Friday Lingerie Lust: Fleur of England AW13

Fleur of England Truffle boudoir bra and bowtie brief

Fleur of England Truffle luxury babydoll

Fleur of England Truffle plunge bra and silk brief

Fleur of England Flirtation babydoll dress

Fleur of England Flirtation boudoir bra and bow tie brief

Fleur of England Flirtation balcony bra, suspender and thongAW13, Fleur of England tell us, is all about feeling spoilt, loved and treasured. In accordance with this, they tempt us to learn the art of flirtation with their new luxury lace collection:

“Take a vibrant twist of pink eyelash lace, add a seductive sea of transparent midnight Italian lace and then choose from perfectly crafted playful designer silhouettes. The new Flirtation collection is bursting with personality. With Italian and French lace as fine as the flutter of your eyelashes.”

After this, Blog Reader, one expects you are ready to go and be your mischievous self…

A second collection from Fleur for AW13 (there are five in total, to match the moods of the brand: Romantic, Playful, Fiercely Feminine, Luxurious and Powerful) is named Truffle for its deliciously luxurious colour:

“Hand-cut and appliquéd French eyelash lace and rich silk-satin create a true Fleur of England classic. Rich sensual mink tones are delectable. Truffle features new luxurious shapes in the refined camisole and belted kimono. Signature Fleur of England styles, such as the elegant babydoll gown, create the most beautiful silhouettes.”

My favourite from the Truffle collection is the silk and lace boudoir bra and bow tie brief. I love the element of undressing in the art of seduction and this set is perfect – very lavish, very romantic. Perhaps equally so is the balcony bra, suspender and thong from the Flirtation collection. I like the contrasting lace bright fuchsia against the deep navy Italian lace, very striking.

Another of Fleur’s AW13 collections, Belle de Nuit, deserves a whole post of its own so watch this space.  For more information on the full range click HERE.  You can also purchase Fleur of England from a range of stockists, click HERE for more details.

Happy Friday, Blog Reader! StyleOnTheCouch xo 

Friday Lingerie Lust: Fleur of England – Tiger Collection

The autumn winter line 2012 from Fleur of England features five new dazzlingly provocative collections each exuding a very different mood.  Show here, Tiger is a striking red colour –  symbolizing sex, passion and power.  Lace with tiger stripes is combined with sheer panels of Italian tulle, blaze silk and gold fittings.

My favourite piece from this collection is the innovative camisole with suspender (image above and last)  It has a flattering racer back and lace / sheer front with a sweetheart style shape around the neckline where the lace patterning begins. I’m already seeing this as outerwear potential, styled underneath denim and perhaps with a blazer.

A padded balcony bra and brief (image above) and plunge bra and thong complete the collection.

Other new designs include Berry Kiss (romantic), Dotty (playful), Pandora (fiercely feminine) and the luxurious Snow Queen (to be released).  The latter is described to me as an elegant world of winter whites, decadent with a timeless touch. This series includes a boudoir gown and playsuit – I’ll be posting this collection fit for royalty later in the year, just in time for the holiday season, Blog Reader.

You can view the entire range of collections and shop online at Fleur of England here.

Christmas Lingerie Shopping (1): Teddies for Bettys

Each week during December, along with the usual Friday Lingerie Lust, I will be posting a feature about my go-to places to browse and purchase the most fabulous lingerie.  If you’re looking to buy intimates for Christmas, wish to make hints to a loved one (I suggest you leave this blog open under his or her nose by way of a subtle reminder), or want to keep your eye out for the New Year’s sales – these are the places I recommend to you.

The first of my Christmas Lingerie Shopping posts is the gorgeous boutique Teddies for Betties, in Austin, Texas. I met Ashley, Teddies boutique owner, during my trip to Austin over the summer.  She introduced me to labels I hadn’t heard of before (like Andres Sarda, one of Ashley’s personal favourites) and she stocks many brands that I adore: La Perla, Lascivious, and Chantelle can all be found here.

Things I love about Teddies for Bettys: the uber chic monochrome changing rooms; the writing on the walls – “where luxury is an everyday experience, not a special occasion” - and Ashley’s fabulous sense of humour (I love her Twitter feed, she always makes me laugh with her quotes and adventures).  The proof of the wonder of this boutique? I returned twice during my Texas visit!

Photo credits: Teddies for Bettys

I asked Ashley to tell us a little about her store and her love of lingerie:

Tell us about the boutique:
Teddies for Bettys is an upscale boutique offering fashion forward and fine lingerie from mainstays such as, La Perla, Chantelle, Prima Donna and newcomers like Fleur of England and Lascivious. We specialize in bra fittings and offer the discriminating lingerie shopper high design and superior quality, in an atmosphere that is comfortable as well as beautiful.
What are your favourite collections:
Andres Sarda, Marie Jo, Chantelle and Cosabella (it is hard to limit this!)
What are your suggestions for Christmas gifts that will go down a treat?
Fleur of England for something sexy and absolutely luxurious, Chantelle’s Eternelle Demi in Passion Red – an absolutely gorgeous set that can be for a special occasion or everyday and Cosabella’s new collection ‘Cocoon‘.  It is a cashmere blend of loungewear that feels absolutely decadent on the skin.
Why Austin?
Our draw to Austin and the downtown area was the fact that the city is so progressive, recreational and supportive of local business.  Obviously being the music capital of the world helped!

Thanks Ashley!  To visit the Teddies for Bettys website click here.  You can also email info@teddiesforbettys.com for further information.