In a world filled with backless garments, dipping necklines, and side boob sneak peaks aplenty it makes sense that your undergarments should be fit to be seen. Enter newcomer lingerie brand Raven + Rose. With enough straps to hang yourself (or at least tie up the one you love) you are sure to make your underpinnings get the attention they deserve.
Founder and designer Jasmine Smith is no stranger to like the edgier things in life. Our first time meeting she was wearing leather pants. Now this may not seem odd in climates that warrant heavier garments but in a sub-tropical locale like Hong Kong one has to wonder just how cold the blood runs of the wearer to be able to don such aggressive armor without melting. But I can attest that it is not an icy heart that makes her so cool, as she actually one of the most genuine, thoughtful, and engaging people I know, but the fact that she is a genuine grade A bad ass through and through. She dances to the beat of her own drum and then has that drummer play a set in her living room for her friends to enjoy while she teaches them the moves. She’s fifteen minutes early for everything including the trends. You can always look to her for what is next on the horizon. She’s what all of us nice girls really want to be deep down- a sleek hard shell exterior but with gooey caramel core. But while I don’t have the courage to get a tattoo or die my hair rose gold I can still channel her hardcore vibes with her line of softcore lingerie. I will, however, enjoy the whiskey pairing that goes so well with this lifestyle.
Raven + Rose is real, it’s raw, and it is right in your face. Buckle up, strap in, and enjoy the ride. The ads are full of nipple pasties, ass cheeks, and tough girls giving you the finger. There is no retouching. No overt sexiness. It’s a rough, grimy, take control, and handle your shit attitude that makes this brand stand out. Straps wind up and around and fasten here and there making your partner marvel just a little longer at the complex person standing before him. He doesn’t know what she will do next. Hell, you might not even know what your plans entail. The bras and undies offer sneak peeks and breakaways letting him (or her) catch a glimpse before it changes and is gone. This is lingerie that will surprise you. It will challenge you. It will tease you. It will leave you for dead.
You don’t have to buy a set as there are no delicate prints or florals to be matched. There are no rules. This is the anarchist’s lingerie. You can have it in any color you like so long as that color is black. All the pieces can be mixed to whatever mood you are in at that moment. Wear it at home, wear it out, wear it however the hell you like. That is the point- to just be you and be strong and proud and confident in the skin you are in. And shouldn’t that be the real point of lingerie anyway? To let the wearer shine rather than be twisted and conformed and molded into some unrealistic shape? Raven + Rose thinks so and the army of females buying out the collection agrees. Buy it now. Not because I told you so but because you like it and you do what you want.
All photos by Sabrina Sikora.