Last month we reported on the impending debut of Myla’s 10th Anniversary capsule collection. At the time, images of the British brand’s anniversary line weren’t yet available, but they are now.
The first that caught our eye is the luxurious and deliciously impractical Grace Feather Trim Bra, all black satin and feathers tied up with a berry bow.
I don’t know if Myla was thinking of Black Swan when they came up with this opulent wonder, but the Grace bra immediately calls to mind Darren Aronovsky’s critically acclaimed film, which is set to be released on Friday. The darkly beautiful film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas and won praise at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals when it debuted earlier this year.
While Portman’s dramatic Black Swan costumes were custom made by the celebrated design duo Rodarte, the Myla Grace bra and matching open-backed, feather knickers are a great way to bring the same kind of mysterious, glamorous femininity to your own wardrobe. Or wear this under a small jacket for opening night, and watch your fellow movie patrons drop their popcorn!
The limited-edition Myla 10th Anniversary Collection includes 14 items from bras and panties to corsets and sexy accessories. If you’re looking for a gift this holiday season Myla certainly offers up several options from the aforementioned feathered bra to the Darcey Feather Corset and Feather Bustle Knickers.
The decidedly feminine and not altogether practical collection is made up of three primary hues — black, white and berry — and features several of Myla’s classic styles. There is satin, lace and soft chiffon, and as adornment you will find not only feathers but bows, pearls, ruffles and Swarovski crystals.
The berry-and-white Delicate Blush pattern (what Myla refers to as “Victoriana”) is the only non-black option in the collection in addition to the berry-and-black ruffled Lilly Button Back Knickers. If you like the Delicate Blush pattern it comes in both the flirty Camilia Babydoll and a pair of bow-adorned panties with a flirty keyhole in the back.
The capsule collection ranges from £49 to £300 and is available for purchase online at Myla‘s website.
Below, we show you the matching Grace feathered cutout knickers, followed by the Darcey version of tail-feather knickers. Check out the rest of the collection at Myla’s site.
The Gift: Ted Baker Bow Socks Gift Pack
Perfect For: Nice girls
Remember Mr. Bean’s uncontainable excitement when he gifted himself a pair of red socks, turned to his teddy and happily exclaimed, “Christmas socks!”?
Well, that’s like me on Christmas morning. Alas, not everyone shares my enthusiasm for this much-loathed gift choice; the world is full of sock-haters.
You can help elevate the sorry status of socks as a gift-of-last-resort with this cool three-pack box set from Ted Baker.
Available in either black or lilac, the three pairs feature bow and faux pearl embellished designs and contrast trims, and are housed in an elegant branded box. A perfect choice for the refined tween or teen who channels Blair Waldorf and will undoubtedly sport these chic feet-warmers with a pleated skirt and brogues.
Sure to garner praise on Christmas morning (and convert anyone with a sock aversion).
Tomorrow: Let your delicates travel in style
Put a spell on him this holiday season — literally.
Ma Mignonnette, the hand-finished luxury lingerie hailing from England, doesn’t just find design inspiration in romantic tales of passionate lovers and mystical moonlit charms. No, this label brings the fantasy to life by packaging each item with a handwritten love spell and rose quartz charm in a keepsake box. The ribbon adorning said package? Tie it in your hair. The rose petals inside? Use your imagination.
One purchase and you’ll understand Ma Mignonnette’s commitment to the “magical art of adornment.” Shy girls, prepare to channel your inner seductresses once you step into one of these delicate pieces. (For dramatic types, there’s a Tools of Seduction section on the website, with theatrical boudoir accessories.)
Naughty stuff aside, Ma Mignonnette’s decadent collections embrace fairy-tale fantasy, enchantment and glamour. The newest collection, Nights at the Circus, is inspired by the glitz of the showgirl and the romance of yesteryear and is designed with three distinct circus characters.
Inspired by both the knife-wielder and the girl on the knife-thrower’s wheel, the Dagger Doll range offers “slashed” luxury. The Dagger Doll Slashed Bra is a balconette bra sculpted to optimize your shape, and boasts ruby-hued panels that can be provocatively untied if the mood so strikes. The matching knickers are also peek-a-boo-friendly, with a ribbon-tied panel.
The Show Pony collection is for the coquette. The Show Pony customer will fall for the ruffles, intricate trimming, crystals and shades of dusky rose.
The Aerialist pieces are delicate and the vintage-inspired. Gold lace and cream ribbons decorate these powder-blue separates.
Ma Mignonnette has been on the scene for less than a year and is quickly building a swoon-worthy reputation in the affordable end of the luxury market. Drool over the cabaret lingerie and pick the enchanted piece that best speaks to your own love story; be one of the first to “discover” the bras that come with love spells.
Enjoy the very creative photo campaign below that accompanies the Nights at the Circus collection, which you can find in Ma Mignonnette’s online shop.
The Gift: Rosary Necklace & Knicker Set
Perfect For: Naughty girls with a guilty conscience
Shop: Made by Niki
Has someone on your list been a little naughty this year? And all because of you? Then offer them the gift of redemption with the cheeky Made by Niki rosary necklace & knickers combo!
Not for the prudish or the pious, the beautiful bespoke foil box contains a mesh knicker complete with suspended rosary and a Swarovski crystal pendant that can be combined to create a necklace. Perfect for the sinner to count her 10 Hail Marys!
Available exclusively online at Made by Niki, the knicker set is available in either a devilish black or heavenly ivory color option, and offered from a UK size 8-14, which is approximately a North American 6-14 (do note that sizing runs small).
Word to the wise: probably not the best stocking stuffer to open at the in-laws. The rosary knicker set may induce thoughts of more carnal pleasures between you and your lover, but grandma will be clutching her pearls!
[Ed. Note: This is the first in a daily series of Christmas stocking stuffers for the lingerie fan on your gift list.]
Tomorrow: Learn to love gift socks
I’m continually amazed at how little critical reporting Victoria’s Secret gets from the fashion and business press. When Apple or Microsoft launch a new product, a thousand bloggers pick the thing apart. When VS does the same, editors around the world are happy to run the sexy photos with little comment. Talk about a free ride.
Anne is a former VS Fashion Director who’s on a crusade to promote a new vision of sensuality in American fashion, culture and media. She is passionate about what she calls “the positive portrayal of female sexuality in America” and advocates a female-centric value system she calls “Smart Sensuality” — confident, creative women with real heart. If you haven’t come across Anne’s blogs yet, run-don’t-walk.
Anne writes frequently about Victoria’s Secret, with an obvious fondness for her old employer but a growing skepticism about the ways in which VS conveys the meaning of sexuality and eroticism to American girls and women.
Recently, she posted a lengthy open letter to Victoria’s Secret, proposing that the brand adopt a new set of values, ditch the glitzy diamond bras, and end this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with a symbolic repudiation of its increasingly tacky, Vegas-style antics. She ties in the phoenix imagery with references to the Selita Banks phoenix-like creature in the Kanye West ‘Runaway’ video.
We’ve excerpted a few passages from Anne’s article below. You can read the full version here.
The VS Fashion Show, which was taped two weeks after Anne’s piece appeared, will air on Tuesday night. You’ll have to watch to see if they took her advice.
From: “Dear Victoria’s Secret: We Need ‘Runaway’ Phoenix Wings”
The world needs a phoenix, the mythical bird that flies far ahead to the front, collecting sensory information about our world and the events unfolding in it. The 21st century phoenix must be female. Millions of men worldwide believe that only women as phoenix can lead us out of this wilderness. Soon it may be too late.
Loving her body, as a reflection of her integrated self and including her soul, is far more important to women than diamonds. … At the end of the day, diamonds are not a girl’s best friend, and they are no substitute for intimacy and good sex. …
I propose a new ending to this year’s New York City Victoria’s Secret fashion show on November 30. Instead of the beautiful, sensual Adriana Lima strutting her diamond-encrusted Bombshell cleavage front and center, I see an ending with all the models and official Angels as phoenix goddesses. …
Close your eyes and imagine this.
All of the Victoria’s Secret phoenix birdies appear as ballet dancers with golden scissors. They hover over Adriana Lima like fireflies, gently snipping away all her diamonds, dropping them into a classical Greek urn on loan from the Metropolitan Museum for the evening.
When all the diamonds are removed from the bra and Adriana Lima stands as the radiant Brazilian goddess that she is for real, she pulls a check for $2 million out of her Bombshell bra and hands it to Shakira for her ALAS foundation. …
This, my dear friends, is real Bombshell power in action. No leaping out of war machines, strutting across the tarmac like the Israeli army. The new Bombshells are fireflies. …
Because I love you so, Victoria’s Secret, I want you to have brand values that resonate with tomorrow’s woman, one who just isn’t so impressed with Bombshell boobs and Diamond Lil fashion shows. This young Smart Sensuality woman has soul. And so do the men who love her. Trust me, there are many like her in the pipeline.