Friday Lingerie Lust: Made By Niki SS13

Made By Niki Lingerie StyleOnTheCouch Friday Lingerie Lust

Made By Niki Lingerie SS13 StyleOnTheCouch Friday Lingerie Lust

Spring Lingerie StyleOnTheCouch Made By Niki

Made By Niki SS13 StyleOnTheCouch Friday Lingerie LustI know, Blog Reader, that spring has finally sprung when I’m attracted to colourful lingerie such as the spring brights Made by Niki are dazzling us with this year.  For me to recommend colourful designs you know that it has to be something a bit spectacular.  Made by Niki have brought out a hedonistic, peplum-heavy collection in canary yellow, azure blue, barbie pink and jet black for summer, guaranteed to have you cha-cha-ing around the bedroom.  I love the peplum shoulder holster - shoulder detail is big this year (I wrote before about Murmur Clothing’s bust harness, see that feature here).

A little bit reminiscent of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita with a splash of an Ibizan summer thrown in for good measure, there is a lot of feel-good-factor in Made by Niki SS13.  Buy at Faire Frou Frou, Teddies for Bettys and online at the Made by Niki store.

Monochrome Me: Rodarte X Opening Ceremony & Alice Yim

I can never stray too far from monochrome for long, Blog Reader.  The sun may still be shining here in New York after my holiday but a little black and white goes a long way both in summer and winter.  I often reach for this skirt, part of the collection that resulted from Rodarte‘s second collaboration with Opening Ceremony.  Beautifully designed with a high waist and side slits that flow as you walk, this black long slit skirt is a lovely evening number with a little added drama.

I am wearing a lot of my favourite designers this week which always makes me happy.  This slightly sheer Ivy Top by Alice Yim, available in both black (onyx) and white (seashell), has proved a perfect companion for skirts, shorts and jeans alike.

I was reminded, on wearing this outfit, to show some of the designs from Rodarte’s fall collection 12/13.  Not all reviews of this collection were positive but I personally liked the designs.  Alongside the signature floaty dresses a palette of earthy, forest colours – brown rust, orange, greys and fern greens sat alongside black and white.  Rodarte worked some interesting textures into this line; leather, cable knits and sherpa and silhouettes were wonderfully tailored, perhaps 30s or 40s style.

The Opening Ceremony blog noted that this collection might not look amiss on Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey, and I would have to agree.  Still romantic and pretty to look at (admittedly I realise my favourite pieces shown here are those styles in more of the ‘usual’ Rodarte vein) yet overall remarkably diverse in comparison to previous collections. To view fall 12/13 in its entirety click here.

Until I can afford their mainline collection*, I shall remain very content with this skirt, Blog Reader.

A monochrome related question. What is your favourite way to wear black and white? I have so many of these colours in my wardrobe, give me a little inspiration, Blog Reader.

Wearing: Skirt, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony; Ivy Top, Alice Yim; Shoes, Reiss; Clutch, gift from a friend. Slinkies Bandeau Bra (just seen) Made by Niki – pretty perfect for sheer tops right now.

*Yes, we could both be waiting a long time, *sigh*

Photos by Lydia Hydgens. Catwalk images: Elle.com.

Christmas Lingerie Shopping: Faire Frou Frou

Luxury boutique and online retailer Faire Frou Frou is another of my favourite places to shop for lingerie.  Owners Alison and Gail Rubke have a phenomenal range of labels for you to choose from, including HuitMaison Close, Ari Dein and Made by Niki.  The online site has some lovely features.  Their ‘wish list‘ is a small collection of lingerie and accessories hand-picked by Alison and Gail at a range of price points that make fantastic gift ideas.  The highly glamorous hosiery page is a must read for anyone who still buys a 3 pack of tights for £5 from their local department store*.

I was able to visit the Faire Frou Frou boutique during my trip to Los Angeles over the summer.  The boutique is lovingly laid out with a variety of collections lining the walls and Alison and Gail’s selections displayed in the centre.  These amazing Fifi Chachnil briefs caught my eye:

I loved the vintage chests and mirrors at Faire Frou Frou.

Faire Frou Frou also has an amazing blog which demonstrates limitless styling options for lingerie. It inspires me to find the pieces that I want to wear rather than those I have simply stuck with for ages, and is one of my go-to reads to find out about new collections and designers.

They are also a site to watch out for in the sales – you can find some fabulous discounts at select times of the here at the boutique and online store.

Doing any last minute lingerie shopping? Get thee to Faire Frou Frou.

*Alright, alright, we all do this (me included) but this page is perfect inspiration for glamorous tights and stockings.