Posts from December, 2012

Weekly Lingerie Sales: 12/29/12

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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The Lingerie Addict is Closed for the Holidays!

We hope you and yours have the very best of holiday seasons, and we’ll see you again in 2013!

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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The Lingerie Addict Awards: The Best Lingerie of 2012

Best Overall: Love Claudette

Best Luxury Brand: Fleur of England

Best Budget Brand: Frederick’s of Hollywood

Best Everyday Brand: Wacoal

Best Plus Size: Goddess

Best Full Bust: Bravissimo

Best Small Bust Brand: Lula Lu Petites

Best Independent Brand: Fraulein Annie

Best Corset Brand: Sweet Carousel Corsetry

Best Vintage Inspired: Dottie’s Delights

Best New Brand: Ohhh Lulu

Best Shapewear: ResultWear

Best Loungewear/Sleepwear: Eberjey

Best Hosiery: Gerbe

Best Accessories: Fraulein Kink

Best Lingerie Wash: Eucalan Wrapture (Jasmine Scent)

Best Mass Market/Mall Brand: Soma Intimates

Best Maternity: Bella Materna

Best Lingerie Book: Lillian Bassman Lingerie

Best Boutique: Journelle

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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The 20 Best Lingerie Addict Blog Articles of 2012

Want to read the best of TLA from previous years? Take a look at our Best Lingerie Addict Articles of 2011 and our Best Lingerie Addict Articles of 2010.

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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And the Winner of the Playful Promises Giveaway Is…

…Rachael Kuebler!

Congratulations, Rachael! I’ll send you an e-mail soon putting you in touch with Playful Promises so the two of you can work out the details regarding your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last lingerie giveaway of 2012 and since this is one of our last few posts of 2012…Happy 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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3 Up-and-Coming Corsetieres to Watch in 2013

While some old favorites never lose their charm (Dark Garden, Electra Designs, Sparklewren), there are some intriguing newer names that I’ve discovered in the past year.  The following three designers have impressed me with their distinctive, fresh aesthetics, innovative detailing, and technical craft.  Here are the corsetieres I’m looking forward to watching in the coming year.

Alicia Rose
United Kingdom

Following Alicia Rose, I get a sense of delicate femininity: girlishness, if you will (look at all the subtle sweetheart motifs in the images above).  Lots of sheer fabrications, intermixed with an unusual long-strand embroidery in stark, vibrant contrast.  There’s a definite sense of vintage inspiration and bridal styling, but paired with a chic sense of whimsy.

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Neon Duchess
England

Neon Duchess, aka corsetiere Hannah Light, plays a lot with texture and textured silhouette.  Fabrications are layered within panels or stacked in placements such as the hip fins, further dramatizing the already striking corseted silhouette.  In particular, the use of metallic leather seems to be something of a signature.

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Purdy Corsetry
New Zealand


Purdy Corsetry’s approach is a perhaps bit more classic than the above two designers, but I like the subtle twist she puts on traditional looks, and her craftmanship seems top notch, as evidenced by the clean finishing of the miniature heart shaped cutouts.  Purdy’s work also demonstrates intriguing diversity: the graceful, elegant fanned bone channels contrasting with the hard-edged corset spine lacing (I wish I’d thought of it!) or Gaultier-esque anatomically inspired pieces.

What do you think of these new corsetieres?  Whose work are you looking forward to following in the new year?

Marianne

Marianne

Marianne Faulkner is the designer of Pop Antique, a clothing and corsetry line specializing in sustainable materials and comfortable curves. She is based in San Francisco where she earned her MFA in fashion design at the Academy of Art University, and has been a columnist at The Lingerie Addict since 2011.

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Reviews: Honeydew Intimates, sleepwear & hosiery

Disclosure: All samples were provided free of charge from Honeydew Intimates for review purposes only. All opinions written here are my own.

I have been a fan of Honeydew Intimates ever since they helped reincarnate the sassy rumba trend a few years back. Their modernized retro silhouette in mesh with cheeky prints & colors made for the cutest cover up under my flared skirts & dresses. So when I heard of a request to review some of their new styles I jumped at the opportunity.

The first set I received was the Rayon & Lace Cami Top & Hipster Boy Short. The fabric was a rayon spandex blend that was super soft and felt great against the skin. The hipster will be a great everyday basic stable in my underwear wardrobe however the cami was cut small and was a little too snug. Though it will still be comfortable to wear in warmer months it didn’t make for a very flattering look.

Next I tried the Jungle Hunny Rayon & Lace Brief, again in Honeydew’s signature rayon spandex blend. This every day hipster style was played up with leopard printed lace trim & hot pink bows that added an extra flirtiness & fashion to a reliable basic staple. With its mix of comfort & style this hipster has quickly become one of my favorites and I plan to order it in more colors soon.

The coordinating Jungle Hunny Rayon & Lace PJ Set coordinates back to the above hipster and therefore can be mixed & matched for a couple of different looks.

The cami top has an adjustable hook & eye back with elastic at the empire seam which adds a little bit of support to an otherwise non-constructed cami. However I would prefer a softer, plusher elastic for that sensitive area under the bust.

When paired with the hipster this set is very cute & perfect for lazy summer Sundays lounging around the house. In colder temperatures the pants make for a more practical sleepwear option. While it does not have any of the fashionable leopard lace trim, it does manage to coordinate back to the cami top with its leopard print drawstring. The rayon spandex jersey keeps you comfortable for a full night’s sleep while the drape of the fabric allows for easy movement & flexibility.

Then came the Enchanting Modal & Lace Bralette & Hipster. Also in super soft jersey fabric, this set fit nicely on the body and had a very pretty look.

The bralette with its delicate lace detailing on the neckline, back wings & straps looked flattering on & is offered up to a size Large. However I imagine fuller busts will not get much support from this style, as it is unlined & wire-free.

The hipster was also flattering with lace & pin tucking details at the side of the legs. I loved the cheeky cut in the back that offered just enough coverage for all day wear while still remaining cute & sexy.

The Buttoned Up Nylon Gel Padded Extreme Push Up bra was one of the few constructed bras offered by Honeydew and it definitely lived up to its name. Extreme push up is what you get with a heavily padded cup to give the illusion of an extra cup size. Available up to a size 36DD, the back band made for a smooth silhouette (no bulges here) and the touch of lace added a little bit of girlish charm. I especially loved the custom designed metal slides on the back straps donning the logo “dew”. I would have liked to see a softer quality pad with a bit more flexibility as well as longer straps for adjustment. But overall the bra is constructed well and has that va-va-va-voom factor.

And lastly the Crest with Buttons Over the Knee Sock was an extra treat that I received as I wasn’t previously aware that Honeydew even made hosiery. These socks were the perfect length, long enough to not slip down to below your knee, which is a common problem I have with other similar styles. The fabric has a good amount of stretch to it – not too tight or too loose. But the most unexpected detail on these socks was the honeydew logo print on the toes, which I thought added a cute & quirky touch.

Readers: What is your experience with Honeydew Intimates? Do you wear their styles as basics or fashion?

Kristina

Kristina

Lingerie Designer specializing in fashion & trend.

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