Nowadays, there is a ton of lingerie on the market that draws subtle inspiration from kink culture, whether it’s strappy knickers or bras with attached collars. And while it’s awesome to see these styles trending, let’s not forget about the many incredible, independent designers creating lingerie that is more ouvert in its kinkspiration.
In January of this year, Hopeless released the Garden of Earthly Delights collection, also known as G.O.E.D. It’s an exploration of complexity, opposition, and contradiction. According to the brand, this is a collection for the angel in hell or the devil in heaven.
Rapture and Repent immediately caught my eye for its darkly original, fetish-inspired designs. The designer, Monika Cibulskis, first started selling lingerie and accessories while studying fashion at Ryerson University in Canada.
Wolf & Whistle was launched in 2012 under the umbrella brand of Playful Promises. This activewear collection initially drew my attention for its style, but it wasn’t until I saw that this collection is made from recycled plastic bottles that I knew I had to buy it!
Anyone with an interest in fetish lingerie or sustainable fashion should have The End on their radar. This is one of the few brands that boasts a commitment to both. The End was started by Bei Kuo in 2016 in New York City.
Opaak is a German lingerie brand that specialises in elegant, sporty designs and sustainable fashion. The brand was founded in 2017 by Agathe Muffert, whose aim was to create cool, modern lingerie without bows, flowers, or decorated lace.
New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to bring out the glitziest items in your closet. From glitter to rhinestones to metallic colours (and more glitter!), I love seeing friends and celebrities alike ringing in the New Year wearing outfits that are sparkly and glamorous.
Solstice Intimates is an independent, American lingerie brand based in Arizona. Bright and whimsical, it brings deliciously retro patterns to contemporary lingerie styles. Thanks to their unique designs and their prominent use of velvet, I’ve been a fan of Solstice for a while.
When I initially discovered the brand Evgenia Lingerie, my first thought was luxury. The designer behind the brand, Stephanie Bodnar, has an exquisite eye for gorgeous, luxe fabrics. Her pieces wink at vintage undergarments, but she brings a unique modern flair to her designs.
I interviewed Jessica Ding to learn more about her creative process, how feminism impacts her work, and how trying to start a small business while working full time can sometimes feel like a long-distance relationship.