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New Lingerie Line CV Will Amp Up Your Sexual Resume

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Christina Viviani“The name comes from the idea that we all have a sexual résumé,” explained Christina Viviani, the designer behind Curriculum Vitae, a new lingerie line launching this Thursday at Barneys, with arrivals at Colette, 10 Corso Como, Moda Operandi, and more to follow. The Detroit-raised designer spent ten years polishing her skills at Donna Karan and Adrienne Vittadini before moving into the realm of intimates last year. “No one was really doing a cooler, younger version of Kiki,” she explained. “I’m dressing for myself and designing for myself—for the downtown girl.”

The line is made up of New York-manufactured below-14th basics: street-influenced racer tanks in black silk with matching silk boxers; simple mesh bikini bottoms; and sheer, white-lace onesies with materials sourced from Italy and Japan. An exclusive first look at the collection, which is priced between $30 and $400 debuts here. “We use a lot of rose-gold hardware, bodysuits with a snap, sleep sets with cutouts on the back…They’re kind of luxury-quality essentials,” noted Viviani of the clean, Bowery-with-a-hint-of-vamp wares. They’re for a girl “with more of an edge—she’s wearing [the line] with her Alexander Wang, with Proenza,” said the designer.

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That’s not to say the pieces don’t hold classic appeal. “I’m really inspired by a lot of vintage references and the way construction was made back then. I want to take that and make it modern,” said Viviani, who grew up watching black-and-white favorites (“The movie Pillow Talk with Doris Day was a really big thing”) with her grandparents before moving to New York to study at FIT at 17.

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CV also has a lifestyle component: Viviani traveled the world meeting with high-end sex toy artisans before curating a collection of globally sourced and personally designed sex accessories. “That was really fun—and a big learning curve,” said Viviani, who touched down in Berlin, L.A., Las Vegas, and San Francisco on the way. “Meeting different people and learning the art behind sensuality—you go into these conventions at 9 a.m. and it’s like, be awake!” CV will sell toys on its site, as well as discreet (you could hardly tell what they were if you didn’t look twice) pleasure kits in the rooms of the Chateau Marmont, Standard Hotels, and the Mercer, among others. “Three condoms, lube, and a vibrator…that’s all you really need in a hotel room. Let’s be honest,” she joked.

“I think I’m just excited for it to launch and kind of understand the customer more and see the reaction,” mused Viviani. “It’s kind of like being an artist and showing your work in a gallery for the first time.”

Photos: David Roemer; Courtesy of Photos

From Beach To Street, Swimsuits Make the Ready-to-Wear Crossover

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Now TrendingThe lines between swim and ready-to-wear are blurrier than ever these days. This season, we’ve witnessed tastemakers replacing still-happening crop tops with functional yet stylish suits meant to be worn at the beach and off of it. Swapping out your underwear for your bikini isn’t necessarily new—particularly if you’ve ever been a few days behind on laundry—but designers are now emphasizing underpinnings as a key part of the total look. Resort found the likes of Rosetta Getty and Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld layering triangle tops under silk shirtdresses and mesh vests, while high-waisted briefs turned up at Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Agnona. Sporty bandeaus, meanwhile, proved to be popular among the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Preen.

Here, a slideshow of swimsuits making the ready-to-wear crossover.

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Balenciaga Resort ’15 in Action

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Alexander Wang’s sailboat-inspired Resort ’15 Balenciaga collection, which cruised down the runway in New York yesterday, marked the designer’s first full year at the storied house. “At the beginning, it was about the idea of architectural forms and symmetry, the 360-degree view,” Wang told Style.com’s Nicole Phelps backstage. “Here, I wanted to work with asymmetry, cutting more fluidly.” What better way to understand Wang’s “fluid” vision than watching it float down the runway? See the nautical milestone collection in motion here, exclusively on Style.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Wang Brings Back Saucy Stripper and SNL Legend Mango for His Latest Flick

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Saturday Night Live is still funny and all, but I can’t help but miss the days of Chris Kattan and his sassy character Mango, who sexed up the show between 1997 and 2002. An irresistible beret-wearing exotic dancer, Mango seduced everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck to Ellen DeGeneres and J.Lo during his time on the program. “You can’t have-a-da-Mango!” he’d scream at the end of each skit, slapping his gold lamé hot-pants-clad caboose. Well, the SNL star has made an exception for the one and only Alexander Wang, who convinced Kattan to bring back the sprightly stripper for his latest T by Alexander Wang video. “I’ve always loved Mango’s character from SNL, and to be able to work with [Kattan] was such an honor,” Wang told Style.com. “Sometimes when fashion becomes too stiff, it’s great to have someone such as Mango come through and inject a new burst of energy. Having fun and a sense of humor is so important to me that when I’m able to incorporate it into my work, I run with it,” he added of the flick, which also features a musical component and stars rapper-cum-choreographer Sharaya J. This project follows Wang’s 2013 short, a comedy sketch that saw Anjelah Johnson revive her peeingly funny (and always unhelpful) MadTV character Bon Qui Qui. Kattan has a lot to live up to, but somehow, we think Mango will manage.

A teaser for Wang’s Mango film debuts exclusively here. And don’t forget to tune into Wang’s website and social media platforms on June 3 to see the full sketch.

Shop the Look: Rock On

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Rock On

Leave it to Alexander Wang to make geology cool. His debut collection for Balenciaga sent models down a cool Carrera marble runway in matching marble-swirled tops, pants, and even fur jackets. Needless to say, a trend was born. Ever since, we’ve been drawn to raw stones and natural prints for everything from chunky jewelry to our home décor. And with summer on the horizon, we’re searching for statement-making turquoise pieces, too; it’s the one color that never goes out of style. Rest assured we’ll leave no stone unturned this season. Shop our favorite rocky wares by Robert Rodriguez, Nina Ricci, Thierry Lasry, and more, below.

1. Nina Ricci double stone ring, $525, available at shopbop.com

2. Thierry Lasry thick-rimmed sunglasses, $360, available at farfetch.com

3. Robert Rodriguez Carrara-print silk dress, $720, available at matchesfashion.com

4. Tibi Amber heel, $375, available at tibi.com

5. Michael Kors Channing gold-tone stainless steel watch, $250, available at net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo