LINGERIE FEATURE: TRENDS AT CALVIN KLEIN

Thread attended Gazal’s AW14 Media Showings to see up-close-and-personal the latest from Calvin Klein Underwear, Nancy Ganz, Spanx and Hold Me Tight…

Thread attended Gazal’s AW14 Media Showings to see up-close-and-personal the latest ranges from their sexy lingerie brands, including Calvin Klein Underwear, Nancy Ganz, Spanx and Hold Me Tight.

Joshua Josevski of Gazal Australia personally took us through the new collections, over some delicious treats.

A key trend in Calvin Klein Underwear is the return to the retro look of the wide logo waistband that is meant to be seen. It harks back to the old skool days of Marky Mark and low-slung trousers revealing your Calvins.

Another trend is modal stretch knit fabrics that have a two-tone effect, with a second colour coming through when the fabric is stretched- it looked especially good in a blue and green colourway.

An open letter to the creators and operators of Lingerie Fashion Week

This is an open letter to the creators and operators of Lingerie Fashion Week…He always appreciates the invitation, but He also thinks that this event could be taken up about 1000% and be made into an unbelievable weekend of fashion. Now this is probably going to get He a life time ban from the event, but there is no ill will with this letter at all, this couldn’t be done in a nicer more constructive way, there is so much potential with this event, He wants to help be apart of it when it turns into greatness.

Here we go…

1) Brands – LFW has to go out and find the newest, hottest, and most up and coming brands and get them to sign on to show at LFW (He is offering to help find/solicit these brands). Noe Undergarments showed in 2013 and since then has exploded in popularity. LFW has to find a way to keep these brands as a part of LFW even after they have out grown the event. There are so many sexy, hot, and unknown lingerie companies in this world, country, that LFW needs to go out and find the best of the best that have yet to be discovered. Some of the current presenters are not showing that quality of product that will bring in top level people, creativity, and excitement that this event and lingerie should have.

2) Models – He complete understands that budget is probably a reason why many of the models are selected. Better looking, quality models cost more, lower known brands can’t afford these higher end models. LFW must start bringing in better looking quality models, for the sake of the show and the brands they work with. Goodlooking models make clothing look better, plain and simple, its the reason the fashion world and modeling worlds exist. Let’s be honest, more so with lingerie than any other fashion wear, people need to want to f*ck the models because the lingerie looks so good, that unfortunately happens rarely with the current model groups. If LFW uses lesser quality models, it brings down the quality of the look of the lingerie. In an Instagram filled world, there is NO excuse for having sub par models. A simple request for models on instagram could pack a room with gorgeous girls, perhaps not all will have the required levels of modeling experience but for presentations and just having to stand there and look good, there is more then enough talent out there.

3) Invitees – Take a note from Nolcha Fashion Week, an “off broadway” fashion show that hosts up and coming designers. Don’t want to fully judge a book by its cover, but many people in the front row looked like Mom’s, I’m sure you can imagine what that means. What what should be a high profile event, these are not the type of people one would expect front row center. Nolcha works hard to bring in talent, celebrities and attention to their shows. LFW needs to find a way to connect with celebrities, socialites, bloggers etc to bring in the PR that this event and the designers deserve.

4) Accessories – Lingerie is sexy, but accessories can add to that look. Chromat just had a huge fashion show, which LFW should have tried to secure, and it featured the looks of Bond Hardware. Bond Hardware took the amazing looks of Chromat to an entirely new level. LFW lacked in accessory brands that could have helped elevate the look of the lingerie. Lingerie enhances the look, it won’t take away from it.

5)Pasties/Bras – Completely understand that Shibue was a sponsor, but pasties at a lingerie event take away from the sexy lingerie, they are extremely distracting and not part of the design of the lingerie. Heart shaped pasties were not part of the designers look for this lingerie item, however due to sponsorship model is wearing heart shaped pasties which clearly take away from the look of this outfit. The sponsor Shibue is not to blame here, its a good product and they paid for sponsorship. LFW needs to do a better job of representing the brands presenting and not interfere with their designs for sponsorship money. Bras under white tank looked absolutely amateur.

Obviously these are just 5 notes that could help elevate the event. Tried to keep this as constructive as possible, because He really does love Lingerie Fashion Week, its an awesome idea and a great event.

Take He’s advice or not, call He for help, or ignore it all together, but with He’s ideas Lingerie Fashion Week could become the hottest ticket in town. Hopefully this isn’t taken as a mean spirited letter, just open constructive criticism that would turn this event into one of the hottest shows in NYC.

The Lingerie Edit Announces More Exhibitors

Intimate showroom event, The Lingerie Edit, taking place next week at the Metropolitan Hotel in London has announced new additions to the exhibitor line-up which now includes:

Beautiful Bottoms, Bluebella, Claudette, Damaris, Dirty Pretty Things, Flirty Pretty Things, eLai, embrace, Fifi Chachnil, Gilda and Pearl, Holloway Smith Noir, Honeydew Intimates, Lascivious, Madame Supertrash, Maison Close, Mimi Holliday, Marlies Dekkers and Yummie by Heather Thomson.

Further to this, the event has 3 fabulous sponsors; Drop Dead Chocolates whose logo is a woman in sexy lingerie – chocolate and undies remain the perfect pairing! Calico Ventures, who offer business services to independent lingerie brands, and Lingerie Stylist – yes, I am a proud sponsor of the event!

The Lingerie Edit will take place on 14th January 2014 11am-6pm and 15th January 2014 9am-6pm at the Metropolitan Hotel on Old Park Lane, London. Exclusive viewings will be on an ‘appointment only’ basis, extended to high premium lingerie and sleepwear retailers in the UK.

Women’s Summer Swimsuit Fashion 2014: Cute Bathing Suits for Different Budgets & Styles

Bathing suit season is nearly here, and finding the perfect swimwear can be a challenge. Whether you prefer bikinis or monokinis, or you have a limited budget (or not), we’ve found your go-to suit for this summer.

Modest
If you love bikinis, but want to be a little more covered up, go for one with a vintage cut. A high-waisted bottom will cover more of your midsection, and is still fashion forward.

This one-piece bathing suit doesn’t have high bikini line, so it’s a bit more covered up. And even the neckline isn’t too low. This Madewell suit features a brown pattern that’s cute but won’t make you feel as though everyone is looking at you.

Sexy
Bikinis are already pretty sexy, but this Bikini Lab bathing suit has a few cutouts that take it up a notch. But it’s very subtle and absolutely on-trend.

Who says one-piece bathing suits aren’t sexy? This Tori Praver Swimwear suit (second from left) has a low neckline and an exposed back.

Sweet
It doesn’t get more adorable than ruffles. This Zinke bathing suit has floral, a ruffled peplum and a touch of blue piping along the bustline. With the peplum, the suit is more suited toward women with apple-shaped figures. But the peplum is removable, making it more flattering to a wider range of women.

Polka dots are a recipe for sweet. This sexy swimwear has a top with coral dots on a white background, and the bottoms are white dots on a coral background. If you already own a swimsuit in one of these colors, then you can really give yourself some more mixing and matching options.

Fun
Here’s something you won’t see everyone wearing: a flamingo-themed one-piece suit. This Wildfox Couture is quirky and fun.

If you need more color in your life, then this Old Navy suit is the answer. There’s nothing mild about it. The pattern is bold and the color is fun.

Looking for some sexy bikinis for your summer swimwear wardrobe

Looking for some sexy bikinis for your summer swimwear wardrobe? In 2010 you will find the lasted trends in sexy bikini swimwear in every color under the rainbow. From sweet pastels to beautiful brilliant jewels tones. As well you will fine a wide variety of prints from animal prints, floral prints and sweet polka dot bikinis.

Your bikini can be any wild color or pattern you want. Hot pinks, neon’s, and light blues are very popular. If you want the bohemian look you can go for jewel tones such as green, purple, red or royal blue. Also why not go crazy with another hot trend in swimwear with animal prints swimwear.

You do not have to be a skinny to look great in a bikini! In the Spring 2010 Bikini Collection we will see sophisticated looks, tie-dyes, ethnic prints and bright colors Bikini swimwear. The Sophisticated sexy bikini swimwear will be the theme for 2010 swimwear season.

Styling and details include reversible skimpy bottoms, underwire bras; studding and metal rings will be seen all over the beaches in 2010.Swimwear fashions will include bold and bright colors bikinis. Swimwear accents will include chunky cuff bracelets and large gold earrings. Some of the other popular colours will include a lot of hot pink, turquoise and bright green swimsuits. There were a lot of bikinis to pick from in 2010, including the favourites: string bikinis, bandeau cups and triangle cups.

Not quite ready to wear a sexy swimwear to the beach then maybe you should consider a Sexy Cut Away One Piece swimsuit. The Sexy Cut Away Swimsuit is a major trend of 2010 it’s a style being applied to bikinis and swimwear. It’s super sexy and it can be as subtle or as shredded as you’re comfortable with. If you’re going subtle with the cut away, you can definitely look into a bold color to sport along with this trend.

How to Dress Sexy & Look Good in Sexy Clothes

How to dress sexy, I’ve said it over and over that to come across as sexy is about you and not the clothes you wear. Think about it, hold the dress you tend on wearing out in front of you and what does it say, that’s right “nothing.” Now slip the dress over your curves and see the transformation. If you don’t have curves then add a wiggle to your walk and the dress once again will appear different? Do you see where I am going with this.

Fair enough a low cut dress with a bulging pair of breasts hanging over it, or tight jeans showing the shape of your bits in much intimate detail may no doubt be seen as sexy, but it can all so be seen as sluttish. So forget how to dress sexy and learn more on how to become sexy. To be sexy will include different things like how you present yourself, the way you act, the way you talk even the way you walk. The whole purpose of wanting to look sexy is usually for the sake of others, but it’s difficult because every person has their own opinion on what they see as sexy. So how is it done?

It’s a catch 22 situation if you’re out to impress this way. If we only knew what the other person is thinking would make things much easier, however we don’t, and it’s a chance you have to take. We don’t want the person you’re attracted to… see you as the village bike, but to perceive you as being sexy from the way you present yourself.

Sexy can happen even when wearing baggy pants or high neck blouse. It only takes little things like pouting the lips, wiggling the butt in rhythm with each step you take, or putting on a husky voice to work. But once again will this swing it for you in regards to the person who you want to see you as sexy dress. Maybe their perception of sexiness is judged if you like, on posture, the way a person laughs or smiles, or the way they sit with their legs crossed, the list is endless. As long as you remember it is not all about dressing sexy, but to be sexy is the key.

Usually, people who look for advice on how to dress sexy, look sexy, or change a body part so it looks more sexier – feel inadequate about them self for some reason or another. Many women gripe wanting their legs more shapely, their figure curvier or their teeth straightened. And these same women who gripe have perfectly shaped legs, an hourglass figure and teeth straighter than a level. So this tells us the problem lies with their way of thinking when it resorts to this.

Right Swimwear With Perfect Accessories

Several things are there to consider when buying the swimwear and accessories for a summer holiday. First you have to decide the type of holiday. Relaxing on a lounger by a hotel pool with a good book and a refreshing drink is very different from a holiday of days spent on the beach or an active holiday where you expect to be swimming, water-skiing and indulging in beach sports like volleyball.

When you are planning for an activity-packed water sports holiday an important consideration is that sexy swimwear which will be fit properly and stay in place with more energetic with the special activity. It will be more comfort and freedom from worries about swimwear slipping on a one-piece with straps would be the best solution.

This will not be the most important consideration when the idea will be having minimal activity beyond the occasional cooling dip in the pool but otherwise to relax and acquire a tan. A strapless, minuscule bikini or Brazilian thong will allow maximum exposure and minimum lines for those who either do not wish to or are not in a location where it is possible to go topless.

The location will dictate the kind of swimwear which will be acceptable to wear. The hotel pool or beach will be very flexible when the holidaymakers will be using facilities also used by locals in some countries where women are generally dressed more modestly even on the beach, a woman may feel more comfortable if she chooses swimwear that exposes less flesh, perhaps a one-piece with a small ruffle or skirt covering the tops of the legs, or a tankini rather than a bikini or brazilian style.

Whatever the type of holiday or the location most women want to look as good as possible preferably without having to spend a lot of time on keeping up the look, so it is important to finds the right swimwear, beachwear and accessories to feel confident and attractive.

With the sophisticated hotel poolside teaming a plain single-colour swimsuit with dramatic colourful flip flops and accessories and matching coloured beach towel makes a stylish, sophisticated statement. Or look for one pieces with attractive patterns, gold, silver or sequins around the top.

For shopping a holiday swimwear it is more important to try pieces and take a good look in the mirror as well as bending, stretching and walking around a little to get a feel for not only about your feel of attractive and flattered by the choice but also whether it will be comfortable enough to be able to “wear and forget”.

When you are buying swimwear online most of the companies will be having returns and replacement policy in place so that they will purchase be tried on at home. Sport-loving country where much of life is lived outdoors an online Australian swimwear store may offer the widest choice of accessories, jewellery and swimwear.

A few lingerie tips

I always get a lot of questions (text, pictures, etc) about lingerie; in Denton, I feel like I’ve kind of become the local resident lingerie specialist. I often get a lot of the same questions, so I wanted to compile some of the advice that I frequently give in one place. (And perhaps if I get more questions, I’ll do a follow-up to this post.) As always, it’s very difficult to diagnose some lingerie problems or give 100% always-accurate advice over the internet, so please take or leave this advice as you see fit!

Hydrogen Peroxide removes blood stains.

During my period, I usually only wear black panties (in true medieval doctor fashion); after all, it’s a cosmic law of the universe that every pair of underwear eventually becomes period underwear.

However, in the event that your brightly or lightly colored sexy panties do fall victim to this terrible fate, you can remove the blood stains with hydrogen peroxide. Just pour the hydrogen peroxide on the stain as quickly as possible, and watch it fizz away the blood. You may have to do some light scrubbing (if you use any water, it must be COLD) and depending on your stain, it may require a few applications, but it should significantly reduce the stain. I use a 3% solution (you can check the ingredient label for this) because anything above 10% might bleach your clothes. I also recommend testing this on a patch of the garment that isn’t readily visible before pouring a lot on it just to make sure you don’t bleach it out.

This only works BEFORE you’ve washed your underwear. Hot water will seal the stain, so make sure to get them as clean as possible before washing.

Aerie has the matching panties that you’re looking for.

I know I’ve posted about this before, but Aerie carries lovely undies in every shade. If they don’t have the shade you’re looking for now now, they will have it eventually. This takes a lot of pressure off of spending tons of money on matching sets. Not that we don’t like to all splurge once in a while – but if your budget is tight, I highly recommend checking out their selection of vintage lace.

Don’t just shop for sizes, shop for shapes.

Boobs come in a huge range of sizes, but they also come in VERY different shapes. Some are fuller at the bottom (sometimes called “shallow” or “tear-shaped”) whereas some are fuller at the top; some are more wide-set than others, and some women have naturally perky cleavage. All boobs look different. Do yourself a favor: don’t google this because you’ll find a ton of degrading descriptions and charts of breasts from plastic surgeons trying to capitalize on your insecurities. Just know that there is no such thing as “weirdly-shaped breasts.”

Since breasts come in a variety of shapes, it logically follows that some bra shapes will offer you better support than others. Trying on various fits of bras can help you discover what you like best. As a shallow cup, I personally prefer 1/2 or 1/4 cup bras, balconet bras, or triangle bras – but of course that’s just my personal preference. Experiment with molding, no molding, padding, no padding, t-shirt, full coverage, and various other bra silhouettes – you may find that you have a preference, too.

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Store your lingerie in an over-the-door shoe organizer.

True, it’s not the most elegant way to store lingerie, but it’s a great way to save space and to make your undies easily accessible (I personally hate digging through drawers). It also keeps your bras from stretching on hangers or getting flattened/squished in a drawer. If you have full-cup bras, they may not fit comfortably into the pockets, in which case this solution may only work for your panties, garters, and hosiery. Don’t try to force your bras to fit in, or you may damage the shape of them.

Mine is mesh because I like to be able to see everything in each pocket, but any will work. I got mine from the Container Store several years ago, but I don’t see the same shoe organizer on their website. I like this one on Amazon.

And yes, mine (pictured right) is vaguely color-coded. I’m very detail-oriented!

Lastly, some of my favorite lingerie blogs to follow are The Lingerie Addict and The Lingerie Lesbian. Both of their blogs constantly feature great articles on bra fit, bra styles, lingerie designers (both big & independent), and even social topics surrounding lingerie. It also helps that they are both just all-around wonderful ladies.

WHAT TO TOSS AND WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR LINGERIE DRAWER

Whether you are pregnant or just had a baby, you will need to organize your lingerie into three piles: toss, keep and store for later organization. Jenny Altman noted that it is important to be realistic about what deserves valuable drawer space. Here are some of her tips on how to get organized.

Toss: Anything that is torn, frayed, has wires popping out or has not been worn in two plus years should be tossed. Our sizes change often as we get older and have babies, so that tiny little thong and bra you once wore may never fit again. And even if they do (one day’?¦far, far away’?) what are the chances you’??ll want to wear something that old. Clearing out space makes room for new purchases and that always feels good!

Keep: Bras, panties and camis that worked for the 3-4 months before your pregnancy will probably work right after pregnancy. Try to purchase your nursing bras at month seven or eight so they are a worthy investment. You can wear them towards the end when your breasts keep growing and after baby when you are nursing. Make these functional pieces the main feature of your drawer so that you aren’??t feeling guilty when you spot the lacey treat you once wore first thing in the am. It’??s a good thing, pregnancy, so get excited about what that porn-star size bra is telling you-a baby is coming!

Store for later: If you have space, even just room at the top of your closet for a storage box, you may keep any bras and sexy panties that you were wearing within the year before your pregnancy. They may fit again, so if you loved these items, spent a small fortune on them, or found them comfortable, hold onto them. BUT-proceed with caution. You are keeping them as a maybe, since they may not work post-baby. Make sure to re-visit the storage box within a year and see if it was worth keeping aside. If items don’??t fit by then, make a promise to yourself to toss them and buy some new goodies that will make you feel sexy and excited to wear.

Announcing Triumph Lingerie’s ‘Stand Up for Fit’ Campaign!

Last year, Triumph Lingerie put down roots in the United States for the first time ever. After introducing themselves to US customers with the well-received opening of their e-commerce boutique in November 2013, the classic German lingerie company is now ready to take that relationship to the “next level” (so to speak) with their global “Stand Up for Fit” campaign.

In a survey conducted by Triumph International, respondents only spent an average of $145 per year per on their lingerie…compared to an average of $660 per year on shoes. This same survey found that 76% of respondents chose a bra based on color or style (as opposed to fit) and that 30% of respondents had never even been fit for bra. Through their international “Stand Up for Fit” campaign, Triumph sexy lingerie intends to give 100,000 women worldwide a bra fitting by the end of 2014.

Triumph-Stand-Up-For-Fit-InfographicIn case you haven’t heard of this company before, Triumph International is one of the oldest lingerie names in the world. Founded in 1886 by Michael Braun and Johann Gottfried Spiesshofer (they’re still owned by these two founding families!), Triumph got its start in a barn in Wurttemberg, Germany with a staff of only six people. In 1902, this fledgling lingerie company (which originally specialized in corsets) was renamed “Triumph” after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In 1922, the company created its first bra and in 1933, they began to expand abroad – first in Switzerland, then to Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, and Finland. In 1960, they began expanding into Asia with branches in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, The Phillippines, and China. Today, Triumph Lingerie has over 35,000 employees and is sold in 120 countries. Despite its modern-day size however, Triumph’s dedication to quality, fit and craftsmanship is the same.