Friday Lingerie Lust: At Pirate Sea – Made By Noemi

Inspired by a picture of a 19th century chinese pirate called Ching Shih (also known as Zheng Yi Sao,) Made by Noemi‘s lingerie collection ‘At Pirate Sea‘ attempts to get behind the surface of this strong-minded and disciplined beauty.

Image top: Zostera series.  Image directly above, Algea series.

“Ching Shih was originally a prostitute who married a Cantonese pirate captain. When he died she took over his role, married his son and made him captain.  She was however the one to lead 1800 ships and more than 80,000 pirates were under her command.  She was fearless and disciplined her men with strict rules and castrated any man who would commit rape.  Ching Shih was in no way a nice lady but her strong mind and life inspired me to create a collection that would appeal her.

For the collection I wanted to avoid the classical pirate wine-red-corsett-with-puffy-white-shirt feeling and instead go deeper into the dirty rotten sea colours.  I don’t imagine the life on board as glamorous but rather tough and humid.  The colour palette for the collection spins around earthy shades like olive-green and petroleum blue with off white and beige.  The materials mix between heavier velvet and delicate mesh and lace.”

“Femininity and luxury meets a world of struggle and unfriendly approaches. I wanted to make a clash of two imaginary worlds that never meet in the pirate fairytale and see what happened” ~ Noemi Ivanova, designer

Within this collection it is the mix of textures that interest me.  The feel of fabric against the skin is an important part of lingerie in my opinion, and I like the use of velvets, mesh and lace together.  My favourite from the collection is (image above) Deep Sea – soft cup bras are perfect for my shape and I like the gold fixture centre middle.

Above: Sargasso series.

Having resisted the temptation to write pirate jokes throughout this lingerie lust, I have to say it – oo-arrrrh indeed, me hearties! *winks*

Happy weekend!

View and shop the collection here on the Made by Naomi website.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Women Are Weapons*TM ~ Dress Yourself As Such. FYI by Dani Read

Luxury lingerie, loungewear and boudoir accessories brand FYI by Dani Read brings us an utterly thrilling new collection for spring summer 2013 entitled ‘The Replicant’.  Drawing inspiration from science fiction, Read’s replicant – indistinguishable from a human being (think Battlestar Galactica’s Number Six meets Trinity from The Matrix) and isolated by technology – rebels against her social confinement by embracing her powers of seduction.

It’s an exciting concept for Read’s new line, with the colours and fabrications also channelling the themes of the very technology that binds the replicant.  Erotically charged, sinister but functional designs in leathers, silks and micro knits with alluring hardware embodies the femme fatale archetype – as each of Read’s collections indeed do. View autumn winter 2012: ‘The Commander’, here.

“The FYI woman is alluring, powerful, and dangerous. Our message is clear:

Women are weapons.™ Dress yourself as such.”

Above, spiked shoulder harness.  Below: binding brief (view a similar style from autumn winter 2012 here).

Both intimate wear and outerwear (expect to see some of Read’s key pieces on the blog shortly!) you can view and shop FYI by Dani Read here.  Spring summer 2013 will be available to purchase online soon.  A full list of stockists (including Patricia Field and Coco der Mer) is also available on the website.

Photos: FYI by Dani Read.  All products Dani Read, with the exception of the latex thigh highs – Atsuko Kudo Latex.

Thank you to the Lingerie Lesbian for this find!

Friday Lingerie Lust: Stella McCartney & Journelle for Fashion’s Night Out

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out turns four years old this year.   On September 6th 2012 stylish events will be held all over the world with special offers, limited edition products and guest appearances.

Last September I popped into Journelle‘s SoHo boutique in NYC to join the fun.  This year they have a wonderful event planned in conjunction with Stella McCartney – a chance to preview Stella’s new BASIC line (simply called; ‘Stella’) along with her autumn / winter lingerie collection for 2012.  There will also be the usual fun and games done so wonderfully by Journelle, including competitions to win fabulous prizes.

The new ‘Stella’ line has been created in keeping with McCartney’s eco-conscious focus.  Made from organic cotton and recycled hardware, a series of bra shapes with a multifunctional design are lightweight and reasonably priced (a bra costs $68).  Looking at the preview images I’m already a huge fan of the new shapes and I love that signature details such as the gold rings and logo have been retained in this collection.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this set below:

In conjunction with their Fashion’ Night Out event, the lovely folks at Journelle are offering one lucky StyleOnTheCouch reader a chance to win a pair of Stella McCartney’s ‘tourist knickers':

In order to take part to win you must either:

1) Mention this competition on Twitter by re-tweeting me and mentioning StyleOnTheCouch and @ShopJournelle (you’ll find me @StyleOnTheCouch) or,

2) Share this competition on Facebook (you’ll find me here).

Just be sure to leave me a comment below to say you’ve done one or two above and leave your email address so I know where to reach you.  The competition is open internationally and the closing date is midnight September 6th. Good luck!

Be sure to visit Journelle if you are in New York City for Fashion’s Night Out this year! Details are in the invitation at the top of this blog post.

StyleOnTheCouch xo