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.

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: Blush Fall Winter 2012

I go weak at the knees for Blush.  This is the brand’s third appearance on a lingerie lust post on StyleOnTheCouch and their fall winter campaign for 2012 has me coveting the vast majority of the new styles.  Blush are a wonderfully opulent label within an accessible price range and in this current collection there is a little something for everyone.

Each design is a sensual, voluptuous piece of lingerie so it was incredibly difficult to pick my favourites from the new collection here.  This soft cup bra and high waisted brief (image above) – Covet ties for first place with the beautifully structured corset Etoile, below.  The colour palette for fall mixes different hues of pink and lavender with midnight blue and black.  We also see the introduction of animal prints into the collection for the first time (image far below).

Minx (below) and Closer are guaranteed to bring out the feline in you.

At this point I need to ask if you are still interested in my words, Blog Reader, such are the fabulous editorial images in this post.

No? I thought not.  Well then, I simply direct you to the Blush website to view the entire collection.  All that remains is for me to wish you a fabulous weekend! Until tomorrow, when we have a little #TeamGB on the couch…..

You can purchase Blush from Bloomingdales and Bare Necessities.  You can also shop at Anthropologie and Journelle in New York City.  A full list of stockists is available via the Blush website.