Pick of the Week: Sheer Indulgence

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Hanky Panky Sheer Enchantment Bralette and Thong

Sheer Enchantment Bralette and Thong

Styles Highlighted: Sheer Indulgence

Collection: Summer 2014

Why we love it: Indulge yourself with silky sheer mesh and chic contrasting lace. Très belle! Available in Bralette, Thong, Boyshort, and Babydoll.

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The Potentially Deadly Art of Trousseau-Building

Bride by Harrison Fisher, 1908.

Bride by Harrison Fisher, 1908.

The modern bride-to-be has a wealth of bridal blogs to turn to for help planning her Big Day, including such treasure troves as Snippet and Ink, Lover.ly, Offbeat Bride, and DIY Bride.

But to whom could the 19th century American bride-to-be turn for advice and planning help? Perhaps she would open Florence Hartley’s The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette (Boston: Lee & Shepard, Publishers, 1872), and receive such buzz-kill advice as “Avoid, as intensely vulgar, any display of your position as a bride, whilst traveling.”

Bride, 1869

Bride, 1869

Or would she be overcome by the challenge of building a bridal trousseau without the Internet and, <gasp>, expire?!

Henry James (1843 – 1916), an American novelist, wrote of such an unfortunate lady in a letter to his mother:

“. . . I met Mr. Duggin of the Alergia etc. Imagine my horror on learning from him that our lovely friend Miss Bailey had died in Paris, in October last, of congestion of the brain brought on by the excitement and fatigue of shopping for her trousseau.  She was to be married on her return [emphasis added].” (James, Henry, to Mrs. Henry James, Sr., March 24, 1873, in Henry James, Selected Letters, Leon Edel, ed. (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1987).)

Here at Hanky Panky, we firmly insist that those of you who are currently planning your wedding not only survive the day, but go on to enjoy many years of marital bliss. To that end, we offer the following favorites from this year’s Bridal Collection, to aid you in assembling the perfect trousseau, with delight, and not fright.

For the Big Day.  Nadine, the Showroom Manager at Hanky Panky’s Park Avenue South office, recommends our BARE® thong if your wedding gown requires a truly invisible underpinning.

Our BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong is made of an ultra-soft lightweight microfiber knit imported from Italy. Its wide waistband allows wedding gowns of the thinnest silk, sheerest tulle, or most form-fitting design to glide over you effortlessly, without the appearance of seams or snags.

Says Nadine: “My wedding gown was made of a whisper-thin silk and decorated mesh overlay. Every panty I tried showed through!  Lucky for me, I work at Hanky Panky. BARE wasn’t in stores yet, but Luis, our Professor of Prototypes, made a BARE thong just for me, and Nicole from the finance department hand-delivered it to my house right before the wedding.”

Nadine, Hanky Panky’s Showroom Manager, and her husband Doug, on their wedding day.

For the Big Night.  Nothing makes a great first impression (ahem) like our Lady Catherine silk chemise with matching panty and garter.

Hnaky Panky Lady Catherine Silk Chemise (Style No. 885401)

Lady Catherine Silk Chemise (Style No. 885401)

Hanky Panky Lady Catherine BARE panty with lace back (Style No. 972291)

Lady Catherine BARE panty with lace back (Style No. 972291)

Lady Catherine Corded Lace Garter (Style No. 9PB111)

Lady Catherine Corded Lace Garter (Style No. 9PB111)

You can see more great pieces in our Bridal Collection, and shop for personalized thongs and other bridal gifts, on our website.

-Clara

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A Ballet of Laces

Hanky Panky "Swan Lace" Bralette and Brazilian Bikini

Hanky Panky “Swan Lace” Bralette and Brazilian Bikini

Our new Swan Lace collection combines two distinct laces to dazzling effect.  But when it comes to ballet and lace, we admit to being upstaged by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), the premier choreographer for the Imperial Russian Ballet during the later half of the 19th century, often called the “father of classical ballet.”

Les Pilules Magique (The Magic Pills), premiered in 1886 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.  Petipa set the ballet’s third act in a fantastical “Kingdom of the Laces,” and used dance choreography and costumes to dramatize the characteristics of Venetian, Belgian, English, Spanish and Russian lace.

I.F. Vasilevsky, a Russian journalist, was enraptured:

“The whole scene is a fantastic grotto of lace.  The . . . backdrops, and the ceiling are all lace, tender, soft, and radiant, masterfully coordinated and lit by a slightly trembling electric light, at times light pink and at times, bluish. . . . And in this wonderful frame, no less than one hundred pretty female dancers, with only head, feet, and hands visible in clouds of all sorts of (authentic) laces, that serve as their costumes. I saw stagings of ballets and féeries in Paris and London that were blinding in their splendor, but must admit that the ‘Kingdom of Laces’ is above the competition”  (Russkie Vedomosti, February 26, 1886, pp. 2-3, quoted in Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress, Tim Scholl (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004).)

Photo of a scene from the “Kingdom of the Laces,” the third act of Les Pilules Magiques, a ballet-féerie choreographed by Marius Petipa and first performed at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1886. (Unknown photographer of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre.)

-Clara

 

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Nordstrom Brings Hanky Panky Plus Size Camisole and Retro Thong to Select Stores

 

Hanky Panky Plus at Nordstrom

Hanky Panky Camisole and Retro Thong

We are thrilled to announce that our top-selling Plus Size Signature Lace Camisole and Plus Size Retro Thong are now available in-store at select Nordstrom locations across the United States! The Retro thong comes in one size to fit sizes 14W-24W, and is being offered in Black, Chai, Granite, Marshmallow, and Duchess Coral. The Camisole is being offered in sizes 1X(fits 16W-18W) and 2X (fits 20W-22W), and is being offered in Black, White, Chai, and Peach Fizz.

Hanky Panky Plus Sizes are being offered at the following Nordstrom locations:

(Please call to confirm availability)

CALIFORNIA

Nordstrom South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.549.8300

Nordstrom Topanga
21725 Victory Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA 91303
818.884.7900

Nordstrom Fashion Valley
6997 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108
619.295.4441

Nordstrom Valley Fair
2400 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
408.248.2180

Nordstrom Downtown San Francisco
555 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.934.1211

GEORGIA

Nordstrom Perimeter Mall
4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30346
770.394.1141

ILLINOIS

Nordstrom Michigan Avenue
55 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312.464.1515

Nordstrom Old Orchard Center
4937 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
847.677.2121

MINNESOTA

Nordstrom Mall of America
1000 NW Court
Bloomington, MN 55425
952.883.2121

NEVADA

Nordstrom Fashion Show
3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702.862.2525

NEW JERSEY

Nordstrom Garden State Plaza
501 Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201.843.1122

PENNSYLVANIA

Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia
190 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610.265.6111

TEXAS

Nordstrom Houston Galleria
5192 Hidalgo Street
Houston, TX 77056
832.201.2700

VIRGINIA

Nordstrom the Fashion Center at Pentagon City
1400 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
703.415.1121

WASHINGTON

Nordstrom Downtown Seattle
500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.628.2111

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Did Shakespeare’s Sister Wear Comfy Underwear?

Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess, 1858. Oil on canvas, 39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum, 97.33

Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess, 1858. Oil on canvas, 39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum, 97.33

At an event last week supporting the National Women’s History Museum, we learned about women whose major contributions to American history never made it into popular history books. This brought to mind Virginia Woolf’s clever literary representation of a missing, or untold, women’s history: “Judith Shakespeare”, The Bard’s would-be sister. Unsatisfied with the scant and depressing account of women in 16th century Woolf imagined how Shakespeare’s sister—if he had had a sister, and if she were as gifted as he—would have lived. Specifically, Woolf asked whether Judith could have garnered the financial independence and “room of her own” that Woolf concluded were necessary to write Great Works.

In 21st century NYC, happily engaged in the daily struggle for ready cash and a little real estate to call my own, I instead wonder whether Shakespeare’s fictional sister wore comfortable underwear. Can a woman run a business, a family, write a legal brief, or even a grocery list, when her undergarments, poorly designed or made, pull, poke and pinch in all the wrong places? Thank heavens for my 4811s!

-Clara

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Bachelorette Party Ideas

This year, I am a Bridesmaid in two weddings and a Maid Of Honor in one. Part of the fun of being a bridesmaid the bachelorette party! It’s meant to be a joyous time for the bride to let loose and relax with all of her closest friends and family.

While planning this bachelorette party getaway, I put together some cute ideas. Everybody had a great time, and the bride got some sassy styles for her honeymoon and “ever after.”

Hopefully these ideas could be helpful if you are planning a bachelorette party!

1. Games! One of my favorites is “Name That Lingerie”! This game is an amusing way for the bridesmaids get involved and for the bride to get some sexy items for her trousseau. To play, each bridesmaid is asked to bring a piece of lingerie that best represents her  personality. Each piece is hung up and then, bride guesses who brought which style!

2. Party Favors: Give the gift that lasts forever! Thong roses make a great thank you gift for bachelorette party attendees. Display them in a vase on the table or in the bride’s room!

3. Splurge gift for the bride: Weddings are a time for indulgence. A great way for cash-strapped bridesmaids to treat the bride to something truly special is to pitch in and share the cost of an extravagant gift! Our Bella Blue Enchanted Babydoll with G-String in pure silk chiffon and elegant multicolor lace is a luxurious choice for the honeymoon!

-HankyPankyHB, Hillary Byers

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A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Hanky Panky sponsored an event at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) breezed in to speak about what a great role such a museum would play in telling the real history of America—a history of important, but too often unacknowledged, contributions by women.

Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum (left). Representative Carolyn Maloney (right). Rep. Maloney noted that Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founders, made their own contribution to women’s history when, having hit the glass ceiling, they went out and started their own business to do what they loved. (Photo courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum)

Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum (left). Representative Carolyn Maloney (right). Rep. Maloney noted that Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founders, made their own contribution to women’s history when, having hit the glass ceiling, they went out and started their own business to do what they loved. (Photo courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum)

It helps to understand Rep. Maloney’s passion for a National Women’s History Museum if you know of Paul Revere (“The British are coming, the British are coming!”), but have never heard of Sybil Ludington, who in 1777, at 16 years old rode twice as far as Revere on a stormy night to gather militiamen in Putnam County to her father’s farmhouse to fight  the British advancing from Danbury, Connecticut. Or how would you know that Catherine Littlefield Greene was instrumental in the invention of the cotton gin, but since women could not hold patents, Eli Whitney gets all the credit in history books, even though Greene financed it?

Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art, on view at the National Folk Art Museum through April 23, 2014, features thirteen ensembles by “established and emerging designers” who were inspired by works in the Folk Art Museum’s collection.

Porcupine by Jean Yu

Porcupine by Jean Yu

Coat by Gary Graham, inspired by a 19th Century Coverlet

Coat by Gary Graham, inspired by a 19th Century Coverlet

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
(Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10023-6214

Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday: noon – 7:30 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm
Monday: closed

Admission is free.

For more information on the National Women’s History Museum, and how you can support, see www.nwhm.org.

-Clara

 

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Pick of the Week: Graffiti Print

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Styles Highlighted: Graffiti Print Signature Lace

Hanky Panky Graffiti Print

Graffiti Print Racerback Tank and Low Rise Thong

CollectionSpring 2014, Signature Lace

Why we love it: Our latest Signature Lace print has has a decidedly urban edge. The Grafitti print is inspired by street artists who create their work in the city.

Available in a racerback tank, boyshort, and both original and low rise thongs.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Style Watch: The Pencil Skirt

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Classic Camisole and Pencil Skirt

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Classic Camisole and Pencil Skirt

For the last few seasons, lace pencil skirts have been seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Cushnie et Ochs, Giambattista Valli, Collette Dinnigan, Erdem and Tom Ford, to name but a few. While most of us do not have the budget to afford the aforementioned designers’ collections, we can at least admire their work.

Taking reference from current trends, making our own pencil skirt from our universally-adored Signature Lace seemed like a natural progression. It fits into the trend but has the added benefit of our soft, comfortable fabrics and bright colors.

For the true  Hanky Panky fan, this could be worn as a head to toe look paired with our Signature Lace classic camisole in matching tones or contrasting colors to make a bold statement.

For those looking to wear it as a true separate, I recommend wearing it with a peplum top, silk/chiffon blouse (I personally love pussycat bows at the neck on this type of style) and/or a statement jacket.

However you wear it, I feel a belt always helps as it emphasizes the waist and creates a slimming effect, particularly for those with pear shapes and hourglass figures.

Take a look at some examples of my personal suggestions.

Nina Ricci Pre-fall 2013 image courtesy of WGSN

Nina Ricci Pre-fall 2013 image courtesy of WGSN

Temperley London. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Temperley London. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Ungaro Spring/Summer 2011. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Ungaro Spring/Summer 2011. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Lastly, feel free to have fun with it. Be creative and make it suit your personal style.

–Makeda, Senior Designer

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Pick of the Week: Crazy Daisies

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Hanky Panky Crazy Daisies Print

Hanky Panky Crazy Daisies Print

Styles Highlighted: Crazy Daisies Print

Collection: Spring 2014, Signature Lace

Why we love it: These oversized daisies on Signature Lace are bright and bold. Available in Bralette, Camisole, Boyshort, Low Rise Thong and Original Thong.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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