Posts from July, 2011

The Look for Less: Dolce & Gabbana Bodysuit, pt. 2

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post all about my search for a more economical version of Dolce & Gabbana’s vintage-inspired lingerie bodysuit. At the time, I couldn’t find any suitable alternatives, but I vowed to revisit the issue when I did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left, we have an example of Dolce & Gabbana’s classic bodysuit as seen on runway model Sessilee Lopez. Notice the bullet bra cups, wide waistband, and brief bottoms.

On the right, we have Rago’s longline lace bra and lacette brief. When worn together, these items are a wonderful approximation of Dolce & Gabbana’s bodysuit.

Best of all, while the Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit retails for upwards of $1600, you can purchase the Rago bra and briefs for less than $75.

I know which one gets my vote, but I want to know what you think, fellow addicts. Is the Rago lingerie set a purchase…or pass?

Image Credits: Left from Style.com. Right from DollhouseBettie.com.

It’s Lingerie Tradeshow Season!

Most fashion bloggers look forward to Fashion Week, but for an addict like me, lingerie market is the most exciting time of the year.

I love looking at upcoming collections. I love meeting the lingerie designers. And I really love bringing you, my readers, new and exclusive sneak peeks of what to expect next season before everyone else. After all, it’s never too early to start your lingerie wishlist, right?

This year, I’m attending three separate lingerie tradeshows: CurveNY, Lingerie Designer Showcase, and New York Intimate Apparel Boutique Show. And just like last year, I’m liveblogging the shows.

You can find up-to-the-minute coverage on three of The Lingerie Addict’s official social media channels: Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram (search for thelingerieaddict). Follow one or follow all three to make to make sure you stay in the loop.

As a lingerie blog written for consumers by consumers, I want to make sure I’m covering the brands and trends you’re interested in. Is there anything you want me to keep an eye out for this year? Tell me in the comments!

P.S. If you’re an independent lingerie designer, retailer, or blogger don’t forget to join Independent Lingerie Professionals! We’re having an meetup in NYC during market…details are in the group.

Introducing the New Lingerie Addict Writers!

As you might remember, about a month ago I put out a call for new Lingerie Addict writers. I got an absolutely amazing response, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who applied. Not only was it a pleasure to read your submissions, I felt personally touched by the lingerie stories you had to share. Even though I had to narrow the entries down to only six finalists, please remember that anyone is welcome to write a guest post for The Lingerie Addict anytime.

This past April was the 3 year anniversary of The Lingerie Addict, and one of the things I’ve realized as the blog has gotten more popular is that it’s impossible for me to cover lingerie from every point of view. I’ve read your e-mails requesting more features for full bust and plus size women, more articles from the perspective of a lingerie newbie, more pin-up/vintage lingerie, and more ‘behind the scenes’ industry pieces. As much as I love lingerie, I don’t think there’s any way I could adequately cover all those topics.

So it was time to bring on some new writers.

I am super excited about introducing these columnists to you, and I hope you’ll show them the same love and support you’ve shown me for the past several years. And don’t worry…I won’t stop writing. This is all part of the plan to keep making The Lingerie Addict bigger and better.

The first column debuts August 1st. See you there!

Name: Holly
Bra size: 36G
Twitter: @copygeniusgirl
Facebook: Cottage Copy
Website: www.cottagecopy.com
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Charnos, Freya, Curvy Kate, Fauve, Pour Moi, Affinitas Parfait
Bio: I’m a copywriter for boutique businesses, as well as a freelance columnist. I’m a Southern transplant who loves pimiento cheese sandwiches and hunting for great lingerie.
Lingerie Tip: Shapewear is a great psychological pick me up. You feel sexier and more confident with it under a dress.

Name: Karolina
Bra size: 30D
Twitter: @karolinazl
Website: http://karolinalaskowska.co.uk
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Bordelle, Nichole de Carle
Bio: A contour fashion student with unhealthy obsessions with everything lingerie related and the bank statements to prove it. Alternates between listening to obnoxious music and baking too much cake in her spare time!
Lingerie Tip: Lingerie sample sales are one of the best ways to get your hands on luxury lingerie for a fraction of the price if you’re willing to fix a bit of stitching yourself!
Name: Marianne
Bra size: 30C/32B American
Twitter: @popantique
Facebook: Pop Antique
Website: http://www.popantique.com
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Pop Antique, Dark Garden, Sparklewren, Electra Designs, Rago Shapewear
Bio: Marianne Faulkner is an independent corsetiere, fashion illustrator, and corset model. She will complete her MFA in fashion design in December 2011, and hopes to go into teaching as well as expanding the Pop Antique line once done with her education.
Lingerie Tip: If a corset doesn’t look very shapely on its own, that’s not going to change when you put it on.

Name: Kristina
Bra size: 34B
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Agent Provocateur, Pleasure State, Made By Niki & La Perla
Bio: I was born and raised outside of NYC and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for lingerie design. I have been working in the industry for 10 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Besides designing I love to DIY, read, take photos & travel to new places. I also love animals and volunteer at local shelters in my free time.
Lingerie Tip: The right kind of underwear can change your whole outlook for the day. Always choose pieces that will make you feel comfortable and confident!

Name: Laura a.k.a. Lola Haze
Bra size: shhhhh
Twitter: LolaHazeNYC
Facebook: Lola Haze TM
Website: www.lolahaze.com
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Eres, vintage Pucci
Bio: I’ve loved lingerie since before that was reasonable. I taught myself drawing, designing, and sewing, and after graduating from Harvard with an English degree, immediately went to work disregarding it and following my passion for fashion. After a few years designing for a big company, I went off on my own and started Lola Haze TM, (named after the title character in “Lolita,” my favorite book). Lola Haze is playwear for the bold woman who loves fun and dresses for herself! I feel happy and lucky that I get to love my job so much, and am thrilled to share my lingerie enthusiasm with The Lingerie Addict!

Lingerie Tip: Always wear nice underthings; you never know if you’re going to end up in the ER or meet a cutie.

Name: Pippa
Bra size: 34E
Favorite Lingerie Brands: Made by Niki, Marlie Dekkers, Ophelia Fancy, Nichole de Carle
Brief Bio: I’ve recently graduated from the Fashion and Contour course at DeMontfort University, which specialises in Lingerie design.
Lingerie Tip: Rock out the suspender belt!!

Photo Credit: Marianne in her model alter-ego, Victoria Dagger.

Sponsored Post: Simone Perele Lingerie

Note: This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Bare Necessities. All words written here are my own.

Known for its elegant sophistication, classic designs and comfortable fit, Simone Perele proves that there’s still room in the industry for traditionally seductive lingerie.

Simone Perele is the name of a real woman who began sewing lingerie in a small Paris workshop in 1948. As a young corset-maker (and a woman herself), Simone Perele understood what women desire. Quite simply, all women want to feel beautiful, and for Simone, lingerie was an aid to help them reveal their beauty.

Today, Simone Perele is famous for combining aesthetics and comfort. Every collection uses quality fabrics, embroidery, laces and ribbon to enhance (but never overshadow) a woman’s curves.

Simone Perele is available from Bare Necessities, and prices range from $20 for a basic, seamless thong up to $89 for delicate lacy bra. Have you ever worn Simone Perele? Do you like them? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Let’s Get Social!

First of all, I just want to say “Welcome!” to all my new readers. Traffic has never been higher on The Lingerie Addict, and I am super excited all of you are here. If you haven’t been a reader for long, sit back, settle in, and check out a few of the most popular lingerie blog posts from the archives.

You’ve probably also noticed a couple of pink buttons in the sidebar. Those are for my social media hangouts– Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Though the blog will always be my main hub, I feature lots of exclusive content that never makes it onto this site in those three places. If you want to keep up with all things Lingerie Addict, you’ll definitely want to follow at least one…if not all three!

Wishing you an amazing day,
Treacle

Photo Credit: Andrea Hausmann Photography

Indie Designer Spotlight: Naomi Lingerie

It’s been a few months since the last Indie Designer Spotlight, but I’ve recently discovered a new lingerie designer that I think you’ll really like too.

The name of the label is NaomiLingerie, and it’s a 100% handmade, Japanese style brand. Every piece is about conveying innocence, warmth, and pleasantness, and I believe these designs do exactly that.

Her supercute patterned boxers especially have me smitten. What’s your favorite piece?