Friday Lingerie: Azaleas & Maison Close by ThatJeNeSaisQuoi

Sensual New Maison Close Collections at Azalea’s Opening Soiree by Lindsay of ThatJeNeSaisQuoi:

Azaleas and Maison Close were kind enough to invite lingerie-loving and super stylish StyleOnTheCouch to their joint soiree: Azaleas just moved to a larger location a few doors down from their former storefront in the East Village and Maison Close has some new lines to celebrate. Since Sarah is currently across the pond (New York misses you, Sarah!) she sent me in her place and I was thrilled to attend!  There may or may not have been role-playing with lingerie accessories in front of the cameras(!).  It was great to see some familiar faces and get the low-down on their new collections which will be available at Azaleas in January. Can’t come soon enough!

Maison Close is quite a special intimates range.  I say special because there aren’t many brands in the lingerie ether that can successfully achieve sophistication through ensembles that are chock full of bravado and sensuality.  It’s also quite affordable and I highly recommend it for anyone who is trying to build out her lingerie wardrobe on a budget.  The new line plays with ‘notions of control and submission, secrecy and revelation, retention and ecstasy’ and stays true to Maison Close’s French roots.  What does this look like, you ask? There are three new styles and each comes in a variety of different looks.  Let me explain.

Nuit Blanche is for the woman who wants to add a dash of glam to her outfit.  Made mostly of sheer black mesh and punctuated with studs, Nuit Blanche comes in a variety of cuts, most notably in two different body suits, a babydoll and a uber-high waist thong that extends into a halter top.  One of my favorite cuts – the Soutien-gorge balconnet – looks like it was made to peek out from under a barely there tank or dress… perfection for a night on the town.

Villa des Lys is made of delicate black floral lace, calling to mind sensation, drama and romance.  Like Nuit Blanche, it’s available in several different cuts including a body suit, backless cat suit (!!!) and a ‘mini robe’ which wears like a mini dress.  I love that Maison Close is playing with the idea of innerwear as outerwear.  I do think that if one were to plausibly wear this lingerie as outerwear (keeping the catsuit in mind here), one would need to wear it as part of an overall layering scheme, as with most lingerie we wear out to play.  Let a few lacy bits peek out here and there, but certainly don’t give it all away up front.

My favorite of the new ranges is Exquise Allure, perhaps because it’s the most unexpected from Maison Close.  The fabric is an absolute dream, it feels like something between silk and lycra… slightly stretchy but sumptuous and soft to the touch.  It’s a milky beige color and is slightly transparent (don’t worry, it doesn’t read ‘bridal’), giving the pieces an ethereal feel when compared to the brand’s darker fetish offerings.

I agree with Lindsay that Maison Close is a very well priced brand for those looking to extend their lingerie collection.  One for a lingerie-lover’s Christmas wish list for sure.

Thank you very much Lindsay! You can view Lindsay’s blog ThatJeNeSaisQuoi here.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Stola

Yesterday an email popped up in my inbox from one of my favourite East Village lingerie boutiques – Azaleas.  They introduced to me Stola – whose Celebration collection covers everything I want from my lingerie in the move towards warmer months.

Celebration marks the arrival of spring with a focus on nature.  The richness of colour, form and texture; the awakening of animals and plants – it is a beautiful and delicate collection reflecting on all these things.

The collection is split into three main lines.  Butterfly (image top) is true to its name, mixing prints that show off the beauty of butterflies with delicate, innocent white bra and brief sets.  Flowers (immediately above) is a gorgeous mix of pastel and bold prints – a truly botanic – inspired display for the senses.

My favourite of the three, Skin and Feathers, combines earthy tones with sheer fabrics and lace.  Mostly bra and brief sets with the occasional sleepwear – Stola is a very sensitive yet comfortable, cheerful and exotic collection that I think appeals to those with a sense of adventure.  I can’t think of another range that more accurately sums up how I love to feel when spring is around the corner.

If you are interested in purchasing Stola, you can buy from Azaleas in NYC.

What do you think of Stola, Blog Reader?  Do you have a favourite collection from Celebration? Also, do your lingerie choices vary according to season?