Thursday, 25 February 2016

Slipping back in to things...

And in a big way with designers Emilio Pucci, Calvin Klein and CĂ©line just a few whom are declaring this Spring/Summer season another season of the Underwear as Outerwear trend. Little slip dresses, wisps of Chantilly lace and diaphanous silks adorned the catwalks making me think of the collections in Tallulah from Marjolaine's silk chiffon trimmed in Gothic eyelash lace to our Bespoke silk Christine gowns that have had lots of press lately including 'How to spend it' and in the fantastic new bridal magazine 'Absolutely Weddings' - click on the links for a read.
The silk slip is no longer regarded as an evening only sensual boudoir piece, or just a very functional layering piece in ones wardrobe, but is looked upon as more of a key piece in our wardrobes.

Marjolaine from last season, still going strong

Lingerie as a fashion trend is not a new thing, far from it with Chanel partial to a wide legged lounge pant back in her day and of course who could forget the phenomenon of Madonna and the stir her and Gaultier caused with her beautiful pink coned bra shape corselette. Then who could forget Kate Moss and the slinky silk adorning her body a couple of decades ago? See the image below for a reminder...

Image via

I have always loved a slip, under my dresses as a layer or simply as a dress, during my second pregnancy my most comfortable and glamorous outfit was a 1940s inspired Mary Green silk chiffon nightie layered over a simple bias cut slip, I still wear it now. But I have to say my favourite to wear is my Shell Belle ‘Gatsby’ 1920s inspired slip in black silk trimmed in the most exquisite gold decadent lace. I wore it to a wonderful festival wedding in the summer.

Back in the 90s I went through that 'indie rock' phase. Tiny spaghetti strapped slips and huge Dr Marten boots laced up with ribbons not laces, although I wore Wolford opaques WITHOUT the rips and holes added to them you will be pleased to hear!

Many of our silk Christine's gowns have found new homes as outerwear for wearing to parties, dinner partying in or even tangoing in. Dress them up with heels and a sparkly bolero or be more casual like I wear it with Belstaff leather biker boots and a chunky cashmere cardigan, either way you will love the way it feels and how easy to accessorise the simple and elegant slip into a dress day or night.

Christine silk gown with silk velvet and bead bolero hanging in Tallulah

Length is key, nothing to short or you will look like your off to bed (rather glamorously I'm sure).
And if your unsure of the full on ‘I'm wearing my underwear as outerwear and I don't care' look then ease yourself into it, like with a camisole edged in delicate lace peeping out of the bottom of a sheer t-shirt or the lace trimming on a chemise tickling the edge of your summer dress hem. 

Layering with Shell Belle lace, cashmere & denim

As you can see from the above image of my outfit at the weekend, I love the contrast of the shapes and fabrics, feminine and delicate mixed with tougher leather and denim and all in all layering. I have my Shell Belle lace slip tucked in but hanging out under my cashmere jumper (as I re-read this that sounded complicated to do, but it really isn't)  I'm not a total girlie girl but I do love feeling feminine. 

I have to say, I am utterly pleased the designers have declared the Underwear as Outerwear trend is still going strong, but even if they didn’t and Vogue were not writing about the simple silk slip, Tallulah would still be in love with the silk slip and have a boudoir full of different shapes, fabrics and styles.
We declare our love for the silk slip and our love for  underwear as outerwear forever.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Goodbye January, Hello February...

I write this blog post with a crushed heart.
 Its not bruised, cracked or hurt, it is broken.
Very sadly this mad crazy world lost some great guys recently.
David Bowie, Lemmie Miller, Glenn Frey, Terry Wogan and the best guy of all, 
One of my closest and dearest.
We were born just 3 days apart and have grown up together.
For the very long month of January we stayed with him in hospital. Sharing and soaking up lots of love. 
We had some ups with smiles and made new memories that I will cherish forever but mainly it was downs. 
Lots of tears and unbelievable sadness. 
We had a wedding, a pyjama wedding. Charlie was in bed we thought it would be nice if we all wore pyjamas like him. Not the glamorous day our darling Bride-to-be had envisioned her wedding day to be.
I'm glad my Ivory silk robe could be used, but for this wedding it was more than just 'a getting ready outfit' it was an actual outfit and a little bit of luxury and as her 'Something Borrowed'. 

Image via Instagram @thegoodpeople 

I have to say, it has been so nice when I have popped into Tallulah, seeing all of the new stock looking alluring hanging up and decorating Tallulah, all ordered so long ago now and my head is all fuzzy so it's a nice surprise!
Like this gorgeous new colour in the fantastic 'Opera' collection from Chantelle. Pictured below is the padded plunge shape with removable pads and the thong, also available is the sheer half cup bra (up to a F cup!) lacey shorties and a bikini brief. Now if you have had this in any of the other colours Tallulah has stocked over the years then you will also 'need' this new colour. 

Beautiful Silver-blue colour Opera from Chantelle.

Also to arrive from Chantelle is this charming and sexy blush set. Pictured below is the padded half cup, but also available is the padded plunge (I have this on today and if you follow Instagram you will see) again with removable pads, bottoms wise to choose from you have thong, shorties or bikini brief. 
No un-padded bra though in this collection, that is the only bad word I have to say about it as it is nice to have the choice.
Both of these new collection can work as great nudes on paler skins tones. 
Disappearing under light coloured t-shirts and shirts in a pretty way. In Tallulah we are not massive fan's of the smooth t-shirt style bras as you know and always choosing pretty lace over plain, so these are both perfect for us.

New Satine collection from Chantelle.

Tallulah is looking divine and makes me smile when I'm in there, I hope you feel the same upon entering the boudoir, I really do. The girls have looked after her beautifully, and I hope you agree they are all amazing.

Sorry for the sadness in the beginning, I just felt I ought to explain my absence from the Boudoir these last few weeks and couple to come. 
Remember, Life's too short, Surround yourself with people you love and who love you back... and wonderful lingerie!

Next post will be about the new Chantal Thomass that is due in any day now. Yes its all black and lace, but its a special black lace and perfect for Valentines Day.

Until next time lingerie lovers, T x