Colgate Couture – What Lies Beneath: Sly, Sensual Suggestions

A man’s fantasy and a woman’s true love affair, lingerie made innovative strides at the spring 2009 ready-to-wear shows. Cupid’s slumberous yet seductive arrow hit the most inventive of designers. The spell cast? Sweet romance and ultimate relaxation. Bed-ready clothing made a lasting impression at Dolce & Gabbana, creating a dream-like state of silky pajama sets, robe inspired coats and cozy footwear, all fit for the streets, not for the bedroom. But for Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Yves Saint Laurent, Thakoon and Sonia Rykiel, seduction stole the show and was the least bit shy. It all depends on your flash and flare.

Alberta Ferretti played with lingerie inspired camisoles, shorts and jackets, recalling glamour of the 1920s flapper era with slip dresses, shiny bodysuits and fringe accents. The featherweight fabrics flowed with a sophisticated romance as models sported crimson lips and tousled updos. The secret to making the smooth silks and shimmery satins a true spring recreation? Pile on the jewels. At Dolce & Gabbana the stripped and spotted gentlemen pajamas bathed in diamond and pearl brooches, complimented with gold and black sequined purses and statement headbands covered in bows and silk chiffon. The more ornament, the better.

Mrs. Prada brought glamour and lustfulness to classic dresses and below-the-knee skirts. The 1950s allure of body hugging silhouettes stayed true, but created quite the stir with ruched bras, that most find only in the bedroom. Open jackets, secured by a drawstring at the collarbone, left only one conclusion: a slight tug and these women would stand nearly naked. The contrast of a classic skirt and a barely-there bra brought a fresh dynamic to a sensual look. Prada highlighted sophistication with delicate drop earrings and hair pulled into tight chignons.

Sonia Rykel and 3.1 Phillip Lim made the lingerie inspired look more than accessible. So how do you wear this look with out looking like a high-end call girl? A mix and match of silky fabrics and tough girl accents. Silk pants showed up at Peter Som, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Behnaz Sarafpour and Doo.Ri. Perfect for the day or night out, these pants are also packed with the comfort of a pajama pant, but were paired with sequined tops and sky-high heels. The perfect look for evening came from Sonia Rykiel who paired a pajama style pant with a studded biker jacket that made the look speedy rather than sleepy. A lingerie camisole with a black leather jacket is the easiest way to mimic this look.

For more recessionista-chic options, although we adore Dolce & Gabbana and French fashion maven Sonia Rykel, Vince makes the ultimate “Suave Crop Pant” in black that mimics the silky sleepwear-look flawlessly. Not only do they feel soft but also sexy paired with cage heels. VPL created a “Barely There Bra Top” made of two-tone ribbed cotton jersey. No need to wear it alone because it will become your best layering piece over a simple tank top. Only Hearts “Superfine Romper” can work for both in the bed and on the streets. The jersey romper with ruching at the neck and a tie at the waist looks perfect with slouchy boots and an oversized cardigan.

There’s no need to keep intimates only for your own eyes because this season what works inside the bedroom works outside just as well, or maybe even better.