Kiss Me Deadly has found a novel way to introduce its fall collection and reinforce its image as a vintage lingerie label.
The UK purveyor of classic girdles and garters launched its new lines last week with a series of poster-like images inspired by WWII-era propaganda shots aimed at women. Recognize the iconic Rosie the Riveter reference above?
But the KMD poster shots don’t just evoke the 1940s — they remind viewers of the seductive, even dangerous power of women (which is pretty much what the war authorities were getting at when they tried the same thing).
Now, all you femme fatales out there will probably be more interested in the goods than the photos, so here’s what KMD is serving up these days.
The label’s Autumn-Winter 2010 collection of limited editions includes two new lines: the Candy Box set (above) which features a mesh-and-satin longline girdle with a printed front panel; and the Cherie classic teddy made of soft stretch satin with lace cups and trim.
The KMD permanent collection has also been expanded, with a new platinum style for the popular Sirena line with its flirty eyelash lace trim, and a royal blue treatment for the Alouette line of pieces featuring floral lace and black bows.
Most of the new KMD pieces won’t be available till next month, so if you’re a collector you’ll want to keep an eye on their website. Kiss Me Deadly has a reputation for selling out its hottest new pieces quickly, so, as they said in wartime, stay vigilant, ladies!
If you’re looking for underthings with a little extra kick and personality, you’ll want to investigate the collection of nouveau vintage delicacies created by New York designer Alexandra Grecco.
Inspired by early screen sirens like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Jean Harlow — with hints of vaudeville, burlesque and even ‘50s pinup girls — Grecco’s love of all things vintage and feminine is clear throughout her two most recent collections. This is one young designer with an old, romantic soul.
Grecco started out with an Etsy shop but her line (and talents) have grown substantially since then, with her Fall 2010 collection including her signature rompers and high-waisted panties as well as dresses featuring sheer heart panels and romantic blouses.
The forthcoming Spring 2011 collection represents another major leap forward for Grecco’s label, offering a diverse range of vintage-themed lingerie, tunics and party dresses, including the shimmering (and stunning) Cinema Tea Dress in the photo above.
The designer unveiled her Spring 2011 line last month as part of the Capsule Trade Show in New York, which showcases premium indie labels.
The collection of decidedly feminine and decadent pieces is perfect for her core clientele, many of whom are younger, hip women much like the 25-year-old designer herself — although Grecco’s high-waisted panties and silky appliquéd bras really appeal to any woman who wants to feel beautiful even without the armor of clothing.
As she mentions on her website, no matter the age the Grecco woman is “youthful and innocent, yet she’s effortlessly and dangerously alluring.”
There is something playful and almost frivolous about such beautiful undergarments and they serve as the perfect foundation for any outfit, but especially those ensembles inspired by the likes of Bettie Page and Betty Draper.
If the esthetic of Alexandra Grecco Lingerie appeals to you the pieces can be purchased online at her main website. The company offers international shipping for an additional fee.
Prices for Alexandra Grecco sets start at $75, although the pricing for the Spring 2011 line has not yet been released. For updates in regards to new pieces and more on the designer’s inspiration you can also visit Grecco’s blog.
Here’s a nice selection of images of Grecco’s work, mostly from the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 lines. The very last photo shows her Pickford Onepiece and Gish Bolero set — earlier designs that give a sense of how this label has evolved.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has often be labeled a stuffy, conservative city without much ‘excitement’. I beg to differ.
Case in point was last week’s vintage lingerie party at Victoire boutique, where owners Katie and Regine breathed some excitement into our mainly quiet capital.
Vintage lingerie aficionados themselves, the girls had finally amassed enough lingerie through donations and estate sales to throw their first-ever lingerie shopping event, the Some Like it Hot Vintage Lingerie Sale!
Since I already patronize this boutique and have a love for all things pretty-with-an-edge (Victoire describes the girls who shop there as “rebel girls with good manners”), I decided to scope it out for myself.
I arrived at 4:20 p.m., 20 minutes after the start time, but there were already droves of women clutching sorbet-hued chiffon and lace confections waiting patiently to assess the old underpinnings in the fitting rooms. Apparently we Ottawa women sure do like our skivvies … and they say our city is not exciting! Pfffft!
The vintage lingerie was conveniently sorted by color and style: one rack boasted pastel babydolls, camisoles, high-waisted sheer knickers and flowing nightgowns while the other appealed to those ready to unleash their more naughty side with red lace, leopard teddies and barely-there undies.
And guess who made a surprise visit to merchandise Victoire’s shop windows for the event? Hannah Metz of The Loved One! She is, after all, an Ottawa native (see, we DO boast cool cred).
As Hannah is launching her own lingerie label, it seemed appropriate that she should arrange the goodies in the display windows in what Regine dubbed the ‘lingerie chandelier’. Describing this concoction would only further confuse you, so it’s best to imagine this. Trust me.
All in all, the event was a success; women left the store carrying mint-green tissue-wrapped frilly underthings, gushing about their new purchases. But the party was more than just a shopping event, it was about making new what is old — and that feels better than scoring new duds.
Psst! Did I mention you can shop online from Victoire?! Click here to check out their site!
What Katie Did, the UK-based maker of authentic-looking nouveau vintage lingerie, is hoping to make big gains in the U.S. market this year after unveiling a new website aimed at American shoppers.
WKD’s new U.S. website won’t launch until Sept. 1, but it will take away much of the hassle and discomfort involved when trying to order intimate apparel from an overseas retailer.
The site will be priced in U.S. dollars, have a U.S. address and a toll-free number for customer inquiries. And product returns will go to a California address, not back to England, which will limit shipping costs and potential customs issues.
The move comes just as What Katie Did launches its latest collection of vintage-styled lingerie, shapewear and hosiery that evokes the glamour girl image of the 1940s and 50s.
Retro lingerie fans around the world already know WKD well, as the label — named for owner/designer Katie Halford — is a favorite among celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow and thousands of just-plain-moms. The signature WKD piece is its much-imitated bullet bra, although Katie also offers an extensive collection of elaborate corsets, bodysuits and high-waisted panties.
The new WKD line, simply called Collection 8, includes a new Hollywood satin loungewear line and the new Swiss Dot line (which we’re dying to see!). We’ve got a couple of preview images to show you above, featuring the Hollywood slip and the sultry black Glamour corselette.
The new What Katie Did collection will be available online Sept. 1, at the same time as the new U.S. site launches — so mark that date! In the meantime, now is a good time to get familiar with the existing WKD collection, as they are clearing out existing stock with a summer sale offering up to 50% off.
A wonderful photo editorial today from the Spanish photographers Andoni and Arantxa that simply oozes 1950s-era style.
Titled “She Once Was Mine”, the spread features models Lina Navickaite and Ella Kandyba styled to evoke the retro pinup look of Bettie Page (the Madonna of vintage lingerie aficionados!) but dressed in very modern lingerie pieces.
For example, the image above could be a postcard from 1956 — except that’s a La Perla bodysuit that Lina is wearing!
The true star of the layout, though, might be the ultra-luxe Italian label Ermanno Scervino, which has several lingerie pieces featured. The black-and-white image below, for instance, is all Scervino.
You’ll also spot some nouveau-vintage pieces from Triumph, Tibi and a few others.
This highly evocative editorial layout first appeared in TheOnes2Watch, an online magazine profiling up-and-coming fashion photogs and other creative talent. Check it out!