Posts from November, 2011

An Interview with Period Corsets®: The Corset Makers For the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

While the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is often seen as an hour-long commercial for America’s most famous lingerie store, the show also features work from smaller, more independent artisans.  While corsets were shown prominently on the runway both this year and last year, Victoria’s Secret isn’t really known for making the kind of authentic, steel boned corsets we know and love.  So when Victoria’s Secret wants to use a corset in their annual fashion show, who do they call? They call Period Corsets.

Founded in 1997 by Rebecca Kaufman and Susan Davis, Seattle-based Period Corsets has been the official corsetiere for Victoria’s Secret for three now, and I am incredibly excited to feature these talented designers on the blog in an exclusive Lingerie Addict interview. Please don’t forget check out their Etsy store and take a moment to tell them what you think of their work in the comments! We’ve got lots to talk about right now though, so let’s get started with the interview.

1) I’ve often admired the corset work during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, so it’s a real delight to talk to the corset makers behind the beautiful pieces we see on the runway. Thank you for making the time for an interview on The Lingerie Addict. Let’s start with the question that I’m sure is on everyone’s mind…how did you begin working with Victoria’s Secret? Did they approach and how did they first discover your work? 

Thank you for interviewing us. It’s our pleasure.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show approached us! In 2009, a few weeks before the show, their designers needed another outfit for Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas (the musical guest that year) and some options for the runway collection. Their designers were looking for a company they could trust to make high-quality, high-fashion corsets with a quick turnaround.

While Period Corsets® is based in Seattle and we make everything in our studio here, we are part of the network of New York costume houses and regularly partner with places like The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a hybrid between costume and fashion, bringing together talented artists from all over to create the breathtaking looks you see on the runway – whether that’s 10-foot wings, “million-dollar bras” or one-of-a-kind corsets. Victoria’s Secret retail lingerie is woven throughout the fashion show, and what completes the look of each themed ensemble are the custom-made pieces. That’s where our corsets come in.


2) That’s really interesting…especially since most people don’t know that Victoria’s Secret employs artisans in that way. How many VS fashion shows have you created corsets for and how many corsets have you made for Victoria’s Secret in total? 

We’ve worked on three Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, and the number of corsets has varied from 5 to 10 each year.

In 2009, time was of the essence so Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show designer Todd Thomas picked a few styles from our retail line of corsets and sent us the fabrics. He chose our c.1900 Lilly and a c.1860 Julia in emerald green silk taffeta as options for Fergie, and they decided on the under-bust Lilly style to construct a dress around.

Photo Credits: Jason DeCrow/ AP Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2009

The show also featured two more Lilly under-bust corsets; one in herring bone plaid and the other in a red metallic fabric with an overlay of black lace. We also patterned the under-bust version of our 1880’s Alice corset to be worn with a Victoria’s Secret bra. This corset was made out of an extremely narrow, creamy silver metallic brocade fabric that was so unusually delicate and luxurious, I am certain it was a vintage kimono fabric.

Photo Credits: Jason DeCrow/AP Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2009

In 2010, we were fortunate to collaborate with Todd Thomas from the early development of the show. That year Heavenly Bodies, Tough Love, and Country were some of the design inspirations for the themed corsets, which were closer to wearable art than functional garments.

Working directly from Todd’s design sketches is a privilege; he is wonderfully creative with both his corset shapes and unconventional fabric choices. We made corsets out of a diamond-woven straw matting, wig lace, and cross-stitch embroidering canvas. It was exciting to find creative solutions for constructing corsets out of these vastly differing fabrics. The straw corset presented the most challenges. When completed, it was more molded into shape than it was sewn – when we finally top-stitched the seams into place, it held its shape so well that it barely needed the boning we put in! You can read about the construction process on our blog.

 Photo Credit: Period Corsets®

The Heavenly Bodies corset below is made of a wig lace–a sheer, impossibly delicate fabric intended for making wigs. It’s not what you might think would work for a corset, but perfect for a Victoria’s Secret Angel. You can read more about the construction of the wig lace corset here.

Photo credit: Bauer Griffin, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2010

The 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been by far the most thrilling and challenging for us. We made 10 corsets for several of the themes: Ballet, Angels Aquatic, and I Put a Spell on You. The designs are closely guarded secrets that are only unveiled on the runway. Once we send our corsets off to the show, there is excitement down to the last minute as we wait to see how things will turn out.

This year, Todd Thomas’ designs and fabric choices evoked the essence of fragility. They are “breath-taking for the moment.” These ephemeral corsets are for one night only like Cinderella at the ball.

 Photo Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

This Ballet themed black velvet under-bust corset is made based on our c.1900 Lilly corset.

 Design sketch by Todd Thomas Photo Credit: Photo Credit PA 
Photos GQ UKVictoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

For Angel’s Aquatic we made a transparent wig lace corset which the Victoria’s Secret design team then encrusted with coral and pearls.

Design sketch by Todd Thomas Photo Credit: Getty Images, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

The I Put a Spell on You themed looks embodied the temporality of his designs with this all-in-one corset tailored in cotton eyelet flat-lined to translucent nude organza.

Design sketch by Todd Thomas Photo Credit PA Photos GQ UK 
 Photo courtesy of Period Corsets ®: all-in-one corset close-up

We created a new under-bust corset style in white cotton eyelet; also flat-lined to nude organza to achieve its delicacy.

Design sketch by Todd Thomas. Photo credit: Period Corsets® Photo Credit: Bauer Griffin,
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

Aside from its distinctive shape our Julia c.1860 style corset disappeared under layer upon layer of feathers.

Photo Credits: Bauer Griffin, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

This opaque Swiss dot striped cotton, as sheer as fabric comes was carefully matched with bust cups and a custom enameled front opening.

Photo credit: Period Corsets® Photo Credit: Bauer Griffin, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

We will post more of the behind the scenes magic; making these corsets from two- dimensional design sketches on our Facebook page and our blog after the show airs on November 29th.

3) Wow! That is a lot of detail. The wig lace and straw corsets are especially amazing. Which leads me to my next question…what kind of direction does Victoria’s Secret give you when it comes to making the corsets? Do you pretty much have free creative reign or is there a very specific vision you’re asked to stick to? 

It is very much a collaborative process. We design our own products, but when we do custom work, we enjoy combining creative forces with other designers or people with imaginative ideas for their own one-of-a-kind corsets.

For the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Todd Thomas is the designer, and we are the technicians bringing his two-dimensional drawings to life on the runway. He gives us free reign to interpret his design sketches into the physical shapes that take into account how gravity and physics apply to the fabrics and the person wearing them.

We start the process in late spring when he sends us his gorgeous design sketches, and we confer on what corset style might work with each one. He either has a clear vision to use one of the styles in our retail line of corsets, a style we developed for a past show or a new pattern that we create. The collaboration continues right up to the finishing details.

For example, the Tough Love corset from the 2010 show (shown below) was our 18th century shape styled with a ragged hemline. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show team accented each bone channel with silver spiked studs.

Design sketch by Todd Thomas, Photo credit Period corsets ® 
Photo credit Theo Wargo Getty Images,Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2010

The Country cross-stitch fabric corset was a pattern we developed to include hip gussets of vintage tatted lace and pleated chiffon. Their team cross-stitched the Victoria’s Secret logo. Whatever the choice of pattern, when you add the custom fabrics and final details you have something completely new and fresh.

Photo Credit Period Corsets ® 
Photo credit: Theo Wargo Getty Images, Victoria’s Secret Fashion show 2010

4) It sounds like a complex process. How much time goes into making one of those corsets from start to finish?

Because we hand-make every corset we produce and are meticulous about the details, there are many steps that all take time. We make a sample to fit and critique; we true the pattern and develop a construction method. Only then do we start sewing the final garment. So the time varies based on the complexity and fabrics, but we want each corset to be a work of art.

We also spend a lot of time finding unique solutions for custom work. For example, the corsets in our retail line come with grommets in the back for a lace-up closure. In a fashion show, you don’t have time to unlace each grommet, so for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show we developed a quick-change method that we call speed lacing and now use for all of their corsets.

There are also different levels of finishing to the corsets we send to the show. We send the corsets ready to fit and they do the final steps, whether it’s a bit of detailing or an extensive appliqué. Some are complete and they may only add a few accessories. Some get a lot of detail added before the show. For example, with our straw corset, they added sheaves of wheat and straw appliqué over the whole corset. In some cases the corsets are barely recognizable, but our shapes show through.

Photo credit: Theo Wargo Getty Images, Victoria’s Secret Fashion show 2010

5) Do you personally fit any of the Victoria’s Secret Angels or is a remote fitting? 

We make a pattern based on the design sketches and send a sample to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show team to fit and give us feedback. When using styles we’ve made before, we make the corsets directly in the new fashion fabrics and send them ready for a final fit. All of our corsets have alteration points so they can be let out or taken in, which adds versatility for the final fitting and allows the corset to fit more than one model.

Photo Credit Period Corsets ®: fitting mockup in coutil for the straw corset design

6) Amazing. How long have you been making corsets? And are there any other famous clients you can share with Lingerie Addict readers? 

We have been making corsets since 1997. Over the years, Period Corsets’ retail line of historic corsets has grown to include 13 styles; each encapsulates the fashionable look of an era. We developed each corset by researching vintage corsets, historic photos and paintings and distilling a wide variety of examples from the time into one corset with classic simple lines. The distinctive attributes of these corsets are what have attracted the eyes of costume designers and stylists in the fashion world.

We’ve made corsets for celebrities, pop stars, opera singers, dames of the theatre and fashion models, including Madonna’s little lavender waist cincher corset for her “Sorry” video.

Mainly we make corsets for women everywhere who want unique, glamorous corsets of their own. Women all over have figured out they can make an elegant, sexy statement with their own signature corsets.

7) I love that you’re based in Seattle, especially since this isn’t an area many people associate with lingerie and corsetry. Are you very involved in the local lingerie, theatre, or burlesque scene? 

Yes! At Period Corsets we make everything in our studio here in Seattle and are very proud to be part of the thriving theatre, performing arts, lingerie and custom clothier scene. We have supported Seattle non-profit performing arts organizations by donating a few corsets to their fundraising events.

In this economy we know how important it is to support businesses based in the US. In the apparel industry, especially, we all know how much cheaper it can be to buy things that come from other parts of the world. We prefer to buy our materials from domestic vendors. We also keep the needs of our amazing team of employees who have been with us since we started a high priority. We work hard to balance paying a living wage and providing benefits to our employees while keeping our corsets affordable for our customers.

We feel fortunate to be part of this amazing community. For instance, a shop manager from nearby theatre recently needed a few c. 1890 Theodora corsets for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and she walked down the street to our studio to pick them up.

8) What expert advice would you have for my readers who are interested in buying their first corset?

We advise investing in a quality product made in the US from a company with great customer service. To get an idea about whether they really care about taking care of you and helping you find the right corset, you should do some research: Do they have happy clients and good feedback? Do they make the kind of corset you want? When you are buying something via the internet, you need to make sure you can communicate your ideas with a person on the other end. Call or email us and we’ll be happy to help you with any questions about your next corset.

9) It’s extremely cool that you make corsets for celebrities and the opera, but how would a “regular person” commission a corset from you? Do you accept commissions? 

It is very easy! Go to www.periodcorsets.com. Choose your style, size and fabric and check out. We keep all of our styles in small to 2XL in stock and ready to ship within 7 business days. There is a size chart for you to determine your size after you’ve taken measurements. We are ready to help anytime from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday Pacific time. You can always email us at sales@periodcorsets.com with any questions; to double check that you’ve chosen the right size, to pick the style that might suit your needs best or to consult on having a one-of-a-kind corset made to measure.

If you commission a custom corset, we estimate two to three weeks. To start your custom order, look at www.periodcorsets.com to see if the corset you are looking for is one of our existing styles with a few alterations. Then peruse Period Corsets on Etsy, which will show you examples of the many ways we customize our corsets with fashion fabrics or by altering the style lines. We are also happy to look over your design sketch or to research images of your dream corset. Once you have an idea of what you want and the range of our products, you can email or call me to get a quote.

We treat every individual as we would a professional designer. Your imagination is the limit! We are happy to create whatever strikes our client’s fancy, whether it’s a corset in Harris tweed wool for a dashing steampunk gentleman, or a red silk corset for a college student who wants it to match her graduation robes.

As Lingerie Addict readers know, all of life is a stage and a runway when you have the right lingerie/corset. We love to hear your ideas so we can make your corset a perfect fit.

What great advice! Thank you so much for your time, and for the great behind-the-scenes interview. I hope we see your work at many Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows to come!

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Sponsored Post: 12 Super Sexy Lingerie Gifts from Bare Necessities

I’m pretty comfortable with lingerie now, but I remember how intimidating the world of intimates was when I first became interested in it. All those brands…all those prices…all those materials….I had no idea where to start. And I was way too uncomfortable (not to mention way too broke) to stop by my local lingerie boutique.

If this sounds a little bit like you (or even if it doesn’t), Bare Necessities is your one-stop shop for lingerie this holiday season. Not only do they carry tons of brands to fit every body and every budget, they also have one of the easiest return policies in the industry. Don’t like what you ordered? Just send it back…no questions asked.

Below is a list of 12 sets I love this holiday season. With prices ranging from $32 to $345 and sizing options from A cup to G cup, believe me when I say there’s a little something here for everybody.

Escante Lace Babydoll & Coat w/ Matching Panty
$32.00
Falke ‘Embroidery’ Stay Up Thigh High Stockings
$49.00
Jezebel ‘Edgy Girl’ Push Up Bra & Ruffled Boyshorts
$51.00
Felina ‘Germaine’ Contour Bra & Low Rise Thong
$57.00
Parfait by Affinitas Honey Underwire Babydoll
$65.00
Hanky Panky ‘Silky Skin Luxe’ Bralette & Thong
$94.00
Elomi ‘Lara’ Bra & Brief
$100.00
Hanky Panky ‘After Midnight’ High Waist Open Gusset Panty & Peek-a-Boo Bralette
$102.00
Marlies Dekkers ‘Favourites’ Push Up Bra & Thong
$148.00
La Perla Studio ‘Sweet Hearts’ Embroidered Bra & Thong
$185.00
La Perla ‘Smoking’ Lace and Silk Bra & Thong
$288.00
Wolford ‘Roses’ Lace Net Backseam Tights
$345.00

My 12 Fave Looks from the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

In case you’ve managed to miss the media circus surrounding the world’s most famous lingerie event, the annual Victoria’s Secret Holiday Fashion show happens tonight, November 29th, at 10 pm EST on CBS. Since I live on the West Coast, I won’t be able to live tweet the show, but I did want to show you some of my fave looks in advance of tonight’s viewing.

And don’t forget to come by the blog first thing tomorrow morning for a very special, very exclusive interview with one of the people that helped make tonight’s show possible. I’m sworn to secrecy until the show actually airs, but let’s just say I’m really excited about publishing this piece and I think you’ll be really excited about it too.

Do you plan on watching tonight’s show or is just another night to you? Let me know your thoughts.

Holiday Lingerie Gift Guides: 15 Pieces for $51 or less

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

It’s Holiday Shopping Season and that means it’s time for our annual holiday lingerie gift guides. With the recession still more or less in full swing, this year has been hard for a lot of people. But that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of gorgeous lingerie.

I completely understand what it’s like to be a lingerie addict on a budget…and that’s why our first guide is dedicated to lingerie that’s $51 or less. What are some of your fave budget brands?Tell us about them in the comments!

icon Playful Promises ‘Postcard Panties’ Brief 
$22.50 
 What Katie Did Frilly Panties
$24.00
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iconFigleaves Boudoir ‘Treat Me’ Side Tie Knickers
icon$30.00

Hips and Curves Lace Trim Satin Teddy
$34.95

DKNY Signature Lace Babydoll
$36.00 

 Hips and Curves ‘Short and Sexy’ Charmeuse Chemise
$36.95

 Kiss Me Deadly Cerise ‘Jezebel’ Knicker
~$38.75 (knicker only)

 Kiss Me Deadly Roll-on ‘Vargas’ Girdle
~$38.75 (girdle only)

Hips and Curves Charmeuse Cami Tap Set
$39.95

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icon$43.63

Felina ‘Harlow’ Full Busted Demi Bra & Low Rise G-String
$46.00 (both pieces) 

 Secrets in Lace ‘Tease’ Babydoll
$49.00

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Ultimo ‘Coco’ Balcony Bra (available A-I cup)
icon$49.09 (bra only)


Agent Provocateur Seam and Heel Stretch Stockings
$50.00

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Vero Moda Intimate ‘Melanite’ Padded Bra & Hipster
icon$50.90 (both pieces)

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Small Business Saturday: 8 Lingerie Designers from Etsy

Today is the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday, when shoppers all over the country (if not the world) make a pledge to support small and local businesses on one of the biggest commercial weekends of the year.

Here at The Lingerie Addict, we believe in supporting small and independent lingerie businesses too. So many people in the lingerie industry, from designers to boutiques to bloggers (like myself!) are small businesses that it just makes sense for us to show our support for one another.

Many of the coupon codes we shared in yesterday’s Black Friday Lingerie Sales were from small businesses, and today, we’re sharing selections from a few of our fave Etsy lingerie designers.

Who’s your fave lingerie small business? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Amourose

Knickerocker

HoneyCooler Handmade

La Lilouche

Purrfect Pineapples

LaBelle Fairy



Naomi Lingerie


Black Friday/Cyber Monday Lingerie Sales 2011

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Over 30 Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Small Business Saturday Lingerie Sales!

  • Up to 65% off select Hanky Panky in their private sale. Ends 11/29/11.
  • 45% off orders of $50 or more at Dirty Dolls Lingerie with code Holidoll2011. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 40% off online and in-stores at Betsey Johnson. Ends 11/27/11.
  • Up to 40% off select items at Bare Necessities. Ends 11/29/11.
  • Up to 40% off in-store only at Jennette Bras. 11/25/11 only.
  • All Made by Niki sale items £20 or less. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 35% off at Nicole Gill Lingerie with code SALE35. 11/26 to 12/3/11. [Editor's Note: As of November 2014, this site appears to be defunct].
  • 30% off at Clare Bare Lingerie with code FRIDAY2MONDAY. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 25% off all lingerie in-store only at What Katie Did. 11/25/11 only.
  • 25% off online only at Frederick’s of Hollywood. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 25% off at Bella Bella Boutique with code BBF. Ends 11/26/11.
  • 25% off one item in-store at Nordstrom Rack with coupon at the link. 11/25/11 only.
  • 25% off at byLangley. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 25% off at MyKarnation with code Myblkfri. 11/25/11 only. [Editor's Note: As of November 2014, this site appears to be defunct].
  • 22% off at Babygirl Boutique with code BLACK-FRIDAY. Ends 11/26/11.
  • 20% off full-priced items at Between the Sheets with code THANKFUL. Ends 12/1/11.
  • 20% off at Figleaves with code TWENTY. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 20% off at ASOS with code HAPPYBLACKFRIDAY. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 20% off at Faire Frou Frou with code BOOBIES. Ends 11/28/11. Excludes sale and burlesque.
  • 20% off in-store and online at Journelle with code BLACKFRIDAY. Ends 11/27/11.
  • 20% off at Kiss Me Deadly with code LAblack11. 11/25/11 only.
  • 20% off at Hepburn & Leigh with code black11. 11/25/11.
  • 20% off at Farr West with code CELEBRATE. Ends 11/26/11.
  • 20% off at Ligne de Soie with code LOVESILK. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 20% off Priscilla Jade Lingerie with code BLKFriday. Ends 11/26/11.
  • 20% off at Orchard Corset with code NOV20. Ends 12/1/11.
  • 15% off at Lucy B Lingerie with code holidays11. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 15% off at HoneyCoolerHandmade with code 2011HOLIDAY. Ends 1/1/12.
  • 15% off at Knickerocker with code FBTHANKSGIVING. Ends 11/28/11.
  • 15% off orders of $40 or more at The Stylish Fox with code BLACK15. Ends 11/27/11.
  • 15% off at Bras4Mums with code BLACKFRIDAY. Ends 12/3/11.
  • 15% off at Bras4All with code BLACKFRIDAY. Ends 12/3/11.
  • 10% off sale items only at La Perla with code LPCM11. 11/28/11 only.
  • 10% off all items at Deelite Me. Ends 11/28/11. [Editor's note: As of November 2014, this site appears to be defunct]. 
  • 10% off in-store at Forty Winks. 11/26/11 only.
  • Free pair of stockings with purchase of any suspender belt at If You Please. Ends 11/27/11. [Editor's Note: As of November 2014, this site appears to be defunct]. 

Know of a sale we missed? Please share it in the comments!

Photo Credit: Made by Niki

Hanro’s Spring Surprises: New Trends from a Classic Brand

By: Laura

The Swiss brand, Hanro, has been known since 1884 for creating simple, elegant underthings using mostly natural fibers. Back in the day, it was an innovator in circular knitting technology, which could create garments with no seams.

In more recent times, it has become the go-to for super soft camis and underwear that are understated, feminine, and reliably tasteful. The quality of it’s Swiss-made lace and european-production is beautifully superior to mass market products we buy and throw away, and it remains a long-standing challenge to our modern culture of disposable fashion.

So when I went to Hanro’s New York showroom for the Spring 2012 press day, I was expecting to ooh and ahh over the softness of their classic knitwear. This is exactly what happened when I touched their basics. But I am most excited to write about the new trend offerings for Spring 2012, which were unexpectedly feminine and fashionable. Here are three of my favorites:

Vintage Story of Hanro, Ginger Collection
Inspired by combing the company’s own vast archives, Hanro designers have created a retro-looking group that is absolutely gorgeous. This slip is 100% silk rib with scalloped polyester lace, and pairs with a matching bikini. I am blown away by the delicacy of the silk, and love the traditional touches of the gored construction and little bows at the bust and gores.

Available at Saks in Manhattan in December 2011. Retails for around $275 for the set.

Natural Shape
For Spring, Hanro has unveiled a small shapewear collection, Natural Shape. It stands out from the exploding category of shapewear because it has a cottony handfeel and quiet construction. It has no hard boning and seems to make the opposite statement as a corset or visibly paneled shaping item; it is a natural extension of a beautiful body, rather than the body’s disciplinarian. With a lower spandex content than its competitors (11%) and sexy, elegant shape, it both does the job and looks surprisingly pretty. I love the red!

Natural Shape Bodydress available at Neiman Marcus, February 2012. Retails for around $148.

Dusty Rose
Hanro’s spring collection features soft, dusty shades of rose and grey, and I love the easy femininity of this underwire bra and panty set. It is neither too sexy nor too simple–just right for everyday and for taking out for a ride at night. The company produces much of their fabric in house, or it is produced exclusively for them in Switzerland; this devotion to craftsmanship in raw materials is evident in this delicate lace design and soft feel.

My personal taste has always tended toward lingerie with a little edge, but after learning more first-hand about this classic brand, I’m a convert. Should I squeeze a little cottony Hanro into my over-stuffed lingerie drawer?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: Viva van Story

I’m spending today away from the computer being thankful for my parents, my boyfriend, my friends, and my readers. Come back tomorrow for our annual list of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.I hope you and yours are having a very happy holiday. ~ xoxo, Treacle

Sneak Peek: Current Lingerie & Fashion Trends

By: Kristina

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sneaking a peek at some new collections from a select group of lingerie companies. From every day basics, to functional shapewear, to luxury fashion – it was a fabulous feast for the eyes!

With the holidays quickly approaching I have selected a few styles that may end up on my personal Christmas list this year (for those who are taking notes – hint, hint). Here are a few unforgettable pieces which I’m hoping to find wrapped up under my tree.

Brulee
Luxury lingerie label Brulee has been enchanting us with their hand crafted delicates since 2009 and the newest collections are nothing short of indulgent.

The Vamp Collection is one of my favorites – fine silk and chiffon are combined in a playful and sexy mix of soft cup bras & flirty sleepwear. I am personally loving the black and white chevron striped chemise and the soft cup bras in fuschia.

And I can’t forget the Boudoir Collection which is equally tantalizing, utilizing classic colors and smart details such as covered buttons & drawstrings. This group feels a little more classic and retro inspired but still with that flirty touch.

Second Base
Camisole company Second Base may quickly become my new problem solver for low cut tops and dresses! The lightweight cropped camis come in an array of colors so you never have to worry about showing too much cleavage again. Wear these layering pieces on top of your favorite bra and it becomes a new way to accessorize your wardrobe.

The Day pieces are simple and can add a pop of color to any outfit. This quick fix is perfect for transitioning otherwise risque tops to be work appropriate at the office.

The Night pieces are fun & fashionable and can add some embellishment to basic sexy styles while also offering a little more modesty – perfect for all-nighters on the dance floor!

Lola Haze
Our very own TLA writer has pulled out the stops with her newest collection incorporating new fabrics and fun details. While these playful pieces are labeled as loungewear, you can easily see that most can also be worn outside of the bedroom, layered or accessorized for a night out on the town.

The Ritz collection is a smart and sexy pairing of shimmering mesh and gold hardware. The pieces manage to look lavish and edgy at the same time and the strategically placed strappy details sex it up in all the right places.

On the contrary the Daisy collection is much sweeter and whimsical in flowing, pastel chiffon. The ruffle details are sweet while the sheer fabric still offers that bit of naughtiness synonymous with the Lola Haze brand.

Va Bien
Expert foundation company Va Bien has been fitting every day women with solution driven underclothes for decades. With a popular celebrity following and years of experience they continue leading the way in the shapewear and foundation industry.

One of their top innovative collections is the Ultra Lift bra available up to an I cup and 46 band size. The new Ultra Lift technology uses “magic fingers” which are sandwiched between 2 layers of foam to act as a soft & flexible uplifting mold. This ensures not only the lift and support needed for a fuller busted woman, but also is sure to stay put and offer hours of non-obtrusive comfort. Simply genius!

But Va Bien’s major claim to fame has got to be their stellar shapewear. In addition to high functioning and comfort driven collections which they excel at, there is also a Vintage collection which has quickly become my favorite. While I love the pin-up quality and fashion details, it’s the functionality of the fabrics & construction that makes these pieces really stand out.

Whether you’re naughty or nice this year I think we all deserve a luxurious treat from time to time. And this holiday season is the perfect time to indulge. What’s on your list?

Winter Warmers: Top 5 Lingerie Buys to Wrap Up Warm this Winter.

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By: Pyppa

Strumpet & Pink Knickers

Without any doubt winter is definitely upon us, and its time to wrap up more than ever.  But this doesn’t just mean an extra scarf or some suede gloves. This means wrapping up from the inside-out.

So in this article I’ve highlighted my top 5 lingerie and loungewear buys to keep you warm through the winter. Whether you’re looking to layer up and brave the outdoors or to stay in and lounge in front of the fire, there’s something for everyone.

1) VPL
VPL is a relatively small lingerie company that focuses on the loungewear element of lingerie, creating beautifully simple bras and briefs with sportswear style finishings for extra comfort. While not the most supportive of styles for the bigger bust, the 100% cotton jersey makes them extra cozy and soft…brilliant for an early night in. Available from Catriona Mackechnie and currently on sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) ASOS
Equally soft, equally cozy, and equally 100% cotton, this is perhaps the UK equivalent of VPL. Available from ASOS, this soft cup crop top style bra is perfect for layering and wrapping up and so comfy you’ll barely know you’re wearing it!

 

3) Sonia Rykiel Spring ’11
This spring Sonia Rykiel really did show some perfect winter warmer lingerie and loungewear. This is ultimate winter night-in wear. Using only the most luxurious knitted cashmeres and merino wools, in the most divine bold pastel shades, this won’t be beaten in terms of comfort and style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Strumpet and Pink
Beautifully hand crocheted in the UK, and made to order, Strumpet and Pink wool knickers. Perhaps not the most practical, and at anywhere between £600-£800 a pair, certainly nowhere near the cheapest, these knickers are more of a work of art that I just had to share!  Visit Strumpet and Pink to see more of their stunning one-off creations.

 

5) Hopeless Lingerie
Based in Melbourne, Australia, each and every piece from Hopeless Lingerie is lovingly handmade to order.  This red collection is made from beautifully soft modal jersey and fine cable knits. Very reasonably priced between $40 – $70 these handmade pieces are my absolute must have for the winter.  Softer than you would believe, and so cosy and comfy you’ll barely feel like you’re wearing them at all, I thoroughly recommend you try out this up and coming independent lingerie designer.
Get your orders in quick though to beat the queues (which inevitably come with such beautiful handmade-to-order pieces in the run up the Christmas… )

So those are my top 5 winter lingerie and lounge wear buys for wrapping up this festive season.
Here are a few more tips to stay warm and be extra cosy:

  1. Pick knitted jersey fabrics, in particular the extra soft modal jersey and fine cable knits.
  2. Choose loose fitting styles for extra comfort, simple shapes to easily layer either on top of underwear (as a camisole or shorts) or as a base layer under a lovely cashmere jumper.
  3. Select soft finishing’s and elastics for never-ending comfort, and quality fibres such as merino wool and cashmere for the ultimate luxury winter wear.

I’d love for you to share your favourite lingerie and loungewear buys to embrace the winter months! Tell me what they are in the comments.