On Sunday afternoon, I headed across London in the sunshine to the What Katie Did boutique for the launch of their AW12 collection (and a sneak peek at SS13 too). It’s always a real pleasure to visit their beautiful little corner of Portobello. Not just because of their lovely lingerie, but because of the warm friendly welcome they always give every single customer who walks through their door. While we waited for the fashion show to begin – enjoying cupcakes and cocktails courtesy of the fantastic Vintage Patisserie – I drooled over the gorgeous Cabaret knickers with their art deco ‘modesty panel’. Katie told me that they were partly inspired by a sheer pair of vintage briefs that she found which had a fig leaf embroidered on the front! She decided that, although the idea was beautiful, a slightly less quirky design might be a bigger sales hit. Those briefs are already on my wishlist.
When the time came for the fashion show, there was quite a crowd of us gathered excitedly. The models sashayed around the store in the latest styles, to vintage music, while we all brandished our cameras or mobile phones. There were some definite highlights for me in this section. The Clarice lingerie in beautiful vintage colour eau de nil is absolutely stunning. There is a 40s style bra with beautiful vintage detailing, which combines beautifully with the classic side fastening French knickers, plus a more modern bra, briefs and suspender belt for those who prefer a more structured look. Those who were already a fan of WKD’s Lulu lingerie will be pleased to hear that the red organza with black lace overlay is back for this season in a bullet bra, underwired bra, deep knickers and suspender belt. There’s also some skimpier knickers, for those of you who just don’t do big pants.
After a short break for a delightfully saucy burlesque performance from Miss Miranda and Sophia St. Villier, we were then treated to a peek at the SS13 collection. Red and cream, sheer and satin, twists on existing styles, and exciting new directions. There was even a beautiful variation on the most recent WKD bikini, with bows down the side of the briefs. Just as well they have some really pretty stuff in store this season, because it’s a long time to wait until spring!
UPDATE: You can see the fashion show for yourself (and an edited version of the burlesque performance) in The Vintage News’ video from the day.