Fox and Rose Autumn/Winter 2014 – Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

With two of the most famous musicians on earth as her mother and father, you would’ve thought that Stella McCartney would’ve chosen to follow in their footsteps. Instead she has made her own way in life, making a huge impact on the fashion world.

Starting at the age of thirteen when she made her first jacket, Stella McCartney had always had a passion for designing clothes and at the age of sixteen she was lucky enough to intern at the world renowned Christian Lacroix company, and there her destiny was set in stone. After graduating from Central St Martins, she went on to work as Creative Director at Chloé and in 2001 she set up her own fashion house under her own name.

Stella McCartney

Her style is described as ‘sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity’ which has always shown through in all she does, from her ready-to-wear collections, her Adidas sports performance collection, accessories, eyewear and perfume. She has even created her own kids line and designed Team GB’s clothing for the 2012 Olympics.

In 2008 Stella debuted her first lingerie collection in collaboration with New Zealand lingerie company Bendon. It featured pieces made from silk, organic cotton and georgette silk chiffon and all in the signature Stella McCartney palette of antique pink, cream, blue and pearl grey and, as always, had a distinct sense of strong, sexy femininity. These elements continue to feature in her designs today and at Fox and Rose we have been lucky enough to add three of her latest collections to our Autumn/Winter range.

The Selma Dancing Collection

Copen Blue Selma Dancing Chemise by Stella McCartney

The Selma Dancing collection has been produced in a unusual colour of copen blue, a similar hue to pale cornflower blue. The stretch silk satin Chemise features panels of matching Leavers lace, creating a beautifully feminine slip that feels incredible next to the skin.

Copen Blue Selma Dancing Lingerie Set by Stella McCartney

To compliment the chemise, the exceptionally detailed Contour Bra is quite something. It features gathered silk satin cups, appliquéd Leavers lace, delicately pleated straps and the Stella McCartney exclusive gold triangle strap ring.

Both pieces can be matched with either the Selma Dancing Thong or Brief which feature matching silk satin, Leavers lace and finely stitched triangular panels to create a feeling of vintage luxury.

The Ellie Leaping Collection

Ivory Heart Ellie Leaping Lingerie Set by Stella McCartney

The Ellie Leaping Collection is a mixture of ivory heart print on pink silk crepe de chine, soft patterned mesh and matching French Leavers lace all brought together to create an exquisite range any girl could want. The collection consists of a matching Balconnet Bra and Bikini Brief both with beautiful pintuck detailing.

The Georgia Glowing Collection

Georgia Glowing Lingerie Set by Stella McCartney

The Georgia Glowing Collection combines Stella McCartney’s love of sharp clean lines, confident femininity and sports luxe with a mixture of black Leavers lace, matt stretch sports fabric, pattern mesh and silk trim. The Soft Cup Bra is a soft alternative to any underwire bra but still offers a decent amount of support. Match it with the Boyleg Brief for an unique everyday look.

Georgia Glowing Bodysuit by Stella McCartney

Our favourite piece of the whole A/W range has to be the Georgia Glowing Bodysuit. Inspired by Stella McCartney’s Miracle Dress, which is cleverly cut to create the ultimate hourglass silhouette, the bodysuit’s panels are constructed in a way that also help to create an illusion of a sinuous shape. Wear it underneath your clothes as a comfortable, yet sensuous undergarment or in bed as the perfect nightwear.

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Lingerie on Film at Fox and Rose

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The Honourable Woman

Whilst watching The Honourable Woman on BBC1 recently, and constantly seeing Maggie Gyllenhaal in her figure-skimming silk nightgown, it got me thinking about what other lingerie has made an impression on me that has been featured in a TV series or in a film.

Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies

Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies

Everyone remembers this famous scene of Jamie Lee Curtis performing a striptease for a man who she doesn’t realise is actually her husband. Her classic black balconette bra and high-cut thong were copied and sold across the world as women wanted to look just as hot for their own man.

Lipstick Fever Balcony Bra by Studio La Perla

High-cut knickers were very much the height of fashion in the 1990s but today we prefer the lower cut hipster briefs or thongs. We’ve brought the Jamie Lee Curtis look up-to-date with Studio La Perla’s Lipstick Fever Balcony Bra and Briefs.

Rose Byrne in I Give It A Year

I Give It A Year

Released in 2013, I Give It A Year was hailed as ‘this year’s answer to Four Weddings’. Unfortunately not everyone saw it that way but there was a great scene where Rose Byrne sported a fabulous Mimi Holliday Kamikaze lingerie set.

Aphrodite Bra and Knickers by Damaris

In a slightly different style but in exactly the same clashing bright colours of orange and shocking pink, the Damaris Aphrodite Lace ‘V’ Bra and Corset Knickers are a fantastic alternative.

Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Nicole Kidman was lucky enough to wear some truly incredible costumes in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge but none was more seductive than the black corset, shear lace robe and black stockings she wore whilst lounging in her red velvet boudoir.

Essence Black Corset by Vollers

Voller’s Essence Corset in black with red trim will instantly give you than Moulin Rouge look, nipping in the waist and pushing up the breasts. Perfectly Victorian!

Beau Lace Robe by Shell Belle Couture

Team it with the Beau Lace Robe by Shell Belle Couture to create an enchanting veil for your body as you lie seductively in your own boudoir.

Maison Close Stockings

And finish your outfit off with these unique, French designed, Sheer Cut & Curled Stockings from Maison Close.

Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood

Sookie Stackhouse True Blood

There have been some amazing lingerie moments in every season of True Blood and I’m not just talking about the women! The main character Sookie Stackhouse has definitely had her fair share including this diaphanous bra and robe which suited her fairy character down to a tee.

Tease Bra by Shell Belle Couture

Why not try the Tease Bra and Tanga in pink champagne silk and appliquéd lace by Shell Belle Couture to create a similar delicate, yet tempting look?

Room Service Kimono by Shell Belle Couture

Team it with Shell Belle Couture’s latest addition to it’s collection, the silk crepe de chine Room Service Kimono, which comes in rose tea and noire or porcelain.

Sophia Loren in Marriage Italian Style

Sophia Loren in Marriage Italian Style

The queen of the seductive lingerie scene, Sophia Loren began her acting career in her home country of Italy, starring in films such as Aida, The Gold of Naples and Too Bad She’s Bad.  But it was in the 1964 film Marriage Italian Style where she wore this ever-so-tempting sheer nightgown.

Seduce Me Robe by Shell Belle Couture Titicaca Gown by Damaris

For an equally irresistible look we have not one, but two sheer nightgowns to choose from. Take your pick from the exquisite black lace Seduce Me Gown by Shell Belle Couture or the black silk tulle Titicaca Gown by Damaris.

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows!

Harry Potter in a bra

And who can forget Daniel Radcliffe in a bra in the Harry Potter film Deathy Hallows? Okay, so it’s not sexy but it certainly left a lasting impression and the bra, to be honest, was very cute.

Exquise Bra by RosyFor a similar,  yet more feminine look, the Exquise Bra by Rosy with its soft ivory tulle with embroidered detail is as cute as you can get.

Have you seen a film recently where you’ve been drooling over the lingerie? Have you seen something similar on Fox and Rose?

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The 5 Best UK Based Lingerie Blogs To Follow

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One of our most popular posts on the blog is ‘So who are the world’s top 10 lingerie bloggers?‘ but it was published way back in 2010 and, as you can image, is rather out of date now. At the time there were very few UK based lingerie bloggers but since then there have been a number of fantastic blogs making waves on the lingerie scene based right here in Blighty and each one has their own unique style and their own views on all things intimate. So, here’s our list of the 5 best UK based lingerie blogs to follow.

Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings is like a big hug on your computer screen. It’s warm and fuzzy and just makes you want to smile. Focusing on the fuller figure and fuller bust lingerie, it has the usual reviews and new collection posts but what makes it stand out is the gorgeous photography. There’s a real feeling of the etherial with floating fabrics and beautifully arranged flowers.

Alongside the lingerie posts sits a collection of baking posts, the author’s second obsession, which all helps to increase that warm feeling. So, if you love lingerie and love food too, this blog is for you.

The Lingerie Lesbian

The Lingerie Lesbian

Yes, she’s a lesbian and yes, she loves lingerie, hence the name. Caro set up her blog in 2012 and has a (un)healthy obsession with anything cute, girly and lacy. She mainly focuses on lingerie, writing reviews, introducing new brands she’s discovered and showing off the latest collections but she also throws in a mixture of issue related posts, focusing on how lingerie impacts on our everyday lives and how it makes us feel. Her honesty and openness shine through in every post as she gives her own perspective on issues such as how the lingerie industry uses sex as its main advertising campaign.

Bras and Body Image

Bras and Body ImageAnna, who runs Bras and Body Image, is a feminist and a supporter of body positivity. Being a large busted girl she has struggled with her own self image and wants to get her voice out there to help others who are in the same position. No body snarking is allowed!

In every review post Anna shows her readers exactly how each piece fits her with amazing photos not just of the front but of all angles and detailed close-ups. This enhances her comprehensive explanation of her views and helps the reader to really know what to expect with their own purchases.

Petite Coquette

Petite Coquette

Petite Coquette is all about the luxury brands and is great place to go and drool over all those pretty pieces you wish you could fill your lingerie drawer with. Every image oozes opulence and indulgence and you can’t help but get sucked in.

The main focus of the blog is on promoting the brands and highlights new collections, upcoming sales and industry rumours. If you love being ahead of the game then make sure you follow this one.

Invest In Your Chest

Invest in Your Chest

Run by Cheryl, Invest In Your Chest began its life in 2010 when she received an awful bra-fitting service in one of the high street stores. As a result the blog focuses mainly on problem sizing, particularly those with small backs and larger cup sizes, as her own body type requires. With two main lingerie based sections, reviews and bra fitting, you can tell that Cheryl is on a mission to improve the whole issue around bra fitting for the masses. A must read if you find sizing a headache.

Have you come across any UK based lingerie blogs that you’d like us to add to our list?

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Fox and Rose Autumn/Winter 2014 – Rosy

August is a great month for lingerie, not only do you have the summer sales going on, including ours at Fox and Rose and our sister site Joanna’s Wardrobe (I couldn’t resist the Kiss Me Deadly Divine Girdle), but you also begin to see to the new Autumn/Winter collections appearing in the shops and online. And at Fox and Rose we’re no different. We’ve recently taken delivery of not one, not two but an amazing six new Rosy collections and each one is just to die for.

Rosy lingerie ad 1954

French lingerie brand Rosy began its life in 1947, the same year Dior created the legendary New Look, and immediately focused on highlighting the female form and enhancing its beautiful silhouette. In 1962 it caused waves across the lingerie and advertising world by revealing their latest campaign where they only featured a tastefully nude woman holding a rose. For the first time in history the actual product was missing from the advert, yet it still pulled in the customers.

Today, Rosy draws on its historical knowledge to create stunning collections in silk and satin, highlighted with lace and embroidery, that clearly have a strong vintage influence and continue to emphasise the female silhouette. They do all this and, of course, make sure each piece is constructed with a modern woman’s needs in mind.

La Craquante collection by Rosy

The La Craquante collection is a perfect everyday range and features a cleavage enhancing push-up bra, hipster brief and thong. Each one is beautifully constructed in black stretch satin to give a smooth line underneath your clothes and is highlighted with a sheer black mesh with large dots, making it both practical and alluring.

Rayonnante collection by Rosy

The unusual Art Deco print in lilac and gold of the La Rayonnante collection creates a truly unique design. Its geometric pattern is enhanced by matching block colours of lilac and gold trim both on the padded bra and hipster brief. The bra has a further vintage touch with a deep gold V on the centre band, a detail which Rosy exclusively used in many of their historical ranges.

L'amour collection by Rosy

We know you’ll just love the L’Amour collection! Created in an unusual colour palette of gold satin and overlaid in a purpley brown lace, this really is a unique, yet opulent, combination. Available in a wide range of pieces, including both a padded bra and a plunge bra as well as a tanga, a hipster brief and a shorty brief. Finished with splashes of bright gold satin and every edge is scalloped with lace, this range has a truly luxurious feel.

L'exaltante collection by Rosy

The L’Exaltante collection is another range that has a very strong vintage influence and I think this is rapidly becoming my most favourite from Rosy. Styled using panels of opaque black, delicate black lace over nude and sheer spot mesh, this oozes Hollywood glamour and of a time long forgotten. Available in a padded bra, a string and hipster brief, as well as a light control high-waisted brief and matching slip which will help you glide effortlessly from day to night.

L'honorable Rouge collection by Rosy

The L’Honorable collection is classic Rosy. Clearly influenced by previous ranges, such as La Vintage, yet brought up to date, it’s smooth silk is overlaid with contrasting eyelash silk and is trimmed with an oversized bow. Designed in two bold colourways, prune with ivory lace and gold detail and red with ivory lace and detail, it’s available in a padded plunge bra with removable pads, tanga, brief, shorty boxer brief and slip.

L'honorable Prune collection by Rosy

So what do you think of Rosy’s new collections? Which ones will be on your wish list?

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Fox and Rose at the Beach (Bar)

Regular blogger Cate is away this week so her regular slot is being filled by yours truly.

I really need to tell you all about our exciting Summer Sale, but I want to put you in a holiday mood first. So I’m going to tell you how to make two of my favourite summer cocktails, one for making by the jugful, the other a more subtle and delicate sipping drink – one for my inner Fox and the other for my Rose. Just decide which appeals to you, knock one up and then we can have a leisurely look at what’s on offer at Fox & Rose this month.

My Fox cocktail is the Mojito, because it reminds me of bikinis, bad boys and partying all afternoon on a Caribbean beach. Legend has it that it was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite tipple when he was running around Havana in the 1930’s. Here’s his allegedly favourite recipe with thanks to Pete Cappela at The Savory.

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Hemingway’s Mojito (jug for six)

36 Fresh Mint Sprigs

6 oz. Lime Juice

12 Tbs Brown Sugar

12 oz. Light Rum

Lime wedges for Garnish

Crush the mint sprigs, lime juice and brown sugar in the bottom of a jug. Pour in rum.

Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over. Garnish with lime wedge and remaining mint sprig. Hemingway would often add a splash of champagne as well. Bad boy.

 

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Conversely my Rose sits quietly at the beach bar, her stylish designer swimsuit barely wrapped in a sheer sarong. Her legs elegantly yet seductively crossed, she stirs her Dirty Martini with the olive, waiting for Mr Bond…

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Dirty Martini

1 1/2 oz. vodka

splash of olive juice

blue cheese-stuffed olive

Add vodka and olive juice to a shaker filled with plenty of ice. Shake until very cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olive.

Got your drink? Then let’s take a look at our Summer Beachwear Sale!

Make a style statement with this truly eye-catching Fortuna Swimsuit, styled in a metallic foil material with gold stone trims definitely for anybody who wants to get noticed poolside. The 50’s inspired Brangelina Bikini with its pretty Liberty print will show off your curves perfectly Last but least the elegant & chic Chloe Zebra Bikini should be on everybody’s holiday wish list. This bandeau style bikini with dazzling horseshoe detail on the bust and waist creates a feminine hourglass silhouette. – All from UK brand Pistol Panties and all with 50% Off!

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One not to be missed is this sensational figure enhancing Wrap Swimsuit from La Perla or inject a serious dash of colour to your beachwear look with this vibrant blue Chloe Solo swimsuit from Pistol Panties. This black sleek Poolside Dress from French label Iodus is another one definitely not to be missed from your holiday wardrobe!

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Turn some heads and have some fun in this playful Zanzibar leopard print bikini from La Perla , be glamorously attired in this beautiful Morokko Swimsuit creation from hip swimwear label Mouille or what about the sensational multi coloured leopard print Molly Purple two piece? Certain to get you noticed!

imageFor these and lots more sensational Summer Sale bargains, shop early at the sale page over at Fox and Rose!

Finally, you can find even more wonderful swimwear bargains over at our retro-inspired sister site Joanna’s Wardrobe where there’s 40% off all beachwear!

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Ethically Made Lingerie at Fox and Rose

There has been a lot of talk online recently about ethically made lingerie and why it’s important. It’s a subject that most people don’t even consider when purchasing their underwear. We don’t think to ask questions like where was it made? Where did the fabrics come from? Who were the workers that actually made it? Did the manufacturing of it impact on the environment?

Ethical Lingerie at Fox and Rose

So why are these things important?

We’ve read a lot of reports in the newspapers or watched documentaries on the TV about big brands being found out for using cheap labour in third world countries to make their garments. Most recently there was the shocking news of the Savar building collapse in Bangladesh where over a thousand people lost their lives, many of them working in factories that produced clothing for brands such as Monsoon Accessorize, Primark and Matalan.

These are high profile examples of why knowing who is actually making your item is important. However, also knowing an item is made locally means that you know they were made by local people who have local jobs. All of these things impact positively on the environment and the economy. If the brand also uses locally resourced fabrics then even better, they won’t have to transport the fabric thousands of miles to the factory. Less fuel is used which reduces the negative impact of the environment and local fabric manufacturers benefit.

Ethically made lingerie available on Fox and Rose

So, the next time you head online or have a shopping trip to your local high street, have a think about who made that bra you’re thinking of purchasing and what was the journey from conception to your shopping bag. And if you want to know which brands we sell that are ethically made, look no further.

Soire Plunge Push Up Bra by Cosabella

Cosabella

Very much a family run business, Cosabella have their headquarters in Miami, Florida but are actually an Italian brand who produce all of their products in Italy where they must abide by the strict labor laws. This allows them to combine American innovation with fine Italian craftsmanship.

Just Married Silk Knickers by Ell & Cee

Ell & Cee

A truly British brand, Ell & Cee were founded by fashion graduate Laura Cloke and manufacture all their pieces within the UK, although all their hand-beaded designs are outsourced to India. However, many of their garments are hand finished by their in-house team in the UK which adds to their bespoke quality.

Natalia Chemise by Sally Jones

Sally Jones

Australian brand Sally Jones source their finest silks and lace from France and throughout Europe but hand cut and produce all of their garments locally in their home country. They are also huge supporters of Desert Flower, a worldwide organisation that fights for the abolishment of gential mutilation.

Stephanie Silk Soft Bra & Briefs by Ayten Gasson

Ayten Gasson

Available on our sister site, Joanna’s Wardrobe, Ayten Gasson design and manufacture all their lingerie and loungewear in the UK. Every single piece of lace that goes onto their garments is also sourced in the UK, with vintage lace coming from the old mills in Nottingham, an area that was once famous for its lace production. In 2011 they launched their first eco range using fabrics made from organic silk where the thread is produced using cruelty free methods.

Other Brands

You also can’t forget about brands such as Kiss Me Deadly who produce about 60% of their lingerie in the UK. They also use fabrics sourced from off-cut pieces left over by bigger brands, so at one point you could match your Kiss Me Deadly pinstripe girdle to a Fantasie Simone Bra. And as mentioned in our previous post, Playful Promises have design and produced their limited edition Circus Collection right here in the UK.

So, the next time you add a bra to your shopping basket stop for a minute and ask ‘do I really know where this comes from?’

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Happy Birthday Playful Promises!

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London based lingerie brand Playful Promises are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. This is quite a milestone for any company who has fought and survived the recession but what’s even more impressive is the fact that Playful Promises is an indie lingerie brand, which means they design and manufacture everything themselves. Not always something that’s easy in this day and age.

Created by Emma Parker in 2004 after purchasing her very first pair of ‘grown-up’ knickers, Playful Promises produce delicious intimates for women who like to be different, who like to say ‘hey, this is me, take it or leave it’. They’re confident in themselves and love to be daring and sexy but also don’t take themselves too seriously. Each piece is fun, flirty and sometimes just a little bit saucy!

For their 10th anniversary they have just released their Circus Collection, an assortment of beautifully designed pieces with a circus twist. Each unique piece is dark and decadent with a hint of luxury and are reminiscent of the showgirls of the Edwardian travelling cabarets.

Playful Promises lipstick camisole and knickers

Playful Promises twisted circus teal bra and briefs

The collection features camisole and knicker sets with delicate black eyelash lash trimming, bodysuits in shiny black or gold Lycra, bra and brief sets with peep-hole cut out sections and gold or black fringed harness playsuits with matching open bra and hipster briefs.

Playful Promises dazzle body in old gold

Playful Promises twisted circus print bra

Each and every piece has been designed and manufactured right here in the UK with exclusive prints created by London artist Karina Akopyan. The Twisted Circus Print Bra and Briefs feature a quirky print with an assortment of salacious sword swallowers, libertinous lion trainers, kinky clowns and erotic aerialists all on a black stain background.

Playful Promises showgirl gold fringe playsuit

Playful Promises teal camisole and knickers

Playful Promises dazzle body black

Unfortunately the entire collection has been made in a very limited edition run, which means that you can only get hold of any of these pieces directly from Playful Promises themselves. However, you can still order their stunning current collection from Fox and Rose. From pink neon lingerie sets overlayed with black eyelash lace to burlesque inspired open cup bras in ruby red or mysterious black, we think you’ll still find something to create your very own circus inspiration at home.

Playful Promises collection

So what do you think of the Circus Collection?

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