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Summer Whites

July 16, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

As much as I am loving the summer, I’m rather looking forward to Fall and all it brings…but wait not so fast.  Let’s talk about the color white, this is the best time of year to wear it, whether it be a crisp cool shirt or an off the shoulder ruffled top (wish I had a dollar for every one of those I see on the street) or anything in crinkled gauze embroidery.  It’s also about to get thoroughly nasty, clammy and exceptionally smelly here in NYC as we approach August, I can feel it and as incongruous as it is to wear white in that scenario, it really does keep you cool and it gives the perception of being clean and put together.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

With white comes a few old rules that seem archaic now, one being you must wear nude underwear when wearing white.  And yes I was one of those people who gawked and sometimes rolled my eyes at women who wore white pants and any color but nude underwear, but I’ve matured, I don’t do that anymore.  In fact, I have a new perspective…. show it all off, throw caution to that summer breeze and wear whatever the hell color you want underneath and you sure as heck shouldn’t care anymore if you straps show.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I have only a few statistics but it’s safe to say strapless bras are selling like hot cakes since the off the shoulder/cold shoulder/bare shoulder look has taken over society.  Why else would Wacoal’s Red Carpet strapless bra have reached a number one position for all bras selling today in the USA? It is the first strapless bra in history to attain this ranking. Convention tells me to suggest a strapless or a bandeau be worn under such looks but I prefer a bra with straps that are in your face, that are pretty and bold, and one of the prettiest for summer is any style from the Avero group by Marie Jo, the “daisy-like” guipure straps are worth showing off.  An equally pretty strap adorns Simone Perele’s Andora Spacer or Demi.

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra on Lingerie Briefs

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration Simone Perele Andora Bra Bra on Lingerie Briefs

If you want to be daring and show more cleavage than your mom raised you to show, I would try one of I.D. Sarrieri’s lace bandeaus such as the Jamais Le Premier or Juliette Dans La Nuit .  Frankly they are somewhat pricey but they are gorgeous, and for all that money, they should have full exposure, I like them worn with a really deep V T-shirt or his favorite button down, not buttoned at all but tied at the waist, it doesn’t get much sexier than that

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration on Lingerie Briefs

I have always admired the blindingly bright shades of Deborah Marquit bras, her fluorescent Persian Lily or French Tulle 50’s bras cry out to be seen in summer, I want to see them peeking from beneath and even through sheer long white shirts to the ankle or perhaps a whisper light sundress made of gauze.  They are the perfect summer accessory.

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration of Deborah Marquit on Lingerie Briefs

Initially nude was not be a color choice for this topic and then I saw the prettiest nude  I’ve seen in a very long time, Spanx has the glorious new Spotlight on Lace group with a high waist brief and a bralet I adore.  But it’s the color that drew me to it, Vintage Rose, a pinky nude you shouldn’t be afraid to show, wear it as “body stocking” layer under a see thru white lace dress and have them guessing is she or isn’t she.Tina Wilson Fashion illustration of Spanx on Lingerie Briefs

It’s summer, it’s sweltering and soon enough you will be wrapped in scarves, bundled in parkas and strutting in boots, now is the time to show off your undies.

 

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In the Realm of Our Senses

June 25, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson sketches Christine Vancouver silk on Lingerie Briefs

Beware…this will be one of those “all over the place” blogs but if I am successful I will spur a bit of sensory curiosity.  Last week I took a chance and registered for a seminar given by Trend Union with the special guest being a fascinating woman named Betony Vernon, a self-described “sexual anthropologist”.  We were a small group who gathered in a West Village Brownstone garden, drinking wine on the nearby river as the sun started its slow descent. I admit I had never heard of Betony but the evening sounded interesting and I thought “why the hell not?”.  Rather than explain who she is, I invite you to google her and explore on your own.  I mention her because she inspired me to get in touch with my senses.

Tina Wilson illustrates silk pajamas from Ginia, Olivia Von Halle and Ascenso on Lingerie Briefs

Betony was wearing the most gorgeous belted pale blue silk pajamas of her own design, and as you got closer to her you could not help but reach out and touch the fabric.  There are many sleepwear brands who focus on buttery silk fabrics that you want to embrace such as Christine Vancouver, NK iMode, Ginia, Asceno and Olivia Van Halle. Touch has become the mantra of all brands and all categories of apparel, everyone wants “soft”, I’m a bit weary of hearing the word soft as if it’s something new and unusual… as if the sense of touch has been heightened in all of us while our other senses suffer.

Tina Wilson illustrates NK iMode on Lingerie Briefs

Lingerie can comfort us, keep us warm, give us modesty and perhaps even prevent shame (the origin of shame was one topic of the evening’s discussion) and last but never least…. be seductive.  What we wear can stimulate our sense of touch and our sense of sight, but why not stimulate our sense of hearing, smell, and taste while we are wearing our intimates?

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Smell is the sense that is most associated with memory.  I have a heightened sense of smell and my mood can be instantly affected by scent.   Ylang Ylang, Rose, Patchouli, Lemon, and Cedarwood are just a few of the intoxicating essential oils I love that chase away the blues.  One can go from morbid to elated when presented with the right scent. There are many oils out there, make sure you go for therapeutic grade, they are unadulterated and pure like Young Living. And no moment is complete without music.  We all have a song we associate with a particular lover, whether it turned out to be a horror story or a love story, and hearing that song can sometimes lead us to rewrite history.  A particular favorite of mine is I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” by Cecile McLorin Salvant and one of the best covers ever…Cassandra Wilson singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In these moments I envision seven pieces of heaven, seven pieces of washed silk charmeuse so soft that if you stood perfectly still they would slide right off your body and on to the floor.  A thigh high slit slip-dress with a sliver of a strap that is tied to be untied, the briefest of briefs and a side draped camisole with a long full leg pant with pockets; we must always have pockets.  For lounging, a shirt that is slightly oversized, to the knee and detailed enough to be mistaken for a blouse.  Never be without a caftan, it will take you from cocktails to slumber if need be.  And last but not least, the wrap, that piece you leave by the side of the bed if you sleep naked; you will thank me once the morning sun comes streaming in;-), as you are having croissants and raspberries in bed, listening to that love song while leaning against your rose stained pillow…..

Respect to those of you who recognize the origin of the title of this blog, you know who you are.

 

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Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson ~ Hosiery’s “Love Child”

May 29, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Seamless intimate apparel is the “lovechild” of hosiery and lingerie. It’s also the name of one of my favorite songs by the Supremes.  I’ve taken note over the years how powerful lingerie companies like Spanx and Commando have entered the hosiery market. Melding the technology of hosiery machines with the design detail of lingerie has become lucrative and without the yarns and technology developed by the hosiery industry shapewear would be all seams and discomfort.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In my early days while I shopped in Europe I was a hosiery junkie, buying Fogal and Wolford hosiery every time I touched down in London or Paris.  These two brands in particular were pioneers and introduced me to luxury for the legs.  I love Fogal for their colors, superb quality and the packaging, I’m a sucker for  beautiful design. I am making a beeline to Fogal’s new Bloomingdales 59TH street NYC shop! I see a boon for smartly colored hose and leggings in the making!

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Wolford was and is on the forefront of technology and price-wise not for the faint of heart. I was in Saks recently ogling their long seamless tube dress, oh to be 6ft tall, skinny and own it in every shade. Wolford is masterful in creating hosiery hybrids to be worn as clothing and accessories, I believe there is still unchartered territory here.

Wolford tube dressing sketched by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

We live in a time of fashion hybrids…pants have skirts attached, camisoles have bras attached, sneakers are part sock, jackets are capes, robes are coverups, pajamas are evening-wear and your pantyhose is your “girdle”…one day your hat will be your glove! No silhouette is sacred, anything goes, it’s exciting and it’s frightening, but change we must, if we as an industry are to survive.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

The machines that produced hosiery are the machines that birthed the machines that produce the endless sea of seamless dressing that is now everyday wear. Though these garments are commonplace , they are not boring.  American brands like Hue, and most recently Free People as well as the gazillion active wear brands are doing a fantastic job of creating leggings, slips, camisoles, and/or activewear using the Santoni technology.

Free People Slip, Hue Seamless shapping & Spanx Hi waisted mid thigh short sketched by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

There was a time not long ago when the hosiery market suffered greatly, many women stopped wearing hosiery and wearing pants became more commonplace at work. I also stopped wearing pantyhose and about 8 years ago started wearing leggings under my dresses, it made me feel more casual and allowed more shoe options. I still have a sock fetish but I want to be lured back to wearing hosiery and I look forward to the innovation some of these brands will put forth, seeing how hosiery brands evolve as our wardrobes become ever more casual is the big challenge…a challenge I believe our American brands and our European allies are up to!

 

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WE WANT ANOTHER REVOLUTION

May 14, 2017

By TINA WILSON

WE WANT ANOTHER REVOLUTION

R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y……say the word out loud. How does it make you feel?  It gives me goosebumps because it describes people who are fearless, radical, avant-garde, inspirational and on the forefront of a movement to make things better for all of us, whether it be political or creative.  I went to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit, and happened upon another exhibit entitled “WE WANT A REVOLUTION”, about Black women artists in the 60’s and 70’s and it made me wonder if I’d ever been a part of a revolution or is my time yet to come.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Revolutionaries are often forgotten or never acknowledged for their contributions, but their impact is nonetheless felt. When we think of shapewear we think of Spanx, but few remember that it was Donna Karan that invented many of the attributes of controlling a woman’s body so tight as to conceal her unwanted flesh…….long before Spanx.  I know because I was there, and to see Donna slip her body into a 10” tube and show you that she can still breath and move is to see passion, obsession and genius at work.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Calvin Klein, a contemporary and a friend of Donna Karan, revolutionized gender based underwear. There are many imitators but it is undisputed that Calvin and his men’s and women’s underwear was and still is…a revolution.  You can debate all day long about whether his early ads with Brooke Shields and Mark Wahlberg or the infamous logo waistband was the genius behind the brand, but I can tell you I will never forget seeing those early photos pinned to his office wall, listening to him as he studied them and planned his empire.

Original Fashion Sketches by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Sometimes a revolution is an idea brought forth by a community of talent, such as the mission  statement behind the success of Wacoal and many of its still standing bras designed years ago….
-To create the highest quality best fitting garment for the American consumer.
-To provide a level of customer service to assure that the consumer gets the correct 
style and size.
-To market and sell this merchandise at regular price every day.

Many of iconic bras by Wacoal were conceptualized by Alan Fisher and his staff of designers, some of the most talented people in our industry. The Awareness and Body by Wacoal Collections in particular have defied time and are still going strong….. an effective revolution never ends.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

A revolution can be started by a retail phenomenon like Victoria’s Secret or a star that wears her underwear on stage like Madonna or creating an iconic thong from lace like Hanky Panky does so masterfully. LaPerla has revolutionized extravagant beauty, and if you doubt me just stop by their store and view the 10K bra made of gold threads. Fashion Forms with Anne Deal at the helm has revolutionized how we hold up and shape our breasts without a bra. And let us not forget Commando.

Time will bear witness to whether online stars like Adore Me or ‘period panty’ innovators like THINX and Skin with their clean aesthetic will be remembered as revolutionary, I sincerely hope they do. I believe we are in urgent need of another revolution…..are you ready to participate or to start your own?

 

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Watch! Met Gala Gowns Illustrated In Real Time

May 3, 2017

By TINA WILSON

See More Tina Wilson fashion illustrations such as her recent ‘Summer Undressing’!

 

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Summer UnDressing

April 30, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I get so revved up about the beach that I start packing long before the first summer weekend begins on Fire Island.  Sharing a beach house with numerous people requires a wee bit of discretion with regard to how much of yourself you let “hang out”, even among the dearest of friends.

Packing for the beach house is a dilemma as I must pack for the summer and leave whatever has been chosen in the house for the duration.  There are different moments at the beach as there are in the city and cooking, lounging, exercising, and socializing require well thought out undergarments. Ultimately beach life is about comfort for the body and soul, so shapewear as we know it is forbidden.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

My predominant roles in the beach house are chef and instigator of political discourse. I love to prepare meals for large groups and go wild with the ingredients and experiment with salty, sweet and savory.  This summer my focus will be on composed salads like Fried Eggplant, Tomato & Peach Salad with Preserved Lemon or Fresh Corn Cakes with Crab Tomato Salad from Food52.  While cooking I like to wear something loose that allows the breeze to touch my skin, as it gets hot in the kitchen even when you aren’t using the oven. Underneath my thousand-year-old T-dress I might wear a bralet. Hanky Panky’s Retro style or b.tempt’d’s Lace Kiss Bandeau both come to mind to retain some semblance of dignity while moving about the kitchen; and along with said bralet, Hanky Panky’s infamous thong.  For the hotter mid-August days, even that might be too much and OnGossamer’s Mesh thong and a camisole like Fleur’ts Lace Shelf or OnGossamer’s Cabana Cotton Shelf Cami with a loose pair of shorts is about as bare as anyone should get while cooking…The other must have while cooking is music, I’m prone to being all over the place but a little Smiths mixed in with some Sade works for me…. and I have not gotten sick of the soundtrack to “Big Little Lives” yet!

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

We have a custom of going to watch the sunset at the town dock before dinner, all the locals come out with cocktails in plastic cups and we fraternize until the sun goes down and we oooohhhh and ahhhhh like we’ve never seen a sunset. This moment in time is your best shot at getting “dressed up” for the weekend, the lipstick comes out and so do the ta-tas.  “Show off” bras like Chantelle’s Merci Underwire Push Up or the be.inspired Underwire Push UP  by b.tempt’d look sexy coming or going respectively; particularly layered with a white shirt or low back tank.  Personally, an underwire is out of the question so Montelle’s Wire Free bra is the better option for me.  This is also where shapewear might appear if at all, and I choose a bike short, which works perfectly under a wispy skirt that might any minute get caught by the wind.  Something in a fun color that won’t look like or feel like shapewear such as Yummie’s Everyday Shaping Shortie is ideal.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In the mornings we must put in the exercise to offset the martini consumption that came the night before and a low impact sport bra for the brisk walks is a must.  Again it’s all about comfort and I have discovered the Evolution bra by Knixwear, it’s in the mail on its way to me and it had better live up to all its promises, in the meantime I will humor myself and pretend a more vigorous activity other than bike riding is a possibility and go for something a bit more supportive during low impact moments like b.tempt’d’s Active Underwire Sports Bra. The beach crowd is not the most athletic crowd but we do have our runners and for them I would suggest Curvy Couture’s Ultimate Fit High Impact.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Whatever I end up packing, be assured it will be a glorious summer filled with a little politics, a little sunning, a lot of wine and some mind blowing salads!

 

 

 

 

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FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

TINA WILSON

 

 
Tina Wilson began her career in intimate apparel graduating from Parsons School of Design after receiving a full scholarship. While in her first design job at Christian Dior Lingerie she was personally selected by as Head Designer to work on the launch of Calvin Klein Underwear, the legendary minimalist brand he created. Tina was and remains the only designer ever hired by Calvin Klein personally for this position.
 
Following 4 successful years at Calvin Klein, Tina joined the Josie Natori Company, where she became the designer for the new contemporary division.  After 5 years with Natori, the opportunity arose to be Design Director for the launch of Donna Karan Intimates. Tina was selected by Donna Karan and worked for the licensee Wacoal America for the next 12 years, where she worked intimately with Donna conceiving, fitting, and merchandising her iconic bras, underwear, shape wear, yogawear and sleepwear.
 
She was the creator of Wacoal’s “Controlfreak”, a new concept of shapewear, designed and fit according to a woman’s body type. It is a patented concept committed to everyday comfort and is the first “custom fit” shapewear brand.
 
Since leaving Donna Karan Intimates at Wacoal, Tina has worked for the largest privately owned intimate apparel company in America, Komar/Carole Hochman designing many of their intimate brands, among them, Ralph Lauren, On Gossamer, Ellen Tracey, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson, Oscar De La Renta and Lucky Brand. She is currently an independent consultant and partner in the company Marronage, specializing in fashion design and illustration.
 
Tina Wilson is a board member of the Underfashion Club, a non profit organization dedicated to awarding scholarships to FIT students in the intimate apparel field. She is known for her personal vision and her commitment to education in fashion.
 
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