Last-Minute Costume Ideas For A Wicked Halloween
Posted by connie | October 25, 2010

If you’re a little too old for trick-or-treating, but still want to celebrate Halloween, lingerie designers have come up with a ton of options to help you enjoy it in a more adult way.

Recently Victoria’s Secret debuted a slew of sexy little fantasy costumes while Etsy is chalk full of shops offering up everything from fang-tastic garters like the one above to corseted dress-up ideas.

And while people wear all manner of costumes for Halloween these days, we’re thinking these options are best saved for after the party, in the privacy of your own home. Here’s a few ideas for last-minute shoppers.

Sexy Little Costumes
Have you ever wondered what a Sexy Little Sailor looks like? How about a Sexy Little Kitty or Nurse? Well, if you have, Victoria’s Secret has got the answers.

The lingerie giant’s collection of Halloween lingerie is full of tiny ruffled skirts, garters and lots of requisite cleavage. Some kits — like the French maid (above right) — are especially see-through and risqué, while others like the Flight Attendant, are the type of costume that may be worn outdoors by some. See the full range here.

In many cases the main basis of the costume, as opposed to the lingerie, is the assorted headgear such as ears, hats and tiaras. Not surprisingly, along with the Sexy Senoritas, Brides and Princesses, Victoria’s Secret also offers a Sexy Angel alongside the Santa’s Helpers costumes, perfect for those looking to get a head start on their Christmas shopping (prices start at $68).

For those interested in other options, companies like 3Wishes also offer similar types of sexy Halloween lingerie costumes, such as the Seaside Flirt option pictured above left. Costumes come in various degrees of raciness, with prices starting at $29.95.

Vintage Halloween Lingerie
If you’re looking for a costume that is a bit more unique then why not opt for one like the Marie Antoinette outfit from Etsy seller Miala?

Etsy offers a great selection of shops that sell one-of-a-kind or vintage costumes like this silk corseted confection ($125) or a vintage French maid costume and other novelties from Lynnsrags.

Miala’s Marie Antoinette costume comes complete with a boned peach corset festooned with bows and a tiny, three-tiered black bustle skirt. For added mystery the vintage lace and satin mask is included.

Custom Made Costumes
For those looking for luxe and individual when it comes to their Halloween lingerie then custom-made may be a perfect option.

Consider becoming the mistress of your boudoir in this elegant geisha costume with the silk kimono custom-made to your specifications.

A custom geisha outfit from Starvisions will run you $169 and have you looking like a, well, vision come October 31st.

Seriously Spooky Skivvies
Sometimes you just want to get right into the mood of the holiday. If you’re the type who loves cobwebs and cackling witches this time of year then some creepily sexy Halloween lingerie may be just the ticket.

Consider the satin garters sold by Voluscious featuring skulls or vampires (top photo) or, appropriately, these Frankenstein briefs ($34).

Or how about the sweetly sexy spiderweb panties by Natrium11? These semi-sheer, side-tie printed panties are the perfect last-minute grab if you’re still wondering just what lingerie to wear for Halloween this year.

2011 Aubade Lingerie Calendar
Posted by amy | October 25, 2010
Aubade Calendar 2011

You can keep your SI Swimsuit Calendar — we’ll take the annual Aubade Calendar any day of the week.

The 2011 edition of the annual collector’s item isn’t available in Aubade stores or on their website yet, but you can view it below or download it from here.

This marks the 13th edition of the sumptuous black-and-white keepsake, which is printed each year in a limited edition and handed out to customers at Aubade’s European stores. The company also allows downloads from its site, once the calendar is added.

Some of the images in the 2011 Aubade calendar (including the cover) have been seen before; they’re from the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 lingerie collection introduced earlier this year.

But many are new, so there’s lots for admirers of this unparalleled luxury brand to fuss over.

Ladies, start drooling! And gentlemen, get out the gold cards!

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Butterflies by Claire Pettibone: Joyful, Wearable Art
Posted by nadine | October 25, 2010
Claire Pettibone_Butterflies | Spring 2011

It may be fall, but it’s still Butterfly season anywhere Claire Pettibone‘s label is found.

The L.A.-based designer knows how to make a woman feel beautiful when it matters; her famous couture bridal gowns are drool-worthy, with exquisite detailing and figure-flattering silhouettes fluttering down aisles across the world.

So it’s no surprise that her ultra-feminine lingerie line is just as irresistible.

Launched in 2008, Butterflies by Claire Pettibone is a collection of ethereal lingerie pieces that bridge fashion and function. The unique prints — many of them flirty florals and patterns conjuring up romantic nostalgia — set these delicates apart from the world of basic beige. Printed continuously over the seams and lace of the garments, the gorgeous watercolor images take lingerie to a whole new level: art.

Collectors, take note. You may want one of everything.

Exhibit A: the Kashmir lace tank. This kaleidoscope-print tank in mesh lace can serve as a secret weapon under a tailored blazer or a sexy piece to wear when you slip into “something more comfortable.“ The wide straps ensure that it’s bra-friendly. Curvy women, rejoice.

Exhibit B: A sunshine Poppy print will put a smile on your face even if no one else gets a peak at your underwear.

Exhibit C: The Zebra chemise. Wear it as a slip, a nightgown, or a risqué little number come date night. This is one part lingerie, three parts stunning.

(For those who prefer solid prints beneath their work wardrobe, Butterflies also comes in a variety of pretty solid shades. They’ve got you covered.)

The panties, camis and slips can be purchased at Claire Pettibone’s online boutique and in department and specialty stores across the U.S. Join the ranks of celebrity fans like Demi Moore and Katherine Heigl and “get your Butterfly on.”

BTW, the photo at the top of this post is from new Claire’s Spring 2011 collection. Watch or it to show up in stores and online soon.

Kashmir | Claire Pettibone Butterflies

Kashmir Lace Tank


Poppy | Claire Pettibone Butterflies

Poppy Cami


Zebra | Claire Pettibone Butterflies

Zebra Chemise

Drawing A Line Down Under
It may be just a group grope, but as far as Australian authorities are concerned, it crosses the line of public decency.

The Aussie Advertising Standards Bureau this week banned a Calvin Klein X jeans commercial that features model Lara Stone being roughed up by three young men, all of them in various states of undress.

Women’s groups complained that the billboards promote gang rape and sexualized violence against women — even though a companion video (NSFW) for the shoot depicts a consensual m&#234nage-a-quatre.

That wasn’t enough to appease the Aussie censors, though. “The Board considered that the image was demeaning to women by suggesting she is a plaything of these men,” the board said. “It also demeans men by implying sexualized violence against women.”

This is far from being the first time Calvin Klein has come under fire for racy ads that imply or promote “aggressive” sexuality. Given the publicity surrounding this episode, it likely won’t be last either.

Look Me In The Eyes …
Tanja Kiewitz, a 35-year-old graphic designer from Belgium, is an unlikely celebrity these days — but certainly a deserving one.

The Belgian charity CAP48, which supports people with disabilities, released the ad campaign above, featuring the one-handed Tanja, to raise public awareness of issues related to physical handicaps.

The ad recreates the famous Wonderbra campaign featuring supermodel Eva Herzigova (above right) saying, “Look me in the eyes … I said the eyes.”

CAP48’s version of the ad appeared in late September in Belgian newspapers and on postcards distributed around cafes to promote greater sensitivity toward people with handicaps.

“[People] have to to see that I’m a woman above all and that I can be beautiful and sexy, and the handicap is secondary,” Tanja told GlobalPost.com.

Tanja, who works for the ad agency that produced the campaign, has no plans to pursue modeling — but thinks others should. “Why shouldn’t somebody with a disability be a model? It would make a change from those models who all look alike,” she said.

Real Women Wear Wonderbra
Think you’ve got what it takes to bare all in a reality show? Then Wonderbra has an offer for you.

The U.S. version of the iconic push-up bra brand is planning to run a reality series of web-based vignettes that feature four different personas — the diva, the starlet, the trendsetter and the free spirit.

The series is called Real Women of Wonderbra and it will be shot in Las Vegas and aired in March 2011.

To participate, women can submit their own video, up to two minutes long, that demonstrates why they match one of the four Real Women personas.

Winners will get a Vegas vacation, star in the series, and become Wonderbra “brand ambassadors” for 2011. They’ll also receive $500 in spending money for the Vegas shoot, plus a large Wonderbra wardrobe.

Find out more at Wonderbra’s Facebook page or mini-site RealWomenofWonderbra.com. Note that there are age restrictions (21-34) and bust-size restrictions too (no DDs!). The deadline is November 19.

I’m Having A Plaid Day
A new survey from the UK suggests that the color of lingerie you prefer may also reveal something about your behavior in the bedroom.

Psychologist Donna Dawson conducted the study, commissioned by a laundry company, and found that women who wear red lingerie are typically “passionate, energetic, dramatic and driven.”

Among her other findings:

  • Pink – “A pink bra denotes a personality that is romantic and gentle and in need of affection. She is feminine, sensuous, and would never take the lead.”
  • White – “A white bra denotes a personality that is innocent but open-to-suggestion. A woman who opts for a white bra is usually a willing learner.”
  • Black – “A black bra denotes a personality that is individualistic and powerful, as well as sultry. This woman has subtle charms and is deeply passionate.”
  • Nude – “This woman is relaxed, with nothing to hide.”

Given the broad range of hues and tones available in lingerie these days, we’re not sure how much credence this report deserves. It may, however, help explain the intention (and expectations) behind certain intimate gifts that women receive from their partners on Valentine’s Day.

Not So Glee-ful
Is this the image that will one day be considered a snapshot of the moment Glee began to slide from public favor? Or we just prudes for thinking so?

The questionable shoot in GQ magazine features Glee stars Corey Monteith, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in a variety of racy poses and showing off their undies. Probably not what the producers of the hit show would have liked, given that Glee has so far managed to snare the trickiest demographic in middle America — teens, tween AND their parents.

This photoshoot incurred the wrath of the family values advocacy group the Parents Television Council, which called the images “near-pornographic pedophilia.”

Even CBS news anchor Katie Couric joined the chorus, saying on Wednesday that “these very adult photos of young women who perform in a family show just seem so un-Glee-like.”

Glee actress Agron (the pregnant cheerleader of last season) offered an apology on her blog, but also fired back at offended parents.

“If your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?”

Comrade Chapman’s Happy Homecoming
What’s the difference between Russian and American spies? The Russian ones apparently have to moonlight to make up for the miserable pay. Oh, and they give interviews.

How else to explain the bizarre career path of Anna Chapman, the New York hottie who got busted as part of a Russian spy ring and shipped back to Moscow in a spy swap?

Now, Anna is a big celebrity in her homeland, earning a sexy photoshoot in the new issue of Russian Maxim, PLUS a state medal from president Dmitry Medvedev for her “service” to the country (which apparently involved little more than nuzzling up to bureaucrats at NYC cocktail parties).

What’s next for this wannabe Bond girl? A Girls of the Kremlin editorial?

The Carefree World of Ell & Cee Lingerie
Posted by melanie | October 23, 2010
Ell & Cee | Fall 2010

For those readers who are students and currently dealing with mid-terms, I sympathize with you all. Yep, I’ve have been studying like a madwoman all week, cooped up in my bedroom like a devout monk.

Thankfully, they’ll be over in a couple of days, but I have found a wonderful distraction that instantly perked up my mood today — Ell & Cee lingerie’s gorge preview images from their F/W collection, Gypsy Luxe.

Ell & Cee, which was created in 2002 by fashion graduate Laura Cloke, began as a small venture with Laura hand-sewing the feminine underpinnings. But soon enough, Cloke debuted at London Fashion Week and now the label has grown to include bed jackets, bridal wear and silky loungewear, available in sizes  S-L and 32A-36D.

While there are only a few images released for the new Gypsy Luxe line, the styles remind me of romantic creations from designers like Undrest and Mimi Holliday by Damaris. The soft color palette and attention to details like floral appliqués on sheer fabrics, ruffles, bows and polka dots give the collection an air of whimsy and flirtatiousness. I am completely enamoured by the tangerine lace bodysuit with silk trim and sexy back-cutout, as I am with the retro-esque polka dot range.

Not to mention that the interior space, with its claw-foot tub, off-white Louis XV chair and ornate headboard, pretty much constitutes my dream home.

We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the rest of the collection featured on Ell & Cee’s website (which I am sure will be irresistible), but the images did provide me with a well-needed mental escape. Sigh, now back to the books!

If you do happen to reside across the pond, glamorousamorous.com stocks most of the autumn collection, you lucky ducks! As for the rest of us, visit ellandcee.com to locate a stockist nearest you.

Ell & Cee | Fall 2010


Ell & Cee | Fall 2010


Ell & Cee | Fall 2010
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