Inspired by Valentine’s Day, Annabelle Mallia set off in search of sexy lingerie to add some spice to the bedroom.
Don't let the cold stop you from stripping down to reveal these luxury undergarments.
It’s zero degrees outside and everyone is layered up with stockings, plus pants, plus winter coats thrown over the top of thermal skivvies and thick woolen sweaters. But even under all those layers, you shouldn’t put to sleep your love for lingerie. Luckily for you and your special someone, Berlin offers some great spots for luxury undergarments.
One of Berlin’s signature brands, Claudia Kleinert’s 10-year- old label Blush (RosaLuxemburg-Str. 22, www.blush-berlin.de) is on a mission to bring more love into this world. From babydoll chemises to eye masks in the style of Doris Day, Blush items are both frivolous and elegant and hint at a vintage French boudoir aesthetic from the ‘70s. Not too far away, set in a decadent boudoir with red satiny wallpaper and velvet curtains, MiauMiau (Kollwitzstr. 53, www. salonkatzen.jimdo.com) presents the finest lingerie, stockings, and sleepwear from international labels. Try on sensual and daring cuts by French label Maison Lejaby, the dramatic designs of Marlies | Dekkers, loved by celebs the world over, and the Von Follies label by burlesque star Dita Von Teese. With sizes A to G in stock, bustier women will be well looked after here. Over in Berlin’s West, designer Elena Krebs brings the past back at her high- end corset boutique Revanche de la Femme (Uhlandstr. 50, www.rdlf.de). Worn under or over dresses, her corsets add oldworld glamour to the contemporary wardrobe. The rich fabrics and colors are sourced from traditional weavers in Italy, France, and England, which the designer also crafts into skirts, boleros, and accessories. Saving the raunchiness for the end, Très Bonjour ( Torstr. 3, www.tresbonjour.de) can only be described as femininity wrapped up in latex. The colorful and soft latex undergarments, leggings, dresses, and accessories are a playful blend of elegance and eroticism, but are also extremely comfortable. So don’t let the cold stop you from stripping down this Valentine’s Day.
Miau Miau on Kollwitzstraße.