WEATHER AND LACE

Byline: Subira Shaw

In old New Orleans, a corner of retro glamour and flamboyance known as the House of Lounge celebrates the “boudoir” as pleasure palace. The lingerie salon, opened in 1998, is the brainchild of movie production manager Edith LeBlanc, and wardrobe stylist Patty Spinale who, appropriately, met on the set of “Interview With the Vampire.”
Located in a century-old building on historic Magazine Row, House of Lounge combines nostalgia and decadence. Upon entry, one is greeted by an emblem of the House philosophy, a lounging cast marble goddess. An inviting interior is highlighted by a tiki bar, with circus tents for dressing rooms.
Lines include Felina, Chantelle, YSL, Chantal Thomas, LeBourget, Cosabella, On Gossamer and a private label collection; one-fourth of the business is bridal.(Yes, there is a registry). Exuberant accessories include multitiered chokers, plumed fans, piano shawls, and, for the less naughtily inclined, attachable angel wings. Halloween is a notably busy time of year.
“We carry really special, different things — from lingerie to loungewear, to smoking jackets and martini glasses. Nothing can be just “cute — it has to be either decadent or elegant,” said LeBlanc.
Encouraging the underwear-as-outerwear concept, many intimate pieces can serve as eveningwear or accents to casual outfits. Just ask Ashley Judd or the real Erin Brockovich, who have both enjoyed sprees at House of Lounge.
Promotions include fashion shows, cabarets, art previews and an annual Men’s Night to demystify lingerie shopping.
The spirit of the House of Lounge is easily summed up by the time some unsuspecting passersby strayed into the shop and found themselves being feted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. The fact that this happened during a sweeping flood is testament to the unswerving devotion to pleasure and decadence that defines House of Lounge. 2044 Magazine Street; (504) 671-8010.

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