I Feel Pretty-er - Lingerie Part Le Deux

Here is the second part of the Lingerie Post - it was too long for you busy bees, so I split it up into three parts. Patience is a virtue, especially since now it means three posts of these fine unmentionables.

 La Perla

Money Money Bustier, $485

Black Label Metal Garter Belt, Stainless Steel $620.00

La Perla Store in Milan

La Perla is a well-known luxury lingerie company that has been bringing the finest Italian tradition of lingerie and corset making to the boudoirs of thousands of lucky women (and probably a handful of dudes) since 1954, when it was founded by Italian Ada Masotti. The sexy name was inspired by the velvet case in which the first pieces from the initial collection were transported. Because a cardboard box would have been too...civilian. The company is now owned by San Francisco-based private equity firm JH Partners.

Eco Friendly:

Eco Boudoir


Eco Boudoir Wilderness Teddy, was $188, now $94 on Journelle

Eco Boudoir is a British company, worn by the likes of Jessica Alba, that creates eco friendly, organic, yet amazingly delicate and sensuous lingerie and nightwear. They use certified organic cotton and silk to make underwear that looks, fits, and feels great while being safe and gentle on your skin, not to mention the environment and the world's people - When working abroad, in the usual suspect-countries India and China, they make sure to support small communities of women rather than huge factories stuffed with underpaid, underage children like some of the bigger corporations. Silks are cultivated without using harmful chemicals, leaves and berries used are all from organic mulberry plants, and processes used involved super-natural ingredients like traditional nut soap, organic compost, sawdust and manure roots - No pesticides, fertilisers, bleaching or harmful finishing processes are involved. Printing and sewing is done in the UK and occasionally, when working with delicate materials like silk, by the suppliers. Bamboo is also utilized, and is highly appreciated for its natural anti-bacterial properties and is not only airy and breathable, but also biodegradable and needs no chemicals to grow.

You can learn more about the harmful ways that clothing and clothing production hurts the environment, and why eco-friendly clothing is so important on eco-boudoir's sister website, More Than Pretty Knickers .

This season (AW09) was inspired by the British Woodland, and SS10 will reflect somewhere hot and exotic.

Next lingerie post: Futuristic


I feel pretty

Claudia Schiffer as Brigitte Bardot, Photo by Ellen Von Unwerth

Today started out as a yucky, rainy day here in Philadelphia - flash flood warnings, school closings, and traffic lights out all over the region. I could barely get out of bed this morning! Literally - it took me exactly 51 minutes to do so.

Anyway, the only thing that could possibly bring me out of these rainy Monday blues (besides my sidekick - a little cockapoo named Portia) is the prettiest, laciest, most expensive lingerie that money can buy - A girl can dream, right? I warn you, some of what you are about to see is the most explicitly luxurious, lavishly luscious, and disturbingly delicate lingerie you may never get to wear:

So here's to being a spoiled-rotten boudoir princess:


Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur - Black Swan Bodysuit, $490

Agent Provocateur - Melody Basque, $590

Agent Provocateur - Heloise Corset, hand-embellished with biker studs and 2 inch spikes, $4900

Nice n Girly:

Strumpet and Pink

Maidens Belt

Garden of Delights

Lady Hume's Blush


Dress Shirt

 Rosette Cheeks

 Swans Tail Front
 Swans Tail Back (image from Petit Coquette)

No one does nice quite like Strumpet and Pink. Founded by two artists, Lisa Z Morgan and Melanie Probet in 2002, Strumpet and Pink makes fine, handmade lingerie that is has been touted by Forbes as some of the most expensive lingerie money can buy. According to their official website, the focus is on "feeling rather than objectification", and pieces are not overtly sexy, but rather designed to make the wearer's sensuality come from within, from the femininity of the lingerie and the confidence that comes from that, rather that simply by looking sexy. The knickers also focus on physical feeling - the was the silk grazes the body, gentle coolness from the hand-embroidered pearls on some of the pieces. Each detail is truly a feast for the senses.

Some key words that the designers use to describe their collection are: beautiful, sensuous, humorous, naïve, sexual, confident and playful, all contradictions that come together to embody each Strumpet and Pink piece.

Oh yeah - these "knickers" start at around $330

Sweet Dreams!!

Photo Credits -
Opening Image - WeHeartIt
Naughty -Agent Provocateur 
Nice - Strumpet and Pink
Sultry - La Perla
Eco Friendly - Eco Boudoir
Futuristic - Bordelle

Bianca Balti

Bianca Balti is a modern-day Sofia Loren - Classically beautiful, dark and mysterious, and of course, ridiculously curvy.

The 25 year old Italian almost didnt make it to the fashion scene - she was rejected by Elite at age 19 (ouch...but I bet they are kicking themselves now) and was finally signed by IMG, after being discovered on the job in a supermarket. She is now married, as a daughter, and lives in New York. She's been on covers from L'Officiel to Playboy, and in campaigns for haute couture gods like Dolce and Gabbana, Cavalli, and Dior, as well as mere "civilian" brands like Mango, Victoria's Secret and Guess?

And you know what else? I don't think I've ever seen a spread with her in it where she actually had a top on.

Here are some photos to mull over, from the February 2010 Vogue Germany.

Tricks of the Eye

Trompe l'oeil like its 1999.

Comme Des Garcons Gold-Toes

Street Flashion

Sweater, Antoni & Alison £190,

Lily Donaldson for Sonia Rykiel's Spring 2008 RTW

Irina Kulikova for Sonia Rykiel's Spring 2008 RTW

When us "people" (Americans) renovate a building, you know what happens? Traffic, interruption of business, and general ugliness. So it only makes sense that Parisians would turn even a building renovation into a chance for surrealist artwork in the form of a giant 2500 meter canvas spread over an entire office building. And here is what that would look like -

(I can't really figure this last one out - see how the women's heads are swirly? So are they part of the canvas or what?

Photos from This is Next, The Telegraph, Style.com and also here, jakandjil.com, and Archeologue

Lakshmi Menon

She is quite possibly my favorite model:

28 year old Indian beauty Lakshmi Menon has only been on the scene for just under 4 years but has modeled for everyone from Swatch and H&M to Stella and Givenchy. Her looks - mysterious, androgynous and exotic - make her not just eye-catching but also memorable and distinctive. And that skin!! She is truly a timeless, elegant beauty, and she can pull off that "foreign" and disinterested look as flawlessly as she can do girlish and coquettish or fierce and in-your-face, which makes her an asset to any photographer and designer.

Backstage at Michael Kors, September 2009

Backstage at Tommy Hilfiger, September 2009

In an Indian Vogue editorial, May 2009. Photographed by Jean Francois Campos.

On the cover of Indian Vogue, May 2009. Photographed by Jean Francois Campos.

On the cover of Dazed & Confused, April 2009. Photographed by Josh Olins.

Backstage at Derek Lam, February 2009.

Backstage at Stella McCartney, February 2009.

In a V editorial, November 2008. Photographed by Cedric Buchet.

In a V editorial, November 2008. Photographed by Sebastian Faena.

In a French Vogue editorial, October 2008. Photographed by Mario Testino.

With Lara Stone, Natasha Poly, and Mariacarla Boscono for Givenchy, fall 2008. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

In a Biba editorial, August 2008. Photographed by Benoit Peverelli.

On the cover of Indian Vogue, April 2008.

In an Indian Vogue editorial, October 2007. Photographed by Prabuddha Dasgupta.

Etro Fall 2009 RTW & Menswear

Ports 1961 Fall 2009 RTW & Menswear

Photos "borrowed" from NYmag