Audrey Olivia by Inspire Psyche Terry

Audrey Olivia by Inspire Psyche Terry

Inspire Psyche Terry is thrilled to announce the debut of sister line Audrey Olivia, which is with a focus on bras in varying shades of nude, specifically designed for the DD and DDD woman. Audrey Olivia comes at a price point of $14.00 – $35.00, complementary to already accessible Inspire Psyche Terry and furthering the brand’s commitment to lingerie for all.

Audrey Olivia by Inspire Psyche Terry

Audrey Olivia bras are now available to shop at Wal-Mart stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and will be available online at WalMart.com and Audrey-Olivia.com by end of March.

“I’m so proud to bring bras in varying shades of nude to full bust and full figure women nationwide, a significant market that has previously gone underserved,” says Psyche Terry, Founder and Designer of Inspire Psyche Terry and Audrey Olivia. “As a woman of color it’s always been a challenge to find nude products that match my skin tone, and I’m thrilled to be able to break this barrier in the bra category for women like me – especially in DD-DDD sizing. I named the line Audrey Olivia after my daughter, who like the women we serve is strong, beautiful and fearless!”

Audrey Olivia by Inspire Psyche Terry

The star of the line is a versatile, wear-anywhere Deep Plunge Bra featuring a subtle and sophisticated animal print, available in four inclusive shades of nude: a porcelain Frappe, taupe Mochaccino, bronze Mocha and rich-hued Cocoa. The debut Audrey Olivia collection offers three additional silhouettes, a Lace Balconette Bra in contrasting Coffee with Mochaccino, a seamless Silky Balconette Bra in Black Coffee, and a Silky 6-Way Convertible Balconette Bra in Black Coffee. All Audrey Olivia bras are strategically and thoughtfully designed to support the full bust and full figure woman, holding a superior commitment to fit with spill-proof bra cups, slip-resistant straps, no-roll back bands and more for cup sizes DD – DDD; bands 34 – 40.

Audrey Olivia by Inspire Psyche Terry

 

 

Dita Von Teese Lingerie is Back in Town

Dita Von Teese Lingerie is Back in Town

I visited Dita Von Teese and her lingerie parents at Anderson Brockhurst to see her sold out appearance at the Gramercy Theater in downtown NYC a few weeks days ago. I have seen some pretty edgy shows in my time, but I had never seen a live Burlesque show. I was in for a treat: vaudeville, saucy dance, glittery costumes, and in your face comedy.  Dita’s act, The Art of the Tease, proved once again why she is internationally lauded for this genre. Luxurious, spellbinding sets enhance the slow, deliberate and sensual style of her performance. The female body is transformed into a fearless, moving work of art. She is the quintessential lingerie icon.

Dita Von Teese Lingerie is Back in Town

That’s why when her young brand disappeared from the market radar last spring; there was a deep sigh of disappointment, particularly by the retailers that had experienced the incredible sell through of her first few seasons. Suffice it to say, these things happen in business.  But after a reorganization of infrastructure while maintaining her original first class sales, design and production team, Dita Von Teese is back in town. Dita’s hand is, as always, clearly embedded in the product. She has applied her amazing eye for glamour with the same attention to detail that delivers her star quality acts. Despite the fact that the new intimates are stunning, one more beautifully wrought than the next, it is, in my opinion, the panties that speak to my retail value instincts. They are collectibles, a worthy reflection of Dita’s sensuality, strength and hardworking character. Available from XS – 4XL, I see them as their own statement that when merchandised together have multiple unit sale’s potential. An “I deserve this” pick me up, they are a delicious slice of spice.

Dita Von Teese Lingerie is Back in Town Dita Von Teese Lingerie is Back in Town

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

I love to look to the specialized “boutique” lingerie trade events to see new designers they are promoting, and one particular event I can always rely on is The Lingerie Edit (TLE).  TLE is a UK-based trade event that aligns themselves with independent, premium labels from the lingerie and swimwear sector.  That’s where my discovery of aimée occurred, and my lingerie-hunting radar pulsed wildly!

A luxury lingerie and loungewear company that will be launching in 2017, aimée  is already making waves within the industry, with its designer Aimee McWilliams recently winning The Lingerie & Swimwear Edit Award sponsored by APM for its debut collection.  McWilliams did not start her fashion career with ambitions to design lingerie, but learned through her luxury ready-to-wear design experience that intimate apparel paired nicely with her design aesthetic.  She partnered with Simon Paul Benton to create a collection that appeals to a wide range of women, particularly a woman of confidence and style.  That being said, we are excited to see how retailers and consumers respond to this chic new label!

For anyone interested in attending the upcoming Lingerie Edit exhibit, you’re in luck!  The show takes place at the swanky Savoy Hotel in London January 12-13, 2017.

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

Sexy aimée Lingerie

 

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

Wellfitting is a brand that sells lingerie online. It specializes exclusively in bras manufactured by Comexim, a Polish lingerie company that’s acquired quite the reputation for a wide size range, narrow underwires, and a padded plunge shape. I received a review sample in a slightly new cut: the Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge, in a bold green color that feels both seasonal and a little deliciously-evil-queen.

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

APPEARANCE

The Liftsational Extra-Deep Plunge bra, a three-part lightly-padded plunge bra with three-part cups, which is fully adjustable black shoulder straps, and a black grosgrain bow at the center gore. The continuous band fastens with three rows and three columns of hooks and eyes, and there are no side stays (boning). The bra is lined throughout in black, with a shiny stretch outer fabric in a vibrant green. Even though there are seams, this bra serves me pretty well as a t-shirt bra: the padded lining provides nipple coverage and the seams are flat and fairly invisible under most knits.

The coordinating briefs feature a slightly higher-than-usual waistline, as well as a slightly high-cut legline that reminds me of briefs from the late 1980s and early 1990s. This set is a little unusual for a full-bust lingerie set in that there’s no sheer mesh or lace anywhere: the entire thing, including the band, is opaque, with solid black trims in place of embroidery or frills.

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

FIT

If I hadn’t consulted with the Wellfitting owners I would have had NO idea what size to try. Wellfitting uses a, frankly, baffling mashup of American, UK, and European cup sizes, such that the cup size progression goes A, B, C, D, DD, DDD, G, H, HH, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R. Coupled with uncertainty about band sizes, this way of labeling cup sizes always kept me from placing an order on my own. The Wellfitting team recommended I try a size 34K, which fortunately turned out to be a great fit (for comparison, I usually wear a 32GG-32H in UK sizes, and 34K in Comexim seems to translate to roughly a 34H in UK sizes, so it runs about a band size and a cup volume small). I also tested the size calculator on the website which is mostly accurate for me, but as someone whose bust measurement varies depending on the day and on the bra I’m wearing, it’s also pretty easy for the calculator to suggest a completely different size. Wellfitting offers a generous return and exchange policy, and shipping is free for orders over $75.

I can with confidence say that sizing up from your UK band size is a good idea. I reliably wear a 32 band in most UK brands, occasionally a 30 in Freya, and I needed the 34 in the Liftsational bra. With its double layer of opaque fabric instead of a single layer of translucent mesh, the band is much firmer than some of my other bras. It fastens comfortably on the loosest set of hooks, even after several wears and washes. The low center gore tacks firmly against my sternum. Both padded bras and plunge bras can be really challenging for my super-projected breast shape, but this one is probably as good as any padded plunge bra can be.

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

COMFORT

I get great lift and shape in this bra– the band doesn’t dig or ride up, and the cups are soft and feel generally comfortable. However, it’s not a bra I’ll reach for on a really active day or for long-term wear, as I usually have to readjust the fit as the day goes on. The plunging neckline is so very plunging that I feel like my boobs will spill out if I bend over. I’ve tried to explain this to fitters before and it never seems to make sense to them, but I don’t feel like my boobs really “sit” well in padded bras, like they can’t settle into the cup and are just kind of wobbling around in there. Non-padded bras, by contrast, seem to hold onto my breast tissue and mold to my shape much better, plus I prefer the more streamlined profile non-padded bras give me.

The matching green briefs are SUPER comfy, with a nice high waistline that neither digs into my squishy natural waist nor rolls down under my belly. The briefs feature a fully elasticated legline, which is my preference for a secure fit.

Review: Wellfitting Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge Bra and Brief in Jade

OVERALL

Physically this is a comfortable, easy-to-wear set, but personally? I’m just really not a cleavage person. That sounds more negative than I mean it to, and I want to hasten to clarify that A) I’m speaking solely of my own body and personal comfort, and B) fuller-busted folks don’t always have a lot of choice when it comes to cleavage. I have cleavage in most outfits, hello, I have big boobs. However, at this point in my life I’ve realized that amplifying and emphasizing cleavage or creating a really dramatic décolletage isn’t a style priority for me. I think at the end of the day I’m only really lukewarm on this set because it’s just not “me”. It does exactly what it promises: offers a supportive, rounded, projected shape with a dramatic plunging profile, but after years of being lucky enough to try dozens of different styles and brands, I’ve learned that I strongly prefer non-padded bras with more supportive shapes (so, like a balconette or full-cup bra). There are occasions when I need a plunge bra, or when I’m grateful for the extra coverage provided by the padded lining, but I never feel really secure and comfortable in them. However, I know there are fuller-busted folks out there who want the same “push-up” or plunging bra options that are available to those who wear core sizes, and in that case, I’d absolutely recommend checking out Wellfitting. The quality is excellent, the price is right in line with the larger UK full-bust brands, and the size range is incredibly wide. Plus, how often do you see bright green shiny lingerie? Not that often! I feel like there are some cosplayers out there who could make magic happen with this set.

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

I have many tissues to deal with when I write this article. I began to think about all the choices a bride has to make between her engagement and honeymoon. There must be a parallel somewhere, because from what I have learned trolling through the wedding business, the decisions are often complex, confusing and somewhat overwhelming. For a perfectly intelligent, generally calm woman, she should develop Bridal Brain. For example: What’s my color scheme; Pink, I think? “Something blue”; a bra ? Who knew? What lingerie should I wear on my wedding day? Sexy, black lace for my honeymoon getaway: Why not? Pleasure State Lingerie’s fall 16 collections help keep a young bride sane with dramatic, exquisitely wrought intimates designed with multiple solutions in mind. Actually, their primary mission is to insure a state of pleasure while she navigates the wedding whirl.

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

Bridal Brain ~ Pleasure State

 

The Modern Geisha ~ Bordelle AW16

Bordelle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Maybe you are familiar with the brand Bordelle, if not,  it doesn’t matter. It is my privilege to get you acquainted.

Since 2009, Bordelle has changed the game in luxury lingerie, and more specifically with bondage-inspired intimates.  This UK label made the risqué just a bit more mainstream and S&M a bit more palatable as it is infused with high-fashion glamour and created with groundbreaking designs.

The current  Bordelle  Autumn/Winter 2016 season showcases a provocative collection of intimates that explores the influence of Japanese art on the aesthetic of Western culture with the elegance and strength of the geisha, the ancient art of Kinbaku (Japanese forms of tight binding), and elements of origami inspire the current designs.  As expected, Bordelle offers a selection of body harnesses, cuffs, cut-out bras and panties, and chokers in its signature bold strap styling with 24-carat gold detailing.  No matter the variances of each season, this brand is instantly identifiable and a standout in the luxury lingerie community.  A beautiful editorial campaign always accompanies the launch of the new collection, so without further ado, please enjoy the following images!

Bordelle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

bordelle lingeriebriefs

bordelle lingeriebriefs

bordelle lingeriebriefs

bordelle lingeriebriefs

bordelle lingeriebriefs

Lingerie As Art ~ Art Basel & Lingerie Français

gilles berquet berquet circle exhibit for Lingerie Francais on Lingerie Briefs

Lingerie Français is a unique exhibition curated by historian Catherine Orman.  100 pieces of French Lingerie “illustrating significant developments in fashion, technological innovation, legendary craftsmanship, the morphing silhouette and the ever-evolving ideals of feminine propriety” will be shown in tandem with several internationally respected artists, such as M.J. Van Huijkelom, whose use of the female self informs their work. The photography by Gilles Berquet elegantly combines with the extraordinary undergarments on exhibit shortly at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach from 11/29 to 12/6

Artist M/J/ Von Huijkelon on Lingerie Briefs

 

Chantelle and Lise Charmel Archives on Lingerie Briefs

This show is a major effort to elevate intimates to the art status they command and it has governed society since 1880 and dictated women’s fashion are revealed through collections from major innovators in our industry including AUBADE, BARBARA, CHANTELLE, EMPREINTE, IMPLICITE, LISE CHARMEL, LOU, LOUISA BRACQ, MAISON LEJABY, PASSIONATA, and SIMONE PÉRÈLE. (hover over images for details)

Gille Berquet photography of French Lingerie for Lingerie Francais and Art Basel on Lingerie Briefs

Gille Berquet photography of French Lingerie for Lingerie Francais and Art Basel on Lingerie Briefs

Chantelle Vintage Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs photographed by Gille Berquet

Gille Berquet photography of French Lingerie for Lingerie Francais and Art Basel on Lingerie Briefs

Gille Berquet photography of French Lingerie for Lingerie Francais and Art Basel on Lingerie Briefs

“If I Collect Anything, It’s Lingerie” ~Paz de la Huerta

Delightfully Moody ~ Paloma Casile

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

 

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

Rather than go the obvious lingerie route, I wanted to present a brand that captured the moody mystery. Granted, there’s nothing spooky about Paloma Casile lingerie, but it’s definitely a brand known for its sensual dark images that are often set in dramatic black & white.  My initial impression once I discovered this brand was that it must be an editorial photographer’s dream to shoot.  Each piece by Paloma Casile easily exudes sophistication and luxury, and the details of her lace or beadwork just begged to be photographed.  It comes as no surprise that Paloma is based in France, where each collection is designed using traditional corsetry techniques.  Her background includes a degree (and high accolades) from ESMOD Paris, and professional experience with esteemed French labels such as Chantal Thomass and Cadolle.  Paloma Casile has created a delightfully moody world that we are eager to explore!  Join me in that journey starting with these striking images…

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

Paloma Casile on Lingerie Briefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

palomacasile lingeriebriefs

 

 

Review: B by Ted Baker Pure Peony Chemise

b by ted baker review low res

It was only recently that I realised Ted Baker has a lingerie and nightwear line too – no doubt because the line, B by Ted Baker, is a Debenhams exclusive and I don’t go there often. I’ve developed a major thing for digital, botanical prints lately, so I was instantly drawn to Debenhams’ B by Ted Baker section which was simply brimming with beautiful, realistic florals on everything from bras to kimonos. The scalloped trim on the Pure Peony chemise sealed the deal for me.

At the checkout, the chemise was popped into a B by Ted Baker gift bag which was a lovely touch that made the shopping experience that much better – I felt like I’d indulged in a luxury splurge when I’d actually only spent £30. The two friends I was shopping with and I all walked out with a B by Ted Baker gift bag swinging on our arms – the range really is that irresistible when you see it up close!

ted baker chemise close up

Appearance

What can I say about this Pure Peony print that you can’t see in the photo? It’s on a very pale, pinkish-cream background and is somewhere in between photo-realism and a watercolour painting. The fabric is satin but with just a subtle sheen rather than a shine.

I absolutely love the shape of the chemise too. The racer back style is unexpected, and trimmed with the same scalloped edging as the cups – the scallops are embroidered for a stark outline and one that holds its shape. The chemise is finished off with a little bow and rose-gold ‘B’, which seems to be the jewellery colour de rigeur right now. I think this looks like a significantly more expensive chemise than its £30 price tag.

Verdict: 9 / 10

ted baker floral chemise review low res

 

 

 

Construction

The chemise is made from 100% polyester, but on the outside at least looks and feels almost like silk – it’s super soft and smooth. Inside, you can see that it’s a cheaper-made garment because all of the seams are loosely overlocked, but that goes with the price tag. To be honest, I don’t care what the inside of my clothes look like so long as they don’t seem like they’re going to fall apart, and the sewing here seems secure enough.

The only little thing I’d change is the placement of the B by Ted Baker label inside the racer back – it’s nice for branding on the hanger, but means you can see the stitching on the outside of the chemise. I’d rather this label had been sewn into the seams with the fabric care one.

Verdict: 6 / 10

ted baker floral chemise review low res

ted baker chemise

Fit

This Pure Peony chemise is available from a UK 8 to a UK 18. I bought the UK 8 and as you can see it’s a really good fit on me despite technically being a size too big. It has a slightly loose, flared cut which means the sizing can be a little flexible. The cups are a wide triangle shape with a little ruching at the centre for depth, and fit me well – there’s room for someone with a larger bust too.

The straps are fixed-length, I would have preferred them to be adjustable but again that goes with the low price. The chemise is a few inches above the knee on me at 5’3, so bear in mind if you’re taller it’s going to be closer to a mini length.

Verdict: 7 / 10

b by ted baker chemise review

ted baker floral chemise

Durability

Long story short, I’ve machine-washed and tumble-dried this and it’s held up just fine. Yes, yes, I know I normally recoil in horror at the thought of tumble drying lingerie, and extol the benefits of a gentle hand wash. However the care label here says it’s okay to machine wash at 40 degrees and tumble dry on a low heat, and the garment has absolutely no elastic anywhere – even the straps are non-stretch – so I just thought, why not? And it looks exactly like it did before.

I’ll probably air dry it moving forwards, but it’s nice to know that this chemise can be super easy to care for. I know that will be a major plus for some people reading this!

Verdict: 9 / 10

b by ted baker chemise review

 

 

Value for Money

The Pure Peony chemise costs £30 and I really couldn’t be happier with it for that price. The quality is perfectly acceptable, and it looks like it could have cost double that. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from B by Ted Baker again.

Verdict: 10 / 10

 

On Debenham’s website, the Pure Peony chemise is currently only in stock in a UK 10-14. There is also a cami and shorts set, plus a bra, knickers and thong – I think the bra and scalloped-hem shorts would look awesome together! The brand also has a slightly different, dark grey version of the Pure Peony chemise if the delicate pink colour scheme isn’t your thing.

What do you think of B by Ted Baker’s Pure Peony chemise, and the line in general? Are you a regular visitor to Debenhams’ lingerie department?

Review: ZO Lingerie Azure Crop Top & Knickers

ZO Lingerie Azure top worn over a plain Maison Lejaby t-shirt bra

I featured new indie brand ZO Lingerie last month, and today I’m bringing you a more thorough look at this debut collection after the lovely Zofiia sent me a set to try out. Even though the standout piece for me is the understated Elegance bodysuit, I was also drawn to the sheer crop tops as they are a key component of ZO Lingerie’s aesthetic. The crops give the brand a unique viewpoint and I think they’re both something different and something that fits in perfectly with the current trends for unstructured, easygoing bralettes and lace on sheer mesh.

ZO Lingerie Azure top worn over a plain Maison Lejaby t-shirt bra

Appearance

I chose Azure of the 5 crop tops available, because I’m a sucker for eyelash lace trim, and with the placement of the lace thought I may just get away with it as outerwear too. I actually expected to receive something navy blue based on this picture, but maybe it’s just the lighting on my laptop – Azure only comes in this classic black.

As I mentioned in my previous article on ZO Lingerie, I love the unbound seams at the edges of the sheer mesh, which looks beautifully delicate and definitely gives the top more of a lingerie feel than an outerwear one. The lace is fairly nice, though I’m not sure it lives up to its “ultra-luxury” description (also, I’m certain this Instagram picture of an Azure top shows a different, more unusual lace hem?).

I do love the finishing details on this set though – keyholes with subtle, diamanté-centred buttons at the back of the crop, and pleated grosgrain ribbon and ruching on the matching knickers. Overall I think it’s on trend, elegant and sexy all at the same time, which is a hard combination to nail!

zo lingerie sheer crop review

Fit

I received the Azure set in a size XS which is the size my measurements most closely corresponded to on ZO Lingerie’s size chart, though my waist is over by 2cm. The knickers fit me perfectly, whilst the top is a fairly good fit but does feel a bit restrictive where the bottom hem hits a little above my waist.

The bust area is a great fit and spacious enough that I can layer this over a bra if I want to, whilst the crop top overall has very little stretch – the mesh has been placed so that it stretches vertically but not horizontally, and the lace trim is non-stretch – and I feel like I’m having to be super careful putting it on and taking it off to not tear it. You can see in the photo above that the button on the lower keyhole is straining. If your measurements fall into two sizes like mine do, go for the larger size.

 

Construction

ZO Lingerie’s website describes the brand as ‘handsewn’ but I’m pretty certain she means ‘handmade’. Regardless, both pieces are really nicely sewn together with small, barely-visible stitching. The seam’s on the crop top’s edges are rolled and those down the sides are hidden seams for a perfectly neat finish even on the inside of the garment. There’s no overlocking anywhere that I can see, as you’d expect to find on a cheaper garment.

You can really see that care and time has been taken to sew this Azure set together. ZO Lingerie describes itself as a luxury brand, and in terms of construction I’d say it definitely meets that standard when examined up close.

zo-lingerie azure crop and knickers set review

Durability

I’ve been hand-washing this set because of the delicate mesh and lace, and it’s held up beautifully. I’m a little worried about damaging the hem seam when putting it on or taking it off, but that’s a fit issue and I don’t envision any seams on this breaking of their own accord. As I mentioned, it’s really well sewn-together!zo lingerie azure lace crop top set review

Value for Money

When I initially received this Azure set, ZO Lingerie hadn’t opened for business and I had no idea of the retail value. It was impossible to guess too since minimum wage is notoriously low in Ukraine where ZO Lingerie is based (£41 per month) but at the same time, this set is beautifully made and is being marketed as a luxury product.

As it turned out, this set costs 89€ which is roughly £75 or $100. It’s definitely priced for a Western market, but I find the price fair for the quality and the fact it’s from an independent brand.

Final Thoughts

I realise I’ve spoken a lot about the crop top and not much about the knickers – they’re very lovely too, and I particularly like the ruched back which gives them something of a heart shape. It’s the top that steals the show though – if you’re a fan of crops tops or layering in your lingerie wardrobe, or are looking for a piece that can do double duty as underwear and outerwear, ZO Lingerie is worth checking out.