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Dream Girl: Marion Cotillard In Interview Magazine
Posted by richard | July 21, 2010
Marion Cotillard | Interview Magazine

French beauty Marion Cotillard gets to laze about in some high-priced couture lingerie in the August issue of Interview magazine, which should be on newsstands soon.

The photo layout is shot by Mikarl Jansson, combining understated color images and slightly grainy black-and-white, all very delicately lit.

Marion is, of course, one of the world’s leading actresses and a true old-world screen siren — that rare beauty who commands rapturous attention every time she is on screen.

Yet, despite winning the best actress Oscar for La Vie en Rose a few years ago, Marion has remained largely unknown to North American audiences.

Until now, that is. Marion plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s doomed dream girl in the brain-melting Inception, which looks to become the summer’s biggest hit.

Audiences will be debating the meaning(s) of the film for years, but I think we can all agree that Marion has earned her share of the spotlight. And is another good reason why Inception is worth multiple viewings!

Marion Cotillard | Interview Magazine

Marion Cotillard | Interview Magazine

Marion Cotillard | Interview Magazine

Marion Cotillard | Interview Magazine

It’s getting mighty close to back-to-school time — not the books-and-classes part, just the obligatory shopping blitz.

And to remind us, Victoria’s Secret has come out with a new photoshoot featuring Behati Prinsloo, darling cover girl and face of the VS Pink® line of lingerie and accessories for college cuties.

This season, VS Pink borrows heavily from other Victoria’s Secret branded collections, especially in its abundant use of animal prints. To make the point, VS Pink is even offering a free animal-print stuffed puppy (like the one Behati is holding above) with every purchase online.

There’s nothing very original in this season’s VS Pink catalogue, but that shouldn’t be a surprise or a deterrent. After all, the entire Pink collection is aimed at dorm-room conformists — the kind of kids who feel too “grown-up” for Gap, but aren’t yet ready to patch together a personal style.

Still, it’s all quite cheap and comfortable and, gotta say it, cute as a button. Plus, VS Pink does a masterful job of expanding the concept of “underwear” to include such lounging staples as sweat pants and hoodies and leggings — all made for combining with your zebra-print bralettes and lacy thongs.

As you can tell, I’m pretty ambivalent about the whole VS Pink collection and its ubiquitous self-promoting logos. We have a daughter in college and, quite frankly, I hope “Think Pink” isn’t the only thing on her mind when classes resume!

None of which is a knock against Behati, who is one of the most likable models in the VS stable. Behati is also an aspiring photographer and good friend of Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. If you want to see something really fun check out the engagement photos she took in Central Park just before Coco’s wedding last month.

Chantal Thomass | Lonely Poet

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!

Chantal Thomass | Soubrettise

Chantal Thomass | Impensable

Chantal Thomass | Malicieuse

Chantal Thomass | Tulle Fronce

Chantal Thomass | Encens Moi

Chantal Thomass | Courtiglam
Lindsay Lohan In Jeweled Lingerie For Complex Magazine
Posted by richard | July 19, 2010
Lindsay Lohan in Complex Magazine

Give Lindsay Lohan some credit — the girl knows how to make headlines!

A day before heading off to jail, actress/model Lindsay shows up on the cover of Complex magazine’s August/September style issue, in a clever photospread featuring some crazy and exotic lingerie pieces.

It’s LiLo’s second magazine cover of the week, after sporting Mara swimwear and Undrest lingerie in the German edition of GQ last week.

The Complex spread is a highly original mix of studio photography and cartoon illustration by KAWS, the ex-Disney designer/graffiti artist.

The chameleon-like Lindsay (compare this look to her GQ shoot!) has fun modeling a jeweled corset by Manuel, La Perla shorts, and a bauble-studded bodysuit by Jeremy Scott … among other goodies.

None of which, unfortunately, will match that prison-orange jumpsuit waiting for her tomorrow.

Complex has posted a video about the making of the photoshoot, along with their interview with Lindsay, on their website here. Which is weird, since the print version of the magazine doesn’t actually hit the stands till Aug. 10.

Who knows where Lindsay will be then?


Feast your eyes, dear readers, and start saving your grocery money.

These are the preview images from the fall lingerie collection from Damaris, the UK’s most coveted luxury label, which will hit the stores in August.

Earlier we showed you the previews from Damaris’s down-market sister label, Mimi Holliday (although it’s bit odd to think of something so sublime as “down-market”). We’re showing the Damaris line separately because the market segment (and the collection itself) is so different it deserves its own showcase — this is luxury lingerie of the very highest class.

Both brands sold out their spring collections quickly, and there’s no reason to believe the same won’t happen again next month.

The Damaris brand is the creation of Damaris Evans, who has been dubbed the “Lingerie Queen” of the UK, and has adorned celebrities, royalty and many lesser mortals too.

Damaris is sold in high-end boutiques around the world and, in the U.S., online at Net-a-Porter.com.

Melanie will have a LOT to say about the new Damaris/Mimi Holliday collections when she gets back from vacation. Until then, enjoy the feast!





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