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Coachella Vibes ~ Morgan Lane

April 24, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

What started as writing a blog post turned into putting together a wish list of lingerie and loungewear that I can’t live without.  This collection of covet-worthy items on my radar is from NYC-based designer Morgan Lane.

This youthful (i.e. 20-30 something year old) brand is packed with personality, and offers a cheeky take on what’s meant to be “your special secret underneath it all”.  But don’t mistake that playfulness for a lack of sophistication, because each piece is made with impeccable attention to detail using luxurious fabrics and overseen by a designer who has made Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” list.

The brand’s founder Morgan Curtis earned her stripes working for her mother (renowned fashion designer) Jill Stuart, and has since moved on to become a finalist in the sleepwear category for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund with her own label.  In just a few years, this brand has gone from its inception to being a staple in major luxury retailers like Selfridge’s, Le Bon Marche and online shops like Shopbop and Modus Operandi (just to name a few).

The following images are from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which introduces swimwear to the mix.  Many of the images are from its New York Fashion Week debut, which showcases a collection that’s both psychedelic and dreamy.   It might just be the timing of this post, but I’m definitely getting Coachella vibes from this new season, and am also wonderfully impressed!

(Note: the header image is from the SS16 collection, but just too pretty not to include here; visit the designer’s website to see previous seasons, each of which inspiring).

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Morgan Lane Lingerie & Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsThe brand’s mascot Lanie with sleep mask designer/collaborator Amanda Fatherazi

ML SS17 With SlowMo from Morgan Lane on Vimeo.

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Couture Icon ~ Carine Gilson

April 16, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Whenever I’m in need of lingerie inspiration, my go-to brand is Carine Gilson.  Even though fashion styles come and go, Carine Gilson’s designs remain a constant; which is a good thing considering her works are costly enough to be considered “investment pieces”.

If you’re familiar with the concept of luxury lingerie, then you are undoubtedly familiar with this brand.  In fact, Carine’s eponymous label is the industry standard upon which many other luxury designers measure themselves.  In reality there are only a handful of designers that are fortunate to stand upon the Carine Gilson pedestal, but none of them have surpassed her (yet) in longevity.

This made-to-measure label was founded in 1990, with its first boutique opening in Paris in 2004 (in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, no less).  Since then, the brand has established itself as the leading expert in luxury lingerie craftsmanship.  Each season brings us a unique color palette of hand-dyed Lyon silk that is often paired with Calais or Chantilly lace.  Carine’s lace work is the hallmark of her label, and often what makes her pieces instantly recognizable.

The current Summer 2017 season presents a refreshing citrusy color story of golden mimosa and brilliant purple cassis.  We also see some sumptuous options in classic black, vanilla and even a soft-blush metallic material (Lurex).  See the brand in motion…

Shop (or simply covet) the current season, as well as last year’s looks on the Carine Gilson website.

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Caribbean Dreaming – Kriss Soonik Loungerie

April 10, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

I have been a fan of the Kriss Soonik brand for years (even carried the label in my former boutique) so it’s a pleasure to have this platform to be able to share the current collection! The new SS17 season adds sparkle and shine to the familiar styles we love, and also introduces a few new shapes such as the sporty-looking Ilona group. The latest campaign, Caribbean Dreaming, shows us the playful styling options of Kriss Soonik and its appeal as lingerie-as-outerwear.  As usual, we are presented with images that are playful and cheeky, but this season seems especially fun.  The designer’s intent was to create something that reminds us to celebrate the small joys in life.  Kriss shares that “When you just don´t have the time for a vacation, you can always create your own sunshine. Take time off in small portions and enjoy these small fun moments in life. We always want more but sometimes we just have to make the most of what we already have.”  Playing dress-up and acting silly in lingerie are a fine example of doing just that! We might not be able to run off and relax in the Caribbean anytime we want, but no one can stop us from dreaming!  Just slip into the new arrivals from Kriss Soonik and let your imagination whisk you away!

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Team credits:
Photographer: Sandra Palm
Model: Mari-Liis @EMA
Styling: Johanna Eenma
Hair/make-up: Nele Pandis
Location: Tallinn Botanic Garden

 

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Youth, Beauty & Strength ~ Studio Pia

April 3, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

It is my pleasure to introduce Studio Pia; a luxury lingerie brand that represents beauty on many levels.  The obvious allure is visually represented in its debut collection (made up of three ranges featured here), and its not-so-obvious beauty is revealed in its ethical design/manufacturing process.

Founded by Pia Conaghan in 2016, Studio Pia established itself as an ethically-crafted label based in the UK.  The company’s ethical ethos is to create eye-catching lingerie while minimizing the environmental impact of its products.  This means that its organic fabrics are sourced from factories that create cruelty-free silk (look up ‘peace silk’ if you aren’t familiar), its tags and marketing materials are from recycled products, and its manufacturing process is run by local London artisans to help support their national economy.

The three new groups from Studio Pia’s debut collection are Liana, Bella and Adria, which respectively mean youth, beauty and strength.  The Liana group, with its illusion of jungle embroidery, is inspired by the paintings of post-Impressionist artist Henri Rousseau.  The Bella group is all about indulgence, and enveloping the body in fully silk-lined luxury.  Lastly, the Adria group is cheeky and playful with its peek-a-boo contrast panels of silk and tulle in brilliant ‘jungle green.’  It even includes a pocketed mastectomy bra style, which gives yet another example of the designer’s thoughtful design process. All of these styles were created to be investment pieces that flatter a wide array of body types. Studio Pia is a wonderful example of how ethical, sustainable luxury products can be created without compromise.

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Explore the Avant-Garde ~ Murmur Lingerie

March 27, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Perhaps the first (or only) lingerie brand that comes to mind when I consider the term avant-garde is Murmur.  For the last few years, Romanian designer Andreea Bădală has been creating standout collections of luxury prêt-a-porter with a risqué  lingerie twist.  The lines between the two are completely blurred in such a way to give the customer the freedom to wear pieces as either innerwear or outerwear.  The brand is perhaps best known for its minimalist, soft bondage aesthetic, and certainly makes for great editorial or performance pieces for talents such as Beyoncé, Madonna and Lady Gaga.  Each season features a monochrome collection with either corset or garter strap details, but often presented in a new and unusual light.  You can see glimmers of where the designer gets her inspiration from 1940s and 50s silhouettes.

As you will see in these images, which represent both the classic and SS17 groups, most of the pieces are starting points for a fantastic wardrobe.  We love the versatility of being able to build a show-stopping wardrobe from one or two spectacular pieces!

Shop these looks and much more from this handcrafted brand by visiting the Murmur website.

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

 

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Perfectly Mismatched ~ Love Stories Intimates

March 20, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

If anything, I love a lingerie brand with personality.  Whether it’s provocative or playful, I respect a designer that knows how to clearly translate their vision into an effective campaign.  Probably every feature I’ve done in the Gallery shares the common thread of a brand that has gone above and beyond the bland “corporate catalog” images and delivered something magical.  In this case, I am sharing a successful large brand that happens to do an amazing job of capturing the indie spirit of a smaller label; Love Stories.

Founded by Marloes Hoedeman in 2013, this Dutch lingerie label is all about creating the perfectly mismatched set.  For example, we see leopard bralettes paired with zebra-print bottoms, or patterned bras sold with a solid bottoms.  Hoedeman says this style emerged from her own personal lingerie wardrobe, in which her daily look was never perfectly matched and certainly did not include big padded bras.  It was also a part of her background as a successful stylist, where the heart of her job was being able to match varying prints and fabrics in a creative way.

Another facet of the brand’s identity is due in part to the work of illustrator Milou Neelen, who is responsible for many of the patterns and whimsical drawings associated with Love Stories marketing.  Neelen is best known for her “Let’s Stay in Bed” graphic that we’re seeing all over social media these days as well as the popular “Hotel Magique” art collection (I’ve been a huge fan of her work for a while!).  Personally I think this collaboration is a match made in heaven!

Love Stories places a large part of its budget in product styling, packaging and photo shoots, and that investment certainly has paid off.  Currently the brand has 7 boutiques throughout Europe, with 4 more opening soon (sorry, nothing in North America…yet)!  Each boutique is unique in its style and displays, and completely inspiring.

I know my next trip to Europe will certainly involve a trip to Love Stories, and I absolutely cannot wait!

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Illustrations & pattern designs by:
http://www.milouneelen.com/lovestories/

 

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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