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Lace Art ~ Maison Lejaby Bridal Lingerie

July 5, 2017

Ellis wedding dress featured on Lingerie Briefs

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 design and the intricate construction of each piece. Lace, sculpted into an exquisite wedding gown or draped across a naked body engenders the essence of femininity. These styles are a reflection of the detail and vision on which a bride focuses on her wedding day.

Maison Lejaby OUI bridal collection on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Lejaby OUI bridal collection on Lingerie Briefs detail

Maison Lejaby OUI bridal lingerie collection on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Lejaby OUI bridal lingerie collection on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Lejaby OUI bridal lingerie collection on Lingerie Briefs

 

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A Cabo Wedding ~ NK iMode

June 13, 2017

Georgina Ivory bridal slip from NKiMode on Lingerie Briefs

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 that could be the answer to any bride’s fantasies. I can do this because, in Mexico, the beaches are open everywhere to the public, even at hotels. But no matter how basic or extravagant, there seems to be one common denominator; a casual and colorful flavor orchestrated by clear light and endless water. It’s also very common to see a group of bridesmaids ensconced under an umbrella sipping margaritas while celebrating a friend’s upcoming nuptial. Of course, based on the young couples seaside, it’s clear this is a honeymoon paradise too.  The NKiMode brand has always been a source for both sexy and sweet bridal collections as well as their signature color rich sleepwear. But this season their legacy for quiet elegance is exquisite. I decided it was worth sharing here.

Georgina Ivory bridal slip from NKiMode on Lingerie Briefs

Bridal Briefs on Lingerie Briefs

Annabella Miss Behave chemise from NKiMode on Lingerie Briefs

Jennie Karges photography (cake) and Bridal Briefs on Lingerie Briefs

NKiMode Morgan and Corazon silk slips on Lingerie Briefs

Bridal Briefs on Lingerie Briefs

NKiMode Annabella Naughty Chemise on Lingerie Briefs

NKiMode Victoire Balconet chemise on Lingerie Briefs

Cuadra San Francisco Wedding carriage rides on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Beyond the Wedding ~ The Giving Bride

May 30, 2017

Annasul Y. Wedding Dress on Lingerie Briefs

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 launched The Lingerie Selection Boutique show in 2016 as a way to present capsule brands who wanted to remain specialized and loyal to their design instincts. Every season, I make a point to review these lines, because it only takes one discovery to change the mojo of any great retail venue.  These pieces draped in silk and detailed with the finest laces, are beautiful additions to a bridal lingerie inventory. The wonderful aspect of The Giving Bride is that these styles have purpose beyond wedding apparel.  Perhaps, at retail, they are the icing on the cake, but to the woman who owns them, they have an uncanny way of infiltrating her entire wardrobe.

the Giving Bride cami & tap pant & wedding cake photo by Chantal Routhier on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

The Giving Bride Bridal Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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“I Will Marry You” to “I Do” ~ Simone Perele Lingerie

April 24, 2017

Simone Perele bridal corset and panty on Lingerie Briefs

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 Simone Pérѐle strapless bras, alone, have long been heralded for their excellence in fashion and form. But, beyond the wedding dress itself, Simone Pérѐle has recognized the enormous merchandising opportunity at their fingertips. So, we thought we would give a little highlight of lingerie from “yes, I will marry you until “I do”

The Engagement

Simone Perele bridal bra panty on Lingerie Briefs

The Dress

Simone Perele on Lingerie Briefs

Simone Perele bridal bras on Lingerie Briefs

The Bachlorette Celebration and the Bridal Shower 

Simone Perele on Lingerie Briefs

The Wedding Party

Photos from Style Me Pretty on Lingerie Briefs

Simone Perele on Lingerie Briefs

I Do

 

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Renewing Vows ~ Eberjey Bridal Lingerie

March 3, 2017

my wedding ring Lingerie Briefs

Last December my husband finally convinced me to replace my wedding band. I hadn’t worn it in some time because the simple gold band that I had purchased with him in Florence during our honeymoon (don’t ask) no longer fit comfortably. I am not a person of tradition and didn’t care to spend the money because, after 36 years of marriage, why does it matter? But one day in Cabo last December, he propelled me into a jewelry store “just for fun”. I decided to appease him and try on rings. Fast forward and I finally acquiesced. The most surprising thing: I actually love it, love wearing it; can’t explain it, but it just feels right. I also had the same pre-conceived notion about people who renew their wedding vows. I never saw the point. But here’s what I know now. It’s much more meaningful to celebrate a marriage that has endured with friends of substance than to make a big show of it before time has proven viability.

Eberjey bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

This was the very thought I had when I reviewed Eberjey’s bridal collections for spring 2017, a seasonal celebration of their brand DNA. They have revisited their heritage, renewing their emphasis on bralet and panty designs and created a perfect flow of dreamy bridal lingerie that works for bridal showers, trousseau and honeymoon gifts. Designed with the casual prettiness of the Eberjey style, all these pieces are primed for lifelong memories. They happily state Marry Me, I Do, Kiss the Bride and Love Always.

Eberjey bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Eberjey bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Eberjey bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Eberjey bridal lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Eberjey I Do Teddy on Lingerie Briefs

 

 

 

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Modern Bridal Beauty ~ ADORN des dessous

January 17, 2017

ADORN is a fresh new luxury bridal lingerie brand launching this Spring. I first became acquainted with founder, Adrine Bimanand several years ago when she introduced me to her bridal accessory company, Creative Touch. Her insight into the wedding business led to several blogs that she penned for us here on Lingerie Briefs. Subsequently, Adrine has created a beautiful capsule collection of key styles of wedding lingerie, bras, panties, garters and sleep pieces. Her designs, all executed in luxury laces and silk georgette are modern examples of the underpinnings that a contemporary bride might desire: delicate white intimates embraced in lace with a nod to Swarovski.

Adorn lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Garter belt from Creative Touch 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.