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

Friday Lingerie Lust: Lascivious AW12/13

It is with great excitement, Blog Reader, that I bring you the new autumn winter 2012 collection by Lascivious for this week’s Friday Lingerie Lust.  One of my most lust-worthy features to date, this season Lascivious treat us to three new amazing and sexually explosive collections inspired by ‘love’ – Lola, Isla and Cara – whilst retaining their signature classics for us to enjoy all year round, such as Lila (below) and Kitty (final image, below – and yes, MIAOW).

“Our autumn winter 12 collection is inspired by the notion of love as a binding entity – something you want to be chained to; lustful, base and raw. This mood and idea has been deconstructed to draw inspiration literally from flesh and bone – from our Lola collection, with its sinuous flowing design lines, through to Cara, which features an ivory bone colour over which a luxe gunmetal chain is digitally printed.
There is also a circular theme running through the ranges, with eyelets, circular cut outs, mesh and components. The Isla collection features a patent leather playsuit that can be laced in any way the wearer chooses – the ultimate in restrictive freedom; and a new collaborative collar and cuffs with Fraulein Kink, available for wholesale for the first time. Highlights of leather and [faux] fur are included to stimulate the senses; the juxtoposition of hard and soft (heart and bone) echoing the central themes for all AW12 ranges” ~ Lascivious

Regular Blog Readers might already have spotted my favourite piece from the new collection – image top shows the Isla Long Body Piece and thong, the body garment being a striking show-piece made from eyelet tape which can be fastened and tied in many different ways to harness the body.  I’m already envisaging this as both inner and outerwear and I’m really impressed with the styling of this piece in the editorial.  Lascivious, this is just why I love you…!

My joint favourite has to be the Lola Basque (above).  A beautifully dramatic body with pleated fins at the hips and contrasting cut outs and panelling, the removable suspender attachments allow this piece to be worn as inner or outerwear too.  It’s a very modern interpretation of the traditional basque and one done very well.

The classics from Lascivious include some fabulous ivory pieces, and at this point I have to give them a shout out for naming one of their collections after me.  Above: Sarah-Lou – delicate French hand-beaded lace, silk and an oyster satin bow.

Finally, Cara (above), created in-house by the Lascivious team.  Subversive and provocative, Cara is a limited edition range of bra and briefs/string, suspender and vest – get in there quick if it takes your fancy, I can guarantee it will not be around long.

I salute you, Lascivious for your continued effort at being fashion forward, directional lingerie.  You can catch the brand at Curve in New York City this year too.

Images: Lascivious.

Have a wonderful weekend, Blog Reader! It looks like being great weather in NYC and I’m hoping to enjoy the outdoors, humidity permitting. I’m also planning a trip to Charleston next weekend, so if anyone has any suggestions of things to do or places to go please leave me a comment below.  I think it’s going to be an exciting trip!

Friday Lingerie Lust: Fraulein Kink

Since I am travelling this week, I asked my friend Lindsay of thatjenesaisquoi.com to take over the reins* for this Friday’s lingerie feature.  Lindsay couldn’t be more perfect for the role.  Her personal blog details her crush on underthings – the things that make her feel beautiful, like she has that je ne sais quoi.  So without further ado I hand you over to Lindsay, who introduces you, Blog Reader, to Fraulein Kink.

Crossing “digital paths” with StyleOnTheCouch, in hindsight, was entirely inevitable. Our personal styles overlap as does our affinity for lingerie and Sarah’s style in particular is just SMASHING. But of course, you know this already. I was so flattered when she asked me to write a guest post.

One of the things I admire most about Sarah is her courage to be tastefully directional on her blog. Specifically, she is one of the first I’ve witnessed to wear a harness as outerwear, a feat I think is both brave and undeniably stylish. So, it was only appropriate to write about Fraulein Kink, a luxury erotic accessories brand that mixes boudoir allure with a downtown chic vibe for a stunning effect.

My favorite range from the Fraulein Kink label is the Lascivious x Fraulein Kink playsuit (image, second on page). Three main pieces compose the suit: a collar, set of handcuffs and belt. They are made of patent leather lined with faux fur and are accented with delicate, adjustable (!) small-link chains. Because they can be worn together or separately, the pieces are perfect for styling over outerwear and would really work for any season. The belt would be a great summer statement piece when worn over a white sleeveless but form-fitting dress, but would also be just as edgy and chic when paired with black for fall. Along the same lines, the Tease Me playsuit (third image) and full-of-fringe Justine belt (image below) are both perfect for spicing up an ensemble that needs a little something extra.

Accessories by Fraulein Kink; photography by Catherine Day & Camilla Camaglia.

Thank you Lindsay!  You can find Lindsay on Twitter here and follow her blog here.  I’m flying back to NYC this weekend so usual posting resumes next week.  I have in the works two collections close to my heart and since we’re on a roll with peplum, another outfit in this vein. Have a great weekend!

*pun entirely intended.