Scandalously Seductive: The vintage shapewear brand Scandale is reborn with sexy and functional allure.

Balconette bra by Scandale

Balconette bra by Scandale

Look up the word siren and you’ll find it defined as a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive. This quality is beautifully captured in the Sirene Collection, the new incarnation of the classic French shapewear brand Scandale. It was created in 1932 when corsetry and hosiery maker Robert Perrier applied new fabric presented to him by a salesman to the then restrictive lace-up designs of the day and revolutionized the market with a softer wearing experience so delectable that his assistant describe it as a scandal. Flash forward 70 years and Scandale has reemerged to once again scandalize the shapewear industry with vintage-inspired designs updated with state-of-the-art fabrics and construction that today’s women are bound to find irresistible. Scandale certainly worked its magic on me. When I saw it I bought it up in a snap. Part of our credo at The Pink Slip.com is to bring glamour to women in every facet of their intimates wardrobe and shapewear is no exception. The addition of Scandale to our offerings is another example of our dedication to creating a beautiful lingerie experience for our customers. This line flatters your physique with amazingly soft fabrics that shape without squeezing your body. Think of it as contouring. The Sirene Collection is designed to give women a perfect “S” curve silhouette, defining and enhancing the bust, waist and hip proportions through heritage-inspired detailing and curved seaming with sleek paneling. Best of all, the Sirene line looks great. You can’t help but feel womanly in Scandale’s gorgeous designs that are both retro and thoroughly modern in feel. Sophisticated color blocking in metallic gray and black has a chic flair that recalls the pin-up glamour of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake. Ladies, this is shapewear with style. Here are just a few of the selection we offer.

The Scandale Sirene Balconette Bra features chic lace, contour lines and soft double boning for extra support when worn strapless. Molded cups are smooth with brushed inside hand feel. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail adapt to any outfit. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicon offers a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks are easy to adjust.

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Dress contours and controls with a smooth line from bust to thigh with molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and hidden built-in pants for an invisible fit. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. Contour lines and soft boning provide extra support when worn strapless. Lace finished edge on legs for a smooth finish. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Bodysuit is chic and sophisticated, silky soft with beautiful lace detail. Featuring molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and fastens at the gusset. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. High inverted V-leg opening for a more feminine and longer leg look. Contour lines and soft boning for extra support when worn strapless. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene High Waist Pants feature targeted surround tummy control to define the waistline, and a heritage inspired “V” front to prevent unwanted rolling. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. High inverted “V” leg opening for a more feminine, longer leg look. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicone allows a sleeker finish and support around the waist.

High-Waist pants by Scandale

High-Waist pants by Scandale

Celebrate your womanly curves with these sexy shapers from Scandale and unleash your inner siren.

XOXO,

Margo

Shaping Up Nicely: Five shapewear garments from Commando that will make you look great at holiday parties.

Commando Body Short

Commando Body Short

Ah, the holidays. A time for visiting with family and friends, attending office holiday parties, shopping until you’re dropping and indulging in food, food and more food. Holiday spreads may tempt and entertain us with delectable eating experiences that do very little to support our last round of New Year’s resolutions, but isn’t that the point? The holidays are a free pass to indulge in the delicacies coming our way. Cookies, cake, pie, pudding, chocolate, and holiday punch … the list is endless. How’s a gal supposed to say no? Giving in to these tempting treats is the easy part, but we still want to look good in our New Year’s party dresses. This is where shapewear comes in. The kind folks at Commando, who make wonderful “no show” seamless underwear that makes a woman feel so comfortable she feels like she’s going commando, have designed a shapewear collection that targets women’s “danger zones” with high-performance undergarments that suck it in, pull it up and smooth it out so you look – and feel — gorgeous in your pretty party looks.  Commando control’s high-tech fabric and signature raw edges create a sleek line but will not leave you gasping for air. The effect is feeling smoothed, not stuffed.  Depending on the outfits you plan, or the specific body areas you want to address, these are the top pieces I would recommend.

Briefly Stated

Whether you’re wearing a body-conforming dress, skirt or pant, the Commando Control Brief is an “under wonder” that supports and shapes your booty with a smooth, no-show look. Like all Commando’s control styles, the Control Brief has invisible edges and patented fabric that gently smoothes and tucks your body.

Commando Control Brief

Commando Control Brief

Skirting the Issue

If you prefer your shaping delivered with a softer look, get the best of both worlds with the Commando Control Skort. It takes a feminine approach to butt control as a sexy high-rise half slip with a built-in control short that tucks you in but doesn’t hike up.

Commando Control Skort

Commando Control Skort

Thigh Anxiety

If your thighs are a concern, consider trying the Commando Control Body Short, which offers tummy-tucking, thigh-smoothing and tushy-tightening action!

Commando Body Short

Commando Body Short

Making a U-Turn

For full-coverage support, Commando’s Utopia Camisole is a great option. In line with a hot shapewear trend that combines the smoothing of shapers with the support of an everyday bra, its u-shaped silhouette smoothes you under pants or dresses in fabric made from sleek microfiber.

Commando Utopia Camisole

Commando Utopia Camisole

From Sheer to Eternity

Legwear has an inherent shaping effect that smoothes and flatters a woman’s legs while still looking sexy. Commando’s Premier Sheers leave a little bit to the imagination. Coyly pairing the luxurious look of sheer with the luscious feel of an invisible-edge waistband, you will love these!

Commando Premier Sheers pantyhose

Commando Premier Sheers pantyhose

Dressed in shapewear from Commando, you’ll feel so comfortable and sleek you won’t need to worry about indulging in holiday goodies. Leave that for the New Year. As Scarlett O’Hara said in Gone with the Wind: “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”

XOXO,

Margo

Shoulder to Shoulder: How a great strapless bra can support and flatter your holiday party look.

Strapless Bras from Pink Slip

Strapless Bras from Pink Slip

As fashion has evolved, so has the bra. One of the most crucial styles to have, especially for women who like to experiment with fashion, is the strapless. Women planning to flaunt their beautiful shoulders in strapless or one-shouldered gowns this holiday season need to have a good strapless bra in their wardrobe. Actually, they need at least two: one in black and one in nude. When it comes to finding the best strapless for you, it’s important to have an open mind, experiment with brands and understand that brands have different sizing systems. You may be a 34C in a basic bra from brand ABC, but one in size 36B by brand XYZ may fit you just as well. What I always suggested to customers at my store was to gather eight bras and try them on with clothing worn over the bra. Remember, you’re not only going to check the fit but the effect the bra gives you under clothes. Finding the right strapless for you requires trial and error. By its nature, the strapless bra needs to fit more snugly than your basic everyday bra. The key to determining whether a bra is appropriately snug versus too tight is to conduct the mirror test. I know, we hate the mirror test. Who wants to stare at our own backside under fluorescent lights? Well, I hope that you’re standing under soft lighting when you do this because no woman deserves the jarring effect of harsh lighting. Nevertheless, it’s the only way to avoid unnecessary pain or the embarrassment of an ill-timed wardrobe malfunction when you’re getting down on the dance floor. If it’s loose on you, you’ll be doing “the tug” all night long.
Imagine that you’re doing the mirror test:
• Examine how your breasts sit in the cups.
• The bra needs to lift and not flatten.
• Look for a flattering swell in your bust without spilling out of the cups.
• When you turn around and look in the mirror you should not see rolls of back fat protruding from the wings. If you do, it’s time to say “Next!”
If you’re happy with the way your bust looks in the cups, feel like you can move without spilling out and don’t see traces of back fat, put on a body-conforming top – or the dress you plan to wear to your special occasion – and complete your strapless test drive.
Strapless bras come in two categories: basic and deep plunge. Convertible bras offer the option to go strapless as well. At Pink Slip, we carry three styles that offer different effects: a strapless push-up, a lacy fashion bra, and a plunge bra for full-busted women. All of them are designed to fit properly and have detachable straps to double as convertible bras.

The Booster:
For extra oomph, OnGossamer’s superfine mesh overlays a push-up strapless pad to create a seamless look. Lightweight silicone edging on the bra’s back avoids slipping. Convertible adjustable straps give you the option of wearing it under gowns with a range of necklines. This bra is a real worker bee, ladies.

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

For the Curvy Girl:
Panache’s No. 1 selling bra, the Porcelain Molded Strapless Bra, has lightly padded, contour underwire cups for support and shape. It’s seamless for modesty and has an even, rounded appearance. This bra has detachable straps, so in addition to being a strapless, it can be worn as a halter, one-shoulder, crisscross or regular style. The deep plunge center front makes it perfect for wearing under low-cut strapless outfits. It features silicone gripper along the wings for a secure fit. If you’re a lush, curvy girl, this bra is for you.

Molded strapless bra by Panache

Molded strapless bra by Panache

The Romantic Look:
The Celeste Strapless Plunge by Simone Perele is a beautiful contour underwire bra featuring seamless cups and elegant French Chantilly lace trim, with light padding for modesty and a smooth, rounded shape. Removable thin straps are double elastic in the front and single in the back, and can be worn in traditional, racerback or strapless styles. A deep plunge center front makes it perfect for low-cut strapless outfits. The sides and back have sewn-on elastic with silicone grippers strips at top and bottom. This is the one you want to go with it if you’re looking to make a sexy statement when your party dress comes off!

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

No matter what your personal style or body type is, invest the time needed to experiment with a few brands and I guarantee you’ll find the right strapless bra for you. Then hit the dance floor and throw caution to the wind!
XOXO,
Margo

Wild Wednesday: The iconic leopard pattern never fails to bring out the sex kitten in a woman.

           

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

What is it about women and cats? Throughout history, there’s been a symbiotic relationship between us and our feline friends that continues in the present. The ancient Egyptians admired cats for their natural hunting skills and domesticated them to vanquish mice and snakes. The cat’s regal air inspired worship from cults, most notably the followers of the cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet, according to Wikipedia). The parallels between women and cats in pop culture have often been unflattering. The legend of Bast inspired the entertainment industry, most notably in horror films such as 1942’s “Cat People” (remade in 1982 with Nastassja Kinski) where a woman was cursed to transform into a murderous panther that killed anyone who crossed her. In the 1960s, the link between felines and females came to a head with the popularity of the Catwoman character in the Batman comics and Julie Newmar’s sexy performance as the villainess in the campy TV show. Catwoman endured over the years and was portrayed as a complex antiheroine by Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway in different films with varying degrees of success. While Catwoman is usually depicted wearing a skintight catsuit, another popular take on feline style is the leopard print, which today is more than a trend, it’s a must-have look in any fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe. Around the same time that Catwoman emerged as a subversive icon of female empowerment, Hollywood became a jungle filled with leopard-spotted starlets. Sex goddesses such as Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield showed a penchant for wearing coats, bikinis and accessories adorned in leopard print and the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” treated moviegoers to the chic vision of Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson — the original cougar (yet another feline reference) — effortlessly seducing Dustin Hoffman in her leopard coat and intimates. Media images of famous women dressed in leopard usually have an underlying  sex appeal and danger. It’s debatable whether these images are empowering or objectifying. Sexy is powerful, in my opinion. Whether leopard spots help empower a schemer like Mrs. Robinson or a playful sex kitten like Jayne Mansfield, who reportedly was far smarter than her public persona suggested, animal prints are fun and leopard is eternally chic, especially in intimate apparel. At Pink Slip, many of our favorite brands offer fabulous leopard patterns in their assortments and I highly recommend them as a timeless, on-trend look that puts the grrr in girl power.

Eberjey Leonora chemise

Eberjey puts its signature romantic touch on leopard print with its Leonora collection. Their A-line chemise is soft and light in sueded, soft leopard jersey. It features stretch-to-flatter mesh,  lace on the neckline and side edges and an underbust applique.

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

The Eberjey Lenora bralet set

The Leonora collection also combines lace and leopard in its bralet, a soft cup in jersey with a sweet lace neckline, an underbust band and a bow accent in the center. A matching Leonora thong completes the kittenish look.

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Claudette Dessous Sucre

Claudette takes a playful and sexy approach to its designs and the Dessous Sucre Collection is no exception. The style’s full coverage bra is highly functional with non-stretch mesh underwire cups that have 3-parts, transversal seams for a rounded shape and vertical seams for uplift. Stretch mesh sides and back for breathability, with elastic edge for a more custom fit. The mesh center panel has a flirty ribbon bow at top. Covered elastic, wide-set straps have bows at bases and adjust in back with coated metal hardware. A cute thong is available, complete with matching bow.

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Encore L’Amour Collection by Mimi Holliday

Mimi Holliday is another very flirty line that’s doing leopard in its Encore L’Amour group. The Encore L’amour Shoulder Bra combines leopard with soft tones of peach and neutral nude tones. The bra supports you with wide lace straps leading all the way up to your shoulders,  and boosts you while scalloped edge flatters your decolletage. Don’t forget the coordinating bottom!

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour bra & knicker set

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour bra & knicker set

The Encore L’amour group also offers a firty sheer alternative to a slip with a chiffon belt to create shape and silhouette, and button fastened gusset to make it practical and easy to wear. A soft gathering of chiffon around the edge of the bottom half of the teddy adds a fun vintage feel.

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour teddy

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour teddy

Whether you prefer your leopard style with a light touch or want to go wild with an all-over pattern, these stylish brands have options that are undeniably …  spot-on!

XOXO,

Margo

Burn, Baby, Burn: How sexy lingerie and adult novelty items can spark the flames of passion on your date night.

Leg Avenue Corset

Leg Avenue Corset

I may not be a Girl Scout, but I sure know how to build a fire. O.K., I’m not talking about a literal one here. I’m referring to lighting a fire between two people who love each other and want to share special time together. For couples, the holidays present an opportunity to give each other an extra special gift: a hot date night! You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to set the stage for a romantic encounter filled with tenderness, passion and fun. While running my store in New York City for more than ten years, I had many experiences where I gave customers, both female and male, romantic advice. It comes with the territory being in the lingerie retailing business! As a result, I fancy myself an expert on how women can set the stage for a sexy night of love with their significant others and I love how customers have taken me into their confidence. Trust me when I tell you I’ve received many thanks over the years for giving them spot-on tips. I like to look at date night in progressive stages leading up to the main event. Following are the steps I would include in your date night playbook. Be forewarned, most of the recommended items are adult pleasure products so you may blush while reading this if you’re bashful about such matters. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you won’t!

Step 1: Prepare for the big night.

The brain may be the most potent muscle for lovemaking, but sometimes our private lady parts can benefit from a little pre-flexing to enhance our experience, if you know what I mean. LELO, a leading maker of sensual aids, makes a terrific product to exercise and strengthen the genital muscles during pelvic exercises or walking around throughout the day. The LUNA Beads are available in two sizes, Classic, for women over 30 or those who have had children, and Mini, for women under thirty.

Lelo LUNA Beads

Lelo LUNA Beads

Step 2: Wear knockout lingerie.

Your intimates will certainly play a central role in your seduction scenario, but it has to be a very special piece. Red is the color of passion, so it’s a no-brainer to go with a hot number like the Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset. Featuring a sateen silhouette with steel boning, a brushed twill lining and detachable garter belts, it’s perfect for putting on a sexy show!

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Step 3: Set the stage.

Before you go out (or stay in) for a romantic dinner, put a few things in place in the bedroom to fan the flames of love.  We know men are visual creatures, so give him something to ogle by showcasing your best assets in Mimi Rhinestones Circle Pasties from Bijoux Indiscreets, a provocative and sophisticated new brand of erotic products from Spain. The fun, starburst design is glamorous and gives him an irresistible target as well!

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

If you’re bound by love, why not take it a new level with erotic play using Plaisir Nacre Pearl Cuffs from Bijoux? Gentle restraint play between consenting adults enhances the sensory experience during lovemaking. These cuffs can be used to gently caress the landscape of your skin and your partner’s. Paired with a sexy eye mask, you’re ready to act out a chapter or two from Fifty Shades of Grey!

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Step 4: Serve up a feast for the senses.

When you’re finished with dinner, it’s time for dessert. Foreplay becomes a delectable experience enhanced by flavored body powders and balms so tasty they’ll guarantee you’ll be devouring each other all night long!

Bijoux body powder, available in flavors such as dark chocolate and strawberry, entice and illuminate the areas where lips and skin meet with this scented glitter powder. Highlight your curves with the richness of honey and fragrance of strawberries, blended with just a bit of shimmer into a full symphony of scents that come together in a deliciously kissable body powder.

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

As a special treat for him, apply some Nipple Nibblers balm from Bijoux Indiscreets to “the girls.” Cool, tingly and creamy Nipple Nibblers are lusciously flavored balms that can be applied easily to any other part of the body that you feel like kissing as well for a tasty treat.

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

The tantalizing scent of jasmine, roses and dark woods from the Massage Candle by Bijoux will stimulate his sense of smell while you relax and caress his muscles with a sensuous massage using the body oil resulting from the candle burning as things get hot between the two of you. The Bijoux massage candle is elegantly packaged in a box adorned with a removable metal tag with a bow accent.

Bijoux scented massage candle

Bijoux scented massage candle

I hope my titillating tutorial helps you heat things up on your holiday date night. I’ll let you figure out Step 5 all on your own. Have fun!

XOXO,

Margo

Heat Up the Holidays: Pink Slip picks the ten sexiest lingerie looks of the year.

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

‘Tis the season to be sexy. The holidays are upon us and most of our shopping list has been attended to (we hope). We’re taking time off from work, slowing down the pace and connecting with those we love to appreciate the good things in our lives. For those of us lucky enough to have a significant other, the holidays present an opportunity to rediscover each other in the spirit of the season. In the privacy of your time together, there’s an opportunity to light a fire, both literally and figuratively, cuddle up and explore where the long, chilly nights may take you. Sexy is a state of mind, to be sure. We all have different ideas of what constitutes a sexy person, a sexy moment or even a sexy thought. Thank goodness for that! How boring would life be if we all liked the same thing? When it comes to intimate apparel, the French saying Vive le Difference applies. We’re all built differently and have our own tastes so it stands to reason we would take a very personal approach to sexy dressing during the holidays. With this in mind, I looked through the Pink Slip assortment and thought about the garments that had the sexiest effect. Some of them wouldn’t automatically be thought of as sexy, but I think the most functional undergarment can be very sexy in the right circumstances so my “hot list” of sexy intimates for 2012 includes pieces in a range of categories. If you’re shopping for a new look this holiday season, consider these options and how you might put your own special spin on them. You know how I encourage experimentation. So go ahead, live a little.

#1: The Classic bustier does double duty, providing the boost of a bra while cinching the stomach. The Marilyn lace bustier by Arianne is a perfect example in chic black.

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

#2: A strapless bra usually means you’re wearing a strapless dress. How sexy is that? Offering a great combination of functional and sexy is the Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele.

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

#3: Long-line bras, like CLO Intimo’s Kali in a geometric design, are a very modern silhouette.

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

#4: There’s nothing like a cute panty to bring out a sexy look. Check out these cheeky boy shorts from Leg Avenue.

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

#5: Lace is a romantic approach to sexy. The lace Fortuna racerback vest by CLO Intimo can be worn in and out and is a hot number when paired with the cheeky bottom or string bikini.

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

#6: Sexy legwear. Work your legs in a garter belt and stockings by Philippe Matignon.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

#7: The classic teddy gets a striking visual update from Leg Avenue in padded mesh.

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

#8: Lola Haze puts a new twist on the slip with the Liquid Lace Chemise, a unique design that borders on ready-to-wear by combining shine and lace.

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

#9: Retro bottoms are a hot and classy look. LOU Paris offers a beautiful high-waisted panty in great colors in its Fee de Reves collection.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

#10: Lingerie accessories dress up even the most basic of underwear pieces. Oh La La Cheri, a specialist in sexy intimates with an erotic vibe, channels vintage peekaboo glamour with a multi-way lace wrap with matching thong and eye mask.

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Wishing you a very happy – and very sexy – holiday season!

XOXO,

Margo

Paint it Black: Trends in black lingerie from The Pink Slip.com

Lingerie takes on a sultry, dramatic appeal in black. Looks from Claudette, Eberjey, Simone Perele, Lola Haze, Oh La La Cheri, Arianne, Mimi Holliday and Addiction curated by Pink Slip.com, the ultimate online destination for the world’s most beautiful lingerie.

A Good Cause: The Pink Slip participates in The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s annual fundraiser sale supporting Italian-American students.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

On December 4 I had the pleasure of presenting an assortment of brands available from ThePinkSlip.com at the annual ladies’ luncheon fundraising sale at the beautiful townhouse of The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City’s annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York’s Fifth Avenue since 1929. I have participated in the event for ten years and it’s always a lot of fun. The ladies loved our selection of styles from brands such as P.J. Salvage,  Hanky Panky, Cosabella and Simone Perele, among others. I even got to meet Lady’s Gaga’s mom, who’s a member of the foundation. How fun is that?

XOXO,

Margo

The Pink Slip sales display

The Pink Slip sales display

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

Latin Class: CLO Intimo founder Claudia Ochoa shares the secrets of sexy Colombian style.

Sexy funny girl Sofia Vergara

Sexy funny girl Sofia Vergara

It’s no secret that Sofia Vergara is one of the hottest stars in Hollywood right now. The Colombian beauty is everywhere. If you’re shopping the aisles at Kmart you’re surrounded by posters of her modeling her fashion line for the retailer, which includes intimates, of course. In drugstores she’s fronting Cover Girl cosmetics and on TV she stars in Pepsi commercials when she’s not making America laugh as the lovable bombshell wife Gloria on ABC’s “Modern Family.” The hit sitcom exploded Vergara’s popularity in the mainstream U.S. but she’s been a hot property in the Spanish-language market for years. With her crossover, Vergara strengthened the trend toward a lush, voluptuous look that is a signature of many Latina women.  Aside from her knockout curves, however, Vergara has an innate sex appeal that Latinas, especially Colombian women, embrace with zest. Colombian lingerie brands are a hot trend in the market these days and I wanted to get some insight into their undeniable allure. I turned to one of the leading figures in the wave of Colombian style, Claudia Ochoa, the designer and founder of CLO Intimo, the elegant intimates brand that’s making waves in the U.S. with beautiful designs that bring out the siren in any woman.

Margo Andros: Claudia, what is it that inspired you to enter the field of lingerie design?

Claudia Ochoa:  While I was a designer in Medellin, Colombia and traveling to the U.S., a friend of mine told me that I should start a lingerie company. He felt that there were no “designer” lingerie companies at the time. Everything was either traditional or super sexy. That was before brands like Cosabella and Hanky Panky. It took me a while, but I finally got the opportunity to do it focusing on soft bras and ready-to-wear style designs, with an edginess and color that wasn’t seen in the market.

Margo: How is the CLO brand distinguished in the market?

Claudia:  Although it now sounds clichéd, I look at it from a woman’s perspective. To be sexy and colorful everyday for you, and not playing dress up for a guy. Your sexiness comes from your own confidence. I never look at what other people are doing in lingerie. I try to stay pure and look at nature and other art forms.

I create my line taking shapes and colors from nature. My new collection is based on Rio Cano Cristales which is considered the most beautiful river in the world. Until recently it was in guerilla territory in Colombia and only now is being discovered again.

Margo: That’s so interesting. With Colombian brands coming on strong, and Sofia Vergara’s superstardom, what are your thoughts on the mindset of the Colombian woman and her views on fashion?

Claudia: Colombian women are overtly sexual.  They put their bodies on display and hit you over the head with their sexuality. I try to take a little of that and nuance it to appeal to a more sophisticated Western women. Sort of blending French sophistication and Italian modernism with South American color and sexuality.

There has been a recent influx of Colombian brands on the trade show circuit because of the free trade agreement with the U.S. and the Colombian government that subsidizes their presence at several of the shows. Most of them are essentially Colombian brands trying to sell the same product that they sell in South America into the U.S. market. Some of it works, some of it does not.

Margo: Well, speaking from personal experience, we at Pink Slip love what CLO is doing and we’re curious to know what direction you’re taking with the collection for 2013.

Claudia: I’m happy to hear that, thanks.  I am adding new groups and increasing the amount of colors in the existing groups, some with a new color every month while maintaining some of the 365 colors. I’ve been experimenting recently with color blocking and gradient dying, which you don’t see much of in lingerie. I am also moving into some microfiber alternatives and loungewear pieces.

Margo: That sounds very exciting. I can’t wait to see the new looks. Thanks so much for the sneak peek!

Claudia: It’s my pleasure, Margo. Thanks for having me.

Now that we got the inside scoop from the expert herself, I want to share a few of the ultra glamorous looks that we proudly carry on PinkSlip.com from Claudia’s gorgeous collection.

Kali High-Waist Boyshort

Kali is a contemporary geometric-shaped collection in sculpted microfiber, accentuated in black or ivory tulle. The high waist boyshort has microfiber with see-through mesh on the front for an edgy look.

Kali boyshort by CLO Intimo

Kali boyshort by CLO Intimo

Kali Soft Bra

The Kali soft bra, in a geometric-inspired design, is a longer style with microfiber and see-through mesh for an edgy look, and adjustable criss-cross straps for versatility.

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

Fortuna Demi Soft Bra

Made with banded lace and tulle, CLO’s best-selling Fortuna collection is stunning as lounge wear, outerwear and lingerie. Most pieces are accented with semi-precious stones. The Demi Soft Bra has scalloped lace edges and spaghetti straps that can adjust to criss-cross in the back.

Fortuna demi soft bra by CLO Intimo

Fortuna demi soft bra by CLO Intimo

Fortuna Adjustable String Bikini

This unique bikini, in banded lace and tulle, adjusts toward the back so you never feel like it’s too tight. It’s a perfect blend of sexy and comfy.

Fortuna Adjustable String Bikini

Fortuna Adjustable String Bikini

Whichever of CLO’s feminine styles you choose, I promise you will look muy caliente (very hot)!

XOXO,

Margo

Classic Appeal: How Arianne modernized the teddy with functionality and timeless feminine allure.

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he's missing on "Dallas."

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he’s missing on “Dallas.”

When you think about staple items in a woman’s lingerie wardrobe, you can’t avoid the teddy. It’s a classic silhouette that endures as a symbol of femininity. Due to its flattering effect on women of all body types, it’s been stereotyped as a tool of seduction, especially in the popular culture. I was reminded of this recently by the recent passing of actor Larry Hagman, who played the iconic villain J.R. Ewing on the ‘80s series “Dallas.” You may wonder why he makes me think of teddies. Well, anyone who watched the original series remembers that rascally J.R. had a string of mistresses during the show’s long run and they were frequently shown wearing intimates. Hagman’s on-screen wife Linda Gray endured his infidelities as the long-suffering Sue Ellen, who would usually turn to the bottle for consolation. When she fought back, however, her weapon of choice was often a piece of sexy lingerie. A teddy showcased her leggy body perfectly and reminded J.R. why he married her in the first place. In the show’s later years, Sue Ellen took her fondness for intimates a step further and became an intimate apparel retailer, buying Valentine Lingerie and hiring J.R.’s gal pal Mandy Winger as the brand’s spokesmodel to drive a wedge between them. This, my friends, is the power of a teddy! In real life, the stakes may not be as high, but I still think every woman should own a teddy, and not just because they look terrific on us. Today’s teddy is both fashionable and functional. I think it can work well as a foundation for daywear. Arianne, the Canadian design house founded in 1947, is a master at creating gorgeous teddies that provide support and style. Many of them are so well-designed that they double as sportswear pieces that can be layered under a jacket and pencil skirt for a very modern look.  Arianne is a class act that offers top quality in its assortment. The brand designs intimates and loungewear using exquisite fabrics such as sophisticated jacquards, sexy laces, ultrasoft Modal, cottons and viscose, all sourced around the world to create the perfect comfortable look. At Pink Slip, we carry three great teddy styles that hit all the right notes.

Catherine

Light, sheer, stretch mesh fabric gently hugs your curves in the Catherine Teddy with intricate scalloped eyelet lace trim. Underwire cups offer support and shape and are trimmed with the scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling in the rear is sexy and helps avoid panty lines.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

Stacy

If you’re into floral design, consider the Stacy teddy, which features sheer floral lace at the leg openings. This style offers great support with padded underwire cups. Double spaghetti straps in front become a single adjustable strap in back. Rosette accents on front straps and at the center.

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne

Jade

Be ravishing in red with the Jade teddy. This very flattering style features rose and vine jacquard fabric in rich colors with beautiful lace. It’s highly functional with double adjustable straps and underwire cups lined with padding to gently enhance the bustline. Lace trim on leg openings are a stylishly feminine detail.

Arianne Jade Teddy

Arianne Jade Teddy

Opt for a teddy and give the bra and panties a break from time to time. I promise you’ll feel luxuriously feminine all day long and at night, well, look at what it did for Sue Ellen!

XOXO,

Margo