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August 20 2014

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6 posts tagged "Lingerie"

Playboy, Pillar of Female Empowerment, Is Launching Push-Up Bras

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Playboy x biofit

Yesterday, we published a story that discussed the empowering properties of lingerie. Today, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we’ve learned that Playboy, the nudie mag whose articles allegedly appeal to just as many readers as its naked models, is launching push-up bras. Big surprise: The bras, a collaboration with Biofit, will be modeled by Playmates. “A lot of thought went into finding the right Playmate,” Matt Nordby, president of global licensing at Playboy Enterprises, told WWD. “You don’t have to be an Angel or Playmate to appreciate this product. The Playboy brand needs to empower the female consumer. This is for women of all shapes and sizes, and allows them to feel sexy.” That’s a nice sentiment. But I have a feeling the biggest patrons of this collaboration—each product in which will bare the Playboy Bunny logo—are going to be ill-informed boyfriends.

Photo: via WWD

La Perla Swaps Lace and Thongs for Oysters and Mermen

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BLOG_dyptich(1)When I heard that La Perla, the sixty-year-old Italian brand that specializes in upmarket underpinnings, was holding its first menswear show during Pitti Uomo, I thought, Great! Yes. Finally. Saucy lingerie for men. Here’s to gender equality! To my disappointment, the models at today’s Spring ’15 presentation were not wearing masculine interpretations of G-strings and playsuits. In fact, they were fully clothed. But that’s not to say the show wasn’t entertaining. Designer Emiliano Rinaldi was inspired by “the bottom of the ocean,” hence the season’s signature print—an oyster with wings and an eyeball in the place of a pearl. This was stamped or embroidered on silk shorts, kimonos, and bedtime-appropriate tuxedo trousers. Hugh Hefner-esque robes were on offer (toodle-oo, gender equality), as were sporty mesh tops, vests, hoodies, and pajama pants (shown in gingham or stripes). “I think men have to be more sensual every day,” mused Rinaldi backstage. “This collection is about making something very intimate that can also be worn out.”

The clear highlight here—which I personally would love to see someone wear out—was a series of black and metallic scaled bodysuits. All were shown with matching scaled high-top trainers, and one even had a coordinating scuba-ready cap. These thoroughly amusing ensembles looked like some kind of merman-eel-Steve Zissou hybrid. “Because I was inspired by the sea, I wanted everything to be mysterious, mystical, and fantastic,” said Rinaldi of the unusual garments. “Also, I wanted to use these surfer suits to emphasize the fish and the skin of the fish. I always like to be a little bit erotic because I don’t like formal or logical fashion.” I’m still a bit upset that La Perla didn’t serve up the ultimate answer to sexy, manly intimates. (Wouldn’t they be just perfect for the recently coined spornosexual?) But I suppose mermen on the runway are just as good.

Photos: Courtesy of La Perla

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Launches Lingerie, Ralph Lauren Taps OneRepublic, Burch Joins Bush For FEED, And More…

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is making her move into fashion design with a twenties-inspired lingerie collection for English retailer Marks & Spencer (she is currently the face of the chain’s Autograph label). Rosie-like proportions, alas, not included with purchase. [Telegraph]

On the subject of lingerie, an exhibition showcasing the late photographer Lillian Bassman’s work (featuring ladies in lacy underthings, stockings, and garter belts) is now on display at New York’s Staley-Wise Gallery. The cheeky exhibit, appropriately titled Lingerie, displays about 30 of Bassman’s photographs and handwritten notes. The exhibit is open until May 26. [Vogue Italia]

Ralph Lauren is going pop. The designer has tapped chart-toppers OneRepublic for his latest Big Pony campaign; the band’s not yet commercially released “Life in Color” has been selected as the soundtrack for the Bruce Weber-shot videos. [Rolling Stone]

As if you needed another reason to support Lauren Bush-Lauren’s do-good Feed brand, here it is: Tory Burch has lent her design skills in a new collaboration with Bush and Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew. The traditional burlap design, with Burch’s pops of color and logo, retails for $50 at Holt Renfrew stores and online. [Racked]

China’s leading photographer Chen Man has snapped it all, from singer Faye Wong on horseback to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana playing mah-jongg with one of China’s leading men. The lenswoman goes back through her archives to curate her favorite works, now on display at Nowness. [Nowness]

Calvin Klein announced the launch of its Tumblr blog, which features posts from Hanneli Mustaparta, this morning. She will be giving readers a behind-the-scenes take on everything Calvin Klein. [Calvin Klein Tumblr]

 

 

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

 

Are You Prepared To Go Bare?

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Bras, corsets, tap pants, and briefs were exposed all over the Spring runways, with unexpected designers like Akris‘ Albert Kriemler joining lingerie lovers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano at the panty party. No doubt about it, innerwear as outerwear is one of the season’s top trends. But does the look work off the catwalk? Can you really show up to a meeting dressed as Madonna in her Like a Virgin phrase? We asked the experts.


“Naturally, I’m not hoping to see a lot of inappropriate bare skin and literal lingerie showing in the workplace,” says Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. “I’m foreseeing a spike in lace-edge slips emerging from hemlines and sheer, pretty hosiery again.” However, if you are thinking literal, “the best way to wear lingerie is to take it out of context,” explains Fabiola Beracasa, who’s been known to rock a black corset over a white tee. “And make sure it’s delicate and expensive-looking, not trashy,” says stylist Kate Young. Her Spring pick? Stella McCartney‘s plunge-front nude lace halter. A couple of hard and fast rules: Exposed elastic bra straps are a no-no, only silk will do (Jean Yu); and if you do experiment with transparency, don’t leave home without a jacket (Kelly Cutrone). And, finally, this from a master of the seductive arts, Domenico Dolce: “Don’t be too audacious. Save something for the imagination.”


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Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

Lingerie Miami Brings the Sizzle

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While New Yorkers mostly stuck to indoor activities this weekend, guests at Lingerie Miami Saturday night were happy to be al fresco. The flesh-friendly host city flaunted some of its best assets at the outdoor fashion show in front of the majestic Vizcaya palazzo in Coral Gables, and while a retreating cold front tried to spoil the fun, the models seemed oblivious to their goose bumps. Host Eva Longoria Parker had a personal space heater brought in, and after enough getups from Agent Provocateur, Fifi Chachnil, and Carine Gilson, the air felt downright sultry.

Agent Provocateur made the most of it, presenting 35 creatively accessorized looks (a whip here, a shopping cart there) and, naturellement, a few takes on the French maid. “A girl that comes out in lingerie and is able to walk the walk will make a man do anything. It’s like a superhero costume for women,” brand creator Joe Corre mused afterward. Expect to see more sexy crime fighters on a runway near you: Organizer Renata M. Black is planning to hold a similar event in New York next February. “Victoria’s Secret can only be a monopoly for so long,” she pointed out.

Proceeds from the evening went toward loans for underprivileged women, a gesture that guest speaker Deepak Chopra (who rubbed elbows with the likes of Elsa Benitez, Ines Rivero, and co-host Veronica Webb) linked to the larger imperative to “harness the female elements and forces of the universe” in the hope of ultimately achieving world peace. Who knew lace corsets could do all that?

Photo: Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images