Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Lingerie & Accessories

Bordelle Angela Cage Dress StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas StyleOnTheCouch

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness StyleOnTheCouch William Williams Photography

Stella McCartney Lingerie StyleOnTheCouch

It is, Blog Reader, a few days until Valentine’s Day.  Since I regularly feature lingerie and accessories on StyleOnTheCouch I wanted to give  a little round-up of some of my favourite ideas if you’re looking for a gift – to self or other! – this week.  Happy shopping!

Red Light Lingerie:

Kallisti by Marios Schwab for ASOS Inc. Bardot Body (second image, right)

Lascivious Helena Bra and Brief, and black tee from their Luxury Basics collection (second image, left)

Also: Between The Sheets Arabesque lace soft bralette and brief

Delicately Gifted:

Marks and Spencer Rosie for Autograph pure silk French Teddy

Love Ophelia ‘To Have And To Hold’ set

Ayten Gasson Silk Bed Jacket

Fiercely Yours:

Fleet Ilya Suspender Leg Harness (third image, above)

Bordelle Angela Dress (image top)

Love Story:

Zinke Daisy Jumper

Stella McCartney Smooth Supernatural Bra (final image, above)

Be Bold, Be Different:

Murmur Harness Bra from Mise En Cage

Fraulein Kink mask

Fifi‘ fragrance by Fifi Chachnil.

 For more last-minute gift ideas, you might also turn to Journelle, Faire Frou Frou and ASOS Lingerie.

Photos of me by William Williams.

This post was also submitted to Independent Fashion Bloggers project ‘The Season Of Love

Be A Bond Girl: Bordelle Swim Collection

When one of my favourite lingerie brands moves into swimwear, you can guarantee a flurry of activity as I book various beach holidays and plot my next move to Capri.  Bordelle, a provocative, dominant and sexy lingerie brand, have designed a collection of swimwear guaranteed to bestow on you immediate Bond Girl status.

Curve enhancing lines, a hint of bondage and inspiration from the likes of Honey Ryder (the bikini-clad entrance of Ursula Andress in Dr No is an unforgettable Bond Girl moment) makes for a stunning collection.

The aptly named Bond-Age bikini set (image top of post) comes with moulded underwire cups and side boning for added structure.  The set comes in three shades: black, ivory and poppy red each with shimmering honey.

For those who prefer a little more coverage, Bordelle have designed several beautiful one pieces, like the Olympia swimsuit (image below).  The piece de resistance however has to be the Bond-Age swimsuit, modeled on the brand’s signature hourglass silhouette and embellished with 18k gold plated hardware and an adjustable elastic overlay.  This piece can be worn in a variety of ways and naturally is high up on my Christmas wish list.

You may not possess a name that is a double entendre, but if you want to be a symbol of glamour and sophistication like a Bond Girl, visit Bordelle swim on their website here.

Bordelle lingerie is also available to buy on their site; in Selfridges; at Coco de Mer and Mise en Cage.

The Voyeur Harness and Bordelle Autumn Winter 12/13

A slightly different Friday feature for you this week, Blog Reader: both a lingerie feature and an outfit post.  During my last trip home to London I had the opportunity to once again pay a visit to the fantastic creative team at Bordelle.  This Friday feature focusses on their stunning new autumn winter 12/13 collection, inspired by the movies of David Lynch, specifically the surreal ‘Blue Velvet’ with all its dreamy imagery.

Bordelle’s new autumn winter 12/13 is rich in film noir shades (black and neutrals), punctuated with (what else but) velvety purple and deep red.  Some of my favourites from the new line are the Blue Velvet Justine Plunge Bra and Velvet Odile knicker which make a wonderful everyday set with a little opulence.

Above: the Voyeur Angela dress, this season’s take on Bordelle’s signature classic.

Within this new fashion forward lingerie collection are several pieces that can be worn as outerwear.  Their Voyeur Harness is a spectacular body accessory that Bordelle introduced me to during my very first visit to their HQ – I loved the style so much I put in my order there and then.

I’ve been wearing the harness over the simplest dresses and plain tees.  Created from satin elastic panelling, the shoulder pads give this piece great structure.  It is fully adjustable at the front, back and sides – and along the sides run bold, gold plated rings.  You can wear the harness two ways (in the style I am showing here, the front is technically the back of the harness but I prefer the emphasis on the back with the ring design).  The harness is a perfect accompaniment to Bordelle’s floor sweeping Isabella gown, below:

Other favourites from the new collection are the Voyeur suspender, a body contouring piece with two oversized gold rings at the sides and the masterpiece that is the Tutu waspie – a girdle with satin elastic panelling and tulle peplum overlay.  This ability to create truly fashion forward lingerie, to continually innovate and evolve signature designs is one of the reasons I like Bordelle so much.

Photos of me: Lydia Hudgens.
Above: the Voyeur Open Bra and Suspender. Lingerie pictures: Bordelle, shot by Jonas Bresnan.
I’m wearing: Bordelle Voyeur HarnessBCBG Lexie Essential Knit Maxi Dress and Mango Fetish Sandal.

Provocative, dominant and highly sexy – I said before I feel that Bordelle encourage you to bring out your assertive inner goddess and this new collection is no exception.  You can see the full range on the Bordelle site here.