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…

The Voyeur Harness and Bordelle Autumn Winter 12/13

A slightly different Friday feature for you this week, Blog Reader: both a lingerie feature and an outfit post.  During my last trip home to London I had the opportunity to once again pay a visit to the fantastic creative team at Bordelle.  This Friday feature focusses on their stunning new autumn winter 12/13 collection, inspired by the movies of David Lynch, specifically the surreal ‘Blue Velvet’ with all its dreamy imagery.

Bordelle’s new autumn winter 12/13 is rich in film noir shades (black and neutrals), punctuated with (what else but) velvety purple and deep red.  Some of my favourites from the new line are the Blue Velvet Justine Plunge Bra and Velvet Odile knicker which make a wonderful everyday set with a little opulence.

Above: the Voyeur Angela dress, this season’s take on Bordelle’s signature classic.

Within this new fashion forward lingerie collection are several pieces that can be worn as outerwear.  Their Voyeur Harness is a spectacular body accessory that Bordelle introduced me to during my very first visit to their HQ – I loved the style so much I put in my order there and then.

I’ve been wearing the harness over the simplest dresses and plain tees.  Created from satin elastic panelling, the shoulder pads give this piece great structure.  It is fully adjustable at the front, back and sides – and along the sides run bold, gold plated rings.  You can wear the harness two ways (in the style I am showing here, the front is technically the back of the harness but I prefer the emphasis on the back with the ring design).  The harness is a perfect accompaniment to Bordelle’s floor sweeping Isabella gown, below:

Other favourites from the new collection are the Voyeur suspender, a body contouring piece with two oversized gold rings at the sides and the masterpiece that is the Tutu waspie – a girdle with satin elastic panelling and tulle peplum overlay.  This ability to create truly fashion forward lingerie, to continually innovate and evolve signature designs is one of the reasons I like Bordelle so much.

Photos of me: Lydia Hudgens.
Above: the Voyeur Open Bra and Suspender. Lingerie pictures: Bordelle, shot by Jonas Bresnan.
I’m wearing: Bordelle Voyeur HarnessBCBG Lexie Essential Knit Maxi Dress and Mango Fetish Sandal.

Provocative, dominant and highly sexy – I said before I feel that Bordelle encourage you to bring out your assertive inner goddess and this new collection is no exception.  You can see the full range on the Bordelle site here.