BODICE RIPPERS

NEW YORK — Never underestimate the power of a bustier. During the Belle Epoque, for example, corsets were viewed as romantic armor for courtesans. And of course, there was you-know-who and her cone-shaped version in the Eighties. This season’s steamy styles are also quite fancy, and they look great everywhere: In the boudoir, at black-tie soirees paired with ballskirts or in the smokiest clubs teamed with jeans. Here, some of the hottest.