November 29, 2023
We have explored nature, dived deep under the sea and walked in the night garden but this season Bordelle comes home to the urban environment with collections inspired by classical urban architecture and the city of decadence.
Bordelle has always been highly architectural, given it’s combinations of soft fabrics, iconic strapping and gold hardware, SS24 Mari finds it’s inspiration in the grandeur and drama of architectural elements in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Venice. The intricate gothic metalwork of the historic city serves as inspiration for the unique baroque embroidery and scallop edging of cut out elements that define the collection. Recycled tule and Bordelle’s classic soft wide elastic return and are now paired with a contemporary 24k gold plated monogram component.
The range is available in Vivid Black and Midnight Navy Blue, with the addition of Bordelle’s newest colourway - a shocking pop of Magenta Pink. Ornate and decorative, Mari is uniquely feminine, drawing inspiration from the past to create a modern romantic aesthetic that will appeal to existing Bordelle lovers and those who typically prefer more delicate lace lingerie.
Dropping in late November, SS24 Vero is a return to the brand’s original concept of bondage-luxe bodywear and outerwear. Highly geometric lines of layered details in signature elastic straps, mesh and a new, smoothing Jersey combine impact with exceptional fit and comfort. The graphic effect on the body is inspired by the patterns of Venetian tiles. Opaque panels offer strategic coverage to create multifunctional lingerie designed for double duty as outerwear. The collection is available in Black, Dusty Blue and Eden, colours that recall the romance of Venetian canals.
November 06, 2023
Join us in store for the launch of Map of The Heart V8 ‘Abundance’ a tender, primal and beguiling new fragrance that’s already won our hearts.
Map of the Heart creator Sarah Blair will be joining us to introduce the brand, their new scent, and the fascinating world of fragrance. Free perfume bottle engraving with purchases on the night.
Thursday 9 November. Drinks from 5:30, talk 6:00.
babylikestopony 168 Oxford St Paddington
November 16, 2022
Much like some of us, there are flowers that bloom only when the sun goes down. Welcome to the moon garden, where Bordelle have once again looked skyward, exploring the moon, constellations and changing seasons to bring us another lust worthy collection for A|W 23 in two parts.
Part one of the collection, Kora, combines innovative new layers of luxurious soft mesh and armour like structured panelling. Taking inspiration from the story of Persephone, also known as Kora, the Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld (shout out to our Virgo friends, Persephone is personified by the constellation of Virgo in Greek mythology). A unique aspect of the collection is the introduction of convertibility for a new level of flexibility and adjustability. Removable mesh panels transform bras and knickers into overts to match your mood or occasion.
Next up in A|W 23 is Vita is named after the author Vita Sackville-West, who designed the famous White Garden of Sissinghurst Castle in England. Featuring hand-drawn botanical designs embroidered onto recycled tulle, the collection utilises glow-in-the-dark threads in a nod to Moonflowers and Star Balsam flowers that reflect the moonlight and only bloom after dark.
A stand out is the Vita wrap bra which manages to combine wearability and incredible shape, perhaps our fave of the season. Cutaway peep elements and harness detailing play with beautifully fine embroidery, Vita is contemporary, intimate and romantic.
September 08, 2022
After 10 years at our South Dowling Street stables we’re excited to be moving just around the corner to Oxford Street in Paddington.
Our last day of trading at South Dowling street will be Saturday September 10th.
Our new store will open in late November with lots of new collections. Can’t wait to see you there.
August 08, 2021
Take a dive into the depths. A continuation of Bordelle's 'Beautiful Yet Dangerous' theme, this season draws inspiration from the mysterious ocean deep.
The first collection is named Ula, from the Celtic, meaning ‘Jewel of the Sea’, and it's certainly a gem. Two fabrics are featured across the range; a luxuriously soft stretch mesh and an open-knit recycled mesh with a foiled finish. The foiling technique is new this season, creating a pearlescent-shine inspired by the reflections of water. Available in three colourways; classic black and tundra return alongside eden green, a new elastic of deep, rich green, evocative of kelp forests.
We love that that Bordelle is inspired by the beauty of nature, but we are even more proud of their continued commitment to incorporating recycled fabrics into their incredible collections. When our oceans are being decimated by pollution, overfishing, warming and habitat destruction every positive effort counts.
Up next is the captivating femininity of Aurea, taking its name from Aurelia Aurita, a bioluminescent species of jellyfish only found in the ocean depths. That influence becomes clear when the lights go out and you experience the never before seen new colourway which is woven with extraordinary glow-in-the-dark threads. Yes. GLOW IN THE DARK! We are loving it.
The three colourways are, again, inspired by our jellyfish friend. Classic black is reimagined with an opulent combination of glittering gold and silver lurex threads. The divine Eden continues with contemporary shades of green and the addition of contrasting purple. While Tundra dials it up with the unique and distinctive glow-in-the-dark threads. Mimicking bioluminescence, the pieces emit a soft glow when charged with light.
Continuing the sustainable mission of Bordelle, the bespoke swiss-embroidery utilises repurposed plastic inspired by the complex and delicate shapes of jellyfish tendrils.
Stand out pieces? It's hard to choose as always, but we simply can't not mention the Ula ouvert bra that still provides amazing shape and support across a range of sizes and features intricate detailing at the back. The Aurea cupless basque too is beautiful and versatile. Remove the detachable halter straps to wear as a suspender or cinch over outerwear.
July 20, 2021
Our Sydney store is currently closed for browsing while we have stay at home orders … but that doesn't mean we can't make it as fun and hedonistic as possible! We may be in lock down but you can't keep us down, well … unless we're getting down in some fucking awesome lingerie.
We are shipping online orders most days via Express Post in Australia & Express couriers internationally. In store click and collect is available Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoons + other times by appointment. Simply select ‘In store collection’ at the checkout when you place your online order.
Online video consultations are available by appointment. Our stylists will discuss any concerns, options and fit prior to purchase. It's the best way to experience our full range and personalised service when you can't be in store.
Post purchase consultations are also available to answer any questions you may have about adjustment, sizing and fit. Many of our amazing pieces are highly adjustable and it can be a bit of an art form to get the comfort and fit just right, even professional fashion stylists often appreciate our hints and tips on how to get the best fit with some of our more unique designs.
Afterpay, Zippay, laybys and lots of other options are available. Bitcoin gazillionaire? We got you.
A huge thanks to all our amazing and loyal clients who continue to support us through these scary and challenging times. Supporting small, ethical businesses is one way you can make a genuinely huge, positive impact. We thank you, each and every time, you make this choice.
Many of us are doing it tough, please remember to check in on each other, and put as much love and positivity into the world as you can muster. It really can help. Take care and stay home if you're in one of the currently affected areas.
December 14, 2020
Taking its name from Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi that extends so far below sea-level that it is in fact the tallest mountain in the world, Kea draws its influences from the always beautiful and often frightening nature that surrounds us.
From the designer:
"That which is dangerous to us can often draw us in with its beauty. In nature this is especially true, whether it be in the intricate markings of wild animals, or a bolt of lightning striking electricity across the sky. Designed and developed from start to finish with creative determination during the 2020 pandemic"
The Kea range showcases a bespoke Swiss embroidered voile in three colourways. Classic black, elegant navy blue and, new for SS21, tundra, a dusty purple (purely coincidentally, the same dusty purple appears as one of our bltp brand colours, so you know we love it).
The collection has a refined sensuality, with delicately soft embroidery contrasted with quality 24k gold plated hardware and Bordelle's signature elastic straps. Nature's influence appears throughout the collection: The luxuriously soft voile features a contour map of Icelandic glaciers and waterways while the contrast edging of the lace is inspired by intricate scales and textures of reptiles and animals, while the tundra colourway evokes the colours of thunderous skies.
Dare to embrace the dangerously beautiful - explore the collection
August 28, 2020
The second instalment to Bordelle’s AW20/21 collections ‘Botanica’ is an entirely feminine reimagining of Bordelle’s signature design elements; introducing bespoke Swiss embroidery inspired by the plants and cacti of Mexico with vibrant multicoloured threads, 24K gold plated hardware and adjustable & soft wide band elastic.
The same colourways as featured in AW21 Merida return to create new opportunities for mixing and matching:
Our perennial fave, black, with rich clashes of red, green and blue embroidery for a unique and voguish twist.
The Deep and seductive shades of morello reminiscent of Mexican sunset skies.
The feminine and contemporary dusty blue for a playful take on the bondage aesthetic.
The collection includes luxurious everyday styles such as the Soft Triangle Bra alongside spectacular limited edition showpieces such as the Ouvert Basque and High Waist Brief. A particulate personal fave is the Botanica Bodice Bra, the fit is absolutely magical on a wide range of cup sizes and body types and the unique design is a stand out. As with so many of Bordelle’s pieces the design and attention to detail extends all around the body.
As you’re probably aware by now, ethics and sustainability is core to what we believe in here at babylikestopony, what good is luxury if it costs the earth so we’re super proud that the elegant soft tulle in this collection is made entirely from 100% recycled polymers.
Along with many of our other brands, Bordelle’s innovations in materials and production processes lead the way in creating more sustainable collections without compromising on design.
July 16, 2020
Not many of us will be travelling to take in the unique design & architecture of Mexico anytime soon but we can bring a little piece of this alluring aesthetic to you in the form of Bordelle's AW20/21 'Merida'. Step into a long hot summer night on the Caribbean coastline with a collection that draws its inspiration from the bold exotic colours and influential architects and design collectives of Latin America.
The collection features Bordelle's signature 24k gold plated hardware and more comfortable wide band elastic with soft semi opaque mesh fabric which beautifully contours the body in three stunning colour ways; Perennial favourite classic black, the return of the deep rich red tones of morello as featured in the Kew collection and introduces dusty blue, reminiscent of long Mexican skies at dusk.
Choosing a favourite Bordelle collection is like choosing your fave child but this is a collection that we immediately fell for and have been dying for it's arrival. And if the pre-sale enquiries are anything to go by we're not alone. The combination of statement pieces and form fitting mesh creates opportunities to layer and play with the various elements in exciting ways both as bodywear and as outerwear. And you know how we love lingerie as statement fashion that has a second life outside not just underneath your clothing.
If you're in Sydney our store is now open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, come into experience the collection for yourself.
May 24, 2020
We're thrilled to announce we are now taking appointments for virtual shopping. We know nothing beats coming in store to feel the quality and fit of our awesome products but this is the next best thing and available to all wherever you are. Unfortunately we can also only provide virtual champagne but you are encouraged to provide your own ;)
Choose your preference from Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime and our team will talk you through product features, show you all the finer details and answer your fit and style questions.
To make an appointment simply choose 'Video shopping consultation' from our online store and choose your appointment time.
Make sure you have your correct time zone selected when booking so the appointment times will be converted to your local time zone.
January 13, 2020
We have been absolutely devastated by the catastrophic and unprecedented bushfires that are currently burning across the beautiful country we call home and have been for months. Our thoughts and love go out to all that have been affected by this ongoing crisis.
It’s so easy to feel helpless, but as a brand built on sustainability and ethics we want to do what we can to address the crisis now and rebuild in the future. As other like minded businesses have done, we will be donating al of our profits for a month, starting Monday the 13th of January. That means if you shop with us, not only will you take home an originally designed, beautifully crafted piece created by artisans that helps you feel like the fucking queen that you are, you will also be helping care for the countless native animals that have been injured, orphaned and displaced by the bushfire crisis. They don’t have a voice but we do.
It just may be the sexiest donation you’ll ever make.
But where to focus your efforts in such wide ranging devastation? For us, if there’s one guiding light, it is to follow your heart. (Disclaimer: your experience may vary ;)
We are particularly heart broken by the plight of the innocent native animals that are suffering, so we have chosen Wires Wildlife Rescue & Taronga. Wires is a mostly volunteer organisation that works year round rescuing all kinds of wildlife. Their budget is stretched at the best of times so they need all the help they can get to address the current onslaught. Similarly, Taronga have had an unprecedented number of injured animals admitted to its wildlife hospitals, impacted by bushfires, heat stress and drought. They need ongoing support to provide care for the much wider range of Australian species who now find themselves in crisis.
We want to stress that this is not enough. As a niche business in a corner of Sydney we don’t pretend to have all the answers. But we do know that when the fires are out and the headlines have faded there is a long road to recovery. We want to ensure our support is ongoing, so we will be actively looking for more ways to help. Bush regeneration, for example, will be imperative in order to replenish habitats that, quite literally, provide the air we breathe, homes for our wild life and form an integral part of the interconnected and fragile ecosystem that supports life on earth. If you’d like to stay informed about opportunities to volunteer or donate in the months ahead jump on our email list or watch our socials and we’ll let you know what we are doing.
From its inception over a decade ago babylikestopony has always been an ethical business. Our owner & founder, Megaera, comes from a long line of environmentalists with her grandfather being an award winning conservationist, so you could say it’s in our DNA. We’re passionate about addressing the impacts of fast fashion on the environment, ensuring sustainable and ethical production that’s slave free, supporting women run businesses and only representing original creators. We see this as an extension of what we are and want to be in the future. We are a small business working with very limited capital so we don’t have the flexibility of larger brands but we have always been determined to be a business that gives a fuck and we have never and will never put profit above our ethics.
So please, support us and other like minded businesses when you can & together we will unfuck not only the bushfire devastation but maybe a few other things as well.
It’s 20 fucking 20.
Let’s fix this.
September 20, 2018
I first met Pia Conaghan almost ten years ago when she was the lead designer at luxury lingerie powerhouse (& babylikestopony fave) Bordelle. My respect for her craft, design sensibility and our friendship has only grown since then so I’m absolutely thrilled to bring her label, Studio Pia, to our collection.
As a lifelong veggie, Pia set out to create the first lingerie brand using exclusively cruelty-free, organic, peace silk. Ethics and sustainable practices are at the heart of the brand but this is just one reason we love the collection. It is also an inclusive range, each piece is designed with expert use of sexy, yet supportive cuts, light body-shaping elements and adjustable sections that flatter a range of body types and adjust for perfect fit. Add hardware plated in 24-carat gold, detachable shoulder straps and finely woven embroidery and you have a unique collection that we’re proud to represent.
The designs reference the worlds of fine art and couture, matching rich colours and bespoke embroideries with exquisite construction techniques and quality craftsmanship. The ranges are designed and developed in house in London and production is done by highly skilled, small batch ateliers in the UK, or made to order completely in house. This kind of close relationship with suppliers & collaborators is key to creating a collection of this quality and is a rare find in an increasingly disconnected industry.
We expect our brands to tick a hell of a lot of boxes; ethical, luxury, original design, quality materials and craft with no compromise on aesthetics, comfort and great fit. Studio Pia is all that and then some. Welcome to the fold.
We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.