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.

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

Friday Lingerie Lust – Damaris

A couple of weeks ago I brought you Mimi Holliday as the Friday lingerie feature and this week I turn the spotlight on Mimi’s older sister, Damaris.  A provocative and decadent label, Damaris rolls out a sensational collection of light and bright neon for spring 2012.

Sticking to spring trends of sheer and lace this is a very playful range of lingerie and also somewhat of a statement.  Fresh, vibrant and zesty but exuding a great deal of romance, Damaris have some lovely (with a hint of cheekiness) signature details such as knickers with ribbons and ties – this Dip Dab brief (below) in hot pink is one of my favourite pieces from the collection; one half of a delicate pink silk and lace set with a cute and daring peep derriere:

The deep v necklines are also incredibly alluring.  I like that Damaris has included some shaping here with underwiring, adding some practical support and structure to a very flattering design.  Many of the collections feature a bodysuit that creates a lovely silhouette;  the lace detail around the bust and the plunge front of the jet black Tutti Frutti body is very sleek – add to this a velvet trim and it’s a wonderfully classic piece.

There is a dreamy vibe to the Candy set (immediately below) and Refresher is a Day-Glo festival of colours (image bottom):

Highly stylish from every angle, Damaris have capitalised on one of the biggest trends for spring with this amazing collection.  It’s perfect for summer days.

I already have my set, Blog Reader – which is your favourite?  Oh, and just one final piece of advice – don’t forget to turn around….

Selected sets are available from Faire Frou Frou and Journelle; you can also buy online from Damaris. A full list of stockists can be found here on the Damaris website.