Collections: Whistles Autumn Winter 2014

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whistles_womens_aw14_look14Shot on location at The Barbican, the creative heartbeat of London’s financial district, Whistles Autumn Winter 2014 collection is full of minimalistic elegance with comforting textural accents (leather, faux fur, sequins, knits). You may even be welcoming the end of summer when you glance upon the full range (savvy shoppers will already have placed their orders – whilst they are not fast fashion, Whistles don’t seem to do huge runs of any styles, so don’t be caught out!)

With a beautiful colour palette close to my own heart: black, navy, and pale lavender, a collection of streamlined yet drape-y jumpsuits, skirts and tops (one is also reminded of the aesthetic of Ellery here,) furry coats and cocktail party dresses is waiting for you.

Lilac is a colour that was really important – it has such connotations of twinset and pearls so making it modern feels exciting. Oversized coats were the perfect shape, as if borrowed from your boyfriend. We love the contrast between the volume of a coat like this and a party dress worn underneath… {It is} A playful collection, shaking off sculptural silhouettes and embracing fluid pieces and fabrics that move. Confidence, comfort and chic come together here – we think you’ll find it’s a desirable combination.”

Whistles is one of those brands who provide middle market store offerings but place an emphasis on real, ‘high’ fashion.  From what I remember as being quite a whimsical, girly offering in my younger years, Whistles appears to be growing into an interesting and contemporary brand.  Cool not conventional is how I prefer you, Whistles, and I’m sending you much love for your stunning AW14 line.

To see more of Whistles AW14 click HERE.

Lounge Lover Essentials: The Pleasure of Downtime

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Lounge Lover Asymmetric pants styleonthecouch william williams photographerI seem to be having a fair bit of weekend down time this summer before I head back to the States to get married and take a lovely holiday after. Now the word ‘lounging’ can give rise to many a fashion faux pas; think shell suits, velour tracksuits and jelly shoes*. Thankfully, Lounge Lover‘s relaxed, effortless yet sensual approach to design is making it easy to be elegantly laid back this summer.

“Lounge Lover’s philosophy is simply to embrace life in the most relaxed way. Our collections have been designed purely for lounging, relaxing, feeling good and feeling beautiful…Our off-duty luxury is all about enjoying life.” – Sylvie Gabriel, Designer.

Categories into collections for Travel, Lounging and Everyday Essentials, the brand offer simplicity and luxury in each area.  Travelwear is a series of comfortable travel clothes such as the Happy Classic TrouserWithin Loungewear my favourites are the Happy Sweater and Sleeveless Dress.  Finally in the Essentials selection has a lovely Crew Neck Sweater for off duty dressing or even as a luxe base layer.

Wearing: Lounge Lover EterniTee Asymmetric Pants in blue; Whistles white top; Nine West heels and carrying Edina Ronay bag. Thank you to William Williams for the photos.  Lounge Lover currently have a winter sale on, perfect if you want to invest in key pieces for your winter wardrobe.

*I have in the past owned just one of this group of three. You can guess which.

Black Swan: Made by Noemi Body & Whistles Carrie Skirt

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It is, Blog Reader, almost the Easter holiday weekend here in the UK.  To those of you not familiar with UK bank holidays this means two four-day working weeks and a chance to re-charge batteries.  I’m very much looking forward to a visit from my friend Anna from South Molton St Style here in my new country-abode and I’m also doing a fair bit of exploring of my new surroundings too.

Given that I’m in a lovely bank holiday spirit right now I wanted this post to be about some of my favourite things fashion-wise in the shops presently.  First of all, Made By Noemi has become my favourite place to shop for bodysuits and you may have seen designer Noemi Ivanov’s white bodysuit on the blog before (click here for the link).  Her floral body is a piece I wear often.  Currently her Feather Body is high on my wish list – a great loungewear style.

So here you have it, my fashion favourites for your holiday shopping weekend:

Lover are a fabulous Australian based brand whose styles will just blow you away. Check out this amazing flared short lace and sheer dress from their Nocturnal collection.

Reiss’ new spring summer collection for 2013 is a line I’ll be featuring on the blog very soon.  This Portofino jumpsuit caught my eye as a very unique design, also their Lola white quilted fit and flare dress. I love Reiss, I would snap all their collections up in a flash if I could, they are so perfect for work and play.

Finally I’ve been thinking a great deal about shoes this week.  My go-to-shoe-shopping is at Zara and right now their multi-coloured lace up sandals are making me drool….

A little shopping inspiration for your weekend ahead, Blog Reader!

Wearing: Made by Noemi body.  Skirt: Whistles Carrie, in black. Photos: With thanks to William Williams.