Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENEWYORK

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

“I think [this trend] has to be connected with the global movement of women owning their power, accepting their bodies and their sensuality.” – Minka of MilaKrasna.

Collard shirts and tight pencil skirts make way—BDSM-inspired lingerie is the new power suit for women who want to own their confidence and feel more powerful. Taking cues from boss dominatrixes who know how to get what they want, many mainstream and independent brands spotted at CURVENEWYORK are now incorporating latex, harnesses and leather into their collections.

This fashion trend wasn’t sparked on the runway, but rather in the many conversations and movements in society that center around women’s rights and sexuality. “For me the bondage-inspired trends maybe reflect this as a way of taking back control, the ultimate power play,” says Elissa Grainger, owner of Elissa Poppy, a line known for the use of Lacetex, a fabric that latex and lace.

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

“I think it has to be connected with the global movement of women owning their power, accepting their bodies and their sensuality,” adds Minka of MilaKrasna, a fashion-forward line of bodywear that is heavily bondage-inspired.

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

Another woman who can speak to this new trend is author, Lindsay Goldwert. Her new book, BOW DOWN: Lessons from Dominatrixes on How to Get Everything You Want will be released in January. Lindsay is not a dominatrix, but she interviewed plenty to write her book, which teaches women how to say what they want by being honest and direct. “I followed all the advice from a dominatrix and it has changed my life,” says Lindsay. “It’s about having higher standards for yourself and saying what you mean.”

Lindsay agrees that your apparel choices heavily weigh into how you feel. “You have to project what you feel on the inside,” she says.

“We all know that great fitting, aesthetically pleasing, well-made lingerie makes us feel great,” adds Elissa. “But there is also something special about those powerful, bondage-inspired pieces. It creates a mood in the wearer, as if they’re unstoppable, the ultimate confidence boost.”

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

The bondage-inspired details that are making their way into mainstream collections are easy to incorporate into your own wardrobe. As Lindsay says, you don’t have to go full kink to enjoy the boost you get from wearing the gear. Read on for a few of the top trends presented at this past August’s CURVENY show to see how you can wear them.

Strappy Details

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

Start off slow with bras and bodysuits that incorporate strappy, banded details. Adjustable elastic straps are comfortable and easy to wear under your clothing. A gorgeous strappy bra is great peeking out from under the neckline of a dress or under a sheer top. Bluebella’s AW19 collection features several strappy bras that will make you feel like you rule the world. The provocative Bree Bra features edgy cut-outs on the cups with elasticated banding leading up from the underwires and forming the completely adjustable doubled shoulder straps. The combination of thick and thin straps lends a fresh take to this established trend.

MilaKrasna SS20

Beyond the bedroom, you can show off your inner strength at the gym with MilaKrasna’s Gina Bra, which incorporates strappy details, while providing enough support for a high-intensity workout with breathable, 4-way stretch material. The all-black style is chic, but we also love how the black straps pop against the red in the top cherry version of the bra.

We have been making bondage-inspired bodywear for quite some time,” says Minka. “Our first pieces were actually lingerie-inspired dancewear, so it was quite natural to draw from bondage aesthetics.”

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

The bondage look can even work for brides. Studio Pia’s Clea Cage Bra, which features ivory silk lined adjustable straps and 24k gold plated hardware, is our pick for finding your power while honeymooning.

Harnesses

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

For another great option, consider a harness. Layer it over an ordinary bra to spice up your look, or wear it alone. The Andi Harness from Colette & Sebastian is a great option because it features adjustable elastic straps with a single line chest strap and choker that promises to give you confidence in any situation.

Milakrasna makes a sportier harness, the Carly Body Harness can be worn over any set for a major ego boost. Thanks to a breathable, 4-way stretch, soft-touch material it also feels good on.

Latex

Bondage and BDSM-inspired Lingerie Trends at CURVENY

If you’re feeling brave, perhaps the latex styles from Elissa Poppy will help you bring out your inner dominatrix. “It’s a fabric that to some people seems unconventional, sometimes almost harsh, but what most don’t know is how natural and sustainable it truly is,” says Elissa.

Elissa Poppy customers are layering items from the line with their everyday clothing. The Zeta Zip Corset looks empowering paired with heels and great-fitting jeans, and the Beta Biker Short is a latex version of this season’s on-trend active silhouette.

“I see it as a leather replacement, but what is great about the material is how adaptive it is, and I think that’s why I love it so much,” Elissa adds.

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Think you can’t wear latex? Lindsay Goldwert had the same feeling as she did research for her book. “I get it,” she says. “Latex is tight.” But when a dominatrix she was interviewing encouraged her to try it on she did, and she felt it’s transformative powers. She says wearing it made her immediately strike a pose, (which she says should be a requirement when selecting power lingerie pieces,) and helped her channel her confidence to demand respect. If you’ve never thought about your innerwear as such a powerful tool, now is perfect time to give it a shot.

Learn more about CURVE

Website: https://curve-newyork.com/
Email: georgina@curvexpo.com

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Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

“We transferred our expertise into the activewear world with new fabrics, functionality and accessories resulting in a range that offers exceptional performance” —Josie-Anne Le Diouron

From hitting the gym after work to a weekend powerwalk in the park with friends, keeping fit and doing sport has become a routine part of our daily lives. And naturally, we want to look good doing it. We want sportswear that is both chic and functional and will hold up well to the rigors of regular exercise.

French lingerie brand Empreinte has been fine-tuning its fit and support since 1946 – a timeline that includes 12 years of expertise in seamless lingerie – and now it’s taking that savoir-faire and channeling it into the brand’s first-ever activewear line, IN-PULSE.

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

“Empreinte has always been focused on women’s well-being through its lingerie that provides both a unique fit and a style infused with French elegance,” says Empreinte North America’s Marketing Coordinator Josie-Anne Le Diouron, “Our know-how combined with our desire to offer women the freedom to move as they want in their everyday life naturally led us to explore the activewear segment, a segment that is no longer only reserved for sportspersons.”

INITIALE

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

INITIALE, the debut IN-PULSE range, comprises a seamless sports bra, a shorty, and matching leggings for a perfectly-coordinated look. The three pieces are available in a choice of graphite grey or light and rosy pink. Incorporated into the designs are metallic panels and shimmering stripes, for a contemporary ‘sports chic’ vibe.

IN-PULSE is the culmination of three years of development, research, and rigorous testing. “We transferred our expertise into the activewear world with new fabrics, functionality, and accessories resulting in a range that offers exceptional performance,” says Josie-Anne.

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

The INITIALE sports bra is underwired, but you wouldn’t know it from how it feels. “We made the choice to have wires on our sports bra as in a regular bra,” she adds, “since they give extra support and help with creating a beautiful separation of the breast. However, these wires are integrated into the structure of the bra so that they cannot be felt on the body during activities.”

Support with Shape

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

The bra, although designed to be lightweight, significantly reduces bounce even for fuller busts, and even for high-intensity sports. Many sports bras have racerback or crossover straps for added support, and the INITIALE includes that option. It has discreet clasp fastenings where the cups join to the straps, allowing you to easily convert them to a crossover style without taking the bra off.

The wiring keeps the breasts separated and lifted, rather than flattening them as some cheaper, compression-based sports bras do. Available in C-H cup sizes, the INITIALE sports bra will keep you feeling both confident and comfortable, whether you’re darting across a tennis court or powering through a kick-boxing class.

Function and Fashion

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

The range also uses fabrics that are soft to the touch, with the cups made from a spacer fabric for breathability and rapid drying. The shorty has flat seams and a chic-but-comfy wide elastic waistband. While the leggings use durable EMANA fabric that boosts comfort and provides SPF 50+ UV protection for your outdoor workouts.

Overall, INITIALE is a fantastic entrance into the activewear market from Empreinte – it’s functional, which is the most important thing in fitness wear of course, but clearly an equal amount of thought has been put into making it attractive. The leggings especially are something you can put on for the gym and then keep wearing as stylish athleisurewear afterward.

IN-PULSE launches in stores in December 2019, with RRPs of $188 for the bra (available in 32-42C, 28-42 D-F, 30-40G, and 30-36H), $83 for the shorty (available in XXS-XXL), and $166 for the leggings (available in XS-L).

Learn more about Empreinte IN-PULSE

Website: https://www.empreinte.eu/
Email: ja.lediouron@empreinte.eu

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Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

 

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

 

Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE
Empreinte Enters the Activewear Market with IN-PULSE

 

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

If you’re thinking of gifting that loved one something for their lingerie drawer or you’re just exploring what’s out there so you can drop some not so subtle hints to you-know-who for Valentine’s Day, then you are in for a treat.

We have pulled together some Valentine’s Day goodies from some of the best independent brands on the market for your consideration. As usual there’s something for everyone, including exceptional craftsmanship and a chance to support wonderful niche market brands.

Sensational Sets

Although it’s traditional to give red lingerie for Valentine’s Day, this doesn’t have to be the status quo for you. If you choose a standout piece that’s full of thoughtful and unique details that wows the receiver, then job done, no matter the color. But do remember to give the matching accessories if the color combo or style will be too hard to match with anything the receiver already owns.

Frankie by Dora Larsen

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

Dora Larsen is known for fearlessness with color palettes and making a mix of colors look beautifully uniform. We see this in the Frankie Underwire bra set. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the fun combination of bubblegum and sky blue, topped with mustard eyelash lace? This bra is not just a playful merge of colors. Its silky soft microfiber fabric is geared towards comfort and it’s shaped to provide all-day support for everyday wear, even past Valentine’s Day. Frankie is available end of January.

Aphrodite Collection by Studio Pia

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If you’re still feeling a bit cagey about what really works as a gift for the season of love, get a close-up of the Aphrodite Collection by Studio Pia. Of course, inspired by the mythical beauty and appeal of Greek goddess of love and passion, Aphrodite, this Valentine’s collection features the exquisite Naida Multiway Basque and oh so daring Clea Coral Cage Bra.

Your receiver will, no doubt, feel as though they have opened a treasure chest when they unwrap the Naida Multiway Basque and view its decadent bespoke coral embroidery trimmed in the brand’s luxurious signature cruelty-free silk-satin in stunning gold.

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

And what better way to strengthen the bonds of love than with the kink-inspired Clea Cage Bra set in charming Coral Pink—the perfect gift for those who don’t want to be tied to a traditional Valentine’s look. The opulent open strappy bra can be paired with multiway harness suspender, strap thong or waist strap knicker to complete that bondage-luxe look that says “pretty in kink” on the night.

Naida and Clea collections are available to order from mid to late January.

NOS Unpadded Bra and High Brief by Ultra Violet Lingerie

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

This black unpadded bra, made of lace, is very soft and comfortable. The wire ensures enough firmness and the soft cups fit the breast nicely.

Combine this unpadded bra with the matching High Brief. The essential high brief is made of micro combined with lace. It’s ideal to wear underneath a high waist jeans or high pencil skirt.

Alluring Lounge

Giving loungewear can be a safer option when you don’t know what kind of lingerie your receiver will appreciate, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Rich hues and flattering shapes can make the difference between “okay” lounge and “oh yes” lounge.

Faith Collection by V.O.SHE (VersionsOfShe)

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

A girl could be easily wined and dined in the comfort of her home in this luxurious Silk PJ Shorts Set in robust Merlot from the Faith Collection by V.O.SHE as it’s easy to wear button down nightshirt and tap style shorts provide the perfect transition between lying around for the evening and settling down for the night.

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

Your receiver will also be tickled pink by the brand’s pretty and versatile Pink Frost co-ordinates, inclusive of Silk Cami, Jogger and Silk Nightgown to be enjoyed anyway she pleases on Valentine’s Day. The Faith Collection is currently available from V.O.SHE.

Charming Contrasts

Black and white lingerie is highly coveted during any season, so why not combine the two for an unexpected duo that works so well together for the season of love and beyond? Classic Black under pure white means your receiver doesn’t have to choose between two unbeatable colors.

Special Edition Silk Chiffon Caftan by Carol Coelho Intimates

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

If you are lucky enough to be a bride on Valentine’s Day, this sheer silk chiffon Caftan with skillfully placed 3D floral embroidery by bridal expert Carol Coelho could be just the thing to get married life off to a glamorous start. The pure white sheer fabric is perfect for teasing on its own or with a sexy black layer underneath. And the side slit isn’t just captivating, it’s practical too. This item is available for special order/delivery for Valentine’s Day.

Cocktails & Conversation by Belle D’Amour

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Together, these two things could lead anywhere on Valentine’s Day. This beautiful combo of Black high apex lace bralette and sheer high-waisted skirt will make a unique and jaw-dropping statement on your night. Transparent fabric makes its perfect for layering with different briefs or you can swap the black bra for a dramatic white bralette or body for an elegantly contrasted muse.

Annabel by Something Wicked

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

You can’t go wrong with something black and sexy like the Annabel by Something Wicked. This ouvert harness bra in delicate French Chantilly lace will get a “Oui, merci” from the wearer, especially when paired with provocative overt mini brief and figure-loving suspender belt. This could be a great reveal under an elegant white cover-up.
Emancipation by Carol Coelho

Frontier by Carol Coelho Intimates

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

This teaser from Carol Coelho’s Frontier collection will make your receiver look fantastic from all angles. The sweet crinkle tulle and Chantilly lace nightie has an irresistible open back that will be hard to ignore with equally dramatic white or black underwear.

Traditional Treats

If you can’t do Valentine’s Day without red lingerie or something on the spectrum, these goodies will add color to your day.

The Body by Elissa Poppy

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands
This uber sexy red wonder from the Elissa Poppy RTW collection has been featured in Vogue India and Wonderland Magazine and is perfect for the drama queen who likes to be seen. It’s super plunged front and rear neckline and reinforced choker panel detail will tick a lot of boxes on the gift list including a discount of 15% off in the brand’s Valentine’s Edit.

Ana by Dora Larsen

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

This delicious half pad balconette in Cranberry stretch tulle with Flamingo Pink lace overlay and matching curve-loving high waist knicker could just be the cherry on top for someone this Valentine’s Day. Available to F cup, this style is pretty but supportive too.

Cocktails & Conversation by Belle D’Amour

This piece will speak for itself as an ideal gift when it comes to the ultimate in traditional Valentine’s Day lingerie. It’s designed to show off all your best assets from all sides. What more can we say?

NOS Body by Ultra Violet Lingerie

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

The essential body is fully made of lace. The body has long sleeves and a closure back in the neck. The body has a low back and a snap closure at the bottom. Wear this body as a part of your outfit. Combine this body with a high waist pants or skirt. Wear a bra with matching color underneath it, so you can wear this body as a beautiful top!

Wild Cards

Still unsure about what you want to give or receive? Animal inspired prints are usually a must-have, so why not pull a wild card?

Leopard Corset by Elissa Poppy

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands
Drive your receiver wild with this leopard print corset by Elissa Poppy. This piece is curve cinching and cleavage boosting in lustrous latex that laces up in the back. For an even more fierce look, pair it with the matching brief and stay ups. Get it in the brand’s Valentine’s Edit at 15% discount.

Butterfly Beach by Summer Wildes

Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands

If you’re lucky enough that your Valentine’s Day plans include a quick getaway or a spa break, this retro-inspired bikini by Summer Wildes will make your heart flutter. The haltered styling and playful butterfly print on light pink background is a bold statement of contemporary vintage style. For a full-on throwback to the 80s this style comes with matching hair scrunchie to tame flyaway tresses whilst you’re on the go. And since we’re back to loving scrunchies, why not save this butterfly print for Spring?

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Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands
Ones to Watch: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Up-And-Coming Brands