Friday Lingerie Lust: Fred & Ginger

Although on the whole I am a monochrome girl, many of my recent outerwear posts appear to have been documenting my steady transition towards embracing prints and colour.  Unsurprisingly lingerie is slowly following suit and I have my eye out for neons, nudes and pastels that echo the palette of the spring catwalks.

I was very happy to receive an email from the lovely team behind Fred & Ginger recently, a UK based label whose spring collection is the perfect candy coloured mix that ticks all the boxes of my current wish list: Candy Girl.  Taking inspiration from old fashioned penny sweets and 50s pin up style (I rather feel Alice in Wonderland + Charlie and the Chocolate Factory + Betty Page sums it up quite well) it’s a collection good enough to eat!

Victoria Holt, founder and designer, honed her skills at Jenny Packham before taking a break to travel the world.  With half an eye on establishing her own label, Victoria returned to the UK to start Fred & Ginger in 2007.  Her designs are now sold in many well established boutiques.  About her training and inspirations Victoria tells me, “after five magnificent years working for the Jenny Packham I decided to take a year out to travel the world solo, taking inspiration from the fifteen countries I visited whilst simultaneously thinking about setting up my own luxury label in lingerie.” She continues, “my background in fashion and experience in the luxury end of the industry has enabled me to create a very unique brand and here we are here over four years later.  I am proud to say that my designs are stocked in some of the most beautiful boutiques all over the world and have been stocked continuously in Selfridges for that whole period of time.”

Candy Girl is a wonderful pop of colour that Victoria sees as important amongst all the economic doom and gloom.  She told me she wanted to create a collection to make us smile… “I think that’s what people need right now.  A soft pink glitter chiffon is juxtaposed to melba crinkle chiffons and lemon sorbet satins. Choose from a candy floss plunge bra to a rhubarb & custard knicker with chantilly lace.”

How can you not love a collection with a pair of knickers named ‘rhubarb and custard’?!

The spring collection will be available Feb/March this year.  And, as a treat for you, Blog Readers, Fred & Ginger are offering a discount of $15 on purchases made via their site from Monday 30th Jan right up until Feb 27th. Allow me to clear my throat at this point, and to remind you all that Valentine’s Day is approaching….

Enter the code SOTC15 when you check out.  Let me know what you buy!

Pictures: Fred & Ginger.

I just love the colours of this collection.  My favourite piece matches Victoria’s: the pear drop playsuit, with it’s glittery, shiny lurex look and the sexy tie bow on the back.

What do you think of this playfully innocent, candy coloured collection, Blog Reader?

Friday Lingerie Lust: Nichole de Carle

I have been coveting one of Nichole de Carle‘s pieces for a long while now, so it’s high time this fabulous London label appeared as one of my Friday lingerie features

Images: Nichole de Carle / Clara Maidement

Nicole de Carle‘s lingerie is modern, innovative and well crafted (Nichole was a student at DeMontford University, UK, and completed their highly respected ‘Contour Design’ training.  In fact, if you want to see the lingerie designers of the future, you just need to check out the final year shows from students of this course).

Nichole herself worked in the design houses of both McQueen and DKNY before founding her company 2008. The label is said to be inspired by literature, history and architecture, for example The Last Testament collection (above, my favourite) is said to be inspired by the symbolic detail in Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”:

“The Last Testament style came about through the story of the representation of the chalice shape formed between Jesus and Mary Magdalena in ‘The Last Supper’ painting. The chalice being the ancient symbol for the female is the perfect embodiment of femininity and grace.”

Recently launched are Oynx and Opal (Opal, below):

“The Opal collection is inspired by exquisite architectural masterpiece icons located in fashion & historic capitals of the world: The Duomo – Milan, Westminster Abbey – London, and the Chrysler building – New York, Chateau de Villette – Paris.  Drawing on the design, mystery, elegance and sophistication of these buildings the Opal range brings together its symmetry of bold and delicate lines with enthralling effect.”

The Westminster collection (below) is a stunning design. Strong yet elegant and highly seductive, I love the way that the braces cross over the torso:

The designs for the Westminster collection were inspired by the elegance and delicacy of Westminster, Abbey in the UK.  The essence of the high lines and vaulted ceilings of the Abbey can be found in the architecture of the pieces.

During London Fashion Week this September, Nichole joined forces with the label Math Collective to produce a set of outfits that combined modern and fashion forward lingerie with Math’s signature silhouettes.  The result was fantastic, showing a perfect match of the brands’ new collections as well as their unique styles

Image below from Lingerie Talk

I’m very excited to introduce you to Nichole de Carle, Blog Reader – I hope you’ll check out the full range of designs on their website.  Any favourites?

Have a fabulous weekend! xo

Friday Lingerie Lust: Made By Nikki

I have found the perfect bra: the sheer front cinch bra from Made By Nikki, a UK lingerie firm specialising in “glamorous body-sculpting lingerie from £39 in petite to plus, cup size A to E”.  Two things I love about this brand: Firstly they create amazing designs for very small to large cup sizes and don’t discriminate which means all shapes can get fabulous and still very sexy designs.  (Trust me, this isn’t always the case – smaller bust sizes should read this article on the blog Lingerie Addict to get some ideas on where to shop for lingerie that is more than simple triangle bras and nothing else…)

Secondly, they have an amazing Knockout collection of lingerie and shapewear which is both fashion forward, control focussed and looks really great on (for further information on my LOVE of this sort of thing, see my previous post on MICHI, lingerie inspired work out gear)

Actually there are three things I like about this brand: third would be diversity.  Below are images of their String collection – (I have no idea what the model is doing in this shot bottom left, answers below please) – ladies all you may need to know is this description from the website: Creates a tingling sensation against bare skin, grrr!

Grr indeed.  Made By Nikki, anyone?

For further information about bras for smaller sized frames check out 32aabra.  Special thanks also to Between the Sheets lingerie who helped me find the right information for this post.  Between the Sheets are at a trunk show on June 18 at the delightful Forty Winks lingerie boutique in Boston MA, if you’re in the area be sure to say “hello”!