You may have seen our beautiful, and incredibly seductive, new photographs gradually appearing on the Fox and Rose website of the stunning new Shell Belle Couture range. We think the alluring boudoir styling of these fits the brand perfectly.
Shell Belle Couture came to life in 2010 when lingerie designer, Michelle Blenkinsopp, decided she wanted to design her own luxury beach and boudoir collections. Having previously worked for lingerie giant Janet Reger, as well as Debenhams and Next, she already had 20 years of experience under her belt and even turned down the chance to work for Victoria’s Secret! Starting her own business was going to give her the chance to have free reign on the designs, something she had never completely had before due to budgeting and branding policies.
Michelle’s obsession with vintage lingerie strongly influenced her love of luxury silk and lace fabrics, intricate detailing and long-forgotten techniques, all of which were not possible in high street brands. She wanted to create pieces of lingerie that were so special they became heirlooms, the sort of pieces given as part of a traditional bridal trousseau. Each design looks and feels as if it could easily have been created in the 1930s, yet, of course, is constructed with today’s woman in mind.
Designed in their English studio in Bude, Cornwall and lovingly crafted in Mauritius, where Michelle and her husband had lived for several years before returning to the UK, each piece really is the epitome of luxury lingerie. Brides-to-be and lovers of elegant glamour just can’t get enough and we think you’ll fall in love with them too when you see our photographs.
The Beau Lace Robe oozes glamour; it’s just the sort of item you could imagine Greta Garbo or Jean Harlow lounging in on the set of their latest movie. Made entirely in delicate ornate lace, its kimono style sleeves and jacket style lapel are trimmed in the finest silk and is finished with a matching waist belt. It comes in both black and cream and is worn here with the beautiful Peep Tanga which can be mixed and matched.
How sexy is this photograph? It just screams Shell Belle Couture with its boudoir setting and alluring styling. Its just what every woman hopes she looks like to her special someone. At the front the Gatsby Brief is made from luxurious silk crepe de chine, appliquéd with gold leavers lace and is finished with tiny matching bows at the sides. The back, however, is made from sheer spot tulle, giving anyone lucky enough to see a cheeky surprise!
The limited edition Standing Ovation Slip and Brief Set comes in Creme Brulee and Black. Made using exclusive French clipped leavers lace sourced from one of Paris’ finest Couture houses, it is not only the height of luxury, but it is utterly seductive too. The very low back neckline features criss-cross straps and is tied together with delicate lacing which can be pulled tight to close the slip or left looser to add a hint of temptation.
Both slips come with matching ouvert briefs which feature an open back seam that is tantalisingly held together with tiny matching bows. What more could a girl want?
The Tease Suspender Brief combines luxury with practicality. There’s no need for a separate suspender belt with these briefs as they come with their own removable suspender clips attached. Made from Shell Belle Couture’s finest lace, they scoop low across the back to allow you to tease your partner with just the right amount of revealing skin and are finished with adjustable silk strap detailing around the waist. Shown here with the matching Tease Bra in black.
The Tease range also comes in a romantic pink champagne and is seen here in the Tease Tanga and Bra. Both pieces are made from washed silk and feature a floral lace overlay on the bra and appliquéd detail on the tanga. Like the briefs, both have detailing of silk strapping with the tanga finishing at the back in a t-shape style, complete with a matching silk bow.
For the ultimate luxury in briefs you can’t go wrong with the Untie Me Lace and Crystal Brief. Both cute and sexy, these ultra feminine briefs are made from vintage style sheer spot tulle and are appliquéd at the back with leavers lace. They tie up seductively at the sides with large spot tulle bows and feature a line of perfectly placed Swarovski crystals along the cheek line.
We think you’ll agree that Michelle definitely did the right thing by setting up on her own!