Lingerie Lust: Hatsumi’s Laundry

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I recently stumbled across Hatsumi’s Laundry on instagram – a delightful and highly covetable Australian lingerie label selling a capsule collection of soft cup bras and briefs.  In an interview with Kester Black blog, designer Jemma Aickin described how she turned her hand to lingerie when she was quite simply; ‘bored’ and having trouble finding undergarments that she really loved:

“I love soft cup bras but they can be hard to come by. So one day when I had nothing better to do I started making some of my own things and it just went from there! I am basically self-taught, I have never studied, but learnt how to sew when I was young and have done a few short courses along the way. I have a patternmaker & a local manufacturer working for me now, but I still do as much as I can myself.”

As with another designer I have much love and respect for, Gabrielle of Hopeless Lingerie, who instagrams her design inspirations on a daily basis, Hatsumi’s Laundry’s tumblr is a veritable feast of Aickin’s influences, from muses such as Kate Moss to everything in monochrome (you can see why this brand is right up my street) along with inspiring aesthetics.  With collections FlowerBed Blackout and Cloud Chamber - many pieces from which are already sold out – you have designs that are delicately soft as well as chic.

Check out the entire collection over at Hatsumi’s Laundry.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Feu de Venus

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It is, Blog Reader, a delight to bring you Feu de Venus as this week’s Friday Lingerie Lust. A truly lustworthy lingerie collection, Feu de Venus is a celebration of the divine female form.  Styles like the Axelle Waist Clincher allow you to get lost in a fantasy of intensity and intimacy.  Continuing the distinctly sexual and erotic theme, the Ophelie Plunge Bra - crafted in exquisite, deep purple, silk satin with ruching details at the cups and back straps – guarantees you will be the centre of attention. Black satin bows provide punch for the look’s final touch.

With a focus on graphic lines and architectural shapes that serve to highlight the female form, fall / winter 13/14 is a powerful and seductive display of silken splendor.

My favourite from the collection is the Elsa set; a beautiful fish net and scallop lace soft cup bra with matching brief and suspender. The detail on the brief is a lovely touch, with criss-cross ribbon at the back revealing sections of skin.

For more information on Feu de Venus including stockists, click HERE.  Prices for the collection range from $90-220 and are available at Nancy Meyer and Dolci Follie in London.

Friday Lingerie: Azaleas & Maison Close by ThatJeNeSaisQuoi

Sensual New Maison Close Collections at Azalea’s Opening Soiree by Lindsay of ThatJeNeSaisQuoi:

Azaleas and Maison Close were kind enough to invite lingerie-loving and super stylish StyleOnTheCouch to their joint soiree: Azaleas just moved to a larger location a few doors down from their former storefront in the East Village and Maison Close has some new lines to celebrate. Since Sarah is currently across the pond (New York misses you, Sarah!) she sent me in her place and I was thrilled to attend!  There may or may not have been role-playing with lingerie accessories in front of the cameras(!).  It was great to see some familiar faces and get the low-down on their new collections which will be available at Azaleas in January. Can’t come soon enough!

Maison Close is quite a special intimates range.  I say special because there aren’t many brands in the lingerie ether that can successfully achieve sophistication through ensembles that are chock full of bravado and sensuality.  It’s also quite affordable and I highly recommend it for anyone who is trying to build out her lingerie wardrobe on a budget.  The new line plays with ‘notions of control and submission, secrecy and revelation, retention and ecstasy’ and stays true to Maison Close’s French roots.  What does this look like, you ask? There are three new styles and each comes in a variety of different looks.  Let me explain.

Nuit Blanche is for the woman who wants to add a dash of glam to her outfit.  Made mostly of sheer black mesh and punctuated with studs, Nuit Blanche comes in a variety of cuts, most notably in two different body suits, a babydoll and a uber-high waist thong that extends into a halter top.  One of my favorite cuts – the Soutien-gorge balconnet – looks like it was made to peek out from under a barely there tank or dress… perfection for a night on the town.

Villa des Lys is made of delicate black floral lace, calling to mind sensation, drama and romance.  Like Nuit Blanche, it’s available in several different cuts including a body suit, backless cat suit (!!!) and a ‘mini robe’ which wears like a mini dress.  I love that Maison Close is playing with the idea of innerwear as outerwear.  I do think that if one were to plausibly wear this lingerie as outerwear (keeping the catsuit in mind here), one would need to wear it as part of an overall layering scheme, as with most lingerie we wear out to play.  Let a few lacy bits peek out here and there, but certainly don’t give it all away up front.

My favorite of the new ranges is Exquise Allure, perhaps because it’s the most unexpected from Maison Close.  The fabric is an absolute dream, it feels like something between silk and lycra… slightly stretchy but sumptuous and soft to the touch.  It’s a milky beige color and is slightly transparent (don’t worry, it doesn’t read ‘bridal’), giving the pieces an ethereal feel when compared to the brand’s darker fetish offerings.

I agree with Lindsay that Maison Close is a very well priced brand for those looking to extend their lingerie collection.  One for a lingerie-lover’s Christmas wish list for sure.

Thank you very much Lindsay! You can view Lindsay’s blog ThatJeNeSaisQuoi here.