Jean Paul Gaultier Couture F/W 2010: The Lady & The Vamp

You’d always do well to expect a certain amount of raunch from a JPG collection and Gaultier’s showing for this season’s Parisian couture week was definitely no exception to the rule, showcasing as it did two pieces from the upcoming JPG/La Perla Lingerie capsule collection with a little Parisienne Ooh la la from Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese.

Of course it wasn’t all about lingerie…taking us back to his classics – the signature trench coat reworked first in black gabardine with voluminous batwings and then again in ivory silk, the Madonna cones reincarnated in black mink – Gaultier served up a heady dose of provocative Parisian chic with a delectably Deco twist.

Models sashayed down the runway wearing high twisted turbans, oozing feminine glamour and smoking from elegant cigarette holders like achingly cool spectres of silver screen legend Louis Brooke. Structured shoulders, generous sleeves and hobble-inducing pencil skirts all served to supe-up the voluptuous silhouette of Gaultier’s girls to show-stopping proportions. Essentially, this collection was Jean Paul Gaultier doing what he does best: self-assured,  sassy. Sex. On. Legs.

And boy does he do it well…

Images Courtesy of Style.com

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Look du Jour: Sexy-Casual

I’ve been a MASSIVE fan of trompe l’oeil tights since I first saw House of Holland’s suspender-print pair on ASOS last year (hot pink…but in a super sheer denier and not nearly as striking). Incidentally, if you need reminding of the s/s 2010 underwear-as-outerwear mega-trend you’d best read this.

Styling by Juliett K.

Dressing-down the raciness with a cute slouch jacket, retro-geek specs and flats works so well to create an undone sense of naivety with just a hint of raunch. (Let us not forget how oh so easy it is to slip into tart-tastic territory with suspenders – even faux ones!) Boudoir for the boulevard – THIS is how it’s done.

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A Lingerie Love Affair

Titillating silk stockings, elegant lace garters and consummately carnal suspender belts…lets talk unmentionables.

Damaris Evans

Mimi Holliday: Ooh La La Set

Lingerie is the one area of your wardrobe where you can really indulge your selfish side in a full-on hedonistic orgy of immoderation…after all no one actually needs a pair of knickers with ribboned lace-up corsetry detailing bedecked with a garden of handmade silk flowers, or a corset delicately traced in floral lace motifs and panelled with Italian woven satin. Practical – no. These are articles of pure folly; heart-breakingly beautiful confections which ooze feminine sensuality and bestow an extra level of mystique on the wearer. Nothing beats the knowledge that under that strait-laced workaday suit (yawn) lies an utterly frivolous pair of naughty knickers and a racy half-cup bra. In a word – empowering.


Strumpet & Pinks

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Looking sexy is mostly about feeling sexy and lets face it, it’s not easy to feel sexy in a pair of granny pants and a faded old t-shirt bra. Slip into a Strumpet and Pinks set of silk and feather light chiffon panties or a fabulously fun Miss Lala brassiere however and it’s a very different story. An extra level of armour in the arsenal of the glamour puss, lingerie acts like an irresistable panacea to low self-esteem, bolstering courage and sky-rocketing self-assurance to the stars. Because in order to feel truly confident you need to be secure about what’s underneath. Hell, add silk seamed stockings and a lacy suspender belt to the mix and even world domination becomes a realizable ambition.

Sally Jones ‘Charlotte’ Silk Teddy

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It isn’t all for our own enjoyment…sometimes it’s about showing Him just how lucky he really is. And so – purely for the purposes of this post (of course) – I decided to try and debunk the widely held misnomer that guys don’t really give a monkeys when it comes to our intimates by taking the completely outrageous step of actually asking them…

Agent Provocateur s/s 2010

Dita Von Teese Vintage Collection

The results? (Inevitable comedy responses aside) I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised; even white girl-next-door cotton got a look in. Mystery, suspense and simplicity were the words to watch and the top scorers were lace, French knickers and understated sophistication. Thongs proved divisive  in the hot or not stakes (excuse the pun!) Ladies’ favourites – corsets and suspenders – were popular in theory…but proved to be a passion killer in practice. Well, all I have to say to that one is good things come to those who wait…
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