By ELLEN LEWIS
It has been awhile since I compared a museum worthy work of art to a piece of lingerie. But when I saw the Lise Charmel Spring 2018 Fleurs de Jungle Collection at Curve last August, it was an easy make. This lush jungle print evokes Henri Rousseau’s 1910 painting, The Dream. A masterpiece emblematic of much of Rousseau’s work, the chimerical imagery is a harbinger of surrealism. Complicated color compositions (this painting is reputed to have 22 shades of green) and intriguing juxtapositions create an exotic landscape.
Fleurs de Jungle’s vibrant color palette speaks for itself. But it’s the correlation of French leavers laces, detailed embroidery and 19mm silk in tandem with this luscious print that defines these intimates as a Lise Charmel masterpiece. Meant to evoke a sensual experience for both the observer as well as the woman wearing them, these pieces are individual works of lingerie art. Like Rousseau, who was not recognized by the “everyman” until Picasso discovered and lauded him as a model of probity, the Lise Charmel brand’s extraordinary artistry has not always been embraced by the t-shirt bra loving, machine washing American consumer. Appreciation of lingerie as an art form in an environment prone to puritanical practicality takes time. However, in a retail climate where everything is accessible, excellence and imagination will eventually dictate the value of a product. It happened to Rousseau in the early 1900’s and it’s happening to Lise Charmel now.
“The Picture Radiates Beauty, That is Indisputable” ~Guillaume Apollinaire
By ELLEN LEWIS
Well folks, I arrived in Cabo late Saturday night. No water, no gas, both cars wouldn’t start. Looks like my friend TIM (This is Mexico) used my house while I was away. But on the bright side: it’s 85° and the desert is resplendent, lush and green. My garden looks wonderful (except that the gardeners trimmed all the flowers off the bougainvillea. They think all gringos like manicured shrubs). I went riding this morning for the first time in 4 months. And this trip, my bra wardrobe is finally balanced for this Mexican lifestyle.
Bras, believe it or not, are always a bone of contention for me. Why? Because I am extremely active, large breasted and like many other women, large or … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
Scantilly is one of those brands that seems to cross age, size and shape boundaries. Now that they’re carried in a local lingerie store in my area, more and more of my friends have been picking them up. I’ve been amazed at the variety of people who seem to love the brand, from my 40 year old friend who works in advertising and has become a visible bra strap convert to my vintage fashion loving friends. Scantilly’s strong point of view also allows lots of women to embrace their products, whether they are surreptitiously layering it under their outfits or wearing it as bondage inspired fashion. Even I am not immune: I had the distinct pleasure of being able to buy a … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Crossing the Hudson River in New York several times a week to ferry my grandson back and forth, I have watched as the new Tappan Zee Bridge has risen from its concrete foundation to dwarf the original span now destined for demolition. The existing edifice was 62 years old and never meant to support the growth in commuter traffic that has evolved with time. The new twin bridge is an architectural masterpiece; a structural feat camouflaged by a visual symphony comprised of 14 miles of span cables. The airiness of its spires veils the steel and concrete foundation that forms its infrastructure. On schedule and under budget, the construction team responsible has upgraded a travel experience that one had to endure to … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Today’s post showcasing Violet & Wren turned into a personal wish list, and as you scroll through these images you will be jotting down your favorites too. This comes at a time where I’m particularly drawn toward patterns, as I’m currently researching wallpapers for a small home project I’m working on and looking for prints that have longevity. When it comes to patterns, especially with something you’re making an investment in, longevity is equally as important as style. That brings us back to Violet & Wren, which specializes in rich colors, striking prints and bold floral motifs that you will love for years to come.
Violet & Wren is a luxury loungewear brand from the U.K. created by design team Louise Barnard … Read more
by DEEDEE CROSLAND ~ Audio Briefs
Emily Lau founded The Little Bra Company in 2007 out of a personal need and desire to create beautiful bras that fit petite and smaller-framed women. Audio Briefs‘ Deedee Crosland interviews Emily and explores her efforts to balance a start-up brand with her successful career as a television producer. Ultimately her passion for designing and manufacturing niche bras for petite women won. The Little Bra Company is now an internationally shopped brand specializing in hard to find smaller band and cup sizes.
Listen to Deedee’s interview with EMILY LAU
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Deedee Crosland’s love and knowledge of lingerie, her passion for storytelling … Read more