IN BETWEEN the lines

Luxury Lingerie Blurs The Contours Of Fantasy And Reality

Fashion Editor: Nadine Kam
Photographer: Leah Ball
Model: Michelle Vawer
Makeup/Hair: Melanie Madamba

“Fantasy and clothes go together a lot.” – Andy Warhol

Let’s face it: Unless you’re traveling or working on the most exciting project known to man, you could probably sleepwalk through your daily routine.

A life without an element of surprise is no life at all, so why reserve luxurious lingerie strictly for the boudoir when it’s possible to occupy a multitude of roles with the simple transformation that comes from slipping on a provocative, sexy or ultra-femme bit of lace and silk?

No one else need know that beneath your proper facade beats the heart of a biker, flower child innocent, blushing bride or burlesque queen.

The persona you adopt may be your little secret, but it’s one waiting to be discovered by a stranger with a passion for mysteries.

Christian lacroix’s limited-edition garden bra ($135), from princesse tam-tam, royal hawaiian center, is paired with a Margherita Mazzei cult brief from ai amour luxury lingerie. accessories: Black bow ring with crystals by dior ($535); elle couture Jewellery collection 18-karat gold weave necklace ($3,800) and matching bracelet ($1,750); and ippolita silver bangles with five clear crystals ($295) and eight clear crystals ($525) from neiman Marcus. Worn with Manolo Blahnik silver satin jeweled sedaraby sandal ($715), also from Neiman Marcus.

The girl who’s born to be wild will gravitate toward John galliano’s leather-braided bra ($240) and matching noir thong ($145) from ai amour luxury lingerie. the ensemble is topped off with a catherine Malandrino leather motorcycle jacket ($895), plus ippolita silver drop crystal earrings ($395) from neiman Marcus. sunglasses are from escada ($235), and the boots are the model’s own.

Play Jane to his tarzan in cosabella’s amore Mio push-up bra ($52) and bikini ($22), in a Bloomingdale’s and hawaii exclusive animal print.

The blushing bride wears cosabella’s white bridal babydoll with blue satin ribbon ($90), with matching bridal g-string ($20) and bridal garter ($20). accessories: Manolo Blahnik ivory satin ossiedony sandal ($685) and ippolita silver necklace with clear crystal ($595) from neiman Marcus, and elle couture Jewellery collection 14-karat yellow gold south sea white pearl earrings ($2,500). Veil from the Bridal Boutique.

Live like a queen for a day in a chantal thomas bra ($245) and panty ($125) set from ai amour luxury lingerie. Worn with shaesby gold-scalloped earrings ($1,290) from neiman Marcus, vintage gold and ruby drop necklace from Mellow antiques, and an elle couture Jewellery collection 14-karat white gold, 2.2-carat diamond bracelet ($5,200) and 18-karat gold weave ring ($765).

Malizia by la perla ninfea push-up bra ($110) and matching panty ($50) from ai amour luxury lingerie, royal hawaiian center. accessories from neiman Marcus are tori Burch vegetarian leather sandals ($325) and ippolita long silver necklace with clear crystals ($350).

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