Friday Lingerie Lust: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld for Kiki de Montparnasse

“I buy lingerie for myself, not even for my boyfriend. I think it is really important for a woman to feel good about herself and buying lingerie that makes you feel good is a great way to start. Even if it’s just for yourself—even if no one else sees it—you know it, you feel it, and I believe it gives you that extra confidence.”  ~ Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in Elle Magazine

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s collaboration with Kiki de Montparnasse is a vintage inspired capsule collection for the ‘femme fatale’.  The campaign images make me want to be Ms Restoin-Roitfeld if I can wake up looking so glamorous in the mornings, as for the lingerie well it’s hard to tell the detail in the sepia-style photos – I feel these are more of a teaser campaign to get me interested. For me that is working!

What I can see, a mixture of satin, lace and bows is appealing.  The black basque reminds me of Lascivious’s Josephine which has been on my wish list for some time now.

Another standout piece in the collection is the lace dressing down (image, top) with bell sleeves.  Very pretty, feminine and seductive.

The launch of the range at the NYC Kiki boutique was a star studded event attended by Carine, Leigh Lezark, Derek Blasberg and Natalie Joos, amongst others.  I am hoping this collection lives up to it’s hype, so we can all find the femme fatale within us…

Thoughts, Blog Reader?

Images from Elle Magazine.
Thank you to friends and fellow lingerie lovers Milla, Anne and Mariah for the heads up on the capsule collection!

Friday Lingerie Lust: What Katie Did

Founder Katie Holdfold’s love affair with the 40s and 50s shines through in the effortlessly glamorous label What Katie Did.  Supplier of lingerie for the feature film “My Week With Marilyn” and with pieces worn by celebrities and models in the likes of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, What Katie Did is the epitome of vintage chic.

This post is going to focus on one of the brand’s pieces I am coveting at the moment – the bullet bra.  I’ve learnt that this piece was originally made in the 50s using nylon and satin and lost popularity when underwiring and padding become commonplace in bra designs.  Jean Paul Gaultier is often credited with making the bra popular again (picture, below, from the Gaultier exhibition I visited in Montreal earlier in the year – the exhibition is now showing in Dallas) but perhaps with the growing popularity of Burlesque and 50s themed shows like Mad Men, retro designs are becoming mainstream.

I didn’t stumble upon What Katie Did until I watched the music video for “Girl Panic” by Duran Duran.  This video showcased some amazing lingerie and now I have my heart set on one of their bombshell pieces. I’m loving the nostalgic glamour – the “sweater girl” silhouette:

A wide selection of hosiery, corsets and other shapewear as well as the bullet bras can be found at What Katie Did.  I’ve love to know your thoughts, Blog Reader, on retro lingerie, this being the first feature I have written about vintage inspired designs. Do you own / would you buy any? And what are your feelings on the overall look?

Image credits: Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, What Katie Did.

Have a lovely weekend! xo