agent provocateur christmas gift ideas
It has taken no time at all for London to don itself in its Christmas best, and therefore kick off the festive frenzy. Alongside the holiday cheer, music, food, et al, everyone’s got Christmas lists on the brain.

So, fellas: I’m here to help you first. While lingerie tends to be one of the most popular gifts given to women in relationships, I feel that there are two very important things to consider before buying a lovely lady some lingerie:
1. Does she want lingerie? Some women love it, some women don’t. If it’s not ‘on her list’ or not something she would typically invest in, lingerie may be more of a gift for you than it is for her.
2. What kind of lingerie do you buy? In my opinion, lingerie should be classy and luxurious – especially when it is a gift. For me, nothing beats the quality and style of Agent Provocateur, hence my very handy Christmas gift ideas guide, below.

Shop Agent Provocateur:
Agent Provocateur Petale Noir Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml
‘Penelope’ Corset
Idalia non-padded demi bra
‘Vanesa’ Underwire Demi Bra
Esthar suspenders
Lucila body

problem solving lingerie
Shapewear, sculptwear, and ‘problem-solving’ lingerie are all notoriously unpretty. Though the majority of pieces are not designed to be seen (ahem, cop out), the likelihood that they will be – all hoisted and nipped into Victoria’s Secret Fashion show perfection – is huge.

I found my new favourite piece of problem-solving lingerie in the treasure trove of the M&S website. Having a pretty large chest for my frame, I find any off the shoulder dress or top hard to wear. Since there is no pretty way to say it…strapless bras have a knack of slipping to my waist. Not a good look.

With this gorgeous piece, you get shapewear that supports a strapless bra (detachable straps) and stops it from shifting. Available up to a DD cup, the garment fastens at the gusset, is underwired, trimmed with lace, and creates a sleek silhouette all the way down to the invisible panty line.

I can comfortably bare shoulders for the first time since puberty. Can I get a “hell yes!”?

Dresses pictured:
Halter neck top from Versace
Lace dress from Lydia Bright
Ditsy print slip dress from River Island
Augusta Tie Front Dress from PJK Patterson J. Kincaid

wolford ss13
Though Wolford have always been my go-to brand for fabulous legwear (“legcessories”) and lingerie, it has taken me quite some time to warm up to their ready-to-wear collection. Thankfully, they have combined glamorous layering with a 1980s ‘couture’ silhouette for Spring/Summer 2013 and I have fallen head over heels.

Last week I headed over to their showroom to preview the collection and couldn’t help but whip out the old iPad to snap it in all its glory. Wolford have taken inspiration from the likes of Greta Garbo, trompe l’œil paint splash effects, and renowned fashion illustrator Rene Gruau to divide the collection into three colourful themes – ‘Holiday Resort’, ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’ – which feature major embellishments and figure-flattering technicality. An incredibly sexy and elegant accomplishment for the brand.

wolford ss13

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Nina Ricci SS12
Though Peter Copping got a real upper hand on the lingerie trend when he presented his designs for Nina Ricci Resort, he carried his beautifully seductive pieces through to the brand new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ”Zina“.

While it was named after the artist who designed prints for Nina Ricci in the 1930‘s, Zina de Plagny, the artist’s collaborative new century florals were above and beyond.

That said, it was not only the florals that had my heart racing. Dressed up sheaths, delicate underpinnings, and even a coat which was enveloped between two layers of grey chiffon, quilted with silver thread. He cohesively designed a collection that appeals to both a daywear and couture customer. I die. View Post

Belle Vere Vogue Italia
Hell yes, Vogue Italia. This curve-packed cover of the fashion bible was shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Edward Enninful, and is the first VI cover to feature a plus sized model – let alone three – in over ten years. With a weight-blind first glance, I knew the sexiness of this cover would cause a riot. The only thing I would have changed is the food in the photo; I dislike finding food as an ever-present prop in almost every fuller-figured photo shoot, and feel it adds nothing here. Regardless, you’re doing the fashion world proud, Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley. Minxes.