The theatrical release of 50 Shades of Grey this Valentine’s Day, which falls this year after a Friday the 13th, marks the rise of the whip and the fall of the teddy bear as S&M beats its way into the mainstream. The poster child for our culture’s evolution of cutesy to risqué, Miley Cyrus will also be debuting her bondage short film “Miley Cyrus: Tongue Tied” at the NYC Porn Festival held at the end of the month.
With the seal of approval from pop culture, if you’ve been wanting to spice things up and explore the world of fetish, this Valentine’s Day is your moment. Yet as the subway posters for 50 Shades of Grey are mocked with graffiti, you don’t want to become a tacky cliché by purchasing some cheap handcuffs from a sex shop on Sixth Avenue. To help you celebrate boldly yet fashionably chic, we’ve put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide of our sexiest picks this year.
The Hitch Ring Necktie Collar from the up and coming designers Bond Hardware combines the taboo look of a submissive collar with high fashion attitude. The “mouthguard” version of this piece is a favorite of Miley Cyrus and Madonna.
In a vixen red with dominatrix spike heel bottle, this Christian Louboutin nail color looks as daring worn on nails as it does in the bottle.
The Moleskine classic notebook is a thoughtful gift for any intellectual. Use it as a journal to record your love affairs to admire later, or enjoy the therapeutic values of writing to sketch out your emotions during a relationship.
Handcuffs don’t have to be made out of cheap plastic or come with a matching “slutty cop” outfit. For a BDSM-look to pair with your favorite black lingerie, look no further than these affordable lace studded cuffs from Hank Panky.
What would Valentine’s Day be without champagne? Go festive with rosé from Laurent Perrier, available $10 off from New York fine wine delivery and retail service Lot18. With hints of strawberry and ginger, pair with soft cheese or oysters.
Every woman (and admiring man) knows you can’t go wrong with La Perla. Rather than classic nude or black, go edgy with their red embroidered mesh body suit met with metal chains giving a couture feel.
Elegant, classic. This black leather belt can be worn by men and women, to the office and back home for a relaxing dinner party (and what you do with it after that is up to you).
Iroha Tenga Mini
You know we had to add at least one sex toy to this list. The Japanese-made mini version of the classic is smaller than the palm of your hand, perfectly for discretely placed pleasure. A favorite of the fashion industry, Iroha has collaborated with Opening Ceremony to create their own version of the vibrator (which is currently on sale!)
The dichotomy of rock ‘n’ roll leather paired with lace is a must-have for a casual Valentine’s date. Veda’s motorcycle jacket is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, and useful at that; the black leather is a perfect transition piece from winter to spring.
Red floral and subtle jewel accents soften an intimidating black heel from Dolce & Gabanna. In soft satin, the multi-strap sandal is the high-class version of bedroom slippers.