Net Gains: Mesh fabric is a hot lingerie trend that flatters you with a revealing moment.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole - CopyWhen people think of mesh, they typically think sexy. As a design accent it has certainly been used to add an erotic charge to fashion, especially in intimate apparel. When it comes to high-end lingerie, it’s hard to name a brand that doesn’t incorporate some measure of mesh in their collections. However, mesh has benefits beyond looking provocative. It’s a very comfortable fabric to wear in panties since it’s breathable and lightweight. Still, there’s no denying the visual appeal of mesh. Its earliest applications date back to the 1700s when the French started making a hexagonal fabric in the city of Tulle, giving birth to tulle fabric, which was first linked to wedding dresses in 1840 when it was featured in Queen Victoria’s bridal gown. Nylon mesh, which has a functional benefit used in sports apparel, was invented by a director who worked for DuPont and was patented in 1935. Nearly 80 years later, mesh remains a popular trend for lingerie brands using it creatively in all categories of intimates. Here are some of my favorites that we offer on ThePinkSlip.com.

Catherine Teddy by Arianne

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 same scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling offers minimal coverage in rear.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

Lola Haze Signature Cami

Lola Haze’s most popular and versatile camisole is sleek and sophisticated with a touch of fun shimmer. Layer it under another tank or dress for a sexy peek-a-boo. For full-on sexy, comfy, and cool, wear it as a set with the Signature Cross Hipster.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Meet me at Midnight Corset Chemise by Samantha Chang

Meet Me at Midnight is a collection of modern undergarments with ultra-feminine lace detailing. This sexy and elegant chemise features wide rose lace imported from Japan, corset seaming and a fitted body with self-lined cups.

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Delirious French brief by Eberjey

The Delirious French Brief is sexy-cute in a low-rise designed in sheer decorative mesh with delicate edging at the waist and legs. It’s extremely comfortable with a “barely there” feeling, making it a great “no panty lines” option for those that want a thong alternative or for someone who likes full back coverage.

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

OnGossamer’s signature hip boyshort

OnGossamer is a well-named brand, offering lighter-than-air undies like the Signature Hip Boyshort. It’s constructed in a seamless superfine sheer mesh trimmed with their signature delicate double edge. It’s delectably comfortable to wear.

OnGossamer hip boy short

OnGossamer hip boy short

From camisoles to panties, mesh is a sexy and comfortable look you can enjoy in degrees that suit your personal taste. It all depends on how much you dare to bare!

XOXO,

Margo

Oh, Lola: Lingerie designer Laura Mehlinger shares her inspirations for her cutting-edge brand Lola Haze.

Lola Haze founder Laura Mehlinger

Lola Haze founder Laura Mehlinger

In the world of fashion, there are designers and then there are innovators. I consider Laura Mehlinger to be firmly entrenched in the latter category. The Harvard graduate has brought a fresh perspective to glamorous lingerie with her Lola Haze brand, which defies categorization. Her retro-inspired intimates include camisoles and rompers that can easily be layered under ready-to-wear pieces for ensembles that take a woman from daywear into evening looks. Inspired by the title character in the classic novel Lolita, Laura’s designs reimagine classic lingerie silhouettes with a thoroughly modern design aesthetic that combines rich fabrications in unexpected ways that are both romantic and edgy. Her customer looks feminine and glamorous in dainty chemises, slips and camisoles paired with panty styles designed to flatter the wearer in fresh ways. Lola Haze features luxurious fabrics such as silk charmeuse, combined with unique applications of lace or mesh, in designs that make a woman feel like a siren. Black, sheers and sheen are common themes throughout the collection. If you want to sparkle and seduce, Lola Haze is a brand for you. I recently caught up with the globe-trotting Laura to get some insight into what motivates her design process for Lola Haze and she gave me a sneak peek into what her fans can expect in the Spring/Summer collection.

Margo Andros: Laura, Lola Haze is truly unique in the market. What inspired you to create the brand?

Laura Mehlinger: I’ve wanted to design lingerie since probably before that was a reasonable interest. When I was a child, I taught myself garment construction and how to draw and design, and then decided to focus on another love, English literature, at Harvard. While there, I combined my love of fashion with academics and created a line of womenswear—which was a bit unconventional on that campus. After university, I designed womenswear for the Gap before starting Lola Haze. I named Lola Haze after the title character in the novel Lolita, which I wrote my thesis about and which continues to intrigue and inspire me.

Margo: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Laura: I find quirkiness—visual and otherwise—inspiring and am driven in my designing by the idea of surprise. I think true style is the ability to mold juxtapositions: elegance and kitsch, innocence and seduction, playfulness and sophistication.

Margo: Who is the Lola Haze customer?

Laura: I design not for one particular customer, but for any woman who is playful, confident, loves the transformative power of clothing, and dresses for herself. I love lingerie because it dances between public and private domains. It can be a woman’s own secret that makes her feel special or something beautiful for display. She can wear Lola Haze as innerwear, loungewear, or outerwear.

Margo: What are your favorite fabrics and colors?

Laura: I love to color block and mix fabrics, often silk charmeuse or chiffon with stretch lace or mesh. This creates more visual and textural interest, I think, and has the additional design benefit of feeling luxurious while offering exceptional fit and comfort. I also focus on artisanal hand-crafted elements to make a garment truly special, like individually hand-dyed items and hand-painted details. Lola Haze is designed and produced with love in New York City.

Margo: What direction is Lola Haze taking with its 2013 Collection?

Laura: When I was designing Lola Haze’s Spring / Summer 2013 collection I traveled from New York City to Tokyo. In both places I found myself staring at peoples’ clothes on the street. My neck was exhausted by whipping from left to right as every outfit crossed my field of vision.

In Tokyo, more than New York, each girl was devoted from head to toe to a single fashion identity, though these identity groups were discrete and varied. So a funny visual thing would happen. In one visual field, I might see a neo punk girl, a Harajuku girl, and a new romantic girl brushing past each other. Together, they created a sort of style pointillism in which each person’s style expression contributed one pixel to a greater picture of a complex, vibrant city.

“The City,” Lola Haze’s Spring / Summer 2013 collection, takes its inspiration from the streets of two great cities, New York and Tokyo. I wanted to capture a variety of bold styles and unify them with hallmarks of Lola Haze’s design. Throughout the collection are body-revealing cut-outs, color-blocking, and pattern mixing.

The Philanthropist Group, opulent with mixed patterns of black lace, ivory silk and gold chains, represents a modern take on classic eveningwear. The Swagger Chemise and Teddy demand attention with their body-con silhouettes and architectural cutouts between the starkly contrasting black, white, and gold fabrics.

The Bomb Group includes a robe, chemise, teddy, bralette and thong. Its electric fuchsia, turquoise, ivory and lime bodies, punctuated with silver or black geometric elastic, were inspired by the layered colors and bold individualism of New York’s graffiti walls. The City Nights Chemise and Romper, made of color-blocked silk chiffon, are flirty, playful, and light as the air of a city summer night.

Margo: It all sounds very modern and cool. I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for the scoop on the upcoming season.

Laura: My pleasure, Margo. Thanks to you, too!

Ladies, you don’t need to wait until spring to stock up on some Lola Haze. We have a great selection of styles on ThePinkSlip.com that will make you look thoroughly glamorous and hip. Here are some of my favorites!

XOXO,

Margo

Charleston Chemise by Lola Haze

Charleston Chemise by Lola Haze

Liquid Lace Romper by Lola Haze

Liquid Lace Romper by Lola Haze

Vionnet Chemise by Lola Haze

Vionnet Chemise by Lola Haze

Whisper Slip by Lola Haze

Whisper Slip by Lola Haze

Embrace Cami and Short by Lola Haze

Embrace Cami and Short by Lola Haze

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.

For the Boys: Ladies, explore your 50 shades of sexy by wearing the lingerie looks your guys want to see you in.

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

For the final entry in my Men’s Week series of posts I want to address the lucky ladies out there who have a thoughtful guy who is sweet enough to buy you intimates for the holidays. Actually, this post applies to any occasion during the year when you get lingerie as a gift from a guy. What happens when the intimates he selects are what he would like to see you slip on rather than the style you would buy for yourself? You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? You take one look at it — what little there may be to see or even hold — and think to yourself “I would NEVER wear this thing.” Clearly, your guy has an agenda and I’m here to tell you to get on that gravy train… now! There are plenty of women out there still waiting for Thanksgiving, if you know what I mean. It’s so hard to find a great guy with a sense of romance. Remember “Sex and the City?” I rest my case. Ladies, I urge you to meet him half way, put that sexy number on and be the pin-up girl of his dreams. Empower yourself by freeing yourself and celebrate how lucky you are to have a significant other who makes the effort to keep things fresh and exciting between you. It’s a gift in more than one way. I know some women find “playing sexy” an intimidating prospect. Not everyone aspires to be a Victoria’s Secret model and that’s perfectly fine. You still owe it to yourself to put forth your best effort and try a new look while remaining true to yourself. Remember, in the privacy of your home, you and he are the only ones who matter. You don’t have to wait for him to get you something “different” to push the boundaries of your lingerie wardrobe, either. This goes for the single gals out there, too! That said, I find it helpful for a woman who’s conservative to consider dipping her toe in the sea of sexy by trying new lingerie looks in degrees of daring. Given the phenomenal success of 50 Shades of Grey, I suspect that my Three Degrees of Daring is an approach whose time has come!

The First Degree: Keep it Simple.

Believe it or not, simplicity works with men. Sometimes all you need is a key new piece in your lingerie wardrobe to add a spark to your boudoir look. Black and sheer always work, of course, and I would recommend the Screen Goddess Slip from Lola Haze, which lets you be the main attraction in a revealing mesh silhouette that falls beautifully on your curves.

Lola Haze Sheer Goddess Slip

Lola Haze Screen Goddess Slip

The Second Degree: The Little Black Set.

Speaking of black, the theory about every woman needing a little black dress in her wardrobe applies to intimates, too. Black lingerie is just sexy, period. It’s the first thing I recommend to women who may be resistant to donning a full-on corset and garters number. The Little Black Set, consisting of a basic black bra, a panty, thigh highs and a garter, works well without going too far if you’re conservative. It’s easy to put together. Every lingerie brand has a black bra and I like Addiction’s Nouvelle full-cup bra with mesh and soft microfiber paneling.

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

A panty with a special detail, meanwhile, brings the eye to your womanly figure and adds zing to your style. Try Leg Avenue’s sheer panty with satin rhumba ruffle back or Mimi Holliday’s Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong, which has a flattering silk satin bow in back that literally gives him something special to unwrap this holiday season!

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

For the legs, Philippe Matignon offers sexy Nobless 50 denier suspender belt thigh-high stockings with sheer toes. Pair them with garter belts from Mimi Holliday or Simone Perele for the perfect finishing touch.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

The Third Degree: Dress it Up!

You’re ready to tap into your inner Bond Girl and strut your stuff in a dress-up look with the works: corset, garters, sheers, you name it. This isn’t about having a so-called perfect body, mind you. If you’re an extra curvy gal or a petite one with a modest bust and have the love of a good man, you are perfect in his eyes, so go for it!

This season I’m very big on the three-piece Blush set by Leg Avenue, the masters in sexy lingerie looks. It pays homage to pin-up girl style with lace and a power mesh underwire bra with retro stitching and oversized elastic straps, a girdle skirt with attached garters and matching G-string.

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

So the next time your guy tries to coax you into wearing lingerie that you wouldn’t choose for yourself, meet him half way. If all goes well, you won’t be wearing it for long!

XOXO,

Margo

Black Friday is Fashion Friday: Ten great gift ideas for the holidays.

I don’t know about you but I’m so glad the holidays are here. The world needs a hefty dose of cheer right about now. We just emerged from a grueling presidential election, are recovering from a devastating hurricane and are facing a looming fiscal “cliff” unless our government figures out a solution by year’s end. Let’s face it, we’re stressed out big time. Still, the holidays give us an opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath and be thankful for the good things in our lives. Sometimes it’s hard to do that but we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to try. One of the best things about running my lingerie store for so many years was the interaction I had with customers who were buying gifts for someone special in their lives. Sometimes it was for a wife. Sometimes it was for a sister and, believe it or not, occasionally I’d get employers and employees buying for each other! Buying for others brings out the best in you. It’s good for the soul and it’s great for the economy, too. Intimate apparel and loungewear happen to be great options for holiday gifts. They’re pretty, useful and offer great value for quality. A well-made bra, pajama set or robe can give a woman years of use. For Black Friday 2012, the Pink Slip is offering 25 percent off all items on the site through November 25 so you have an opportunity to treat your loved ones to the most beautiful intimate apparel brands from around the world! To start you off on the right foot, I’ve come up with a diverse list of items that will satisfy the different needs and tastes of your friends and family. Some of them are cute. A few of them are sexy, but all are guaranteed to put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season.

Comfy Gifts

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

What’s cozier than a plush robe? P.J. Salvage is known for using luxury fabrics and envelopes a woman in comfort in soft microfiber waffle knit with a satin trim.

Eberjey PJ set

Gisele PJ set

Eberjey is great at designing sweetly elegant intimates and loungewear and this pajama set from their Gisele collection is a sophisticated choice.  It’s inspired by classic men’s pajamas but sized and shaped with a feminine look in a Modal/Spandex jersey with contrast piping.

Cute Gifts

Lola Haze Embrace Cami & Short

Lola Haze Embrace Camisole

A woman can really get her girly on wearing this gorgeous romper that doubles as a cute top that can go with jeans or skirt for a cute day look. Designed by cutting-edge brand Lola Haze, its elegant, curved lace inserts on the sides highlight your own curves, while the silk charmeuse feels wonderful against your skin.

Eberjey Leonora Chemise

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

Leopard print is always fun and this chemise from Eberjey’s Leonora collection is simply purr-fect! The soft and light A-line chemise in sueded soft jersey features stretch-to-flatter mesh, a lace neckline and an underbust applique.

Sexy Gifts

Arianne Jade Teddy

Arianne Jade teddy

Ravishing in red, this very flattering teddy from Arianne features rose and vine jacquard fabric in rich colors with beautiful lace accents along the bustline and leg openings. Underwire cups are lined with padding to gently enhance the bustline.

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

Arianne Marilyn padded bustier 

This bustier from Arianne has bombshell appeal in delicate floral lace and boning for excellent shape and fit. It has underwire padded demi-shaped cups and a lace-up front for a vintage, sexy detail. The Marilyn bustier coordinates with the Marilyn Bikini to complete the look.

Romantic Gifts

Mary Green Satin Doll Kimono

Mary Green Satin Doll Kimono

Silk is always a sure bet for luxurious glamour and Mary Green’s Satin Doll Kimono delivers it big time.  This gorgeous kimono has scalloped lace trim, 3/4 length sleeves and sexy side slits on for a true satin doll look.

Mary Green Satin Doll Chemise

Mary Green Satin Doll Chemise

This silk stretch satin chemise is a great layering piece for wearing under the Satin Doll Kimono. It features a scalloped lace trim, gathered triangle cups trimmed with lace and a side slit. Cut on the bias with adjustable straps, it has a great fit.

Functional Gifts

Hanky Panky lingerie wash

Hanky Panky lingerie wash powder

The designers at Hanky Panky were kind enough to create a great alternative to washing intimates in soap or detergent. The Hanky Pank Lingerie Wash Powder is a gentle but effective fabric wash specially formulated to extend the life of stretch fabrics and delicates. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable.

Nu Bra Feather Lites

Nu Bra Ultra feather lite bra

Nu Bra, the masters of creating solution products for intimate apparel, have perfected their adhesive bra cups for an item that’s a thoughtful stocking stuffer for the woman who likes to wear sexy dresses. The Ultra Feather Lite Bra is 70 percent lighter than Nu Bra’s original silicone padded gel cups and with fabric outer shell. It’s perfect for providing support under backless or strapless dresses.

I hope these suggestions prove helpful. Wishing you and your loved ones a great holiday season!

XOXO,

Margo