Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has often be labeled a stuffy, conservative city without much ‘excitement’. I beg to differ.
Case in point was last week’s vintage lingerie party at Victoire boutique, where owners Katie and Regine breathed some excitement into our mainly quiet capital.
Vintage lingerie aficionados themselves, the girls had finally amassed enough lingerie through donations and estate sales to throw their first-ever lingerie shopping event, the Some Like it Hot Vintage Lingerie Sale!
Since I already patronize this boutique and have a love for all things pretty-with-an-edge (Victoire describes the girls who shop there as “rebel girls with good manners”), I decided to scope it out for myself.
I arrived at 4:20 p.m., 20 minutes after the start time, but there were already droves of women clutching sorbet-hued chiffon and lace confections waiting patiently to assess the old underpinnings in the fitting rooms. Apparently we Ottawa women sure do like our skivvies … and they say our city is not exciting! Pfffft!
The vintage lingerie was conveniently sorted by color and style: one rack boasted pastel babydolls, camisoles, high-waisted sheer knickers and flowing nightgowns while the other appealed to those ready to unleash their more naughty side with red lace, leopard teddies and barely-there undies.
And guess who made a surprise visit to merchandise Victoire’s shop windows for the event? Hannah Metz of The Loved One! She is, after all, an Ottawa native (see, we DO boast cool cred).
As Hannah is launching her own lingerie label, it seemed appropriate that she should arrange the goodies in the display windows in what Regine dubbed the ‘lingerie chandelier’. Describing this concoction would only further confuse you, so it’s best to imagine this. Trust me.
All in all, the event was a success; women left the store carrying mint-green tissue-wrapped frilly underthings, gushing about their new purchases. But the party was more than just a shopping event, it was about making new what is old — and that feels better than scoring new duds.
Psst! Did I mention you can shop online from Victoire?! Click here to check out their site!