Harper’s Bazaar: Strip Strip Hooray! Dita Von Teese on Her Latest Lingerie Collection
by Elaine YJ Lee
Dita Von Teese has hit the city with her sold-out New York and LA tour, Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! But she’s doing a lot more than professionally kicking her en-pointe toes out of a giant martini glass or erotically motioning on a pink velvet mechanical bull (with rhinestone-encrusted horns, of course). BAZAAR sat down with the pin-up to hear a little bit about her latest partnership with HSN — the launch of her fragrance and lingerie collection.
HB: Your show costumes are really amazing—and I couldn’t help but notice your shoes. Are they custom Louboutins?
DVT: Yes. All of them are. I even sent all of my ballet shoes to Christian in Paris to have their bottoms done in red soles. I thought that was a pretty clever idea.
HB: Are you a shoe girl? What do you gravitate toward?
DVT: 90% of the time I’m in Louboutins because he’s such a close friend of mine. And I always gravitate toward the fearlessly-high which kind of gets me in trouble when I need to wear sensible shoes.
HB: How would you describe your personal style?
DVT: Glamorous. And when I say that I mean creating illusion and fantasy. And there’s definitely a touch of nostalgia and eccentricity.
HB: Tell me about your new lingerie collection. What was it inspired by?
DVT: It was inspired by my love of lingerie because my first job as a teenager was working in a lingerie store. I drew inspiration from things that I want in my own lingerie wardrobe but also [from] my antique art, my collection of vintage lingerie, and vintage books that have lots of photos of women wearing lingerie from the past. I had this idea of bringing together retro style but with modern fit and function. The whole idea behind it was to bring beauty and glamor to things you can wear in everyday life, but also to make it attainable for any woman.
HB: Do you have a philosophy on lingerie?
DVT: I’ve always believed in wearing your best things every day, indulging in luxury and sensuality and little moments of beauty for yourself — that’s really the key to becoming seductive in a way that comes naturally. So I don’t really like when people think they buy the lingerie that they wear for their “seduction purposes,” then they buy the lingerie that they wear in everyday life. With the lingerie that I’m making you can have both of those things together.
HB: What did you have in mind for your perfume?
DVT: A few years ago I was living between LA and Paris and I had a French boyfriend. We were walking down the street and he asked me about my perfume — and I’d worn the same perfume since I was 14. It’s this perfume called Calca Fleur and I’d never met anybody else who’s ever worn it. Then he confessed to me that his mother wore that fragrance. Of course, you can’t wear the same perfume that your boyfriend’s mother wears so I stopped using [it]. I was trying other things but I didn’t really find anything that struck me the way that Calca Fleur did. I went to the biggest perfume house in Paris and they presented a bunch of perfumes but of course I wasn’t happy with any of them. I insisted on creating my own from scratch, so that’s what I did. I spent about two years working on the fragrance itself and the design of the bottle and every single aspect of it is a product of my hands-on work there in Paris.
HB: You have an ultra-feminine approach. Why do you think it’s important for women to embrace their femininity?
DVT: I think that every woman should embrace the parts of herself that she likes most. I really encourage women to do what makes them feel good. You know, for me, it’s these things—little moments of beauty—that make me feel good about myself. Wearing red lipstick makes me feel good about myself and wearing beautiful lingerie makes me have a better day. But it’s important to think of what those things are for you and that’s ultimately what matters the most. You can’t seek approval from others. You have to find what makes you feel good and present that to the world. Whatever it is.
Strip Strip Hooray! is showing in Gramercy Theatre through March 9th. Tickets can be found on ticketmaster.com. Dita’s perfume and lingerie collection will be launched on April 23rd on HSN.com.
BellaSugar: Dita Von Teese on Her Heroes, Fragrance-Making, and Creating Her Image
by Kaitlyn Dreyling
Dita Von Teese is a woman who clearly knows what she likes. She’s perfected her signature vintage look for over 20 years, so when it came to developing her own fragrances, dubbed Dita Von Teese ($49) and Rouge, Dita knew exactly what she wanted. “I believe perfume is a vital stepping stone to glamour, so I wanted to create a perfume that has a high level of sophistication and is a kind of perfume that maybe one of my idols like Rita Hayworth or Marlene Dietrich would have worn,” she says. Her namesake fragrance and Von Follies lingerie is available at Target now, and the 40-year-old burlesque star tells us everything from her skincare secrets to looking good in lingerie.
POPSUGAR: What was the process of creating fragrance like?
Dita Von Teese: We started the process, which took about a year, of really creating a perfume from scratch based on different fragrances I liked and the feeling I wanted to convey. I went through hundreds and hundreds of different reworks of maybe eight different fragrance ideas, and that’s how we finally arrived to my signature scent. The second one [Rouge] was the same process: another year of me going to the perfumers and speaking directly with them.
PS: What was the feeling you wanted to create?
DVT: I refuse to have any vanilla or super-sweet accords, because I just like grown-up, womanly glamour, and I don’t like anything that reminds me of childhood. The perfume was really about what do I wear when I want to emulate the femme fatale.
PS: Any surprising beauty tips from performing on stage?
DVT: I’ve learned a lot about the importance of lighting and what it can do to your makeup. The lighting you surround yourself with at home, whether it’s to do your makeup or to create a ritualistic place to seduce someone, is so important. In my house, I use dimmer switches in every room and I create a beautiful space that makes me feel good about myself.
PS: What are your makeup staples?
DVT: I have a kind of a code for myself, which is black eyelashes, red lipstick, and my hair in waves. It’s my signature look I’ve done for almost 20 years now on a daily basis. I always set aside 15 minutes for myself, and I always have time to put on mascara and a quick sweep of powder and my red lipstick. It’s important to have a beauty routine that can vary according to how much time you have, because I don’t always have an hour to get ready. There are things that are important to me. Red lipstick is vital. It makes me feel good and I don’t leave the house without it.
PS: Do you have a secret to keeping your skin ageless?
DVT: The main secrets are using sunscreen, taking off your makeup before bed, and having a healthy diet. But I’ve also had a lot of skin problems that can’t necessarily be fixed with a jar of face cream. I think it’s important to have a good dermatologist. I have a real skin doctor who actually specialises in pediatric dermatology. If you really want to make a good change in your skin, find or seek out a real dermatologist who isn’t just trying to sell you on lasers and all that stuff.
PS: What’s your tip to looking gorgeous in lingerie?
DVT: I do a lot of Pilates. If I feel strong, I feel better about my body. Skincare-wise I always take my skin care that I use on my face down to my chest. A lot of people forget that that’s something we see exposed a lot, too. You’re supposed to use your sunscreen on your shoulders. There’s no miracle cure for cellulite or body slimming, so trying to think about beauty from within and exercising, using common sense when it comes to what you eat, and doing your best to keep hydrated and moisturised are key to all of your skincare concerns.
PS: What can we expect from your upcoming beauty book?
DVT: It’s been a book I’ve been working on for quite a while because I really want to lay out all my beauty secrets — like, everything I know. I go through the book and do all the makeup step-by-step and show exactly how I do it, and reveal every single beauty secret I can think of. I don’t use a glam squad or makeup and hair team when I’m on the red carpet, so really the message is about do-it-yourself glamour. I’m referencing and showing a lot of my inspirations, which are daring, eccentric women of the past, not necessarily classic American beauties with little perky noses. I’m really showing who the great beauties of history are for me, and it’s about embracing who you are and not feeling like you need to fit in or succumb to a modern, typical standard of beauty. My book is for people who want to have fun with makeup and try things differently.
PS: Who are some of the women who inspire your style?
DVT: I’m inspired a lot by women who were notoriously not reliant on other people to create their glamour. So a few of those people would be Marlene Dietrich, because she had a big hand in creating her image and knew a lot about lighting, makeup, and style. A lot of those great portraits of her she styled herself. I’m also inspired by a lot of the models from the 1950s, like [photographer] Irving Penn models. His wife, Lisa, was an amazing model. All the big fashion models knew how to do their own hair and makeup, so when you see those great Irving Penn images, there wasn’t a glam squad on set. They did their hair, they did their makeup, they put on the clothes, they studied what looked best in the mirror. That’s how they got those amazing shots. To me, that’s really inspiring. I’m really here to preach that you can do it and to remind people of a time when women did create their images themselves.
A delicate floral creation full of elegance:
The first spring fragrance
“FleurTeese” by Dita Von Teese
entices you with its romantic flirtation
Sensuous, feminine, intoxicating: The elegant Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese embodies femininity like no other woman. Seductive, self-assured and graceful: the sheer sensuality of Dita Von Teese expresses itself in new facets. With her third fragrance FleurTeese, the international style icon embraces her coquettish, romantic side.
FleurTeese is a passionate bouquet, inspired by lush but delicate blossoms and idyllic floral gardens. Dita Von Teese has created this romantic eau de toilette that beautifully captures the spirit of her classic Hollywood style. Delicate like her skin, glamorous like her appearance and beguiling like the lady herself, FleurTeese is an enthralling new spring fragrance that calls to mind the playful pin-up girl.
FleurTeese – the fragrance
At the start, the creamy scented, opulent Casablanca lily flirts with sensuous Sambac jasmine petals, and refreshes with a sparkling burst of bergamot notes. The delicate top note evokes the enchanting moment of the first flirtation, the first glance, the first touch.
At the heart of FleurTeese is a bouquet of pure blossoms, a delicate blend of elegant accords of purple lilac combined with subtle iris, complimented by a warm shade of heliotrope flower. These essences from Dita Von Teese’s favorite flowers not only represent the ultimate femininity of the burlesque dancer, but also the sensual emotions of spring.
The seductive base note of FleurTeese combines rare sandalwood and cedar wood with seductive musk, giving the fragrance depth and richness. This fragrance made from luxurious flowers and smooth wood instantly radiates fresh lightness and playful romance with a flirtatious charm. Coquettish like Dita Von Teese herself, FleurTeese is a hypnotic fragrance that encourages women to embrace their romantic and flirtatious femininity in a unique and memorable way.
FleurTeese – the bottle
The FleurTeese bottle represents the fresh romance of the fragrance in a glamorous design. The clear glass-faceted bottle elegantly showcases the lilac-colored scent.
Reflecting the color palette of the fragrant flowers in the scent, the pastel and platinum color scheme epitomizes romance. A tassel with silvery pearl accent in the color of the filigree cap embraces the neck of the bottle. This sophisticated touch evokes the spirit of the fragrance and the burlesque queen herself.
FleurTeese is the fascinatingly light eau de toilette variation by Dita Von Teese – romantic, sensuous, and perfect for flirtation in the springtime.
FleurTeese is available from the middle of March 2013 in specialist perfume shops.
Eau de Toilette, 20 ml: 13.50 Euros RRP
Eau de Toilette, 40 ml: 22.50 Euros RRP
Miami Beach, FL – March 2, 2013 – Saturday night was one to remember with Jack-E in the LIV DJ booth and a special appearance by burlesque dancer, Dita Von Teese. There was a carefree feeling in the air as the crowd celebrated a crazy Miami Saturday night.
Glam.com: Dita Von Teese On Nostalgia, Cup Sizes, and Finding Your Inner Vintage Vixen
By Valis Vicenty
This week I got to check an item off of my bucket list as I had the chance to chat with burlesque dancer and nostalgic fashion influencer Dita Von Teese about her upcoming collaboration with HSN. The lingerie she crafted was inspired by her own collection of vintage underpinnings and is set to run from Miss & Plus Sizes in all styles, along with her two fragrances. Find out what she has to say about everyone’s current fascination with all things retro and what advice she has for girls searching for their own vintage look.
Q: How did the collaboration start?
A: Basically, I had started this Von Follies collection in Australia; it launched in Target Australia… [I] decided to choose a few pieces and to sell my first two perfumes. We’re going to do the perfumes on air and then on the website [HSN] is going to sell this selection of the lingerie—which is good because these are the pieces that come in up to an E cup. Actually, I think they come up to a G cup.
That’s the one thing I found was the most important to me and even though I do offer up to a G cup, you know, there’s still people who are like “I’m even bigger than that.” But it’s been important to me to try and get as wide a range of sizing as I can.
Q: Were there any elements you felt were too risqué for HSN?
A: They were able to choose what they wanted to sell from the line, so obviously [in] my whole collection, there’s much more, a lot of dramatic pieces, but I think these are all really great basic pieces. In fact, everything they chose are really the things that I wear the most in my everyday life. And of course, they chose a great color scheme I think.
Q: What’s your perspective on the nostalgic kick that everyone seems to be on now?
A: I’m really enjoying it because I think people are becoming more open-minded to a high style of glamour, and I’m happy when other women are discovering the art of creating beauty. That to me is what it is. That’s the one thing I love about that era is that it is about the art of creation.
Q: Do you have any beauty advice for girls trying to find that aesthetic?
A: It’s just important to keep experimenting. Remember, beauty is fun. And above all to realize the things that set you apart from other people are the things that make you exciting. I love when I meet people that are eccentric in their clothing and their style, and I think you just have to have fun with it and remember, no matter what you do, someone will find a way to criticize it, so you have to be happy with yourself and wear what you like and look the way you want to look.
The Dita Von Teese Collection will be available April 23rd on-air at HSN and HSN.com for $25-$75.
W Magazine: After Hours: Sweet Nothings
By Vanessa Lawrence
Tuesday evening, an intimate crowd took over the private upper room of The Lion for a “a night of fantasy & temptation” with Dita Von Teese in honor of her new beauty and lingerie collection for HSN, which goes on sale April 23. Catherine Malandrino and Amy Sacco played dress up with lace eye masks, while Hannah Bronfman caught up with Chelsea Leyland at a balcony table. Between sips of a cucumber and vodka concoction, Von Teese chatted about her first garter—age 14, people—working as a bra fitter at 15, and the joys of eating while wearing a corset.
I read that your first job ever was at 15 in a lingerie store and that you were a bra fitter.
It was in Orange County, CA. And I was a salesgirl and bra fitter and all that and also helped with buying, too.
How did you score that at 15?
I worked in the pizza place next door and I just kept coming over there and asking for a job. Please let me do anything! They let me work in the stock room for a while and I kind of worked my way through.
Was it strange being so young and knowing so much about bras and fitting people who were older than you were?
Yeah, it was. But I was really intent on doing a good job. I wanted that job so badly that I really gathered as much information as I could about lingerie and that’s really how I got interested in the history of lingerie. And that’s really the basis of my entire career now from the burlesque and pin up side to designing my own lingerie line.
So based on that experience what would be the biggest piece of advice you’d give a woman who is bra shopping right now?
When you buy a good bra always buy several pairs of the panties, at least two—buy the string, buy the brief, buy the bikini, buy an assortment of different sizes and shapes. When I was younger I used to always say, Oh, I’m a size small panty. Because I wanted to be a size small! But then I realized, Oh I’ll be better off in a medium. Just find the right size and cut the tag out if it bothers you.
What was the first piece of lingerie you bought?
I’d say the most significant thing I remember really well is buying my first garter belt. It was a really big moment for me. I was like 15 or 16. I was quite young. Maybe even before that, like 14.
Did you wear it to high school?
I did. I remember changing in gym class and my friends being like, What is that?
Did you have a uniform in high school?
No, I wish, that would have been way more fun. I would have liked to have worn a uniform…
Are you wearing a corset right now? Because I’ve always wondered how one eats in those.
No, I’m not. But you can, you just have to focus. It’s not the most fun thing in the world. You just have to eat slowly. But I’m not a classic corset trainer. I don’t really eat in corsets. My corsets are mostly on stage now. I’m not in the race to have the smallest waist in the world anymore like I might have been when I was 17 or 18.
Fashion Week Daily: Getting Intimate With Dita Von Teese
(NEW YORK) Burlesque danseuse Dita Von Teese dodged the drizzle today inside the top level of The Lion, where she showcased her upcoming HSN assortment including two fragrances, Dita Von Teese and Rouge, starting at $20 each and a vintage-inspired intimates line priced between $25 to $45. Expect the sultry lineup to bow online March 17 and premiere on HSN TV on April 23.
BY MARIA DENARDO
You used to be a lingerie sales girl. What was that experience like for you?
I loved that job! I was only 15 when I started, and I never came home with a paycheck because I was always spending it on lingerie—everything matched. I loved meeting women and learning about what lingerie they liked; what they would and wouldn’t wear. It taught me how specific women are with this.
Any particularly memorable encounters?
I vividly remember helping this woman in her late seventies pick out lingerie. She was getting ready to go on a date with a man who she met before WWII and fell terribly in love with, but got separated after the war and ended up having their own families. They were meeting for the first time since the ’40s! I was so touched as I helped her choose the right nightgowns.
How did you choose the looks for HSN?
I’ve had my own collection of lingerie for about a year and a half, so for this partnership, HSN chose some of those pieces that they thought would be great for their customer. I’m a lingerie snob and I’m pretty impressed with what we’ve managed to come up with. We spent a lot of time choosing light fabrics, laces, and trims that really look like they could stand up against my most expensive lingerie.
You’re also offering two scents as part of the HSN lineup. What was your very first perfume?
Love’s Baby Soft. I haven’t smelled it in a long time, but I remember it being really powdery. I think that’s shaped elements in the perfumes I wear now.
What fragrant smells are you not a fan of?
Any cheap fruit sprays. I worked in a strip club for a while and girls would douse themselves in fruit sprays, candy, and vanilla scents. And I don’t like the term “fresh” when it comes to perfume. I can’t bear it!
What scent do you like on a man?
I like men’s colognes that are obscure. I like it when they smell like burning leaves, smoky things, or pine. That takes me right back!
Speaking of men, we hear you met up with designer Harald Glööckler in Germany.
I love him! I went to go see him late one night when I was traveling. He’s outrageous!
What was your first encounter like?
People said he was weird and crazy, but I found him to be touching and sweet. I was with a group of people, and I heard one of them snickering at him. I got all ‘mama bear protective’ over him. And his house is amazing; it’s just so over the top. I get chills when I think about him.
He calls himself the “prince of fashion.” Do you agree?
I don’t know about fashion…He’s eccentric and likes beauty and glamour. He has a very distinctive sense of style.
You also have distinctive style. Have your lingerie preferences changed over the years?
I’m a little more open now. I’ve thought more about different shapes of panties. I like big underwear, a high waist, but I’ll also wear strings.
How much lingerie do you own?
I’ve been collecting for a long time and have a lot in storage. I also collect vintage loungewear, so I have a whole closet with just vintage lingerie and negligees and my most expensive selections like my Mr. Pearl corsets that I perform in. I have at least 15 drawers full of garters, panties, bras, and slips!
Alexis Mabille is making his mark on both the burlesque and luxe liquor world. Let us explain. The French designer, who had stints at Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Lancôme, just created the opening outfit for Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray show, which premiered in NYC last weekend. The look is a sleek tuxedo that she, of course, takes off—bit by bit—during the act. Von Teese is a brand ambassador for Cointreau triple sec liquor, and later this year, Mabille will be debuting a bottle of it that he outfitted with his iconic bow tie motif.
We have a sneak peek at the Cointreau bottle that Mabille designed, and we also quizzed him about his inspiration, his love of bow ties, and what’s next for his brand.
On designing Dita Von Teese’s tux for her show: “This was an amazing idea Dita had after a couture show. After speaking about menswear for women, we decided to work together on creating a tuxedo for her show’s opening number, drawing inspiration from Marlene Dietrich and Josephine Baker. Step by step, we arrived to what it is a nice skinny tail, with a waisted-shirt molded on the corset and gilet in white cotton piqué, with mother of pearl buttons incrusted with rhinestones. This costume was realized as a couture piece, so it has a special attention to details.”
On Dita’s iconic style: “It is divine. I love Dita’s style, and the way she mixes pieces of vintage clothing together with a strong point of view. I’ve dressed her many times for photo shoots or events, and what I love is that she knows how to be herself no matter what she’s wearing. She understands the culture of fashion, which is very appealing. For me, it is such a pleasure every time I get to work with her.”
On how creating the cover for the Cointreau bottle came to be: “When Cointreau approached me about designing a bottle, I thought it would be an exciting project as I was quite familiar with the brand, not only because we are both French, but because Dita Von Teese is the Cointreau ambassador. I tried to approach the bottle design as I would when I dress a beautiful woman—striving to enhance natural beauty without going too far. I’m inspired by women like Dita, who has embraced the vintage bow tie as an accessory. My signature bow tie is a jewel that transcends the timeless design of the Cointreau bottle. Of course, the bow tie is also a nod to the clothing worn by bartenders at the beginning of last century, with their white poplin shirts and black silk bow ties.”
On what’s next for his brand: “A lot happened this year—we opened two shops in Paris on the left and the right banks, and I became an official member of the haute couture circle. So the next projects are focused on my collections—there are six a year including women, ready-to-wear, haute couture, and menswear. And I’m working on projects for opening new shops in America and Asia in the future. “
On living the dream: “I’m very happy about all that’s happened to me, how we’ve grown, and to see my collections on amazing personalities and celebrities like Dita. My label is totally moving in a developmental direction, which is very exciting and provides great opportunities for more people to see and understand my work. My dream is to continue doing what I love. That’s the best thing I could hope for. It is a freedom. “
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