Sunday, 30 October 2011

Lifestyle InStyle and vintage swimming suit

Dita von teese recently appeared in UK InStyle. As always beautiful spending relaxing holiday in probably one of the most expensive places on the world. She looked rested and carefree, not even touched by any worlds problems. Looking at these photos I realised there's not even a dark shadow of coming tax year, worries of a car insurance, increase in crime or global warming and running down source of energy. 
Precisely what I like !!!

And this is how finally I convinced myself to collecting vintage swimming suits. My first piece needs only extra straps.

Friday, 14 October 2011

vintage inspired tv series

Recently appeared so many new series where women are jumping in these lingerie pieces from 50s. Most of them are based in 60s and these times are also propagated in fashion magazines. For me it means screaming on the street - You look great! it's 60s! or Have you seen that?It's 60s style.
I know that whatever appears in media becomes the absolute truth.
But no one can hide the fact that this time brought trapezium form, Twiggy, geometrical patterns, pink or coral lipsticks, horrible-terrible tights and mini !!! The only exception is early 60s.
Since it's not my favourite era I started to ignore all comments about it, however still I appreciate compliments. 

If you belong to vintage planes fan club this series is for you.
Pan Am in trying hard to show that stewardesses were definitively not discriminated but powerful women! Spies and romances that's what you get.
You don't get nice prepared scenery. No amazing hairstyles, no inspiring make - up, no clothes you want to wear now! immediately! Actresses look somehow a bit ridiculous in these not perfectly finished costumes.
And for sure soon if not already for a small fortune you can buy Pan Am blue bag and run around the city with it!

Again in 60s. Again powerful women working in Playboy Club. Everything could be better and it is a bit more than Pan Am. 90% is occupied by bunny costumes which doesn't make a difference if the action is actually in 60s or any other time.
But producers invest much more in hairdressers!
Main male character... has the voice of Don Draper. I'm pretty sure that's one of strong advertising points and still the best part.

The Absolute Winner. The beginning is the best because it's still in 50s. New season will be Again in 60s which is changing the fashion and hairstyles to less impressive - for me.
But the series is the winner of second plan, not mentioning the first one. Everyone look great and perfect. There's no detail that is left behind. It's a visual masterpiece!!!
And none of existing series will never reach even half of this perfection.

I have to admit I haven't sacrificed much time and stuck on 1st season only. It's in 20s and even though it's a very graceful subject still I wasn't amazed with pictures, scenery and costumes. 

Mad Men is the winner !!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Dita's collection

Dita von Teese posted very useful advice regarding How To Wear Your Stockings:

Stocking tips: Always buy more than one pair of the same style, so if once gets a run, just take another from a new package. Stockings are superior to pantyhose not just because they are more beautiful and feel more free, but because chances are, you may run one leg, but not the other, so the pair is not all lost when you have backups pairs. Next, do as the French do, and put the garter belt on FIRST! Panties (if any) go over the top so you can easily remove them for whatever reason and still have that lovely stocking and garter belt frame. Authentic fully-fashioned seamed stockings never have any lycra, therefore they have that lovely rasp of nylon, the welt with a keyhole in back, and of course, they have an authentic stitched seam and a cuban or french heel. Your garter belt must have stability to keep the seams straight; look for ones with six straps rather than four, one that is wide and sits firmly in place at the waist. Girdles and corsets accomplish this too. The stockings should frame the pelvis, not be too long, nor too short, but the top part of the stocking should rise to about mid-thigh. My signature stockings are made on the true vintage 1940s era mills, with every detail in place. Beware of faux seams and lycra! Welcome to the Cult of the Fully-fashioned Nylon Stocking! Accept nothing less!

And that's true. However some garter belts simply look terrible with panties wore over. Nylon stockings give you one and only feeling, are ridiculously expensive and no lycra imitation can replace them. There are only few pairs produced per hour that's why the price is around 20 EUR, 16GBP or 30 USD. Dita's collection used to be twice more expensive so I gave up on that long time ago. But not any more! I just checked and Secrets in Lace is selling them for 32 - 36 USD which is a surprise. 

However it's still unavailable in Europe, which leaves us with Eleganti and Gio.
I'd recommend to have a break from Gio since last few pairs I bought were with holes, different length or simply unfinished welt. My favourite shop Stockingshq sent me a replacement, informed that they have few more customers with the same problem and the whole story had a happy ending. 

Getting to the point ... not so long time ago Dita was involved in wonderbra collection.
There's no doubt she is stunning as always. She does a great job and is definitively presenting the brand in the most possible glamorous way. But it is also a bit of irony that artificial bust is advertising a perfect bra for all demanding women no matter the size and shape.
Because how does the collection really treats natural busts?

- with balcony bras which are sliding down from breasts
- with satin plunge bras that go smaller in sizes than the rest of the collection
However the one in dots and with movable straps and ribbons are one of my favourites.
And now... about 'looking for six straps garter belt'... the collection has belts and girdles with only 4 straps, so support is far from desired.

Of course whatever Dita is promoting I'm interested so I ended up with many bras - half of it I had to return, unfortunately - and garter belts. 
It will happen again when only her new collection will be released. 
Hopefully this time there will be min. 6 straps garter belt with panties wore over and cup sizes not only DD but even E if again some bras will appear to be smaller than the rest from the same line.