Undress like a princesse_Princesse Tam Tam

Parisian lingerie label Princesse Tam Tam has launched a viral marketing campaign, ‘Undress Like You Feel’, and wants you in on the action!

The print advertisements feature Marloes Horst (above), as well as some new faces, wearing items from the new PTT collection (which I will discuss in an upcoming post) with a slogan that reads, ‘Undress like a Princesse’.  There is also a promotional video that depicts the making of the campaign and features various models holding personally customized tanks that read ‘Undress like Marilyn’ and ‘Undress like a doll’.

Apart from showing a bunch of models romping around in their skivvies, the campaign serves to motivate you — Princesse Tam Tam is holding a contest to see what you would undress like?!

Unfortunately, to participate, you must be a resident of France. I know, le major sigh. However, if you do happen to live in the City of Lights,  simply join their Facebook page and customize your ‘Undress like’ top from a sheet of transfers to express your lingerie attitude! Once your customized top is complete, take a creative picture of yourself and upload it to their Facebook page.

The most inspiring/creative tops will win one of 500 exclusive collector’s gift boxes! You only have until October 22 to participate, so start expressing yourself!

Here’s the video from the campaign, featuring the song “Turn On The Lights” by the dub/club studio Luoxor Station with a killer lyric from Ramona in Laponia (*which explains the title of today’s post!). Also, a few more promo images from the PTT campaign.

Undress like a princesse_Princesse Tam Tam

Undress like a princesse_Princesse Tam Tam

Undress like a princesse_Princesse Tam Tam

Undress like a princesse_Princesse Tam Tam
Agent Provocateur | Classics Collection

Agent Provocateur has been getting plenty of attention for its extensive fall collection of erotic intimates, and the series of peephole videos developed to promote it.

It’s been such a successful launch, in fact, that AP is now trying something a bit odd: while other upmarket labels are flogging their new wares and shipping last year’s collection to the clearance bins, Agent Provocateur is putting the spotlight on its back catalogue — a lineup that is so filled with tease-and-please standards it almost feels like a toolkit for seduction.

AP recently reshot much of its catalogue, rebranding it as the Classics Collection, and launched a new video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the photoshoot and the various styles involved.

What I like about this approach — and why it differs from the Private Tapes series of grainy hotel-room vids used to promote the fall collection — is that it allows nervous nellies like me to get a good sense of how to wear some of AP’s more intricate pieces.

We’re talking elaborate lingerie with straps and clasps all over the place, but only slim threads or slivers of lace to hold them together. This is definitely not something you throw on in the dark while the BF is snoring behind you!

Have a look at the video below and you’ll see what I mean. More important, check out the Agent Provocateur Classics which, all the hype notwithstanding, have been instrumental in moving the high-end lingerie market somewhat beyond anyone’s comfort zone.

Barbie Lingerie Set by Valisere

Smoking Hot Barbie?
Barbie has got a hot new gig.

After modeling thousands of outfits over the years, the iconic doll is about to take a turn as a lingerie model — with outfits that leave little to the imagination.

Dollmaker Mattel has partnered with Brazilian lingerie store Valisere to create a limited edition called Barbie Loves Valisere, featuring mini-versions of the sexy label’s latest collection.

Sadly, only 80 dolls are being produced and they won’t be available to collectors or impressionable young girls — they are only being given to journalists. And about the closest you can get to seeing one is in the windows of Valisere boutiques in Sao Paolo.

Valisere, however, will produce three lines of Barbie lingerie as part of its deal with Mattel.

This isn’t the first time that Mattel has toyed with Barbie’s undies. Between 2000-2002, the company released six versions of the oddly named Lingerie Barbie, which are no longer in production.

Wal-Mart Bracing For Big Underwear Season
It’s going to be a great Christmas season for underwear companies, less so for designer lingerie labels — or so says Wal-Mart, which surely has no vested interest here.

According to Bill Simon, Wal-Mart’s U.S. president and CEO, the weak economy will result in consumers making frugal, practical gift purchases this holiday season.

“For all you adults out there, I think you should plan on socks and underwear for Christmas,” Simon told a retail conference in Chicago last week.

This, of course, would be great news for Wal-Mart, which sells a lot of socks and underwear, but whose stock price has been flat for the past year. By comparison, the stock price for Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, is up about 80% in the same period.

Maybe it would be more accurate to say Christmas will bring a lot of socks, underwear, and adorable frilly thongs …

Gossard Lingerie billboard

OMG! Usher Will Be So PO’d!
Best ad slogan of the year award has to go to UK lingerie label Gossard, for its OMG! campaign launched last week.

Talk about instant recognition. Gossard has appropriated one of the most familiar bits of text-talk in the world and bundled it up with its brand name, giving us the so-clever-I-hate-them hybrid “Oh My Gossard!” It helps that Gossard’s market is young urban females, many of whom are known to blurt/chirp/tweet/txt OMG! 100 times a day or more.

The campaign features model Elle Liberachi wearing pieces from the new Gossard fall collection, and is showing up on billboards and in fashion magazines.

Don’t be surprised if Freya tries to copy this approach with a hip new WTF campaign. LOL.

Jennifer Hawkins for Lovable

Lovable Faces Backlash
A leading Australian lingerie label has a PR mess on its hands, after critics slammed their efforts to raise awareness about eating disorders.

Some critics have even called for Lovable lingerie to dump its spokemodel Jennifer Hawkins (right), saying the slim model doesn’t reflect the company’s goal of helping women deal with body image issues.

The problem started when Lovable announced it would give 25% of online sales profits to The Butterfly Foundation, which provides support and research into eating disorders. But that announcement appears on the same web page promoting a “hot new TV ad” that features Hawkins, who recently appeared in a provocative series of images to promote the new Lovable lingerie collection.

The issue has kicked up a huge fuss down under, with critics accusing Lovable of hypocrisy and attempting to “buy credibility” with its donation to the foundation. One newspaper columnist fumed: “I am sick to death of companies that trade on the insecurities of young women to sell products at the same time as they profess to challenge the status quo.”

Lovable argued that it is “dedicated to changing the culture surrounding eating disorders and body image through our support of Butterfly, by using happy, healthy models in our campaigns.”

Stick-On Silicone Bra | Marks and Spencer

Stick-On Bra Comes With Warning
British retailer Marks and Spencer is under scrutiny for its latest advance in bra technology — a stick-on strapless bra that can only be worn for eight hours.

The bra is meant to be worn under strapless or backless dresses, but comes with a manufacturer’s warning that the silicone used to make it stick can cause skin irritation if the bra is worn too long.

The bra is made from 100% polyester with a silicone trim. Its label advises wearers to remove the bra if it begins to feel uncomfortable.

An M&S spokesman said only a few customers have complained, and that silicone is a standard material used to keep strapless bras in place.

Taylor Momsen’s Pretty Wretched Video
We have seen the future for Taylor Momsen and it goes something like this. A couple of years from now, the dangerously reckless TM will appear on talk shows and reveal that her behavior during 2010-11 was, in a fact, a Joaquin Phoenix-style hoax, a cleverly ironic commentary on the sexualization and slutification of young girls by the music industry, MTV, Hollwood and everyone else who made a buck off her.

“Don’t worry about me, Oprah,” she’ll say. “I was just making a point. It was all an act.”

Which will be a relief, because it’s simply painful watching the just-turned-17 Gossip Girl’s self-immolation on the bonfire of celebrity culture.

The latest episode in this sordid saga was the release last week of the video of “Make Me Wanna Die”, the new single from Taylor’s faux-grunge band Pretty Reckless. The song is an anthem of self-loathing for love-wrecked girls everywhere, and it’s been viewed 1.5 million times on YouTube already. In the video, Taylor walks through dark streets, peeling off her clothes, down to her bra and panties. You can see it here, but be prepared to wince.

Here’s the thing. The music isn’t original (Garbage meets Hole). The fashion sense isn’t original or even very interesting. And Gossip Girl fans don’t need another self-destructive rehab-bound role model. So what’s the point? More importantly, where’s the intervention?

The Vampires Come Out To Play
Finally this week, a couple of extra photos from the incredible Victorian vampire lingerie show put on by Marlies Dekkers over the past two weekends in Holland.

The sold-out events were part costume ball, part runway show to promote the new MD fall line and they’ll be talked about for years to come.

Enjoy the pics, and check out Marlies Dekkers on YouTube or her own website for some video and several promotional films explaining her new line. Keep an eye out for audience members wearing fangs!

Victorian Vampire Night | Marlies Dekkers

Victorian Vampire Night | Marlies Dekkers
Colorful Additions to CKX Men’s Line
Posted by richard | September 20, 2010
Kellan Lutz for CKX by Calvin Klein
Fernando Verdasco for CKX by Calvin Klein
Kellan Lutz
Fernando Verdasco
Hidetoshi Nakata for CKX by Calvin Klein
Mehcad Brooks for CKX by Calvin Klein
Hidetoshi Nakata
Mehcad Brooks

Calvin Klein has added some color to its popular ‘X’ line of men’s underwear, but they’re sticking with the poster boys who got them some attention in the first place.

CKU’s fab four — Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood), tennis player Fernando Verdasco and soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata — are back with a new series of promos wearing the ‘X’ boxer-briefs in some bold new hues for fall. We first saw the lads back in March, and it doesn’t look their BMIs have budged since.

(However, methinks Mehcad drew the short straw this time around. Would anyone really wear bright yellow briefs?)

Save on Calvin Klein Underwear styles here!

CKU has a website devoted to its ‘X’ line, where you can see more and even upload your own videos of your hunky BF in his Xes. Or something like that. Check it out at Xmarkyourspot.com.

Brrrrr! Bring On Benetton For Cozy Cotton Comfort
Posted by amy | September 20, 2010
Undercolors of Benetton_Fall 2010 Collection

It was 8 degrees Celsius in Toronto this morning. If you don’t know the centigrade scale, trust me — it’s ridiculously cold for the last day of summer.

The only advantage to chilly autumn nights that I can think of is that it’s finally time to get reacquainted with Benetton undies.

Nothing says cozy comfort like Benetton’s soft cotton separates. And this year’s fall collection from Undercolors of Benetton is, as always, warm and inviting without skimping on style.

As one of the world’s most successful global brands, Benetton is adept at identifying fashion-forward design trends and moving them quickly into their mall shops and catalogue.

Thus, you’ll find a generous range of comfy lingerie and sleepwear in color-blocked shades of grey and slate — this fall’s dominant lingerie color themes.

There’s also a lovely range of gingham pieces — another hot seasonal trend — including a push-up bra, cute boyshort and a cami that will make you look like a farmer’s wife.

But fall isn’t only about crawling back under the covers on cold mornings, so the new Benetton catalogue includes numerous flirty florals, a few lacey thongs and some sizzling charcoal see-through mesh pieces.

Just about everything is made from cotton — Benetton’s signature — but there’s a wide variety of textures and weights, and Benetton has added many new organic cotton jersey pieces to the line.

You can dowload the Undercolors of Benetton catalogue before making your must-have list. Then head to the mall before the snow flies!

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