Briefs

Everyday, Pretty Hot

2009-08-fn-mad-men-joanWhat would you imagine that Christina Hendricks (aka Joan Holloway), the sassy femme fatale of the award winning TV series, Mad Men, is wearing under her iconic 1950’s dress?  My guess is this retro inspired slip  from On Gossamer.  I have become a real fan of this extraordinarily well written and superbly staged new drama that harks back to a time in history when women were just on the brink of claiming their own identities. Even though “Joanie” is introduced to the story as the sexpot office manager who knows her place, she evolves as the plot progresses into the critical administrative control in the company infrastructure.   Perhaps her lingerie gives her the sexy confidence to embrace who she is.

 Besides the fact that every single detail; props, costumes, and historical references included, is 100% true to the era, there is a very … Read more


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Old is New Again

39stepsLast week I had the opportunity to see the very funny theatrical re-incarnation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, The 39 Steps, at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.  This award winning show manages to take an established dramatic thriller and re-invent it as a comical tour de force:  yet, it never deviates from the original script. Acknowledging several references to Hitchcock classics, this plot of espionage and murder is transformed into a brand new story by a cast of four extraordinary actors playing multiple roles at breakneck speed.  I also have to say that having Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton sitting six rows in front of me upped the whole energy level.   As the iconic Peter Allen lyrics profess, “Everything old is new again.”

The whole character of this matinee revival, pre war costumes and props included, reminds me of Wacoal’s new Retro Read more


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Something in the Air

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Thanksgiving is over. We are on the cusp of December.  There is a transformation at this time of year. The air is crisp, clean and clear. The winter solstice is near.  In N.Y.C., the Rockettes kick their way through a seamless parade of wooden soldiers at Radio City Music Hall; dancers soar through gravity defying moves in the traditional Nutcracker Suite Ballet at Lincoln Center and the famous Christmas tree, glowing with 30,000 lights,   rises to breathtaking heights at Rockefeller Center. Searching for the perfect gift becomes a national pastime.  We are enmeshed in a light hearted spirit that we wear freely without restraint.  The holiday season has officially begun.

What better embodies this winter celebration than the launch of the new Aire thong from cosabella-cos001-aire3zl-gsCosabella.  Introducing an innovative new construction, this panty is part of an underwear collection that is laser cut around … Read more


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Less is More

janet-yuIt’s a great time of year to shop the Lingerie stores in NYC  to get trend direction and see innovative new product.   Last week, I took my camera to Soho and visited the usual suspects, including Kiki De Montparnasse, Agent Provocateur, Eres, and La Perla.  When it comes to exquisite lingerie, each with their own distinctive profile, these stores are inspirational, but the discovery of Jean Yu’s tiny shop and atelier (named 37=1) on Crosby Street was particularly thought provoking.  Jean’s  hand made limited edition designs are draped in airy light diaphanous silk fabrics.  The ethereal result embraces one of this year’s major lingerie themes: sheer architecture.  janet-yu-night-gownCreated in soft,  pale cosmetic colors, these minimalist garments are pure lingerie art.  Clean geometric patterns are defined by finely sewn seams, narrow ribbons and hand finished edges. The absence of lace, padding … Read more


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The Icing On The Cake

cup resizeIt’s November. It is getting cold and Thanksgiving is coming.  In my house this means it is time to bake my mother’s famous holiday cookies.  This used to be a favorite pastime in my family and a great way to occupy my kids as the days shortened and temperatures dropped.  But I have to admit, that lately, I am more inclined to cozy up near the fire and let someone else do the work.  I thought I might get away with it this year, but yesterday; my sister gave me my marching orders.  I am responsible for providing the dessert at thanksgiving dinner.  It’s too bad I can’t transfer these delicious looking cupcakes from this adorable PJ Salvage pajama and be done with it.PJScupcakepj23x5

This is the quintessential comfort pajama with its slightly worn, vintage appeal; but it’s the details that make it an indulgence … Read more


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Technical Beauty

I am a figure skating aficionado having spent many hours in ice rinks while my daughter pursuedMichelleKwan her youthful dream of becoming an ice skating star.  We have been watching the current figure skating Grand Prix in anticipation of this year’s Olympic team.  Figure skating is a beautiful and enchanting sport.  Elegant costumes, rapturous music and exquisite moves across the ice belie the hours of practice and physical endurance required to produce a flawless result. A perfect performance is creative, graceful and appears effortless. The audience is never aware of the expertise and skills that support the final product. 

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 It is exactly this combination of artistry and technical appeal that makes the  Simone Perele lingerie brand so special.  I am struck by the orchestration of delicate laces, modern fabrics and alluring designs that are constructed to fit a contemporary woman comfortably through out her busy … Read more


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