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Leather-trimmed chiffon Twilight Vixen hooded robe from Love Cage.

The debut collection from New York fetish-fashion lingerie label Love Cage isn’t for the faint of heart.

But what else would you expect from the renowned designer behind Sex Trash, the studs-and-leather bespoke line favored by some of the world’s most fearless celebrities?

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, which launched today with a presentation at Lingerie Fashion Week, is the closest that design whiz Stephanie Paterek has ever come to creating edgy undies with crossover market appeal.

She’s toned down some of the punk detailing that marked her five years at the helm of Sex Trash, but kept the overall BDSM vibe. That means no spikes and fewer metal studs, but a very stylish use of leather collars and corset lacing that reflects the label’s roots in the fetish underground.

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But don’t call Love Cage bondage lite; bondage luxe would be more appropriate. (And just to show she hasn’t strayed far from her roots, Stephanie cites “medical corsets” and the provocative 1950s illustrations of John Willie, the publisher of the original Bizarre magazine, as her influences for this collection.)

It’s a “full” collection too, with bras, garters, panties and bustiers in a variety of leather and stretch lace configurations, and it’ll all be available on Love Cage‘s webshop.

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The most popular item in the debut collection is bound (pardon the pun) to be the Bound By Desire bustier (above, $450), a mesh-and-leather beauty with eight cords that bind the leather cups to a matching collar.

But the showstopper in the collection is the brazen Lounging Mistress robe (below, $950): a lavish boudoir piece in nude silk charmeuse that piles up at your ankles, it’s paired with a black leather waspie-like belt that perfectly conveys the Love Cage aesthetic of mixing restraint and freedom in one erotic package.

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Most of Stephanie’s goth-meets-heavy-metal creations for Sex Trash were one-offs or bespoke garments and they helped craft the powerful public image of trend leaders like Britney, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Taylor Momsen. The Love Cage assortment is infinitely more accessible (even with those luxe price tags) and several pieces are clearly meant for private enjoyment rather than public display.

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enters the American lingerie scene at an interesting time. Despite the influence of 50 Shades of Grey and the growing mainstream curiosity around BDSM and its fashion repertoire, very few U.S. designers have been willing to test women’s appetite for bondage-themed undies (exceptions include Kiki De Montparnasse, Dani Read’s FYI and Fleur Du Mal).

The release next Valentine’s Day of the first 50 Shades movie will almost certainly amp up interest in styles like these, which bodes well for Love Cage. Always a bit of a fashion outlier, Stephanie Paterek just might find herself at the head of the pack again.

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