The Year in Intimate Scandals

With a few notable exceptions – Calvin Klein Underwear in the 90s, Victoria's Secret's entire oeuvre – intimates ads have overwhelmingly tended to downplay the inherent sexuality of the goods, surrounding them with lily white cotton sheets, pillow fights and a chaise lounge here and there. Enter 2011: the year of the controversial lingerie ad. From exotic dancers for art's ...
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Preview: Zinke Swimwear

High above the Bowery in the New Museum's Sky Room last week, New York-based lingerie label Zinke debuted their swimwear line in a spirited, summer-themed soireé. Ever since we caught our first glimpse of Zinke two years ago at Curve, we've been huge fans of their contemporary take on "loungerie," which manages to be, at once, fuss-free and feminine. We've ...
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Trade Show: Mare / Intimo di Moda

As design often starts with material, the boutique trade show MarediModa/IntimodiModa that was just held in Cannes gave us an essential sneak peek into the trends we'll be seeing in swimwear and intimates for Spring/Summer 2013. The Stylesight team curated the trend forum, as well as participated in several panel discussions throughout the event. With attendance up 16% this season ...
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Exposed: Choctaw Ridge

Embracing a simpler time, yet one in which men put considerably more effort into their appearance, New York-based line Choctaw Ridge is eschewing cartoonish prints, oversized logos and the entire notion of disposability in underwear for classic (read: high quality, thoughtful) construction, fit and material. Inspired by an underwear box from the 1930s, Christian McCann (the man behind Left Field) ...
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Preview: Wacoal S/S 12

When we heard “The Bra Lady”, Liz Smith, was going to be at the Wacoal press preview a few weeks ago, we knew we had to attend. Along with previewing spring collections from Wacoal and B.Tempt'd, we also got to experience a bra fitting and learned that we, just like 8 out of 10 women, are wearing the wrong bra ...
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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld for Kiki de Montparnasse

The first images from the much-anticipated collaboration between fashion royalty Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and luxe lingerie label Kiki de Montparnasse have just hit zee interweb, whetting our appetite for next Wednesday when the capsule collection is slated to hit stores. The mother-to-be (among many other slashies) plays model in a series of sultry, softly lit black-and-white photographs. The images have a ...
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Holiday Shopping: Tocca

While hobbling along the West Village's cobblestone streets on a cold, blustery evening last week, we stumbled into the warm, inviting space of Tocca's new boutique on 605 Hudson for their holiday shopping soirée. Hosted by none other than Poppy King, the Lipstick Queen, the beauty brand was celebrating the relaunch of its ready-to-wear collection newly designed by Emma Fletcher, ...
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Preview: Wundervoll F/W 2012

With night falling earlier by the day, Wundervoll’s darkly romantic F/W 2012 collection is the perfect antidote for our winter blues. Filled with smoky colors and accentuated with delicate bleached-out poppies, the new collection, appropriately called "Shadow Play", floats between the edgy and the ethereal, the sensible and the sensual. Composed of gauzy cotton batiste and supple silks in a ...
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Details: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

New York: The 2011 edition of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired on CBS last night to much fanfare, some of which can be attributed to performances from the fearsome twosome Kanye West and Jay-Z; thirty-one elaborately bedecked wings; and one Fantasy Treasure Bra, modeled by angel du jour Miranda Kerr and worth 2.5 million dollars (shown above). In case those ...
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The 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

It's that time of the year again. When scantily clad superheroes duel with old-fashioned saloon girls and undersea creatures collide with airborne ballerinas on one big glitter-covered runway, as candy-colored confetti and streamers rain down from the rafters. Those are just some of the sights viewers can expect when the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs tonight on CBS at ...
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Preview: Blush Spring 2012

Blush has won us over with their on-trend, wallet-friendly underlayers and nighties, not to mention their slick ad campaigns. All the qualities we love about the Canadian brand – modern femininity, figure-flattering silhouettes and innovative materials – appear in the Spring 2012 collection that we recently got a sneak peek at. In their main line, basic contoured demis and mid-rise ...
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Exposed: La Isla

Los Angeles-based, Colombian-made swimwear label La Isla first caught our eye at Miami's SwimShow with their arresting tropical prints and crafty embroidery and beadwork. Above all else, the tightly focused line is comprised of supremely essential swimwear styles perfected to fit, flatter and last. If the appeal of fashion and function weren't enough, La Isla also champions environmentally friendly practices, with ...
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Halloween: An Intimate Affair

Let's not kid ourselves. We all know Halloween is the one day when it is okay to show some skin–in fact, the more the better. To celebrate the spooky occasion, we dug up our intimates trend alert, Costume Party, which tracks the progression of playwear from sex shops to the strip mall (no pun intended), and culminating on the runways ...
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Think Pink!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be winding down, but it is never too late to support the cause. There are plenty of "pink" items on the market to make women feel good in more ways than one. From left to right: Wacoal is donating $2 of each purchase of their sexy Embrace Lace bra to the cause. New Balance's Tonic Crop ...
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Runway Update: Andres Sarda

Although the major runway season is over, burgeoning style meccas around the world are showcasing local talent in their own fashion weeks. Madrid Fashion Week is one that is quickly gaining notoriety, boasting such names as Davidelfin, Adolfo Dominguez and luxury intimates/swim label Andres Sarda. Inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, Andres Sarda channeled three pillars of classical civilization for S/S 2012: ...
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