lingerie-obsessives: Femme Fatale Rating: 2.5 out of 8 Miss K Style score: 2 out of 4 / Miss K Wearability score: 2 out of 4 Mr. C Style score: 1 out of 4 / Mr. C Seduction score: 0 out of 4 Mr. C: The word ‘ghastly’ comes to mind. This would look so much better (and make more sense) if the photograph were sepia toned and labeled: Abigail Wollundia, virtuoso of the trapeze. Circa 1890. Or something along those lines. But it isn’t. And now my eyes are watering from the hot fuschia color. I cannot focus long enough to actually review the design and construction of the corset. ———————- Miss K: Ah, but there is where you missed your opportunity, Mr. C. It’s easy to look at this and be blinded by the colour, call it a monstrosity and not get past that. But if you do the “mental math” and subtract the fuschia and start replacing it with other more traditional, muted tones… you can see that as a corset and outfit… it’s actually not bad. The silhouette is nice. The fabrication looks very much inspired by traditional methods. Even the stole is classic. (I remember coming across something like that in my grandmother’s closet, in a much more traditional dark brown, probably even real fur of some indeterminate animal.) But… part of reviewing is basing it on what we’ve been given, not on what we project it could be. We have to work with what we have, not with what we wish we had. And, outside of a burlesque review, the colour is a bit shocking. (And, as a minor point, the cleavage is a bit extreme, especially when projected for those of us with more cleavage than her.) Is it a look for me? No. But to women who could wear and carry it off, I salute you.