Tales from the Bottom of my Lingerie Drawer

It’s always difficult to find high quality at low prices and this is especially true when it comes to lingerie.  Of course, like bespoke tailoring, nothing will ever match the way a one of a kind corset would feel, but how about the idea of bringing high end designs to a high street budget?
This is the brand philosophy of Baci Lingerie, who will be launching their Black Collection in high street shop Next and on Littlewoods and Very this month.  Promising prices of up to 95% lower than La Perla and Agent Provocateur, this could be just what the high street needs in terms of lingerie diversity.
To accessorise your look, don’t forget that Baci also produce false eyelashes ranging from au natural looks to their completely OTT Paradise collection.

It’s always difficult to find high quality at low prices and this is especially true when it comes to lingerie.  Of course, like bespoke tailoring, nothing will ever match the way a one of a kind corset would feel, but how about the idea of bringing high end designs to a high street budget?

This is the brand philosophy of Baci Lingerie, who will be launching their Black Collection in high street shop Next and on Littlewoods and Very this month.  Promising prices of up to 95% lower than La Perla and Agent Provocateur, this could be just what the high street needs in terms of lingerie diversity.

To accessorise your look, don’t forget that Baci also produce false eyelashes ranging from au natural looks to their completely OTT Paradise collection.

It’s almost the end of September, which means it’s almost time for Hallowe’en.  My chosen costume this year?  A Playboy bunny from the 1960’s (that’s if I can find a suitable outfit!).  
Last year I based my University tailoring project on these beautiful women, translating the bright colours and luxurious fabrics in to a three quarter length women’s smoking jacket.  In the process, I found out that each Playboy club used to have their own tailor to specifically make alterations to the famous corsets.
If you’re not lucky enough to have your own corset tailor to assist with your Hallowe’en costume, but still fancy running around in your underwear, then why not head down to Selfridges?  
Ann Summers have opened a pop-up store on the third floor as part of their “Dead Cool” collaboration, featuring all the best of their Hallowe’en outfits.  
Ideas include “sexy sailor”, “hot devil” and “fallen angel”.  However, everyone knows the hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some kind of animal ears, so why not check out the “glamour puss” corset for top marks?

It’s almost the end of September, which means it’s almost time for Hallowe’en.  My chosen costume this year?  A Playboy bunny from the 1960’s (that’s if I can find a suitable outfit!).  

Last year I based my University tailoring project on these beautiful women, translating the bright colours and luxurious fabrics in to a three quarter length women’s smoking jacket.  In the process, I found out that each Playboy club used to have their own tailor to specifically make alterations to the famous corsets.

If you’re not lucky enough to have your own corset tailor to assist with your Hallowe’en costume, but still fancy running around in your underwear, then why not head down to Selfridges?  

Ann Summers have opened a pop-up store on the third floor as part of their “Dead Cool” collaboration, featuring all the best of their Hallowe’en outfits.  

Ideas include “sexy sailor”, “hot devil” and “fallen angel”.  However, everyone knows the hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some kind of animal ears, so why not check out the “glamour puss” corset for top marks?

This is the rightful winner of the American Apparel XL model search, Kate Upton.  She’s being declined the prize on the basis of her overly-provocative photographs involving food.
In accordance with the expansion of sizes to fit women of size 14 and over, AA launched a competition to find “The Next Big Thing”.  Upton entered with her amazing shots featuring her enjoying food.  After all, isn’t that what non-model types do?
AA are now suggesting that Upton didn’t win because of her great figure or brilliant photographs, but instead that everyone is having a joke at her expense.  Except no one suggests this when the models are skinny and writhing around the kitchen or taking a carton of milk from the fridge.
Having chosen to write about plus size modelling for my dissertation, this has become a subject quite close to my heart.  I was, at the very most, hoping for AA to find another plus size modelling star.  Inadvertently, they’ve probably made her an even bigger star - whether they view this woman as in keeping with their brand or not.  
And, quite honestly, when an AA model is stood in sheer material with her nipples out, is anyone really looking at the clothes?  At least Upton looks like she’s having a great time.  Now, time to follow suit by stripping down to my smalls and enjoying some ice cream!

This is the rightful winner of the American Apparel XL model search, Kate Upton.  She’s being declined the prize on the basis of her overly-provocative photographs involving food.

In accordance with the expansion of sizes to fit women of size 14 and over, AA launched a competition to find “The Next Big Thing”.  Upton entered with her amazing shots featuring her enjoying food.  After all, isn’t that what non-model types do?

AA are now suggesting that Upton didn’t win because of her great figure or brilliant photographs, but instead that everyone is having a joke at her expense.  Except no one suggests this when the models are skinny and writhing around the kitchen or taking a carton of milk from the fridge.

Having chosen to write about plus size modelling for my dissertation, this has become a subject quite close to my heart.  I was, at the very most, hoping for AA to find another plus size modelling star.  Inadvertently, they’ve probably made her an even bigger star - whether they view this woman as in keeping with their brand or not.  

And, quite honestly, when an AA model is stood in sheer material with her nipples out, is anyone really looking at the clothes?  At least Upton looks like she’s having a great time.  Now, time to follow suit by stripping down to my smalls and enjoying some ice cream!

This season at London Fashion Week, PPQ really stretched themselves in terms of collaborations.  As well as presenting colourful, bold jeans in collaboration with Lee Jeans, PPQ also applied their label to tights.  I have been dying to blog about the Bebaroque hosiery since I saw the show but there are unfortunately very few images showing the detail and craftsmanship of these pieces in their full glory.
The right leg spelt out “Bebaroque”, with heavily embellished letters and faux leg-straps painted around the pale tights.  The left leg spelt “PPQ”, with spare letter spare thickly embroidered with beads and sequins.  Each ankle was finished with a signature bow from the new Bebaroque collection.  The front of the legs were also painted in the usual Bebaroque way, also expressing the names of the two labels.  
Embellished socks also featured frequently in this collection, as well as some beading and embroidery spilling up to bodysuits.  There is no word as to whether these will be on sale yet, however the Lee Jeans collaboration produced only ten pairs of each style on sale the next day and will have undoubtedly sold out by now.

This season at London Fashion Week, PPQ really stretched themselves in terms of collaborations.  As well as presenting colourful, bold jeans in collaboration with Lee Jeans, PPQ also applied their label to tights.  I have been dying to blog about the Bebaroque hosiery since I saw the show but there are unfortunately very few images showing the detail and craftsmanship of these pieces in their full glory.

The right leg spelt out “Bebaroque”, with heavily embellished letters and faux leg-straps painted around the pale tights.  The left leg spelt “PPQ”, with spare letter spare thickly embroidered with beads and sequins.  Each ankle was finished with a signature bow from the new Bebaroque collection.  The front of the legs were also painted in the usual Bebaroque way, also expressing the names of the two labels.  

Embellished socks also featured frequently in this collection, as well as some beading and embroidery spilling up to bodysuits.  There is no word as to whether these will be on sale yet, however the Lee Jeans collaboration produced only ten pairs of each style on sale the next day and will have undoubtedly sold out by now.

It has been said that in every fashion week, there will always be a hint of leopard print.  Someone, somewhere will be using it in a collection.  Lingerie designers have never been shy when it comes to using leopard - often alongside the idea of “releasing your inner animal”.  
And although leopard has never gone away, it is being spotted all over the place this Autumn/Winter.  Here’s a few of my favourites from this season of lingerie.

It has been said that in every fashion week, there will always be a hint of leopard print.  Someone, somewhere will be using it in a collection.  Lingerie designers have never been shy when it comes to using leopard - often alongside the idea of “releasing your inner animal”.  

And although leopard has never gone away, it is being spotted all over the place this Autumn/Winter.  Here’s a few of my favourites from this season of lingerie.

The House of Holland show is always one of my highlights of London Fashion Week.  This Spring/Summer collection is even more exciting than usual - as promised by Holland himself, HOH underwear has started to appear.  
You’d be a fool to have missed the photographs of HOH tighty whiteys which are due to appear at Selfridges this Christmas, emblazoned with brazen messages about (ahem!) grooming.  But for something a little classier, today’s catwalk show might just do the trick.  
The latex underwear is made by Kim West - a pioneer in latex garments, who uses Glyde-tex which is smooth on both sides of the fabric.  This results in some incredibly wearable garments, with West even producing her own bridal range.
Today’s undies, however, came in bright jewel tones, with a leather-like appearance in terms of construction.  Peeking through barely-there jerseys and carefully placed holes, I’m excited to see whether these will be on sale.
More importantly, could there be another collaboration on HOH’s hands?  Could Pretty Polly start selling knickers?  Only time will tell!

The House of Holland show is always one of my highlights of London Fashion Week.  This Spring/Summer collection is even more exciting than usual - as promised by Holland himself, HOH underwear has started to appear.  

You’d be a fool to have missed the photographs of HOH tighty whiteys which are due to appear at Selfridges this Christmas, emblazoned with brazen messages about (ahem!) grooming.  But for something a little classier, today’s catwalk show might just do the trick.  

The latex underwear is made by Kim West - a pioneer in latex garments, who uses Glyde-tex which is smooth on both sides of the fabric.  This results in some incredibly wearable garments, with West even producing her own bridal range.

Today’s undies, however, came in bright jewel tones, with a leather-like appearance in terms of construction.  Peeking through barely-there jerseys and carefully placed holes, I’m excited to see whether these will be on sale.

More importantly, could there be another collaboration on HOH’s hands?  Could Pretty Polly start selling knickers?  Only time will tell!

As a fashion student, the most exciting thing that can happen to you is being able to blag your way in to a fashion event.  Be it a show, backstage or the impossible after-party; to get in is the ultimate goal.  Being a rubbish liar, I find this one of the most difficult aspects of my course.  What’s even worse is that the world of lingerie design seems so small, select and close-knit that this blagging becomes almost impossible.
I am, therefore, sure you will understand my excitement when I was kindly asked to blog for Nichole de Carle and attend her press party last night in order to promote her SS12 collection.  
Yesterday, NdC took over the Lingerie Collective, promoting the new collection with a one-day pop-up shop.  The press party took place in the evening, where Apple Knockers were mixed by Charlotte de Carle and Lord Rob posed for photographs whilst eating a little pot of ice cream.  
The collection itself is beautiful.  I always feel the strong point of a Nichole de Carle design comes from the interactivity of the pieces and this certainly shone through last night.  Cleverly intertwined, the unmistakeable Westminster briefs were present in a variety of forms, with a plethora of bra shapes in gorgeous NdC colours.  
I particularly loved the all-white sets which were a perfect offshoot of the bridal range, but in the same signature styles as the Onyx and Opal ready to wear collections.  Equally, the cup detail is exquisite - that’s not a print you see - instead, it’s three separate pattern pieces cleverly sewn in to perfect curves.  What’s more, it comes in every colourway imaginable throughout the collection.  However, if it’s print you’re looking for, the gorgeous Inamorata collection features a complex design of horses, trees and naked women twisted to form a kaleidoscope of lilac-based colour.
The enormous turn out ensured that party-goers were spilling on to the cobbles of Carnaby Street.  All in all, a fantastic start to London Fashion Week and a well-deserved push in the right direction for lingerie designers everywhere! 

As a fashion student, the most exciting thing that can happen to you is being able to blag your way in to a fashion event.  Be it a show, backstage or the impossible after-party; to get in is the ultimate goal.  Being a rubbish liar, I find this one of the most difficult aspects of my course.  What’s even worse is that the world of lingerie design seems so small, select and close-knit that this blagging becomes almost impossible.

I am, therefore, sure you will understand my excitement when I was kindly asked to blog for Nichole de Carle and attend her press party last night in order to promote her SS12 collection.  

Yesterday, NdC took over the Lingerie Collective, promoting the new collection with a one-day pop-up shop.  The press party took place in the evening, where Apple Knockers were mixed by Charlotte de Carle and Lord Rob posed for photographs whilst eating a little pot of ice cream.  

The collection itself is beautiful.  I always feel the strong point of a Nichole de Carle design comes from the interactivity of the pieces and this certainly shone through last night.  Cleverly intertwined, the unmistakeable Westminster briefs were present in a variety of forms, with a plethora of bra shapes in gorgeous NdC colours.  

I particularly loved the all-white sets which were a perfect offshoot of the bridal range, but in the same signature styles as the Onyx and Opal ready to wear collections.  Equally, the cup detail is exquisite - that’s not a print you see - instead, it’s three separate pattern pieces cleverly sewn in to perfect curves.  What’s more, it comes in every colourway imaginable throughout the collection.  However, if it’s print you’re looking for, the gorgeous Inamorata collection features a complex design of horses, trees and naked women twisted to form a kaleidoscope of lilac-based colour.

The enormous turn out ensured that party-goers were spilling on to the cobbles of Carnaby Street.  All in all, a fantastic start to London Fashion Week and a well-deserved push in the right direction for lingerie designers everywhere! 

I have a confession.  Lascivious have found my weak spot: solitaire.
I should have known when they tweeted earlier today that my afternoon would be lost that they were right.  I should have closed the window when I had the chance.  My problem is that I cannot close the game until I have won.
The cards come in two different decks, with each card portraying a different illustration of either “love” or “lascivious”.  Available via their website for £16 each or £25 for both packs, these cards could be used for all manner of games.
If, however, you fancy just sticking to solitaire then check out the online version here.

I have a confession.  Lascivious have found my weak spot: solitaire.

I should have known when they tweeted earlier today that my afternoon would be lost that they were right.  I should have closed the window when I had the chance.  My problem is that I cannot close the game until I have won.

The cards come in two different decks, with each card portraying a different illustration of either “love” or “lascivious”.  Available via their website for £16 each or £25 for both packs, these cards could be used for all manner of games.

If, however, you fancy just sticking to solitaire then check out the online version here.

I am absolutely honoured and astounded that the By Caprice official blog has started following my little Tumblr.  The brand helmed by one of the most famous lingerie models of all time has just premiered their SS12 collection (shown here) with pieces retailing to rival the prices of La Senza, Topshop et al, often undercutting them and providing far more design detail.

A shrewd businesswoman, multiple cover star and several-times Sexiest Woman of the Year, By Caprice also covers my two other favourite design pastimes: nightwear and swimwear.  The embroidery on the Rosie set (bottom right) is my favourite which also provides necessary concealed enhancement up from the cups.

(Source: bycaprice)