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Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla


For spring/summer 2012, Jean Paul Gaultier will be continuing their collaboration with Italian lingerie brand La Perla with an exclusive range entitled Collection Createur. 

Jean Paul Gaultier + La Perla = The stuff lingerie dreams are made off. And next years collection is most certainly not an exception. While at first look the collection looks pretty straight forward and what you would expect from the duo, on closer inspection it’s leading the way for the future of lingerie. Delicate laser-perforated leather gives the impression of lace, while real Levers lace is used for decorative back details.

Lace and Leather are a duo that simply work for millions of reasons- but leather that has been laser cut to imitate lace is just geniusly gorgeous.

Mini-ruffle detailing for bra cups and briefs is made with very fine netting produced with Calais looms. The netting La Perla use, honestly is so soft and sensual it feels like Angel hair or something equally out of this world is touching your skin.

Femininity is again celebrated with sheer placements, and lines of black ruffles over nude bodies to create playful, high class babydoll silhouettes.

And Finnally mixed-scale laser perforations combine with lace trim on figure-hugging slips and structured bustiers. Innovative, modern, contemporary, but the combined heritage of both prestigious brands- undoubtably wistfully nostalgic and romantic all rolled in to one.

Absolute perfection.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Brand Review, Lingerie, Vintage

 

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Christian Dior Lingerie


 

“No more women soldiers built like boxers, I draw women flowers, soft shoulders, flowing busts, fine waists….”

Christian Dior’s 1940’s New Look undeniably changed the fashion world forever. After years of the dark, sombre, standard issue make-do and mend war-time clothing, Dior made the world’s jaw collectively drop with collections of exaggerated ultra-femininity: untouchable, outwardly cool structured surfaces but with a network of erotic and imaginative cantilevered bras and boned corsetry underneath. A huge part of my nostalgic heart will always belong to the 1940’s simply because of Dior’s iconic styling. For me it embodies and celebrates everything amazing about femininity. From the sharply contoured hourglass figure, the smart tailoring of powerful women juxtaposed with the soft fragility of a female body overlaid in silk and lace and the gorgeous, relentless eye for the tiniest of details.

I recently came across a vintage Christian Dior girdle-skirt

It is undeniably heart-achingly beautiful. It is a shame that Dior’s lingerie has dwindled in resent years, but then that does make their archives so much more enticing. Plus its clear to see in the recent few collections of Dior that they are proud of their heritage in lingerie, as one of the designers striding ahead of the Underwear-as-Outwear trend that has been sweeping the fashion world the last couple of years…….

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in 1940's, Agnet Provocateur, Lingerie, Vintage

 

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In the Spotlight…Agent Provocateur

When I saw the New A.P Collection, there was one piece that caught my attention straight away….

The decadent Thora Dress … I literally fell in love. It pulls on all the right strings for me- hourglass, buttons, three qualter sleeves, red silk, secretary-esque, and unashamedly, undoubtedly, brazenly feminine. So before I’d barely even set foot in Harrods this week I was rushing to try it on for size and see if it lived up to my expectations….

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Polka Dots

Polka Dots, to me, have always been a little bit naff and a lot of bleeehhhh. I’ve always thought they look cheap and just screamed desperately “oh my god, please look at me- I am retro, I am.”. Untill recently that is. When I saw this photo :

And suddenly the penny just dropped. They are gorgeous, glamorous, timeless, and thanks to Stella McCartney back at the start of the summer, fashionable too. So with my new found discovery that Polka Dots weren’t half as cringey as I had once assumed, I scooped up the first pair of Polka Dot tights I came into contact with.

Polka Dot Body Shaping Tights by M&S £6

And I have been hooked ever since!

Enjoy….

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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Fabric, Inspiration, Polka Dot, Prints, Trends, Vintage

 

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Save Spend Splurge- Understated Elegance

Save :  £26  La Sezna CLAUDETTE SILK CREAM, Available in Sizes 32A-38E

I am honestly surprised to like a La Senza bra as much as I do this one. Elegant, classic and chic it hasn’t skimped on trims to meet the low price. And while there is no lace applique- it would make a brilliant T-Shirt bra. Available up to a 38E which is promising, also.

Spend : £53 Rosy Vintage Champagne Bra  Available in Sizes 32A-36D

A Blend of contemporary smooth molded cups with vintage styling and colours, this really is a delicious bra. I adore the jade version as well!

Splurge : £399 Carine Gilson Available in Sizes 32A-36D

One of the most delicate and stunning bras I have ever held. It really is like holding a treasure in your hands, completely lined in sumptuous silk satin, its so fragile, like holding history in your hands and yet gives such fantastic shape. It feels like golden butter on your skin, and so well made without a single detail over looked. Well, you’d be pretty pissed off if there was for £399, I suppose!

 

 

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Wild Young Thing

So today was your most standard Monday ever ! Waking up from a nightmare two hours early, four buses driving straight past me, surprise meetings, leaving work two hours late, a break in at my house and everything ! Still all this into consideration I’m in a surprisingly good mood. I think its because I’m happy with so much of my life at the moment its hard to let the little things get to me. Even Mondays!

Anyway today started off with my Wildflower Gossard set 1. ( http://www.gossard.com/collections/wild-flower ). Honestly it was the first Gossard bra I owned, and it had me hooked from ever on. Mine is in a 30D- and its the best fitting bra I have ever had in my whole life, absolutely no exaggeration. Its always my go-to bra for when I want perfect support, the only reason I don’t wear it every single day of my life is the fact it is far too precious ! The print is another you have to look up close to appreciate, the clever pairings of colour- it somehow manages to be modern and vintage all at the same time. And I love the delicate organza bows, and the subtle gold Gossard touches, not to mention the signature sexy gated back (which has gone down well in the past 😉 ). It looks and feels at least twice the price, and I hope I never have to part with it- hence why I try to resist wearing it every day haha!

2. Roberto Cavalli £349 (http://www.farfetch.com)    3. Adidas £70 ( http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk )  4. Lodis $94 ( www.Nordstorm.com ) 5. Preen £898 ( http://www.matchesfashion.com ) 6. Christian Louboutin £495 ( http://www.mytheresa.com)

I treated myself to some home baked macarons, even though I wasnt even in a bad mood- it’d been a Monday- what more excuse could you need ?!

I also have already made progress on my sisters bra! I showed it too Richard at work and with one quick flurry of a magnifying glass he’d spyed the teeniest of teeny tiny little wholes in the underwire casing where the wire must of snuck out and into my sisters washing machine! He was kind enough to match me a near identicle wire !!! I was so unbelievably greatful, as, believe it or not- 30H wires ain’t exactly the easiest to get hold of !!! So now I just have the task of bringing out the beauty in it to make it precious once again,  and less like a chewed up old rug.

 

Undress Like A Princess…

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day.

I honestly believe you should any outfit from the inside out. Starting with how you feel that day, then moisturize your skin (wear suncream every single day, no matter what !)  and then the next logical step- lingerie.

Today I started with Gossard’s gorgeous Beau collection in spearmint. There really aren’t words to describe just how “lovely” this set it, you really do have to see for yourself. The colours are so subtle and its detailed with such precision, its hard to appreciate from a computer screen, but in person it really does encapsulate under stated elegance at its finest. Plus it fits like a dream. I brought one for my friend recently and her reaction pretty much summed it up- granted we were slightly intoxicated when I gave it, but she literally grasped it from my hands hurriedly desperate to try this lovely piece on, and when she did she could not stop exclaiming ! It made me feel so good- I mean what more can you ask from a present at the best of times, but also the fact that when you’re wearing it you do really feel like a princess in your own right. Like you should be donning Eli Saab dresses and floating around gardens, drinking tea from vintage saucers and nibbling on rose flavored Macron’s .

But anyway, It made the perfect base for a trip to Cambridge to visit my twin sister. Honestly, I’m not a 100% all to sure what it is she does. I’ve got the basics covered- theres definitely science involved and lots of it, with a healthy sprinkling of pipets and dishes and gene’s and genetics and a whole world of words my dyslexia isn’t at all familiar with spelling, let alone what on earth she’s going on about, but I’ve grasped that she should be wearing a lab coat all day, and something to do with nobel prizes and a cure for cancer. Something like that. Anyway, its an amazing internship she’s got, and It was my first chance all summer to visit her. So, despite the relentlessly white sky, I ambitiously popped my summer hat secured with my big silk ribbon  and hopped on the train to Cambridge.

Cambridge is beautiful. The journey there is beautiful. It is a place absolutely drenched with history, full to the brim with gorgeously kept architecture and littered with tiny little quirky details, so that you always have to keep your eyes open when walking round as not to miss anything.

We looked round this tiny little cottage in Wicken Fen that has been restored to look like a freeze frame from the 1930’s. So many thoughtful details had gone into it, it was just perfect, every where you turned little objects laid, old books, candles and saucers, patchwork quilts and antique photo frames that reflected  the rooms seemingly whispering with tiny little stories.

We then had a picnic by the river, before swanning off to look round Ely and the cathedral there.

Then with the sun finally filling the sky we went back to hers for a bbq, some pimms and a card game. Before I sadly had to leave. Before I left though she gave me a mini project to work on, and the strangest thing :

…the under wiring from one of her Rigby and Peller bras has just…disappeared ? Literally, no stitching has gone, its just vanished from inside the casing. So strange. Anyway I also looked at the sorry state of the bra, which has obviously been loved as all beautiful bras should be- but needs a little bit of a makeover if shes still to keep it. So im going to see what I can do, try and match it too the Ohh la la suspender and pants I brought her last month, which she adores, – and apparently so does her boyfriend!

All in all it was a lovely day, definitely going to pop to Cambridge more as I love it so much there. And my set didn’t let me down, fitting to feel like a casual vintage princess whilst wondering around places so stooped in nostalgia. Listening to Yiruma and Bon iver on the way back, feeling thoughtful, happy and calm.

Yiruma Kiss the Rain.