Saturday, 3 May 2014

Underwear as Outerwear: Brand Profile and Top Picks - Bebaroque

Hello and welcome to my second brand focus post for my Underwear as Outerwear series!  I am over the moon with the comments and feedback that this series (read the last two posts here and here) has provided me with and it is great to see my readership increase post upon post so I just want to take this chance to say thank you to my readers (old and new) - I really appreciate your feedback and you all taking the time to read my posts.  If you don't already follow me, come and follow me on Bloglovin - it is by far the best way to follow your favourite blogs and you will be kept up to date with all my new posts!  I have lots of lovely posts planned for the coming weeks and would hate to think you are all missing out!  I know, I know that's enough chit-chat Claire, let's get back to business!

The Credentials:
So today I have a brand for you all that I have been head over heels with for a number of years now.  I feel like I have watched the company grow and the amount of exposure they gain now is very much deserved.  It is particularly close to my heart because it is a Scottish brand, with all pieces hand-made here in Bonnie Scotland.  Bebaroque are an award winning fashion label with their core pieces including hosiery, bodysuits and leggings.  The brand are known for their intricate detailing, luxe designs and statement pieces.  This is decoration for your body at it's finest.  The name of the brand, Bebaroque reflects the essence of the company perfectly with the word 'Baroque' relating to a period of art in Europe in the early 17th and 18th century with characteristics of ornate detailing and bold, curving forms - all core features of Bebaroques' fashion pieces.  Established in 2007 by designers Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience, the brand has gone from strength to strength and are forever gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle, Company, Harpers Bazaar, Dazed & Confused and Nylon to name but a few!  Celebrities, fashion editors and bloggers have also gone mad for Bebaroque with Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Susie Bubble and - my favourite - Beyonce all sporting the brand.  The brand for me fit my Underwear as Outerwear series as these are fashion pieces that should not be hidden!  The use of skin-flashing mesh, ornate detailing over the torso and focus on decorating the body has connotations of lingerie and it has drawn me to the brand time and time again.  For this post I will be showing you my top picks from the Bebaroque brand website and then showcasing some of the images from the brands style gallery - fashion styling with luxe detailing.  Let's have some fun!

Top Picks:
Anastasiya Silk Body in Light Pink:
Anastasiya Silk Body by Bebaroque
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Anastasiya Silk Body by Bebaroque
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Meet the Anataisya Silk Body from Bebaroque.  The only word I can use to describe this piece is divine. This light pink silk body is graced with beautiful silver and dusky pink beaded floral embroidery in an alluring cut showing a little but not too much - the 'unpublished' way.  The subtle colour yet emphasis on detail draws me to this piece, it is a statement but a understated one that creates some mystery and fantasy - a piece that encourages imagination because that's what underwear as outerwear is all about.  It would be fabulous for editorial work or rocked with some high-waisted black trousers and heels for a luxe look.  It would also be the most glamorous loungewear, I seriously want to drink my morning coffee wearing this! The Anastasiya Silk Body in light pink is available via the Bebaroque website currently reduced to £195.00 from £660.00 (70% off).  The body is available in sizes small and medium and there is only one left in stock in each size so be quick if you want to grab this piece.

Diamond Rosa Tight:
Diamond Rosa Tight by Berbaroque
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Diamond Rosa Tight by Bebaroque
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Diamond Rosa Tight Detail by Bebaroque
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This is how hosiery should be done - at all times.  Statement hosiery can make an outfit go from good to wow!  It adds extra detailing without being too loud and detracting attention from the rest of the outfit. These tights would be perfect for a bride, imagine these under your wedding gown with your beautiful wedding underwear.  The gorgeous 40 denier dancer tights are decorated with a beautiful floral encrusted design made from finely cut vintage inspired crystals (Bebaroque, 2014).  The detailing is beyond beautiful and is hand embroidered in Scotland.  I have so much respect for brands that appreciate the beauty of detailing and take extra time and care and love and attention to their pieces.  You are not wearing a fashion piece churned out by a machine, the Bebaroque owners have poured their heart and soul into these pieces and to me that is fashion.  Hosiery is also a subtle way to nod to the underwear as outerwear trend as yes it is technically outerwear and will always be on show when worn but at the same time it is still personal and the nature of hosiery has an aura of being intimate. The Diamond Rosa Tights are available via the Bebaroque website for £95.00 in a one size only option.

Black Diamond Rosa Tight:
Black Diamond Rosa Tight Detail by Bebaroque
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Black Diamond Rosa Tight by Bebaroque
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Just in case, the beige colour was not your style I had to feature the Black Diamond Rosa Tight by Bebaroque.  Part of their limited edition Diamond Rosa Hosiery Collection with only three pairs made and only two are available to purchase (a lucky person already has their pair so be quick and don't miss out!).  These tights would add a vintage twist to an outfit and an ornate detail that would have everyone asking: 'Where did you get those?!' - all night long!  Imagine a short black leather dress paired with these tights and some killer shoes - that would be a fashion forward outfit if ever I heard of one!  Let me know how you would style these in the comments below!  The black 40 denier tights with gorgeous floral encrusted embroidery on the lower shin come in at £105.00 on the Bebaroque website.  

Gold Anastasiya Body and Leggings:
Gold Anastasiya Silk Body and Leggings by Bebaroque
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Gold Anastasiya Silk Body and Leggings by Bebaroque
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This is editorial fashion at it's finest.  This image screams to me, I am so in love with it.  The styling and movement brought to the image by the brand make the pieces stand out more than if they were on a mannequin.  I really appreciate brands who take time to present their underwear and fashion offerings in an editorial style.  It adds drama and life to the pieces and for an editorial lover like me - it draws me in and makes me want more.  The pieces shown are the Gold Anastasiya Body and Gold Anastasiya Leggings both by Bebaroque - unfortunately I do not know where this lust-worthy boots are from!  The Gold Anastasiya Body is a limited edition piece for the brand and only one has ever been made so this is an investment in fashion history not just the purchase of a beautiful bodysuit.  The Gold Anastasiya Body retails at £395.00 via the Bebaroque website in a size small.  The matching Gold Anastasiya Leggings are available for £195.00 currently reduced by 47% (that's a saving of £170!) via the Bebaroque website.  If I had a spare £600 lying around - this would be my investment.  I would love to hang them in my wardrobe and just stare at their beauty and precise craftsmanship.  I adore this brand for those reasons, I wouldn't just wear the pieces I would just love to have them in my closet to look at and appreciate them - that's a true fashion brand!  I mean just look at this detail - this is beauty.
Gold Anastasiya Silk Body Detail by Bebaroque
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Bebaroque Style Gallery:
I want these posts to be inspiring for your underwear wardrobe and for your everyday wardrobe.  I want to blur the lines between underwear and outerwear and illustrate how beautifully we can dress when we don't see those two forms of dressing as separate but as one - keeping it 'unpublished' and only showing a little and not too much, it's all about imagination.  Below I have selected my favourite pictures from the Bebaroque style gallery (view more here) - I adore how these pieces have been captured, the editing and the styling. Let me know what your favourite picture is in the comments below (picture number five has stole me heart)!
Bebaroque Style Gallery
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Bebaroque Style Gallery
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Bebaroque Style Gallery
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Bebaroque Style Gallery
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Bebaroque Style Gallery
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Bebaroque Style Gallery
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I hope you have enjoyed this post for my underwear as outerwear series.  Bebaroque are a brand that steal my heart for their unique design, attention to detail, precise craftsmanship and of course their Scottish heritage!  These pieces are investments, they are not only wearable and stylish but they are just so beautifully made it would be enough just to see them everyday in my wardrobe even if I didn't wear them.  I really love flicking through the Bebaroque style gallery, it is an inspiring collection of photography demonstrating the brands beautiful pieces but also all of their customers fabulous style and that is what it is all about for me - it's how we rock it.  It's our individual twist that we bring to a piece.  Well done Bebaroque on a beautiful, stylish and hand-crafted brand - I want to come visit you in Edinburgh!

Don't fret my lovely readers, there are many more underwear as outerwear brand posts to come and I really do have some goodies tucked up my sleeve so stay tuned for those!  Keep up to date with everything 'unpublished' and my daily antics over on Bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!
Speak soon,
Claire x