Chantal Thomass has been unveiling her Fall 2010 lingerie collection in bits and pieces over the past couple of months, much like a striptease. Which, if you’re familiar with her lingerie, is appropriate.
Thomass is revered in France, where she is known as the madame of Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, site of her flagship store — and a must-see on your tourist itinerary if you want to revel in genuinely sexy French knickers for an afternoon.
It appears as though Thomass’ full collection for the fall-winter season is now in place, with a total of seven lines — some new, and some retooled favorites — available at Chantal Thomass boutiques across Europe and numerous online retailers as well.
As expected, the new Thomass collection is playful and naughty and more than a little risqué, with generous nods to burlesque and can-can traditions, plus a little modern-day glam thrown in.
Even the names of her lines reflect Thomass’ bold approach to seductive lingerie: Impensable (“Unthinkable”) offers pieces in a two-tone braid and features pleats, ruffles, and bows; while the consumer favorite Malicieuse line (“Malicious”) is back with more color variations under all that ruffled trim.
Although Thomass favors bold and contrasting color schemes in many of her lines (she even did a tweed line this spring!), you’ll want to check out the new Courtiglam line (bottom photo) — very elegant, retro-inspired satin and lace creations in flat grey or ivory.
For sheer fun, have a look at the Soubrettisse line (top photo below), with its playful variations on the ageless French maid fantasy! Likewise with the sleek, satiny Lonely Poet line (photo above): look closely at the photo and you’re bound to get a chuckle when you see what Thomass has done with a man’s necktie!
The fall 2010 collection also includes some refinements to Thomass’ Tulle Froncé line of classic mesh pieces which are now available in a dramatic purple and a bows print.
Click on the images below for a sample from each line in the Chantal Thomass autumn-winter 2010-11 collection. And check out her website — it’s one of the most original and amusing in the entire lingerie industry!