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MY SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

celebrating our perfect imperfections


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BECAUSE I AM A FEMINIST


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THE SECRET OF SEXY LEGWEAR

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how to be a

FEMINIST FATHER

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ANASTACIA

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MY STYLE COLLECTION


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16. EDITORS LETTER

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I love cooking, I love heels. page 07

THE AWAKENING

PRODUCT I N FOR M AT ION

how my 3-minute movie can change your life

Couture collection page 124 - 125

how to get a sexy tan

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SUMMER RECIPE

Style collection page 126 - 133

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MY SIGNATURE COLLECTION shake your

Swimwear collection page 134 - 143

Signature collection page 144 - 152

V ISUA L M ERCH A N DISE OV E RV I E W

(BIKINI-) BONBONS!

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DE L I V E RY OV E RV I E W page 160

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I N TER NAT IONA L SIZE GUIDES page 161

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CALAMITY JANE NEW COLOR! COLOFON

marlies|dekkers feminine feminist | publisher/editor in chief - Marlies Dekkers | editors - Marlies Dekkers & Beertje van Beers | graphic design - Joanne Vis Sulayka Janssen | campaign photography - Jenny Hands | photography Marlies Dekkers - Mark Uyl - Corné van der Stelt | lookbook photography - Marlies Dekkers - Paul Verra | we are not responsible for any inaccuracies or typographic errors | for more information please contact b2b@marliesdekkers.com

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I LOVE COOKING, I LOVE HEELS. And boy, do I love cooking in my heels! (wearing preferably not much else…) Can I still be a feminist? Of course! Because ladies, that is the whole point of this Third Feminist wave: this time, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL! This magazine is dedicated to feminine|feminism.

‘The Awakening’ tells the story of the most impor-

We no longer have to burn our bras to make a point,

tant moment in my, and every woman’s life: the mo-

we can be equal to men, while celebrating our fem-

ment she decides to find her OWN source of strength.

ininity. We are lipstick-wearing CEO’s, professors

For that, I went all the way back to Eve taking a bite

who dress like pin-ups, mothers who behave like

out of that apple. I also paid homage to the women

mistresses. We are into both knitting and kickbox-

who followed in her footsteps, from Joan of Arc to

ing. We are feminine|feminists!

Queen Elizabeth the First. At the climax of the movie I ask you: are you ready to bite that apple? Are you

All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by

ready to shake off social and cultural restraints? To

muses. Powerful female icons from past and pres-

become YOU?

ent. For my latest collection, I turned to the geisha.

Making the movie, I realized that my lingerie de-

Geisha literally means ‘artist’, and there is no other

signs are just like apples from the Tree of Knowledge,

woman in the world as dedicated to the art of se-

tempting women to wake up and see through those

duction. Right now there are less than three hun-

limiting female stereotypes. With my extravagant

dred of them left, but I believe that in this era of

Couture collection for example, I show you how your

feminine|feminism, we are ready to rediscover the

fantasies can set you free. My Style collection blurs

ancient rituals of seduction. So I went on a journey

the line between innerwear outerwear, urging you

to learn from the best, and am very proud to pres-

to express yourself creatively. The signature straps

ent my Geisha collection, which was designed to

and bold cut-outs that I use in my Signature col-

re-awaken your inner femme fatale…

lection frame your beauty and give you confidence. And how exactly my Swimwear collection celebrates

I also turned fifty last year, and looked back with an

your ‘perfect imperfections’, I describe on page 70.

immense sense of gratitude. To see feminist icons

But each one of my designs carries the same mes-

like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry flaunt my designs had

sage. “Go on,” they whisper in your ear, “dare to

been an incredible thrill, but it felt even better to

love yourself!” And in the end, isn’t that what femi-

know that I contributed to women all over the world

nine|feminism is really all about?

feeling, thinking and radiating confidence. I decided to share the most important insights of my life’s journey… in a three minute movie; The Awakening.

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Dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be! — Marlies Dekkers


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“all my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. powerful female icons from past and present. although women have been marginalised for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. through my designs, i bring them to you. to help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.” — Marlies Dekkers

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All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalised for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism. This Spring/Summer, my collection is inspired by the supremely graceful geisha. The living embodiment of the art of seduction, her life is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty in all its forms. A coy glance from behind her kimono sleeve, a glimpse of her wrist while pouring your tea; the geisha bewitches with the smallest movements. She is elusive, a Japanese femme fatale existing in what is known as karyukai, or “the flower and willow world.” But the geisha’s powers of seduction can be yours. Just watch her! Follow her closely while she floats through the streets of Kyoto in her 45-pound kimono. Observe her putting on her elaborate make up -the snow white face, the deep crimson lips-, and realize that with the right kind of intention, ANYTHING can become a ritual of seduction! ‘Geisha’ literally means artist. With my Geisha collection, I want to inspire women of today to elevate the art of sensuality and seduction to a higher level. Like the butterfl ies I sprinkled over the lingerie pieces, you can be reborn and become a brilliant, luminous version of yourself. Kiss the sun with your multicoloured wings. Celebrate the new you. Dare to grow.

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Detail Push up bra Yukata Multi-colour With my Couture Collection I tell a story through lavish, one-of-a-kind designs using rich, luxurious materials. This season, I was inspired by the Japanese mistress of seduction, the Geisha. In the Summer, she changes from a heavy kimono into a light and playful yukata. I used this garment’s sensual lines and a kaleidoscope of colour to create stunning lingerie pieces and sprinkled them with butterflies, the traditional Japanese symbol of womanhood and romance. The waspie - a true collector’s item modeled after the geisha’s obi - can be embellished with a beautiful butterfly bow. Let your fantasies give you wings!

Waspie & Obi

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“you are an artist; a moving work of art.” — Mameha to Sayui

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No other woman on earth is as devoted to the art

For almost two decades, I used make up artists to

of seduction as the geisha. Just imagine: to be

‘put on my face’. But when I started studying the

so masterful that you can cause accidents in the

culture of the geisha, I noticed how they spent hours

street with one simple gaze! So let’s learn from

on their beauty routine, turning it into an elabo-

the best and re-awaken our inner femme fatale...

rate ritual. Wow, what an eye-opener that was! This went beyond ‘making myself pretty’, this was about

It was love at fi rst sight when I learned about the

self-love and sensuality, about the power to express

geisha (literally meaning: ‘artist’). What hit me was

yourself through your appearance.

the exaggeration; the mask-like make up, the sing-

I realized that with the right kind of intention, any-

song voices, the stylized movements. No wonder Di-

thing could become a ritual of seduction. And to be

ana Vreeland once said that “Every girl in the world

a modern day geisha, you don’t have to spend years

should have geisha training.” I wondered: what ex-

learning calligraphy or mind-boggling tricks with

actly does this almost mythical creature have that

fans. Just try doing things with awareness; focusing

we need so badly in our lives right now? Perhaps we

more on the process than on the result. You will be

fought so hard for women’s rights, that we forgot the

amazed at how transformative this can be!

art of seduction?

For example: when you take a shower, really feel the water caressing your skin. Instead of throwing some

If you see a geisha, you are very lucky; right now

clothes on in the morning, get dressed like a geisha in

there are less than three hundred of them, and they

sensual layers: some beautiful matching lingerie, a

perform their tea ceremonies only for the wealthi-

garterbelt and stockings, clothing that feels wonder-

est connoisseurs (mostly in Kyoto). For five years

ful on your skin. Take sexy selfies, turn yourself on.

the geisha is rigorously trained in the most sensual

After a while, try this trick when you walk down

traditional arts but it’s through the smallest move-

the street: fi nd your ‘victim’, look down for a second,

ments that she bewitches. As shown so brilliantly

then fi x your gaze at the lucky guy or girl with all

in the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’: a good geisha

your intention. Whatever happens –some minor ac-

can bring a man to his knees by merely exposing her

cidents are to be expected! -, just keep walking and

wrist when she pours him tea.

smile behind your imaginary kimono-sleeve.

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‘She paints her face to hide her face,’ Arthur

(beauty-)rituals that allow us to shed our old

Golden wrote in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. And

identities. Women will cut off their hair, but

sure enough, traditional geisha make up, with

that’s about it! I needed to go geisha.

its snow white face, deep crimson lips and

So we created an almost otherworldly look

dramatically black eyes and brows, has the

for me: Virgin Queen meets geisha from out-

effect of a mask. Nowadays, we glorify ‘natu-

er space. Think metallic lace, rhinestone eye-

ral beauty’. Even when we use fillers and tons

brows and over-the-top make up (we echoed

of make-up, the idea is that we merely ‘accen-

the way a geisha leaves a line of bare skin to

tuate’ our features. The geisha however, is the

emphasize the artificiality of her look). How

anti-Kardashian. To seduce, she goes for a

incredibly liberating it felt to become this

complete transformation.

new person, to celebrate the new me!

A few years ago, I went through a huge change in my life, both personal and professional. For

Now this wasn’t exactly an everyday-look, but

my upcoming fashion show, I needed a spec-

I still often use the transformative power of

tacular new look to express this transmuta-

make up and hair, and Japanese beauty ritu-

tion, but I realized that in our culture, we lack

als are still my great inspiration.

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shiseido

F UTUR E SOLUTION L X SU PE R IOR R A DI A NC E SE RU M The best foundation is of course perfect skin; a national obsession for the Japanese. With a complexion-smoothing pearl extract, this serum imitates the geisha’s use of pearl powder to smooth and soften skin.

Shisheido Foundation

shu uemura

VOLU M E M A K E R You will be ‘big in Japan’ with this big hair powder for instant root lift, texture and body throughout the hair. And how gorgeous is that Kabuki-inspired click-on-the-go brush? Shu Uemura Hair Powder

le blanc de chanel

Chanel Multi-use base

M U LT I - USE I L LU M I NAT I NG BA SE This ingenious multi-tasking fluid doesn’t quite make you as pale as a geisha, but an unique blend of powders reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fi ne lines for a light and luminous fi nish. The effect: flawless.

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The Japanese, more than anyone else, know how to elevate the art of sensuality and seduction to a higher level. There are actually several Japanese movies that changed my (sex-)life. ‘Warm water under a red bridge’ for example, broke the taboo of female ejaculation in the sweetest, most poetic way. Or the luminous ‘Tokyo Decadence’, that showed me how sex can be as much a ritual as the traditional tea ceremony. But the movie that had the biggest impact on me, was ‘In the realm of the senses’. It is based on a true story: In 1936 a beautiful pros-

nis and carried it around in her handbag for days.

titute named Sada Abe -accidentally?- strangled

“I wanted to take the part of him that brought

her lover during a sexual climax. She cut off his pe-

back the most vivid memories,” she said when they

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found her, wandering around in a state of bliss. In

er inserts an egg into her- were poetic and meaning-

Japan, her name is still a symbol for the breaking

ful. I decided that I wanted to be where these two

of sexual taboos.

were: in the realm of the senses.

In 1976 Nagisa Oshima made one of the most contro-

I recently watched the movie again. It hasn’t aged a

versial movies of all time, based on these events: ‘In

bit. It makes Fifty Shades look wimpy! (and not just

the realm of the senses’. It caused a huge scandal,

because of the egg-scene) Also, I was reminded of my

and it’s still censored in Japan. Was it art, was it

resolution, all those years ago, to devote my life to

porn? I remember watching in amazement as I real-

sensuality. So much I’ve learned since then! About

ized the actors were having real sex with each other!

pain, about pleasure, about how one rarely comes

But more than that, I was incredibly moved by the

without the other. I found out who I am. So go ahead,

two lovers. They completely devoted their lives to

watch this ‘dangerous’ masterpiece. Just remember,

each other, to sensuality. Even scenes that could

once you’ve entered the realm of the senses, there’s

have turned out rather bizarre -like when Sada’s lov-

no way back.

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This Valentine, fall madly in love with yourself. How? Well, selecting some gorgeous lingerie is a great start! Go for the classics: voluptuous red, deep purple, mysterious black lace. Or for geisha-fabulous; sensual florals in dreamy colours. Watch yourself in the mirror as you transform like a butterfl y into the woman of your own dreams. Yes, you might fall. But my darling, what if you fl y?

Gucci Pleated leather skirt

Lauren Mercier Lipgloss

Crouching Tiger Rumba Red Roses are red, and according to the Japanese, so is the sun! (Children in Japan draw the sun as a big red circle). Burn bright with desire in this stunning vermillion red set. How subtle is the ruffle, how delicate the print? Be ready for seduction, any moment.

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— valentine — Yukata Multi colour Channel the geisha’s flirty and fabulous side with this gorgeous limited edition Couture set. The sensual trilogy of handmade lingerie pieces -a push up bra, a waspie and a sensual thong-, is richly decorated with a patchwork of different yukata fabrics and romantic butterflies. Guaranteed to bring out your inner seductress. Dame de Paris Hidden Purple Deep purple, black lace and a sensual play of lines; my Dame de Paris in Hidden Purple will bring out your deepest passions. And, thanks to the padding and wires that partly enclose your breasts, with this balcony bra you can have it all: a sexy décolleté and a dash of comfort.

Maison Margiela Pants

Dame de Paris - Red

Miu Miu Pumps

Lauren B. Nail Polish

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VA L E N T I N E - F E B R U A R Y 14 T H - S E D U C E Y O U R S E L F

Do you smell ‘down there’? Of course you do! And you better learn to love it. It might be the best thing you’ve ever done for your health and your sex life… I love Gwyneth Paltrow, but when she recent-

I smell different when I just had sex or recently

ly suggested we steam-clean our vaginas by sit-

switched to a new laundry detergent. I can tell where

ting on “what is essentially a mini-throne” while

I am in my cycle or if I’m sick, just by using my nose.

a combination of infrared and mugwort steam

And when my scent is radically different, I know I

“cleanses your uterus”, I had to shake my head in

should visit my doctor, to see if I have an infection.

disbelief. Your uterus does an excellent job clean-

That’s why I refuse to use special soaps, perfumes,

ing itself every month by shedding the inner lin-

douches, or steams. Not only could I complete throw

ing; it’s called menstruation.

off the delicate balance between ‘healthy bacteria’ and ‘unhealthy bacteria’ in my vagina; I would also

I think it’s high time we give our reproductive parts

miss out on vital information about my health.

some credit. Rather than be squirmish, we should be proud! And that also goes for how we smell ‘down

And there’s one other thing. My scent is my ‘personal

there’. A vagina is not supposed to smell like a flow-

perfume’. It’s one of the things my lovers love about

er. It smells like, well, a vagina. And once you know

me. It makes me who I am. And what’s not to love

–and perhaps even love- your own particular smell,

about that?

it can tell you so much!

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valentine’s top tip T H E S E N S UA L J A PA N E S E T E A R I T UA L

With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s talk #seduceyourself. To me, the summum of seduction is driving a man insane, just by exposing a glimpse of your wrist while pouring him tea. Can you imagine? Well, if you’ve seen ‘Memoirs of a geisha’, you know exactly what I’m talking about. A geisha is trained in the art of seduction, and performing a tea ceremony is a very important part of that training (which makes it the art of ‘tea’-sing, right?). I say ‘performing’, because the Japanese tea ceremony is basically a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving a Japanese green tea called Matcha. When done well, it’s a hypnotizing, mesmerizing engagement of all the senses. In other words: sexy.

I’m a tea drinker, and one of the things I love so

In Japan, you have to undergo many years of rigor-

much about drinking tea is the sensuality of the

ous training to become a so-called ‘tea master’, but

experience; the comfort of a warm mug, the fra-

the essence of the Ocha or tea ceremony is something

grant steam, the delicate flavors… Even when I’m

anyone can apply to their lives: to perform an ordi-

at the airport or in the middle of a busy office, it

nary act of daily life with so much grace and beauty

can be a moment of meditation.

that it becomes an art. And, in the case of the geisha, a very seductive art...

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— valentine — This Valentine’s Day, seduce yourself - and perhaps a loved one- with some seriously sensual tea. Here’s how:

claim a space:

in one traditional Japanese tea ceremony, guests walk silently through a garden to the tea room, to symbolically leave the everyday world behind and enter the realm of the senses. You most probably don’t have your own tea room, but you can make any space special; a room, a table, the floor or even just the other side of your desk. Use a tray or place mat or to mark your tea-territory (wow, that’s a tongue-twister!).

become a tea snob:

get into tea the same way that people are into wine or coffee. Did you know that even the humblest tea bag is the result of hours of sipping, tasting and blending? And there are so many different kinds! Green, yellow, white, oolong, black, puerh and flavoured teas; you name it. Once a year, I go to Mariage Frères, France’s oldest tea house (1854), to get my mind blown by their ‘Haute Couture’ tea collections and crazy new flavors. Find a tea that makes you go ‘aaaah’ and trust me, after this Valentine’s Day, tea time will never be the same...

Mariage Frères tea

get some top tea gear:

find a tea set that you will only use for your special tea moment (I have a museum-worthy set by Russian artist Vika Mitrichenka, but also love to ‘mismatch’ vintage finds). Sometimes buying just one amazing mug or bowl is enough. And yes, I said ‘bowl’, because that’s something I learned in Japan: a bowl can act as a sort of dome over your nose and mouth, really immersing you in the experience of the tea.

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Space Odyssey Lavender Mist Marni Oversized jacket

Surrender to the purple haze of love with my flirty and fabulous Space Odyssey push up bra in a gorgeous lavender hue (also known as usuki, or pale violet in Japanese). Straps sensually disappear right into your décolleté while signature round-shaped details refer to Stanley Kubrick’s twirling spaceships. Radiate star quality this Valentine.

Marni Bracelet

Smith’s Cult Nail polish

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Dame de Paris Hidden Purple Sensual black lace laid over deep purple cups: enchant like a masterful geisha with my Dame de Paris bra in Hidden Purple. The stunning play of lines is inspired by the marvelous Notre-Dame Cathedral and frames your cleavage like a piece of art. This Valentine, seduce yourself and celebrate your beauty!

Carine Gilson Kimono

Nars Lipp gloss Nars Eyeliner

Paula Mendoza Hexagon ring Stella McCartney Skirt

Marni Blue sandals

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DARE TO WRITE AN EROTIC STORY WITH YOUR LOVER VA L E N T I N E - F E B R U A R Y 14 T H - S E D U C E Y O U R S E L F

It’s a very simple exercise, but it can unlock your lover’s deepest desires and those of your own. Who knows, you might surprise yourself! A sexy valentine guaranteed. The original surrealists, back in the 1920s, used to

gether by taking turns in contributing a sentence.

play Exquisite corpse, a game in which each person

You start. Don’t think about it too long, just write.

takes turns contributing to a collection of words

Let your subconscious take over. Wearing something

or images. (The name comes from a line of poet-

that makes you feel sexy defi nitely helps! I suggest

ry thus created: “The exquisite corpse will drink

sitting down together with a piece of paper or a lap-

the young wine”). André Breton, the charismatic

top, but you can also do it by phone, texting each

founder of Surrealism, described the game as both

other over the course of a few days. (which would be

‘fun’ and ‘enriching’ and the results were often

an excellent warm up for Valentine’s day).

otherwordly beautiful. There aren’t really any rules, except that during the How about you play a sexy modern day version of

time you write this story, you don’t talk about it. You

this game with your lover? It not only helps you to

only react to each other’s contributions by writing

get in the mood, but will also reveal so much about

the next sentence. Try not to judge, just go with the

each other’s sexual desires and dreams.

flow. Keep writing until you almost literally explode with desire. Warning: the sex that results from this

This is how it works: you write an erotic story to-

game might be ‘surreal’. Enjoy!

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Mulholland Drive

Picture this. . LA by night, 20 deg rees Celcius. What happened? You can’t remember. But you’ve got to get up and start walking, get off the road. Your body is throbbing, you’re cove red in blood and dirt. Down in the valley, you see a sea of twinklin g lights. The City of Angels? You stumble upon a beautiful villa. A stunning woman opens the door, part angel, part screen siren. Luminous. She takes you in without asking questions. ,You’re going to be fine, swe , etie Her hands are so soft when she takes off your torn dress. So gentle as she cleans your wounds. When you com e out of the shower, a bounty of satin and silk is waiting for you on the bed: panties, stockings, garters and glorious push-up bras. ,Le t’s play,, she says with a conspiratorial smile after she’s toweled and powdered your body. She slips out of her kimono; all curves and luscious flesh. Now you’re both naked. You giggle as you paint each other’s lips red in between sips of wine. She caresses your smooth soft skin as she dresses you up in luxurious lingerie. You push her on the bed and toge ther you roll around on sea of satin; joking and laughing. When she stop s, the tension is palpable. Her lips are by your ear. ,Tell me a story,,she whispers, and starts stroking the inside of your thighs. ,A true stor y, of sexual pleasure., As you start to talk, your hand slides inside your panty.. .

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I AM A FEMINIST. You know i’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement i am immensely proud of, and for that reason i am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, i’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.

Today, I believe we’re witnessing the dawn of the

And that’s what we need more of today: forward-

third wave of the feminist movement. A long-overdue

thinking women. We need women who understand

correction in gender inequality is at our doorstep. All

that achieving equality isn’t dependent on external

the signs point to this moment in time being a new

factors; women who understand that equality is not

and exciting tipping-point in the history of women.

something that is passively received or violently

Strong, independent women are stepping forward

acquired. As masters of our own destiny, the world

as powerful role models, inspiring and motivating

is asking us to shape a future of opportunity for

smart, young girls of all backgrounds to make the

ourselves. What matters now is action. Action on

most of their many talents.

our part.

‘this is our moment and I’m embracing it whole heartedly as part of the third wave’ because I am a feminist. — Marlies Dekkers

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Don’t be a wallflower this season! Whet your appetite for the exotic with the kimono-inspired delicate florals and explosive colours that brightened up the catwalks at Gucci and Dries van Noten. Go for prints with pink peonies and bright yellow hibiscus flowers. Express yourself with vibrant colours, starting with my Space Odyssey in a delicious lavender hue. Did you know that

MSGM Floral-print matelassé jumpsuit

purple, the official colour of International Women's Day, symbolizes undying love in Japan? Confess colour, dare to love yourself!

Space Odyssey Lavender mist Balcony bra Thong - 2 cm

Jimmy Choo Suede point-toe pumps

Sophie Hulme Mini leather tote

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— women’s day — Lady of Gion Toadstool This gorgeous set captures the atmosphere of Gion, one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. Sensual halter straps accentuate your décolleté. The two-toned bottoms transform your bum into a cheeky eye-catcher. Wear my Lady of Gion and move with the timeless grace of a geisha. Michael Michael Kors Draped dress

Lady of Gion Toadstool Put your breasts in the spotlight with this beautiful balcony bra! Exotic silver finishings and artfully pleated fabric in muted pink and aubergine tones make your skin tone glow and give you the mysterious air of a geisha, literally meaning ‘artist’. Are you ready to study the art of seduction?

Charlotte Olympia Embroidered velvet pumps

Lanvin Printed leather tote

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“shed your old skin and free yourself from expectations” — Marlies Dekkers

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Katy Perry Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Lady Gaga Society Black

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THE AWAKENING HOW M Y 3 -M I N U T E MOV I E C A N CH A NGE YOU R L I F E

Growing up in the Catholic South of Holland, it was one of the first stories i ever heard: the story of Eve and the apple. It was all Eve’s fault, i was told; because she disobeyed God by taking a bite, we were banned from Paradise, and cursed to become old and die. End of story. But not for me! I would imagine Eve standing up to the mightiest power, and i would feel a rush of excitement in my belly. To change your destiny with such a bold act! Rather than seeing her as a villain, Eve became my first superhero. This had such an impact on me, that when I grew up and decided to become an artist and lingerie designer, I had a very clear mission: to give women the courage to rewrite their destinies. Breaking with the tradition of lace and frill, I used graphic lines and bold cutouts to frame the beauty of a woman’s body with my radically modern lingerie. My designs were like apples from the Tree of Knowledge, tempting women to wake up and see through the female stereotypes that have limited us for so long. “Go on,” they said, “dare to love yourself!”

“It felt even better to know that i contributed to women all over the world feeling, thinking and radiating confidence.” Rihanna Spider

When I turned fifty I looked back with an immense sense of gratitude. What a glorious, exhilarating ride it had been so far!

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17

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> To see feminist icons like Lady Gaga and Katy Per-

‘The Awakening’ tells the story of the most impor-

ry flaunt my designs had been an incredible thrill,

tant moment in my, and every woman’s life: the

but it felt even better

to

know

that I contributed to women all over

the

feeling,

world think-

ing and radiating confidence. I decided to share the most impor-

At the climax of the movie I ask you: are you ready to bite that apple? Are you ready to shake off social and cultural restraints, and think forward? To become you? Watch it, and change. Start dreaming, then act to achieve those dreams.

moment she decides to fi nd her OWN source of strength.

For

that, I went all the way back to Eve taking a bite out of that apple and being condemned to give

tant insights of my life’s journey… in a three minute

birth after painful labour to our ancestors. (Just

movie. (never stop challenging yourself, right?)

think about it, we owe our existence to her act of

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rebellion!) I also paid hommage to the women who

Watch it, and change. Start dreaming, then act to

followed in her footsteps, from Joan of Arc who led

achieve those dreams. Welcome to your new life.

the French army into battle at just eighteen to Queen

Like Eve and the female superheroes from the past

Elizabeth the First who refused to get married and

and present have shown us: it won’t be an easy one.

ruled for almost half a century. At the climax of the

Then again, an easy life has never produced an au-

movie I ask you: are you ready to bite that apple? Are

thentic self. Let alone a superhero.

you ready to shake off social and cultural restraints, and think forward? To become YOU? To be reborn, you fi rst have to drown your old self.

“dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.”

You have to shed your skin. That’s why The Awak-

— Marlies Dekkers

ening is raw, and sometimes even shocking. But I believe it has the power to transform you, just by watching it. It’s a three minute wake up call.

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“be the master of your own destiny” — Marlies Dekkers

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M Y K IND OF GIRL!

In 2009 Anastacia and i had our first rendez-vous. I never expected we would meet up again 6 year later and have a personal talk about modern day feminism. Superstar Anastacia is my kind of girl! With a successful singing career for over 20 years and her overcoming many personal struggles she is the poster girl of a self-made woman. She was in the Netherlands for her concert, so we had some time to catch up. What started as a drink between friends, ended in a dialogue where we shared our vision on modern day feminism. Wondering what feminism means to me? Read it here: I’m a feminist.

marlies: Strong and independent women are step-

ping up as role models and make a change regarding gender equality, I see this as the third movement. Taking a look at our your personal life, do you feel the third movement is happening around you?

anastacia: Yes most definitely. I think woman

are being perceived as strong, independent, and

capable. This has taken many years of fighting for their rights and having role models step up their game and speak out. Joan Rivers was a prime example of someone who allowed women to be heard Space Odyssey push up bra

through fashion, entertainment, music and helped their rights to exist and make a difference.

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marlies:

What challenges do you feel women

still need to overcome? What do you think is left to achieve in this movement?

anastacia: I think there will always be challeng-

es for women and men. There are always going to

be male chauvenists but it’s just a matter of women continuing to stand up for their rights and prove their worth. The world would end if women didn’t start families, carry children, but that is no reason for them not to work, have careers, exist as a person rather than just a mother. Many companies have had to adapt their rules to accommodate this but there are still places that stimulate women – I think this is something that needs to be worked on.

marlies: Who inspired you when growing up and

who are your current female role models?

anastacia:As

I said Joan Rivers for sure, an

amazing woman in the entertainment industry. Singers such as Barbara Streisand, my dear friend Sharon Osbourne – successful, powerful and not afraid to use their position to speak out and stand up for what they believe in.

marlies: How can a rolemodel like you inspire

other women to choose their own path in life?

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“I believe women should have as many rights as men… so if that makes me a feminist i guess i am!” — Anastacia

anastacia: I would hope that I can inspire people

marlies: Often the third movement is referred to

through my music, the challenges I’ve encountered,

as modern day feminism. What is a feminist to you?

the fact that I am outspoken and not afraid to share

anastacia: The word ‘feminist’ can be a bit in-

my experiences. I believe everyone should strive for their dreams, don’t give up, don’t let people stand in

timidating. It can often be misunderstood for a fe-

your way.

male-chauvenist, but rather, and I think in your

marlies: In the third movement, I call upon wom-

case, it is about women not allowing to be held back

en to step up and take action to choose their own

some places.

path in life. What would the world look like if all

marlies: Are you a feminist?

women and men really joined the third movement?

anastacia: Equal! It wouldn’t be a world where

by rules and stipulations that sadly still exist in

anastacia:

In the non scary sense! I believe

people are defined by their gender, rather for their

women should have as many rights as men… so if

capabilities.

that makes me a feminist I guess I am!

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I’M EVERY WOMAN 5 WAY S T O C E L E B R AT E

March 8th the world celebrates Women’s Day. The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911 as a political event. Since then the 8th of March has become the date to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide, while fighting for greater equality. In some countries, like Italy and Russia, Women’s Day has become a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentines Day –bring on the heart-shaped chocolates!- while in others, women take it to streets to raise awareness for their struggle. (I’ll never forget the image of an Egyptian woman holding a statue of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman that ruled Egypt, during a demonstration in Cairo two years ago) I personally like to celebrate this special day in a joyful way, paying tribute to the women I admire and love. Here’s how you can join in:

paint it purple

Traditionally, people wear purple ribbons on Women’s Day. Purple stands for justice and dignity, two values strongly associated with women’s equality. I have nothing against a ribbon, but how about some sexy purple eye shadow as an alternative? Or a fabulous purple bra? Wear it, take a picture, and post it to show your colours. #PaintItPurple

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have a ladies night

In Portugal groups of women usually celebrate Women’s Day on the night of March 8 with ‘women-only’ dinners and parties. I love that, women should get together much more often! Make those men wish they could be a fly on the wall…

Editorial by Ellen von Unwerth

say it with flowers

Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino

Is there a woman in your life you admire? Show her this day! Be inspired by countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Russia, where on Women’s Day, employers spoil women with flowers and schoolchildren bring gifts for their female teachers. Flowers and chocolate may be cliché gifts, but they’re always appreciated! (Yes, that might be a hint, ahum).

give a little

Did you know that 70% of those living in poverty are women? On Women’s Day, donate to your favorite women’s charity, be it the Global Fund for Women or a small local initiative. Got some clothes that you don’t use anymore? Drop them off at your local branch of Dress for Success; they will use them to create a professional wardrobe for disadvantaged women. Madonna by Mario Testino

use that hashtag

Share women-empowering content through your social media canals this Sunday, anything that you find inspiring. (a recent favorite of mine is the ’12 historical women who gave no f*cks’ on Buzzfeed) Use this hashtag: #MakeItHappen, to create a world-wide kick-ass feed. Make it happen! Happy Women’s Day!

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FUN FEMINISM NOW! COLU M N; SA R A H MEUL EM A N

‘Why do you still date men if we’re all such unreliable cheating bastards?’ It’s nine a.m., I’m barely awake, staring with a hot coffee at the screen of my laptop, when the poisonous questions from a certain ‘J.’ shoot right at me. ‘Give it up, feminist pussy, why don’t you become a lesbian?’ Ugh. As a Vogue columnist, I frequently get those

columns (on his girlfriend’s laptop?) on Monogamy

kind of messages and they trigger an irresisti-

Light and The Other Woman, he starts digging for

ble urge in me to shout right back at him that I’m

my email address to once and for all deliver me the

honestly open to all sorts of discussion, but not to

truth, straight up. In a way, it’s kind of touching.

plain insult. Every bone in my body wants to get

What got to him, I wonder? What in my tone of voice

back at J. But I don’t. I erase his message.

made him go through all that trouble? Less touch-

Still, his words echo through my mind: ‘Unreliable

ing: ‘Feminist pussy.’ Apart from the fact that I pre-

bastards.’ I think of the columns that I’ve written

fer not to be reduced to my sex organs (or my pet,

so far, about narcissistic movie directors, porn-driven photographers and German betrayers. Damn. I have to give it to J.: the men in my columns aren’t all that peachy.

‘Men aren’t necessities. They’re luxuries’

whatever), it’s striking how often

— Cher

I recently interviewed model and

men confuse feminists with man-haters. Not only men, for that matter.

style-icon Caroline de Maigret. She

I’m trying to picture my anonymous critic (twenty-

said: ‘So often I hear younger girls cry out: I’m not a

something, fiftysomething?), how, after reading my

feminist; I love men! Then I go: what’s that all about?

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illustration: Judith van den Broek

I’m a feminist and I love men. Really. I’m crazy about

I enjoy being seduced. I’d rather not be called ‘pus-

men!’ Hear! Hear!

sy’ and I’m very fond of nicknames. I don’t consider myself a rodent and I totally enjoy being hugged and

Feminism isn’t outdated, it’s in the middle of a rad-

kissed (don’t you?). I earn my own cash and I love

ical refurbishment. It’s not about burning bras any-

a generous treat. Welcome to the world of the fun

more, it’s about sexy lace lingerie with built in high

feminist where fun and respect, believe it or not, ef-

performance shock absorbers. J. also informed me

fortlessly co-exist.

that, as a man, he knows that women ‘May act all

Singer, actress and cosmetic wonder Cher once de-

powerful and tough, but deep inside they are all vul-

scribed it aptly: ‘Men aren’t necessities,’ she said.

nerable fluffy bunnies.’

‘They’re luxuries.’ And who doesn’t like a bit of luxury?

Dear J., with this column I’d like to reassure you. We are both.

Sarah Meuleman is author, journalist and tv host. She writes columns for VOGUE about sex, sensuality and love in an era of fun

There’s no hair under my armpits and I believe in

feminism. www.sarahmeuleman.com Her thrilling novel ‘Wat ik

equal rights. I don’t wait for a man to seduce me and

je niet vertel’ (What I’m Not Telling You) is now available in stores.

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WOMEN’S DAY M A RC H 8 TH - E V E N T M A R L I E S|D E K K E R S S T O R E S

This year, on the 8th of March, we will celebrate Women’s Day in our own special way by inviting leading ladies of the Feminine Feminist movement to one of our marlies|dekkers stores (check our website for the exact locations). We will be delighted to host you. Hope to see you then!

Sarah Meuleman Novelist, tv host and VOGUE editor and columnist Something’s going on in feminism, something new and fresh! It’s the vibe of a different sexual discourse, a second sexual revolution boasting intelligent, sensual role models of all ages and sizes who love their body, love sex and dare to talk sex. Feminism today isn’t angry or offended; it’s fabulous, frivolous and free. I call it: fun feminism.

Katrin Swartenbroux For me, being a feminist is a given. It’s abwout respecting yourself and respecting others. About breaking down walls, building bridges and setting boundaries. As a feminist I fight for equal

photography Michiel Pelerents

Belgian Journalist for Knack.Be

rights and equal opportunities for every woman ànd man to be able to be exactly where, what and who they want to be in life. Except if they want to be a unicorn. Everyone is tired of that meme.

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Hadjar Benmiloud

Kakan Cookie Hermansson

Founder Vileine magazine

Swedish television presenter, radio host, comedian and artist Every woman should be

More Boobs. Less Bollocks. Why empower

able to interpret strength,

women? Let's facilitate women to empower!

pain and happiness in

SHARP TEA M:

photography Märta Thisner

My feminism is... Vileine.com Magazine

100 feminine

media professionals joining forces, making space for individual voices.

INTERSECTIONA L T R I B E : different perspectives max-

whatever way we feel like. We can be strong, weak, crushed and we still own the world. I feel like we do it best together, sisterhood is everything.

imize our collective impact. Covering all define solutions for our collective problems. Financial

Evelien Tomaszewski

equality, rejection of rape-culture and liberation from

Eve Tomaszewski, founder thegoaldiggersclub.com

racial, financial and age-intersections, we individually

stereotypes are relevant for every

SHARE!

female group.

I believe that women

FREE:

can be the best and

your

strongest version of

you want it to be!

themselves if we dare

Wearing corsets

to share. Let’s share

that no one sees,

experiences, insecu-

or "forgetting"

rities, talents, and

to shave your armpits whilst everyone sees...

“feminism today isn’t angry or offended; it’s fabulous, frivolous and free” — Sarah Meuleman

photography Myrthe Giesbers

feminism is what

knowledge. For me it’s all about building each other up. Sharing leads to growth and we are all here to realize our full potential.

Simone van Saarloos Philosopher and columnist NRC Next Feminism shouldn’t be called a struggle for equality standard that counts as best and most preferred. Equality is always a goal that rises from already ingrained inequality. The real challenge is to think beyond equality and to formulate ideas uninfected by patriarchy. Only then can we create a truly different world in which current power relations become meaningless.

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photography Frank Ruyter

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“when it comes to gender equality, i believe women are the key to their own success” — Marlies Dekkers

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HOW TO BE A FEMINIST FATHER You probably know by now that i am a proud feminist. I believe in equal rights for men and women. But i also believe we’re in this together and that feminism could do with a few more male role models. Starting with fathers... First of all, what is a typical feminist father? Well,

father can be a feminist father, as long as he fights

he can be a devoted stay-at-home dad, but he might

gender inequality in order to raise a fully realized

just as well be a CEO. As a matter of fact, my own

human being.

CEO, Eppo van Berckelaer, proud father of three daughters, signs off all his e-mails with our compa-

When I look at my own parents, I had a very tradition-

ny motto: ‘I am a feminist.’ It’s a bit like that super

al upbringing. My father worked, my mother stayed

cool campaign of British political leaders and celeb-

home and looked after three children. But my father

rities like Benedict Cumberbatch wearing shirts

believed in me, and made me feel I could do anything

that say ‘This is what a feminist looks like.’ The

I put my mind to. At the end of the day, isn’t that the

message: anyone can be a feminist. Similarly, any

purest form of father-feminism? Happy Father’s Day!

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— women’s day — Here are some tips for all the cool daddies out there. Try it! It’s worth it.

01.

ban double gender standards

Treat sons and daughters equally. It seems obvious, but even if you show your daughter she is just as strong and smart as any boy, there is still the temptation to be over-protective of her at times. Don’t fall for that. She has the right to make her own mistakes.

Benedict Cumberbatch

02.

share the power

Have a healthy, loving, equal relationship with your child’s mother. As a matter of fact, have healthy, loving relationships with all women out there! (okay, you know darn well what I mean). It’s the best message you can give your children.

CEO, Eppo van Berckelaer

03.

walk the talk

Be a good male role model. Not just in the privacy of your home, but also at work and in your social life. Remember when Jay-Z vowed to drop the word ‘bitch’ from his lyrics after the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter? Well unfortunately, that turned out to be an internet-hoax, but he could have scored big feminist points with that!

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Jay-Z & Blue Ivy


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MM6 Denim jacket

Where do you keep the key to your heart? The slightly translucent fabric of this lingerie set is dipped in a whiter shade of pale and covered with a delicate pattern. At the centre of your décolleté is a white key, lovingly crafted by hand. Let these clean white lines frame your curves.

Marni Necklace

Nikon Watch

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picture this CALAMITY JANE

WHITE KEY

Calamity Jane Forever Blue This denim body rocks your body, creating instant curves in a comfortable, stylish way. Bold buckled straps and playful little buttons channel Calamity Jane’s feisty feminine spirit. The washed denim blue makes your skin glow. Welcome to the wild, Wild West, baby!

Illesteva Acetate Sunglasses

Marni Asymmetric skirt

Alaïa Leather waist belt

MM6 White Ring

Michael Michael Kors Denim sandal wedges

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“a journey always starts and ends with a sense of self confidence” — Marlies Dekkers

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MY SWIMWEAR CE L E BR AT I NG YOU R PE R F ECT I M PE R F ECT IONS

Do you feel quite vulnerable on the beach? No wonder! Just think about it: you’re laying on your back, surrounded by strangers, and you’re wearing something miniscule that, just a few hundred meters down, on the boulevard, you wouldn’t be caught dead in! Simply put: the beach has its own set of rules. So when i started designing swimwear, i felt i needed to crack that code. Off i went, on a tour of different beaches in different countries, trying out different states of undress. (And yes, that included an exciting afternoon on a nudist beach.) First of all, I realized that the closer we are to the actual water, the less we wear. Literally! It’s as if Neptune, that handsome bearded god of the sea, whispers in your ear with each wave: “Go on, you don’t need all these clothes…” We might swim topless, but put on a bikini-top when we walk over to see a friend. Then, when we decide to get some ice cream on the boulevard, we throw on a shirt or a pareo. Secondly, I learned that what works for lingerie, might not make us feel strong and sexy on the beach. Personally, I want to look good on the beach, but not too sexy. More than anything, I want to feel confident. A sensual lace strap or a naughty cut-out - so empowering under a suit skirt - is not going to give me that Holi Glamour Purple plunge balcony bikini top

feeling when I’m strutting through the sand.

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‘I think every woman is beautiful, stunning even. And my ultimate goal is to make you see yourself the way I see you: perfect with all your imperfections’.

how does that affect my designs? Well, I know most women worry about very specific areas: the breasts, belly and bottom. That’s exactly where I offer security with all my designs. But whereas I use straps in my lingerie, I prefer to fold and pleat the fabric of my swimwear, giving it the fluidity that suits the setting. I want it to feel safe like body armour, but to look like a sexy bikini. I think every woman is beautiful, stunning even. And my ultimate goal is to make you see yourself the way I see you: perfect with all your ‘imperfections’. I like to compare women’s bodies with trees: would you say one type of tree is too tall, or too stubby?

Holi Glamour Navy push up bikini top & briefs

Of course not! Every tree is perfect in its own way. Just like you. To make you realize that, is my life’s mission. Every time someone tells me that because of my designs, they have the courage to wear a bikini for the first time in their lives, I feel like I’m one step closer. (And yes, I allow myself an actual fist pump.) So when Neptune calls, go! Let that bearded hunk and his sexy triton seduce you, let him bewitch you with the electric energy of his waves. With my swimwear, you’ll be ready… Musubi Pink push up bikini top

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THE ULTIMATE SHOP GIRLS’ SWIMWEAR GUIDE Did you know that it takes about 10 minutes for the average marlies|dekkers customer to decide on a lingerie set, but well over an hour to choose a bathing suit or bikini? With these tips from my own swimwear experts you’ll shop like a pro. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal to need more

only.” Plus the list of things to consider seems end-

time than usual when you buy swimwear. “You feel

less: can I swim in it, can I tan in it, is this colour too

the whole beach will be watching you,” store manag-

bright, is this pattern too bold? So I’ve asked my own

er Daphne Rijkenberg explains. “Whereas with lin-

awesome shop girls to come up with a mini swim-

gerie, it’s usually for you and your husband’s eyes

wear-shopping crash course, just for you:

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don’t be shy, try!

Daphne: “Believe me, what they say about clothes goes for swimwear too: it looks different on the hanger. Try it on! Also: don’t be set on being either a bikini- or bathing suit person. The cut of our bikinis is so flattering that I’ve been able to convince women who never wore a bikini before to go for one.” Store manager Raffaella Gargiulo adds: “You would be surprised to see how good curves can look in a bikini!” She also urges women to step out of Musubi Purple plunge balcony bikini top & briefs

their comfort zone when it comes to colours: “Colours you usually wouldn’t wear might look amazing on your skin!”

plan your tan

Want an even tan? Choose swimwear with less elaborate straps, or straps that you can wear different ways; both crossed and straight. (Daphne recommends the Holi Glamour push up bikini for this) Also: if you want a beautiful tan on your cleavage, try going for a slightly more revealing top than your usual lingerie preference. For example: a plunge balcony instead of a balcony.

Holi Glamour Purple push up bikini top & briefs

think big, try small

Curvy women tend to go for a larger model bikini bottom, with the idea that this hides their curves and makes them look thinner. But actually, a smaller model bottom can have a much more slimming effect! Raffaella recommends the tie and bow briefs. Just give it Holi Vintage Ivory/Gold push up bikini top & tie & bow

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a try! Also, remember that swimwear tends to stretch out a bit more than lingerie. So always be generous, except when you’re picking bikini bottom sizes…


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COCO CRAZY Stranded on a deserted island? No problem! As long as i have a huge jar of organic virgin coconut oil with me. Let me tell of the many ways i use this multi-tasking miracle. But first, I want to share my number one favorite

Besides being very hydrating it contains vitamine E

thing about coconut oil. People talk about its great

and proteins that help repair damaged tissue. I use

taste and many health benefits, but they never

it as soap, shaving cream, make up remover (apply

mention… the wonderful smell! You see, I have a

it, than use a warm cloth to remove) and body but-

thing against harsh, chemical perfumes. Especial-

ter. And did you know that coconut oil, because of its

ly when people use them to completely drown out

chemical structure, can actually penetrate the inner

their own scent. If I like you, I like your scent. I

part of hair, also known as the cortex? This can help

want to be able to smell it. I want to be able to

improve its strength and flexibility so much more

smell myself! Coconut oil smells sweet and subtle,

than products that merely ‘sit’ on the hair. So when-

and perfectly complements any natural scent. The

ever I feel my hair is getting a little dry, I warm some

best part: I smell like I’m on a romantic tropical

some oil between my hands and massage it into the

getaway, all the time!

ends of my hair. Et voilá: happy hair, happy hands! Hair and skin tip: whip up an at-home hair and face

So, what do I use it for? The question should be, what

mask by mixing one tablespoon of honey with one

don’t I use it for? I cook with it -it’s got a high smoke

tablespoon of coconut oil. If you like, you can gently

point, meaning it won’t emit harmful free radicals

heat the concoction in a sauce pan. Apply to the hair

as readily as other oils-, and use it as a spread in-

or skin –or both!- and let ot work its magic for about

stead of butter. It tastes amazing, and has so many

half an hour. Rinse the mask off your face with luke-

health benefits! The unique combination of fatty ac-

warm water or a warm washcloth. For you hair, fol-

ids can kill harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ad-

low up with your regular shampoo and conditioner

ditionally, it boosts your metabolism, and for those

routine. Softness and shine all over..

of you trying to eat less: it makes you feel full. (that’s

Last but not least, I’ve really gotten into oil pulling;

how it has deserved its nickname: the fat that makes

using (coconut) oil as a mouthwash. I put about a ta-

you thin).

blespoon of coconut oil in my mouth, wish it around

Cooking tip: Pop some organic corn kernels in co-

for 15-20 minutes, then spit it out. Supposedly, the

conut oil and sprinkle with Himalayan salt for a

oil attracts and removes bacteria and toxins that

healthy, savory-sweet snack.

live in your mouth and lymph system. It can even

Coconut oil is also a fantastic natural way to make

pull congestion from you sinuses! I love running my

hair en skin soft, radiant and healthy, so I also keep a

tongue along my teeth afterwards and feeling how

big jar of this all-purpose goodness in my bathroom.

squeaky clean they are...

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cooking tip:

Pop some organic corn kernels in coconut oil and sprinkle with Himalayan salt for a healthy, savory-sweet snack.

hair and skin tip:

Whip up an at-home hair and face mask by mixing one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil. If you like, you can gently heat the concoction in a sauce pan. Apply to the hair or skin –or both!- and let ot work its magic for about half an hour. Rinse the mask off your face with lukewarm water or a warm washcloth. For you hair, follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. Softness and shine all over...

Georganics Coconut Oil pulling mouthwash

hygiene tip:

I’ve really gotten into oil pulling; using (coconut) oil as a mouthwash. I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth, wish it around for 15-20 minutes, then spit it out. Supposedly, the oil attracts and removes bacteria and toxins that live in your mouth and lymph system. It can even pull congestion from you sinuses! I love running my tongue along my teeth afterwards and feeling how squeaky clean they are...

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MY GOLDEN COMBINATION SWIMWEAR

Ever wondered why you feel so amazing in my swimwear? So comfortable and confident, so safe yet so sexy? What is the secret? Well, it all started in art school, many years ago, during a nude model drawing class… I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but I hadn’t

Now the beach is a fascinating phenomemon. It has

chosen a direction yet. Then one day, while I was

its own set of rules. Just think about it: where else

drawing a life model during class, sketching her

would you undress in front of that many people and

beautiful curves in circular motions, it struck me:

think it’s absolutely normal? The sea is somehow

what if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my

very seductive; the closer we get to it, the more we

canvas?

give in to the urge to undress (to the point even of

If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their

falling asleep topless!). For me, as a designer, this is

wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But

a delicious, almost poetic challenge!

if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.

You see, when I design lingerie I want your whole

I made my master plan. Three components were go-

body to become part of the design. I stand behind

ing to define the look and philosophy of my brand:

you when you wear one of my creations, admiring

the design, the fit and a radically new, feminine

yourself in the mirror. I whisper in your ear: ‘Look

point of view. (After centuries of the male point of

at your breasts, aren’t they amazing? Check out your

view dominating art and design, I wanted to discov-

beautiful bottom!’ My goal is to make to make your

er what made women click!)

reflection shudder and push you out of your comfort

These three elements together I called my Golden

zone.

Combination. Because when the fit is excellent, and the design is elegant and flattering from a feminine

But when it comes to swimwear, I want you right

point of view, a woman feels confident enough to ex-

there smack in the middle of your comfort zone! Be-

plore my motto: dare to be. And then, oh, the places

cause when we feel like everybody is watching us,

she’ll go!

-which is definitely the case on the beach!-, we are

As a woman, I wanted to empower other women. I

very aware of certain areas of our body that we feel

want to help them celebrate their bodies… also on

insecure about. Hey, I’m a woman, I know how you

the beach! So when I realized I had managed to de-

feel! So how can I help you with those areas, and at

velop the Rolls Royce of bras and knickers, I felt

the same time emphasize what you feel confident

ready to apply my Golden Combination to swimwear.

about?

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In a way, designing swimwear is like a wonderful 3D puzzle: which parts to reveal, which ones to cover up? It’s a matter of centimeters, millimeters even! For that subtle touch, I came up with a signature style involving a lot of pleats and folds (as opposed to the straps and cutouts I use in my lingerie). Using them, I can sculpt a shape that shows your ‘undressed’ body in the most stylish way possible. I’ve also put a lot of time and thought into the fit. First of all, I’ve given my swimwear wider shoulder straps than the classic, yet flimsy triangle bikini. This way, they don’t cut into the flesh of your shoulders –ouch!- and you don’t have to re-adjust your top after every tiny movement (let alone look for your bikini at the bottom of the pool after one dive). Then, the cups. When people look at a bikini, the first things they will notice is the fabric and the straps, but the cups, shaped by the mold, are equally important. They’re the key element in making your bikini look amazing, feel super comfortable all day, and last forever. A bit like the engine of the car, except that it also really defines the look! That’s why I have developed my own sturdy yet stylish cups, using only the best quality material for the molds, so you don’t suffer from ‘sweaty boobs’, as my daughter Zilver likes to call them. I also paid a lot of attention to the under-wire. Mass-produced brands use standard wires, made of cheaper material, that tend to break or poke through the fabric after a while. We all know how much that can hurt! Yes, my tops cover your breasts more than a traditional string-bikini would, but through a clever play with lines and proportions you still look sensual and playful. And a very nice bonus: you don’t ever have to worry about nipple-slips… And let’s not forget about the bottoms! I’ve made sure that for each look, you can choose from two to three different types of bottoms. I’ve discovered that cutting the leg quite low and so covering a substantial amount of the groin area is flattering for any bodytype (an added bonus: you don’t need to get a full Hollywood wax each time you go the beach). And when a brief has sides measuring about 5 cm, both your hips and belly are covered just enough for you to be comfortable all day. Call it my personal magic formula. If you want to play around with different levels of coverage though, I suggest trying my ‘fold down briefs’. The flexible waistband of these bottoms can be folded up, covering the tummy, or folded down, leaving the tummy free and allowing you to avoid those pesky tanning lines. All those years ago in art class, I dreamt of becoming an artist. I guess in the process I also had to become a scientist and engineer. Well, I couldn’t be more proud of the results. Because I know that with my Golden Combination I can turn the beach –and the poolside of course!-, into your catwalk. Work it, you beach goddess!

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HOW TO GET A SEXY TAN M Y F OOL P ROOF M ET HOD Old boyfriends remember me as being way ahead

mastered the geisha look, why not try the bohemi-

of my time. “You were always reading in the shade,

an thing? (Oh the things we do for love!) I still had

completely covered in sun lotion, while everybody

no intention of going into the sun, so I was forced

else was frying in the sun,” one of them told me

to experiment with self-tanners. Well, after much

the other day. It’s true, this was a long time be-

trial and error –Oompa Loompa orange, streaks

fore people were fully aware of the effect of UV

and blotches, you name it- I developed a foolproof

radiation, but my intuition told me to protect my

method, which I’m still using now.

skin against the damaging rays. It was also way

And my lover? We had a lot of fun with my sexy

before True Blood, but I already loved that pale,

tan. I still think of him sometimes, when I smooth

vampire-like look.

on the self-tanner. The funny thing is that my new

Then, about ten years ago, I fell in love with a man

lovers all comment on the smoothness and soft-

who had a bit of a fetish for women with a bronzed,

ness of my skin. I guess staying out of the sun re-

gypsy-like tan. My imagination was tickled. I had

ally did pay off..

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E X F OL I AT I NG B ODY S C RU B First, I have a shower and use an exfoliating scrub all over,

Dermalogica Body scrub

paying extra attention to my knees and elbows. I love Dermalogica’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

Marc Inbane Tanning Spray

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NAT U R A L TA N N I NG SP R AY I then use a tanning spray, spraying at an even speed, making sure I keep the bottle at a distance of 8 to 12 inches from my body. My favorite: L’Oreal Sublime ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist. Also wonderful: Marc Inbane’s natural tanning spray with aloe vera and ginkgo.

L’oréal Bronze lotion

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N U T R I BRON Z E L OT ION I wait about 15 minutes for it to dry -you can speed up the process by using a blowdryer- then apply a self-tanning cream. (I recommend L’Oreal’s NutriBronze lotion). It seems to even out the spray tan, and so the two combined create a gorgeous streak-free tan.

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SUMMER RECIPE Fish wrapped in nori served with leek, arame and an oriental sauce Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes These surprise packages are bursting with flavour and are ever-popular!

TIP: THIS ISN’T JUST A N APPETISER!

For 8-10 parcels: — 300gr firm white-fish fillets — 5 sheets of nori

I often serve these chips which a fish

— 3 leeks

dinner. Simply add a bowl of the chips

— 40gr fresh herbs (coriander, parsley, chives)

to the dining table and everyone can

— arame (optional)

serve themselves. It adds a crunchy

— sea salt and pepper

bite and some variation in texture to

Sauce:

an already delicious meal. Uneaten

— 4 tablespoons olive oil

chips (unlikely) are not as crispy the next day however you can pop them

— 3 tablespoons soya sauce

in the oven again to re-crisp.

— 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds — the juice of ½ a lime

TIP: NOR I

Method:

Nori seaweed is now well known

Soak the arame for 5 minutes in room temperature wa-

amongst most home cooks but I can

ter. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Remove the three out-

definitely recommend experimenting

er layers of the leek and cut the leeks into 10cm pieces.

with other variations such as arame,

Put the leeks in a pot and fill with water until the leeks

dulse, hiziki, wakame,… seaweeds that are eaten all across the world.

are just covered. Add some oil to the water and bring

They are plants of the earth and

to a simmer. Remove the arame from the soaking wa-

contain a large about of minerals in-

ter and add to the pot with leeks.

cluding iodine, iron, magnesium and

Simmer for 15 minutes. Chop the fresh herbs, put them

potassium. They are additionally a

in a bowl and mix with a little olive oil, salt and black

good source of calcium (surprisingly

pepper. Cut the fish into pieces. Cut the nori sheets in

not just found in dairy!), vitamins C, A, B6 and E.

two with scissors.

They are also easier to digest because

Create a soggy nori, which is easily done by brushing

of their soft structure.

water over the sheets then lay the fresh herbs down with a piece of fish on top.

Nori sheets are now available to buy

Fold the nori around the fish. Perhaps it is necessary

at most supermarkets health food

to wet the ends so the parcel can be folded neatly.

stores where you’ll find them dried in square sheets – which is very con-

Complete all parcels with the remaining fish and place

venient to store at home. Nori is very

them in a pre-greased or lined baking dish. Put the

easy to prepare and can be added

baking dish about 15 minutes in a hot oven at 180 ° C.

to vegetable, lentil, chickpea or fish

Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the sauce

dishes. Simple, tasty and healthy!

and drain leek and arame from the pot. Serve the leek and arame, on the side of the nori parcel and finish with a drizzle of sauce over the leeks.

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pascale naessens Pascale Naessens is Belgium’s best-selling culinary writer. She has started a true “movement” with her books. People can once again enjoy food while still losing weight. Her books are recommended by doctors and osteopaths alike. Famous as well as regular Belgians follow her way of eating. She is Belgium’s true cooking revelation. Currently all six of her books figure at the top of the best seller list, which is unprecedented for any culinary author in Belgium.

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CR ISPS OF NOR I Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 3 minutes An ideal appetiser! — 10 nori sheets — olive oil — sea salt Place a bowl of water and your olive oil to the side of your work space. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Brush one side of the nori sheet with olive oil and season with sea salt. Fold that sheet in two with the olive oil side on the inside. Now brush the outside edges of the nori with water. It will be very weak now, which is the intention – so you can cut the chips into your desired shape. I cut them into triangles which is simple and easy. Place the triangles onto the baking sheet in your pre-heated oven for a brief 2-3 minutes. Watch that they don’t burn!

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SHAKE YOUR (BIKINI-) BONBONS!

When you try on a bikini or swimsuit, you usually stand and watch yourself in a mirror, right? You might bend forward a little, turn around slowly to see the result from different angles, but that’s it. You like how it looks? You buy it. But have you ever realized, after a day on the beach or a few laps in the pool, that your brand new swimwear is not very comfortable at all? As a matter of fact, when you catch your reflection at the end of the day, it looks all wrong; you might have ‘side boobs’, your breasts may be spilling over the cups, or the back strap is riding up. Well, I developed a method to avoid ever wasting money like that again! With it, you can see how your bikini top or swimsuit will fit after hours of fun in the sun, and you don’t even have to leave the dressing room.

step 01

step 02

Choose your marlies|dekkers

Put on the bikini top or bathing suit.

Swimwear piece

step 03

step 04

Bend your upper body forward until

Hold the underwire firmly and

your breasts fall into the cups.

position your breasts.

step 05

step 06

Shake your top to make sure that

Stand up and admire the result:

your breasts are positioned perfectly.

FABULOUS!

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MORE THAN A MOTHER M O T H E R S DAY - M AY 14TH - B I K I N I B A B E AT 8 0

Marlies’mom at 30

Marlies’mom at 80

My mother has always been a so-called ‘supermom’;

slightly panicked on the phone. Every summer, I like

dedicating her life to raising me and my siblings,

to spoil my mother and send her a box with my latest

and being absolutely amazing at it. But even super-

swimwear. Usually a bathing suit, with a matching

moms sometimes need a little push to be more than

pareo, hat and bag. But this year, I had decided to try

a mother. Yes, even at 80.

something new and had included a bikini. “Mom, I

“Marlies, thank you so much for the package, but you

think it will look amazing on you. Please try it.”

accidentally sent me a bikini!” my mom sounded

My mother was born to wear a bathing suit. I have a

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— swimwear — gorgeous picture of her, taken on the French Riviera a few years before I was born. You can tell the bathing suit she wears is rather stiff and uncomfortable –as they used to be- but she is completely in her element. The perfect look for a supermom. So why would I try to pull her out of her comfort zone at 80? Well, there is just something so freeing about wearing a bikini, about freeing that midriff. Something very sensual. And I believe it’s never too late to awaken your senses. I wanted my mother to feel like more than a mother, for the fi rst time in her life. “You’ve always been covered up, mom. Just imagine the sun warming your belly!” I pointed out that it was a very modest bikini that offered a lot of support. She would only be showing a few inches of skin more than usual. And so, after much harassing, she gave in. She promised to bring the bikini to their usual holiday spot, a camping in Spain, and try it out. Funnily enough, the fi rst person I heard from was my father, not my mother. He was jubilant; “I get stopped an average of ten times a day by people telling me how amazing your mother looks!” My parents had been going to the same camping for decades, but apparently, my mother wearing a bikini made everybody see her through completely different eyes. Even my father himself had rediscovered her beauty. “I knew she was beautiful, but wow!” My mother laughed it off, but admitted: “You were right. I look good. And it’s the first time in my life that I have a tanned belly!” She had a sparkle in her eye I had never seen before. Motherhood, as beautiful and satisfying as it can be, will always stay a balancing act. And we all need a little push sometimes to rediscover what makes YOU happy. It could be anything; from wearing a bikini to belly dancing to going back to school to fi nish your degree. And as my mother proved: it’s never too late. Even an 80-year old grandmother can discover what it’s like to be more than a mother.

Holi Vintage Black/Gold Free your midriff on your own terms with my gorgeous, shimmering Holi Vintage bikini in black and gold. The flexible waistband of the fold down briefs can be folded up, covering the tummy, or folded down, leaving the tummy free and creating a playful look. With this sensational bikini, you can celebrate your female curves at any age. Dare to show!

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4 WAYS TO WEAR YOUR PAREO Yes, a pareo is an excellent beach cover up. But did you know it can be so much more? From a sexy halter dress to a bohemian maxi skirt; once you master a few different styles, you can travel so much more lightly! Here are our 4 different ways to ‘tie the knot’. But remember, the coolest looks are created by just trying different things in front of the mirror. Have

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01.

halter dress with a twist

Hold the pareo behind your body, and wrap the ends under your armpits back to front. Twist the ends together, one over the other, then fasten at the base of the neck for a gorgeous halter silhouette.

02.

maxi wrap skirt

02 Holi Vintage Black/Gold

This one’s super easy: wrap around the waist, tie and go!

03 Holi Vintage White/Gold

03.

halter dress with a knot

Start out the same way as with the ‘Halter dress with a twist’, except this time you tie a knot right above your cleavage, and take the remaining straps to make a final knot at the nape of your neck.

04.

strapless or tube dress

Take your pareo and position it behind you. Pull the ends together in the front or to the side and tie with a flirty bow.

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hunk Neptune

embrace you with his thunderous waves. Let him trail

your wet skin with his rough, electric kisses. Then, catch your breath on the shore, wrapping yourself in the soft, warm luxury of my stylish beach towel.

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BEHIND THE BRAND M I R A N DA

This is how Miranda

She explains, (you un-

Martinez, a 45 year

derstand I’m blushing at

old dark-haired Medi-

this point): “You come in

terranean beauty (her

and completely freak me

father

Spanish),

out with some out-there

the

is

remembers

fi rst

ideas, say the Golden

time we met, over 15

Karo with its metal cups.

years ago: “You showed

You inspire me and my

me a lingerie sketch

team to outdo ourselves.

and asked me what I

We come up with a plan

thought. Wow, I didn’t

which in turn challenges

even know where to

and inspires the manu-

start. Where exactly

facturers.”

were the seams going

She smiles. “The custom-

to be? Was there an un-

er is just as blown away

derwire? You stopped

with the final product, as

me, looked deep into

I was with your original

my

eyes,

“Well,

and

that’s

said:

exactly

what I’ll need you for.”

Marlies & Miranda

idea. I’m proud to be part of that amazing chain.” Miranda and I have come a long way. One of our

Since then, Miranda has been in charge of my prod-

fondest memories is of how we developed the perfect

uct development. It’s a loose term; she has a lot of

mold for my bras and bikini-tops together: by cup-

influence on the design process as well. She is com-

ping our own breasts with our hands, shaping them

pletely tuned into me. Knowing that Miranda has my

till we reached our ideal fit. And here we are, mak-

back, I feel free to fly. Knowing that she will always

ing what we consider the Rolls Royce of lingerie and

bring me down to earth if necessary, I can reach in-

swimwear.

credible creative highs.

I ask Miranda if she ever wakes up in the morning and wonders: What on earth is Marlies going to come

Do I drive her crazy at times? Miranda laughs. “For

up with today?

sure! But I love how you push and stimulate me, both

“I do,” she says with her sweet smile. “Every day…it’s

professionally and personally.”

a challenge and I love it”.

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NORTH AGAINST SOUTH; I T ’ S A B I K I N I WA R !

Well, maybe not quite a war, but the world of beachwear is divided into two very distinct camps. Which side are you on? I had, of course, noticed it before: in some cultures,

And then there are the Northern brands like Chan-

women are not afraid to ‘let it all hang out’ on the

telle, Aubade, and Marie Jo. I count my own brand

beach, while in others, women prefer a bit of cov-

amongst them, because I decided early on that fit

erage. Think of the thong-wearing Brazilians ver-

is very important to me. A Northern girl likes her

sus the bathingsuit-loving Scandinavians.

curves just as much as a Southern girl; she just doesn’t like them spilling out of her swimsuit. And if

But it wasn’t till I started designing swimwear that I

she enjoys wearing a push-up bra under her clothes,

learned that this is an actual phenomenon, and that

she might expect her bikini top to give her the same

fashion insiders speak of ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’

kind of confidence on the beach.

countries when it comes to our preferences on the beach. A big part of it is geographical: North America

So for each theme, I design different styles to flatter

compared to South America for example, or Northern

all the different body types out there. And instead

Europe versus the Mediterranean countries. But a lot

of merely 4 bikini-top sizes, you can choose from 24!

of it has to do with attitude. The brands that cater to

Not the easiest way for a designer, I can tell you that,

the Southern part of the market –Agent Provocateur

but to me, offering you confidence is my main moti-

and La Perla for example- have a tendency to put form

vation. (I sometimes wonder if a ‘Southern’ woman

over function. If you want frills, they’ll give you frills,

wouldn’t prefer to have that same kind of choice, if

even if those frills have a tendency to shift when you

her favorite brands offered it to her...)

take a dive. Hey, as long as you look fabulous! But there are usually only 4 sizes available per style, so

So what are you? A Northern or Southern type? A

it’s very hard to find a bikini or swimsuit that fits

Grace Kelly or a Brigitte Bardot? A Taylor Swift or a

absolutely perfectly. The funny thing: a true ‘South-

Sofia Vergara? Why not pick and choose, like Rihan-

ern’ girl doesn’t seem to care. As Southern bombshell

na, who wears my ‘Northern’ designs on stage but

Sophia Loren once famously said: ‘Everthing you see,

does her holiday chilling in ‘Southern’ little noth-

I owe to spagetthi.’ So what if some of that fabulous-

ings? After all, I believe in having your cake and eat-

ness cannot be contained by your bikini?

ing it too, and finding the matching bikini to boot!

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THE WORST BOOB-BLOOPERS ON THE BEACH (A ND M Y SOLUTIONS!)

Do you recognize any of these classic bikini #FAILS? Don’t worry! Because my swimwear comes in actual cup sizes -rather than just small, medium, large- I have a very specific solution for each problem (call it bikini-science). You’ve got this! «

the ‘side boob’

The wires in the side of your cup are sitting on your boob rather than your rib cage, creating spillage on the sides. — Solution — If the problem is in the underwire, the problem is in the cup; the two are connected. Definitely try a bigger cup size: 85E instead of 85D for example.

the ‘high rider’

»

The back of your bikini top is riding up. Which is a bummer, especially when you’re riding the waves! — Solution — The problem is that the underbust is too wide. Try a bikini top with a smaller under bust size. For example: 70E instead of 75D.

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boobs in space

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s your boobs, floating in space because the underwire of your bikini top is not touching your ribcage.

— Solution — First, the obvious: are your shoulder straps too tight? Loosen them a little to see what happens. Then, bend forward till your boobs fall into the cups, and shake while you hold the underwire firmly (doesn’t that feel good?). Still no luck? Try a bigger cup, for example 70B instead of 70A.

the ‘quadraboob’

»

Wow, you’ve got 4 boobs! Oh no wait, it’s 2 boobs, spilling over your cup (straight into your ice cream cone). — Solution — Since your cup literally ‘runneth over’, you should try a bigger cup size. For example, 80E instead of 80D.

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the ‘super drooper’

Oh no! Your boobs look sad and lonely in a bikini top that doesn’t seem to offer any support. — Solution — Check your shoulder straps, you might need to make them tighter. The same goes for your underbust; is it too wide? Then again, the problem might be in the type of cups; for proper support I suggest good quality molded cups. Like the ones I developed for my brand! Just saying…

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THE ‘SWEATY ’ BRA HOW I WON M Y DAUGH T E R BACK

Teenage girls need to rebel

insisted I made her a small

against their mothers. But

version of my (in)famous

what if your mother is the

Blotebillenjurk,

Rebel Queen of Lingerie?

Bare Bottom Dress. They say

I’m not an overly strict

children often come around

mother. I’ve always given

after a period of rebellion.

my daughter Zilver (now 18)

Well I couldn’t wait to have

all my trust. I’ve allowed

my partner in crime back.

her to learn from her own

Then, one warm summer

mistakes, offering her my

day, Zilver looked particu-

listening ear and shoulder

larly uncomfortable in her

to cry on when things went

high street bra. This was

wrong. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n

my moment. All I had to do

roll; nothing is taboo in our

was wait. And yes: “Mom, I

household.

aka

the

admit it; this bra is terrible.”

Except, perhaps, one thing. My standards are very

She took it off and threw it on the floor. “It gives me

high, especially when it comes to my own brand.

sweaty boobs!” We both started laughing and I ex-

I find cheap, uncomfortable lingerie an affront to

amined the culprit.

womankind! (yes, I just raised my voice).

We use only the highest quality material for our cups

So what did my daughter do to rebel against me?

so I couldn’t believe what I felt. Just terrible. “Zil-

That’s right, she showed up wearing a cheap, badly

ver, these cups are so cheaply made, it’s like wear-

made bra. And another one. Just rubbing it in my

ing plastic discs on your boobs. No wonder they get

face. Till I couldn’t take it anymore and blurted out:

sweaty.” She nodded and we ordered her some of my

“Come on, Zilver. Those bras can’t be very comfort-

own bras; the ‘Space Odyssey’ and ‘Dame de Paris’

able!” There, she had me. With a triumphant smile

in bright colours. Perfect bras for rebellious teens.

on her face she answered: “Mom, they’re fine.” End

The ‘sweaty boobs’ became an official term at my

of discussion.

office to describe bad quality bras. And I marked

When she was little, she wanted to be like me. Paint

the date in my agenda: the date my daughter and I

her nails, wear make up just like mommie. She even

became bossom buddies again.

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DAME PARIS

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SIGNAT U R E COL L ECT ION

My Dame de Paris collection is designed for ladies with style. I was inspired by the magnificence of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Being the epitome of Gothic architecture, the Parisian Lady of the 14th century combines a sense of the divine with stunning graphic lines. Graceful arches and elegant bows are her trademarks. An aspiration to Heaven is her belief. I took the Dame’s subtle play of lines and put it right on top of the cups. Framing a similar gracious and elegant décolleté. Wear my Dame de Paris and be-

Push up bra

lieve in your highest self. James Perse Wrap top Gucci Leather belt

Michael Kors Stretch pants

Sophie Hulme Leather tote

Gianvito Rossi Leather pumps

Dame de Paris Ivory

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TRIANGLE SIGNAT U R E COL L ECT ION

My Triangle collection is designed for ladies in favour of freedom. I was inspired by Maria Callas and her conviction that love can never be chained. Callas’ liberal views on love made her part of one of the most illustrious love triangles in history. The queen of opera refused a ring of Aristoteles Onassis, because she believed that ultimately ‘every man wants to dominate his wife’. And thus she was forced to embrace the bittersweet of female liberation: the sweet of standing her ground, the bitter of losing the love of her life to another woman, fashion icon Jacky Kennedy. I took the shape of a triangle, molded it into metal and made this the centerpiece of your décolleté. Wear my Triangle to celebrate heartfelt female

Push up bra

freedom.

Equipment Silk top

Chloé Crepe shorts

Sensi Studio Panama hat

Balenciaga Leather mules

Victoria Beckham Aviator sunglasses

Triangle Black

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SPIDER SIGNAT U R E COL L ECT ION My Spider collection is designed for ladies on

the right moment to strike. Strong and secure.

the hunt. I was inspired by the spider and her

Definitely my favourite spirit animal.

hunting skills. In many traditions the spider is celebrated as a totem of strong female energy.

In this design my web of strings symbolise

And yes, a spider surely gets what she wants.

the female hunt. They are my gift to you: the

She catches her victims with carefully woven

warrior stripes of a confident huntress. Wear

webs, confidently awaiting her prey, knowing

my Spider and go catch your prey.

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Tibi Organza bomber

Spider Black

GET DRESSED Strut your stuff, get dressed to kill; the Femme Fatale is back! In her killer heels and sharply tailored leather, she prowled the catwalks at Balmain and Tom Ford, like an Amazonian beauty from a Helmut Newton picture. Think street chique with an exhibitionistic streak. Think black on black, deep red lips and flashes of pale skin. Think fatal attraction in skinny leather pants. Wear my

Balmain Leather skinny pants

Spider set- one of Rihanna’s favorites!- for a delicious game of hide and seek. Happy hunting!

Blogger Ouninana

MM6 Ring

Tom Ford Leather pumps

Max Mara Cotton twill skirt

Off the rails magazine

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Dominance

Spider

Spider

Spider

Spider

Peace Spider

Spider

Summer mood

Spider

Dominance

Spider

Party

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I BELIEVE A GIRL CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BRAS — signature —

From the moment i start designing a bra until it is actually in the stores, takes about three years. The high quality standards and design techniques of marlies|dekkers lingerie need a development time like no other lingerie brand.

My inspiration for a new collection always comes

fast, the next stop is my closet. The first stop in my

from a strong woman from nowadays or the past,

lingerie department. Since I am a women who re-

who inspires me. To maximize the designing pro-

gards her lingerie as an integral part of my outfit I

cess I need to completely immerse myself in the

start with a lingerie “questionnaire”. How do I feel

new designer theme. I then breath, eat and sleep

today? Sexy, sensual, casual, bright, dark, calm, en-

this theme before I can start with the designs. I

ergetic? Fun choices I need to make before I can de-

can become infatuated with theme and start pre-

cide upon the perfect lingerie set for that day. Then

paring my closet for the lingerie which is coming

the second stop is the rest of my outfit, where the

within a few years. By the moment the collection is

most important question is: what complements my

finished, by closet is filled with clothes matching

lingerie best! Maybe not the order you are used to

that particular collection. The Style Collection has

but choosing my lingerie carefully and making sure

been conceived for the woman who regards her

it fits my mood, gives me extra energy and makes me

lingerie as an integral part of every ensemble.

feel beautiful, ready to conquer the world (ok, ready

Every morning after I have finished my morning rit-

to handle that day).

uals of working out and having my oatmeal break-

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WHAT IS BETTER THAN ONE FAVOURITE BRA? – 2 OF THEM! BU Y ONE A N D GET THE OTHER ONE W ITH 50% DISCOUN T M A Y 2 0 17 P R O M O T I O N

S PAC E ODY S S E Y

Buy the Space Odyssey 'Black' or 'Lavender Mist' and get the 'Goblin Blue', 'Glossy Camel' or 'Red' with 50% discount

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GLORIA

Buy the Gloria 'Black Pinstripe' or 'Rhapsody' and get the 'Skyway Blue' with 50% discount

DA M E DE PA R I S

Buy the Dame de Paris 'Black', 'Red' or 'Hidden Purple' and get the 'Maple Sugar' or 'Ivory' with 50% discount

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IT’S TIME TO AWAKEN YOUR SENSES I N N E W A N D S U R P R I S I N G WAY S !

Riding on the wave of the third feminist movement, i want women everywhere to find out what really turns them on. The four collections you’re about to devour have

Designing a collection of lingerie with tradition-

been created for the sensual woman who embodies

ally-known outerwear materials has been a great

femininity. With a cheeky gleam in her eye, she has

challenge - but one that delivers both a superb fit

the confidence to indulge her desires and act out her

and an exciting way to explore your fantasies. If

inner-most fantasies. By knowing what feels good to

you’ve worn my designs before, and felt comfortable

her, her imagination can run wild and she can con-

yet sexy, you’ll know exactly what I mean. The in-

trol the world around her.

terweaving link within the collection are four erotic stories to Awaken Your Senses and trigger your

It has been an amazing and fun journey during

fantasies. I hope you take as much enjoyment from

which I created sensual blueprints using a new

reading them, as I did in writing them.

visual design language that has been transformed into exciting new products for you.

The pleasure is always mine… — Marlies Dekkers

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mulholland drive ê My Mulholland Drive collection is designed for females in touch with their fantasies. I was inspired by the sensual cultfilm “Mulholland Drive”. Wear my Mulholland Drive lingerie and surrender yourself to your deepest desires.

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calamity jane

My Calamity Jane collection is designed for ladies bending the rules of convention. Wear my Calamity Jane lingerie to confidently ride into the unknown.

MORE SHAPES, MORE SIZES, MORE SIGNATURE! gloria ê My Gloria collection is designed for ladies taking the lead. I was inspired by the female gangster movie Gloria, a groundbreaking piece of art in the history of film and feminism.

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femme fatale

My Femme Fatale collection is designed for ladies dancing with shadows. I was inspired by the female-focused crime movie Femme Fatale Wear my Femme Fatale lingerie to transform yourself into a sensual predator.

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PICTURE THIS.... A HOT DE SE RT A F T E R NOON, 42 DEGR E E S CE L SI US .

You’ve been riding for days in the sweltering sun; the formidable power of your horse between your denim-clad legs. It feels good to stretch out, take your hat off, undo your braids. The breeze in your hair. ‘Good girl,’ you say, as you pat your horse’s sweaty black skin. Sweet, gorgeous ‘Courage’. She is everything. There is no plan, no destiny, just her rhythmic, hypnotizing breathing. You lick your lips and realise how thirsty you are. ‘Ice’, you think. It becomes a relentless hissing: ‘Ice... ice... thirsty... ice...’ There is a tree, some shade! You lay down and unbutton your denim jacket, just enough to admire the curve of your own breasts, enhanced by your push up bra. As soon as you close your eyes, your lips open up. There is a stream of water, cold water. You drink greedily, giving in to shameless sustenance. Then, all of a sudden, you smell his sweat and feel his hot breath on your skin. “Drink from me,” he whispers. You feel your body opening up under the delicious weight of his embrace. The soft yielding qualities of flesh, its warmth, its wetness. Every cell of you is yearning for him. Now he drinks from you, and time becomes abstract. When you wake up, he is gone. You ride into the starry desert night, alone.

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3x1 Denim jumpsuit

Whether in the lightest wash or the deepest indigo, raw or worn to sensual perfection, denim is the kick-ass key player on this season’s runways. Rightfully so: no other fabric has that rock ‘n roll wow-factor while oozing such easy elegance. Make your blue jeans talk by combining the Old West with new sass; go for a killer heel or sleek clutch in denim, let your Calamity Jane bra peek from underneath your jumpsuit. Ride ‘m up! Dressing in denim was never this sexy.

Calamity Jane

Jimmy Choo Denim clutch

Gianvito Rossi Denim pumps Urban Ears Denim headphone

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— signature — Calamity Jane Denim This bold denim bra covered with sturdy stitching gives you a dazzlingly deep cleavage. Boldly buckled shoulder straps in tasty brown leather decorate your décolleté and cross on your back, capturing the spirit of a confident cowgirl. The Brazilian briefs have little bold pockets that spice up your bottom.

Tim Coppens Denim top

Calamity Jane Denim Denim lingerie? Hell, yess! Add some brown leather belts and jeans stitching for an extra sturdy, classic Western look. This gorgeous balcony bra invokes the tough sexiness of legendary daredevil Calamity Jane while putting your décolleté in the spotlight. A sexy denim thong completes this cowgirl-fabulous set.

MGSM Denim pleated skirt

Michael Michael Kors Denim tote

Paul Andrew Denim wedge sanals

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Calamity Jane


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DARE TO SEDUCE YOURSELF THE SECRET OF SEXY LEGWEA R

I think it’s the creamiest part of a woman’s body:

sion between what’s secret and what’s laid bare. And

the inner thigh. And what better to highlight that

the best part: I was in command of it!

area than a pair of gorgeous stockings or hold-ups? I’m a life-long aficionado myself; can you imagine,

Later I would fully understand the power of seduc-

I asked my mother for a pair when I was only

tion, and I would recognise it in Marlene Dietrich’s

seven! But why exactly does it feel so good to slip

performance as Lola in The Blue Angel, singing in

them on, and even better to peel them off?

her top hat and lingerie, with exposed garter belts and black fishnet stockings. I saw it when I watched

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me,” Dustin

Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, playing a house-

Hoffman uttered nervously as Anne Bancroft peeled

wife-turned-hooker in stunning garterbelts and

off her silk stockings in The Graduate (1967). It’s an

matching stockings designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

iconic scene, depicted on one of my favorite movie

And how about the iconic pictures of 50ties pin-up

posters ever. But would it had been quite as seduc-

Bettie Page (speaking of creamy thighs!), bending

tive if Mrs. Robinson had been simply stark naked?

over wearing nothing but fishnet hold ups and that

In a famous essay titled ‘Striptease’, the French phi-

famous cheeky smile?

losopher Roland Barthes talks about ‘the eroticism of the partially hidden body’. According to him, the

Nowadays, I wear sensual legwear most of the time,

sexiness is in the unveiling, the interplay between

both day and night. And each time I put on my del-

what’s seen and unseen.

icate nylon stockings, thigh high socks with sporty stripes, or hold-ups strong enough to survive an

When, at seven years old, I cut up a pair of woolen

evening of dancing followed by a night of wild pas-

tights to make my own stockings and make-shift

sion, I feel the same thrill I felt all those years ago

garterbelt, I had never heard of Roland Barthes. But

when wore my first clumsy handmade stockings.

when I put on my handmade creation I felt a thrill

And I realize this: it’s all about seducing yourself,

akin to what Barthes described: that delicious ten-

over and over again.

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MS. BOW Wrap yourself up as a delicious gift with my Ms. Bow collection. Because that’s what you are: a present to yourself! Flirt with your reflection in the mirrow. Bow down to your own beauty like an enraptured Geisha. Tell yourself: i am as beautiful, as sensual, as desirable as i believe myself to be. Then, seal it with a kiss. And of course a gorgeous, flirty bow.

Stay ups

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C E L E B R I T Y G I F T I N G M A R L I E S|D E K K E R S

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Erin Moriarty actress Kate Capshaw a.k.a. mrs Spielberg

Chloe Levine filmmaker and actress The Transfiguration, King Jack

Annalise Basso actress Ocolus, Standing Up, Bedtime Stories, Captain Fantastic

Bloodfather, Jessica Jones, The Watch, Why live when you can rule

Marisa Saks filmmaker and actress Scary Movie 5

Susan Sarandon actress Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, etc.

Sasha Lana girlfriend Shia Lebeouf, actress American Honey

Sonia Rolland actress Midnight in Paris, Lea Parker, The French Minister, Moloch Tropical

Emily Haine actress Deadpool, Happy Face Killer, Fargo

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BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded push up bra - art. no. 18691

hipster - 10 cm - art. no. 18692

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 186901 sizes

XS-XL

buttery thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18694

70-85 D-E, 70-80 F

sizes

XS-XL

WA S P I E & O B I

waspie & obi - art. no. 18693 sizes

main fabric

82% nylon, 18% lycra |

S/M, L/XL

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

January 2017

125


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 18730

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18732

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18731 sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

S-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18733 sizes

XS-XXL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 187301 sizes

main fabric

126

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

January 2017


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 18710

thong - 7 cm - art. no. 18712

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18711 sizes

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C

S-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18713 sizes

S-XL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 187101 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

padded plunge bra - art. no. 187111 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

87% nylon, 13% spandex |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

January 2017

127


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18720

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18722

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18721 sizes

XS-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18723

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

XS-XL

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 187201 sizes

main fabric

128

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

88% polyamide, 12% elastane |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

January 2017


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 18760

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18762

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18761 sizes

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E

XS-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18764 sizes

XS-XL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 187601 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

70% nylon, 30% lycra |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

129


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 18750

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18752

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18751 sizes

S-XL

briefs - 5 cm - art. no. 18753

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-XXL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 187501 sizes

main fabric

130

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

37% nylon, 43% polyester, 20%spandex |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18770

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18772

sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bra - art. no. 18771 sizes

sizes

S-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18774

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C

sizes

XS-XL

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 187701 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

padded plunge bra - art. no. 187711 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

79% nylon, 7% spandex, 14% metallized fi ber |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

131


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18780

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18783

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18781 sizes

S-XL

briefs - 5 cm - art. no. 18784

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-XXL

unpadded triangle bra - art. no. 18782 sizes

S-L

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 187801 sizes

main fabric

132

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

87% nylon, 13% spandex |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

March 2017


BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 19200

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 19202

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 19201 sizes

XS-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 19203

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E

sizes

XS-XL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 192001 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

90% polyester, 10% spandex |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

March 2017

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BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18840

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18842

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18841 sizes

XS-L

fold down briefs - art. no. 18843

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188401 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BAT H I NG SU I T

TOW EL

towel - art. no. 18846 sizes

padded plunge balcony bathing suit art. no.

main fabric

134

18844 |

sizes

75-85 B-C, 75-80 D, 75 E

59% polyamide, 30% metallo, 11% lycra |

90 x 180 cm |

main fabric

black/gold

100% cotton jacquard velours

washing instruction

washing instruction

colour

hand wash 30°C

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18850

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18852

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18851 sizes

XS-L

fold down briefs - art. no. 18853

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188501 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

PA R E O

PA R E O

pareo - art. no. 18845

pareo - art. no. 18855

sizes

main fabric

S/M, L/XL

59% polyamide, 30% metallo, 11% lycra |

sizes

washing instruction

S/M, L/XL

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

135


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18830

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18832

sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18831 sizes

XS-XL

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

fold down briefs - art. no. 18833 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188301 sizes

BAT H I NG SU I T

K A F TA N

padded plunge balcony bathing suit

kaftan - art. no. 18835

art. no.

18834 |

main fabric

136

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

72% polyamide, 28% elastane |

sizes

washing instruction

S/M, L/XL

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18820

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18822

sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18821 sizes

XS-XL

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

fold down briefs - art. no. 18823 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188201 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BAT H I NG SU I T

K A F TA N

padded plunge balcony bathing suit

kaftan - art. no. 18794

art. no.

18824 |

main fabric

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

72% polyamide, 28% elastane |

sizes

washing instruction

S/M, L/XL

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

137


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18800

briefs - 2,5 cm - art. no. 18802

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18801 sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

XS-XL

briefs - 5,5 cm - art. no. 18803 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188001 sizes

main fabric

138

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

80% nylon, 20% elastane |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18810

briefs - 2,5 cm - art. no. 18812

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18811 sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

XS-XL

briefs - 5,5 cm - art. no. 18813 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 188101 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

80% nylon, 20% elastane |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

139


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 18790

briefs -6 cm - art. no. 18792

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18791 sizes

S-XL

drawstring shorts - art. no. 18793

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-L

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 187901 sizes

main fabric

140

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

89% nylon, 11% elastane |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017


BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 19060

briefs -6 cm - art. no. 19062

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 19061 sizes

S-XL

drawstring shorts - art. no. 19063

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

S-L

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 190601 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

89% nylon, 11% elastane |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

February 2017

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BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no.

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18192

18190

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18191 sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

XS-L

fold down briefs - art. no. 18194 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 181901 sizes 70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BAT H I NG SU I T

padded plunge balcony bathing suit art. no.

18195 |

main fabric

142

sizes

75-85 B-C, 75-80 D, 75 E

90% polyamide, 10% lycra |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

always available


HOLI VINTAGE R E D ECRU

BIKINI TOPS

BIKINI BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no.

tie & bow briefs - art. no. 18182

18180

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bikini top - art. no. 18181 sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

XS-L

fold down briefs - art. no. 18184 sizes

S-XXL

padded plunge balcony bikini top - art. no. 181801 sizes 70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BAT H I NG SU I T

padded plunge balcony bathing suit art. no.

18195 |

main fabric

sizes

75-85 B-C, 75-80 D, 75 E

90% polyamide, 10% lycra |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

always available

143


MULHOLLAND DRIVE M AC A DA M I A

BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded push up bra - art. no. 18410

buttery thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18413

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18414 sizes

sizes

XS-XL

brazilian briefs - 8 cm & suspender

70-85 B-C

art. no.

18411 |

sizes

XS-XL

padded balcony bra - art. no. 184141 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

CORSET

padded plunge balcony corset - art. no. 18412 sizes

main fabric

144

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

65% cotton, 30% polyester, 5% elastane |

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

always available


FEMME FATALE BL ACK

BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded super push up bra - art. no. 18400

thong - 2 cm - art. no. 18403

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18405 sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

XS-XL

brazilian briefs - 8 cm - art. no. 18401 sizes

XS-XL

SUSPENDER padded demi bra sizes

art. no.

18402

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 184051 sizes

main fabric

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

suspender - art. no. 18404 sizes

50% polyester, 30% polyurenthane, 18% polyamide, 2% elastane | delivery always available

S/M, L/XL

washing instruction

hand wash 30°C

145


GLORIA BL ACK PI NSTR IPE

BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18150

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18152

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 18151 sizes

XS-XL

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18153

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

XS-XL

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 181501 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BODYSU I T

WA S P I E

waspie - art. no. 18154 sizes

S-XL

padded plunge balcony body thong - art. no. 18155 sizes

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

main fabric

146

84% nylon, 10% spandex, 6% polyester |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C

delivery

always available


CALAMITY JANE BLUE DENIM

BRAS

BOTTOMS

padded push up bra - art. no. 18390

buttery thong - 4 cm - art. no. 18393

sizes

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 18394 sizes

XS-XL

brazilian briefs - 8 cm - art. no. 18391

70-85 B-C

sizes

XS-XL

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 183941 sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BODYSU I T

padded plunge balcony body thong - art. no. 18392 sizes

main fabric

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

65% cotton, 30% polyester, 5% elastane |

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

always available

147


DAME DE PARIS BL ACK BR AS D-size

padded push up bra - art. no. 15421

padded balcony bra art. no. art. no.

154201 |

15420 | sizes

sizes

70-85 B-C

sizes

padded plunge bra - art. no. 154211

70-80 A, 65-85 B-C, 65-80 D

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F, 70-80 G

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F, 70-80 G

BOTTOMS

thong - 7 cm - art. no. 15424

thong - 2 cm - art. no. 15423 sizes

XS-XL main fabric

sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 15428

XS-XL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

sizes

delivery

S-XL

always available

DAME DE PARIS RED BR AS D-size

padded balcony bra art. no. art. no.

18140 |

181401 |

sizes

sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bra - art. no. 18141 sizes

padded plunge bra - art. no. 181411

70-80 A, 65-85 B-C, 65-80 D

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BOTTOMS

thong - 2 cm - art. no. 18142 sizes

XS-XL main fabric

148

thong - 7 cm - art. no. 18143 sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 18144

XS-XL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

sizes

delivery

always available

S-XL


DAME DE PARIS I VORY BR AS D-size

padded balcony bra art. no. art. no.

17470 |

174701 |

sizes

sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bra - art. no. 17471 sizes

padded plunge bra - art. no. 174711

70-80 A, 65-85 B-C, 65-80 D

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BOTTOMS

thong - 2 cm - art. no. 17473 sizes

thong - 7 cm - art. no. 17474

XS-XL main fabric

sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 17478

XS-XL

washing instruction

sizes

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

S-XL

always available

TRIANGLE BL ACK BR AS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 16290 sizes

padded balcony bra - art. no. 162901

70-85 B-C

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BR AS

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 16292

70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F main fabric

sizes

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C

BOTTOMS

padded push up bra - art. no. 162913 sizes

padded push up bra - art. no. 16291

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

sizes

briefs - 5 cm - art. no. 16293

S-XL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

sizes

delivery

S-XL

always available

149


SPACE ODYSSEY BL ACK BR AS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 16450 sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bra - art. no. 16451 sizes

padded balcony bra - art. no. 164501

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BOTTOMS

thong -4 cm - art. no. 15582 sizes

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 15583

XS-XL main fabric

sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

XS-XXL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

always available

SPACE ODYSSEY GLOSSY CAMEL BR AS

padded balcony bra - art. no. 17150 sizes

70-85 B-C

padded push up bra - art. no. 17151 sizes

padded balcony bra - art. no. 171501

70-80 A, 70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F

BOTTOMS

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 17152 sizes

XS-XL main fabric

150

brazilian shorts - 12 cm - art. no. 17153 sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

XS-XXL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

always available


LEADING STRINGS BL ACK BRAS

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 16800 sizes

CORSET

padded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 168001

70-85 B-C

sizes

70-90 D-E, 70-85 F padded plunge balcony corset - art. no. 16803 sizes

BOTTOMS

thong - 4 cm - art. no. 16801 sizes

thong - 7 cm - art. no. 16802

S-XL main fabric

70-85 B-C, 70-80 D, 70-75 E, 70 F

sizes

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

S-XL

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

always available

SPIDER BL ACK BR AS

BOTTOMS

WA S P I E

unpadded plunge balcony bra - art. no. 17650

briefs - 10 cm - art. no. 17651

waspie - art. no. 17654

sizes

75-80 B, 70-80 C, 70-75 D, 70 E

main fabric

88% nylon, 12% spandex |

sizes

S-L

washing instruction

machine wash 30°C |

sizes

delivery

S-L

always available

151


MS. BOW BOTTOMS

brazilian briefs - 8 cm - art. no. 18870 sizes

brazilian briefs - 8 cm - art. no. 18871

S-L

sizes

main fabric

72% nylon, 28% elastane |

brazilian briefs - 8 cm - art. no. 18873

S-L

washing instruction

sizes

machine wash 30°C |

delivery

S-L

always available

S TAY- U P S

stay-ups - art. no. 18880 sizes

M-XL

main fabric

152

stay-ups - art. no. 18881 sizes

15 denier, 86% polyamide, 14% elastane |

M-XL washing instruction

hand wash 30°C |

delivery

always available


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label

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item

Yukata

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couture

January 2017

seasonal

lingerie

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seasonal

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Dame de Paris

Hidden Purple

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Space Odyssey

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Lady from Gion

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February 2017

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White Key

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March 2017

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Calamity Jane

Forever Blue

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March 2017

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Holi Vintage

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February 2017

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February 2017

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Musubi

Pink

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February 2017

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Musubi

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February 2017

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February 2017

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February 2017

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Holi Vintage

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signature

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Black

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Gloria

Black Pinstripe

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Blue Denim

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Black

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Dame de Paris

Red

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Dame de Paris

Ivory

signature

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Triangle

Black

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always available

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Space Odyssey

Black

signature

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Space Odyssey

Glossy Camel

signature

always available

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Leading Strings

Black

signature

always available

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lingerie

Spider

Black

signature

always available

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Ms. Bow

Black, Red, Nude

signature

always available

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lingerie


INTERNATIONAL SIZE GUIDES B R A , B O T T O M A N D T O P, S I N G L E A N D D UA L S I Z I N G

bra sizing european - eu

french - fr

italy - it

uk - au

us

australian - au

70 A

85 A

1A

32 A

32 A

10 A

70 B

85 B

1B

32 B

32 B

10 B

70 C

85 C

1C

32 C

32 C

10 C

70 D

85 D

1D

32 D

32 D

10 D

70 E

85 E

1 DD

32 DD

32 DD

10 DD

70 F

85 F

1E

32 E

32 DDD/E

10 E

70 G

85 G

1F

32 F

32 F

10 F

75 A

90 A

2A

34 A

34 A

12 A

75 B

90 B

2B

34 B

34 B

12 B

75 C

90 C

2C

34 C

34 C

12 C

75 D

90 D

2D

34 D

34 D

12 D

75 E

90 E

2 DD

34 DD

34 DD

12 DD

75 F

90 F

2E

34 E

34 DDD/E

12 E

75 G

90 G

2F

34 F

34 F

12 F

80 A

95 A

3A

36 A

36 A

14 A

80 B

95 B

3B

36 B

36 B

14 B

80 C

95 C

3C

36 C

36 C

14 C

80 D

95 D

3D

36 D

36 D

14 D

80 E

95 E

3 DD

36 DD

36 DD

14 DD

80 F

95 F

3E

36 E

36 DDD/E

14 E

80 G

95 G

3F

36 F

36 F

14 F

85 B

100 B

4B

38 B

38 B

16 B

85 C

100 C

4C

38 C

38 C

16 C

85 D

100 D

4D

38 D

38 D

16 D

85 E

100 E

4 DD

38 DD

38 DD

16 DD

85 F

100 F

4E

38 E

38 DDD/E

16 E

90 B

105 B

5B

40 B

40 B

18 B

90 C

105 C

5C

40 C

40 C

18 C

90 D

105 D

5D

40 D

40 D

18 D

90 E

105 E

5 DD

40 DD

40 DD

18 DD

bottom and top sizing

single and dual sizing

eu

fr

it

uk

us

au

eu

fr

it

uk

us

au

XS

XS

XS

XS

XS

XS

XS - 34

XS -34

XS -34

XS - 6

XXS - 2

XS - 6

S

S

S

S

S

S

S - 36

S - 36

S - 36

S-8

XS - 4

S-8

M

M

M

M

M

M

M - 38

M - 38

M - 38

M - 10

S-6

M - 10

L

L

L

L

L

L

L - 40

L - 40

L - 40

L - 12

M-8

L - 12

XL

XL

XL

XL

XL

XL

XL - 42

XL - 42

XL - 42

XL - 14

L - 10

XL - 14

XXL

XXL

XXL

XXL

XXL

XXL

XXL - 44

XXL - 44

XXL - 44

XXL - 16

XL - 12

XXL - 16

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