Friday Lingerie Lust: Agent Provocateur

Dear Blog Reader, I confess, this was supposed to be part two of my Valentine’s Day lingerie feature.  That was the plan until I read about Agent Provocateur‘s spring collection on the blog Fashion Daydreams, and paid a visit to their SoHo store with my good friend and fellow lingerie devotee Allison.  Honestly I was so taken with this collection tonight I decided to dedicate my Valentine’s Lingerie Lust to it.  (Also a little dedication please to the two lovely staff Denise and Nicole who spent an hour with me in SoHo before the boutique closed, patiently showing me all the new pieces.)

French actress Mylene Jampanoi stars in the spring campaign for Agent Provocateur, a truly fabulous choice for the brand.  Taking inspiration from 70’s erotic movies such as Emmanuelle and The Story of O (the soft focus filming being replicated in the editorial spread) the spring collection is a gorgeous mix of textures, prints and style with something for everyone – playful polka dot (sprinkle bar and briefs); lace and ruffles (baby, ariel) and modern cut outs (shandy) form the new spring line.  Some of the new corsets are designed to stop traffic (mercy, see below)…

Floral print (Daena) (a print which, from the look of the first day of New York Fashion Week, look set to stay into fall / winter) is a welcome inclusion in the collection (I associate Agent Provocateur with a certain fierceness and this is a very soft and sensual style for them).  I love the emphasis on high waisted briefs and the daring cut-out patterns.  Modern and retro – it’s a well put together yet diverse range.

Interestingly, in-store I was drawn to Agent Provacateur’s new swimwear.  The colours this year are striking and designs naturally follow on from the lingerie collection.  The Mazzy one piece (below left) and Bree bikini (below right) are amazing – I absolutely have to own one of these for my summer holidays to Europe this year.  (On that note, which gets your vote, Blog Reader?)

Photos: Agent Provacateur.

One thing remains – for me to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day.  I want to leave you with the words of one of my most loved style icons, Audrey Hepburn, who said:

The best thing to hold on to in life is each other”*

Have a great weekend!! StyleOnTheCouch xo

*She also reportedly said “Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you’re ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” Go figure.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Valentine’s Day Part I

I feel there are different camps one can fall into with regards to Valentine’s Day. The first I call the “believers”, those who go all out with flowers, cards, chocolates and poems. The second are the woeful accepters, the Bridget Jones types who cry into the bottom of their empty wine glass and mourn the ghosts of lovers past.  Others are in denial: ‘Valentine’s Day? Oh I hadn’t noticed…..’  Which one are you?

Valentine’s Day, whether single or in a relationship, is the perfect excuse to show a little self love.  Treating oneself to a fabulous new set of lingerie or piece of loungewear on this day should be mandatory.  If you haven’t yet got the message from my lingerie columns that feeling good, outside and in, is intrinsically linked – the interplay between each affecting one another – please re-read my earlier columns.  Ladies in particular, I hope you use Valentine’s Day as the perfect time to invest in that special something that celebrates all your best womanly bits, no matter if others see or if you are the only person to know what lies underneath.

This week is part one of my two-part Valentine’s Day series.  I’ve chosen some of my favourite lingerie items guaranteed to make you feel fabulous – some are designed specially for this time of the year, others are part of current collections.  I hope you take a little inspiration from this series for yourself, a loved one, or even to treat a friend.

Image top: Myla:  Myla brought out a fabulous Valentine’s Day campaign this year featuring runway model Le Call wearing their devastating sexy red and black boudoir pieces.  I own a few sets from Myla and I think the label is incredibly well made.  Recent designs are playful and practical.  Definitely a label to find some inspiration from this time of year.

Image middle top: Huit: The heart shaped design of this ‘cupcake collection’ from Huit make it a perfect choice as a gift.  Available in a range of bold colours (red, purple) at a great price.

Image middle bottom: the Lascivious Simone set in raspberry.  A special Valentine’s Day design, there is some fantastic accentuation of curves in this collection. The brief with its side ‘fins’ is particularly flattering.

Image, bottom: a delightful piece from the Arabesque range from Between the Sheets.  I love this new luxe collection – and if you’re a fan like me make sure you head to the Between the Sheets sample sale at VMV Hypoallergenics in Union Square on Friday 3rd Feb, noon – 8pm, to pick up some Valentine’s bargains.  (I’m going – see you there!)

Tune in for part two next Friday…. Have a great weekend!

StyleOnTheCouch xo