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Incanto Lingerie is an Italian label that we are anxious to see make its way stateside. Inspired by the Cannes premiere of the film, “Princess of Monaco,” Incanto’s lookbook gives us a glimpse of royal dreams. Jeweled silks, baroque laces, and bold prints add drama to a collection that’s all about feeling like a Princess. The collection definitely has a regal feel to it, with classic silhouettes that are embellished […]

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Has there ever been a more controversial subject in the fashion industry than this one? No matter your opinion on knock-offs, cheap copies of luxury goods are here to stay. After all, if there’s a market for people who want expensive items for lower prices (and there definitely is), there’s going to be a company that’s willing to cater to that market. Some of these knock-offs are outright counterfeits and […]

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It’s a common scenario each October: Halloween is suddenly around the corner and you’re looking forward to partaking in some spirited festivities. However you haven’t given much thought to what costume you’ll be wearing and time is running out! Sound familiar? You can always scavenge the local Halloween shops for an overpriced, sexed up costume that you’ll only wear once, or you can resort to fishing out last year’s ensemble […]

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So…I was flipping through the latest issue of Essence Magazine this morning when I ran across this shocking ad: My first thought was “Wow! Marlies Dekkers is advertising in Essence. That’s new.” Then I looked at the opposite page and saw the following text “Cacique: Exclusively at Lane Bryant.” Whoa. Wait. Seriously? Now I’m not naive. I know copying happens all the time in the fashion industry. In fact, it’s […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. You may have noticed it’s been awhile since the last ‘Look for Less‘ article. That’s because one of my more recent Looks for Less articles (featuring Bordelle & Frederick’s of Hollywood), caused quite a stir–and a lot of great discussion–on my Twitter and Facebook pages. Gaby, from Hopeless Lingerie, wrote a excellent piece on my blog about some of the issues with lingerie knockoffs […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.                   In the left corner we have Agent Provocateur’s gorgeous and exclusive Whip Me Stockings.  Selling for $70.00, these stockings have the words “Whip Me…Bite Me…Eat Me…Tease Me” in place of the traditional backseam. In the right corner, we have the luxury-inspired but budget-friendly ASOSversion. Retailing at $17.93, these Love backseam tights have all the class […]

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Today’s guest post is by the very lovely Gaby of the luxury, handmade label Hopeless Lingerie out of Australia.  My last Look for Less feature, featuring Frederick’s of Hollywood and Bordelle Lingerie caused a lot of controversy over on my Facebook and Twitter.   In an effort to present both sides of the story, I asked Gaby to share her perspective as a lingerie designer with my readers.  Her post […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. On the left side, we’ve got Bordelle’s webbed suspender belt from their one of their very first collections back in 2009. Originally retailing at £89 (approximately $142), this is one of the pieces that put the UK brand on the luxury lingerie map. On the right side, we have Frederick’s of Hollywood’s Runway Burlesque Chemise, an unabashed remake which retails at a somewhat more […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. In the left corner we’ve got La Perla’s feathered, g-string bodysuit from a few seasons back.  Sold through their online boutique and Net-a-Porter.com, this bodysuit originally retailed for $470. In the right corner, we have Frederick’s of Hollywood’s newer, more budget friendly version.  Selling for less than a tenth of the price of the original, you can afford to pick up a couple at […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Confession time: today’s Lingerie Battle Royal is actually a last minute substitute.  I was going to write about the Agent Provocateur “Whip Me” Stockings and the ASOS “Love Seam” Tights…but between when I discovered the tights and when I decided to post them, they sold out.  Bummer.  Hopefully, ASOS will restock soon, and if they do, you can be sure I’ll let you know […]

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