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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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Beautiful Bodies

February 17, 2017

By TINA WILSON, Illustrator ~

Fashion Illustration by Tina Wilson for Lingerie Briefs

The Body is everywhere.  You may choose to call it a bodysuit or a teddy. I call it long overdue and I attribute its resurgence to the bralet.  The undeniable consumer embrace of the unconstructed, comfy, wireless bra has given designers permission to take that philosophy further. There is also no better category of intimates so well suited (no pun intended) for wearing “out” than the bodysuit.

There was a time when the bodysuit focus was on wired, controlled, figure enhancing garments worn as much for support and shape as for sexiness, and while they are still a must have for some women, there is a new body being ushered into our lives.

Fashion Illustration by Tina Wilson for Lingerie Briefs

Some of the stand out examples I saw at the Salon de la International Lingerie last month in Paris were from Body & Clyde, which was all about the young, collegiate “pair it with your jeans” look.  The brand is rooted in the classic white t-shirt of varying shapes and necklines paired with a black brief.  Another favorite was by LYS, a hot new brand (new to me) that combines quality fabrics, trims and eclectic embroidery for a gorgeous clean yet embellished look.  Another striking body was a full coverage black lace number by Paloma Casile, it was just opaque enough to peek from beneath a jacket.  Jolies Momes had a printed floral panty with a sheer lace bodice suit that while it may not be worn out, it would surely be memorable worn for a private audience.  Le Petit Trou had a few sheer tulle and mesh bodies with ruffles, ties and gold findings that were epitome of wispy “enticement wear”.

Long sleeved.  Short sleeved. Functional.  Dysfunctional.  Wrapped.  Cut out.  Harnessed.  Chained.  Printed.  Lacey.  Clean/Edgy.  Soft/Cozy.  Unconstructed or deconstructed, all were worthy of attention.

Which brings me to my contribution to the body movement, a stretch velvet, plunging back and strappy piece I designed for the Chinese E Commerce site 02bra.

Whatever your body, there is a body for you….

Bodysuit designed by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

 

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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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Lingerie Francais ~ Paris 2017 Show

January 26, 2017

by TINA WILSON, Illustrator ~

“2.5 days”, that was my response to the immigration guy at JFK when he asked me how long I’d been away. He said that I was very precise and chuckled, deciding my trip was too short for me to have done any major shopping, he ushered me through without the usual luggage search. I broke my record for shortest overseas trip, and what it lacked in time it more than made up for it in pleasure. On my last full day i.e my second day in Paris, Ellen invited me to join her at “Lingerie, Mon Amour” a fashion show given by Lingerie Francais showcasing the biggest French lingerie brands. After a bit of a logistics issue we hopped on the first of the buses and left Porte de Versaille and on to the Pavillion Cambon situated on Rue Cambon, one of my favorite streets in Paris, home of Chanel, the legendary Hotel Castille and a little known bistro named Flottes.

We entered the Pavillion and immediately made our way to the “beverage” table, we discovered we both loathe champagne and asked the bartender if he might have hidden somewhere, a bottle of white wine. We maneuvered through the crowd, Ellen introduced me to some lovely boutique owners and we tried to figure out where to position ourselves for optimum viewing. The signal to sit was given and we dashed to the runway bleachers…. I’d rate our seats at a 7.5 on a scale of 10.

The music started and it was glorious, fourteen suit clad musicians began to play, the violinists being my favorites. There were four “portraits”, all spectacularly choreographed with real dancers, real ballerinas and models with bodies that defied nature. The opening was “Marie Antoinette” and the entrance of the white lingerie, white wig and “cerceau” clad dancers was lovely and carefree, and it only got better. Next were the “Ballerinas” with the perfect bodies I previously mentioned, they lined up at the entrance to the runway “en pointe” and proceeded down the runway tulle skirts in hand. One by one they twirled, arabesqued, plied, and pirouetted their hearts out and we loved it!


We were then treated to “The Look”, which was an all-black, all sexy, display of sensuality covered by a trench coat entrance. The coats did not stay on long and underneath were gorgeous bodysuits, lace slips, bras and panties that were ornate but somehow clean and precise. The finale was The Dandy Girl, another black themed segment in which the girls entered wearing only a tuxedo jacket later unveiled to reveal more sexy, pretty things. The show ended with enthusiastic applause and we all scurried from our seats to find dinner amongst the hor d’oeuvres. I left the Pavillion with all five senses grateful and satisfied and I Ubered myself back to the other side of Seine.

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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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WELCOME TO OUR GALLERY OF FEATURED DESIGNERS & FASHION ILLUSTRATION!
 
 

GALLERY: FEATURED DESIGNERS
 
From Indie Designers to Established Brands, we feature intimate apparel fashions that are usually cutting edge and/or timeless in their design.

 
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
 
 
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FASHION ILLUSTRATION by 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….
 
 
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