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La Costa Del Algodón ~ La Vie Boheme

May 22, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

Putting together this post involved quite a few “I want that…I need that…how do I not have that?!” moments.  I had the pleasure of recently discovering the Barcelona-based brand La Costa del Algodón, which specializes in loungewear with a vintage-inspired twist.

Flowing fabrics with floral patterns defines this label that creates kaftans, robes and nightgowns that transition beautifully from inside the bedroom to out and about.  The lines between sleepwear and ready-to-wear are heavily blurred, as the founders Chipi Tornos and Isabel Pedemonte explain that “each woman decides when and where to wear our creations.”  The styles are bohemian, a bit beachy and entirely romantic.  You can see the heavy vintage influence in the designs, which results in a collection that transcends time.

It’s worth noting that this label is getting some wonderful media exposure this year, first with an appearance on Nicole Kidman’s character in Big Little Lies, and later this year you will see this brand on the silver screen in The Bookshop on Emily Mortimer’s character.  I will watch the movie based on that tidbit alone!

You can shop the most recent collections from La Costa del Algodón on their website, and in luxury boutiques worldwide (i.e. Neiman Marcus).

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie Briefs

La Costa Del Algodón on Lingerie BriefsAs Seen on Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies (HBO)

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WE WANT ANOTHER REVOLUTION

May 14, 2017

By TINA WILSON

WE WANT ANOTHER REVOLUTION

R-E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y……say the word out loud. How does it make you feel?  It gives me goosebumps because it describes people who are fearless, radical, avant-garde, inspirational and on the forefront of a movement to make things better for all of us, whether it be political or creative.  I went to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit, and happened upon another exhibit entitled “WE WANT A REVOLUTION”, about Black women artists in the 60’s and 70’s and it made me wonder if I’d ever been a part of a revolution or is my time yet to come.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Revolutionaries are often forgotten or never acknowledged for their contributions, but their impact is nonetheless felt. When we think of shapewear we think of Spanx, but few remember that it was Donna Karan that invented many of the attributes of controlling a woman’s body so tight as to conceal her unwanted flesh…….long before Spanx.  I know because I was there, and to see Donna slip her body into a 10” tube and show you that she can still breath and move is to see passion, obsession and genius at work.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Calvin Klein, a contemporary and a friend of Donna Karan, revolutionized gender based underwear. There are many imitators but it is undisputed that Calvin and his men’s and women’s underwear was and still is…a revolution.  You can debate all day long about whether his early ads with Brooke Shields and Mark Wahlberg or the infamous logo waistband was the genius behind the brand, but I can tell you I will never forget seeing those early photos pinned to his office wall, listening to him as he studied them and planned his empire.

Original Fashion Sketches by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Sometimes a revolution is an idea brought forth by a community of talent, such as the mission  statement behind the success of Wacoal and many of its still standing bras designed years ago….
-To create the highest quality best fitting garment for the American consumer.
-To provide a level of customer service to assure that the consumer gets the correct 
style and size.
-To market and sell this merchandise at regular price every day.

Many of iconic bras by Wacoal were conceptualized by Alan Fisher and his staff of designers, some of the most talented people in our industry. The Awareness and Body by Wacoal Collections in particular have defied time and are still going strong….. an effective revolution never ends.

Original Art by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

A revolution can be started by a retail phenomenon like Victoria’s Secret or a star that wears her underwear on stage like Madonna or creating an iconic thong from lace like Hanky Panky does so masterfully. LaPerla has revolutionized extravagant beauty, and if you doubt me just stop by their store and view the 10K bra made of gold threads. Fashion Forms with Anne Deal at the helm has revolutionized how we hold up and shape our breasts without a bra. And let us not forget Commando.

Time will bear witness to whether online stars like Adore Me or ‘period panty’ innovators like THINX and Skin with their clean aesthetic will be remembered as revolutionary, I sincerely hope they do. I believe we are in urgent need of another revolution…..are you ready to participate or to start your own?

 

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Sheer Delights~Botica Lingerie

May 7, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Today’s Gallery features Botica Lingerie, where “nude is the color of the soul”.  Once you see their work, you will understand precisely what this means and how closely the brand abides by this credo.  You will also immediately see that this label represents erotica, the avant-garde and female sensuality.

This luxury label celebrates the ritual of wearing lingerie as “one of the most intimate and erotic delights of a woman”.  That is certainly the case when wearing sheer, second-skin intimates made from silk tulle.

This Madrid-based label is handmade by women and for women, and is designed by Mexican fashion designer Andrea Pimentel.

The collection featured here is called Powder and is inspired by the delights of the human touch, imagining the sensual ways a caress can be desired.

It appears that this debut collection was released a couple of years ago, but continues to be sold today (and the brand remains active on its NSFW Tumblr and Instagram).  Clearly this is a talented, artistically inclined designer, so it would be wonderful to see what new works are in development!  Most recently, you can find Andrea Pimentel modeling gorgeous silk scarves for the Madrid-based brand Suturno (definitely worth checking out, and you may recognize her from images you’ve seen on Pinterest!).

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Botica Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Andrea Pimentel modeling a SuTurno scarfAndrea Pimentel modeling a SuTurno scarf (above & below)

Andrea Pimentel modeling a SuTurno scarf

http://boticabotica.tumblr.com
All photos by www.lourdescabrera.es
Scarves www.suturno.net

 

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Watch! Met Gala Gowns Illustrated In Real Time

May 3, 2017

By TINA WILSON

See More Tina Wilson fashion illustrations such as her recent ‘Summer Undressing’!

 

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Summer UnDressing

April 30, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I get so revved up about the beach that I start packing long before the first summer weekend begins on Fire Island.  Sharing a beach house with numerous people requires a wee bit of discretion with regard to how much of yourself you let “hang out”, even among the dearest of friends.

Packing for the beach house is a dilemma as I must pack for the summer and leave whatever has been chosen in the house for the duration.  There are different moments at the beach as there are in the city and cooking, lounging, exercising, and socializing require well thought out undergarments. Ultimately beach life is about comfort for the body and soul, so shapewear as we know it is forbidden.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

My predominant roles in the beach house are chef and instigator of political discourse. I love to prepare meals for large groups and go wild with the ingredients and experiment with salty, sweet and savory.  This summer my focus will be on composed salads like Fried Eggplant, Tomato & Peach Salad with Preserved Lemon or Fresh Corn Cakes with Crab Tomato Salad from Food52.  While cooking I like to wear something loose that allows the breeze to touch my skin, as it gets hot in the kitchen even when you aren’t using the oven. Underneath my thousand-year-old T-dress I might wear a bralet. Hanky Panky’s Retro style or b.tempt’d’s Lace Kiss Bandeau both come to mind to retain some semblance of dignity while moving about the kitchen; and along with said bralet, Hanky Panky’s infamous thong.  For the hotter mid-August days, even that might be too much and OnGossamer’s Mesh thong and a camisole like Fleur’ts Lace Shelf or OnGossamer’s Cabana Cotton Shelf Cami with a loose pair of shorts is about as bare as anyone should get while cooking…The other must have while cooking is music, I’m prone to being all over the place but a little Smiths mixed in with some Sade works for me…. and I have not gotten sick of the soundtrack to “Big Little Lives” yet!

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

We have a custom of going to watch the sunset at the town dock before dinner, all the locals come out with cocktails in plastic cups and we fraternize until the sun goes down and we oooohhhh and ahhhhh like we’ve never seen a sunset. This moment in time is your best shot at getting “dressed up” for the weekend, the lipstick comes out and so do the ta-tas.  “Show off” bras like Chantelle’s Merci Underwire Push Up or the be.inspired Underwire Push UP  by b.tempt’d look sexy coming or going respectively; particularly layered with a white shirt or low back tank.  Personally, an underwire is out of the question so Montelle’s Wire Free bra is the better option for me.  This is also where shapewear might appear if at all, and I choose a bike short, which works perfectly under a wispy skirt that might any minute get caught by the wind.  Something in a fun color that won’t look like or feel like shapewear such as Yummie’s Everyday Shaping Shortie is ideal.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In the mornings we must put in the exercise to offset the martini consumption that came the night before and a low impact sport bra for the brisk walks is a must.  Again it’s all about comfort and I have discovered the Evolution bra by Knixwear, it’s in the mail on its way to me and it had better live up to all its promises, in the meantime I will humor myself and pretend a more vigorous activity other than bike riding is a possibility and go for something a bit more supportive during low impact moments like b.tempt’d’s Active Underwire Sports Bra. The beach crowd is not the most athletic crowd but we do have our runners and for them I would suggest Curvy Couture’s Ultimate Fit High Impact.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Whatever I end up packing, be assured it will be a glorious summer filled with a little politics, a little sunning, a lot of wine and some mind blowing salads!

 

 

 

 

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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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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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