Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Remember Ampere—the lingerie line launched online? Well, co-founders Jiabei Chen and Yun Ah Lee are ready to launch their second collection, and have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to seek funding. "Collection II" promises a silk t-shirt bra, the perfect strapless bra, and of course, matching bottoms in a thong and lace brief styles.
I was curious to know what they learned from the launch of their first collection that influenced the choices for their second. Yun Ah said, "We learned a tremendous amount from our first collection about what women need and want. We want to take all of that feedback and continue to improve our upcoming collections. Most importantly, we learned that all women want beautiful, comfortable, well fitting lingerie without having to pay an arm and a leg for it—which is what Ampere is all about!"
To complement the first collection's all black debut, Collection II will be nude-coloured, which is exciting for them—"We are looking forward to diversifying our color and style options for our new collection. Also, we are excited about creating the best strapless bra the lingerie market has ever seen. All of our new products will be nude and a bit simpler, while still luxurious and beautiful."
I'm personally looking forward to the promise of the "best strapless bra the lingerie market has ever seen"! Good luck to the Ampere ladies, and hopefully Collection II will arrive soon.
AMPERE - Better Bras, Better Lingerie Experience
Monday, October 14, 2013
I feel like I've been seeing bows everywhere lately, and as much as I feel like they're too feminine a motif to allow into my late-20s wardrobe, I figured there's no harm in succumbing to them for lingerie.
Stella McCartney Tammy Tickling Bra, $70. Tammy Tickling Panty, $37. Available at ZapposCouture.com.
I first saw this Stella McCartney Tammy Tickling set (and bodysuit!) when I visited Journelle's Grey Lady at The Standard during NYFW, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. BOWS.
So of course, when I saw this look on the runway at the Chanel S/S 2014 show, the stark black and white pattern amongst the colourful palette stood out to me even more. Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to reinvent the usage of a Chanel symbol into an adorable pattern. BOWS.
Photo by Esther Kim
It's a sign, right? A sign that I definitely need bows in my boring, stark, late-20s wardrobe. Definitely.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Image via / Double vision created by me
As we all prepare for the long weekend + NYFW mayhem, can we just stop for a second and talk about this bodysuit? I was quickly scrolling through Net-a-Porter earlier for some fall fashion inspiration and the weird silhouette of this item made me click, mostly out of sheer curiosity. It was strange—alien-like—among the carefully curated page of wool coats, sweaters, boots. What was this bizarre body stocking with nubs?
A body stocking it definitely is, but those nubs are apparently "hand-applied" Swarovski crystals. SHINY THINGS. ALL OVER. I have to admit that the end effect (well, styled as shown on NAP and the Saint Laurent fall runway) is quite rocker chic. I can also totally see people making a complete and total mess of this piece and looking like a train wreck, photos of which I eagerly await to see via the Interwebz because people are cruel.
So let me pose some questions: are there crystals on the bottom of the footsies? Wouldn't it just feel like you're walking on little pebbles in your moto boots that you can't shake out? And the most important question of all: wearing this clearly (har har) is going to make you feel like a rock star, but how the EFF do you go to the bathroom after you've swigged an entire bottle of champagne?
Saint Laurent Swarovski crystal-embellished stretch-mesh jumpsuit, $3,990. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Can't say I'm a cat person (I definitely prefer pups), but these new Mimi Holliday cat ears are so pretty they could make any die-hard dog person convert. Made with a new starry lace, they're a perfect topper for any outfit—lingerie or otherwise.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
It took me three months but I went to go to see the PUNK: Chaos to Couture the week before it closed. I managed to take a few photos on the sly of some interesting details, but overall the exhibit was disappointing. I wish there had been a bit more historical context instead of just a replica of the CGBG bathroom (which wasn't accurate at all anyway) and the entire contents of Vivienne Westwood's archives. I enjoyed the video loop displays and the general presentation, but I found myself wanting a deeper education on the social and political drivers of the Punk movement that in turn inspired (or supposedly inspired - I found some of it questionable) the couture on display.
Also, the $115 Rodarte 'RADARTE' tee in the gift shop? A $650 Givenchy tee? That's not punk. But maybe if I had just taken it, it would be.
Gianni Versace A/W 1992-93. Top of black nylon mesh with black silk satin and leather straps and gold metal buckles embellished with amber crystals.