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March 2017

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The Top Deadly Talent photoshoot competition - want to model KMD?

Posted 10/03/2017 at 10:29 Comments

Right, who wants to be in a Kiss Me Deadly photoshoot?!



A couple of years back I asked who the biggest deadlies were - well, or at least "who are the biggest fans who can get to London for a day" (sorry, international deadlies). Lots of people joined in the search and then we did a big show on a proper stage with House of Burlesque and Amanda from Irreverent Dance and it was amazing! Plus I still talk to the models-for-a-day quite regularly, which was very unexpected indeed.

The show was great, but I liked getting to meet people and share the pictures the most, so this year, we're going for a more intimate event.  We'll be doing a day long shoot with about 8 of you at Fontaines, a fabulous Art Deco bar in London.  I asked Claire Seville to be the photographer, as she's very used to working with people who have never modelled before  - and wrangling KMD garments.

Stocking Screams and Lipstick Queens - the photography of Claire Seville from Kiss Me Deadly on Vimeo.

Want to come and shoot with us? You'll need your camera/phone and a tape measure.  You can read the application questions here.

Basically I want to know:

How big a fan are you of Kiss Me Deadly?

Are you OK with all the practical issues around the shoot?

Some personal info because yes, I do try to make sure we include a range of people.

Your measurements -  because it's just easier to collect them now and also to check we'll have more than one thing you can wear.

Two photos, one of your KMD collection, and one of you wearing some Kiss Me Deadly where I can see your face and body. That's mostly so I know you don't utterly object to this! If it's a picture you can live with me sharing, great, but I'm fine if you only ever want pro shots out there.

To be in with a chance to join us at the shoot, fill in the form, and email info@kissmedeadly.co.uk with your two photos before the 20th March!

I look forward to hearing from you. 

 



 

 

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Dinna dinna dinna dinna LOVEBOMB! Ayten Gasson

Posted 07/03/2017 at 10:56 Comments

Fun fact; when I started working in lingerie Ayten turned out to live 15 minutes away!  Ayten is a textiles specialist and fell in love with silk and Nottingham lace long before I met her, and her work is decicated to making beautiful nightwear and lingerie from them in the UK.  Last year she opened a shop in Brighton, where you can actually watch her sew, see how the insides of Ayten Gasson garments are as beautiful as the outsides - and find some Kiss Me Deadly items!
 

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts
Fillie JDore  came to us via House of Burlesque. Fillie wears  Ayten Gasson silk teddy with Playful Promises Minimo

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin

Jess wears Kiss Me Deadly, and Twig wears Ayten Gasson silk teddy with, well, something that lurks in the back of my wardrobe most of the year.

 

Ayten Gasson is offering 15% off absolutely everything in store and online. You can take advantage of this offer throughout the event – from Monday 27th February until special day on Tuesday 7th March. Just enter LB15 at the checkout to receive your discount.

 

Dinna dinna dinna dinna LOVEBOMB! Raven Dreams

Posted 05/03/2017 at 10:40 Comments

In the decade since I joined the industry, I've moved from being sample sized to verging on plus size; most small-smalls brands stop at just under my size. So I was very pleased to see a new brand pop up a while back; Raven Dreams, made in the UK plus size lingerie and loungewear, all hand-made with passion by Abigail.

This year her collection is sheer black mesh, lace and swarovski crystal roses, all shot on Loula,  who is not only a plus model but tattoo'd and bright-red-haired to boot.

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts
Fillie JDore  and Esquire De Lune came to us via House of Burlesque;  both are regular professional dancers, cabaret and burlesque performers. Fillie wears Raven Dreams 'Quinn' corselette, and Esquire wears Undercrackers with Kiss Me Deadly cape.

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin
 

Raven Dreams collection has just been released and there is 25% off this week!

 

Dinna dinna dinna dinna LOVEBOMB! Little Women

Posted 04/03/2017 at 10:09 Comments

Little Women is one of the longest-established and only independent brands  for petite-busted women. In a world full of arguments about the price of full bust bras, it can be easy to forget that there are also women who wear AAA, AA, A or B cups, and that they don't want to be stick with teenager bras or bralets. Little Women have their own range and a careful selection of other brands to make sure that whether you're looking for a sports bra or a date bra, there's something for you. They also make a surprising number of them in the UK!

We shot these pictures in January, which meant they mostly had new Spring colours - quite a styling challenge for someone like me who mostly works in black, ivory and jewel tones!

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin
 

Twig wears Little Women underwired, padded midi line bra and brief, with Playful Promises minimo.

Gracie Disgrace wears Little Women padded bralet and knicker in black, white and silver narrow stripes with Karolina Laskowska couture cape and Kiss Me Deadly cupless vargas.

Get 15% off with discount code LOVEBOMB, ending on the 7th March!

Dinna dinna dinna dinna LOVEBOMB! Valkyrie Corsets

Posted 03/03/2017 at 00:41 Comments

I love a good corset, and it felt like it was time to return to the world of steel boned, serious shape-changing corsetry this year. I've been admiring Brighton-based brand Valkyrie Corsets from afar for a while. For those of you outside the UK and wondering; yes, Brighton has an unusual number of exciting brands for a British town. It's basically a miniature London by the sea and a has a bit of a reputation for cool creative stuff. Cool creative stuff and really dreadful hen and stag parties. Can't have everything!

I'd tried on quite a few Valkyrie styles,  courtesy of FairyGothMother, and was really looking forward to seeing what turned up for the shoot. Corsets are one of those things people tend to make one at a time so each one is a bit of a work of art.

 

You can't tell in a photo, but this burgundy corset was heavily beaded and glittered in the light with every movement.

 

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts

House of Burlesque Performers Bettsie BonBon wears Valyrie Corset with Kiss Me Deadly "Rufflebutt" high waist knicker (this works quite well to keep your corset clean, too, since it comes all the way up to under the bust).

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin

Shoes models own

Jess  wears Valkyrie green underbust corset with All Undone bra set and our cape.

 

 

Overbust or underbust corset for you?

Dinna Dinna Dinna Dinna LOVEBOMB! All Undone

Posted 02/03/2017 at 00:41 Comments

We are blessed in the UK to have a choice of full bust brands, and All Undone's made in Britain styles have a sleek, chic minimalism that was a pleasure to work with. They sent versatile black styles with glorious and subtly textured fabrics for the shoot, but they have some lovely and unusual colour combinations on their website, from 28-34, D-GG.

Also, this may shock you, but some brands would have had a problem providing none-standard sample sizes - high fashion brands especially - and so I really appreciated them sending items that fitted both Jess and Bettsie, who have very different figures - neither appreciated by modelling agencies.

To celebrate Lovebomb, All Undone are offering a whopping 50% off their gorgeous suspender belts this week!

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts

House of Burlesque Performer Bettsie BonBon wears All Undone bra set with Karolina Laskowska harnesses, and my gloves.

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin
 

Jess wears All Undone  bra and brief with Valkyrie Corsets underbust corset and our cape. Twig wears Little Women (petite-bust specialists) bra set and Playful Promises Minimo.

Would you prefer a sheer finish or the very subtle black-on-black leopard print?

 

Dinna Dinna Dinna Dinna LOVEBOMB! Undercrackers

Posted 01/03/2017 at 00:40 Comments

OK, look. I could pretend that I met this brand at an event or ran across them doing something cool but we all know that the gods-honest truth is I get bored of looking at women all day and wanted an excuse to watch Esquire De Lune do his thing.  So I googled "British men's underwear independent brand" and Undercrackers popped up. They're even MADE IN THE UK, which is practically unheard of. Brexit survival pants.

A few hours of standing behind Mr-De-Lune being as small as possibly holding up signs while he jumped about and punched the air and I was starting to wonder if I'd made a mistake, but a) making Anna from Playful look dazed when she met him and b) pictures both say it was totally worth it.

Photographer: Paul Winkler

Make-up and Hair: Emma Watts

House of Burlesque Performer Esquire De Lune

Studio: Playful Promises

Ridiculous signs: graphic design Guru.gg, construction Joshua Horobin

Undercrackers inestimable mens undies, Kiss Me Deadly Cape.

Everything else models own.

 

Now if you're a man or buying men's things, Undercrackers won't change you into Esquire de Lune. But if you're a sensible-everyday-superhero, then they are a superior quality choice of underwear to do it in! Plus this week you can score a 25% discount off your order by entering code 25OFF at checkout.

Important question though; Office-Esquire, or Dark-and-Troubled-Esquire?