Courtesy Moshik Nadav.

Name: Lingerie XO
Designer: Moshik Nadav
Foundry: Moshik Nadav Typography
Release Date: November 2017

Back Story: Designers love to use the word “sexy” to describe a dizzying array of design projects—anything featuring lush curves, sleek finishes, and high style, from a Porsche to a coffee maker to a typeface. It’s a catch-all, a crutch of an adjective, frequently used to describe things that have nothing to do with sex. Have we managed to make the word entirely meaningless yet?

Which is why, now that we’ve found a font that is actually—without a doubt, no question!—deserving of the adjective, we’re suddenly feeling bashful to use it. But type designer Moshik Nadav has forced our hand: after releasing Lingerie, a Didone-based typeface ripe with voluptuous glyphs and swashes about a year ago, he felt a burning passion to turn up the heat about a thousand degrees. He’s now released Lingerie XO, and it is sexy, thanks to an enormous amount of extravagant, finely detailed swashes and ligatures.

Why’s it called Lingerie XO? Of course the original name had to remain attached to this new version, but what about the XO? Nadav responds modestly: “XO because it’s an Extra Ordinary typeface.” Oh? “…and because it stands for hugs and kisses.”

What are its distinguishing characteristics? Nadav created custom tools to develop the typeface’s mind-bending 700,000 glyphs and thousands of automatically generated ligatures and swashes, for both two and three letter combinations. These are supported in all languages, an evolution from the original Lingerie. Two swash styles—the uniform Dreamline and the varied stroke width Calligraphic—allow designers to fine-tune their typesetting with a remarkable level of precision. The ligatures lock unexpected letter pairs together in a kind of delicately etched embrace, cutting in and out of the main strokes and curves in daring swoops. Unexpectedly sharp angles found in places such as the loop of the lower case g add complexity and a bit of an edge, keeping this typeface from feeling too sickly sweet. Think dark chocolate/burnt caramel, not cotton candy/rainbow sprinkles.

What should I use it for? Anywhere you want to impart a feeling of glamorous, swooning romance. Lingerie XO is meant for editorial fashion uses, and it comes with more than 500 predesigned words and phrases—Fashionista, Happy, Dressed to Kill, Sexy Summer Nights, Star, Merci Beaucoup, and I Love You, to name just a few—that are sure to come in handy.

What other typefaces do you like to pair it with? Lingerie XO is a total diva. Allow it to take the spotlight and bring in a sensible sans serif such as Gotham or Styrene to play the supporting role.