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.
“Figuring Out What the Next Big Trend Is Tells Us What We Should Focus On” Mark Zuckerberg
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
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 … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Given my background in the lingerie industry (having owned the luxury lingerie boutique Faire Frou Frou for nearly a decade), it’s not uncommon for people to still ask where I shop for lingerie or which brands I recommend. This particularly held true this holiday season, as friends and colleagues were in search of the perfect gift for the special lady in their life. It turns out that the one brand I consistently recommended was Eberjey. And rightly so! This brand appeals to me on several levels, but it really comes down to the fact that Eberjey has a delightful balance of designs that are flirty and sexy, but also practical and comfortable. It’s youthful, but works for practically any age; a romper or bralette/panty for the younger customer, a robe or pajama … Read more