“Our Truest Life Is When We Are In Dreams Awake “ ~ Henry David Thoreau
Yes Master is a kind of anti-brand that abhors trends and whose iconoclastic designs often seem like a rebuke to the inherent conservatism of the fashion world. As a result it’s had an up-and-down history, veering from wacky cult label to adored tastemaker — sometimes in a single year.
It was a fluke that the Macedonian designer Igor Pacemski came into the fashion business. Trained as a scientist with a masters degree in chemistry, he was diverted by a part-time job in fashion retail. It led him to a buyer position at the London store Coco de Mer in 2002 where he fell in love with lingerie.
“Coco de Mer was at the forefront of this huge surge of interest in lingerie,” said Pacemski, who started his own label, Yes Master, for autumn/winter 2005/06. His first collection has hit the shelves of Henri Bendel in New York, Miss Lala’s Boudoir in London and Anna in Copenhagen. He admits that customers might come to him expecting a product that is “aggressive, S&M, even dark,” but most understand that the name is meant in jest.
It’s been mostly up for the past couple of years, though, thanks to YM’s introduction of swimwear to its catalogue and some very savvy collaborations with retail partners. Once known for its high-concept artsy themes, Yes Master today is more widely associated with its pop-art digital prints for youth-oriented retailers like ModCloth, Urban Outfitters and Topshop.
(Most pieces above offered at the FarFetch or Orchard Mile wesites, one from a past season)
Designer Igar Pacemski and listen to his vision of Intimates as a cultural and literary exploration into the Art of Lingerie. The stories wrought by this label are not immediately obvious. It takes some time to see the magic. Each season is an evocative tableau that takes a woman on a journey to the “wrong side of good taste”. Edgy, but with style and class, Yes Master is the quintessential British brand.
A Thank You to the New York Times, LingerieTalk.com, lingeriebriefs.com
an unlined bra without underwires or a clasp.
a tight-fitting crop top with thin straps.
What is the difference between a Bra and a Bralette?
A bralette is an unstructured bra, which means it’s usually unlined, unpadded, and wireless.
Most bralettes consist of the following characteristics: an elastic band, sewn with two fabric (lace, or some other breathable, stretchy material) triangle cups. These cups will often have a dart design to accommodate for the volume of the breast. Since the fabric is stretchier and there is no underwire part, bralettes will respect the shape of your natural breast.
What is the point of a Bralette?
Bralette are more comfortable because of a closer and less structured fitting; you don’t feel constricted while wearing them. They have thin or lacy straps like a regular bra and offer some support to your breast. Bralettes look great under any casual outfit.
Bralette or Bralet?
dievca has seen it spelled both ways, but Bralette seems to be more common spelling and as far as she knows…both versions of the word describe the same type of lingerie top.
Spell & The Gypsy Collection Lingerie — Bralets and Panties.
PS. Is anyone feeling “Spice Girl-ish” after seeing that Union Jack Bralette?
A swimsuit coverup is a lightweight garment which is designed to be worn over a swimsuit to protect the modesty of the wearer, provide shelter from the sun to limit exposure to harmful UV radiation, keep swimmers warm when they are out of the water and allow swimmers to transition from the beach/pool to the streets or a casual restaurant with ease. Swimsuit coverups are sold by most companies which make swimsuits, and they are often readily available in beach towns.
The defining characteristic of a swimsuit coverup is that it is designed to be easily removed so that it can be taken off to swim. As a result, many coverups are loose, and they may be elasticized or tied for rapid removal. Buttons are unusual, as are zippers or snaps, which can rust if they are often exposed to water. Some swimsuit coverups are simply made from stretchy material like a jersey knit which is easy to pull on and off, with no straps or ties needed. (Myla London Swimsuits and Jersey Cover-ups below)
Sarongs and related wraps are commonly used as swimsuit coverups, as are caftans, loose flowing robes of Middle Eastern origin. (Melissa Odabash Pareo)
Some companies make tunics which can be used as swimsuit coverups, and it is also possible to find sundresses which are designed to be worn over swimsuits, especially bikinis. Most swimsuit coverups are made for women; men usually wear board shorts and t-shirts if they want to cover up. (Loup Charmant Sundress)
Some women like to wear a swimsuit coverup for reasons of modesty, or because they do not want to attract attention at the beach; many women are self-conscious in public about areas of their body which are normally concealed, such as the stomach and upper thighs.
Others may use coverups which tend to show more than they hide – as a Fashion Statement. Though it’s not uncommon to view coverups as practical pieces, too. Some people use a swimsuit coverup to get warm up after a swim or to cut exposure to the sun.
When selecting a swimsuit coverup, it can be a good idea to wear the swimsuit to make sure that the garments go well together. It’s also a good idea to find a garment which can breathe and be washed and dried in a machine, and a garment which will resist crumpling or look great with wrinkles (Cotton Gauze).
dievca finds coverups a fun piece of lingerie to purchase – they are comfortble, of nice fabrics and represent the Joy of hitting the beach or going swimming.
Can you tell dievca is desperate for the Sun?
A "Thank You" to WiseGeek.
Earth Goddess, Warrior, Belly Dancer, Concubine.
Presentation Lingerie inspiration from the 1900’s.
Metal Bra, Crown, Jewelry and a sheer Scarf.
Lingerie for CosPlay
It was tricky to find a Metal Bra – dievca found Chainmaille!
Easier to find a beaded Belly Dancing Bra – non-metal
Perhaps, more comfortable.
Channeling the Island Scene in the Thomas Crown Affair (1999 Version), dievca loves the breezes offered by tropical island life. A very different type of island living compared to Manhattan.
Cotton Gauze and Linen fabrics are must – easing your way into a more relaxed moment of time:
WHAT’S IN A NAME? (A note from Joelle)
I’m often asked how to pronounce “Hamabla” (it’s huh-MAH-bla) and what on Earth it means. Hamabla was my late grandmother’s name, but we didn’t know that until days before she died. An Italian immigrant, going through the immigration process, Hamabla became Mabel, but she was always Grandma Mae to us.
My grandmother was an incredibly hardworking woman. The kind of working woman who spent her days at a factory-job, raising four kids along the way, while still finding time for her many passions. She was a chef, baker, gardener, seamstress, sculptor and storyteller. These weren’t once in a while pursuits, they defined her life and fed her soul. I remember watching her in her 80s tending to the tomatoes in her garden and marveling at the boundless energy and zest for life she still possessed.
Her motto in life was “a little bit of everything,” and it’s a core value of this company I founded in her name. She believed that a full life included an assortment of hard work, creativity and time for friends and family.
I continue to be inspired by Grandma Mae’s grace, gumption, and authenticity. I gave this company her name because it was something unexpected, mysterious almost, like a little gift that makes the soul smile.
Despite the naysayers who advised me against such an “unmarketable” name, I held my ground because Hamabla is not about trend or fad or popular opinion. It’s about doing what you love, staying true to your passions and embracing “a little bit of everything” that makes you happy in life.
The rest of the story is HERE.
a material loosely woven of wire, plastic, or thread so that it has spaces in it like a net
(of two or more things) to fit together or be suitable for each other:
Definition: Cambridge English Dictionary.
After dreaming about the Aurora Borealis she saw in Iceland, years ago,
dievca was inspired to present for Master in Icy Blue:
We all know that dievca is not a chef, but she made a really nice Arctic Char with a recipe off the web.
Incase you are interested in trying the recipe (Master really enjoyed it).
- 4 fresh Arctic Char fillets (about 6 ounces each)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water (dievca used flour)
- 1 scallion, sliced or chopped
- 1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds
In a small bowl whisk together the syrup through cornstarch solution until smooth. Place the Arctic Char fillets skin-side-down in a shallow baking pan. Pour the syrup mixture over the Arctic Char, save a little for basting.
Bake about 10 minutes at 375°F , halfway through cooking, baste with glaze.
Cook until the fish flakes easily.
Sprinkle the baked fish with scallion and crushed toasted almonds before serving.
dievca added fresh green beans and rice to the char – as well as a chilled white wine.
After dinner, dievca continued the Arctic theme in Fleur du Mal with the James Chemise and Slip Skirt:
A little play time and to close out the evening – dievca offered Master a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie (the simple jell-o version, recipe on the box….)
There is one last piece of the Icy Blue Fleur du Mal James Lingerie that dievca is interested in: