Still working on your battle plan for Black Friday? If so, here’s an updated list of some great deals and time-limited bargains for lingerie shoppers.
We’ve included online retailers as well as boutiques and designer labels specializing in fine lingerie. Some of these sales extend through to Cyber Monday (Nov. 29) as well, and most are available online. So save your feet and shop from home!
Between The Sheets
All black styles 30% off, Nov. 26 only. Use code BTSBLKFRI.
From Saturday to Monday, buy a $100 gift certificate for $25.
15% off your order plus free shipping on orders over $75, until Nov. 27.
From Nov. 28-29, get 25% your entire order.
La Perla Boutique (UK)
Free gift for purchases over £127 plus free shipping on purchases over £105, through Nov. 28
$10 off first order, up to 65% off bestsellers. Free shipping to military families.
Free holiday tote bag (right), $68 value, with purchases of $60 or more. Online and in stores while supplies last.
Free shipping on U.S. orders of $100 or more. Use code SHIPVS10.
Secret Reward Cards given out until Nov. 30 in either $10, $50, $100 or $500 amounts. You learn the value of your card at checkout for purchases of $10 or more. Cards must be redeemed by Dec. 19. Not valid in Canada.
Get an extra 30% off your entire order until Nov. 29. Use code WW49950.
Free shipping on all orders.
Get 20% off your order until Nov. 30. Use code BLACK2010.
20% off ASOS brand lingerie until Nov. 30. Use code ASOS20.
Canadian-born designer Mark Fast isn’t known for creating undergarments, although his Spring 2011 runway show for London Fashion Week included some dramatic barely-there dresses that blur the line between under and outerwear. (See the inset photo below).
His new diffusion line, Faster by Mark Fast, however, sees the knitwear maestro tackling the very tricky job of creating couture intimates held together (literally) by a few threads while being functional.
The photo above shows the exquisite mesh leggings and gloves that are part of the Faster collection. Now try imagining the same style, with Fast’s signature helix stitching, applied to bodysuits and, yes, knickers. This ain’t your grade school macramé project, sweeties!
Faster by Mark Fast is a small collection, but there are several pieces that qualify as marvels of both engineering and design. Look for the ultra-highrise Bodice knickers or the revealing ballet-neck dress. Breathtaking work — but handle with care!
Faster has been a long time in development, but the full collection finally popped this week in its own marketplace boutique on ASOS. The price points are certainly lower than Fast’s runway collections, but it’s still not for the faint of heart or wallet: leggings go for £120 ($190 USD), and there’s a wonderful one-piece, two-tone mesh jumpsuit that will set you back £340 ($600) plus a pinky swear that you will never, ever, cover it up.
Most pieces are available in black, but Fast throws in a few gems in a glorious plum shade, as seen below.
In addition to ASOS, you’ll find Faster at select shops such as The Room in Toronto or Barneys in NYC. More info on the Faster website. Enjoy the campaign images below!
We’re going to be hearing a LOT about burlesque in the days ahead, which is just fine by us since it means we get to immerse ourselves in the uniquely ageless world of tease ‘n sleaze — and all that gorgeous costumery.
The world of burlesque entertainment has such a rich history, and such extensive cultural associations, that it’s no wonder this little business of stripping off one’s undies in public continues to flourish … at least on the margins of polite society.
The latest in a long line of burlesque “revivals” arrives in movie theaters today, with a PG rating that might be appropriate for a Thanksgiving audience but still seems a bit incongruous, given the subject matter. No matter, we’ll be there for the first midnight showing, feather boas and all.
To help get you acclimatized, we’ve put together this gallery of burlesque art posters. Surprisingly, although many of these images have a vintage feel that evokes the era of Parisian cabarets or post-war American strip shows, they’re mostly recent examples from contemporary nouvelle burlesque shows.
Burlesque posters, in fact, have their own fascinating subculture which, like burlesque itself, never strays far from its roots. Toulouse-Lautrec would approve!
Many of these images come from the Australian vintage collectors’ site Vintage Venus, where you can buy both originals and copies. If you ask me, a nice framed burlesque poster would make an awesome Christmas gift this year!
Click on the images to see larger versions. And we’ll have more Burlesque goodies in the days ahead!
Hey, don’t laugh. We’re not suggesting the Victoria’s Secret Miraculous push-up bra can do anything other than bump up your bust size.
However, a retail analyst said yesterday that VS sales could help deliver an economic Christmas miracle to a struggling nation this year.
John Morris of BMO Capital Markets said strong sales of the Miraculous bra could signal an upturn in consumer spending, a strong overall holiday season for retailers and, perhaps, an economic shot in the arm for the ailing U.S. economy.
Sound like a bit of a stretch? In fact, lingerie sales have long been viewed as a reliable economic indicator, based on the premise that buying an expensive bra is an indulgence — the kind of spending behavior reserved for good times.
“The Bombshell bra (now called the Miraculous) has been selling out, and that’s not because husbands are buying them for their wives,” Morris told USA Today. “It’s the wives buying for themselves.”
That’s a shift from the previous couple of years, he said, when lingerie shoppers stuck to “basics” for themselves and mostly bought lingerie gifts only for others.
The only flaw in this prediction? Victoria’s Secret sales have outpaced the national economy by leaps and bounds for the past year. If that bra is going to boost more than your personal assets this Christmas, it’s still got some heavy lifting to do.
Of course, Victoria’s Secret is betting that Morris’ prediction will come true, and they’re giving us lots of incentive to spend.
The retailer yesterday released a new mini-catalogue — hot on the heels of its holiday catalogue, no less — called the Little Book of Sexy. It features top VS Angels in smoldering pin-up shots that are uncharacteristically steamy even by Victoria’s Secret standards.
Here’s a few shots from the LBS, with Adriana channelling Sophia Loren, Candice doing her best Bardot, and Erin echoing … Britney?
Victoria’s Secret Little Book of Sexy
Good news for expectant moms, or anyone thinking of getting in the family way next year: Australian label Cake Lingerie is about to debut its third collection of stylish, well-made maternity lingerie to help put a glamorous spin on your pregnancy.
Called “Birthday Cake”, the new collection arrives in stores in January and consists of six style ranges, including the clever Toffee Apple camisole/feeding top and lounging pants pictured above.
Cake is just three years old and tends to produce small collections, but with good reason. Designer Tracey Montford pays careful attention to the challenging fit requirements of expectant women, and takes her time to develop carefully constructed pieces while using styles and fabrics that both flatter and are appropriate for a pregnant woman’s new shape.
Styles in the Birthday Cake collection include an assortment of soft-cup, convertible and flexible wire bras offering different degrees of support, and bottoms that include tangas, g-strings and French knickers.
Fabrics have been combined to provide a sophisticated silhouette without sacrificing comfort. The Turkish Delight range, for instance, combines an elegant satin knit and lace, but adds a cotton inner lining. For a more modern look and feel, the Toffee and Dark Toffee ranges offer microfibre moulded cup bras. These two look like nude and black basics, but on closer inspection you’ll see there’s a luxurious floral print peeking out from underneath the microfibre layer.
And to ensure the highest quality product, Cake developed new product engineering guidelines for the Birthday Cake line. Known as MyBust™, the new technique allows for changes in cup shape and construction to create the perfect balance between fit, support and fashion for pregnant and nursing women.
Cake Lingerie has built up a very devoted fan base in just three years, and it’s only partly due to the enduring popularity of their early collections.
The young label, which is now available in more than 250 lingerie and maternity boutiques worldwide, is deeply committed to its motto, “Celebrating Motherhood” — so much so, in fact, that many of their activities seem only distantly related to the business of selling undies.
The Cake blog is filled with tips, advice and resource links for expectant moms, and founder Tracey has become a well-known advocate for breast health and safety, especially where maternity products are concerned. And of course, the brand has made headlines all year long for its campaign to get get “real moms” from the UK, Finland and Australia to model their products.
Need further proof of Cake’s authenticity? How about this: Cake must be the only lingerie label to post ultrasound photos of its owner’s in utero baby on its Facebook page (and encourage readers to post their own!) Yes, Tracey is in her third trimester and keeping fans updated while she also test drives her label’s newest collection.
As they say Down Under, good onya, mate!
Cake is becoming more widely available in North America and the UK. Check their website for more information on the 2011 collection and where to find it. Meanwhile, click on the photos below for product style names.