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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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Fraulein Kink ~ La Vie en Rose

January 9, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink is one of those brands that continues to impress me.  I’ve been a fan for years (I once carried it in my old store Faire Frou Frou), and it pleases me to see that the products and campaigns are just as beautiful as ever.  If you are unfamiliar with this brand, Fraulein Kink is a luxury lifestyle brand that specializes in high end bondage fashion accessories.  Each item is created with such glamour, and with such precise attention to detail, that it elevates the products from the intimidating world of bondage to that of high-fashion.  In fact, that’s how I see this label; primarily as an achievement in design, craftsmanship and style.  A seamless blend of sophistication and kink.  Each piece is handmade in the company’s Berlin Atelier using fine materials such as leather, Swarovski crystals, and 18k gold plate hardware.  Many of these playful erotic accessories can be worn inside and outside the bedroom (that is, if you’re creative with styling), particularly the playsuits, gloves, cuffs and collars.  Granted, those kitten ear headbands pretty much need to be shown off day or night.

This post features the latest collections “La Vie en Rose” and “Gilded Cage”, which are certainly worth your attention and consideration as Valentine’s Day approaches.  I am especially drawn to the blush-colored pieces, but if you’re familiar with my style, that’s no surprise!   What’s your favorite?

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

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Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

Fraulein Kink on Lingerie Briefs

 

 

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Detail and Balance ~ Merle Noir Lingerie

January 2, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

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Welcome to 2017!  We are officially in lingerie tradeshow season, with upcoming events taking place in Paris, London and New York City during January and February.  This is always an exciting time, as we get to see the latest look books for the FW2017 season.  The excitement of discovering a new collection or even a new designer is thrilling, particularly to those of us who are lingerie enthusiasts.  So you can imagine my excitement when I recently discovered the work of Merle Noir.  Launched in May 2016, Merle Noir is a Dutch lingerie designer who clearly has a fascination with French lace and precious Italian silks.  Each piece is handmade in her Amsterdam atelier and can be made to measure.  As described on her website, “her collections are made with an eye for detail and balance” which is critical when designing the feather light creations she produces.  Merle developed her craft at the young age of 15 at the Artemis Fashion Academy where she earned her BA, continued her studies at the Master Tailor Institute and then spent several years working for couture houses such as Viktor&Rolf and the Dutch National Ballet.  If you are familiar with my previous posts, you know I have a special appreciation for any designer who masterfully mixes lingerie and ballet (as you will see in a couple of images here).   Clearly, Merle Noir is off to a strong start and she has certainly captured our attention.  If anything, 2016 gave us something very good when it introduced us to Merle Noir.

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lynn Quanjel - by Ron de Wildt for Merle Noir on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Merle Noir || Tokyo Launch 2016 from Merle Noir on Vimeo.

Merle Noir Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Fall Magazine: Photography: Sarah Distel & Lianne Huizing 

 

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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