Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Forget about Christmas, for that matter.
Tomorrow is the happiest day of the year for fashionistas everywhere. Only one more sleep …
There, I said it.
The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Tuesday, 10 p.m., CBS) may be a shamelessly corny infomercial, awkwardly staged and transparently superficial, but we don’t care. For one day a year, we absolutely adore VS and its often-bland representation of American sexuality and fashion.
It’s like a Vegas chorus line in your living room, and quite simply the most fun you’ll have watching TV all year — ogling those thoroughbreds, snarking about the outfits, lip-synching along with the pop stars, laughing at the goofy voice-overs and just plain gasping at the sheer extravagance of it all.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a special Viewer’s Guide to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to help get you primed and pumped.
In the meantime, enjoy these backstage images shot by VS’s superb go-to photographer, Russell James.
If you don’t own a piece of Dita Von Teese lingerie, then you’re not trying very hard.
Last week’s news that the burlesque icon would be launching a new signature line for Target is, by our count, Dita’s fourth such “exclusive” branding in the past four years. And that’s not counting her inspired spin last year as the “muse” for La Perla‘s new lingerie collection from Gaultier.
As the saying goes, if you’ve got it, flaunt it — while you still can.
For anyone keeping score, Frederick’s of Hollywood released this Dita signature line back in 2007:
That was followed a year later by Dita’s beautiful retro-modern collection for Wonderbra (below) which, sadly, doesn’t appear to be part of their current catalogue.
And, just to make sure you were covered head-to-foot in DVT wear, the busy star endorsed this vintage stockings set for the U.S. e-tailer Secrets In Lace shortly afterward (and it’s still available):
Dita’s line for Target, called Von Follies, is meant to bring the vintage lingerie revival to the masses with lower prices than you’d find in a designer collection and a range of sizes that will include plus-sizes. The latter point is especially important, since DVT has always been appreciated by those (men and women) who appreciate curvier figures.
Dita has said she designed the Target line to accentuate curves and to express her own fascination with vintage lingerie styles. What does this mean exactly? For starters, watch out for 50s-era overwire bras (which have long been out of fashion) and stylish high-waisted briefs (which are back in).
The Von Follies collection (more images below) will launch in Target stores in Australia in February before being rolled out in the UK and then North America.
And if you get tired of waiting for the collection to arrive, no problem, just pour yourself a drink. Specifically, something from Dita’s new “Travel Essentials” cocktail kit in partnership with French liqueur label Cointreau.
Yeah, girl knows a thing or two about branding.
La Perla‘s striking Ingenue bodysuit, which debuted last winter, isn’t what normally comes to mind when you think of bodysuits: it reveals a lot more than it conceals. It would be more accurate to call it a panty with a built-in plunging halter top in whisper-thin chiffon.
But why quibble? It’s an exceptional and daring design from a classic label that one doesn’t normally regard as a trailblazer in such brazen eroticism.
The only problem with a piece such as the Ingenue body might be imagining yourself wearing it. It takes a fair bit of confidence, and a certain kind of showmanship, to pull off a look this dramatic — with or without the matching bra.
Thankfully, you can get a good idea of the killer impression it leaves by checking out the image above from the cover of Kylie Minogue‘s 2012 calendar. As you can see, getting tangled up in all that draped chiffon is half the fun.
La Perla offers the Ingenue body in both red and black, and it’s currently on sale for $219. Both colorways are shown below, but keep in mind the matching bra is extra.
As for Kylie, don’t hate her for having a super-sexy calendar and looking so good at 43; thank her for the style tip!
Sonata Rapalyte creates undergarments that are so precious some precautions are required.
Before your drooling amour enters your lair, make him agree to some basic ground rules. No ripping, no biting, no animalistic rough-n-tumble. Trim those finger and toenails and — attention biters! — think about having your bicuspids filed down.
These are boudoir fashions to be appreciated, savored and eventually discarded with care. There’s a reason they call them delicates, you know.
But good luck getting him to play along. Sonata’s new collection, called Belle Epoque, is almost cruelly tempting.
There are seven very grown-up but girly style ranges, all comprised of barely-there lace, slinky silks and satin, and plenty of tantalizing buttons, bows and peek-a-boo openings.
Belle Epoque picks up where last spring’s Ultraviolet collection left off, with Sonata fine-tuning her signature details and silhouettes.
The glorious see-through Lalilque body, with all its maddening buttons, is back in some new colors, including a playful bright orange (below). Also look for Sonata’s gold horsehoe bra clasp in most sets and, of course, enough ribbons and bows to gift-wrap any romantic evening.
Sonata is Lithuanian by birth but picked up her skills working with a number of London lingerie designers. Key among those was trendsetter Damaris Evans — Sonata contributed to the original Damaris collection more than a decade ago, and you can see a lot of the Damaris DNA in Sonata’s look.
Since launching her own collection, Sonata has focused on defining her aesthetic and building a catalog of classically sexy pieces in luxurious fabrics. And, with each collection, she aims to produce a few statement pieces that are immediately recognizable and, in a crowded market, hard to copy. That’s easier said than done, but Belle Epoque offers a few treasures that should be around for years to come.
Standouts in this lush collection include the holiday-perfect Rosetta wrap shown above, and the frilly and soft new Danae set in an that orange colorway that will be an antidote to anyone experiencing SAD this winter.
And, as if Belle Epoque needed some glitter to capture your attention (which it doesn’t), there are a few pieces sprinkled with gleaming Swarovski bits. That should put a sparkle in his eye!
Watch for this gorgeous new collection to arrive on Sonata’s website and in discriminating boutiques soon.
But forget what we said about bedroom ground rules: the only way to keep your mate from surrendering to his passions would be if Sonata offered a complimentary eye mask with each piece. That, or cuffs!
Here’s a look at Belle Epoque‘s style ranges, each of which comes in a bodysuit and matching soft bra, g-string and knicker.
Western traditions tend to get a bit screwed up when reinterpreted and repurposed Down Under. Take, for example, this year’s Christmas commercial from the big Aussie underwear label Bonds.
The energetic one-minute take on the holiday chestnut “12 Days of Christmas” finds some novel ways to promote Bond’s skivvies, even if some pieces don’t quite work.
For starters, there’s the vocals by Jack Ladder, a Nick Cave soundalike gifted with an end-of-the-world baritone that is better suited to funeral wakes than holiday albums. Imagine Tom Waits doing “Rudolph” and you’ll get the picture.
And what’s going on with those “8 maids a-milking”? Or the “4 calling birds” in their cycling gear?
Still, Aussies will have lots of fun debating their favorite pieces in this slick production, especially since Bonds has sliced it up into a dozen 10-second clips that will bombard the airwaves for the next month.
But the most incongruous moment in the ad comes at the end, with supermodel Rachel Taylor sitting in a tree eating fruit from a can. Anyone can tell that’s not a partridge in a pear tree; it’s a peach in a gum tree.