Review: Nightprowl London Elysium Bra And Thong
Disclosure: I received these items free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Nightprowl London is a British luxury boudoir brand, specialising in sensual pieces with exquisite textiles: French laces, Austrian embroideries, devoré velvet prints and silk satin. The colour scheme is firmly monochromatic; with the exception of a single ivory bridal range, all of Nightprowl London’s designs are in black. Given how effortlessly sexy and classic black lingerie can be compared to the riskier world of colour, it’s no surprise that the brand's first collection is so firmly rooted in such a dark colour scheme.
I was sent the Elysium wired bra and thong in 32C and Medium respectively. The bra is available in sizes 32-36 B-D, retailing at £140. The thong is available in sizes S-L, retailing at £60. The Elysium range also contains a triangle bra, suspender, brief and dress, with select styles also available in ivory.
The Elysium bra is described as a plunge shape and features a three-part cup, constructed with a bottom half of silk-covered and lined foam (including a pocket for push-up pads) and a top half of Austrian guipure embroidery. The cradle and wings are both constructed with an outer layer of silk satin, lined with nylon and powernet respectively. The wires are encased in standard plush underwire casing with two additional plastic bones on the end of the cradle, and the bra closes with two rows of hooks and eyes (though curiously there are only two columns of these when there are normally three).
The shoulder straps are comprised of two sections. The back part is made of a plain black satin elastic with a gold adjuster. The front half of the shoulder straps is the design detail I adore most about this bra. It features two ‘layers’ of satin binding straps. The top layer features an intricate silk and guipure embroidery that can be detached with gold swan hooks. I love how striking these cap sleeves look; they’re an excellent addition to have peeking out from underneath outerwear (and for the more conservative of us, they can be removed for ventures out of the boudoir).
One element of this bra’s construction stood out in particular for me. With the exception of the shoulder straps, there is no visible elastic on this bra. Ordinarily, the cradle/wing of a bra is trimmed with elastic on the top and bottom edges. This elastic isn’t absent in this bra, but it has been concealed inside the layers of silk and mesh in a technique known as ‘bagging out.’ It’s a comparatively time-consuming technique, so most brands will never bother with it, but I adore the seamless finish that it gives.
This seamless finish is carried through to the thong, where the back of the knicker features a double layer of silk that has been folded for a flat finish rather than elasticated. The silk has some stretch to it so it leaves a lovely fit on the body. The front legs and back waist of the knicker are both elasticated with standard knicker elastic, while the front waist is bound in silk. The main body of the thong is stretch silk, with cotton lining the gusset and two pieces of guipure embroidery embellishing the legs. Overall both pieces are well-sewn, with tricky techniques and accurate stitching.
Although the bra is described as a plunge style, I would say it’s a little closer to a quarter cup in fit. The wire is a good fit and encased my breast tissue entirely whilst tacking at the centre gore, with the lightly padded foam cups giving a good lift and rounded shape. I found that my nipple was pushed just above the foam part of the cup, and when the bra was worn for an extended period of time would have a tendency to fall ‘out’ of the cup. This didn’t particularly bother me, but it’s worth noting for those who are hoping for greater coverage from a bra. I found the band came true to size and was comfortably firm on the tightest hook (I normally wear a 30D but sister-sized up for this bra). The thong was also a good fit. I really appreciate how the knicker elastic doesn’t encase all of the garment edges and instead the piece relies on the stretch of the silk for its fit. This gives a much smoother and more comfortable line under clothing. I would say the cut of the knicker offers a little more coverage than a traditional thong and is slightly closer to a Brazilian brief.
Both pieces held up well to gentle hand washing. My only concern for the longevity of these pieces is that the guipure embroidery embellishment on the thong has been cut and left ‘raw’ – although it is still in good condition after washing, I can see it's starting to fray slightly. This isn’t a major issue, as it would take a lot of wear to significantly affect the lace, but it is still worth noting. Both of the pieces that I received were made in Bulgaria, part of the European Union.
Overall I’m rather impressed with these offerings from Nightprowl London. The design is unusual and striking, with great fit and exceptional construction. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings for them; I hope they keep up this level of high quality and hopefully expand their sizing range to give more people a chance to try their designs.
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