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!

Thursday 6 March 2014

No underwear church, pole dancing and rocking like Rosie …

Lingerie ban I

We thought we’d heard everything there was to hear about the world of lingerie … but no, we can still be surprised! What got our knickers in a twist this week was a story from Dandora, a suburb of Nairobi, which revealed that the local pastor has asked his congregation to give up their underwear for Jesus.

Apparently Reverend Njohi ordained that women shouldn’t wear bras or panties to ‘experience the touch of Christ’. His church is called Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church and he says that women will experience dire consequences is they are caught wearing undergarments to church in secret!

Lingerie ban II

An update on the Russian lingerie situation. With the tense situation in Ukraine and Crimea, a little light relief might be in order. We reported a couple of weeks ago on an underwear ban that could have Russian women back in Soviet style ‘regulation underwear’. Supposedly the ban is to protect Russia’s feminine population from cheap materials that might affect their health negatively, but no less a person than Hilary Clinton called the law a way to ‘re-Sovietize the region’.

Obviously Russia’s lawmakers didn’t read the PhD thesis written by Christiana Tsaousi (Leicester University) entitled ‘Consuming Underwear: Fashioning Female Identity’ which suggests that ‘… underwear can be seen as a technology of the self and as embodied cultural capital. It functions both as a support for outerwear and the body, and as a tool for self-fashioning and self-improvement due to the intense sensations it can produce for the wearer …’ Or, given that this is Russia we’re talking about, maybe they did, and found the idea of women improving themselves through consumption to be such a troubling idea they decided to legislate against it!

Something for everyone

Pole dancing with a difference here! The amazing Jason Statham, who is busy filming Mechanic 2, shows off his stunning abs in this shot which gives ‘beach body’ a whole new meaning. He’s 46 but few men half his age could compete with Statham’s amazing physique. 

And why? Well, part of the reason might be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, lingerie model and actress who is 26 and has been dating Statham for around three years. Despite the rumour of a break-up, the couple appear to be very much an item. Rosie’s just finished filming Mad Max: Fury Road and is unlikely to appear in the sophisticated lingerie that we’re more used to seeing her in.

We won’t suggest that you develop abs like Jason’s, because we can’t help feeling that such dedicated perfection requires winning the genetic raffle as well as hours of hard work, but if you’d like to recreate Rosie’s sexy outfit, we’d recommend our Lise Charmel Precieux Tissagelingerie bras – flattering in design, easy to wear under day clothing and yet very simple to dress up for the boudoir with a couple of accessories, maybe a mask and choker or perhaps some sheer gloves like Rosie’s.