Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hidden undies, royal romances and underwear nobility… this week’s lingerie round-up

Lingerie history exhibition

New York often leads the way in fashion - and this year its leading the way in underwear fashion with a superb exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology whose museum is featuring more than seventy items from the history of underwear in a show entitled Exposed: A History of Lingerie

As youd imagine the exhibition covers the evolution of underwear from both a fashion and a technology perspective. The earliest item is a turquoise corset with sleeves! It dates from around 1770 and has crossed ivory ribbons that are almost identical to the kind of stomacher ribbons we wear on our lingerie today. If youd like to emulate the 18th century version of sexy undies, why not try our Adorable corset with crisscross ribboning along with a pair of gorgeous white boudoir gloves

One of the things that most impressed us was the range of colours shown in the earliest garments, with 17th and 18th century corsets that both raised womens breasts to a vast and unnatural height and whittled their waists but also, hidden under their outer clothes, exhibit a lush range of colours and fabrics, rich stitching and embroidery and elegant ribbons and lace.

Princely interest in underwear model

We used to call him the playboy Prince, although hes somewhat lost his title to his strawberry-blond nephew Harry, but Prince Andrew still has an eye for the statuesque female. This month its been Dara Tomanovich, the gorgeous Canadian who was a lingerie model for Marks and Spencer, amongst others. Andrew invited Dara to join him at Ascot, where he and Dara graced the Royal box and garnered many admiring glances. Ms Tomanovich wore a white fascinator in her brunette hair and a severe grey dress that did nothing to hide her awesome curves. Shes no stranger to eligible males, having also wined and dined with George Clooney

Underwear prince becomes a designer

Think of a David famous for his body no, not Michelangelos David, nor even dear David Beckham. Were talking Gandy. The ineffable prince of the catwalk scanties, David Gandy himself, is about to launch an underwear line. Yes, both making and modelling his pants! His collection, for Autograph at Marks and Spencer, will include boxers and nightwear and were pretty sure that much of it will be bought by women who wish their men would get some of that Gandy appeal!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Lingerie, football and the joy of glam art

Sporting undies

If you’re expecting to be a football widow, or even if you’re a super-keen football fan (and who wouldn’t be with such talent as Iker Casillas on show?) there is a way to garner some attention. Did you know that the Lingerie World Cup took place earlier this year? It was hosted by the Netherlands, whose male team are barely featuring in the betting at 35-1, which makes them rank outsiders. But their lingerie team lifted the world cup … and there’s a real explosion of lingerie sport at present with the Lingerie Fighting Championships (Mixed Martial Arts) taking place in Vegas (where else!) and the Lingerie Bowl being played at half time at the SuperBowl in the USA. The national women’s rugby team in Australia has just picked a former Lingerie Football League (USA) player to represent them at the national level too!

If you’re up for some sporty style, we’d say pick your team colours (either local or national) and invest in a teddy! Our current top tip is G-World’s Scrumptious teddy which is quite stunningly beautiful and also very easy to move in, so that your athletic performance can be fully appreciated. It even comes with its own gorgeous stockings.

Arty undies

Speaking of stunningly beautiful, while the wedding of the year may have been Kim and Kanye’s lush Florence nuptials, one little detail of their ceremony hasn’t been given the attention we at the Lingerie Blog think it deserves. One present that Kanye gave his wife was a portrait, on metal, of Kim herself, clad only in a thong and a pair of red Louboutins. The portrait is apparently as unconventional as Kim herself. It was painted by renowned street artist Bambi.

Back to Brazil

And football, and underwear. We couldn’t close this blog without sharing one of the rising stars of football both nationally (Brazil) and internationally (Chelsea) Oscar dos Santos Emboaba J├║nior who’s better known just as Oscar, has joined the list of football stars from Beckham to Drogba to Ronaldo to appear in his scanties in an advert. Young Oscar’s boyish good looks made him a natural choice for Calvin Klein and just ahead of the World Cup, being hosted by his own nation, he’s made his debut as an underwear novel. We’re charmed by his natural appearance and we predict that, as ever, the Calvin Klein magic will extend to this newest recruit to the illustrious line of men who’ve bared nearly everything!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Ribs, curves and thongs ... our week in lingerie!


It’s always New York where controversies  happen, isn’t it? And this week it’s La Perla New York that’s bought itself a bit of a storm in an AA cup. Well, not so much the cup as the mannequin wearing a red bra.
Spotted by a shopper, the mannequin in question had visible, some might even say, excessively skinny, ribs. The person who took the photo tweeted it with the message, ‘How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is ok?!’

Good question. Apparently it doesn’t, but by the time La Perla responded, quite a list of twitter users had joined in the controversy, stating the mannequin was awful and gross. Now the lingerie brand has tweeted in turn, saying the mannequin had been removed from the store and that she wouldn’t be used again.


And now for something completely different. Nicki Minaj is famous for the opposite of ribs – her stunning d├ęcolletage and wondrous rear end have been assets only slightly less popular than her music and now Ms Minaj has launched an advertisement to support, not her curves, but her wine! She made the ad to feature her Myx Fusions wine label and she was wearing, amongst other items a stunning purple-blue Stella McCartney balconette bra and pantie set, over which she put a fringed skirt (more fringe than skirt, to be honest) and finished the look with a pair of Versace platform shoes.

Her new look, with her natural curls and lovely curves, is definitely a good vintage and for those who have a derriere to admire, taking a leaf from Nicki’s book is a great idea. 


Our favourite bottom-enhancer at present is the Malaguena by Wolbar, which really gives a stunning definition to every rear, and the sheer fabric and dainty bow stop it being even a little bit trashy – it’s a perfect romantic garment which wins votes from women and their lovers – truly a top performer!
One little note – Nicki was apparently nicely oiled up for her video, and we all know that baby oil is the finishing touch of choice of both bodybuilders and beauty contest entrants, but if you want to get the look, it may be better to find a water based body glosser as your bedsheets will probably not recover from being exposed to a lot of baby oil!y.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Lingerie warnings, winners and workers

According to Libya’s Grand Mufti, Sadek Al-Ghariani, the country should immediately stop importing sexy undies, specifically racy lingerie. He’s written to the Prime Minister of Libya, saying that lewd designs which ‘contradict the virtue of modesty’ should be banned. He further claimed that the problem will cease if imports are stopped, as the unacceptable underwear is not generally made inside the country!

The comments have the force of a fatwa, or learned opinion and part of the duty of a Grand Mufti is to create and issue fatwas which will be considered binding by any Muslims who have bound themselves to him, in this case, binding themselves to follow the teachings and guidance of Sadek Al-Ghariani. However, very few women have bound themselves to his teaching so it might be difficult for Libya to find any way to enforce this particular view!

Lingerie winners

Sharon Stone. Perennial star. She’s fifty-six years old and she’s in her scanties on the front cover of GQ Italia this month and she looks amazing! Her black bodysuit with fishnet and lace details is the perfect complement to her tousled hair and strappy heels. What makes Sharon look utterly gorgeous in this picture is her complete confidence – she’s laughing out loud with sheer pleasure and her genuine self-possession gives her a glowing certainty of her own power. The best lingerie does that for a woman, and while Sharon would probably look good in a sack, the bodysuit is perhaps the most flattering and confidence-boosting piece of lingerie that a woman can invest in.

For this purpose, we love the Antigel RockStory body by Lise Charmel. The leatherette detailing gives flattering definition where it’s required and the long sleeves work for any woman who’s less than Madonna-confident about her upper arms. Teamed with black or red heels, or even with boots (cowboy boots work especially well with this body) you’ll find it gives you real star quality whether you’re in the bedroom or on the front cover of a men’s magazine!

Lingerie workers

Sweden is noted for its egalitarian approach to life and now Swedish lingerie chain Lindex has carried workplace democracy to new heights – or depths. Five of its staff members have been chosen to model Lindex underwear for the company’s latest advertising campaign. The five were selected from 45 who applied to take part – they come from Sweden, Norway, Slovakia and Lithuania and they travelled to London to take part in a photo-shoot. It’s quite a common process for Swedish companies to choose from their own staff for adverts although it’s not free from controversy. In the past, Swedish firms have come under fire for getting employees to appear in adverts naked except for strategically placed mobile phones and for asking them to list their bra size on their staff badges to help customers approach them to be fitted for a new bra.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Victoria’s Secret and smelly stockings …

Only in the USA does a lingerie line get a TV show. Victoria’s Secret is the line and their Fashion Show is big business, being covered in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and all upmarket fashion venues. The models who parade the catwalk for the fashion show are called ‘Angels’ and the roles are hotly contested. 

Rumour has it that Cara Delevingne has been invited to strut her stuff, and as she’s home grown lingerie talent that seems appropriate. The date is 2 December and the venue is Earls Court – no hard information about ticket numbers or prices yet but hold on to your hats, it will be pricey!

Stockings as seduction devices

Everybody knows that stockings are sexy. It doesn’t matter whether they are laddered, thick and clumpy St Trinian’s style naughty schoolgirl props, sleek and unobtrusive hold-ups that could pass for tights except to the lucky person who gets to see beneath the top layers, or in your face fishnets with stilettos and attitude, stockings are just sexy.

Now Ballerina think they can make them even sexier. Their Hush Hush lingerie line features hold up stockings that are infused with (synthetic) pheromones rumoured to drive men into a sexual frenzy. The company claims that these pheromones, which mimic those naturally produced by human sweat glands, will cause men to feel more romantic.

Now we like stimulants to seduction as much as the next man or woman, but we can see a couple of problems with this. Problem number one … there’s nothing specific about the pheromone effect so it’s entirely possible that the stockings could attract the wrong man, or men, and that could lead to heated arguments or even punch ups, rather than steamed up bedrooms and loved up couples!

Problem number two … does the effect wear off when the stockings are removed? Again, we have no difficulty envisaging keeping our stockings on in the bedroom (or wherever else we might find ourselves) but we wouldn’t want to find the mood faltered just because we’d slipped out of them.

And finally – we wonder just how long the pheromone effect lasts? Does it survive a wash? Four washes? What about tumble drying? In our view, if you want to get your man hot under the collar you can leave the pheromones to one side. The utter lambour of a pair of pure silk stockings needs no embellishment and our Champs Elysees silk stockings by Cervin will do the job without any suspect odours!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Towie strippers, Magic Mike II and the dangers of lingerie parties …

Danielle Armstrong is the latest The Only Way Is Essex hottie to get into her underwear for a photo-shoot. She’s launching her own personal styling boutique (‘all champagne and chandeliers’ is how she put it) and in combination with that, she wants to give her ex James Lock a reminder of what he threw away by having a dirty weekend in Brighton with Big Brother’s Sallie Axl. Confused? We are too. Anyway, we don’t need to get into the ins and outs of Reality TV shows, we’re just delighted that Danielle has chosen some very gorgeous blue lingerie to frame her curves.

Here at www.lingerie.co.uk we think blue underwear is wonderwear – there’s no complexion or hair colour it doesn’t work for and we’re amazed more people don’t choose it. Perhaps they think blue is not flattering to their skin tones but we have a guide to wearing blue that helps everybody find the perfect blue lingerie.

  1. If your skin tone is warm (you tan easily and coral and peach tones flatter your complexion) choose turquoise and aqua tones for your lingerie
  2. If your skin tone is cool (you don’t tan easily or have freckles and crimson and purple tones flatter your complexion) choose navy and teal tones of sexy underwear
  3. Black and blue work really well together – look at our gorgeous Jennifer lingerie set from Beauty Night to see what we mean but blue and pink can be really difficult combinations. When you’re wearing blue, ensure your tights or stockings are either black or a cool nude tone, nothing like tan or honey which can look less than great
  4. Blue is also fantastic with bedroom jewels, so when you’re wearing blue lingerie, pull out the bling and give yourself a boudoir make-over.

Dublin pub found not guilty for lingerie party injury

This was published on April Fool’s day so we had to go and double-check it wasn’t a Fool’s Day joke! But in fact the Dublin High Court ruled that a woman who was knocked over at an Ann Summers lingerie party could not claim damages for her injuries. Apparently Ms Deehan, who brought the case, had already been a finalist in a competition in which contestants had to burst balloons with parts of their body and then was knocked to the ground by another competitor in a competition to grab a cock ring that had been thrown into the air. Sounds just like an average day in our office, to be honest! Anyway, the judge ruled that while she deserved sympathy for her bruised ribs, she couldn’t claim the pub had been negligent.

 And this isn’t an April Fool, we promise! Magic Mike II is on!  It will be called Magic Mike XXL and Channing Tatum is co-writing the script (yes, we’re swooning too, clever and cute!) Joe Manganiello is back too, although we’ve got no confirmation about Matthew McConaughey so far … so we’ll leave you with the delicious Joe in costume and the thought that by this autumn they’ll be filming the Magic Mike sequel!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

What’s hot in lingerie: breasts and a new male model …

Breasts matter …

Everybody is breast aware these days: this Saturday (22nd March) a lingerie retailer in Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent is partnering Breast Cancer Care to encourage women visiting the shop to banish their ill-fitting bras and to learn how to examine their own breasts.

We’re totally in favour of breast examination and very much applaud the aim to get women, world-wide, into well-fitting lingerie.  If you’re looking for the perfect bra, browsing our range will definitely reveal something just right for you, in particular our Gracya Mon Amour half-cup bra which comes in an extensive size range and is the perfect way to present your bust!

Good breast health is more than just breast examination – body confidence is crucial to our sense of self and our physical well-being. The right underwear improves a silhouette, gives us curves where we want them and not where we don’t and provides a sense of style that we can call upon even if nobody (except our lover) gets to see what’s making us feel so happy and secure in our own skins.

On that note, The Sun newspaper, best known for its Page Three lingerie models, has teamed up with the charity Coppafeel to encourage everyone to examine their breasts every Tuesday. Both men and women are liable to discover lumps in the breasts and the majority of these lumps are benign but early discovery and investigation are vital to ensure that the possibility of breast cancer is ruled out.

New top model?

Talking about lingerie models, we have some very special eye candy this week. The headlines have been grabbed by a new kid on the block – Alex Minsky, whose story is quite astonishing.  Back in 2009, less than a month after arriving in Afghanistan, Marine Minsky was blown up when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device. The bomb tore his life apart, breaking his jaw in four places, tearing his arm apart and amputating his right leg below the knee. He was not expected to survive and his mother was told that if he lived, his live would never be the same again. That was for sure!

Today he’s the hottest male model around, from his prosthetic limb to his amazing body art. But before he reached those heights, his life degenerated. On release from hospital after months of surgery, he developed drug and alcohol problems and it was only when he’d been through rehab and started using the gym to keep his demons away that he was spotted by a photographer. We think Alex Minsky is pretty special, and we’re confident you will too!