Leopard and Lace and (Sexy) Stockings, Oh My! Lingerie Fashion Week Brings the Bang to Your Boudoir

Lingerie Fashion Week brings sexy back (again) for season two with its S/S 2014 runway show.

Blonde Lingerie Model

For the uninitiated, Lingerie Fashion Week is a lot like MBFW, but with less clothes and a salacious mid-show performance. Well-attired guests were treated to a warm video welcome from Dita Von Teese followed by a runway performance featuring Secrets in Lace’s Bettie Page retro-chic lingerie and stockings.

Mixed Lingerie Collage

Leopard print abounded, as did blue, pinks and reds, dots, classic bridal white, and ready-for-anything black.

The Pinks Collage

There were barely-there thongs, sexy push up bras, garters, sheer pieces, shapewear and more modeled by gals of varying heights and body types. The one thing they had in common: They all looked hot, hot, hot!

Lingerie FW Dance Collage

After a mid-show performance by the gorgeous Ginger Valentine, Missy Lisa, and Angie B’Lovely –who were each clad in pieces from the leopard collection– we were given a crash course in Secrets in Lace’s celebrated stockings.

Dita Stockings Image

Daniel J. Whitsett, President and Co-Founder of Secrets in Lace, gave us the scoop on what makes the Dita Von Teese line of stockings so damn sexy:

DVT Stockings Collage

  • These stockings are made of Nylon (no Lycra), which makes them ultra-sheer. Pinup models like Bettie Page wore stockings like these. These fully fashioned stockings are sewn using the same machines from the ‘40s and ‘50s Pinup era (others are made on an ‘80s-style machine). As a result of the Nylon, they come in more sizes than regular stockings that are less sheer and stretch more.
  • The classic fully fashioned style stockings are stitched together ½ at a time. As a result, there’s a small hole in the stitching at the top back of the tights called a keyhole.
  • The heels have extra material (reinforced heel and toe) to prevent damage caused by friction from shoes rubbing against them.
  • The diamond effect took two hours on the machine to create (twice the time it takes for a regular pair). It’s a lot harder than it looks: The first diamonds came out looking like shark teeth.
  • These stockings are “guaranteed to run” (ha ha) but if you’re careful, you can get 10 to 12 wears out of one pair. If you’re not careful (think hangnails, pulling them on too roughly), they’ll last for about one wear… maybe (eek!).

[Note: The Bettie Page nylon stocking collection, a favorite of Dita Von Teese, ranges from $29 to $59.99 and are available for purchase here.]

Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor. 

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