By ELLEN LEWIS
I am sitting here this freezing January afternoon, intent on writing a blog about the startling beauty that is Lise Charmel bridal lingerie. I imagine a winter affair; ice, blankets, wine, and romance. I think about the stunning film, Dr. Zhivago and the sensual chemistry that Omar sheriff and Julie Christie stirred in their award winning roles as the star-crossed lovers, Yuri and Lara. And even though the story is one of deprivation, the depth of character and the seductive screen play are a study in elegance. What if fate had not interfered and a wedding had taken place? What would Lara have worn beneath her wedding gown? I imagine that it would be from the Exception Charme Collection; a sexy, sophisticated triumph of lace and silk. I imagine this because, just like the movie, these styles elevate the art of intimate apparel to a level of excellence indefinable but irrefutable. Yes, the Calais lace, and the Swarovski anointed guipure contribute, but it is the famous Lise Charmel fit that endures. More important: when the day recedes into history, these pieces remain keepsakes, a forever token of a splendid memory.
“Our Memories Are The Only Paradise From Which We Can Never Be Expelled”
~ John Paul Richter
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 … Read more
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 brands like I.D. Sarrieri (not having seen this brand in person or knowing the details of the manufacturing process, it’s … 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 design and the intricate construction of each piece. Lace, sculpted into an exquisite wedding gown or draped across a naked … 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 that could be the answer to any bride’s fantasies. I can do this because, in Mexico, the beaches are open … 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 launched The Lingerie Selection Boutique show in 2016 as a way to present capsule brands who wanted to remain specialized … Read more