Darkest Star SS14
“Darkest Star — an unintimidating, chic alternative to light bondage.””
by Luis Paredes with additional reporting by Christi Reid.
The pillow looks innocent at first glance. But then you notice a bit of metal peaking from behind the large silk bow and your mind starts to wander — then your hands.
At last month’s Lingerie Collective (TLC), we saw buyers instantly drawn into the world of Darkest Star by a strategically placed “Pleasure Pillow” at the show’s entrance.
“…you know, the bow doubles as a blindfold.”
As buyers toyed with the pillows TLC’s show organizer, Kelly Isaac, let them in on a secret: “…you know, the bow doubles as a blindfold.”
Eyes — and imaginations — lit up and Kelly ushered awe-struck retailers towards Darkest Star’s rack showcasing the brand’s full collection of bondage inspired intimate apparel.
Darkest Star’s designer Sam D’Cruze describes her brand as “an unintimidating, chic alternative to light bondage.” We described her debut collection as “enticingly provocative“.
No matter how you phrase it, Darkest Star is impressive. And if you missed seeing the brand in person, don’t worry, Sam sent us images from the SS14 collection.
This season, Darkest Star offers up a softer palette of gray, nude and pink tones for their existing ranges: Back 2 Basics, Love Bomb, Most Excellent, Cuffed Kimono and Renaissance Sleeves.
Many of the styles feature silver trims and embellishments of metal, pearl and crystal.
Darkest Star is run by the quirky design duo Sam and Andy D’Cruze. The two met while Sam was studying womenswear design at London’s Central St. Martins. After spending quite a bit time working in the fashion and photography industry, the two decided to combine their skills, passion for design, and eye for detail.
The brand specializes in erotic accessories with a unique twist, aimed at the luxury end of the market.
What we love about Darkest Star is the brand’s ability to inspire curiosity and a bit of lustfulness for their products — many of the garments begged to be touched. You don’t see, or feel, that very often so we hope more retailers and consumers are ushered into the world of Darkest Star.