Kiss Me Deadly are a brand who really know who they are. Not only that, they know who their customers are. They have created something completely unique that evolves from season to season from input, not only from the company itself, but from its own fans where every year they get to vote on which pieces make it into each collection and which ones don’t.
Set up in 2006 by owner Catherine Clavering after her search for a decent suspender belt fell short and she decided to design one of her own. From there the business has transformed into an innovative intimates company specialising in retro and vintage inspired lingerie, nightwear and swimwear, all with a seductive, femme fatale twist. Catherine, who has a seriously sharp sense of humour and a slightly eccentric side (perfect for working in the lingerie industry) brings this all together to produce a brand her fans can really fall in love with.
Several times a year Kiss Me Deadly offer competitions where the customers can compete for prizes like appearing in their catwalk show or win a £100 voucher by recommending the brand to their favourite local lingerie shop. There’s even contests where the fans can customise their KMD items and Catherine will send out seconds items as an incentive, so they don’t have to ruin their own beloved pieces.
On top of all this the Kiss Me Deadly photo shoots really are something to wonder in their own right. Each one, more often than not featuring the stunning Morgana of Threnody in Velvet, is based around a particular theme that is not usually associated with lingerie, such as Twisted Fairytales, British Myths and Mademoiselle Maupin (a 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer!) and often feature props such as knives, dragon wings, swords, incredible hand-made headresses and even a live owl (okay, it was photoshopped in!).
This year has seen reworked sets from previous seasons appear in gorgeous new colourways. The Tempest set, with its shell shaped bra cups, was original produced in a soft peachy rose colour with the black lace overlay. Last month they brought it back, replacing the rose with a more autumnal petrol blue, changing the brief to high-waisted knickers (one thing they are exceptionally good at!) and swapping the original suspender belt with a killer longline waist cincher.
The Ida set was originally released in 2013 as an oh-so-sexy leopard print silk longline bralet, high-waisted knickers and longline suspender belt. This year it has been softened with the introduction of the most exquisite peach silk. Although this bra works perfectly for a smaller breast, those of us who need a little bit more support during the day need not miss out on having this truly sensuous silk against our skin as the bralet and knickers make a perfect nightwear set too. And, shhh, as this is a limited edition set we are one of the few online retailers who still have each piece in stock, so grab yours now before it’s too late!
The Emerald Jezebel knickers, which resemble a longline panty girdle, are an ever-so-popular Kiss Me Deadly piece and have been made in a soft pinky peach, red, a stronger cerise pink, cobalt blue and now emerald. They were originally out on their own as an add on item to other sets but in 2013 they were joined by the classic Kiss Me Deadly bralet reworked to include the matching featured colour. Like the peach Ida set, this shimmering emerald Jezebel set is a limited edition and we still have a small amount left in stock.
This cute, yet very sexy Cherie teddy is based on an original vintage design and was first introduced in 2010. It has been produced in limited editions of peach and latte satin both with ivory lace, pink silk with black lace, black satin with black lace and this, exclusive to Joanna’s Wardrobe and Fox and Rose, claret red satin with black lace. An ivory version is said to be coming soon and it is the perfect item of sleepwear for any wannabe pin-up girl.
And if you dream of being a femme fatale in a Hollywood film noir, look no further than the Elle robe. Made in full length sheer chiffon, this peignoir (the proper vintage word to use) is to die for. It has so much fabric in the bottom half that you can literally spend the entire evening swishing around the house pretending that your Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner. It is designed using an original vintage peignoir and has been produced in red, purple and black. Kiss Me Deadly are not producing anymore of these for a while so it’s best to pick one up now before they disappear.
The Kiss Me Deadly swimwear really stands out from many of the high street brands you see today. As always each piece has a strong vintage vibe but Catherine always tries to add a really unusual twist to give it it’s own originality. The Lace Print Shell Bikini features unique touches such as the ruched bandeau style top with clip back and halterneck tie around the neck printed with a lace design. The bottoms are high-waisted (of course!) and have a sarong style wrap around the top printed in the same lace design to give it a truly retro touch.
If there’s one item you should have in your wardrobe so you can really call yourself a Kiss Me Deadly fan then it’s one of their longline girdles. They have been reproduced over and over in again in designs like black and white pinstripe, a bold Baroque floral design, a mini animal print, peach polka dots and even an outline drawing of birds and flowers that you could colour in yourself! My very first KMD purchase was the pinstripe girdle and I have added several to my collection since, including the ivory one above. They are so versatile and can be mixed and matched, not only with other Kiss Me Deadly pieces, but also with just about any set you already own. And, of course, they work perfectly with the Joanna’s Wardrobe Ella satin bra and high-waisted knickers.
Now you know a little bit more about Kiss Me Deadly I think you’ll agree when I say, this brand is truly unique and definitely a breath of fresh air.
Do you own any Kiss Me Deadly lingerie or swimwear? Which one is your favourite piece?