In a major programming shift from the two presentations, the final runway show of Lingerie Fashion Week Day 2 featured Secrets in Lace, Bettie Page Lingerie and Stockings, and Dita Von Teese stockings. Secrets in Lace offers classic and retro lingerie, loungewear, and, most particularly, stockings. Looking for girdles, slips, bullet bras, and fully-fashioned seamed nylon stockings? Secrets in Lace has your back. They sell their own in-house brands as well as classics like Rago, and there is a sheer robe trimmed with feathers that needs to be in my closet.. I can’t quite decide if their catalogue images are deliberately old-fashioned or weirdly dated, but there’s something that’s both kind of charming and also slightly … off about them. Nevertheless, I was very much looking forward to the show, and secretly hoped for some camp theatricality, to go along with the heightened, slightly kitschy, retro glamor.
MY EVERY PRAYER WAS ANSWERED.
YOU GUYS THIS SHOW WAS THE GREATEST! THIS is how you do a lingerie fashion show. The styling was impeccable (the hair and makeup were PERFECT), the soundtrack was classic burlesque and big band songs (although the songs really, really needed to be queued up better– the dead space between them really disrupted the pace of the show), and above all there was a welcome sense of story, of fun, and of playfulness.
The stockings were, of course perfect. They were nearly all authentic nylon stockings, and many were fully-fashioned, featuring a backseam and dramatic heels. All-nylon stockings feel amazing, but they don’t have the stretch of modern stockings, so they can eventually go baggy– take a look at the right ankle of the model in the pink/leopard suspender belt below.
I LOVE the way the model below is wearing her suspender belt over a tap pant– it’s such a sassy, flirty look! The shapewear below is by Rago, an American lingerie company that’s been creating shapewear and girdles since 1945.
What a freaking fantastic look, from the Bettie Page Lingerie collection:
At this point you’re asking yourself, “Sweets, how is your seat the best seat in the house?” Answer: “I was cruelly assigned to the second row, but then I stole a front row seat next to the amazing Arabelle of Fashion Pirate.” Seriously, I might have cried if I hadn’t been able to see all of this show. I love seeing the fashion-forward, edgy, cool designer lingerie shows, don’t get me wrong. This show, however, is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.
Okay, okay, okay you GUYS! What happened next was:
These three ladies came out, in one of the robes I keep telling my family I want for a birthday present and they never believe me:
And then they did a choreographed burlesque striptease.
And they were the cutest.
And the best.
And I really wanted to whistle and cheer and clap for them, but everyone was being all serious and fashion-y, so I didn’t.
And then this lady came out and it was beautiful:
And then this lady came out, and ditto, just in black:
And they were also lovely:
As was she, in tiny white polka dots, with polka-dotted stockings:
And then PETTICOATS:
And then finally RUFFLES:
Yep. So, that was the Secrets in Lace Show. It was the greatest ever. I want to go to the Secrets in Lace Show every weekend. It was darling and delightful and fun and cheeky and stylish and brand-specific and it is How You Should Do A Lingerie Runway Show. It is not enough to put a pretty girl in underwear and curl her hair and send her down the runway to generic club music. A runway show is the moment for a brand to tell me a story and create a world. Secrets in Lace, you get an A+.