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Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Fans.

It’s time for Totally Retro Tuesday and I have a fabulous one for us to dissect today. I present today, for your viewing pleasure, Swanettes Lingerie. Let’s just soak it in for a moment and see if there are any details that jump out.

Swanettes Lingerie

Swanettes Lingerie

Kinda pretty isn’t it?

I really like the stylized illustration. The minimalist design pulls the observer in and gives a real sense of importance to the lingerie framed by the white ‘wings’ of her glamorous gown.

The negligee is hyper-realized and rendered in exquisite detail, whereas the Lady is simply composed of body parts, which tells us where the important message in the advertisement lies. It’s all about the lingerie and the Lady is merely there to provide context and “Vanna White” display hands.

This lady has mad skills when it comes to making things look fancy and eliciting Ooohs and Ahhhhs out of the crowds!

This lady has mad skills when it comes to making things look fancy and eliciting Ooohs and Ahhhhs out of the crowds!

So, that’s rather disrespectful of the brand, to just throw our blue girl under a bus and shower adoration on their product alone… but we’ll let that go. For now…

What do you suppose the deal is with her ‘Swan wings’? I’m guessing that the black choker {that doesn’t look at all like her neck has been slit and reattached with duct tape} and the fluffy white wings are meant to symbolise or infer a “Swan” imagery, after all, this is for Swanettes!

Or, maybe I’m being a bit too obvious, perhaps they are just meant to be her clothing and who doesn’t love to wear a choker? Frankly, they look lovely!

Are they meant to be super-fluffy, white, fur coat arms?

Marilyn is looking a wee bit anxious here, perhaps she realizes (having an exceptionally high IQ) that the tides will turn against the wearing and usage of fur in fashion and that she may catch some flack for this... or maybe she's just afraid that it isn't really dead and is getting ready to eat her!  Gah!!! Drop the coat and RUN Marilyn... RUUUUUNNNNNN.

Marilyn is looking a wee bit anxious here, perhaps she realizes (having an exceptionally high IQ) that the tides will turn against the wearing and usage of fur in fashion and that she may catch some flack for this... or maybe she's just afraid that it isn't really dead and is getting ready to eat her! Gah!!! Drop the coat and RUN Marilyn... RUUUUUNNNNNN.

Maybe a peignoir, and as usually happens when anyone ever dares to wear a peignoir, a huge wind has come up and caused it to take flight all around her?

She's just tempting fate by doing that... pretty daring! Peignoir picture from Bombshellshocked

She's just tempting fate by doing that... pretty daring! Peignoir picture from Bombshellshocked

Nah, I think she may in fact be wearing an uber-fluffy bathrobe, which is why her hair is in that cute little pony tail, she was just bathing the stress of the day away, but knows that too much washing will strip her hair of its essential oils.

Now THAT'S a Bathrobe!

Now THAT'S a Bathrobe!

Now she’s just trying to figure out how to put the darn negligee on, but the couple of brewskis…errrr, glasses of champagne that she imbibed during her bath are messing with her ability to make common sense decisions and decipher top from bottom. Sheez Louise, she’s even managed to tie the middle up in a knot somehow… good luck getting it on now sister!

I’m having a really hard time reconciling the placement of her ‘Vanna hands’ and the rest of her body… they seem to be separate from the rest of her. Disembodied if you will.

The Disembodied Hand From Calvin and Hobbes

The Disembodied Hand From Calvin and Hobbes

Actually, if you take into account the blue colour and the disembodied hands and crazy anatomical organization, then I think it reminds me a wee bit more of this:

…friend liiiiike MEEEEEEEE! Awesome little ear worm to carry you on through your day :)

Cheers,

Maggie

Peignoirs Explained

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Folk!

I’m reeling in shock right now, because it would appear that spring has ACTUALLY shown up!!!! Better late than never right?

In honour of the glorious sunshine and warm balmy breezes I thought I would write about something that is just begging to flutter in the wind… the peignoir.

Now you may be asking yourself, why I would want to discuss something that hasn’t been in fashion since Samantha wiggled her nose on bewitched…

You would be right to wonder, you see I lent a circa 1970′s little paperback, romance novel to a dear friend with strict instructions that he was to read it and that he couldn’t start any other books until he was finished.

That the experience would be enlightening was a given. That I would be harrassed, so many times with questions as to, “What the heck certain words meant”, from a university educated and (… or so I thought) frankly rather intelligent fella I was not prepared for. The one that he was completely peaked about was ‘peignoir’.

He hated how much attention some nonsensical thing-a-ma-jig was given and the fact that he was clueless as to what it meant.

Unfortunately, he was even more annoyed when he googled and found out it was just a really flimsy nightgown and realized that most of the foolish plot had been arranged just so that the wind would blow through as the heroine was wearing it.

Apparently, the mystique of a woman in a gauzy nightgown isn’t quite as compelling in this day and age of thongs and brazillian waxing as it was back then.

Why the heck is it always so windy around them anyways? They may have mystical powers over the weather or something… you never see them just hanging limply now do you?

{fyi, I thought he would be more irritated by the many euphemisms for male and female genitalia and the description of the hero as being a “fabio-type” of a guy}

So, because I only just stopped laughing at him yesterday and it was on my mind, here for your benefit is an explanation of what a PEIGNOIR is and why it deserves to be acclaimed and desired!

Whenever I think of a classic Femme Fatale, I always picture her wearing a peignoir, much like the one pictured here on the stunning Carole Landis.

A peignoir, is a dressing gown or robe that a woman wears over her nightgown for modesty. However, as it usually made of see through gauzy material, it only hid her form through mulitple pleats, layers or folds. Peignoirs are generally loose fitting garments and thus not really recommended for a good weinie roast over an open fire.

So there you have it folks, the peignoir explained.

Oh, I should also mention, that I wasn’t entirely accurate when I said that no one really wore them anymore. Kiss Me Deadly has a gorgeous one in the Van Doren Collection. Isn’t it stunning? You can still buy stunning vintage lingerie peignoirs in pristine, packaged condition but they never seem to get any promotion now do they?

Frankly, I would love to swan around in my negligee and peignoir. It looks so glamorous doesn’t it?

Cheers,

Maggie

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