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One Legging at A Time

August 20, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I ADORE LEGGINGS! They can be a dresses’ best friend or a t-shirt’s worst nightmare.  When I first started wearing leggings way back in the day when hair was poufy and high; they came in one length, they had no tummy control, they couldn’t heat you up or cool you down and they had no pockets.  The only holes in them were caused by your thighs rubbing together and they mostly came in Black.  Leggings were supposedly not worn by the ‘fashionable’ crowd and mocking someone for wearing them outside of the gym was not uncommon.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Fast forward to today and you have a 500+ person wait list for Bandier’s Ultracor Star Legging. I must admit while I think they are fun, I am a bit baffled, especially at a price tag of just under 200$.  I love all things Stella McCartney and her Adidas collection is no exception but the influx of luxe legging competitors must be having an impact on sales. Even the European couture collections are have legging fever.  Perusing The Cut app on my IPad, I spied the most amazing Versace beaded legging paired with a jacket, talk about a hybrid! Speaking of hybrids (you may get sick of me mentioning this word over the coming months), Balmain has a boot so sexy and so crotch grazing high that seen from the right angle it appears to be a legging… a BootlegJ?…. sorry I couldn’t help myself.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Of course most of us cannot or will not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a pair of leggings but that does not mean we must settle.  I recently acquired a pair of Commando Faux Leather leggings and while in the past I would have sworn not be caught dead in a pair of leather pants, these are very different…and when the weather cools down a bit, you will find me living in them.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Spanx now has a shrine to leggings in some major department stores and I must admit the Camouflage printed pair tempted me but the rack that held them in Bloomingdales was thinning out and my size was gone; it was the subtle darkness of the print that made them wearable, desirable and every day.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Where do we legging lovers go from here?  I recently bought a pair of flared leggings in Zara, and I love them but I have come to the conclusion they are not right for my body type; but I see potential in treating leggings like other apparel, by giving them different proportions like wide flares and combining them more with other garments…I love my legging skirts, and hope to find more like them, can you hear me Athleta?

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In conclusion I want to explore why leggings are so loved, it is because, they grow when your body grows? They shrink when you do? They can be worn with just about everything? They pack well? They are season-less? They make us look athletic? They make us feel athletic? All of the above perhaps? Figuring this out is the key to evolving this retail gem. Whatever the reason for their popularity I am grateful and I have only one request, can someone please come up with a nicer name?  I am working on it, stay tuned!

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

tina@marronage.com

 

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Wearable Art ~ MENG

August 14, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

We are no stranger to the concept of luxury lingerie when it comes to our Gallery posts, and today’s feature on the U.K.-based brand MENG is no exception.  MENG is a contemporary luxury lifestyle brand with a heavy emphasis on Asian-inspired prints and styles that are tailored to suit the sophisticated woman’s taste.  If you are familiar with the label, which is sold at Selfridges, Neiman Marcus & Harrods (to name a few), then you know that its specialty is in kimono and pajama designs that are essentially wearable pieces of art.  With that in mind, the brand is taking a slightly different approach to its SS18 collection.  It’s focusing on a category between the worlds of loungewear and ready-to-wear by adapting its new shapes so that women can wear it for all occasions.  An idea like that makes the investment in one of its pieces that much more enticing!  For instance, for SS18 the pajama legs will be cropped, shirts belted and waists cinched in wide stripe belts, “allowing theatrical styling or everyday elegance”.  What remains consistent with the new collection is the brand’s selection of bold prints and striking colors. Learn more about this opulent, inspiring label (which also includes menswear) at https://meng.co.uk/

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

 

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The Hybridization of Design

August 6, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie BriefsI believe by the turn of this century there will no longer be categories of clothing, no sportswear, no intimates, no outerwear, we will have 7 articles of clothing, period …I will be dust by then and it’s probably just as well but in the meantime I will happily prepare for the inevitable and so should any forward thinking designer or retailer of apparel.

hy•brid (ˈhaɪ brɪd) n.

1. the offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds, varieties, or species, esp. as produced
through human manipulation for specific genetic characteristics.

2. a person produced by the interaction or crossbreeding of two unlike cultures, traditions, etc.

3. anything derived from unlike sources, or composed of disparate or incongruous elements; composite.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

My current fascination is the garment hybrid, I see the makings of them everywhere, I am constantly compiling photos of innocent strangers, wearing innovative and sometimes bizarre combinations of clothing that inspire me.  I want to create the 21st century wardrobe. I accosted a woman in the subway earlier this year who was wearing half (only the back half, no front) of a long leather skirt with leggings and sneakers and she looked incredible, she told me she was wearing Comme des Garcon, I could not tell if she was just leaving work, going to the gym or on her way to cocktails.  And speaking of leather, Commando’s new bodysuit is one example of genius, saleable hybridization. It’s meant to be seen and the raw cut faux leather bodice combined with their signature fabric panty is soft and supple making this bodysuit an outerwear piece that is intimate and flawless. Using unexpected yet familiar fabrics in unexpected but familiar silhouettes is one of my favorite ways to design and is its own form of hybridization.  

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

How many times have you worn something and wished you could run home and put on something else before going out in the evening, what if you had it on already and only had to reveal it? Le Mystere has created the Perfect 10 bra, a brilliant day-into-night combination of two bras in one that can be separated or not, expect to see many imitators.  Or Phillip Lim’s corset Tee, simple, white, easy with a little sexy thrown in, the perfect casual day into nightwear.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I will deny it if confronted with this, but I love leggings, I wish I could attach them to everything I own.  Why not re-purpose the legging and attach it to your nightshirt?

And don’t get me started on all the places I’d love to have pockets…The possibilities for reinventing our wardrobe and ourselves have no limits.  Start your own list.

Pajama + chemise
Legging + dress
T-shirt + scarf
Shorts + leggings
Pajama + sweat suit
Panty + bra
Cardigan + tank top
Bodysuit + pajama
Bodysuit + kimono 😉
Pantyhose + bralet
Designer + illustrator + aspirational cook + blogger

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Reinvention, hybridization and re-purposing are words often used lately and it is because of the uncertainty of the present.  We are living in times of fear and fear will ultimately lead to hesitation. Those of us in the world of retail fashion are feeling vulnerable and unsure of the future.  There was a time when freelance consultants lived with this fear but it has consumed everyone, most of my fashion friends with full time jobs live in trepidation of losing them, but it is times like these where we must open our eyes, shine, reinvent and retain the optimism.  I may sound a bit “Pollyannaish” but I have no choice, I cannot create under a cloud. Not having a full time gig recently is teaching me to be fearless, it is a work in progress and I am relishing it.

For all you nay-sayers, just remind yourself of one of the largest companies in the world and perhaps the best known…they reinvented our phone, our radio, our camera and our TV into one device and named themselves after a piece of fruit.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

*for more illustrated hybrids over the coming weeks please go to tinadesignchef@instagram

 

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini ~ Réard Swimwear

July 24, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Reard Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Here’s a bit of swimwear design trivia for you:  The bikini was invented in Paris by Louis Réard in 1946 following the end of World War II.  At the time, this radical design was intended to reflect the new attitude of women who were feeling liberated and strong following the war.  That brings us to another piece of swimwear trivia: The bikini was named after Bikini Atoll, the test site for the atomic bomb located in the South Pacific.  Needless to say, the reaction to this two-piece design was explosive!  In fact, it marked a definitive shift in the covered-up world of women’s fashions.  It wasn’t long before Hollywood embraced this skin-baring style, and created icons out of the women who wore … Read more

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Summer Whites

July 16, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

As much as I am loving the summer, I’m rather looking forward to Fall and all it brings…but wait not so fast.  Let’s talk about the color white, this is the best time of year to wear it, whether it be a crisp cool shirt or an off the shoulder ruffled top (wish I had a dollar for every one of those I see on the street) or anything in crinkled gauze embroidery.  It’s also about to get thoroughly nasty, clammy and exceptionally smelly here in NYC as we approach August, I can feel it and as incongruous as it is to wear white in that scenario, it really does keep you cool and it gives the perception of being clean and put together.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

With white comes a few old rules that seem archaic now, one being you must wear nude underwear when wearing white.  And yes I was one of those people who gawked and sometimes rolled my eyes at women who wore white pants and any color but nude underwear, but I’ve matured, I don’t do that anymore.  In fact, I have a new perspective…. show it all off, throw caution to that summer breeze and wear whatever the hell color you want underneath and you sure as heck shouldn’t care anymore if you straps show.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I have only a few statistics but it’s safe to say strapless bras are selling like hot cakes since the off the shoulder/cold shoulder/bare shoulder look has taken over society.  Why else would Wacoal’s Red Carpet strapless bra have reached a number one position for all bras selling today in the USA? It is the first strapless bra in history to attain this ranking. Convention tells me to suggest a strapless or a bandeau be worn under such looks but I prefer a bra with straps that are in your face, that are pretty and bold, and one of the prettiest for summer is any style from the Avero group by Marie Jo, the “daisy-like” guipure straps are worth showing off.  An equally pretty strap adorns Simone Perele’s Andora Spacer or Demi.

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra on Lingerie Briefs

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration Simone Perele Andora Bra Bra on Lingerie Briefs

If you want to be daring and show more cleavage than your mom raised you to show, I would try one of I.D. Sarrieri’s lace bandeaus such as the Jamais Le Premier or Juliette Dans La Nuit .  Frankly they are somewhat pricey but they are gorgeous, and for all that money, they should have full exposure, I like them worn with a really deep V T-shirt or his favorite button down, not buttoned at all but tied at the waist, it doesn’t get much sexier than that

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration on Lingerie Briefs

I have always admired the blindingly bright shades of Deborah Marquit bras, her fluorescent Persian Lily or French Tulle 50’s bras cry out to be seen in summer, I want to see them peeking from beneath and even through sheer long white shirts to the ankle or perhaps a whisper light sundress made of gauze.  They are the perfect summer accessory.

Tina Wilson Fashion illustration of Deborah Marquit on Lingerie Briefs

Initially nude was not be a color choice for this topic and then I saw the prettiest nude  I’ve seen in a very long time, Spanx has the glorious new Spotlight on Lace group with a high waist brief and a bralet I adore.  But it’s the color that drew me to it, Vintage Rose, a pinky nude you shouldn’t be afraid to show, wear it as “body stocking” layer under a see thru white lace dress and have them guessing is she or isn’t she.Tina Wilson Fashion illustration of Spanx on Lingerie Briefs

It’s summer, it’s sweltering and soon enough you will be wrapped in scarves, bundled in parkas and strutting in boots, now is the time to show off your undies.

 

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The Future is Bright ~ Voiment Intimates

July 9, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

It’s very encouraging seeing the new talent that’s emerging within the lingerie industry.  One such talent is Yuman He, an honors student from London College of Fashion who recently debuted Voiment Intimates as part of her graduating class final presentation.  This brand is not currently offered in stores, but the following images give you an idea of what the designer is expected to launch on her website (which is currently under construction).

Essentially, Voiment is a concept capsule collection of avant garde intimates and swimwear with a projected launch date of Winter 2018.  In the meantime, here’s a taste of what to expect from yet another member of this year’s LCF graduating class of fashion visionaries (we recently featured fellow graduating LCF classmate brand “Lily Rouse” in our Gallery).  How wonderful that there are education platforms that so beautifully assist students in creating such professional fashion portfolios!

The following images feature items from a group referred to as “The Scar Project”.

In the meantime, keep an eye on https://www.instagram.com/voimentintimates/ for updates on the official product launch.

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Voiment Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

 

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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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