High-waisted panties are in here in a big way (no pun intended) and they’re here to stay. Lingerie Addict columnist Marianne wrote an article all about how to wear hi-waist knickers in her piece “Viva la Sexy Granny Panty!” and I’m following up this month with 13 of my fave high waist bra and panty sets. Like all the best trends, there’s an option for everyone, no matter your style or budget. Which set is your fave?
With regular features in all the most prestigious fashion magazines (including Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire), What Katie Did has become the world’s most famous retro lingerie brand. 2 weeks ago they released their much anticipated Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Featuring corsets, shapewear, as well as a brand new limited edition range, this season’s line has something for everyone.
The standout pieces from the new line, What Katie Did’s new corsets feature the brand’s signature gored hips mixed with a little something new…vintage-inspired external bone casings and a super sexy black waistband to further define and accentuate the narrowest part of the corset. Available in lace-covered and contrast styles, the Cabaret Laurie (overbust) sells for $340 and Cabaret Morticia (underbust) retails for $310.
Lingerie & Shapewear
What Katie Did also made several new additions to their main lingerie line. My favorites are the tap panties (so, so vintage!), strapless bra, underbust panty girdle, and underbust open bottom girdle (pictured below). The pieces are all based on vintage patterns, proving that shapewear can do the job and be incredibly sexy.
Limited Edition “Vicky” Lingerie
Last, but not least, let’s take a look at What Katie Did’s new “Vicky” range modeled by the always-amazing Bernie Dexter. In my opinion, this is the most disappointing part of the new collection…not because the lingerie is unattractive, but because it looks so similar to another range What Katie Did released a few seasons ago named Lily. I’ve put photos of the Vicky and the Lily sets side by side below. Can you tell the difference?
What do you think of What Katie Did’s new pieces? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you this exclusive interview with the reigning queen of pin-up, Bernie Dexter. I’ve been a fan of Bernie for even longer than I’ve been blogging, so it was an absolute honor to ask her a few questions for The Lingerie Addict.
But before we get started, I just want to say that Bernie Dexter’s famous “nice act” isn’t an act at all. From the start of our interview to the finish, she was one of the nicest, kindest and most gracious people I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. And when you remember that she’s a celebrity with literally thousands of people demanding her time, her demeanor becomes all the more impressive.
I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I enjoyed giving it, and when you’re done, remember to like Bernie Dexter’s fanpage on Facebook!
First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for letting me interview you. I know you’re a very busy professional, and I appreciate you sparing a few moments of your time. So let’s hop right to it! As an icon in the world of pin-up modeling and retro fashion, how do you feel about the recent surge of interest in all things vintage?
Thank you sooo MUCH!, I think the recent surge and interest in vintage is amazing. Honestly, I do not think it ever left, but the internet has shown what a HUGE interest there really always has been. It is wonderful to see women embrace their femininity!
Not only are you a model, you’re a designer as well (and a darned good one, if I say so myself). What makes your designs different from other brands in the world of vintage reproduction fashion?
Thank you very much again! Well, a big thing is that my collection is 100% made in the U.S.A.!!! A lot of companies are importing from China & India.
I design from my heart…things I want to wear that I think are flattering on women and girls. I am not JUST in it to make money (though it would be nice) like a lot of the other companies. My designs are a reflection of my own personal style & a celebration of the female form. I choose fabrics based on their comfort and beauty, not just what I see everyone else using, because sometimes women may not know what they really want until it is presented to them.
I prefer to design using 100% cotton and cotton/spandex blends because it just feels better on. I LOVE to dance, so I keep this in mind with choosing fabrics and fit! One of my rules is if I can’t dance in it…forget it! After all, I do wear my own collection nearly every day & even when on the road doing appearances & Rockabilly shows.
What are the best parts of your job?
The best parts of my job are knowing I helped other females feel better about themselves & inspired them to follow their dreams.
The worst parts?
Being compared to pin ups of the past. I really had an uphill battle for a few years trying to show people that I am not an impersonator. Finally, people can see the difference and that there is more to me than just a haircut!
Sexy is being comfy in your own skin & exuding confidence. Nothing is more of a turn off than someone who comes off as self-entitled or full of themselves.
Do you have any lingerie tips for my readers who want to get that perfect pin-up shilouette?
YES! Foundations! foundations! foundations! I highly recommend my BernieDexter for Lucy B. Merry Widow! It holds everything in without being as extreme as wearing a corset. When you get comfy with the merry widow, then you can add the Bernie Dexter for Lucy B. steel-boned corset waist cintcher that will be coming soon!
A garter belt and stockings…that was how I started! Or you can kill 3 birds with one stone with the Bernie Dexter for Lucy B. Merry Widow!
Can you give us one of your personal “lingerie rules?
Save the ruffles & frillies for at home and in the bedroom. Nothing worse then lumps under your clothing! Keep it sleek and smooth under your clothing. ;)
Just a couple of “quickie” questions…
–what’s your favorite color?
–your favorite animal?
Cats i love alley cats!
–your favorite type of lingerie?
And finally, the most important question of all, where can we buy your stuff?
Even though the 12 Days of Knickers are over and I’m about to take a blog vacation (more on that tomorrow!), I can’t let December go by without posting another designer interview…especially since I’ve been a fan of this month’s feature for even longer than I’ve been blogging.
Many of you have probably seen Lucy B lingerie without even knowing it. After all, one of her spokesmodels is Bernie Dexter, the world famous pin-up queen. I’m a fan of Lucy B not only because I love vintage inspired lingerie but also because of how Michelle Jouvence, the designer behind the brand, brings back the fun and playfulness that retro lingerie is supposed to have.
Well…that’s enough from me. Let’s get to the interview! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
The Lucy B woman can be either fashion forward or fashion backward, but whether she is a rockabilly pin up girl who loves vintage, or a fashionista who loves the latest trend, she will have a sense of individuality. Lucy B is for the girl who has a sense of adventure and likes something that has a bit of an edge.
3) Retro and vintage repro lingerie is huge right now. What makes Lucy B different from other pin-up lingerie designers?
The thing that makes Lucy B so unique, is our sense of whimsy in the design. There is always something unexpected in the details, something that will make you smile. Also, all of our lingerie is made right here in Los Angeles, we believe in “Made in America”.
4) I adore your collaboration with Bernie Dexter, and I own several pieces from that line (including the super sexy Scanti Panties). How did that relationship start, and what’s the best thing about working with Bernie?
Bernie and I originally met and worked together years ago at a fashion show for Atomic Magazine. Sometime after that I saw pictures she had shot with Danielle Bedics, so I contacted Bernie to do a photo shoot for Lucy B. The photos turned out amazing and Bernie and I discovered that we had a lot of things in common and really hit it off. We started working together regularly after that. She modeled in photo shoots for Lucy B and modeled at the Lingerie Trade shows for us. We would talk about our vintage lingerie collections and decided to recreate some of Bernie’s treasured vintage lingerie pieces. The best thing about working with Bernie is how much fun we have together. Not only is she completely professional and hardworking, she is one of the nicest and most fun people I know.
5) What’s the one piece of Lucy B lingerie every woman must own?
Only one? Haha, I don’t think I can choose only one. OK - the silver screen slip. It’s so fabulous and comfortable to sleep in.
6) And, finally, the big question…where can we buy your stuff?
Some of stores that carry the current collection are: Charla’s Place in Los Angeles, CA, Purrfect Girl in Aptos, CA, Naked City in Seattle, WA, Knickers of Hyde Park in Cincinatti, OH, Lavender Lace in Brooklyn, NY and of course the entire collection is available at www.lucyb.com
Despite its popularity for the past few seasons, the underwear as outerwear trend shows no signs of going away. From Dolce & Gabbana’s classic lace bodysuits to Jean Paul Gaultier’s burlesque couture for Dita von Teese, sexy is back…in a big way.
The runway lingeire look is vintage-inspired, ultra-feminine, and delicately adult all at the same, and the materials are sheer, mesh, and lace with lots and lots of black. Best of all, everyone can incorporate a piece into their wardrobe, no matter their budget. Here are a few of my favorite looks: