By ELLEN LEWIS
I have struggled my entire life with a desire to contain a curvy figure while not feeling constrained. From the first “girdle” my mother bought me at age 12 (and I refused to wear) to the explosion of shaping garments technically engineered to “seamlessly” smooth and control, I have chosen comfort over concealment. But, with time, my body has decided to retire south and no amount of exercise or diet has much impact. (Well, no amount that I am willing to sacrifice). I even consulted a cool sculpting clinic a few weeks ago: a non-invasive way to diminish flab. But it seems like an awful lot of expense for a 25% reduction of fat. So I resigned myself to re-exploring the shapewear category. Product wise, my timing couldn’t be more on target. As the textile market continues to evolve, major breakthroughs in soft fabrics with “hold” are emerging. And with this, lingerie companies are re-thinking their approach to Shapewear. The buzz is growing louder in the market. It was an important story at Interfilière and on full display at the sexy French brand, Maison Close.
It seems a bit counter intuitive to see control garments debuting now in an assortment known specifically for letting it all hang out. But in fact, Maison Close’s Belle de Jour Collection achieves both these needs. These styles are sensual as well as functional. Integrating the brand’s erotic aesthetic with a combination of ultra-fine microfiber sheathing and mesh, they seductively sculpt a woman’s curves. When I touched the fabric, it was clear that this luxury label has not compromised its quality requirements. Available in sizes S-XXL, these pieces are meant to celebrate a woman’s voluptuous curves. They are meant to be seen. Shapewear that makes a provocative statement: that is a new trend
“Sculpture Occupies the Same Space as Your Body” ~Anish Kapoor
By TINA WILSON
The queen of the bodysuit back in 92’ B.S. (before Spanx) was Donna Karan. Oh how I wish she was around to shake things up now like she did then. I had the great fortune to work on DK Intimates bodysuits and shapewear, to see her squeeze into them, to watch her drape them on the models, and to debate with her the merits of crotch snaps vs. no snaps for bathroom ease (a battle I lost btw).
It was a special time, when a few key brands were giving birth to the foundations of the bodysuit we know today. And while Donna’s influence still lingers, there are some noteworthy brands shaking things up and moving the bodysuit forward.
Salon de la Lingerie took place this past January in Paris at Porte de Versailles, and I was there.
In between buttery, wine … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
A fashion editorial series by Stephanie Hynes & Lingerie Briefs
In ancient Roman mythology, Aurora is the goddess of dawn. She is the evening glow in a winter sky; radient, romantic, intimate. As the night mists dissipate, she is borne aloft to announce the arrival of the sun. The atmosphere is diaphanous as darkness melts away. The world brightens as by her deed, light emerges. It’s a new day. Her image, often used to evoke sexuality in poetry, has become an icon of feminine persuasion.
A mountain shade suggests your shape
I tumble down on my knees
Fill my mouth with snow
The way it melts
I wish to melt into you
In our third Lingerie Fashion editorial, Stephanie chooses to replicate the essence of Aurora’s rising. Using diffused light and exquisite lingerie, these … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
I recently had the pleasure of joining Ellen at last month’s Salon International de la Lingerie, and what an awesome opportunity it was! I had previously attended the show a handful of times when I owned my lingerie boutique, but this time had the luxury of participating as a spectator, capturing eye-catching collections on my camera for Lingerie Briefs’ social media. Of course, my former participation as a buyer came right back to me, and I had a slight tinge of remorse over no longer having a wholesale license to engage in my typical buying style of “one for me, one for the store…”. One such brand that had me feeling particularly eager to write an order (all for me) was Le Petit Trou.
I featured this Polish lingerie brand on Lingerie Briefs one year ago, and am pleased to show … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
Rachel Kenyon and I met a few years back as a result of the size expansion of Buttress & Snatch, but it quickly became apparent that we were fans of many of the same things in life. We both love old buildings, finding historic treasures in our respective cities and giving vintage things a new life rather than finding new things to create more waste. When the Marilupa Instagram account popped up, I knew that this must be the passion project that Rachel had been working on, even before she sent me the official email about it.Couture lingerie for larger sizes is a niche within a niche with only a handful of companies trying it out. “I’ve never felt the very precious and artisanal side of what I make entire belongs in Buttress and Snatch. The materials are much more … Read more