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Fashion magazine royalty comes to Canberra

Molly McLaughlin

What does being Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Australia and Chief Creative Officer of an online lingerie boutique have in common?

According to Kirstie Clements, it’s all about having an eye for detail. The former magazine queen is heading to Canberra to introduce the local market to her new venture, Porte-á-Vie Lingerie, and it’s a move that may surprise some. But having spent 13 years honing her skills at Vogue, Kirstie immediately saw the potential for a beautiful, elegant online marketplace for lingerie and accessories when ex-colleague Lisa Hili explained her idea.

“I used to buy vintage lingerie, and I collected it in Paris. I loved the lingerie run-throughs with the fashion editors at Vogue, it’s just my thing.”

Direct that skilled fashion eye towards lacy nothings and you get Porte-á-Vie, a new curated online lingerie space that already has a cult following on social media. Kirstie says it’s about selection.

“You have to be able to recognise, for example, what the right shade of red is, because red is a colour that is always used in lingerie in a sexy sense—but there’s a wrong red. When you get the right red it’s beautiful.”

Kirstie wants to reinvent the way women see lingerie, and says the revolution is already underway.

“Younger women are really leading the charge in terms of taking charge of their sexual pleasure, and doing what makes them feel sexy. There are lots of different elements to sexuality, which is what we want to embrace,” says Kirstie.

“Porte-á-Vie is just all about beautiful things and pleasure, but it’s not through a tired, old viewpoint, whether that’s the male gaze or some idea that we’ve been told of what is sexy.”

And that extends to the rest of the range, which includes toys, designed by women for women.

A small group of Canberra VIPs will be the first to see Porte-á-Vie lingerie and accessories up close and personal at an exclusive invitation-only trunk show on Monday 4 June at Joe’s Bar in EAST Hotel. The event will showcase slips and loungewear as well as lingerie and toys, and there will be experts on hand to dispense sizing and fit advice.

“We’ve held other events around Australia, and it’s always a really comfortable, feminine space to be in. We’ll have models walking through so people can see the lingerie close up and there will be nice food and champagne—it’s just really fun.”

Want to score an invitation to Porte-á-Vie’s trunk show?

Porte-á-Vie is offering 10 HerCanberra readers the chance to attend the invitation-only trunk show at Joe’s Bar on Monday 4 June. For your chance to attend, simply:

  1. Visit porteavie.com and pick your most coveted item
  2. Email us at [email protected] telling us your selection and advising your name, email and contact phone number.

Entries close noon on Monday 21 May. Winners will be advised via email by 5 pm that day.

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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