Hidden away in a corner of Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew is a cavern of sensuality and mischief. A play pen, if you will, for those already versed in seduction or for those who desire a lesson in the ageless art. I coyly slinked into Agent Provocateur, the London-born, French-influenced lingerie house, for a rendezvous with the Autumn/Winter collection that will be peppered through stores between now and late November.
With the assistance of a pink-frocked, black-laced Miss AP expert, I was cinched, clipped, and bound into the most coveted of underthings. Modesty disappeared in a puff of smoky eyes as I poised, scantily swathed, beside the pretty stranger.
The inspiration attached to the upcoming collection has suggestions of vintage 1950s, Gatsby glamour, art deco architecture, and that iconic “Too Funky” video by George Michael, which appropriately asks, “Would you like me to seduce you?” It’s a harem of muses that play surprisingly well together.
Various scenes drenched in a lascivious glow pranced before my eyes as my body was repeatedly covered and uncovered in silk chiffon, French embroidered tulle and Leavers lace constructed into luxurious bras, knickers, thongs, waspies, robes and basques. The latter had suspenders grazing my thighs and I had to wonder if the garter belts were for decorative or practical purposes.
According to the sales associates, garter belt use is on the rise. With Mad Men still influencing fashion, women are resorting to pieces that bring out their femininity, such as traditional clips and stockings that hide under pencil skirts from the era.
The lingerie, while beautifully captivating to gaze upon, is also compelling in its design and construction. Such innovations as the spray-painted lace took seven years to perfect–a technique that meticulously colours each strand of textile in small batches. Other details, like adjustable lines, ensure those pieces with crisscrossing straps fit each unique body without gapes or strains.
Rather than pushing up and padding, their bras embrace a natural breast size. Agent Provocateur garments create a shape without forcing one–a lingerie line that encourages women to appreciate their natural bodies.
Fitting room tips:
1. You should be able to fit two fingers in the back of your bra-band to allow for fluctuating size.
2. Always wiggle and pull your breasts into the cups when trying on bras to ensure a proper fit.
3. Hook the top and bottom clasps of a basque first before cinching yourself in with the remaining clips.
4. Waspies should be worn around your waistline to create a natural curve.
Agent Provocateur is also available in store in Montreal and online at agentprovocateur.com