Product Review: The Goddesses of Temptations Avenue
“We believe that sexy and erotic garments are not just to be taken off. They are meant to provoke your alluring Goddess spirit.” —Haitham Zaidan.
“Why wear it when you’re just going to take it off?” Lingerie brand, Temptations Avenue poses the sentiment I often hear when I tell people I work in the lingerie business. I have a hard time answering that question, but Temptations Ave saucily responds that this is the very question that gave life to the brand. “We believe that sexy and erotic garments are not just to be taken off,” says owner Haitham Zaidan. “They are meant to provoke your alluring Goddess spirit.” Embracing one’s feminine power is something I can definitely get behind, so I was thrilled to try on styles from the Erotic & Wild collection.
Wrapped with great reverence inside a luxe gift box, I pull stunning teddies and bustiers of faux leather from their beautifully wrapped tissue paper packaging. Temptations Ave ships all styles in a luxury gift box, making them all the more special to open as a gift for yourself or someone else. The first thing I noticed about the four styles I was sent was the sumptuous hardware. It’s heavy, clearly not cheap, and as functional as it is beautiful.
The Erotic Impressions teddy has a leather collar around the neck adorned with a heavy brass ring. Its angelic counterpart, the Adore Me set in white, also features bold hardware- in the form of glitzy gold and crystal rings on the straps. There’s so much bling you won’t need to wear jewelry with any of these sets.
I decided to style these pieces as outwear and test drive them on the streets of NYC. Certainly showstoppers, all of these styles make perfect night out outfits. My philosophy, mantra and raison d’etre is lingerie as outerwear—all day every day. If one is going to invest in quality lingerie, why relegate it to the confines of your bedroom?
First, we styled the Adore Me and the Erotic Impressions sets with big furry coats, thigh-high boots and a double dose of glam. I 100 percent felt the Temptations Ave goddess spirit taking over, as we quite literally stopped traffic in the streets. The Adore Me set is truly unique. It’s boldly sexy with strappy, plunging cups, yet sweetly angelic with its dainty white bows. I really loved the front and back lace-up features, making it easy to adjust and take on and off. Haitham notes this is his favorite piece right now, “It has a bit of everything. It is elegant, but wild, erotic and sensual.”
The darkness to Adore Me’s light, I wore the Erotic Impressions set and wow did it leave an impression! I’m obsessed with the strappy details on the sides—they’re fully adjustable, and expertly spaced close together so nothing pops out. Of course, the highlight of this piece is the brass ring collar that is begging for a leash to be attached to it. The entire collection features garter straps to attach thigh high stockings to, for the ultimate seduction.
Next Stop, Temptations Ave
The next two strappy black corsets were begging to be styled ultra edgy. My model and I rocked them with leather pants and moto jackets and hit the NYC subway for a gritty, underground shoot. Temptations owner Haitham explains he feels we are getting numb to the usual lingerie sets. “I tried to address this in our lingerie selection,” he says. “I think strappy lingerie is here to stay and that is very exciting!”
Straps on straps will have you feeling like a bondage bombshell in the Maya and the Dark Supremacy styles. The Maya is a beautiful duplicity of feminine and industrial. Big gold buckles and a snakeskin leather body contrast soft sheer bra cups. The cups fit well—the mesh material makes it easy to fit an A-C cup in this style. Most of the styles we tried were better on smaller cup sizes. If you’re busty I’d recommend going a size up. We are both wearing size small in all the photos.
For the final look, I wore the Dark Supremacy bustier. This set had me feeling a bit more badass Athena warrior goddess than a sensual Aphrodite. The signature hardware reigns supreme, with a total of 5 operable buckles connecting the bra cups to a row of O-rings attached to the collar. The bra cups are some sort of mystical witchcraft, formed entirely out of bra straps woven together. This style looks complicated but is mercifully easy to put on, with a zipper back and Velcro closure at the collar.
Haitham says the Erotic and Wild collection gets the most views on their website. “They look so different from what we are used to,” he says. “It interrupts the usual. I think we are seeing more of the strappy bondage lingerie because of all the emotions and images they trigger in people, who are becoming more curious and open to new ideas.”