This post was written by a RWL Guest Blogger – Burlesque bad girl and fellow lingerie lover Honey Schnapps attended a press event for Rarely Wears Lipstick last week. Here she reports back on some gorgeous new collections.
Last week I attended the climax to online lingerie collaboration project The Love Bomb. Held at the decadent Cirque Du Soir in the West End, The Love Bomb Catwalk show got London Fashion Week off to a super sexy bang with desirable lingerie and swimwear collections for the year ahead from independent brands Kiss Me Deadly, Playful Promises, Paolita and Lucile.
The show kicked off with a magnificent fire breathing display courtesy of burlesque vamp princess Aurora Galore. Just as lower jaws had been lifted off the ground after Galore’s dazzling performance, hot Latin beats burst from the speakers to announce Paolita‘s spicy new swimwear collection. Adorned with bright head scarves and hoop earrings, the models sashayed in bikinis and swimsuits with cut out panels full of vibrant colours and prints inspired by silk scarves, tattoos and exotic patterns. This collection evokes dreams of holidays in tropical paradise while looking smoking hot too.
The show took a new turn with Playful Promises and their most dramatic range to date. Reminiscent of Bettie Page, this fetish-inspired AW12 lingerie collection included vintage style bras with cage-effect straps and high waist briefs with mesh panels in seductive black. New prints included raspberry satin with silhouettes of pin up girls. In contrast to the dark sexiness of their lingerie, Playful Promises’ swimwear was bright flirty and full of lush floral prints. Also for 2012, Playful Promises have branched out into clothing such as Monroe-esque figure hugging dresses that match the lingerie from upcoming collections.
Next was femme fatales’ favourite Kiss Me Deadly with a seductive collection including fresh new takes on their bestsellers such as the Jezebel longline knickers (I now firmly believe that one pair in my undies drawer is not enough!) with spotted mesh as well as retro bras, briefs, waist cinchers and girdles with mesh and satin panels in shades of black, warm red, ivory, midnight blue and the most gorgeous shade of all… peacock!
Finally, Lucile brought the show to a spectacular close with their luxurious AW12 collection – an embodiment of elegance and romance with their long satin and chiffon robes, full length night gowns, high waist briefs and balconette bras in divine black, ivory and red with sophisticated trims of lace, satin bows and subtle floral appliqués. This collection reminded me of 1930s Hollywood film stars who made glamour look effortless. Older generations claim that glamour no longer exists. Hopefully the likes of Lucile can prove such a notion wrong!
All images by Honey Schnapps.