Have you ever felt that vintage clothing and accessories often carry so much more mystique and glamour than their modern counterparts? Lingerie design house What Katie Did are no strangers to vintage elegance, creating, as they do, collections of faux vintage underpinnings that would not look out of place in a Golden Era film-star’s armoire. But even the colors of the past have names that conjure up images of old Hollywood stars: why say dusky pink when you can say ‘ashes of roses’, ‘turtle dove’ is far more romantic than gray, or ‘vermilion’ – so much more evocative than plain old red? What Katie Did feel the same, which is why, this November, they are expanding their hugely popular Striptease collection with a brand new, but very vintage color. Lingerie devotees will now be able to embrace their inner starlet in gloriously named eau-de-nil satin. You could call it ‘aqua’ or ‘duck egg blue’ if you like, but that doesn’t sound nearly so glamorous!
Striptease was inspired by the legendary burlesque artistes of the 1940s and 50s, with pieces names after the famed Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. It is the ultimate mix-and-match lingerie collection, all in deliciously soft satin; with the new eau-de-nil shade joining the classic black, peach, claret and purple already available. Knickers come bedecked with ballerina ruffles, or cute, fluted legs; the Gypsy Rose bralet and bestselling side tie knickers are sexy yet sophisticated, perfectly evoking their namesake; and the Lilian bralet and bloomers resemble nothing so much as a silent film star’s most saucy smalls. Accessorized with matching garters and eye masks, the Striptease collection works equally well as sleepwear, boudoir glamour or even as burlesque costumes! It’s as practical as it is pretty, and as naughty as it is nice.
With Christmas and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, vintage vixens and girls-next-door alike are encouraged to start dropping hints to their significant others as soon as possible. Or perhaps an even bigger hint is needed… for what could be more sophisticated on your wedding night than elegant eau-de-nil?