Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sparkles & Briefs

Kiss Me Deadly
This week I had the pleasure of attending the Crystallized show, in the Swarovski Crystallized Lounge in the heart of London’s West End, showcasing the Spring/Summer collections of top UK lingerie and swimwear brands including Kiss Me Deadly, What Katie Did and Paolita. 

Accompanied by Monsieur du Vin and surrounded by sparkly displays of Swarovski, the drinks flowed and chocolate savoured while demonstrations were given on customising lingerie with crystals and glamming up make up with fetching jewels. 

With crystal-adorned eyes and slicked back hair, the models kicked off the catwalk show in What Katie Did. There were great new takes on What Katie Did’s distinctive vintage styles such as the vibrant red satin and sheer peach contrast bullet bra, girdle and briefs. There were also fetish-inspired garments such as a black corselette with red overstitching - a great new spin on the Bettie Page look.

Next came the eye-poppingly sexy Dirty Pretty Things with their updated spin on retro lingerie with sexy babydoll gowns in neon pink and yellow. For those not brave enough for an assault of brashness, there were white bras and briefs with neon straps and stitching.

Kiss Me Deadly, every vamp’s favourite brand, delivered the goods which included one of my personal favourites - a bralet and knickers in, naturally, leopard! Also from Kiss Me Deadly were new versions of all-time favourites such as a DeVille bra and matching panty girdle in blue.

Fred & Ginger
Next came the opulence of Fred & Ginger with the stuff that erotic dreams are made of with creations such as the floaty fabrics and ribbons of a white playsuit and the exotic ruby red bra and knickers trimmed with light-catching gold coins. The latter collection would be perfect for a belly dance routine!

Getting the crowds up for a holiday in the sun were luxury sarong specialist Poshtotti and vibrant swimwear brand Paolita. Poshtotti’s sarongs are a big step away from the usual sarongs with their luxurious fabrics and incredible versatility - you don’t need to wear anything else in the hot months (the next best thing to going au naturel!). 

Paolita were on top flamboyant form with a deco style patterned bikini in soft blue and sorbet shades of yellow and lilac. Other fun Paolita swimwear included a Mexican-inspired one-piece with blue and red floral tie-sides and bright yellow panels with sugar skulls, sparrows and roses.     

Monsieur and I had a fabulous evening at Crystallized and the length of my lingerie wishlist has trebled - you all know my birthday’s round the corner, right? It looks like Spring/Summer 2013 is going to be bright, bold and sassy!

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