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Kiss Me Deadly Spring/Summer 2014

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One of the highlights of my year is publishing new photos from Kiss Me Deadly. My love for this brand is no secret. I not only adore their designs (girdles and garter belts, ftw), I also love their no body snark policy and the founder's razor-sharp, irreverent wit. In fact, Catherine Clavering, the businesswoman behind Kiss Me Deadly wrote one of our most popular blog posts of 2013: What It's Like to Be a Woman with a Disability in the Lingerie Industry.

As far as lookbooks go, Kiss Me Deadly is known for advertising campaigns that push the limits of what's normal for the lingerie world. Their models are attractive, it's true (models almost always are; it's why they're hired), but they're also aggressive, staring into the camera while holding lethal weapons with definitive, "Don't f*ck with me," expressions on their faces (though sadly, there are a fewer weapons overall this season due to retailer complaints). In a world where femininity is defined by a distinct lack of aggression, I *adore* this. And to be perfectly honest, I also love that KMD is the only brand to use a model with my body type in the entire lingerie world --- the dark skinned, athletic, strikingly gorgeous Jessica-Louise Abidde. As I said in this post on diversity, I believe it's important to support brands who make an effort to diversify their models, particularly on axes that are traditionally underrepresented (such as muscular women and women with dark skin).

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But to bring things a bit closer to the actual lookbook photos, I quite like how Kiss Me Deadly is pushing their editorial aesthetic. For years, all of their photos have been placed in front of a digitally constructed backdrop, but now the brand is experimenting with ultra-luxe, high-end shoots on location and this new, golden venue is the perfect backdrop for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. While the photos may at first bring to mind Marie Antoinette, the shoot is actually based on the story of Julie d'Aubigny (a.k.a. Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin) who was a 17th century opera singer and swordswoman. She was also bisexual and known to wear men's clothes. What a perfect inspiration for a brand that calls its fans "Deadlies."

Regarding fit and size options, KMD has tweaked their swimwear fit a bit; larger sizes now have more space in the bust area. The silk styles and printed longline girdles are all upcycled fabrics (i.e. remnants leftover from larger brands) which means they have coordinating items floating around out there somewhere (Rock the Curves did an excellent blog post matching some of KMD's pieces from last year with the lingerie lines that originally produced the fabric). In addition, Kiss Me Deadly has sampled two styles with Miss Mandalay, a full bust bra specialist, to coordinate with some of their pieces. And for the leopard set... the lingerie is not only made in the UK, the fabric is also made there as well --- which is really rare for lingerie fabric sourcing!

As far as availability, that's a bit up in the air. Kiss Me Deadly is a super small brand so their ability to produce future ranges is directly linked to the sales of their current ranges. Some of the pieces shown here are in stock, but some are yet to be released... with as-yet-unknown release dates. But hopefully the things they have in stock now will sell soon so they can make the new pretties!

What do you think of the new collection? Any standout favorites for you?

Concept, photography, modelling: Iberian Black Arts
Venue: The White House (not that one! We have our own).
Period wigs, hats, and dead courtier: Prior Attire
Garters: Florrie Mitton
Historical Jewellery: Gemmeus
Hair and Make-up: Sammm Agnew












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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

12 Comments on this post

  1. Romina says:

    Great, thanks for the clarification.

  2. Romina says:

    Is the lingerie actually made in UK? This post states otherwise
    . Just curious.

    • Cora says:

      Hi Romina,

      Kiss Me Deadly makes some items in the UK and some items in other countries. The KMD blog article you’re referencing was published in 2012 and is about the Mimi set. This article was published in 2014, and the made in the UK portion is specifically referencing the leopard print set. As always, if you have specific questions about where something is made, it’s a good idea to check in with the brand directly. Kiss Me Deadly has always been very straightforward and transparent about what gets made where.

  3. Mia Culpa says:

    My god, that Miss Mandalay Dentelle bra/KMD suspender set. I DIE.

  4. Lily Twigg says:

    I personally was never a fan of the digitally constructed backgrounds of KMD photos, however it does give them a very different look, and when you see something of theirs, it’s unmistakably KMD. I also love the aggression aspect! Not something you see – ever. Just yesterday I ordered two girdles from KMD for the first time and I cannot wait until they arrive! The peach knickers + suspender are the next on my list.

  5. Miss Mandalay bras are being made that coordinate with KMD suspender belts and big pants? Amazing! :-D

    Loving this shoot! Needs more Jess though.

  6. Meg White says:

    I am so stoked about this season. I can’t get over the fact that this season is inspired by La Maupin. I’ve read everything there is out there to read about this phenomenal historical woman (my bi role model who helped me express A LOT about how I identify myself as a queer woman), and I’m just swooning over these lush pieces (that corselette Jessica is wearing in the top picture? It is everything to me. That leopard set? EVERYTHING). I’ve got a lot of love for KMD this season (and every season, really).

  7. Amber says:

    Ooh possibly my favorite recent KMD season! So many gorgeous colors and prints. Even loving the swimsuits!

  8. Trish says:

    I think the on-location thing is pretty amazing, especially with that sunlight! I don’t own any KMD stuff at this point, but I am working on it, so I’m a little jealous of you now Thursday! I need that babydoll/slip in my life though and I will be checking back on it!

  9. Evija says:

    There’s one thing I just don’t get.
    HOW are they still super small, being so all-round awesome? Yes, I read their diary and know all of the statistics, but still.. oh well.

    To me, KMD is what got me started in the world of lingerie. To be perfectly honest, I just had a fangirl crush on Morgana back before KMD even existed, I think. Then she started posting modelling pics and I was hooked. I bought a complete KMD set for my 18th birthday, kind of symbolic! (I still have it and it is still being worn :P)

    So yes.. KMD is the best value for all the monies out there. Nobody paid me to write this, I just love them with all my little, black, sarcastic, bossy heart. Just don’t tell anyone I can be anything other than an awfully militant woman, okay?

  10. Thursday says:

    Very much enjoying the on-location shoots these days. I already have the peach silk Ida, and it is *delicious*. Fits a lot more snug than the other Van Doren pieces due to the silk panels, however. Definitely eyeing off that black lace set next…

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