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Wedding Fun ~ Mimi Holliday Lingerie

September 1, 2016

Mimi Holliday Honeysuckle bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

I am in complete awe at how many weddings my son and daughter in law attended this summer. I could hardly get their attention as they flew from NY to Chicago, San Francisco, LA and various locales around the city. I don’t think I ever had that many friends. But judging by the party that they threw for their own marriage last year, I am not surprised. It was a feast of 20+ to 30+ year olds, having an incredibly good time. When I consider the Mimi Holliday brand, I am always drawn to the bridal pieces because they are a collaboration of fashion fun. These are evocative designs promising sexy as well as sweet memories of a good time had by all. I can smell the honeysuckle and taste the sugar almond pieces , visceral underpinnings for a playful and modern young woman who craves luxury with a bit of attitude.

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Mimi Holliday Sugar Almond bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Mimi Holliday Sugar Almond bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

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Mimi Holliday bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Mimi Holliday Sugar Almond bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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I Do, Indeed! – Valentine NYC & Serène Bridal Lingerie

August 14, 2016

By ALISON CONNOLLY

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The best days for a blogger are when you discover a brand that makes you want to write about it RIGHT THIS INSTANT.  You are instantly smitten, and need to share your discoveries with the rest of the world.  I was fortunate to get struck with inspiration from two distinct brands, both of which recently released a bridal collection:  Valentine NYC and Serène Intimates.  Granted, their styles are different, but at the heart of both collections are intimates that are ethereal, breathtaking, and covet-worthy whether you’re a bride or not.

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Valentine NYC is a lifestyle brand that was established by two former models who wanted to create quality lingerie that is both affordable and realistic for daily wear.  Their production is based in Colombia and employs only single mothers (a portion of all proceeds also benefit these female workers).  It is evident that the spirit of the brand is a woman who is independent, effortlessly confident and certainly stylish!

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Serène is a UK-based luxury lingerie and loungewear brand that is handmade to order using traditional craftsmanship.  Its founder, Kayleigh Millar, has a background in fashion illustration and design work experience that includes labels Gilda & Pearl and Ultimo.  This new label wants to ensure that the new bride has a trousseau filled with perfectly fitting undergarments!

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Below you will see a mix of both labels, as well as bridal inspiration that compliments these images.  Hopefully you will be inspired as much as I was by their works!

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“Till Death Do Us Part” ~ The Giving Bride

June 16, 2016

The Giving Bride Lingerie and vintage wedding gown on Lingerie briefs

“To Death Do Us Part” or so we hope when we speak our vows on our wedding day. For many women, this is the beginning of a much anticipated new phase of life and expectations run very high. Thus, the day becomes a pinnacle of celebration, the dress, the metaphor for all things beautiful that can happen in this most precious bond. Everything is elevated for the affair and lingerie is no exception. Exquisitely rendered intimates help inform the drama and when a designer focuses all of their energy on this particular niche, it shows. The Giving Bride, a brand I discovered in 2014, is the creative work of Maggie Gillette, whose passion for lingerie design propelled her to relinquish her 10 year tenure in education to pursue her dreams. Made in New York, every piece respects the female form from the simplest shapes to the most intricate trims. But what keeps The Giving Bride on our radar, is Maggie’s dedication to the value of giving back, as she donates a portion of her profits to women’s charities. Her current partner, A Safe Place, in Lake County, Illinois, is a multi-faceted service that assists victims in altering their lives after domestic violence. Unfortunately, the faith and trust that some young women hold on their wedding day is disavowed by spouses incapable of honoring the marriage promise. I, for one, find Maggie’s use of her exquisite designs to help transform women’s lives the essence of the lingerie business.

Detail of The Giving Bride Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

Heirloom bouquet brooch credit Corner House Photo and The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride on Lingerie Briefs

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The Equestrian Bride ~ Cosabella Lingerie

June 9, 2016

Leila Hafzi on white horse and Cosabella Arizona bra and panty on Lingerie Briefs

Cosabella’s white equestrian bridal story, conjures up exactly the wedding style I might choose, if I was getting married now. Of course, I am way beyond the almost naked photoshoot days, but the passion that horses evoke in many young women is not so different than original love. I could  not pass up these images when Cosabella shared them with me.

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Cosabella Minoa bra and panty set on Lingerie Briefs

 

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An English Country Wedding ~ Fleur of England Lingerie

May 27, 2016

Fleur of England Allure on Lingerie Briefs

I was only 20 years old when my sister was married at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, but the litany of details that earmarked the occasion absolutely drove me crazy at the time. The piѐce de resistance was when my mother asked me to pick up the monogrammed dinner mints the day before. Upon opening the box, two of them were smudged and I was commissioned to return to the store to have them re-done. My mother’s middle name was perfection. I made up my mind, then and there that I was not dealing with this trivia if I ever chose to marry. Having just returned from a summer in Oxford, I decided that my wedding would emulate an English country garden where carefully curated flower beds reflected an elegant, yet freestyle attitude. (By the way, it never happened that way. My mother had other ideas).

Fleur of England Allure on Lingerie Briefs

From the very first moment that I met Fleur Turner, owner and designer of the Fleur of England lingerie brand, I have identified her work with this bridal fantasy. Luxury intimates, rendered in luscious silks and precious laces are the hallmark of the Fleur of England collections.Each style is cultivated under Fleur’s artful eye. Her work is an embodiment of her English heritage, wholly unique, quintessentially British. Exquisitely rendered with a focus on perfect fit, the final statement is a conservatory of femininity. Though her designs are multi-faceted in their appeal, I have always believed that they are intimate body poetry fit for any bride.

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Ophelia from Fleur of England romper on Lingerie Briefs

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Fleur of England bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

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BRIDAL BRIEFS

There is an alchemy between the Lingerie and Bridal Industries. Both worlds are devoted to the feminine self. The products revealed in this space are about beauty and self-esteem; their purpose to bring pleasure, passion and gratification to a woman’s life. We believe that feeling special is an important element in creating confidence and a sense of well-being. Bridal Briefs pays homage to that quest.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS TO BRIDAL BRIEFS INCLUDE:

 
Ellen Lewis, editor/publisher of Lingerie Briefs
 
Adrine Bimanand, co-owner of Creative Touch Decor Boutique and wedding magazine Plush. Be sure to also check out Adrine’s
Wedding Blog.