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Zara Lace Top The Coup Fashion Blog womenswear

Love the detail on this top. I’d probably pair it with colbolt bottoms, a slick, super long ponytail and bold, winged eye-liner for a subtle yet graphic look. Perhaps I’ll pick this up for my upcoming b’day celebrations… :-)

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Lace Top – Zara

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This time last year

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This time last year I have debuted my lovely Valentino dress here. I remember this day clearly, prancing around in Spring sun. A year later I am still in love with it as much as when I first tried it on. It’s a shame I do not have enough fancy occasions to wear it to!

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I have however made the most of these blue sandals from Dune. I saw that they extended Hydro line with iridescent pink and gold versions… Very tempting!

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Outfit – May Baby

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Hope you guys have had a good week. Apologies for the radio silence, it’s been a hectic one for me. I handed in one of my final assessments for uni on Tuesday. Gosh, I can’t wait till I finish my course in September!

IMG_5506For now though, I’m just happy it’s Friday. The sun making more and more frequent appearances is reminding me that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Hoping to compliment that light, I’m wearing a distinctively effeminate summer dress today. I hope you all enjoy your weekend. My fun will be starting at Janelle Monae’s London gig tonight. Is excited a word?

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Wearing:

Neon Lace dress – River Island; Aviators – Ray Ban

Outfit: Valentino Lace

the_coup_valentino_lace_outfit_look_1Finally, here is the outfit that I have promised to show you last week. I wore this look to my mother’s 60th birthday celebration. It was a very special night, so there was a demand for a very special dress. I chose to wear Valentino ribbed lace skirt dress.

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A bit of a risqué choice, you would say – a skirt with no lining, but thank god for cleverly positioned panels!

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I love it’s bouncy a-line skirt with scalloped hem. The lace itself is absolutely exquisite! I will definitely be wearing this dress for many years from now.

As I have mentioned dress code for the night was ‘cobalt blue’, so I chose complementing accessories. My lovely blue heels are from Dune. They are so comfy, I danced all night! Skinnydip London clutch surely got a lot of attention from everyone that evening.

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Now I need another event I can wear this dress to again! P.S. I can never resist doing signature ‘Coup’ jump :)

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Valentino dress via FarfetchDune Hydro heelsSkinnydip London embellished clutch and Swarowski studs.

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Outfit – Ivy

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Good morning Monday. Good morning you!

You probably noticed that I fell short on posting any outfits last week. Juggling copious amounts of work sucked all the creativity out of me. But after spending the weekend with friends, celebrating a good time, I feel like I’m back on form. Woop! Soooo, with that in mind, I thought I’d give you something a little extra special today… *wink wink*

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I can’t actually remember the last time I felt compelled to buy a piece without an event in mind. Until I saw this breathtaking piece by Sweden’s new powerhouse designers, Ivy Revel.

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When the dons at the Ivy Revel first launched their collection back in summer 2013, this was the dress that stood out to me. Black + backless = hot! The added lace high neck also adds a dynamic twist to this sexy little number.

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The first batch sold out instantly so I couldn’t risk not getting my hands on one when an additional few were launched. I ordered it about 2 weeks ago, and was pleasantly surprised by the no-fuss, super fast delivery.

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It’s gorgeous. It also does all the talking for you so you can keep additional accessories to a minimum. As to where I will be wearing this saucy little number I haven’t got anywhere particularly in mind. Almost certainly though, I’ll be saving it for that extra special date night!

You have yourself a nice day now.

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Wearing:

Denver Dress – Ivy Revel; Gecko Courts – Topshop (first seen here); Faux Fur Coat – H&M (similar here); and for those of you wondering what bra to go for, I went for this

Added to my Wardrobe: Lace Affair

IMG_2943IMG_2964IMG_2944IMG_2938Special delivery, these have just arrived!! Dreamy! I saw them a couple weeks back on Topshop’s website and forgot to order them. Luckily while looking for a little bit of NYE inspiration a couple of days ago, I found that they’d gone in to the sale. Bonus! How could I resist? Nothing beats a bit of lace, and that stiletto heel is nothing short of sexy! I’m looking forward to pairing these up with something hot!

 

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Affair Lace Up Boots – Topshop

 

Outfit – Flower Girl

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Wearing: White lace dress (similar here) – H&M; Hair Garland (similar here)H&M; Wedges (old, but these are cute too) – Zara; Tactic Crystal Earrings – Swarovski; White ‘skin’ watch – Swatch

Outfit for the Office: Pink Peplum & Python

next peplum pink lace topI have to admit that I was looking at this Next lace peplum top for months, having tried it on a few times in the store in both colour combinations (also comes in navy); I have decided to take the plunge and part with £50. And oh my, this has been a very good investment!

next peplum pink lace top topshop midi skirtI absolutely adore the fit and this pale pink colour never fails to illuminate even the most tired face of mine. Paired it with a simple tight fitting midi skirt from Topshop, which is so soft and stretchy, perfect for the whole day of sitting by the desk!

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These earrings are from H&M – a little bling in the office could never hurt!

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Patiently waiting for the perfect moment to wear ‘Arieta’ heels by Carvela Kurt Geiger and it has finally arrived! Having purchased this pair all the way back in September, I couldn’t wait to create an office look with them.

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Hope you like it!

Next lace peplum top; Topshop midi skirt; H&M earrings; heels old Carvela Kurt Geiger.

Interview with… Loukippi

This summer we were seeing a lot of crochet on the high street, after all nothing screams beach and sun like crochet!  Designs that offer a sexy glimpse of skin, without revealing too  much, and create a fresh and modern look. This week The Coup had a chat with Loukippi, a very talented designer behind hand-made crochet accessories. With these pieces you can take a piece of summer into the Autumn/Winter season. Collars (that are so hot right now) will add a touch of prep to your look, and delicate crochet jewellery is a boho classic. We are loving each and every piece!

Flower necklace 1915 (£18), three stacking bracelets (made to order, £6.60) and a crochet lace cuff (£12.35) all by Loukippi.

What made you decide to start your own business?

The birth of my daughter has radically changed my life, its rhythms and needs. I think I have rediscovered a need to express myself creatively, and therefore the decision to open a small Etsy shop has been a matter of course.

Where do you get your inspiration?
The first source is my love for the past, in particular for the so-called “Belle Epoque”. I find antique pattern books from that time really charming and inspiring. However also modern trends and artists, as many wonderful ones met on Etsy, inspire me a lot.

Do you create small production runs or make to order?
Some of my items require a quite long production time, therefore I replicate them but I can not create large runs; some are instead just one-of-a-kind items, as I love to try out new ideas and quit some old ones in the meanwhile.

What are your favourite fabrics to work with and why?
I love old fashioned fabrics, as taffeta and satin. However I mostly create my items with extra fine cotton thread. I use only 100% Italian threads, a very high quality cotton.

How would you define your style?
My scope would be a “modern antiquity”, turning antique patterns into modern trends. However I am just at the beginning of this style research, I am going on working…

Shop Loukippi’s designs:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/loukippi

Follow her blog:
http://loukippi.blogspot.com

Trend Alert: Gothic Glamour

One of this seasons strongest trends is dark, mysterious and sexy. I wanted to wait until the evenings became darker and weather  a little gloomier to write about this trend, as it doesn’t bode well with the sunshine. Now, in October, it’s the perfect time to explore your ‘inner goth.’  I am not sure if any of you have experimented with this before, but I certainly dabbled with black netting and eye liner in my teens. And even though I have emerged from the days I spent as a goth, this seasons trend of Gothic Fairytale is very close to my heart. Countless designers have sent models wrapped in black lace; Dolce and Gabbana (top) emerging the most opulent of them all. Something about an occasional flash of skin makes you feel very powerful and sexy without trying too hard. Here are my best picks. From feather to velvet, release your ‘inner goth.’

Clockwise from top left, Day Birger et Mikkelsen Night Velvet Lounge embellished cape from Outnet.comWarehouse mesh panel faux leather dressOasis flocked gothic dressAccessorize crystal lizzard broochTopshop’s velvet cut out bodyTopshop’s father capeletOasis long sleeve lace Victoriana topH&M boots; MAC matt lipstic in Diva; Assad Mounser glass bead and chain collar necklace availablke from Net-a-Porter.

Take me to the candy shop!


‘Damaris’ was launched in 2001 by Damaris Evans, who started the business from her kitchen table with a small loan. The deigner saw the gap in the lingerie market during that time, and created a high fashion and avant-garde designs using natural fabrics. The line is cheeky, seductive without being overly sexual. Pieces were snapped up by stores such as Selfridges and Le Bonne Marche in Paris, and sold at a retail price ranging from £125-£3,000 per piece.


“Queen of lingerie, and bottom cleavage”- Tatler

To my and many other ladies delight, in 2003 Damaris has finally created a diffusion line ‘Mimi Holliday‘. Mainline inspired pieces at a much more affordable price – are an absolute hit! The designs which work all types of figures, come in real silk, satin and French silk chiffon and are produced in the Far East. What attracts me to this collection is the use of bold colours. These fun candy shades, make you feel so special and brighten up any day! Great for your every day underwear or a special occasion. I really haven’t seen any other undies quite as special as this, I am sure anyone can find pieces that they love!

Images sourced from http://www.damaris.co.uk

Topshop Wedding

Have you heard?! Topshop has rolled out it’s first ever wedding collection by Richard Nicoll. Known for his eye for detail, minimalist shapes and modern styling, these pieces go perfectly with Topshop’s brand, creating a very fashion forward bride. There is something incredibly fresh about this collection as I find majority of wedding dresses to be quite predictable and boring. Especially with high-street lacking real beautiful attire for that special day, I think this will go down a storm!

Have a look at the rest of the collection here