Alice in Wonderland: Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress

Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Sassoon Salons Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouch

Reiss 1971

Reiss 1971 Edina Ronay Zara Fashion

Reiss 1971 collection site

Sassoon Salons Reiss 1971 Hestia Dress StyleOnTheCouchI spent some time in London this week for a Psychology training course. Along with skills building, being back in the city was a great opportunity to explore a different sort of therapy – the retail variety.  I checked back in with all my favourite London shops and popped into the Barrett Street Reiss, the flagship store for a brand who feature heavily on this blog. Reiss recently relaunched their 1971 collection, their more youthful diffusion line – sexy, modern and iconic.  I own a few 1971 styles from several years back; a biker jacket, some black jeans and heels. I like 1971 for their shoes and accessories which always feel a little more design-led than the mainline collection, yet in the current re-vamp of 1971 Reiss have impressed me with their dresses (which in the past always felt too similar to the Reiss brand itself to have a distinct feel…) and ‘sports couture ‘ capsule collection.

This Hestia dress has an Alice in Wonderland feel about it with its mint coloured base and floral lace overlay.  The sleeves offer some very pretty detail and I adore how the frills of the skirt fall downwards and out from the waist. My other top picks from the collection are below:

Gilda printed jersey dress: bodycon shape with graphic print

Luciana day dress: fit and flare style in blue, white and blush pink floral print

Culver drop waist dress: retro style sleeveless dress with dropped waist and ruffle hem skirt

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

I’m wearing: Reiss 1971 Hestia dress; Zara sandal. Carrying bag by Edina Ronay.  Hair by Sassoon Salon South Molton St.

The Party Planner: BCBG Max Azria

At this time of year, Blog Reader, I start to get excited about the party season.  Yep, with my birthday in November* then Christmas it’s time to think (hmm, dream?) of dresses for cocktails with the girls, longer gowns for dinners out and the right styles to comfortably dance the night away in.

I bought this BCBG Max Azria dress in New York City during one of their super sales.  I think BCBG is a great brand to turn to for cocktail dresses and evening gowns; I like the search functions of the website (type, length, colour) and the price bands are often reasonable for special occasion wear.

Some of my favourites from the current collection, clockwise from left: Claudine Straples Evening Gown; Raya Pleated Lace Cocktail Dress; Nagdalina Side Peat Printed Dress;  Carine Asymmetric Draped Evening Gown; Mercedes Cocktail Dress.

Purple is an unusual colour choice for me.  Symbolic of royalty and opulence (the shade here is a royal purple hue) this dress is a grand choice for a night out – I’ve mentioned before I am a sucker for splits but the cut-out back detail is also interesting and unusual.

I’m even accessorizing here, Blog Reader! A little sparkle over the holiday season feels essential.

I’m busy putting together some other dress / gown suggestions for the party season so if you’ve seen any killer styles leave me a comment below, as I might include it in the feature. Have a great weekend!

Wearing: Dress, BCBG Max Azria;  Clutch, Debenhams.  Gold bracelet, IN PINK.  Heels, Zara Basic Sandal.
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

*Hint, hint.

Classic Black Dress (Alice Yim NY), Classic Styles…

It is without a doubt, Blog Reader, that my favourite fashion days involve little make-up, a black dress and some gorgeous shoes.  I’ve worn this Raina Dress by Alice Yim practically non-stop since I got it.  I love the neckline and the side slits in the skirt that flow beautifully in the Manhattan breeze when I walk.  Created in silk Georgette and Charmeuse (I’m obsessed with the quality of the fabrics I wear these days) Raina is one of those dresses that makes a perfect day to night transition – it can be worn without the belt for a relaxed day time look or cinched in at the waist for a sharper evening silhouette.

Images: Lydia Hudgens Photography.

Every time I wear these Zara sandals I get compliments.  I think they were a fantastic purchase this year and I’m happy to see that Zara has updated the style for fall here. If that isn’t a great party shoe I don’t know what is, Blog Reader!

The belt in this look is from a European brand I miss in the US very much.  COS offer modern and timeless styles and they are a favourite of mine for basics like white shirts and classic shift dresses.  COS have some fabulous structured silhouettes, so if you’re in the market for some seriously fashionable styles be sure to check out their website.  You can shop online too, obviously great for me in the US.

Wearing: Raina dress in onyx, Alice Yim.  Sandals, Zara.  Belt, COS.  Bag, ASOS.

There are still lots of exciting things coming up on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader.  My Nine West x Pose style challenge draws to a close – thank you to everyone who has been voting!  You can find the penultimate style here, which, if you ‘love’ you will be entered into a competition to win shoes. I have (short) shorts, a beautiful purple gown from BCBG Max Azria and some gorgeous accessories coming up.  Anything else you want to see? Be sure to email me using the ‘Ask Me Anything’ mail top right of the blog.  Until next time…..  StyleOnTheCouch, xo