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Happy Valentines

Posted in Diamonds, Love, Relationships, Space Travel, Twitter, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , on February 14, 2016 by harlette


This year, as you eat your chocolates, nibble on strawberries and take time out to smell the roses. Have you thought about who spread the idea of celebrating “Love” on 14th of February?


According to Chaucer and the Cult of St Valentine, there is much debate and speculation around when St Valentine stepped into the limelight to become love’s IT Guy and why 14th of February was the day to celebrate Love.

According to a quick whip around the online bible aka Google. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.


The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.[24] Chaucer wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]

Now it gets interesting reading into the pages of Chaucer and the Cult of St Valentine, three other people were writing on this topic of Love around 14th & 15th Century and it took time for these ideas to spread. Savoyard Oton de Grandson, John Gower and Valencian Pardo.


These days we have an idea around the planet in 2 secs with the wonder and magic of #hashtags, YouTube, twitter & Facebook. Ideas circle around the planet in 140 words or less thanks to everyone that retweets & likes. Back in the 14th century ideas had to walk, they had to talk, take horseback, take boats, mature, mellow and then get dipped in ink.

Just think about how quickly everyone was Twerking, Planking, and all the other things that Twitter and Facebook have taught us over the years.

The fact that we celebrate love today is a miracle when you think about it, and I wonder exactly what our generation will get to share with future generations?

My vote is with #spacerocks


This was the #quote of the week

Sex in outer space. “While NASA officials don’t categorically state that there has never been any sexual activity in space, they have consistently drawn a veil over public discussion of such questions.” According to NASA spokesman, John Ira Petty, “We consider all aspects of long-duration space flight. Obviously there are various psychological stresses (that crews would have to face), but in terms of experiments in sex in space, that’s just not on the agenda” (reported by MSNBC TV, February 24, 2000).




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Valentines Parade by Harlette

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by harlette

According to Greek mythology out of Chaos ( the thing that contained all things that ever were to be)  the first to emerge was the proto God Eros also known as (Love). The primeval Eros was considered a mighty force the most powerful of all for without our Eros, the other Gods that we have grown to love and adore would have remained static, unchanging , eternal but sterile.

Harlette Valentines Parade 2011 Sydney

Eros embodied not just love but the power and reproduction principle. As time has gone by most of these duties he would offload to middle management ( eg the other Gods) and Eros with the help of his favourite PR firm became the cuddly loveable CUPID of Roman times that we know today..

Tie Me Up Tie Me Down Set @ Harlette Valentines Parade, Sydney

 The most famous statue of Eros is that which has become a London landmark in Piccadilly Circus since 1893,

Interestingly the sculptor Alfred Gilbert, actually intended this statue to be a companion to god to Eros called Anteros or Love Requited. This sculpture was also one of the first statutes ever cast in aluminum.

Eros cupid is known best for the arrows of love that he fires into the hearts of those unsuspecting mere mortals. Who would have thought that Piccadilly Circus London, is the head office for Valentines since 1893.

Eros also is the God of Lingerie, as well as the Goddess Aphrodite best known as Venus,

Our most favourite image of her must be in Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus,  showing the goddess as she emerges from the waters. It is believed that she is modelled on the famous courtesan Simonetta, as the seashell in Renaissance Italy was a metaphor for that part of the body that venus conceals in the painting.

 So where ever you are in the world, and who ever your with,

Harlette wishes you and your love 

a most wonderful Valentines


Contessa bridal range backstage at Harlette Valentines Parade

Men Prefer Black Lingerie

Posted in Diamonds, Fashion, Fashion Design, France, Harlette, Haute Couture, Jewellery, Lace, Lingerie, London, Luxury Lingerie, Luxury Underwear, Paris, Platinum Lingerie, Reality TV Show, Uncategorized, Underwear with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by harlette

According to a recent UK poll picked up by the Daily Star and Telegraph over  50%  of  men prefer Black Lingerie..

Thank Goodness for that as the video for Harlette Luxury Lingerie on the runway in Paris just arrived and the ladies are all in Black…

Its been a hectic pace in Paris for the launch of the collection, London for meetings and the filming by Maverick Production for a show by the BBC on the behind the scenes of getting a product into a department store.

Harlette Luxury Lingerie, showcasing the £10,000 Harlette Platinum Lingerie

Then back to Paris in the Snow for Premiere Vision, the theme is Cheeky Opulence for 2010, bad boy meets ladies in opulent materials

So more about the actual survey by laundrycare expert, Dr Beckmann, the findings has seen the Red underwear out, and black underwear in, changing long held myths that women have held dearly to especially around valentines day.

Red has often been held to be the sexiest lingerie colour although when Harlette conducted their own research red was prefered by women and men found that it represented danger. According to the Telegraph Red is typically worn by women – the one women wear when they are feeling “flirty”, despite the fact it barely flatters the typical ‘pale English rose’ complexion.

But this is no longer true, according to the average British male. Once believed to be a favourite for Valentine’s Day boudoir gifts, racy, red lingerie, is now considered the biggest bedroom turn-off by British chaps, according to Dr Beckmann’s study.

More than 50% of the men questioned put red at the top of their least favourite list, with a further 18% giving the thumbs-down to pink, and 11% saying ‘No’ to flesh-tones.

Body Magazine US also featured pictures of the Harlette Luxury Lingerie collection shown on the runway in Paris

The ladies from the Knicker Blog, also covered the Paris Lingerie show and included a great piece on Harlette Luxury Lingerie, much to our suprise.

Special note of condolence to Lee Alexander McQueen’s family at this time. When true talent is lost one can only spend a moment in silence & reflect on all the wonderous moments of joy that has been created & shared with the world. Fashion never Dies, it just gets re interpreted, recycled and re inpired. We were all fortunate to see his talent flourish and make many people in the world happy for the moments they shared with his creations.


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