Von50′ is a luxury French clothing brand bringing you haute couture quality goods at prices far more affordable than their designer counterparts. Von50 founder Emilie Bellan-Payrault says ‘VON 50′ has been created to reach three goals: let women reclaim their femininity and curves, reinvent quality so luxury would become affordable, offer all of us a maximum of self-confidence.’ Those are all things I can get on board with, so when I noticed the Von50 Instagram account several months back I keenly followed.
It was in October that Von50′ announced it’s first Instagram competition–submit selfies of yourself looking your most chic under their competition tag and be in with a chance to win 100EUR voucher to their website. This, ladies, was a contest right up my Parisian chic street. I didn’t expect to win, but it was fun to showcase some of my more glamorous retro looks, so I entered aplenty throughout October, enjoying the kindness with which Von50′ founder Emilie herself treated me and my little selfies.
I was one of the winners picked that month to receive my voucher, and I’ve been sitting on it since wondering what I should buy. With Christmas coming up I couldn’t afford to splurge on their gorgeous clothing line at that time, but I noticed the site stocked a mix of some of the best quality British and French lingerie, so I began to plan a super luxurious lingerie haul as my treat when the time came. Von50′ released a Christmas voucher code for 20% off sitewide (a discount that is still available,) so I hurriedly put in my order. I chose to buy two What Katie Did bullet bras, my first ever bullet bras, and 4 pairs of Cervin seamed stockings, top quality fully-fashioned nylon stockings that are the only ones in the world to be produced using engines from the 1920s and 1930s.
Fedex delivery is free with all orders and my intimates were with me in the merest bat of a full-lashed eye. My order came lovingly wrapped in black tissue paper, included a set of free magnets of Von50′ inspiration Marilyn Monroe, as well as a handwritten personal note from Emilie herself. I love that kind of personal customer service, so this package was a delight to receive.
Now let’s hold hands and be very nice to one another as things get a bit intimate…
The Cervin stockings are amazing. I’ve never before owned true fully fashioned nylons and as soon as I opened the package I could see what a difference there was between these stockings and the cheap modern counterparts I regularly buy and then accidentally ruin with saddening frequency. Clipping these into my stocking clips was like experiencing a small part of my pinup transition again, a new moment in a journey I thought I had mostly completed. I bought 2 each of the black and nude coloured stockings, so with the high quality of these compared to my usual throwaways I can see myself being fixed for most of winter.
Now, the What Katie Did bullet bras. I’ve wanted to try a bullet bra for so long but never quite committed to buying the goods. This Maitresse bra pictured was comfortable and it certainly achieved the desired result. Putting it on gave me all the gall I needed to don a sweater and pencil skirt to complete this look. In fact, I’ve decided I need a much tighter sweater to properly show off the full cone effect of this underpiece.
On Instagram @von50s held #von50selfie contests in both October and November to win vouchers for their website, so give them a follow and keep your eyes peeled for more contests. While you’re over there, tell Emilie that Miss Amy May sent you and that I think she’s a true joy!
Do you own any top quality pinup lingerie? Are your stockings fully fashioned and authentic? Have you braved the bullet bra look yourself? Comment below and let’s chat!