Lascivious is one of those rare brands that manages to stride the line between sex and fashion successfully. In intimate apparel, maintaining an appeal that is both arousing and aesthetically respected by arbiters of style is a goal aimed for by most and missed nearly as often. Their signature of subtle but flawlessly executed seduction is not only showing no signs of waning, but continues to garner accolades. With a Swim line released this Spring and now a collaboration with corset and accessories couturier Sian Hoffman for the Fall, Lascivious has cemented itself as an industry favorite.
The perfectly-named label has built its reputation on a killer combination of strong shapes and kinky details. Graphic styles in basic shades- most often, black- create visually bold looks. Looks, that upon closer inspection, feature cut-outs exposing amounts of skin ranging from a full breast ( the ‘Milla’ frame bra) to a sliver of skin at the central cleavage (as with their ‘Peeper’ bra and bikini top). There may be a mere missing inch on the hip of a garter belt, or an entirely open crotch and bottom on a brief. Either way, it is always the perfect balance between flesh and fabric. The latter of which ranges from lace to latex…
A mini collection with latex designer William Wilde is just one of their recent collaborations, and Lascivious expertly employ the most delicate of sheers. Their ‘Kitty’ cupless bra, ouvert and suspender is, an at-first, simple-seeming three piece set, constructed from layers of fine silk tulle. This sweet, ruffled transparency belies the deviant nature of the actual design. It’s a combination so enticing ‘Kitty’ has virtually gained cult status.
For this Autumn/Winter season, Lascivious has teamed up with renowned corsetier Sian Hoffman. Pieces inspired by Bataille’s infamous ‘Story of The Eye’, a BDSM classic well-loved by the best of perverts, add not just edge, but the intelligence of specific reference. ‘The Model Traitor’ is an adjustable playsuit consisting of satin straps and gun metal sliders that frame and expose in a way that accentuates the body of the wearer, the Lascivious way you could say. As this is the sort of garment they specialize in, with the addition of Hoffman’s signature hard edge.
Accessorizing the playsuit are ‘The Model Traitor’ Leather Flogger and Riding Crop. The whips are exquisitely handcrafted from leather, with the Flogger featuring a gold plated end cap and ‘O’ ring details. The Crop, in addition to the same gold plated and leather materials is also constructed from natural bamboo, treated and waxed into a tortoiseshell effect. This is luxury punishment.
These high quality details and this chic’n’shameless approach to hot, dirty sex is probably why Lascivious is continually described as ‘innovative’. The label has previously won the UK Lingerie Awards ‘Independent Brand of the Year’, ‘Rising Star’ at the UK Fashion and Textile Awards and this month, was awarded, for the second time, a place on the esteemed ‘CoolBrands’ list- a UK initiative that seeks out and recognizes the country’s strongest brands. A killer aesthetic, industry respect and fashionable collaborators lining up? Lascivious is proving it can be just as rewarding to be as naughty by nature as it can be by name.
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