Friday Lingerie Lust: Maison Close

I first read about lingerie brand Maison Close on some of my favourite blogs before I stumbled across their designs in that little gem of a lingerie boutique ‘Azaleas‘ in the East Village, NYC.  I’ve featured them before as a Friday Lingerie post and with four new collections ready to tantalize and seduce, it’s time to feature them again.

If you are looking for lingerie that is well priced, comfortable and enormously sensual, Maison Close is perfect for you.  The brand is committed to the game of love: erotic, chic and refined.  From their lookbook:

Maison Close shows pride in its commitment to a peculiarly French style of love games in which gallantry and naughty pleasures form a perfect blend. The brand plays with the notions of control and submission, secrecy and revelation, retention and ecstasy, with each successive collection avoiding the pitfall of vulgarity and showy exhibitionism.”

New collections include Villa Satine in black (second image) available now and Exquise Allure, (image top) available to purchase from January on the Maison Close website.  I very much like how the simplicity of the set in the very first image translates into such an alluring (naturally, given the name) design – having previously brought out Pavillon Bellevue in ivory, I was pleased to see the label include these styles in particular in the new collection.  A bodysuit and long sleeved dress complete the series.

Above: Feerie Precieuse.  Below, the bodysuit from the forthcoming Nuit Blanche - sheer and studded: Brighten up his nights with the radiance of your underwear Maison Close inform us.*

I own several Maison Close designs and some of their accessories too, which I feel make perfect gifts – they are presented in elegant purple boxes almost the colour of Milk Tray**.  Affordable and attractive, how can you resist?

You can purchase Maison Close direct from their website. Also from Faire Frou Frou, Shop Des Createurs, Coco De Mer and Journelle.

*Oo la laaaa indeed.

**This comment may only be relevant for my UK readers. You’ll just have the Google the Milk Tray man, Blog Reader.  Or think James Bond, bringing you chocolate. Yes, one can dream…

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

Give Me Your LAVUK

Last month I discovered LAVUK, a label blending elegance and modern living, who I featured in my weekly column for the online fashion community Lookbooks.  I had several delightful email exchanges with designer and founder Natasha Gindin about the inspiration behind her collections along with her path into fashion design.  Born in former Yugoslavia and now living and working in Los Angeles, Natasha’s talents were nurtured by the owner of a boutique she worked in, in Santa Monica.  Within a little studio tucked away inside the store front; “I was often helping out the designer with some styles that she was stuck on… I learned a great deal from her.  She was the first one to spot my talent” Natasha explained.

The rather unusual name LAVUK combines two words: LAV = ‘lion’ and VUK = ‘wolf’- the names of Natasha’s twin nephews who were born at the same time she took a leap of faith and started her own clothing brand.

She lends a touch of the Adriatic to her spring 2012 collection with colours of cyan blue and orange-red; “The sea is so full of inspiration starting from variety of fishes to seaweed to shallow and deep sea colours…”

Now based in Downtown Los Angeles, Natasha has a strong ecological focus that I admire. Every garment purchased results in a tree being planted through the American Forests organisation.  LAVUK garments are also created using eco-friendly dyes and fabrics; “I try to do everything I can from my end” Natasha told me. “The time is now or never, I believe.

You can buy LAVUK from several stockists across the USA, including the delightful Lower East Side boutique Kaight in New York City and Hangr 16 that I visited when I was in San Francisco last year.  To see the full LAVUK range, visit their website.

Happy Easter, Blog Reader! StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: Gloria maxi skirt and Amelia Earhart hand printed draped top, both from LAVUK.  Shoes (just seen) Izabela, Nine West.  Lace top (just seen) Stella McCartney ’Clemence Baking’ set; from Journelle. Sunglasses, GUESS.