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2015-02-27 (Fri)Prev. Day

bdLingerie e-tailers Zivame, PrettySecrets hit road for funding to expand ... - Economic Times Top


Lingerie e-tailers Zivame, PrettySecrets hit road for funding to expand ...
Economic Times
BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Lingerie e-tailers Zivame and PrettySecrets have hit the road for their new round of funding, banking on growing their private labels to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market. While Zivame is looking to raise over ...

Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 27, 2015 11:49 PM

bdHannah Ferguson seduces as the new face of Triumph lingerie - SI.com Top


SI.com

Hannah Ferguson seduces as the new face of Triumph lingerie
SI.com
Triumph lingerie may have started in a tiny corset factory in Southern Germany in 1886, but it's come a long way. And choosing SI Swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson to be the face of its newest ad campaign is what one might call a strategic (and BRILLIANT) ...
Sports Illustrated model Hannah Ferguson has been announced as the new face ...Express.co.uk
Move over Kate Upton! Sports Illustrated's Hannah Ferguson wows in lingerie ...Daily Star

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Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 27, 2015 10:08 PM

bdMeet the Woman Shaking Up the Lingerie Landscape - Elle (blog) Top


Elle (blog)

Meet the Woman Shaking Up the Lingerie Landscape
Elle (blog)
Whether you're curvy or have a small bust, finding the perfect lingerie is a process to say the least. Not only does the fit have to be right, but the look does, too, and all the lace, ruffles, and bows that adorn most bras and panties aren't for ...

Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 27, 2015 10:07 PM

bdGuy Fawkes mask found in creek leads to arrest in lingerie store B&E - WBTV Top


WBTV

Guy Fawkes mask found in creek leads to arrest in lingerie store B&E
WBTV
Jacob Thomas Goode and Savannah Bree Padgett, both 22, were arrested Friday and charged with one count each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony safecracking and felony conspiracy to commit larceny.

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Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 27, 2015 10:00 PM

bdLIKE: Step-in Waist Cincher Top

Today’s like is a really practical and very useful waist cincher from Cupid Fine that offers lots of control and comfort. Called ‘Even More Control Step-in Waist Cincher’ (and breathe!) this item is really easy to put on. There’s no hooks and eyes, just step in, adjust and you’re good to go. It’s designed to shape [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 27, 2015 09:27 AM

bdDébut: Anti thigh chafing underwear launched from Chaffree Top

Its always nice to see something new and a bit different so meet Chaffree which is great for runners, cyclists, plus sizes and anyone else who might get some thigh chafing from time to time. Created by Amanda Whaley, a stay at home mum from Yorkshire, this new range of ladies & gents underwear helps [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 27, 2015 08:57 AM

bdNaja: Catalina Girald's bold lingerie line - San Francisco Chronicle Top


Naja: Catalina Girald's bold lingerie line
San Francisco Chronicle
Forget the mild side — Catalina Girald's boldly patterned line of lingerie, Naja, wants you to walk on the wild side. Girald, a former New York mergers and acquisitions lawyer, left the corporate world to explore her creativity. She earned a master's ...

Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 27, 2015 03:03 AM

2015-02-26 (Thu)Prev. Day

bdWhat kind of lingerie do you wear? - A Cup Of Jo (blog) Top


What kind of lingerie do you wear?
A Cup Of Jo (blog)
I'm dating a new guy, and I want to get some nice lingerie, but...eesh. I don't know where to begin. It got me thinking: What does the modern woman wear for special sexy times? Do women still wear garter belts or the thing that attaches your underwear ...

Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 26, 2015 09:13 PM

bdA Tale of Two Lingerie Retailers - Wall Street Journal (blog) Top


Wall Street Journal (blog)

A Tale of Two Lingerie Retailers
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Frederick's of Hollywood and Victoria's Secret started on the same track decades ago as catalog lingerie retailers. But while Victoria's Secret zoomed to the top of the sexy intimates business, Frederick's lagged behind, becoming virtually a nonentity ...

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Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 26, 2015 07:11 PM

bdJared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel, Oceanside, LIFT/ Women ... - WGBH NEWS Top


Jared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel, Oceanside, LIFT/ Women ...
WGBH NEWS
She spends her life making beautiful intimate apparel pieces for women of all walks from wealthy socialites to spirited prostitutes. She longs for love and finds her fate upended when George (Brandon G. Green), a worker on the Panama Canal project ...

Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 26, 2015 04:11 PM

bdElegantly Pastied – A Brief History of Striptease & the Emergence of the Nipple Pastie! Top

Pasties, and their whimsical cousin the nipple tassel, are the decorative body accessory du jour. Usually associated with burlesque performers, they've recently been spotted on the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rhianna and Nicki Minaj, marking an explosion in their popularity since they were originally brought back into mainstream consciousness by likes of the lovely Dita Von Teese in the 90’s. But don’t be fooled – they’ve been around a lot longer than that, and have history intertwined with  art, censorship, moral outrage and cultural paradigm shifts…read on to discover more about the history of the humble pastie. 

Most people with an interest in cabaret history will know that burlesque wasn't always about the art of striptease – in fact its roots are more in a British music hall tradition of comedy, satire and song.  The fact that it was often performed by young, attractive women wearing costumes considered at the time to be revealing, telling ribald jokes and reciting material that was somewhat sexual in nature, gave the shows a thrilling edge in an otherwise repressed Victorian society.

The transition to a striptease element did not come for some time, with various dancers claiming to have invented the art with stories ranging from a snapped strap onstage to a performer who absently started changing out of her costume in view of the audience as she finished her act!

While it’s hard to put a finger on when exactly the pastie became part of the history of burlesque costuming, we can look as far back as the late 19th century to see photographs of dancers decked in exotic garments that resemble the smaller, modern-day equivalent. During this period a popular fascination had emerged with the study of ‘Orientalism’ – a largely imagined (and today recognised as being a fairly racist and colonialist) view of the history, traditions and mysteries of the East, which included Middle Eastern, Asian, and Egyptian culture.

Of course, not all of this interest was entirely academic, and titillating tales of harem girls, concubines and courtesans hinted tantalisingly at a licentious libertinism found in the far-flung corners of the world – feverishly gripping the imagination of a society characterised by its expectation of sexual constraint and moral forbearance.

A Victorian girl poses in ‘oriental’ garb

A Victorian girl poses in ‘oriental’ garb

Of course, various enterprising individuals realised quickly that sex sells, and hit on a way to monetise this fascination with a series of exhibitions at World Fairs, showcasing performances by  exotic-looking women displaying what was known as ‘muscle dancing’- an art form similar to belly dancing, which would have been an unthinkable show of eroticism were it not rendered innocuous by its presentation as an educational exhibit.

Mata Hari – courtesan, dancer, and spy

Mata Hari – courtesan, dancer, and spy

A distinct trend was emerging: dancers, presented as Eastern Princesses but frequently locals girls from Vaudeville backgrounds, would shimmy and shake their bodies onstage in dances such as ‘Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils’,  ‘Arabian Nights’, and ‘Temple Dance of the Priestess’ at shows with names such as the ‘Algerian Village’ or the ‘Persian Palace’.  

The most famous dancer in this style is undoubtedly the notorious Mata Hari, but other performers such as Little Egypt and Loie Fuller were also part of the movement. These dancers would wear risque costumes and remove items of clothing, but were rarely if ever fully nude, their modesty being preserved by bodysuits, elaborately jewelled bikinis and metal discs covering their breasts.

However, while this was happening in respectable establishments across Europe and America, the circus sideshow tradition had picked up on it and were presenting their own ‘educational exhibits’ in ten-in-one shows across the United States where dancers would undulate in costumes which left little to the imagination, to the delight of male audiences. Over time the pretence of these sensual displays being for purely educational purposes was dropped, the themes became looser, and the Danse du Ventre of the Victorian era made way for the ‘hoochie cootch’, where a fully nude finale was common if, when and  where it could be gotten away with. 

Fairground dancers drumming up a crowd for their ‘exotic dance’

Fairground dancers drumming up a crowd for their ‘exotic dance’

However, when the art of the striptease started making its way out of the sideshows and into Vaudeville shows in cities across America, so the sense of moral alarm grew and new nudity laws were enforced in venues wanting to showcase ‘burlesque revues’; nights which featured comedy, music, and beautiful, scantily-clad women.

New York Burlesque venue the National Winter Garden, or simply ‘Minsky’s’

New York Burlesque venue the National Winter Garden, or simply ‘Minsky’s’

These shows, such as the famous Ziegfeld Follies and the Minsky Brothers’ National Winter Garden, were no longer the male-centred spit-and-sawdust tents of the travelling sideshow fairs, but theatrical venues which attracted both men and women of all classes. The move from lowbrow to highbrow attracted the attention of police and politicians, who would wage a moral crusade on the nascent industry.  

Burlesque clubs were regularly raided, and dancers were often arrested if they were deemed to be showing too much skin. Here the pastie became a weapon in the fightback against the censors, and allowed dancers to perform nearly-nude with the addition of a g-string to cover their modesty. Different states had different laws, and burlesque dancers were particularly ingenious in getting around them – attaching a piece of string around the pasties in a halter neck style was enough to get them classified as a bikini, and is still known as wearing them ‘Boston Style’ due to the particularly strict laws in that state!

Burlesque dancer Candy Barr rocking the pasties

Burlesque dancer Candy Barr rocking the pasties

The pasties became an iconic image of the burlesque dancer. The performer Carrie Finnell is credited with inventing the nipple tassel – a woman of ample bosomage, her shtick as a ‘mammary manipulator’  saw her shaking her ‘educated bosom’ to spin her tassels up and down, left and right – a gimmick that has become so popular that it’s synonymous with the image of the bump-and-grind burlesque performer now. 

1940s Burlesque performer Zorita pictured in a Miami newspaper taking her pet snake for a walk.

1940s Burlesque performer Zorita pictured in a Miami newspaper taking her pet snake for a walk.

Striptease enjoyed a roaring golden age of prosperity and notoriety, its stars being celebrities of the day with tabloids reporting on their love lives, extravagant lifestyles, and their run-ins with the establishment.

Burlesque shows were a main staple of American entertainment from the 20’s to the 50’s – however its decline in the mid-1960s, when go-go dancing and miniskirts replaced the ubiquitous pasties and a g-string, marked the end of an era until the recent burlesque revival.

Dita Von Teese, icon of modern burlesque, performs her signature champagne glass act

Dita Von Teese, icon of modern burlesque, performs her signature champagne glass act

However, the pastie lived on, albeit in slightly less recognisable format – marketed as beachwear or a tanning aid with an occasional catwalk appearance under sheer garments.

However, like anything associated with the taboo and forbidden aspects of a woman’s body, the allure of the pastie has never quite gone away, and can be seen in fetish photography and fashion pictures from the 70’s to the present day, whether in the form of the jewelled and sparkly sets that go all the way back to the origins of the garment, or the instantly recognised punk aesthetic of strips of black tape crossed over the nipples.

These days burlesque dancers still wear pasties and tassels not just to circumvent venue licensing issues – a special permit is required to host events where nudity occurs – but also for the rich history and tradition they represent.

In fashion, lingerie trends are allowing women who love the look of pasties to buy them in all sorts of shapes, colours and designs. Whether they are worn to clubs or under sheer garment, or just a bit of boudoir naughtiness, we love pasties, especially when matched with open cup and quarter cup bras!

Here’s the PP selectionwhich will you choose?

Via Playful Promises by Lydia at February 26, 2015 01:18 PM

2015-02-25 (Wed)Prev. Day

bdWinter sunshine : Pain de Sucre Summer 2015 Top

Each year it's the same thing: in the heart of the winter comes the Pain de Sucre new collection and I'm overwhelmed by a desire of holidays. Just looking at these pictures I feel the caress of the sun on my skin and the softness of the water under my feets... The collection is...

Via Petite Coquette by coquette at February 25, 2015 12:57 PM

bdEnter Our Student & Recent Graduates Design Project Top

You may remember back in 2013, we held our first design competition. We were flooded with absolutely amazing entries; so much so that we couldn't pick just one, and ended up choosing 3 winners and creating a mini-collection. 

Since then, Eva has gone on to create her own brand, and Pippa worked on our design team for several months after graduation.

We have launched a new design competition for a mini-collection in SS'16.

The 3 winners will see their design concepts taken through to final production and a photoshoot, with a limited release of 30 sets each.

Our competition is open for to all fashion undergraduates and recent graduates, with a deadline of the 13th of March 2015.

We will be creating a shortlist of 10 entries, which we feel best suit our brand, and encourage our fans to vote on facebook to help us select the final winners!

 

via Stylesight.com

via Stylesight.com

THE BRIEF

The year’s design competition takes its theme from Stylesight's SS'16 Trend Forecast – ‘Sartorial’. This trend is perfect for the Playful Promises customer with it's mix of grown up girl with dark detailing. Think pretty bondage, flowers and restraints,  delicate embroidered lace and harder textured wet look fabrics.

The winning collection will sit under the title ‘Future Pin-ups’ reflecting that this range
features designs that have the feel of being contemporary classics. 


Feel free to use the Stylesight Trend Forecast (see shots below) as a starting point but also to let your own creative processes interpret the meaning of ‘Sartorial’.  We love print design and are able to digitally print any winning designs, so feel free to submit any print design as part of your entry. 

via stylesight.com

via stylesight.com

THE PRIZE

 
1)
To see your designs go from concept to production and be available for sale.

 
2)
A set of your winning design in your size 


3) A £200 voucher to spend on our site www.playfulpromises.com 


4) The opportunity to see your work and name with links to any portfolios promoted across our social media of which we have around 60k followers in total, as well as in a newsletter to our database. 

 

For any questions, and to send your entry, please feel free to email: emma@playfulpromises.com

 

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Via Playful Promises by Playful Promises at February 25, 2015 12:11 PM

bdLIKE: Idalia Underwire Bra from Agent Provocateur Top

Today’s like is a naughty little bra from L’Agent by Agent Provocateur called Idalia. We love this bra! The first thing you’ll notice is the peek-a-boo split cups that gives a very naughty but extremely nice look. The second thing you’ll notice is the delicate black lace with scalloped edges around the top of the cups that’s [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 25, 2015 09:18 AM

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Written by cultural historian and fashion academic Caroline Cox, Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style explores the fetish and fun of underwear, referring to influential designers, historical trends, and other factors that continue to shape how we perceive and wear lingerie. A spirited, provocative, and thoroughly informed examination of ladies undergarments, Lingerie is a romp through more than 200 color photos accompanied by sparkling text that makes even the G-string seem faintly erudite. Begining with that most controversial item of feminine garb, the corset, Cox explores just how far this confining contraption has progressed over the past 200 years. The bra likewise comes under scrutiny in a witty appraisal of its iconic appeal. Panties, stockings, and suspenders; slips, peignoirs, and camisoles; and athletic-inspired vests and briefs are all covered (and uncovered) in an expert, artistic, and elegant fashion. In Lingerie, Cox gets to the crux of the evolution of erotic style.
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2015-02-24 (Tue)Prev. Day

bdPhotos: Lingerie Fashion Night 2015 - Atlanta Journal Constitution Top


Atlanta Journal Constitution

Photos: Lingerie Fashion Night 2015
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Model Gia Genevieve has her make-up applied backstage before the 2015 CURVExpo and Invista sleepwear, loungewear and swim collections are modeled, during the 2nd annual Lingerie Fashion Night, "Romancing the Runway," in New York, Monday, ...
Man bought animals on Craigslist, then tortured them, police say; how lingerie ...NOLA.com
Lingerie Fashion NightToday's News-Herald

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Via Google News: Intimate Apparel, Lingerie at February 24, 2015 02:39 PM

bdLIKE: Empreinte Paris Full Cup Bra Top

Oh my! This really is a lovely bra and it fits up to a 46″ band and G cup. From Empreinte comes Paris which is a lovely bra available in a full cup style that looks very French and very luxurious. We love the lace embroidery on the top of the cups that’s romantic and delicate [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 24, 2015 09:38 AM

bdLisca Fashion SS15. Comfy elegance in Summer colours Top

The new Spring Summer ‘Fashion’ collection from Lisca is just about to hit the shelves and the focus this season is on femininity, comfort and elegance. The new offerings launch in gorgeous bright colours such as coral and turquoise but if you’re after something a little more subtle you’ll find elegant and soft shades of champagne, white [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 24, 2015 09:14 AM

2015-02-23 (Mon)Prev. Day

bdTia Tights: A New Way Of Thinking About Legwear Top

One upon a time there was just a few kinds of tights, sheers, winters a few other speciality colours. Now with Tia Tights you can express yourself with your pins the same you can with your hair or other clothing! You get hosiery made from tough Hi-density premium microfibre which doesn’t ladder easily or tear […]

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Via UK Lingerie Shops Blog by Kenny at February 23, 2015 11:45 AM

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Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design
The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place youíd probably never expect: Syria. Adorned with everything from faux fur artificial flowers and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones these intimates flash lights play music even vibrate. Well known across the Middle East—in Syria the lingerie forms an important part of the folk tradition around trousseaus and weddings—it is openly displayed in the markets and souks. Authors Malu Halasa and Rana Salam have brought together a diverse and dramatic collection of photography and writing including the voices of Syrian women celebrating this little-known niche of fashion design in all its playful glory.
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bdL'agent by AP Spring / Summer 2015 Top

The summer L'agent by AP collection has been unveiled and I must admit that it really deserves to be discovered : richer, more varied, less "easy" than the past one's, it proposes many very seductive lingerie sets. The fabrics are embellished, the shapes, still inspired by the...

Via Petite Coquette by coquette at February 23, 2015 09:38 AM

bdLIKE: Playful lace bra and garter skirt set Top

Today’s like is meant for the bedroom as its very playful, a little bright and probably not what you’d wear on the weekly shop! Made from pleated chiffon and stretch lace this is a really affordable 3 piece set that consists of an off the shoulder lace bralette with huge centre bow, a skirted garter belt [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 23, 2015 08:44 AM

bdStandard Drawers launches hand crafted lingerie that’s Made In UK. Top

A new luxury lingerie brand has launched in the UK and hopes to offer something a little bit different with quality being the top priority. Standard Drawers first garment is a hand made Teddy that can be worn during the day and into the night. It’s easy to pull on and very versatile. Wear it under a [...]

Via Lingerie Blog UK by LingerieBlog at February 23, 2015 08:23 AM