Trend Report: Statement-Making Bold Legwear For Winter
Posted by melanie | October 15, 2010

Leg-lovers alert! You’ll be seeing a lot more exposed stems on wintry city streets this year, as bold, statement-making legwear has become a major fashion trend this season. Snowpants be damned!

During the F/W fashion show runway presentations, models accessorized their outfits with legwear in a myriad of ways.

Bright colors, knee-highs, chunky knit leg-warmers and opaque white tights all made an appearance on the gams of models. Of course, you too can introduce them into your wardrobe and add some pizzazz to your ensemble — even if you don’t have legs-for-days.

Read on below to view some of the season’s top legwear styles and how to wear them:

  • Color: Okay, not a new trend by any means, but the way in which it was incorporated into the fall collections is what’s striking. Girly label Milly (top photos) paired shockingly bright opaque tights (sky blue and chili red), with otherwise classic pieces like a hounds-tooth skirt and peacoat. To pull off this trend is quite simple: pair colored tights of your liking with an unexpected outfit (like, say, a more conservative piece) and voil &#224 , a new take on boldly colored hosiery!
  • Socks (including knee-highs and thigh-highs): To say that I like this trend is a huge understatement — I love it. And part of ‘hearting’ this trend is due to the fact that there are endless ways to wear it. Marc Jacobs (above left) paired thin, heather-grey socks with a very lady-like outfit while Brian Reyes (above right) demonstrated how sexy thigh-highs amp up a basic ensemble. Even Laurel Patton (below left), beauty assistant at Teen Vogue, shows how socks and wedge-booties can look tough-girl chic. Endless options, no?
  • White: Yes, white dominated many of the fall runways including designer extraordinaire Karl Lagerfeld’s F/W collection for Chanel (above right). Lagerfeld’s presentation included models enveloped in faux-fur creations and white hose walking amidst an iceberg. Yep, you read correctly: Lagerfeld imported a 265-ton iceberg from Sweden. Interesting facts aside, I’ll admit that this trend is not the easiest to wear. But if you like to stay ahead of the fashion curve, I would opt to pair the white hosiery with monochromatic pieces like nudes, greys or camels.
  • Chunky Knits: This cozy trend was especially evident at Michael Kors F/W runway presentation (above). Staying within the same color family, Kors paired chunky knits peeking from the tops of closed-toe boots, or with open-toe shoes as leg-warmers. This trend translates extremely well from runway to real-way. Taking a style cue directly from Mr. Kors himself, a chunky-knit leg-warmer paired with a sumptuous leather or suede boot is right on trend this fall.
Etam And Natalia: An Authentic International Love Match
Posted by richard | October 14, 2010
Satin Nightie | Natalia collection for Etam

We’re always a bit skeptical when a supermodel gets a fashion brand named for her, especially when it involves a capsule collection produced by a major label. Did the model contribute to the design process — and thus, earn her imprint — or is it just a marketing con?

The two-year-old collaboration between Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova and French lingerie powerhouse Etam seems like the real deal — and one where the melding of two very different cultures produces inspired results.

Natalia has been the face of the Parisian luxury label for a couple of years now — Etam calls her their “muse” — and the arrangement calls for her to design two lingerie collections a year.

Etam gave us a teasing glimpse of Natalia’s latest work a couple of months ago, when they unveiled their fall-winter collection. You can revisit that collection here, but keep in mind only the top photo (the ravishing Tzarina bra set) is Natalia’s own handiwork.

Etam is now revealing more details about the Fall 2010 Natalia collection, which consists of 20 styles in three lines: the colorful Tzarina, the lacey Nuits blanches (White Nights), and the romantic Conte de Fée (Fairy Tale) in the top photo.

Natalia retains a deep affection for her homeland and worked to incorporate design elements drawn from Russian history and style in this fall’s collection — and doesn’t the Tzarina set remind you of those adorable Russian nesting dolls?

Combine her heritage with Etam’s sumptuous style signatures and glorious fabrics and you have a completely unique collection that is bound to be a hit around the world.

The Natalia collection won’t start showing up in boutiques or Etam’s European shops until later this fall, so keep your eyes open for it. Until then, you can shop online at Etam’s French site here.

And don’t be surprised if you start noticing a few Russian dolls in dorm rooms and change rooms everywhere — no matter how far you are from either Moscow or Paris!

Below, we have two more images of Natalia Vodianova modeling pieces from her new collection, followed by a handful of smaller catalogue shots. Click on them to get a larger image, with product names.

And if you scroll down past the images below, there’s an interesting video from Etam in which Natalia discusses this project.

Lace bodysuit | Natalia collection for Etam

Nuits Blanches Bodysuit - Natalia Collection by Etam

Tzarina | Natalia collection for Etam

Tzarina Bra and Thong - Natalia Collection by Etam

Conte de Fee Silk Robe | Natalia Collection by Etam
Conte de Fee Push-Up Bra | Natalia Collection by Etam
Conte de Fee Silk Robe
Conte de Fee Push-Up Bra
Conte de Fee Silk Skirt | Natalia Collection by Etam
Tzarina Push-Up Bra | Natalia Collection by Etam
Conte de Fee Silk Skirt
Tzarina Push-Up Bra
Tzarina Bodysuit | Natalia Collection by Etam
Tzarina Vest | Natalia Collection by Etam
Tzarina Bodysuit
Tzarina Vest

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Zach Galifianakis In A Swimsuit
Posted by richard | October 14, 2010

No, it’s not an outtake from the next SI Swimsuit Edition. Or Heidi Klum’s replacement.

It’s funnyman Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Bored To Death) in an over-the-top pinup shoot for this month’s Vanity Fair. Someone really needs to see a bra fitter!

Check out the full write-up for an explanation of the (hopefully) first Zach Galifianakis Swimsuit Calendar. Then try to get this image out of your mind!

Small Girl, Big Bust? 2wenty8 Has A Bra For You!
Posted by amy | October 13, 2010
2wenty8 Lingerie

Millions of women know the frustration of trying to find a reliable bra brand that comes in uncommon sizes. Well, you think you have problems? Imagine if you wore a 28H. That’s right — a 28H.

Smaller women with large busts will be thrilled to learn of the recent launch of the cleverly-named 2wenty8, a niche label catering to this hard-to-fit market.

The first 2wenty8 lingerie collection was released this summer by Miss Fit UK, a small, fit-focused company that designs and distributes a number of labels serving curvy women.

But 2wenty8 is something altogether unique, offering both moulded underwire and lace balconette bras in 28″ bust size with cups ranging from DD-H. They’ll expand in the spring, adding 30″ and 32″ sizes to the collection.

2wenty8 offers three styles of its Loren satin underwire bra (above), with light padding and lace embroidery, in claret, blush and metallica hues. Matching satin thongs or briefs are also available.

Most interesting, though, is the Bette line of black of white lace balconette bras with underwire support (bottom photo). These are perfect for V-neck or low-cut outfits and provide the kind of silhouette that is often unavailable to a smaller woman with a large bust.

2wenty8 is based in the UK but ships internationally and prides itself on next-day shipping. Prices are reasonable, too — expect to pay about $50 USD for a bra after adding the shipping costs.

2wenty8 Lingerie

2wenty8 Lingerie
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Shop for the Cure - Breast Cancer Fundraising

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and businesses and community organizations around the world are holding fundraising activities to support this important cause.

That includes a growing number of lingerie labels, designers and retailers who are sponsoring creative efforts to generate awareness of and financial support for breast cancer research.

Here’s an unofficial list of lingerie brands and shops who are active in the fight against breast cancer this month. If you’re planning to do any lingerie shopping in October, these are some excellent places to spend your money and support a vital cause at the same time!

(Note: If we’ve missed anyone on this list, please let us know through the comments box below!)

Giving: $500,000
Details: Official apparel sponsor of Passionately Pink for the Cure, with line of socks, panties, bras and customizable T-shirts. Official shirt sponsor of Race For The Cure.
Benefits: Susan B. Komen For The Cure

Giving: Portion of sales
Details: “Support The Girls” campaign will donate $2 for every Awareness or Embrace lace bra sold from Oct. 3-16. “Fit For The Cure” campaign donates $2 for every woman who receives bra-fitting advice at FFTC event.
Benefits: Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Giving: Portion of sales
Details: “Shop for the Cure” campaign (photo above) donates 25% of proceeds from Colette bralet and boythong sets ($83 ) sold during October.
Benefits: Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Betsey Johnson
Giving: Proceeds from Betsey Johnson’s Survivor Sundae
Details: Cancer survivor and fashion designer BJ has created a special pink grapefruit sundae to be sold throughout October at New York City landmark Serendipity 3.
Benefits: National Breast Cancer Coalition

Affinitas Intimates
Giving: Proceeds from sales
Details: 20% of proceeds from the sale of Samantha half-padded bra ($28) during October.
Benefits: Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Prima Donna
Giving: Sign-up bonus, staff gifts
Details: Active in many “pink” initiatives, plus-size label Prima Donna is donating 1 Euro for every newsletter subscription during October (sign-up here). Staff of 1,000+ voted to give traditional holiday employee gift to charity.
Benefits: Pink Ribbon

Giving: Proceeds from sales
Details: From Oct. 18-31, American Eagle Outfitters will donate a portion of proceeds from all Aerie bra sales to Bright Pink, a non-profit that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Benefits: Bright Pink

Bare Necessities
Giving: Minimum $10,000
Details: For the ninth year, the online lingerie retailer will donate 25 cents for each bra sold in October, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $10K.
Benefits: Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Lula Lu
Giving: Proceeds from sales
Details: This retailer of petite lingerie will donate 10% sales for Kaylen convertible bras sold during October.
Benefits: Save the Ta-Tas Foundation, a fashion brand making breast cancer awareness products.

Melmira Bra & Swim Boutique
Giving: Proceeds from sales
Details: Toronto lingerie boutique is donating $1 for every bra sold in October.
Benefits: Canadian Breast Cancer Network

WonderBra (Canada)
Giving: Various
Details: Sponsors annual CIBC Run for the Cure. Donating $5 from every WonderBra boxed set sold during weekends in October at The Bay or Sears.
Benefits: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Linea Intima
Giving: Proceeds from auction
Details: Toronto lingerie shop is a sponsor of the annual “Booby Ball” on Oct. 16 at the Kool Haus nightclub. Linea is donating a year’s worth of fine lingerie — up to $1,200 — in the silent auction.
Benefits: Rethink Breast Cancer

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