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

Petite Chic: How to brighten the holiday season wearing the prettiest bras designed for small-breasted women.

Kate Hudson is sleek and sexy in Glee.

Is there anything Kate Hudson can’t do? She acts, models for Ann Taylor and Almay and boy, can she sing and dance. Clearly having inherited her mom Goldie Hawn’s awesome talent, Kate is everywhere these days. She graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s October issue and is currently vamping things up as a sexy dance teacher on “Glee.” What’s especially great about Kate is that she has reached the heights in Hollywood without caving in to the pressure to fit into a cookie-cutter standard of beauty. In a town filled with gorgeous women, many of them surgically enhanced, Kate stands out with her bubbly personality, kewpie doll beauty and lithe dancer’s body. She hasn’t let having a modest bosom hold her back and tackles both romantic comedy and sexy roles with equal relish. When it comes to bras, small-breasted women everywhere can enjoy freedom of choice if they know which brands to turn to for their special needs. Although this isn’t a post about fitting a smaller chest (which I plan to cover soon in a future post), I want to discuss the style options available to the petite woman. With the holidays just around the corner, fashion bras are a good option for a gift idea and there are several styles in the market that offer varying degrees of support and shaping. The common denominator is that they’re super cute, especially in lace.

Lucia bra by The Little Bra Company

Lucia push-up by The Little Bra Company

For the woman looking for a boost, I recommend Lucia by The Little Bra Company, the specialist in intimates for petite women. LBC’s band size is cut smaller than other lingerie brands to accommodate petite figures. This pretty lace bra flatters smaller figures with a sexy, deep plunge. The lace extends past the contour cups along the shoulder straps and lays flat on the body, making it great for every day wear. It has a cute bow accent at the center and elastic straps that adjust in the back with brasstone metal hardware.

Cosabella Sweetie Bralet

Never Say Never Sweetie bralet by Cosabella

The designers at Italian brand Cosabella are masters at color and they bring their magic to the small-framed woman with the Sweetie bralet from their Never Say Never collection.  It’s wireless, but supportive at the same time, designed with Lycra stretch, which eliminates the need for a hook closure. I suggest you collect Sweetie in all of Cosabella’s great colors. Never Say Never, indeed!

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

 

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

Hanky Panky goes for the gold with this adorable bralette designed in a sweet sheer lace. It’s super comfy, offers light support and is designed to easily slip over the head, so it has no back closure. Pair it with one of Hanky Panky’s famous thongs and you’re set!

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang

 

 

 

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang 

This romantic style is signature Samantha Chang: highly feminine yet minimalist in its elegance. Sporting a V-neck plunge that’s sweetly sexy, the bra is wireless and supports with lined cups, adjustable straps and a back hook closure. You’ll feel eminently girly in its soft lace design.

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

 

 

 

Bump it Up push-up bra by OnGossamer

The Bump it Up push-up bra is well-named. It’s OnGossamer’s best-selling bra with seamless superfine mesh and a graduated push-up pad to create cleavage that bumps you up one whole cup size. Twist the bra at the center for even more lift!  It has a back hook-and-eye closure and adjustable straps.

You can’t go wrong with any of these great fashion bras for petites. Treat yourself to one or more of these cute bras and go out dressed in holiday style to work what you’ve got, just like the wonderful Kate Hudson.

XOXO,

Margo

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