Back to Black
A curve-hugging little black dress, that classic black Birkin bag, your perfect black bra; some design classics make you go back to black, again and again. But what exactly makes something a style classic? How I came up with my iconic black bras.
Black stockings on creamy thighs (my mouth is watering as I type this); is there a more iconic erotic image? I could hardly imagine, but still, that’s what I set out to create when I designed my first black bra. A new mouth-watering icon, based on a similar contrast between skin and fabric. At the same time, this sexy black bra had to be a style classic: the lingerie-version of that infallible Little Black Dress.
According to French philosopher Roland Barthes, the sexiness of stockings is in the unveiling, the interplay between what’s seen and unseen. That became the key to that designing my first black bra, and the use of straps turned out to be the perfect tool to create this delicious tension! Traditional underwear, -let’s say a lace bra- stops where your skin starts. My black bras are interactive: the wearer completes my designs with her body and being. For example, the first time I saw the black push up bra from my Dame de Paris collection come to life on a woman’s body, I was mesmerized. Through the visual rhythm of the design –skin, black strap, skin, black strap- her body had actually become part of the design!
This play with erotic contrast has very much become my signature look. By unlocking more erogenous zones on a woman’s body, I want to give women more ways to feel beautiful, strong and sexy. There is no better way to understand this dynamic than to experience it for yourself.
Go ahead, put on a black plunge balcony bra from my Femme Fatale collection (so perfect for a bold black look), or a black balcony bra in my classic Leading Strings design. Admiring yourself in the mirror you’ll see that only 10% is my design. 90% is made up by your own body and being! More importantly: don’t you look mouth-wateringly good?
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!