Fashion Illustrations

By TINA WILSON

“Art has saved my life on a regular basis.” Carrie Mae Weems.

Christine Lingerie illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs: Color My Mood

Art, film, literature, and fashion, they are our storytellers. They are barometers of our mood and mirror our times. I believe the diverse colors and infinite patterns I see all around are in defiance of the current dark tone we face, and are a reflection of us, the humanity and good still within.

Christine Lingerie illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

It’s no coincidence that florals are everywhere, that they keep getting stronger and more complex.  They were abundant at Curve, Interfiliere and currently on the streets.  Flowers make me happy, they make us happy and I for one am craving happiness and hope. Christine owns the floral print on silk.  She takes them and blurs them to muted perfection, she mixes them with fauna, she borders them and displays these works of art on shapes that are fluid and uncomplicated.

Hanro illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs: Color My Mood

Other signs of happiness are geos; abstract and graphic.  Hanro, a brand not known for prints or vibrant color is now dabbling in stripes and patterns that are wearable and timely.  They are interesting enough to compete with nature and restrained enough to be worn inside or out in  the world.  Pluto has dots; bold, and mixed with stripes, the bigger the better.  I’m a sucker for a polka dot, but it must be grounded in black or navy for full effect. I don’t like to mess with multi colored dots and such, they remind me of childrenswear, which is great if you’re 5 years old.

Pluto Lingerie illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Sometimes an array of eclectic colors and a little lace is all you need when you have exquisite workmanship, such is the case with Keep It Silky, a new French brand that is causing a stir with their intricate lace applique and palette.  The construction of each piece is priceless, I turned the garments inside out and frankly I don’t know how they did it, the inside was as pristine as the outside of the garment.

Keep It Silky Lingerie illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs: Color My Mood

Paul Stuart, the iconic menswear brand is coming out with a line of silk robes and pjs for women.  I am struck by the uninhibited palette, and the grand scale of some of the patterns, in particular the butterflies. I love real butterflies but not always printed butterflies, their interpretation can often seem cartoonish. These beauties make me think of “Butterflies Are Free”, a memorable movie from the 70’s starring Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert who play a blind man and the woman he falls for. The title is taken from a line in the Dickens novel “Bleak House”.

Paul Stuart Silk Robes illustrated by Tina M Wilson on Lingerie Briefs: Color My Mood

 “I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.”- Charles Dickens

I believe we all can agree that we need more art, more colors, more diversity, more beautiful words and that we all want to feel free……..Peace and Happy Spring

Artists quotes illustration by Tina Wilson for Lingerie Briefs: Color My Mood

 

 


By TINA WILSON

Bordelle Bondage on Lingerie Briefs illustrated by Tina Wilson

I hope to come back in my next life as a movie critic AND a costume designer.  I see lots of films; mainstream films, art house films and I attend film festivals.  I love the escape and I love the visual stimulation that comes with a great film. I often imagine while watching a movie how I would dress a particular character better than the actual designer on the set.  So when I set out to write this blog I wanted to bond intimate apparel and film.  What better way than bondage and S&M?   Bordelle was the obvious choice.

Bordelle Bondage on Lingerie Briefs illustrated by Tina Wilson

Bordelle’s bondage inspired underpinnings defy conventional construction and they defy conventional attitudes on bondage.  The beauty of what they create takes it well beyond the original intent and … Read more


Warrior Women

By TINA WILSON

Fashion Illustration Anita Active by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I remember the first time I entered Paragon Sporting Goods, the iconic purveyor all things athletic and adventurous.  I came to NYC very young, to go to Parsons School of Design. NYC was raw and creative, it was filthy, even a bit dangerous and I lived on Union Square a block from Paragon.  It was heaven and I want to go back in time, I miss it terribly.   We were “warriors”, my roommates and I and I am happy to say we all survived the mean streets, the early morning club hopping, the all night binges on whatever and the dating scene. So a few weeks ago when I entered the store for the first time in ages, a million memories flooded my senses.  Memories of looking … Read more


By TINA WILSON

The queen of the bodysuit back in 92’ B.S. (before Spanx) was Donna Karan.  Oh how I wish she was around to shake things up now like she did then.  I had the great fortune to work on DK Intimates bodysuits and shapewear, to see her squeeze into them, to watch her drape them on the models, and to debate with her the merits of crotch snaps vs. no snaps for bathroom ease (a battle I lost btw).

It was a special time, when a few key brands were giving birth to the foundations of the bodysuit we know today. And while Donna’s influence still lingers, there are some noteworthy brands shaking things up and moving the bodysuit forward.

Salon de la Lingerie took place this past … Read more


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