New York Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham AW14-dazedmagazineVictoria Beckham has come a fair way from her original sheath dresses (Vogue tells us she named these ‘sucky sucky’ dresses for the way that they support and hold the wearer).  Her AW14/15 catwalk show revealed a highly wearable collection of pleats, chains, ruffles; slouchy pants, longline coats and chic tailoring.  Monochrome was order of the day for Beckham yet there were some colorful abstract prints (a new departure for the designer) here and there, weaving in and out.

Lots of perfectly autumnal pieces for your winter wardrobe.  Shoulder details were my favourite – slightly oversized, as if shrugged off a little.  The oversized coats were a hit for me too.

Photos: Dazed Magazine and Victoria Beckham.

 

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: All White for Spring

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It seems fitting, Blog Reader, to write about white after a week or so of snow here in the UK.  It’s been coooold in England!

These photos are from one of my last photography sessions with my good friend Lydia Hudgens back in the US last year.  We shot this series in the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, a chic and fun place to stay with very close proximity to some amazing fashion…  Opening Ceremony‘s boutique at the front of the hotel stocks a great selection of designers: Proenza Schouler, Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang for starters.  I have a soft spot for the place, it being where Rodarte held their sample sale when I first arrived in NYC and snapped up my Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte heels at a bargain price!

This dress is two of my favourite things rolled into one.  ’Body conscious’ or well-fitted as you might call it, and the colour white.  I bought it from French Connection eons ago and at the time I think I felt it was as close to a Victoria Beckham piece as I was ever going to buy….. These days (ok, still no Victoria Beckham in my wardrobe but hey) it’s still a great dress to wear for cocktails or dinner.  And although silhouettes aren’t quite as structured this spring, the more relaxed summer styles make for a little more wearability (is that even a word?) and styling possibilities.  My round up of the best at designer and high street prices, below:

Reiss ‘Crew’ Knitted Sweatshirt Dress, 120 GBP

T by Alexander Wang Jersey-Cotton Dress, 50 GBP and Carven Asymmetric Dress 147 from The Outnet

DKNY runway snowball leather dress, 843 GPB

Tibi Pleated Neoprene Dress at Net a Porter, 484 GBP

Clean Textured Shift Dress, 50 GBP from TopShop

Oh and finally – Victoria Beckham Lace-Trimmer Stretch Cotton Dress at Net a Porter (you might have seen Scarlett Johansson wearing this on the cover of February’s Elle Magazine), 1,700 GBP

And because I love this piece sooo much – white with a twist – Alice Yim Flora Romper in pearl, price available on request.

I also found a lovely round-up of spring whites from the catwalks on the blog PinkHappens - perfect for some inspiration on how to get dressed in this summer.

Wearing: Dress from French Connection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano who has a lovely Etsy shop!

New York Fashion Week Series: 4. Victoria Beckham SS13

Fresh and feminine body conscious dresses, block colour simplicity, a little lingerie inspiration and the introduction of separates (bias cut skirts and short shorts). I have to give it to Victoria Beckham I really like how she is evolving as a designer.

I had expected to see another collection of fitted dress after fitted shift dress but I liked the new separates and had a surprising amount of affection for the A line skirts – styles that usually terrify me as they remind me of badly fitted school uniform days*.  A little sporty perhaps and very aesthetically pleasing with the geometric influences running throughout (I like that kind of structure) – Victoria Beckham SS13 was a hit with me.

Beckham still included dresses within the collection; my favourite was a nude dress with bodice detail (image top) like a second skin against the body.  Another favourite (image below) – a crisp white dress with broderie anglaise cotton sections cut around the chest.  Because of the simplicity in the designs this season, I felt Beckham was a wearable collection indeed.

Images: Vogue.

*Mum if you are reading this, this is not your fault. I merely blame my school for their choices, especially those awful blazers.