Briefs

Remain Ageless

Copy2of2u9lg821When I saw this purple plaid version of the Demi Desire bra and panty set from b.tempt’d, it brought to my mind heather fields and Scottish moors. It ignited a childhood memory.

As a young girl, I used to go to Broadway shows in lieu of having birthday parties.  One of my favorite memories is the mist filling the stage in the Lerner and Lowe musical, Brigadoon. This lyrical salute to a mystical place in the Scottish Highlands where time stood still filled my youthful fantasies of love and temptation.  I may be at a wiser place in life, but the ageless message of eternal youth still remains very seductive.     But, now, it is a state of mind.

  This molded demi-contour underwire bra (953158) and matching bikini bottom (943158) is part of a new contemporary collection created for a young … Read more


Be-Witched!

libby rabbitThis is my dog, Libby, dressed as a bunny rabbit for the Halloween parade at the Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Pfest in Virginia. She won first prize for the cutest costume. I know she does not look too pleased, since she probably would have preferred the accolade for the sexiest attire in the contest.  After all, dressing like a bunny for Halloween should evoke sensual and feminine images that border on the state of provocative as well as adorable.  But I just could not find a corset that fit her.

However, since corsets are such an important lingerie trend this year AND a great enhancement to a variety of Halloween costumes, I thought I would let you know about a phenomenal corsetiere that I have recently discovered, Playgirl London by Kinnaird. All of Playgirl corsets are hand crafted in England by trained and qualified corsetieres. Constructed … Read more


Eternal Seduction

IMG00036-20090925-1129 (2)Jonathan Swift wrote:  “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”     Walking on East 33rd Street in NYC last week, I happened upon this vision of a woman’s dress in the shop window of Alpine Creative Services.  The designer, Rubin Singer, has managed to deconstruct a classic shape and render it new by the unexpected manipulation of a basic material.  It is sculpted completely from pieces of paper.  Using folds, pleats, ruffles and textures, a completely modern garment has been created.  The white color allows the form to retain its virginal history while its very essence, paper, forces us to recognize its vulnerability.  It intrigues me because it captures the eternal seduction of beautiful lingerie.  It also embodies some of the intelligence that my colleagues in the Trend Analysis profession are forecasting for Intimates in 2010.  We see here a capsule … Read more


In the Zone

ny-yankeesIt is October in New York. The New York Yankees are in the post season playoffs and I have become a devotee by default.  The men in my life are obsessed.  One of the lessons this iconic American sport teaches is to perform at top levels, an athlete needs to be “in the zone”.   That means feeling comfortable in your own skin and having the confidence to believe you can do it.  Digging deep to find your best stuff requires proper preparation.  You can’t train well if you don’t have the right equipment.

 That is why I am so enamored by Shock Absorber, Europe’s number one sport’s bra brand.  Understanding the differences in the female form as it powers through a variety of sports is the hallmark of this label. Recognizing the way exercise enables a woman’s self esteem connects this product with the … Read more


Challenge Boundaries

okeefeWhen I was an Art History major at The University of Pennsylvania, I learned that color and shape are very powerful tools.   One of my favorite artists was Georgia O’Keefe, a master with this medium.  She challenged the boundaries of American Art.  O’Keefe’s genius was her ability to focus on the detail of an object and magnify it so that it became the entire message. Sometimes it was the simple outline of a flower petal; sometimes it was the color of the petal itself.  Her paintings were intimate, feminine and very modern.  She was a pioneer in the Art world.

 I was reminded of this when I saw the Midnight Collection last week at The Carole Hochman Design Group in N.Y C.  Carole has taken her vision of an ageless contemporary woman and created a sexy sleepwear collection in a soft modal fabric that … Read more


Hidden Treasure

nm_indiana_jones_080517_mnA few days ago, I visited my friend Adrienne’s lingerie boutique, Adrienne Clarisse in Libertyville, Illinois.  After spending time perusing the sophisticated and sensual merchandise she carries, I was reminded of one of my all time favorite movies, Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark. Besides the fact that Harrison Ford’s dual identity of erudite professor and heroic adventurer fulfilled my youthful fantasies of the perfect man, I was completely absorbed in his quest for the hidden treasure.

 Adrienne Clarisse  is a feminine parallel.  It is a beautiful balance between fulfilling a woman’s everyday lingerie basics while addressing her private passions.  Searching through the relaxing and intimate environment  I found little treasures hidden everywhere.  This elegant shop invites a woman to pursue her most essential needs as a personal gift to herself.    Adrienne’s philosophy is that a woman should be entitled to … Read more


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