Erotic lingerie is a niche easily wronged. For tasteful bedroom lingerie you’ve always had to invest in the more upscale brand whose boutique prices can be unimaginably hard to justify for a barely there garment. There was never so much a mid ground, which is where Maison Close stepped right in to claim the position of well designed boudoir lingerie at a more affordable price.
I’ve long loved French lingerie brand Maison Close for it’s magnetising collections. At the back end of last year when they were nominated for the title of Boudoir Brand of the Year I wrote a post featuring my favourite Maison Close pieces. When they successfully went on to win I was genuinely thrilled.
Nicolas Busnel, who founded the company and still designs the collections, has a fantastic eye for creating alluring lingerie by combining sensual fabrics with enticing design that plays on a woman’s curves. Meeting Nicolas at the UK Lingerie Awards when he accepted Maison Close’s much coveted award was an absolute pleasure.
Maison Close were keen for me to review a current collection and I chose the deliciously provocative Rue des Demoiselles thong body, which I was sent together with a pair of opaque cut and curled Les Coquetteries stockings.
I made something of an error regarding European sizing which totally blew over my head at the time I requested a medium – as an international medium size equates to a UK 8-10. I should really have gone for the large (10-12) or even the extra large (12-14), but I’ll know for next time! Remember: Maison Close is a French company.
With this regard, the fit is totally off and you’re best not paying attention to what’s translated as immense fat rolls on me! But – bearing in mind I’ll a big boobed gal – considering this is only an 8-10, there’s still ample room to seductively cover yourself behind the fabric as the style dictates, so this is good.
The fabric is very sheer spotted tulle which gives it a very modern look. No lace, no bows, just conveniently placed panels of teasing transparency.
Tying at the neck, the body’s narrow sides and suspender straps add to the minimal effect, exposing all except curves and illicit peeks behind the noir.
Images By Sean J Connolly Photography