Jennifer Chun Fall Winter 2012

Jennifer Chun StyleOntheCouch Chun fall winter 2012 talioringI recently had the opportunity to try on some pieces from the 2012 fall winter collection by New York based designer Jennifer Chun.  Having interviewed Jennifer for Lookbooks last year I was familiar with her modern tomboy style; Chun’s designs are a wonderful kind of casual sophistication that is chic and never stuffy.

For fall 2012 Jennifer has designed a striking collection of winter coats, jackets (image above, the hunter plaid db car coat) and separates that work together well to create a myriad of different looks.  Fall 2012 is menswear inspired with a gorgeous lookbook to match.

Jennifer Chun Fall collection Jennifer Chun NY designer tailoring for women opening ceremony for rodarte skirt bcbg skirt mango fetish sandalWearing, above left: shirt by Chun, skirt Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Right; colourblock wool jersey Henley, Chun; skirt BCBG. Heels: Mango.

What I have always admired about Jennifer’s designs is the attention to detail.  The buttons, the collars, the hemlines – all are made with care.  Chun told me in our previous interview that her clothes are for those who want to be casual and understated without dressing down.   Fall 2012 neatly accomplishes this with its impeccable tailoring, leather accents and deep burgundy and green hues.

Below: plaid lace shift dress and silk crepe silk pant.

Jennifer Chun Fall Winter 2012 styleonthecouch dress over trousers chun designer

Below: striped shirt and leather shift dress.

Jennifer Chun styleonthecouch tailoring for women chun fall winter 2012

You can buy Jennifer Chun from one of my favourite boutiques in Austin, Texas – By George and at Louis Boston (where you might bump into my good friend, blogger Mon Petit Chou Chou who is a regular visitor and also a fan of Jennifer Chun!)

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Styling The Suave Tube from Cosabella

Cosabella Tube Cosabella Lingerie Styling StyleOnTheCouchLingerie, loungewear and swimwear brand Cosabella launched their Suave Tube this fall – a cashmere blend item of clothing (like a scarf, with two arm holes in the sides) that can be worn several ways:

Cosabella Tube styling different ways cosabella lingerie styleonthecouch collage

During my last weeks in the US, over in Texas, I used my tube a fair amount as a cover up over a bodysuit or swimming costume and as a scarf around my neck (photos, top of post – a very casual me for a change!)

The dress option (images directly above) is very neat for a summer holiday day-to-night styling although it is a little sheer so you need to get the right foundations in place first.  Cosabella recommend wearing it with their long camisole or slip chemise. Available in five different colours: black, Miami pink, green, coffee and ocra, this is a nice little stocking filler for Christmas!

Tube package 2 5'' x 7'' BLACK TUBE ONLY - Revised Logo EnlargedYou can buy the suave tube directly from Cosabella: alternatively you can find it at both Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

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Von Vonni Transformer Dress & Bill Hallman Coat

Von vonn wrap dress blue maxi dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyIn the original Sex & The City TV series, some of my favourite styles worn by Carrie were those from winter in New York City.  Ms Bradshaw would hop, skip and jump through Manhattan (yes, even in her Manolo‘s) in the biting cold, wearing amazing dresses covered up with a super stylish coat for warmth.  In this series of photos taken by Lydia Hudgens in my last week in New York this year, I’m wearing the Victoria dress from Von Vonni with a grey jacket from Atlanta-based designer Bill Hallman:

Von vonni dress bill hallman jacket lydia hudgens photographyVon Vonni’s Victoria dress is part of their ‘transformer‘ collection.  With endless styling options in just one dress – available in short and long versions – it is a great piece for any wardrobe.  I own a maxi style in black too – you might recall my previous posts on styling the dress several ways here.

Von Vonni dress wrap dress styleonthecouch bill hallman jacketThis coat by Bill Hallman is part of his menswear collection – a line of impeccable suits and outerwear.  His jeans and trousers for men are cut with a great slim fit.  Bill Hallman’s womenswear is worth a look for his longer evening dresses and cocktail styles. I love this dramatic, flowing black lace fishtail dress (on my Christmas wish list!)

To view the entire Von Vonni collection click here.

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Friday Lingerie: Azaleas & Maison Close by ThatJeNeSaisQuoi

Sensual New Maison Close Collections at Azalea’s Opening Soiree by Lindsay of ThatJeNeSaisQuoi:

Azaleas and Maison Close were kind enough to invite lingerie-loving and super stylish StyleOnTheCouch to their joint soiree: Azaleas just moved to a larger location a few doors down from their former storefront in the East Village and Maison Close has some new lines to celebrate. Since Sarah is currently across the pond (New York misses you, Sarah!) she sent me in her place and I was thrilled to attend!  There may or may not have been role-playing with lingerie accessories in front of the cameras(!).  It was great to see some familiar faces and get the low-down on their new collections which will be available at Azaleas in January. Can’t come soon enough!

Maison Close is quite a special intimates range.  I say special because there aren’t many brands in the lingerie ether that can successfully achieve sophistication through ensembles that are chock full of bravado and sensuality.  It’s also quite affordable and I highly recommend it for anyone who is trying to build out her lingerie wardrobe on a budget.  The new line plays with ‘notions of control and submission, secrecy and revelation, retention and ecstasy’ and stays true to Maison Close’s French roots.  What does this look like, you ask? There are three new styles and each comes in a variety of different looks.  Let me explain.

Nuit Blanche is for the woman who wants to add a dash of glam to her outfit.  Made mostly of sheer black mesh and punctuated with studs, Nuit Blanche comes in a variety of cuts, most notably in two different body suits, a babydoll and a uber-high waist thong that extends into a halter top.  One of my favorite cuts – the Soutien-gorge balconnet – looks like it was made to peek out from under a barely there tank or dress… perfection for a night on the town.

Villa des Lys is made of delicate black floral lace, calling to mind sensation, drama and romance.  Like Nuit Blanche, it’s available in several different cuts including a body suit, backless cat suit (!!!) and a ‘mini robe’ which wears like a mini dress.  I love that Maison Close is playing with the idea of innerwear as outerwear.  I do think that if one were to plausibly wear this lingerie as outerwear (keeping the catsuit in mind here), one would need to wear it as part of an overall layering scheme, as with most lingerie we wear out to play.  Let a few lacy bits peek out here and there, but certainly don’t give it all away up front.

My favorite of the new ranges is Exquise Allure, perhaps because it’s the most unexpected from Maison Close.  The fabric is an absolute dream, it feels like something between silk and lycra… slightly stretchy but sumptuous and soft to the touch.  It’s a milky beige color and is slightly transparent (don’t worry, it doesn’t read ‘bridal’), giving the pieces an ethereal feel when compared to the brand’s darker fetish offerings.

I agree with Lindsay that Maison Close is a very well priced brand for those looking to extend their lingerie collection.  One for a lingerie-lover’s Christmas wish list for sure.

Thank you very much Lindsay! You can view Lindsay’s blog ThatJeNeSaisQuoi here.

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Leather Jacket, Vintage Tee & Cambridge Satchel

Investing in this leather jacket by Helmut Lang was one of my most spine tingling yet efficient purchases last year back in NYC.  An investment piece, this jacket pretty much comes everywhere with me.  I wear it over dresses and shirts (it has been blogged to death as you may well know, Blog Reader) but what I love the most is pairing it with a vintage tee – mixing old and new together.

I will confess that I used to be of the opinion that mixing old and new meant ‘want to buy all designer, can’t afford it, but hey ain’t I cool anyway’.  My view of that has changed.  It seems very individual to mix vintage and designer pieces of your choice and a mark of great style to look good in doing so.  I’ve paired my Helmut Lang jacket here with a vintage sports tee from an awesome boutique in Charleston, The Vault.

There is a phenomenal amount of leather around in the shops right now.  This fabric remains key for spring summer 13 and my advice would be to invest in one really great leather piece, like this dress from Reiss, a statement bag from Fleet Ilya or even this faux-leather tee from H&M.  I also can’t let this post go by without mentioning my trusty satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Co. here.  Another key leather piece, these bags make perfect gifts in the new metallic shades.  Pop one on your Christmas wish list!

Wearing: Tee from The Vault, Charleston; leather jacket, Helmut Lang. Satchel, Cambridge Satchel Co.
Photos by Lydia Hudgens.
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Classic Clothing Series: The Little White Dress – Topshop

Winter white (off white, cream) is one of my favourite colour choices at this time of year. A bit of a fashion taboo (white? in the dark, dreary, wet, cold and sludgy winter I hear you say?) but whites are guaranteed to see you stand out in a sea of brown, black and grey.

Photos: The super talented William Williams.

When I returned to London last month I made a bee-line for Topshop to stock up on some staples whilst part of my wardrobe was shipped back to the UK. This open back dress in one of my favourite ‘flippy’ fit and flare styles screamed ‘buy me’ because of its potential for styling different ways.  I’ve worn it with my Helmut Lang leather jacket, Wolford tights and knee-high boots; wrapped up underneath a chunky knit and with a colourful blazer*.

White isn’t an absence of colour – rather it is a shining and affirmative one.  I think every wardrobe should include a little white dress like this one.

White is also about wholeness and completion; equality, balance, independence and new beginnings. Quite fitting for me right now I feel as I return to the UK.  I hope all my American friends had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday! It was my birthday this week, I had an amazing time – I’m still celebrating….

Wearing: Open Back Flippy Tunic Dress from Topshop.

*Not green or red, it’s not time for the elves quite yet, Blog Reader.

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Friday Lingerie Lust: Fortnight Lingerie Asteria 2013

For spring summer 2013, Fortnight Lingerie‘s Asteria: Twenty Thirteen collection is influenced by postmodern design, geometric shapes and architecture and inspired by films such as Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey.  It is an exciting collection because the brand have released more styles and colours than before – my favourite additions being the bandeau bra (seen before on the blog here) and the contour slip, below:

Fortnight have given us a solid bold colour palette of magenta, vermilion and cyan this season.  This set below is quite striking:

You can view a teaser video for the new collection here.  As a lingerie brand, Fortnight are a perfect balance of luxurious comfort and modern style.  Asteria: Twenty Thirteen will be available to buy later in the year.

You can buy Fortnight at Journelle, Faire Frou Frou and Forty Winks.
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