By ELLEN LEWIS
As I mentioned last week in this column, I depart tomorrow for Paris in search of inspiration from the Salon de Lingerie and Interfilere shows. The former is a brand overview of silhouettes available for delivery at retail for A/W 2018. The later focuses on textiles, the very nourishment of a designer’s palette. This fabric fair looks ahead to 2019 bringing into focus the cultural influences that will drive creativity in the Lingerie market going forward. Curating this information and making it palatable for the North American market requires vision. I use the myriad of influences available to me to isolate ideas that have, in my opinion, a level of validity for the American lifestyle. One of the many messages emanating from these shows over the past few seasons is the “Lightness of Being”: free flowing, natural fabrics whose fluidity constitutes a more modern definition of luxury. I am not yet sure if this trend will shift by next year, but I do know that keeping it clean and simple is here to stay.
Salua Lingerie validates this spring 2018 intimate’s direction with its breezy new dip dyed cotton sleepwear collection delivering to stores this month. Constructed in a delicious woven cotton/ silk blend that floats around the torso, these pieces resonate a feminine delicacy for which this brand is known. Hand crafted in the Seattle studio and produced in Columbia, they are perfect examples of the Salua crossover design direction: both bridal gift perfect and sleepwear ready. Available in one size that fits up to an XL, they are easy, breezy icons of elegance. It’s nice to see the esoteric come to fruition, the vision become product. I look forward to being enlightened this week in France as we telegraph back to you, the stories being told.
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By ALISON CONNOLLY
In terms of style, creating an effortless cool look is a paradox; it’s equal parts polished and disheveled, sophisticated and casual, fashion-forward and laid-back. The ultimate goal is to look like you weren’t trying too hard, and for some of us it requires trying very hard! The ladies behind ASCENO have achieved that perfect balance with their designs. ASCENO is a contemporary sleepwear and swimwear brand that specializes in silk menswear-style PJs for women that blurs the lines between loungewear and ready-to-wear. Based on the inspiring images from their most recent collections, slipping into one of their pajama sets likely helps you channel your inner Cate Blanchett (who, unsurprisingly, with her tomboy chic style is a fan of the brand).
I have had the pleasure of meeting the designers behind ASCENO, … Read more
A fashion editorial series by Stephanie Hynes & Lingerie Briefs
Milesia Bustier, Express Pants & Choker, Zara Heels
After a very successful launch of our exclusive fashion lingerie editorial in December, we have joined forces once again with photographer Stephanie Hynes to present Part II, an exposé on the influence of intimate apparel on a woman’s wardrobe. This collaboration is about the woman who embraces life and fashion fully. She is daring, adventurous and edgy with her choices. Possessing an excellent taste level, she understands that some undergarments are meant to be shown. I asked Stephanie to focus on this direction. The integration of lingerie into a woman’s ready to wear wardrobe will be a guiding force in our industry going forward.
Influenced by the 70’s and 80’s, both in lighting and styling, these images … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Illustration by Geoffrey Beloeil of Camille Roucher Lingerie
Next week I depart to Paris for the 2018 Salon de Lingerie and Interfiliere expositions. About this time each year, I begin questioning the process. Is going necessary? I have been tainted by the number of trips to this French show and the familiarity of the city so many others dream of visiting. Croissants and café au lait don’t do it for me anymore. I often ask myself; how important is luxury lingerie in today’s retail reality? Yet, the fact is, I never return disillusioned. On the contrary, I am inspired and motivated by the “je ne sais quoi” that is the French experience. Indefinable as this reaction is, as I listen to Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, I finally understand. The book … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I have gotten into the habit lately of tuning into You Tube on my TV to listen (and watch) classical music concerts, particularly where soloists perform. I am quite awe struck by the talent I see, partial to strings and the piano. After all, these artists are already virtuosos, steps above their peers, most who already claim positions in world famous orchestras. These are music masters worthy of global acclaim. Occasionally, a force of nature rises; not only prodigious from birth but someone or something other worldly. Their gifts survive into perpetuity. This is what I experienced when I happened this weekend upon a concert starring the incomparable violinist Itzhak Perlman. I am not sure if it was Tchaikovsky’s concerto or/and Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, all legacies in their own … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
I didn’t really appreciate basic bras when I was younger, mostly because I lived in colder climates where your clothing hid your lingerie choices. Now that I live in New Orleans, I’ve quickly learned to appreciate the flexibility that a great basic bra provides. Weather here can vary wildly in the winter, from the 81 degree day we had last week to the 45 degree days we’ve been experiencing this week. When you’re dressing in layers and dealing with warm winter temperatures, basic bras give you the freedom to not have to think about what lingerie you’re going to wear.
As we all know, not all basic bras are built alike. I had the pleasure of trying out several of Sculptresse’s basic line over the past several months, which gave me a … Read more