By ELLEN LEWIS
We flew to Southern California this past weekend to attend the wedding party of my son’s sister-in-law, Megan Best. In true Megan style, it was just a whole lot of fun; a block party held outside her family’s home with 200 people eating, drinking and dancing in the street. Casual as it was; a buffet style barbecue, wine and beer stations, a candy bar, ice cream carts and even a bouncy house for the kids, there was also a chorus of groomsmen, bridesmaids and a vintage style wedding dress. Since they were married several months earlier in Boston from whence they recently moved, the ceremony was an exchange of vows officiated by none other than my daughter in law who delivered a clever speech to anoint their union. They danced down the aisle to the theme of Jurassic Park, the bride in her high top gold glitter Vans. In fact, the entire wedding party wore sneakers!
At first pass, one might think that this down home wedding celebration had little correlation to Ellipse luxury bridal lingerie. But perusing this 60 year old Colombian brand I could relate its festive attitude to Megan’s infectious personality and her effusive, independent approach to life. For sure, this is the strongest expression of feminine beauty. Ellipse Lingerie produces multiple collections answering to many different stages of a woman’s journey, but it is the delightful details of the bridal assortment that makes them unique. Gorgeous European laces and fabrics are expertly crafted into romantic and flirtatious intimates worthy of bridal undergarments and honeymoon nights. The tongue in cheek design aesthetic add to the charm. Entering the American market is not always easy, but who could deny the fun loving allure of this wedding statement by Ellipse Lingerie. And after all, in the end, “girls just want to have fun”.
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Our niche in this Gallery is representing luxury lingerie from designers around the world, and this week we present the Ukrainian brand Apilat. Founded as a wedding dress label in 2012 by sisters Galyna and Lyubov, it has since added bridal lingerie to its offerings in 2015. Consistent with most bridal lingerie designs, their works are sensual, traditional and romantic, but what sets them apart from the mainstream is their precise handwork and use of exceptional fabrics.
As you will see from the images below, Apilat’s use of lace and how it is paired with silk is striking. According to the website’s product descriptions, the designers use Chantilly lace, but their prices are considerably more reasonable compared to other lace-heavy luxury … Read more
A few weeks ago I reached out to several intimate brands that are known for their use of Leavers lace and asked them to provide me with some insight into the back story on this unique form of artistry. In particular, I am interested in Calais lace. Produced in Northern France, it is the birthright of lingerie and unfortunately a dying industry. (More about this in a later blog) One response I received was from Maison Lejaby who shared their OUI bridal collection with me. These pieces are exquisite, quintessential French luxury lingerie; the essence of the Maison Lejaby brand. It dawned on me, while perusing the images, that the symmetry between lingerie and the bridal industry is apparent in the beauty of this lace … Read more
I’m leaving Mexico this week, returning to NY, my kids and the market. Two very distinct Cabo scenes have come to mind in the past few days, probably because of my effort to actually go out for dinner and to the beach before I leave. One of these spectacles is the number of wedding events that take place here and the other is the fascinating dichotomy of swimwear peppering the beaches. I’ll save the beach perspective for later this week. Today is all about Bridal Lingerie, and to be specific, NKiMode’s extensive range of styles for brides and their various wedding celebrations. Cabo is a destination wedding venue. I have witnessed the simplest ceremony on the beach and full out parties in resort hotels … Read more
Every spring since Maggie Gillette launched her bridal brand, The Giving Bride, I find myself circling back to her collection. Maggie’s focus on this critical lingerie niche and her efforts to keep the line succinct, sophisticated, and tailored locally as well as dedicated to a charitable cause, are much of what the millennial woman seeks when she shops. These elegant understated designs stand out because of their simplicity, a perfect complement for the modern bride. My respect for Maggie’s work goes beyond her brand passion. Appreciation for the entrepreneurial spirit and the creative talent of many of her designer peers, Maggie has taken her journey into luxury lingerie to another level of recognition. Partnering with Alessandra Baker (Alessandra Mackenzie) and Melissa Franchi (Navaeh), she … Read more
It’s no secret that the wedding business in the USA is big, over $50 billion and counting. The bond between lingerie and the bridal industry is indisputable; some brands focused completely on solution intimates for every conceivable dress. Functionality certainly makes a difference and fit perfection is a no brainer. But even more enticing for the lingerie industry is the expansion of the thought process that surrounds this enormous retail opportunity. Weddings are not one day affairs. Think engagement, shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. I had this dialog several months ago with my colleagues at Simone Pérѐle, mainly because their classic bridal foundations are such a mainstay of their collections and by default, critical to many store assortments. The … Read more