Saturday, 31 March 2012

2012 International Lingerie Design Competition

I have something super exciting to share today - I've just launched the Esty Lingerie 2012 International Lingerie Design Competition! Open to anyone in the world aged 16 or over, the brief is to design a lingerie set that sums up 'summer' for you. You have until June 15th to enter and can submit multiple designs for consideration, so there's plenty of time to come up with your perfect summertime lingerie set!

Visit Esty Lingerie to see full details including terms and conditions of entry, plus you can check out my interview with the 2011 winner Charlotte to see the design that won last year's competition.

 Who's going to be entering?

Sunday, 18 March 2012

10 Gorgeous Luxury Latex Lingerie Sets

It's time for another latex themed blog! Just check out these gorgeous pictures that prove that latex can be just as beautiful and luxurious as any other kind of lingerie...

Kaori Hot Lips latex bra $95 and brief $90
How adorable is this pretty white set with 3D red lips all over it?

Ooh La Latex Pink Polkadot corset £318
I absolutely love this girly polkadot corset with co-ordinated gloves - they do a matching skirt too.

Vengeance Designs black latex and lace bra, thong, garter belt, gloves and thigh-highs - $300 for the set
This is the one of the very few sets where you'll find latex next to normal lace (as opposed to latex filigree lace) and I love it!
Trรจs Bonjour Diamond Queen basque €649, gloves €119 and thong €119
It's expensive, but this is the Agent Provocateur of latex lingerie (featuring that gorgeous latex filigree I mentioned).

Collective Chaos Retro bullet bra $150 and brief $115
Here's another example of why latex and lace is the perfect combination - they'll make this one in almost any colour combination too.
Daniel Herman Bicolour halter bra €164.25 and brief €111.75
I love anything monochrome - this bra set is available in white with black trim, or black with white trim.
Abigail Graydanus Bettie latex bra $145 and garter brief $135
I love 2-in-1 knickers and suspender belts designed to look like separates. This one has a pretty ruffle trim and bow front - gorgeous!

Atsuko Kudo Love pink leopard bra £185, brief (price not specified) and gloves £39.17
Masters of luxury latex, Atsuko Kudo have designed this very kitsch looking leopard print bra set...

Atsuko Kudo Lady P bra (price not specified), brief £97.50 and suspender (price not specified)
...and this much more luxurious looking Lady P lingerie set with matching latex stockings!

Kaori Peacock body suit $420
Back to Kaori to finish - I love the black cut-out detail on this body!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

All Things Bright and Beautiful - Colourful Lingerie at Agent Provocateur

Spring is (almost) here and what better way to celebrate than with some gorgeous, colourful lingerie to get you in that summery mood? Here are some of my favourite pieces on offer at Agent Provocateur right now...

Rizzo by Agent Provocateur - Bra £85, Suspender £85, Brief £55, Thong £45
Rowana by Agent Provocateur - Bra £110, Suspender £110, High Waisted Brief £145, Thong £75
Alina by Agent Provocateur - Bra £110, Brief £110, Babydoll £345
Francoise by Agent Provocateur - Bra £100, Suspender £65, Brief £65, Thong £50
Visit Agent Provocateur now!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

12 Pairs of Leg Avenue Stockings Up For Grabs - Plus 10% Off Hosiery

Thanks to the success of my recent Win Your Dream Corset competition (which I'm currently in the process of sewing up for the lucky winner), I thought I'd launch yet another giveaway to give everyone another chance at getting their hands on some gorgeous lingerie freebies. Here's what's up for grabs this time...

1st Prize
6 Pairs of Leg Avenue Stockings

2nd and 3rd Prizes
3 Pairs of Leg Avenue Stockings Each

That's a grand total of 12 pairs of Leg Avenue stockings by this luxurious hosiery and lingerie brand that I'll be giving away. Please note that the winners will each receive a selection of beautiful stockings, available in Regular or Plus sizes, that may not match the images above but each pair will be different! 

10% Off Hosiery
Leg Avenue sell everything from opaque stockings and lace hold ups to sheer styles and seamed stockings, and if you can't wait for this competition to end I'm also giving all of my customers 10% off all hosiery at until the end of March - just pop code STOCKINGUP in at checkout to redeem!

How to Enter
To enter this fabulous competition, all you have to do is follow or subscribe to this blog, then pop a comment below to let me know you've done so. Don't forget to leave your email address too as I've had trouble getting in touch with winners in the past and couldn't send them their prizes! Entry closes at midnight on March 31st 2012 and the winners will be contacted via email on 1st April. I will post worldwide.

Esty x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

'Unusual' lingerie at Ann Summers, part two!

A few months back I wrote a post about the weird and wonderful lingerie on sale at Ann Summers which turned out to be my second most-read blog post of all time, so here is an equally strange, bizarre and totally wacky Part Two...

Ann Summers Anima chemise, £20
Topping the list for crazy lingerie has got to be this Anima 'chemise' - not that it resembles any chemise I've ever seen before! Ann Summers describes it as 'absolutely unique', I describe it as 'absolutely insane'. Has anyone actually bought this I wonder?

Ann Summers Black Swan Chemise Dress, now £40 (was £50)
Part of their Black Swan collection (inspired by the recent film perhaps?) this rather odd little lace babydoll is trimmed with feathers and is, in my opinion, just a little bit over the top. I like the idea of simple lace with a feather trim, but random patches of feathers over my boobs? No thanks...

Ann Summers Ego body, £25
Not one for the fainthearted, this feathery concoction is definitely unique! It's probably best worn alone and not under any tight-fitting clothes though...

Ann Summers Robyn chemise, £22
I've been toying with the idea of designed a corset with a babydoll over the top for some time now, so it's nice to see I'm not the only one who thinks lingerie could do with some layering. This chemise is quite cute - the only think that puts me off is the name, Robyn, which makes me think of Batman and Robin and turns that cute chiffon layer into a cartoon-style cape in my mind!

Ann Summers Naomi cupless bra, £18 and crotchless brief, £16
It's not everyday you see the words 'high waisted brief' and 'crotchless' used together, but this Naomi lingerie set somehow combines the two and it doesn't look as weird as I might have imagined. It's weird - a cupless bra and crotchess brief bring to mind a much sexier look, but the baby pink colour and big rose corsages make this set altogether more girly and cute!

Ann Summers Mariah bra and thong set, £18
More along the lines of your traditional peep-hole bra and crotchless thong, this Mariah set by Ann Summers is still very unique with it's unusual, sequined butterfly design!

What do you think, is any of this wearable? Or only good for the picture...

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Lingerie Love: Bubbles by Agent Provocateur

Whoever said industrial net is tacky, I think you've just been proven wrong...

Bubbles by Agent Provocateur - bra £95, thong £75 and suspender £100

I've just found this gorgeous lingerie set, Bubbles, over on the Agent Provocateur website, and am totally, utterly, completely in love with it! 

The set is made from a very high-quality, wide fishnet-style fabric with gold rings and lots of elastic. It's a weird but beautiful mix of fetish, swimwear and very high class lingerie!

The Bubbles range also includes a gorgeous high-waisted brief for £125 and a cupless teddy for £245.

I love that Agent Provocateur come up with new and unique designs all the time, and manage to make ever single one looking more luxurious than anything you've seen before. If anyone can make fishnet super classy, it's definitely AP.

Agent Provocateur vs Leg Avenue - The Bodystocking Debate

Agent Provocateur Mercy Body, £245
Leg Avenue Bow Lace Bodystocking, £8.99

I was just browsing the Agent Provocateur website and saw they've launched a body stocking, something quite unusual for them - I don't remember seeing one on the site before, anyway.


I'll admit, the Mercy Body by Agent Provocateur is absolutely gorgeous, made from a beautiful, 
expensive-looking lace with a built-in boned waspie for a tiny waist and with a matching thong available. However, I'm left wondering if it's really worth the £245 price tag...

Over at Esty Lingerie, I sell a gorgeous Leg Avenue bodystocking made from black lace, that has a similar suspender style. It's not the same, but it sure is similar. Of course (of course) the Agent Provocateur bodystocking is going to be higher quality, but what I am not sure is about is whether it is £236 worth of extra quality - the bodystocking by Leg Avenue is only £8.99 at Esty Lingerie after all!

I think that if you are going to splash out well over £200 on some luxury lingerie, you're far better off spending it on a really expensive looking basque or corset - no matter how well-made it is, lace always gets small catches and pulls after a number of wears and won't stay looking perfect for very long, whereas a well-cared for corset can last for years, decades even.

For those body stocking addicts who have money to burn, then the Agent Provocateur Mercy bodystocking is most likely the prettiest, sexiest one you will ever buy. For everyone else though, stick with the cheaper Leg Avenue version - you can even buy five different designs to have a bit of variety, and probably won't have spent more than £50!

UK Chocolate Photoshoot - Magazine Now Live

I recently designed a couple of pieces for UK Chocolate Magazine (which is re-branding to UK Gent Magazine), the March issue of the magazine is now live and you can check it out here.