Bare Essentials: The erotically-charged French brand Maison Close seduces the senses with its bold and revealing lingerie designs.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close - CopyI recently posted about the mesh trend in lingerie but when it comes to designing sexy intimates using sheer fabrics, Maison Close is in a class all its own. This very provocative French brand, which I just added to the assortment at ThePinkSlip.com, gives a woman passage into the forbidden world of dark and sensual erotica. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you have the best parts in Fifty Shades of Grey earmarked in hard copy or bookmarked on your Kindle, then you might want to take a peek at what Maison Close has to offer.  The line puts forth subtle hints at the pleasures of erotic games involving domination and submission. The palette of choice is black and an abundance of mesh designs celebrates a woman’s natural beauty in its nearly nude glory.   The revealing pieces hardly evoke Eve in the Garden of Eden, however. Maison Close is lingerie meant to seduce in, or at least make a woman feel seductive under her very proper, conservative day clothes. Wearing Maison Close, a woman is ready for the most private of encounters at any time of the day. Here’s a look at a few of the standout looks from the new collection that I just couldn’t resist and I predict you won’t be able to either.

Villa des Lys Catsuit

Meow! Become a feline seductress in this seductive catsuit that’s entirely lace with a plunging neckline and plunging back. It hugs every curve and makes you insanely sexy!

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Nuit Blanche Bodysuit

Shaped like a swimsuit but most likely designed for indoor sports, the Nuit Blanche bodysuit — Nuit Blanche meaning sleepless night — plays with geometric patterns using black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs adding a touch of rock-n roll. It has a racerback and full bottom.

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche High-Waist Thong

Evoking the daring topless bathing suit of the 1960s, the Nuit Blanche high-waist thong is a sight to behold in beautiful black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs. This design has a halter neck, bare back and thong bottom.

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Villa Satine Bodice

Drive his senses wild and captivate the mind with this bodice from Maison Close’s Villa Satine collection. Lace and satin will make you sexy and seductive.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Make your innermost fantasy a delicious reality in pieces from Maison Close. It’s a master class in seduction!

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

Love Your Legs: The Top Hosiery Trends for Fall & Holiday 2012

Coton Fore tights by Philippe Matignon

We are really excited about the resurgence in the popularity of legwear. It was all over the designer runways and you couldn’t pick up a Fall fashion issue of the women’s fashion magazines wihout seeing great hosiery looks. In InStyle alone we saw ads for the world’s top designers showing legwear as an integral part of a woman’s ensemble for Fall/Holiday. Head-to-toe black is a key trend and designers are accentuating the ladylike glamour of the look with coordinated legwear in black or gray. Gucci showed gray sheers as did Dolce & Gabbana, which made a very strong statement for legwear in a spread that showed sheers, lace knee-highs and lace ankle socks on three models looking devastatingly chic in black. Tights are very hot, too, showing up in an ad for White House/Black Market in a black chevron pattern to set off the brand’s take on the black and white trend. Cute socks, meanwhile, were showcased in ads for Bottega Veneta and Tods. Longtime Pink Slip fans know we are big supporters of legwear. It’s the best accessory to show that you are truly stylish and we carry some amazing brands that have all the top trends covered. To be on trend for Fall and through the Holiday party season, make sure to have the following items in your wardrobe.

Matte opaque tights by Commando

Gray Tights
Gray has become a staple for fall. It’s a great neutral color that can be dressed up or down depending on the desired look of an outfit. Commando, the brand known for its minimalist, ultra-comfy underwear, has a great line of opaque matte tights with multifunctional appeal. They go with everything and take you easily from day into evening when you’ve got a busy day. They also strike the perfect balance between control and comfort, providing just enough shaping without it being overbearing. With its invisible-edge waistband and dig-free fit, Commando is a go-to brand for great style and comfort.

Lily Collant by Philippe Matignon

Patterned Legwear
A great way to add dramatic impact to a chic yet minimalist ensemble is to bring attention to the legs with patterned hosiery, a category in which Philippe Mantignon, one of our newest brands, excels. Philippe Matignon creates stunning hosiery that celebrates femininity with texture and alluring style. The collection has beautiful patterns in both sheers and textured tights. The brand adds whimsy to sheers with a delicate floral pattern in its Lily Collant sheers. The Coton Fore tights in a crochet pattern are a great option for jazzing up a simple outfit or a plain dress.

Jasmine thigh high by Philippe Matignon

Thigh Highs
Philippe Matignon is a master of adding a seductive yet elegant touch to legwear that dresses up a look and has a chic thigh high in a microgeometric pattern, called Jasmine, that makes a woman feel feminine under even the most conservative of outfits. We recommend wearing it under a chic pencil skirt paired with a crisp white shirt.

Lace garter belt by Hanky Panky

Take the sexy up a notch with Hanky Panky’s Lace Garter Belt. Trust us when we say you’ll feel like a Bond girl wearing it.

Knee-Highs and Socks
Last but certainly not least is the knee-high, a silhouette that has caught on with designers for its classic school girl appeal. It may be Rachel Berry’s favorite accessory on Glee, but it’s also a sophisticated style that has a retro allure worn with dresses or skirts. Knee-highs can be functional, too, and we couldn’t resist highlighting the Two-Timin’”Hi-Knee” trouser sock from SPANX, which defies gravity to not let you down all day.

Follow our lead and we promise you’ll be walking in style every day!

XOXO,
Margo