Sophia Loren has received a long list of accolades in her legendary career, deserving every one.
When she received an honorary Oscar in 1991, the citation noted that the Italian screen goddess “has added a permanent luster to our art form.” But Vogue Italia probably said it best, calling her “one of the few people to represent Italy in a way that makes people dream about it.”
Now 77, and still blessed with that voluptuous hourglass figure, Sophia continues to inspire tributes. The latest is a beautiful and thoughtful release from French lingerie brand Aubade, whose new Délices d’Initiés (Private Delights) range salutes both Italian cinema and its leading lady.
The small collection combines peacock blue stretch satin and black Leavers lace and comes in three bra styles and three briefs (that’s the moulded plunge bra and high-waisted brief in the photo above).
But the centrepiece of the collection is the gorgeous satin bustier with lace demi-sleeves shown in the top photo (also a rich peacock shade, although the B&W image doesn’t show it!). It includes a lace-trimmed satin belt and invisible zipper in the back.
However, it raises the question: how does such a garment, which conceals cleavage, represent a film legend like Sophia, who has a truly iconic décolletage?
The answer is that Sophia Loren is much more than just her bust. She was also blessed with tremendous neck and shoulder lines that have been the fascination of innumerable filmmakers, photographers and couture designers. She probably did more than any other actress to make the strapless gown a wardrobe staple and, in a daring move, showed off that glorious torso one more time (at age 72!) in the 2007 Pirelli calendar (below).
Aubade is extremely selective when it comes to designing tribute collections, and the Délices d’Initiés bustier is destined to become a collector’s item. And with that demure bustline, it’s also a fashion statement that nicely captures one of Sophia’s most memorable quotes: “Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.”
You can find this memorable collection at Nancy Meyer and other leading U.S. boutiques.