Saturday, January 26, 2008

Made by Niki lingerie, a new look for VS & also some competition

Made by Niki is a collectible lingerie brand featuring limited edition pieces.
Brand Overview: 'Niki', which was voted a top 20 brand alongside major players Cacharel, Galliano and Diesel [1], has exploded into the global lingerie arena. Customers can have their purchases personalised, and for the more discerning customer, Niki also offers Numbered Limited Editions. [1] Source: WGSN from Paris, Salon International de la Lingerie February 2007 About Niki: Niki McMorrough was formerly a diarist and writer for Lingerie Buyer magazine and The Sunday Telegraph, and was Head of Marketing for Ministry of Sound and Turner Broadcasting. She trained in lingerie design and business at London College of Fashion, London College of Printing, De Montfort University and Royal Holloway University of London, finally giving up an award-winning career so that she could launch her own label.
National Geographic video overview of the bra--history & fit

In unglamorous Fayetteville NC a new look for Victoria's Secret stores is abut to be unveiled (as reported in the 26 JAn 08 Fayetteville Observer:
Victoria’s Secret revealed

There was another revelation at the mall this week — although this one was kept under tight security.

The new Victoria’s Secret opened Friday. Photographer Cindy Burnham and I were escorted by the mall’s marketing manager to see the new digs, although taking photos of the store was a no-no. I guess they were afraid we’d run a photo of someone in their skivvies.

Anyway, the store is a new prototype for the lingerie and sleepwear purveyor and has more space for its frilly unmentionables.

For the first time, the company’s entire beauty line will be available for sale here. It includes makeup, skin care, hair care and perfume products.

There is also an expanded line of PINK apparel and an exclusive line of Italian lingerie called Intimissimi.

The new store is very hip, colorful and bumpin’ with loud pop music.

Some competition for VS?
The most recent retailer to announce its entrance into this competition is Abercrombie & Fitch. They recently announced their new Gilly Hicks Sydney store, an Australian-themed line that is expecting to rival competitors. Abercrombie & Fitch is being very secretive about this new line. However, its Web site,, suggests that the store intends to reach an older and more sophisticated clientele compared with Aerie and Pink.

Did Victoria Secret open the door for a competitor to become the new name for sexy lingerie? Gilly Hicks' Web site has an 18-and-older disclaimer prior to entering the site and viewing the promotional video. If you think Victoria Secret commercials are too racy, you should steer clear from viewing Gilly Hicks' promotional video. Will Gilly Hicks compete with Victoria Secret and draw them back to their roots? Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Not quite related websites

This blog from Izabella is intriguing. She obviously spends a lot of time online & in her workshop to sell her collages. This website combines some of my favorite distractions in vintage-appearing collages with that sepia look & colors from the early 20th century, pin-ups and lingerie related good-girl cheesecake. There are lots of Spanish & medieval Christian themes.

Her work is inspirational as I explore illustrating my journals.

This site reminds me of Dave McKean and his collages brought to the mainstream through the hugely popular Sandman graphic novels--covers by McKean and stories by Neil Gaiman--from the Vertigo imprint.

The erotics of type describes a history of fonts created around the eroticism of the human body. There are several alphabets created with human forms.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Antique Corset--Unmentionables Exhibit

From Medieval times to the invention of elastic and spandex, undergarments were used as the foundation for the fashionable silhouette. The corset was the most important of all women’s underwear; in addition to supporting and molding the figure it had the advantage of erotic appeal.

Welcome to Antique Corset, dedicated to the history of elusive and frivolous Unmentionables with special emphasis on Corsetry and Shaping Garments used to create the fashionable silhouette.

Featuring exhibits of corsets, stays, hoops, bustles, chemises, petticoats, bloomers, bust bodices/ enhancers, teddies, knickers, brassieres, falsies, girdles, panties, garters, stockings, slips and lingerie.