Friday Lingerie Lust – Scandale Shapewear

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Shapewear by Scandale The Skirt Friday Lingerie Lust StyleOnTheCouch“I am very definitely a woman, and I enjoy it” ~ Marilyn Monroe.

“Joie de vivre, that quintessentially French approach to life, is defined as a delight in being alive.  Reinvent yourself, revitalize yourself, or just remind yourself of your own innate sense of style. Scandale inspires every woman to reclaim her  “joie de vivre” infusing every moment of her day with beauty.”

No doubt prompted by the opening of The Great Gatsby in cinemas combined with my eternal love for the TV series Downton Abbey, this week’s Friday Lingerie Lust is a collection of chic products inspired by the vintage elegance of the brand, ‘Scandale‘.  Created very much with the modern woman in mind – with an attention to effortless elegance and innovative fabrics, each piece radiates confidence.  Scandale’s collection of lingerie and shapewear is for the woman who knows how to dress well. She knows that good dressing begins with great underpinnings, perfecting, as Scandale tell us ‘the beauty of her curves.’

Shown here are pieces from the ‘Harmonie’ collection.  The first image, ‘the dress‘ gives control and contour – smooth lines for that little black dress you want to dazzle in.  My favourite piece from this collection is ‘the skirt’, an oft forgotten piece of lingerie, tending to be passed over in favour of the waist nipper or thigh slimmer.  I love this style – it avoids the double straps you might get wearing both a bra and a shapewear dress and reaches high enough above the waist for a lovely silhouette.

I also love the editorial for this collection.  It shows that shapewear can still be very chic, sensual and playful; for the woman inspired by passion and pleasure. I hope you will check out this brand.  Click HERE for their facebook page.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Marie Jo L’Aventure

In what is probably a reaction to the statement lingerie I posted over the last few weeks, for example the decadent and playful neon-hued Damaris; this week I have been reminding myself of my favourite no-nonsense lingerie.  By ‘no-nonsense’ I mean clean lines and perfect silhouettes – pieces that are both utilitarian and alluring. The label that came immediately to my mind was Marie Jo L’Aventure.

My first introduction to Marie Jo L’Aventure was at Rigby & Peller in London, stockists of both the Marie Jo mainline collection and the diffusion line.  Launched in 1981, Marie Jo is a timeless, delicate and sensual range of luxury lingerie; in comparison L’Aventure feels a little more chic, modern and vivid.  Eight collections come together to form spring summer 2012 – lilac coloured Vassily (image immediately below); Tom (nautically themed, below) and my favourite, Theo (image top, a hot blooded, steamy red guaranteed to set pulses racing).  Also polka-dotted Roy, fifties inspired Ingmar and geometric-print Egon.  Finally, the wonderfully named champagne-coloured Dante (image far bottom) and the clean cut Astor (above) complete the spring collection.

One of the best features of Marie Jo and Marie Jo L’Aventure is that several styles can  be worn multiple ways – halter, racer back or strapless – making them a very versatile addition to your lingerie collection.  I love that the convertibility element hasn’t led them to compromise an inch on the luxury they present to us – seductive and supportive is a must for me and they get this right.  In addition, with sizes ranging from between A to F cup they cater well for different shapes and silhouettes.

In terms of design, the Marie Jo brand has always been at the forefront of innovations in lingerie.  They claim to be one of the first European labels to use elastic velvet in undergarments as well as introducing moulded cups made from foam into their bras.  Their experimentation with graphic prints and opaque fabrics led to the birth of Marie Jo L’Aventure as brand in its own right.  Perhaps because of these careful and skilful design elements, a series of timeless favourites remains part of both the main and the L’Aventure collection.

The label further proved its design prowess in a 2010 collaboration with A. F. Vandervorst, resulting in a six piece collection themed around ‘lingerie of the future’.  You can read about the collaboration here.

I have never forgotten this wonderful quote from Coco Chanel, Blog Reader: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”  I feel she is oh so right about this.  Find yourself a piece of Marie Jo L’Aventure, Blog Reader – and have a wonderfully opulent weekend…!

Images: Marie Jo

“The Body Never Lies” ~ Martha Graham.

Last year I attended a wonderful talk on women’s rights and women’s clothes at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Although hard for me to imagine, the changes described in women’s dress since even the 1900s was quite startling.  I started to think about the evolution of lingerie too – women’s lingerie has evolved enormously since the 1920s when the introduction of elastic fabrics took the bra industry mainstream. Fast forward to the 1980s and my favourite clothing piece the bodysuit, no more an undergarment, was popularised by designers such as Donna Karen and immortalised by the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Images above from Elle.com / thisislandlife and Tush Magazine.

In another of my posts that combine fashion, lingerie and outerwear, I’m focusing on the one piece.  I think that a bodysuit is one of the most flexible and versatile pieces a woman can own; easily converting from day to night, from the casual to the dressy and elegant, from the basic to more risque.  Several versions of the one piece exist – teddies, rompers, bodysuits – each slightly different in style but all experiencing a major renaissance as a fashionable garment for women both as lingerie and as outerwear.

Here I’m wearing the black lace romper by Amber Sakai.  Amber has a number of sheer lace pieces in her spring collection and this one of my favourites.  Some of the other  one pieces I am coveting right now are:

Left to right, below: Bordelle Nouvelle Justine body; Dolce & Gabbana Peony- Print matte satin body available to buy here on Net-a-porter; Lascivious Midori bodysuit and The Lake and The Stars Monument stretch mesh body (click here to buy on Net-a-porter).

I’m also wearing my Aiko waistcoat by Lascivious (you really need to see the back of this piece, so I’ll do another post soon, I’ve been wearing it non-stop, Blog Reader) and the BCBG Max Azria Power Skirt bought during my trip to Montreal with the styling help of my friend Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou.

Do you own a bodysuit, Blog Reader? Are you as much of a fan of them as me?