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Whimsical Parisian Chic ~ Chantal Thomass SS2017

February 20, 2017

By ALSION CONNOLLY

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

If there’s any lingerie designer that understands the value of pulling out all the stops for a seasonal campaign, it’s Chantal Thomass!  For as long as I can recall (perhaps the last 10 years?), the eponymous French lingerie brand has teamed with the incomparable Ellen von Unwerth to create its editorial campaigns.  Each year, new collections are presented in full glamour with often coquettish, whimsical images.  In fact, most years, the models sport the signature Chantal Thomass square-cut blunt hairstyle and crimson lips (which is only seen in the product shots this year, as you will see in the one example I included at the end of this post).

This season, for Spring/Summer 2017, we see a collection of images that are reminiscent of a fairy tale.  In fact, as you visit the designer’s website you are greeted with the line “Once upon a time, in the kingdom of delight…”.  There are stylistic references to Alice in Wonderland and The Princess and the Pea in these photos, once again captured by Ellen von Unwerth (modeled by Nataliya Bulycheva).  Many of the classic shapes we have seen in previous seasons are reinvented here in new colors and include surprising new details.  Of course, there are also many new shapes and completely new details that make this season wonderfully fresh too.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting with Chantal Thomass when I visited the Salon International de la Lingerie (she knew who I was, thanks to a conversation she had with Dita von Teese…I loved hearing that!).  Without question, she embodies the spirit of her brand and the essence of Parisian chic.  Since 1975 she has been creating bold, indulgent lingerie that still reigns as the example of what glamorous lingerie can and should be.  I look forward to many more years of seeing her artistic vision evolve (as she has so beautifully over the years) and for her brand to continue to inspire!

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Chantal Thomass Lingerie Campaign on Lingerie Briefs

Photographer: Ellen VON UNWERTH
Stylist: Lara CVIKLINSKI
Hair Stylist: Alexandry COSTA
Make-Up Artist:  Alice GHENDRIH
Model: Nataliya BULYCHEVA
Props: Marcel VAN DOORN

 

 

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In My Element ~ Corporelle Lingerie

February 13, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Corporelle Lingerie On Lingerie Briefs

I recently attended a workshop for a fascinating new concept called Fashion Feng Shui.  At the heart of this practice you learn why you purchase the clothes you purchase, why you purchase certain items and never wear them, and you learn which fashion element best represents your true style and how to use that element to select future fashion purchases.  That’s basically the super abbreviated version of what Fashion Feng Shui is all about, and I couldn’t help but think of how it applies to the brands I feature here on Lingerie Briefs (and if you’re interested in learning about the full concept, visit The Life Styled).  Without going into detail about all 5 elements, the element I best represent is Metal, which means I am drawn toward luxurious and/or high quality brands that are structured and typically free from patterns.  It makes perfect sense when I think back on so many of my favorite brands.  It also explains why I was drawn toward the label Corporelle.

Corporelle is a niche brand of intimate apparel founded by Russian art critic Ksenia Rechenskaya and French artist Jacques Rousseaux.   The collections center around designs that equal in comfort and sensuality, and aim to revive the lost art of intimates manufacturing in Saint Petersburg, Russia (which was once the historical center of the lingerie industry during the Imperial Era).  All of its fine fabrics are sourced from France resulting in styles that are simple yet incredibly sensual.  It is evident that the creative forces behind Corporelle want to inject the erotic into the everyday.  This is apparent once you see their most recent look book images, and even more apparent when you take a look at their art-filled Instagram.

The following images are from their most recent collection, which should hopefully start popping up in boutiques worldwide this year!

Corporelle Lingerie On Lingerie Briefs

Corporelle Lingerie On Lingerie Briefs

The Sun was Shining at Surf Expo Although swimwear isn’t on most people’s minds in the middle of January, that’s exactly what I was thinking about when I attended the Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida last week. The trade show that caters to the Surf industry is attended by a variety of swimwear manufacturers and they were eager to unveil the latest styles delivering March and into the summer months. Models stepped out onto the catwalk with a show of confidence and celebration for styles that the industry carefully introduced the year prior. While 2016 had only tentatively stuck in its pinky toe into the uncertain waters of high necklines and high waists, 2017 is diving into their depths with fortitude. We have discovered that a high neckline adds length to the torso and in doing so, achieves a slimming appearance. Meanwhile, nostalgic cuts of high waist bottoms offer an air of sophistication, while conveniently concealing any evidence of savory overindulgences acquired during the recent holidays. Our desire to look good has surpassed any concern over the possibility of the awkward tan lines that these styles might accidently provide and thus, designers are now free to express themselves without creative limitations. Cut outs, monokinis, straps and extra strings abound. Textured fabrics play an important role, not only in lace and mesh overlays, but in three-dimensional fabrics as well. Ruffles and intricate embroidery offer their romantic influences, particularly on full piece swimsuits, which continue to become more prevalent in most brands. The color palette is saturated with shades of denim blue, cobalt blue and aqua. A variety of warmer hues of oranges, yellows and nudes also thrive. An inclination towards solid and tonal colors is common while in prints, rich floral designs particularly of Asian or African influence pop against black or white backgrounds. Rose gold enriches and embellishes and working zippers are plentiful. Fringe and tassels provide movement and a sense of freedom and lightheartedness. The swimwear industry’s New Year’s Resolution has been spoken with confidence and conviction. 2017 promises to make every women step into the sun with the same confidence and glamour that graced the catwalks at this January’s Surf Expo. by Kimberly Berger of Lion’s Lair Boutique

 

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Dandyesque Dress Code ~ Maison Marcy

February 6, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

I sure do appreciate a brand that has personality.  I also appreciate a brand that incorporates adorable canines into their campaigns.  That’s where the brand Maison Marcy captured my attention.  Within moments of seeing their first image, I knew I needed to see more.  This is perhaps the first brand I’ve personally featured in the Gallery that designs for both men and women; it’s actually much harder for me to generate interest in men’s loungewear, which made me appreciate the work of Maison Marcy that much more.

This Belgium brand was established in 2012, and specializes in pajamas and loungewear with a “dandyesque” style and a “cool elegance.”  It’s preppy and luxurious without taking itself too seriously.   In fact, it is perhaps the very first upscale brand that has featured dogs wearing its designs!  The range includes a variety of colors and patterns, made using the finest Pima cotton, poplins, and satin.  Of course the designs have classic PJ finishing touches like contrast piping, mother-of-pearl buttons and special embroideries.  All of the pajamas are menswear-inspired, and have a hint of Cary Grant / Audrey Hepburn elegance injected with the quirky style of a Wes Anderson film.  The current season is more specifically influenced by Ivy League dress codes (think “Dead Poets Society”) and seventies love films like “The Way We Were” and “Love Story”.

Hopefully you will have as much fun as I did looking through these campaign images!

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie BriefsWith my favorite breed, a shiba inu!

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

Maison Marcy pajamas for men and women on Lingerie Briefs

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Cheeky, Indeed! ~ Le Petit Trou

January 30, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

I must admit, when I think of Polish lingerie brands, I can’t help but think of utilitarian styles and the typical product photography that accompanies them. I feel bad generalizing like that, but it’s simply been my experience.  Which is why I was completely surprised that a brand I had been admiring from afar, Le Petit Trou, was indeed Polish!  Granted, the French name threw me off, and if you aren’t aware of what it translates to, it’s the little opening (cheeky!).

Last week the brand took part in the “Uncover” portion of the Salon International de la Lingerie.  Uncover showcases emerging talent and mainstream lingerie designers that are fashion-forward and standout due to their creativity. My colleague Ellen was lucky enough to swing by the booth and take a peek at what’s new, and fortunately received these images showcasing the latest collection.

Le Petit Trou is a very sensual, romantic lingerie brand that prides itself in creating comfortable, affordable luxury.  You will notice that many of the bras are wireless, and always unpadded.  Additionally, nearly all designs are made using transparent materials like ultra-fine fishnet or lace.  Also, true to its name, many of the panties have a sexy cut-out detail at the back!  We are excited to see this brand grow its retail presence, and look forward to seeing which U.S. retailers pick it up this season!

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie BriefsMarabou Slippers, my favorite!

Le Petit Trou lingerie at Salon de la Lingerie on Lingerie Briefsat last week’s Salon de la Lingerie 

 

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Walk This Way ~ Marabou Slippers

January 23, 2017

by ALISON CONNOLLY

For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to marabou slippers. You know the ones; the high heel boudoir slipper with the flirty little puff of feathers or fur at the toe. I recall when I was 6 years old and being at a girlfriend’s house whose mother owned a pair of these slippers in white. You bet I was taking any chance I could get to play dress-up in those shoes!

Fast forward many years later when I opened my own lingerie boutique, and of course one of my very first orders was for the Fifi Chachnil TraLaLa marabou mules. They became a mainstay decoration in my shop, often photographed by visitors, and eventually became one of the few keepsakes I ended up keeping when we sold the business. Even while I owned the boutique, I often ogled at the boudoir slipper styles sold at Agent Provocateur, and considered buying a pair simply to wear as shoes to wear to work at my shop (never happened since I couldn’t justify the cost of the purchase).

Now that I am a work-from-home social media consultant, my day-to-day lifestyle doesn’t factor in the glamour of wearing high heel marabou shoes around the house. I actually had a pair of soft flat slippers with a little fuzzy puff ball at the toes, but my co-worker Zoe (the naughty Shiba Inu) ate them.
Luckily, there’s a new, more modern (and daresay, casual) version of the marabou shoe that I am thrilled to have discovered. It’s even something I can wear out and about; the marabou sandal. I just ordered a pair of Cape Robbin sandals online this week and eagerly await their arrival! It’s a way to bring a bit of that old glamour into my routine once more, and I envision days of errands, work and meetings wearing these fun little shoes. Or I may just feel ridiculous in them, and keep them stored next to my pristine Fifi Chachnil heels. We shall see!

Agent Provocateur slippers
Fifi Chahcnil slippers from my former boutique

Beautiful slippers by Maguy de Chadirac

Deeasjer slippers and Shelley Winters showing off her adorable pom pom flats

Darling marabou heels from Deeasjer



Slippers from Oysho I had been recently coveting, but were sold out.

The Cape Robbin sandals/slippers I just purchased!

 

 

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Thrill Me! ~ Dottie’s Delights

January 16, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

There really is nothing so thrilling as when your favorite lingerie designer pairs up with your favorite model; the combination is magical!  The recent collaboration between lingerie brand Dottie’s Delights and vintage style icon Miss Mosh is a match made in heaven.  This is perhaps the third time the two have collaborated, and once again you can see why they were made for one another.  In fact, many of the designs from the current look book were inspired by vintage pieces from Miss Mosh’s personal vintage boudoir collection.

Each of these Dottie’s Delights pieces has delightful details that set it apart from other midcentury vintage-inspired brands.  For instance, there’s the New Look Bralette made with perfectly-placed grosgrain ribbon covering the breasts, the Elsa Pocket Petticoat with mirror novelty pockets à la Elsa Schiaparelli, and the Pomperoo Bed Jacket with dotted veil shoulders and velvet trims!  It almost seems as though Dottie’s Delights designer Stephanie Kuhr wants to take each of her designs one step further than anyone else, and searches to add that finishing touch that transforms her work from beautiful to jaw-dropping inspiring.  Many of the items being produced in this collaboration are made-to-order, and custom inquiries about special sizes are also welcome.  It makes owning a piece from Dottie’s Delights all the more gratifying!   I can only hope that this collaboration continues, and judging from what will be the guaranteed success of this collection, the odds are in our favor!

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Miss Mosh in Dotties Delights Vintage Inspired Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Featured Designers Gallery

 
 
This Gallery is a visual harbor of interesting details from inside the world of lingerie as well as beyond its boundaries. From Indie Designers to Established Brands, we feature garments that are usually cutting edge and/or timeless in their design of intimate apparel.

 
Occasionally included are images just to make you smile!
 
 
CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
 

 
 
ALISON CONNOLLY (aka Alison Rubke), Social Media Manager of Lingerie Briefs since June 2015. Alison was formerly co-founder/owner of the luxury lingerie boutique Faire Frou Frou and authored the blog: Frou Frou Fashionista. She now manages a variety of individual and business accounts on various social media platforms and is a regular contributor/author on Lingerie Briefs.
 
ELLEN LEWIS, Publisher/Editor Lingerie Briefs