Lingerie Focus: Mise En Cage

Mise En Cage Paris - William Williams Photography

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Mise En Cage Paris

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During my recent trip to Paris I had the fantastic opportunity to visit lingerie and boudoir accessories boutique Mise En Cage, the only one of its kind in the city.  Amidst a beautifully chic Parisian apartment filled with antique furniture and retro modern leather chairs and sofas, founder and owner Florence Abelin and her team offer visitors a targeted and private shopping experience.  This intimate space gives prospective buyers the opportunity to explore the excellent range of products Florence has curated – couture lingerie collections, ready-to-wear inspired lingerie and boudoir accessories are displayed temptingly throughout the salon.

You can find some of my favourite brands at Mise En Cage.  Bordelle, Lascivious, Paul Seville (famous corset maker to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood) and Tamzin Lillywhite (whose Pony Ear Bridle, exclusive to Mise En Cage, I am wearing in this post.)

I also come across some delightful new finds during my visit!  Tania Zekkout is an accessories designer whose creations fashionably blur the line between fetish and stylish.  I love her collarsmade from a mix of leather and muslin. Murmur are a brand who I will feature on StyleOnTheCouch soon.  Attracted to their beautiful bodysuits and bras, Murmur creates daywear and eveningwear for women, viewed through the lens of a powerful eroticism.

You can also find some wonderful gifts at Mise En Cage, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

To make an appointment with Florence at Mise En Cage click here for details about visiting the salon.  Not in Paris? Happily you can shop Mise En Cage online.

With thanks to William Williams for the photos.

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In the second part of my Paris series – a few travel snapshots.  The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, walks around Saint Germain, The Marais and along the Seine… I loved walking up to the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre and seeing views across the city (shame about the clouds!) and Notre Dame at night was quite spectacular.

Thank you to Kasia, Anne and Cee for being wonderful hosts to us in Paris!

Photos: William Williams et moi (you can see more pictures from the trip over on Instagram)

Fifi Chachnil: Ready to Wear

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In an interview with Style.com, Ines de la Fressange, author of one of my favourite books; style guide ‘Parisian Chic‘ said ‘there are never really fashion victims in Paris’.  She was making the point that the effortless chic we understand French women to possess does not come from buying into current trends or brand new pieces but rather from the philosophy of never really seeming too interested in fashion and staying true to the belief that ‘less is more’. The less being about quality and retaining wardrobe classics throughout the seasons and years.

Fifi Chachnil, French designer of lingerie and pret a porter, clearly agrees with Ines de la Fressange.  She has the most delightful line of ready to wear, includes skirts and dresses that make a woman feel impeccable in all circumstances and in no time at all.  Here I’m wearing her orange babyloo and skirt for an evening out in Paris earlier this month.  An absolute delight to wear – made from 100% silk (polka dot chiffon) if Fifi’s designs do not inspire you to fall in love in The City of Light then I don’t know what will.

I absolutely loved being in Paris for New Year.  I have a few more photos from the holiday to post soon, Blog Reader.  I admit that so far the rest of January has involved trying to recreate aspects of that trip – cue visits to London’s Laduree and much reading of French travel guides! I hope to be back there very soon to see more of the city.

Click here to view Fifi Chachnil’s pret a porter collection.

Wearing: Fifi Chachnil Ready to Wear - orange silk with white polka dots Babyloo and skirt from the Dimanche Matin collection; Elliot heels, Kurt Geiger.  Clutch, Reiss.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

Photos: William Williams.