“Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” This infamous line (and blistering clapback) from Walt Whitman embodies the criss-crossed complexity of human nature, a strange and shimmering landscape shaped by contradiction, the push and pull of head and heart and light and dark. There is a duality that exists in all of us, desires that wax and wane as boldly as the moon. We delight in our multitudes, our lush and layered abundance, how we defy categorization and outgrow the boxes people try to put us in, how we never stop unfolding, how we never stop surprising ourselves.
There are two sides to every story and every woman, and where they meet is where we are our truest selves, both innocent and in control, both sensual and scorching. An angel in hell; a devil in heaven. Skintight red mesh and voluminous frills. May we never stop embracing the parts of ourselves that don’t fit together neatly. May we never stop reveling in how good it feels to be bad.
The latest collection from our favorites at Hopeless Lingerie, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” is a celebration of the sweetest taboos, an exploration of duality, complexity, and contradiction that plays out through luscious offerings like fiery red mesh and cutouts paired with cascading layers of feminine lace. Inspired by the surreal and detail-drenched visions of the afterlife in the artwork of Hieronymus Bosch and the enticingly lurid exploitation cinema of the 80s and 90s, the collection is a breath of fresh air, both over-the-top playful and stop-you-in-your-tracks provocative, featuring plenty of the cult classic Australian brand’s signature details, like strappy harnesses, curve-enhancing cutouts, and romantic shapes constructed from sheer lace.
Touching on everything from the chic appeal of structured retro shapes to raw empowerment of body positive raunchiness, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is just that, a reminder of the undeniable sexiness of embracing the shifting sway of our contradictions and giving in to both the angel and the devil sitting on our shoulders. There is power in letting yourself be everything all at once. Whether you’re in the mood for lust or love or all of the above, we guarantee this collection has you covered. Shop our favorite pieces here.