If L.A.-based newcomer Latrodectus were a European lingerie label, its prices might not attract much attention. Artisanal and couture labels that spin their magic threads in famed ateliers have made four- and even five-figure lingerie fashions familiar in Europe, if not quite commonplace.
In budget-conscious North America, however, where so many brands compete for supremacy in the underwear 3-pack category, the stratospheric prices in the debut collection from Latrodectus seem out of place. Whether they’re also out of sync with what well-heeled clients are willing to spend remains to be seen.
Of course, Latrodectus isn’t your standard bra-and-briefs label. Designer Kaila Methven brings haute couture training and sensibility to the U.S. lingerie scene, and offers something closer to aristocratic boudoir costumes for women (and their partners) who are accustomed to erotic role-playing.
There are no bras or panties here, but you’ll find tutu skirts, tuxedo jackets, embroidered corsets, glittering hand-beaded bodysuits and four different thongs priced at $6,000 apiece. This is, quite literally, the lap of luxury.
Here’s a preview of what to expect from the 15-look debut collection by Latrodectus. Each piece has a distinctive character and is fashioned from fabrics imported from Milan and Paris and embellished with an assortment of straps, buckles and bling. Pieces are tailored by hand in the brand’s Beverly Hills atelier and require personal fit sessions by appointment.
Watch the company website for an assortment of accessories that complement each range.
An embroidered bodysuit with metal boning and secured by a ribbon lace in back and a side zipper.
Wear it alone or paired with the Archduchess body, this skirt is made from gold and silver silk lace and tulle, with flexible metal boning.
A show-stopping embroidered silver corset trimmed with lace peplum and feathered plumes.
A gold and silver embroidered lace thong held in place by three elastic bands.
Fit for a queen, this fitted embroidered jacket features a high stand-up collar and trimmed with a chenille peplum skirt and shoulder plume detail.
An embroidered thong with lace and satin bow in rear and plume detail in front.
The brand’s signature creation, this beaded lace bodysuit features a lavish tulle train with feathered plume detail on both hips.
A gold-and-black embroidered bolero jacket with high collar and puffed sleeves.
This embroidered thong matches the bolero and features plume detail in back.
Feathered lapels and collar trim highlight this jacket with the distinctive patterned fabric from Paris.
A simpler menswear-influenced tuxedo jacket with a V-shaped front and feathered detail on the shoulder.
Feather plumes and a satin box augment this romantic thong trimmed with a tulle skirt. “Vexy” means “very sexy”.