Posts from October, 2012

Our Columnists’ Lingerie Picks of the Month: October

Kristina: Lucky me! I am officially the proud owner of this beautiful Chantelle bra set from their Paris Paris collection. This exquisite group features an intricate jacquard pattern which creates a convincing tromp l’oeil effect of delicate leavers lace. The effect is so remarkable that you can’t help but to touch and examine it in person just to believe your eyes. And since it is as comfortable as it is stylish, I predict this set will soon become a trusty staple in my lingerie wardrobe.

Karolina: Sockbox’s website sends me into a frenzy of lingerie lust that the world has never seen before.  There’s literally too many gorgeous garments there to behold – and I seriously struggled to pick out this bodysuit from the rest of their offerings (just look at some of those robes – utterly stunning, and perfect for swishing around the house… Or maybe even somewhere a little more glamorous!).  The Gentle Orchid Bodysuit stood out to me in particular as it’s so fantastically luxurious and versatile.  The details are just perfect: the flowing lace, oversized chiffon bows and those adorable suspender clips.  Irresistible!

Laura: Another vote for Chantelle’s Paris-Paris collection! This looks like a lace overlay, but it’s actually a lace pattern stitched onto the bra cup.  Not only is this cool and beautiful illusion, but it also makes for a smoother fit under clingy tops.

Marianne: With Halloween (my favorite holiday) here, it’s no wonder I’m feeling a little… vampy.  Hopeless Lingerie’s ‘Ellen’ Elastic Body Harness suits that mood eerily well.  Despite its bold look, I can see lots of styling possibilites, as it could be worn not just with any bra or bodysuit, but even over, say, a fitted turtleneck dress to add a little spice to your fall look.  Hopeless Lingerie is handmade to order, so the only downside is you can’t incorporate it into your spooky costume, but its arrival would surely give you something to be thankful for in November.  The harness is available in 6 sizes, with adjustable straps all around for a perfected fit, and retails for $60.

Holly: The Lola Luxe Basque has been a hit for Bravissimo in several different colorways, and was recently released in this luscious blackberry version. While this basque is pretty, it’s also one of the most unique pieces on the market. The cups are designed to be truly supportive, and sizing goes up to a K cup in 30 through 38 bands. This is a basque that is ready for the bedroom or a long day at work. Previous versions of this have sold out rapidly, so make sure to grab your size as soon as you can! I’m not sure lots of size choice will be around for the holidays.
Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Lost in Wonderland: Berlin’s Newest Luxury Lingerie Label

‘Pitaya’

‘Vegan’ doesn’t equal ‘boring,’ and in case you didn’t know that, Lost in Wonderland is here to prove it. Combining luxurious laces, vegan fabrics, classic styles, and a playful sensibility, Lost in Wonderland honestly has me smitten. With nocturnal flowers as the inspiration, these sets are pretty, yes, but they’re also wearable. And everything is purchased from and manufactured in Europe. Have you fallen in love yet? Lost in Wonderland’s first collection will be available worldwide this December…just in time for Christmas. You can view a complete gallery of all the looks at the bottom of this article.

‘Moonflower’

‘Love Lace’

‘Nightshade’

‘Midnight Hibiscus’

‘Pink Hibiscus’

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Luxury Lingerie for a Cause: Lingerie London and The Seven Bar Foundation

Atsuko Kudo

Last week, one of the most spectacular events in all of lingerie happened…and no, I’m not talking about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The event was Lingerie London and it brought together two powerhouses in the lingerie industry – Agent Provocateur and Atsuko Kudo, for a good cause – the microfinance non-profit The Seven Bar Foundation. I had the opportunity to interview Renata Black, chairwoman of Seven Bar, the day after the show and I’m so excited to share what she has to say on The Lingerie Addict. I’ve always believed lingerie can be more than just bras and panties, and here’s a wonderful example of how lingerie can do good for women all over the world. All photos are courtesy of Seven Bar. You can also view video highlights of the show here.

Atsuko Kudo

1) First of all, congratulations on another successful fashion show! Lingerie London happened just last night, and people have not stopped talking about it. I even think the #LingerieLondon hashtag was trending for a little while on Twitter. Second of all, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for TLA readers! I’m sure you must be exhausted, so let’s get right to it. I know that the last show was Lingerie New York 2010. What made you choose London for 2012?

Thank you very much! We were so excited with the event. The first thing we did was look at all the luxury lingerie designers in Europe as we wanted to make sure we worked with the strongest designer for our next Lingerie event.  After careful consideration we realized that both of them resided in London—Agent Provocateur and Atsuko Kudo—so it was a natural move for us to have our first European Lingerie event in London.

Atsuko Kudo

2) The production value of your fashion shows is incredible…from what I’ve seen, they’re truly an experience. How long does one take to put together from start to finish?

We started working on this show over a year ago, as we wanted to make sure it was a quality event. We partnered with Total Management UK, who helped tremendously with putting the show together and making it a success.

Atsuko Kudo

3) Agent Provocateur and Atsuko Kudo are two of the most well-known and well-respected names in high-end lingerie. How did they come to be involved? Did they approach you? Did you approach them? And why these two specific brands?

Both Agent Provocateur and Atsuko Kudo are brands that we have a long-standing relationship with and have shown in the past. When we were curating the show and looking at all the best couture and luxury lingerie brands we felt that Atsuko Kudo and Agent Provocateur were truly the best in their class. Additionally, we decided to work with AP and AK because they are both completely different and we could reach two different audiences with the message of the empowerment of women.

Agent Provocateur

4) There’s a ton of press being given to all the gorgeous lingerie, but what a lot of people may not know is that this fashion show is actually charity event benefiting The Seven Bar Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Can you tell us more about The Seven Bar Foundation? What’s its mission and what does it do?

The Seven Bar Foundation is the cause brand for the empowerment of women, with the pink ‘ladder’ icon as its logo. The Foundation generates funds for microfinance, enabling women to climb out of poverty and into business. We want to empower women and enable self-sufficiency—it is about giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out.

We generate funds through our Lingerie Shows as well as through cause-marketing campaigns, allowing consumers to empower women by purchasing products with the ladder icon. We also have our very own panty line called Empowered By You, of which 20% of the profits go to the Foundation.  All these partnerships provide Seven Bar with consistent revenue streams, so that we do not have to rely on donations to fuel our empowerment fund.

Agent Provocateur

5) There are so many causes worth funding…what made you choose microfinance as a way to make a difference?

I truly believe that microfinance is one of the strongest poverty alleviation tools today. Microfinance fosters self-sufficiency and allows women to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children. With a small loan, a woman can start a successful business and send her children to school, which in turn creates more opportunities for families and inspires girls to follow in their mother’s footsteps.

Agent Provocateur

6) I love that! How did you come up with the idea of combining lingerie and activism? Did you ever think the shows would be come the kind of internationally recognized events they are today?

The idea came to me shortly after I returned from India, where I had started a grassroots microfinance program for 800 women. I was watching the Victoria’s Secret Annual Fashion Show, and saw how much attention this show received for no benefit. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if all of this attention was redirected back to the empowerment of women?

It seemed natural to me to position lingerie as inner armor for outer empowerment, and align myself with top lingerie designers who already had this idea in their DNA and had already been making women feel empowered through their clothing. Through our shows, we have been able to redirect the attention of the fashion and luxury lingerie industries to microfinance and the empowerment of women. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with our message, so we are thrilled about the response our shows have received.

Agent Provocateur

7) Many of my readers (myself included) will probably never be able to attend one of your luxury lingerie fashion shows. How else can we get involved and help your mission to eliminate poverty?

That is where the Empowered By You panty comes in. As I was doing these lingerie shows I was thinking, “How can I have more people help us empower women into business?” I saw need for a perfect everyday panty that could make the transition from yoga to cocktail party, and decided to design a panty with the help of my great friend Hun Kim (former head designer of Ralph Lauren Blue Label) – Empowered By You. As previously mentioned, this panty retails at $20 and 20% of the proceeds goes to the Foundation. Anyone who purchases a panty helps us further our goal and empower more women—whatever empowers you, empowers women everywhere. Our goal is to empower 250,000 women into business by 2020. The panty is available for purchase at www.empoweredbyyou.com.

Empowered by You

8) Can you share with us one story of someone The Seven Bar Foundation has helped?

Yes! One of the organizations we’ve worked with is Genesis Empresarial, a microfinance bank in Guatemala. $100,000 was lent to them, and 250 women have been impacted with an average loan size of $400. Here’s the story of one of those women – Carmen.

Carmen started her artisan work to help create extra income for her family. She worked for her neighbor, creating beautiful woven textiles that were sold in the market place. Carmen received little of the profits from the final textiles but was able to slowly save extra funds to hopefully send her son to school.

When Carmen’s husband died, she had to take sole responsibility for providing for her family. With a fund from the Seven Bar Foundation, Carmen was able to buy thread and fabric supplies to open her own textile business. As the owner of her own business, Carmen was able to make a bigger income from selling her artisan work directly in the marketplace. When Carmen speaks of her loan you can see how her back straightens out as she says, “I am able to take care of my family on my own. I can send my oldest son and daughter to school, and also use my profits to fix up our house. Now I have the resources to provide for my family.”

Renata

9) How inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. Last question…where and when will the next Seven Bar lingerie show be?

Our phones have not stopped ringing since the final bow at Lingerie London and we are very humbled to say that we are in high demand so another show in London is looking very possible. However, we do need to get back to our roots in the US, as we have built quite the following that has yet to experience Empowered By You, so Los Angeles is also an option.

Thank you again for taking the time out of your very busy schedule for TLA’s readers, Renata! You’re doing wonderful work, and I can’t wait to hear about the next show.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Naughty Bits: Lingerie News for 10/28/12

  • Victoria’s Secret vs Agent Provocateur: how two brands compare in today’s version of sexy. British women are incredibly loyal to their personal choices of lingerie brands and it shows. Over the past 4 years, clothing sales have been flat but lingerie sales have risen slightly to 0.6%. Taking advantage of a pretty impressive market in the face of recession are Agent Provocateur and Victoria’s Secret and each’s approach is different. Agent Provocateur maintains that its lingerie isn’t for display but should create confidence in the woman who wears it and it is this confidence that creates sex appeal. Victoria’s Secret, however, stays in a different lane. In contrasts to the daring tone that Agent Provocateur takes, Victoria’s Secret maintains an upbeat and vibrant atmosphere (this can be seen in the difference between the two firms’ fashion shows) and attracts all types of consumers while Agent Provocateur is more of a niche firm. Do you agree or disagree with their approaches?
  • The opportunity to “do” gender differences comes at Halloween. F&%K No Sexist Halloween Costumes has started a collection of images that compares Halloween costumes for men and women that have the same theme. With costumes ranging from farmers and leprechauns to pool tables and bacon, the site shows how the Halloween costume industry enforces the gender “binary”.
  • The Fantasy Bra over the years Since 1996, the fantasy bra has been a spectacular piece of lingerie. What started out as a $1 million bra that could only be found in a catalog has turned into a spectacle in itself during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Take a look at its 16 year history since Claudia Schiffer first slipped it on and tell us what you think.
  • What happens when you let a website pick out the perfect bra for you. Most women think they know what bra size they wear. However, many have come to notice that all bras of the same size may not be the same size. However, True & Co may have the answer. Instead of measuring tapes and fitting rooms, the lingerie firm figures out the perfect fit through a simple test. The questions are not simply based on numbers but ask about support, band tightness, cup spillage and others and show a collection of bras that they think would be perfect. Customers can select three from the list,True & Co adds two additional options and for $45, they ship the bras. Customers try them on in the comfort of their own home, keep what they like, and send back what they don’t. Refinery29 tried the service and found that it was quick, easy, and a very good bra shopping experience. How do you feel about bra fitting services like True & Co’s?
  • Stella’s self portrait and why she took it. The negative self images of some teenage girls and the criticisms that come with them can stay with women well into their adult years and leave lasting effects. What happens when one gets over it though? She posts a self portrait and tells others that her body is hers and to deal with it. What’s your reaction to her self portrait?
  • Doutzen Kroes on why Photoshop is still essential. A few weeks ago, Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes had unretouched pictures of a photo shoot leaked. With tons of before and after comparisons floating on the internet afterwards, Doutzen Kroes says it simply comes with the territory. “There’s always paparazzi and stuff on the beach when we’re shooting, and it’s just part of the job.” However, Kroes makes the point that retouching images is essential to the fashion industry because people want a sense of fantasy and retouching images maintains that fantasy. What are your thoughts?
  • Agent Provocateur and Monica and Penelope Cruz team up to launch lingerie line Agent Provocateur has announced the creation of L’Agent, its new diffusion line, in partnership with sisters Monica and Penelope Cruz. The line will be a standalone standalone collection, and will be priced significantly lower than Agent Provocateur’s. The brand has always been associated with decadence, but this is its bid at younger and more cost conscious consumers.
  • Bullies in Burlesque  In this week’s ”Stripper Talk”, Sydni Deveraux confronts the issues of weight in burlesque. A reader tells of a burlesque show’s producer telling her to lose some weight because people only come to burlesque shows when they are attracted to the performers. Her response was that when she joined the troupe, it was a collaboration of gypsies not a showgirl strip club.  She believes that this is taking away from the art form of burlesque and is concerned that it may mirror the future of burlesque. Sydni gives her many insights to the issue ranging from the history of burlesque and its homogenization to  how the direction of burlesque as an art form is totally in the hands of the performers. Do you have any thoughts on the resurgence of burlesque and its direction?
Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Weekly Lingerie Sales: 10/27/12

Dotty Balcony Bra at Fleur of England

  • 15% Off Claudette’s New Leopard Print Bra at Butterfly Collection
  • 20% off Simone Perele at HerRoom (regular priced items only)
  • 25% off sleepwear for women and men at Bare Necessities
  • 30% off treats at Fleur of England. See link for details on how to receive discount (Ends 11/1/12)
  • 50% off entire purchase (excluding Fall 2012 items) at Lola Haze w/ the code LolaSpookySexy50 (ends 10/30/12)
  • Up to 75% off new sale additions at MyTights (while supplies last)
  • Free shipping all weekend at PEEK Brooklyn w/ code TrickTreat
  • New ‘Buy One, Get One’ offers at Dollhouse Bettie (while supplies last)
  • New sale lingerie additions at Nordstrom
  • New sale lingerie additions at The Outnet
Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Lingerie & Photography: Introducing A Reflection of Light

Our final guest post for this week features the work of Israel Freeland, who photographs under the name of A Reflection of Light. I confess that I’m no artist, much less a photographer, but I really love Israel’s work and I have ever since I first saw it many, many months ago. His work feels intimate, yet approachable, and just a little bit imperfect in a way that makes it so can’t look away. You can find A Reflection of Light on Facebook as well. I’d love to hear what you think about his work in the comments.

1) Thanks so much for featuring your work on The Lingerie Addict! I first ran across your photography on Facebook, and ever since then I’ve been a fan. How long have you been taking pictures, and what first sparked your interest in photography?

You’re very welcome, and it’s I that should be thanking you as I have been a fan of yours for sometime as well.

I have been shooting off and on for a few years so its hard to say I’ve been photographing for “X” amount…but I can say that I became more focused around ’99 as I shot a lot of film. I also had access to a great wet lab,  though I took a break due to my enlisting in the Army. As for what sparked my interest, I would say that its a three fold answer.

First, I am lucky to have a family that retained a lot of images of past generations, and as long as I can remember I have been drawn to them with curiosity because it froze them in time. Second, my mother shot weddings semi-professionally for a few years, and to see the joy it brought her as well her clients had its impact on me. Lastly, when I was about 14 or so, I was in a junk shop, and one of the dealer spaces had a large box with images from all sorts of eras and in all sorts of formats labeled “Instant Relatives.” That’s always haunted me in some way given my family experience. Long story short, photography stops a moment in time for us that we can all share in…be it art, commercial, etc, etc.

2) Are you a photographer by trade or do you have a different career?

No, but I wish it was. I am trying to move more in that direction bit by bit, but its hard for me to balance being more art driven to the commercial side of it all. Asides, one always seems to compare their worst with someone else’s best. As for right now, what pays the bills is that I’m still working for our Uncle Sam as a soldier.

3) Would you ever like to do photography as your career? Or do you prefer keeping it more as a hobby?

If that were a possible, I would love to. My only fear would be that it becomes the “job”.

4) What goes through your mind when you’re capturing an image? What inspires and motivates you?

Wow, that is kinda hard to say. Since I mainly shoot in black & white, a lot goes into thinking about shades of gray. As for inspiration and motivation, I would have to say that I love the curiosity of it all. I shoot close and often with shallow depths of field to help that curiosity. I want you to be drawn to the obvious, but also see past it into the image’s flaws to make it more real. I’m also motivated, in part, to just document what I see and, in part, for the model herself to see a beauty she possesses…beauty that may have otherwise been lost in a more traditional framed image.

5) Do you have any suggestions for other photographers reading this?

For me, I would say draw from what moves you. Aside from the image being in B&W, I never edit – what you see is what you get. I just use my camera, the subject, and available light for me…everything else is pomp and circumstance. And that serves a purpose as well, but it’s just not my vision. So I say follow your own vision and keep in mind that all the worlds strongest and most famous images were shot with less sophisticated equipment and under less than ideal settings. Point…and shoot.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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A Bra Editorial: Start with the (Real) Woman in the Mirror

Chai is the owner of Magaluna, an online lingerie store that curates pieces reflecting the sensibilities of the modern woman and places a special emphasis on discovering new talent.  Magaluna is also a community of empowered women celebrating femininity and all the trials and tribulations that make us who we are.  Magaluna launches in Spring 2013 but the community is active on Facebook.

Chai

I remember the first time I got intimate with my ex-husband, then a young man I had been flirting with for a couple weeks.  I was wearing a pair of gray yoga pants and a tight-fitted pink tank top.  Boosting my cleavage was a purple Victoria’s Secret push-up balconette bra that gave me an extra cup size…plus a set of gel pads that added even greater volume.

I’ll never forget his face after he unhooked my bra.  I never asked him what went through his head as an expression of deep confusion took over.  It’s the face you’d see on a little boy opening a box with a photo of a toy truck on it to find that the box only contained a half-eaten hot dog.  I managed to distract him quickly but how I felt in that moment sums up my troubled relationship with my boobs.  Was I guilty of ‘false advertising?’

Fast forward nine years and after more than a decade of purchasing push-up bras (almost exclusively from Vicky’s), dissatisfaction from poor fit finally forced me to consider alternatives.  But leading up to that point, almost as if by compulsion – and mostly ignorance – I kept buying them as a staple because I had gotten addicted to adding at least a cup size.

Every night when I peeled off my bra, my face changed much like my ex’s did.  No doubt, there’s a time and place for push-up bras and shape enhancements but owning nothing but push-ups really disconnected me from my own body.  I couldn’t recognize myself without a well-padded bra.

Bravely (by my standards!), I started to wear contour and unlined bras.  I reacquainted myself with my figure.  I’ll be honest.  I didn’t like it.  My inner critic was mean and deprecating.  But it felt so right and so empowering.  And I felt, just maybe, I was able to love myself the way I am.

Not long after I became comfortable with my new habit, I went shopping at Panty Raid on Hillhurst in Los Feliz.  “What size are you?” asked the owner.  “32B.”  “Oh then you can pick any bra!”  It was a magnificent feeling to be told I wasn’t inadequate.  In fact, quite the contrary!

I don’t know what life is like to be on the other end of the cup size spectrum.  From what I’ve read, fuller busted ladies face their own set of challenges.  We seem to be socialized to believe the grass is always greener on the other side and if someone different than you is considered beautiful, that automatically means you are not.  Garbage!

Let’s be clear, even though I’ve learned to stop wishing I had larger breasts, I’m still a boob lover.  I can love myself in a 32B while admiring ladies who rock a 36F.

If we can learn to appreciate the bodies we’ve been given, lingerie’s role will be to simply adorn what was beautiful to begin with.  Self-love and self-acceptance – not a piece of garment – will always be the only true path to salvation.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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