

Summer Sale Picks Carven Paris Print Dress and Pour La Victoire Shoes StyleOnTheCouch

Summer sale picks reissI spent a remarkable amount of time browsing summer sales this weekend, Blog Reader.  Whilst I may mostly have been dreaming (or should I say, drooling) of that special piece from Erdem or Peter Pilotto to take with me on honeymoon later this year, I did remember that summer sales are an excellent time to make investments on show stopping or classic pieces that will carry you into the fashion future and never get ‘old’.

First things first though, a little summer sales advice (especially of the online variety).

1. Make a plan – If you haven’t got many special events on this year, nor does your wardrobe resemble that of Daphne Guinness, that spectacular dress or gown might be a waste of your hard earned cash. Repeat this mantra several times just so you get it, Blog Reader. Decide what you want to invest in at a bargain price and stick with it.

2. Buy double – if you really haven’t found that perfect pair of slim fit black trousers and you stumble across the perfect pair in the sale, you may want to think about buying too. Some great bargains don’t often come round again…

3. Remember your body type and style aesthetic – summer sales (or any sales for that matter) are not times to experiment with fashion.  Stick to what you know and what you know works for you. That McQueen jumpsuit, whilst an absolute bargain, may not reaaaally be your thing.

So. Without further ado, some of my favourite sales on presently:

Net a Porter

Dorothy Perkins


Lover The Label

My Wardrobe


Here I am presenting some of my top sale ‘picks’ for you.  I hope you like them, BlogReader.  Also, if you have any sales suggestions or top picks of your own, let me know!

My top sale picks, images top to bottom, left image then right image: Lover Rosebud Lace Miniskirt and Carven Flare Stretch Cotton Miniskirt both from Net a Porter; Alexander Wang Dress and Dorothy Perkins White Skater Dress; Pour La Victoire Pumps from The Outnet and Carven Paris Print Cotton Dress from My Wardrobe (as seen here on The Cherry Blossom Girl); Reiss Hestia Dress (seen on my blog here) and Maddy Electric Blue Jacket (a sure win to carry you into AW13).

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon

Clover Canyon, who showed their designs for the first time at New York Fashion Week last year, describe themselves as ‘a celebration of beauty’.  Certainly one cannot help but be drawn to their bold, unique and eye catching designs – as if the world of Erdem and Pilotto collided to create this summer’s series of structured shapes with vivid prints.  Made in-house in California the brand also embodies that carefree spirit and cheerfully boho vibe that the area represents.

In an interview with Examiner magazine, Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols spoke about the inspiration behind spring summer 2013:

“We are inspired by the vast and varied landscape of the American Southwest – traveling then back to the West – surf side of Baja California. This is a collective of memories of not-so-long so ago travels. Classic muscle and low-rider cars, highways, bandana paisleys, disco ball-glass tiles framed by cannabis leaves, Trompe-l’oeil Burlap and denim textures! Collisions of pattern and color in our signature graphic engineered forms. Colors are reflected in distinctive palettes: metallic car paints, grass greens, bamboo & baha grass surf shack greens and fuchsia and yellows. Shapes are a mix of proportions – from voluminous jackets layered with streamlined capris and men’s classic creased slacks to halter dresses topped with paisley-print featherweight raincoats.”

What I love about Clover Canyon is how the pieces work so well together as well as separately.  It doesn’t half encourage you to snap up the whole collection so you can start mixing and matching.  I’m excited to see what the brand comes up with next season!  In the meantime you can get your Clover Canyon fix on Net a Porter, Shopbop and The Outnet.