Friday Lingerie Lust: Marika Vera

Marika Vera‘s strapline ‘Better Than Naked’ is truth*.  The moment I saw their forthcoming autumn winter 2012 collection Queen Of The Galaxy I knew our Friday was made, Blog Reader:

“While the United States had Wonder Woman, Europe had Barbarella, a secret agent who would go on missions to other planets to protect Earth – all the while surviving the deadly Orgasmatron and using the power of seduction to control men and keep the world at peace….”

Tapping into all my our superheroine fantasies, Marika Vera’s series of bodysuits, kimono wraps and lingerie sets have been designed in stretch velvet, chiffon, silk and tulle fabrics which have a wonderful feel against the skin.  A palette of rich purples; amethyst, fuchsia and violet – are the psychedelic shades that bring the collection to life.

I have two favourites from this collection.  First of all, the June Culotte (second image and below) a stretch silk satin brief in high waist, retro style with stretch tulle details and some delightfully placed cut-outs. Second is the Sue Catsuit, a marvellous stretch tulle design with satin elastic binder and some very ‘discrete’ yet practical cut outs.

“Marika Vera exists to empower women, to inspire them to live sensually in a pleasing and sophisticated way for themselves and others.”

Is there anything I need to add to this?  Happy Friday Lingerie Lust, Blog Reader!  You can buy Marika Vera from Faire Frou Frou, Assiere and Bella Bella Boutique.  Stay tuned for the release of Queen Of The Galaxy this summer.

*To be distinguished from my gym‘s strapline “Look Better Naked”, which always gets me working out, pronto.

The French Connection

A perfect meeting of Europe and NYC: French Connection.  I have a deep affection for the British label French Connection.  They were my go to brand when I wanted to ‘treat’ myself at uni (usually with my student loan rather than my hard-earned wages from the bar but aaaanyway) and I’ve bought many pieces from them that have stayed with me for years and retained their quality.  This weekend my mind wandered to the issue of what to wear for events and shows during Fashion Week and with a desire to keep things simple and clean, I remembered this French Connection tailored jumpsuit, above*.

If the preview is anything to go by, I’m going to rediscover my love for French Connection all over again with their new spring collection.  The pieces are versatile and largely neutral in hue with a splash of print and citrus – peachy tones and Pantone‘s colour of the year, ‘tangerine’.  The usual shift and sheath dresses remain, something I see as a French Connection signature.  You see a hint of sports luxe which is a favourite trend of mine for the summer, with tailoring as well as bohemian skirts and dresses.

Above, left to right: Lost and Found Maxi; Ribbon Knits Dress; Nix and Nights Flared Dress; Izzy Jersey Top and Ergo Skinny Patchwork Jean.

My favourite piece from the spring preview is the dip dye maxi skirt:

Photo: The Real Style Network.

The Coletta Combat Trousers and Bric a Block top comes a close second:

Check out the entire spring preview here.

Back to my outfit, I have two questions.  Firstly, what is the difference between a catsuit and a jumpsuit, since I am never sure how to describe this one piece, and secondly with the fashion weeks approaching, if you attend, how do you dress for the occasion? xo

*accessorizing this will be the next issue, I can tell.

Photo credit: top, the fabulously talented Lydia Hudgens.