By TINA M. WILSON
“I would go out but I haven’t got a stitch to wear” is a line from one of my favorite songs by Morrissey of The Smiths, one of my favorite singers and if you come to my home for a party you will undoubtedly hear it. If you are the hostess, what to wear is always a dilemma.
First things first, as the hostess you are the centerpiece, what you wear, or don’t wear is key to how comfortable your guests are. Your wardrobe signals “it’s okay to stay and party all night” or “I plan to be in bed by midnight, dishes done, so don’t get too comfy”. Your choice of garment also lets everyone know that you are “getting your hands dirty” and will address their every whim … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
One of my most rivetting entertainment memories is a live event I attended some years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y. during which Olympic figure skater, Viktor Petrenko, commanded the ice in his audacious rendition of Lou Bega’s A Little Bit of Mambo, Number 5. In this spirited routine in which he danced in tandem with a life size doll, he brought the crowd to its feet with his tongue and cheek tribute to the “little bit of (women) in my life”. It was a joy to watch. It doesn’t take a connoisseur to recognize why some entertainers are gold medal champions and others are just great. Talent, technique and delivery; it’s all critical to stage a spectacular show. But it’s charisma that charges an audience to its feet and brands an … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
As I drove across Lake Pontchatrain a few weeks ago, I was a little nervous. While I greatly appreciated Bra Genie’s invitation to try one of their bra fittings, it’s rare for me to have a good time at a bra fitting. Years of being fitted into ugly bras as a teenager had made me self-conscious about the whole process. At my first “adult” bra fitting, the fitter had immediately touched my stomach and asked how many months pregnant I was – I nearly burst into tears on the spot. Thankfully, I am here to report that that my avoidance of bra fittings may be over, at least if I can have them all at Bra Genie.
Bra Genie is one of the largest lingerie boutiques in the New Orleans metro area, … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I found this image by Australian photographer, Peter Adams-Shawn, while doing some research for a bridal blog I intended to write this month about winter weddings. Inspired by Adam-Shawn’s unique method of telling a story with one artistic vision, I ferreted through my archives searching for images of bridal lingerie that were poetic and inspirational. In the changing retail environment that is consuming the intimate apparel business today, I wanted to share the impact that great photography has in marketing a brand’s mission. After all, in an environment where a product’s sale depends so much on digital media, there is a goldmine of possibilities within the bridal industry.
I have often asked myself why someone like me, whose entire persona is about “less is more, stay under the radar, keep … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
What is it about dark, sultry, sexy lingerie that makes it so perfect for the holiday season? Perhaps because it’s the time of year when we opt for our most elegant wardrobe choices, and special occasions call for special lingerie! That’s where the signature collection from Coco de Mer fits in perfectly. Certainly many of you are familiar with the Coco de Mer boutique, which specializes offering luxury sex toys, erotic gifts and exquisite lingerie brands. But perhaps you did not know the boutique also boasts its own line of decadently naughty intimates. The AW17 collection featured here was “designed to empower and excite”, and with plenty of lacy cut-out panties and quarter cup bras, it does just that. There are 8 separate groups featured this season, each with its own set … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I’ve been debating about writing this blog about Juana de Arco for a while now. I know that many of our readers look to us to see what’s happening in the market, specifically intimate apparel. So highlighting an artisan brand that encompasses a woman’s entire lifestyle in which lingerie is part, but not necessarily the primary piece of their story could be perceived as counter intuitive. I actually discovered this 18 year old Argentinean brand several years ago at Curve when I stopped at their booth mesmerized by the riot of colors and patterns on display. As enticing as the visuals were, I didn’t really see how this array of one of a kind apparel in a miasma of bespoke hand printed fabrics would mesh with the North American retail attitude. But … Read more