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In the Realm of Our Senses

June 25, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson sketches Christine Vancouver silk on Lingerie Briefs

Beware…this will be one of those “all over the place” blogs but if I am successful I will spur a bit of sensory curiosity.  Last week I took a chance and registered for a seminar given by Trend Union with the special guest being a fascinating woman named Betony Vernon, a self-described “sexual anthropologist”.  We were a small group who gathered in a West Village Brownstone garden, drinking wine on the nearby river as the sun started its slow descent. I admit I had never heard of Betony but the evening sounded interesting and I thought “why the hell not?”.  Rather than explain who she is, I invite you to google her and explore on your own.  I mention her because she inspired me to get in touch with my senses.

Tina Wilson illustrates silk pajamas from Ginia, Olivia Von Halle and Ascenso on Lingerie Briefs

Betony was wearing the most gorgeous belted pale blue silk pajamas of her own design, and as you got closer to her you could not help but reach out and touch the fabric.  There are many sleepwear brands who focus on buttery silk fabrics that you want to embrace such as Christine Vancouver, NK iMode, Ginia, Asceno and Olivia Van Halle. Touch has become the mantra of all brands and all categories of apparel, everyone wants “soft”, I’m a bit weary of hearing the word soft as if it’s something new and unusual… as if the sense of touch has been heightened in all of us while our other senses suffer.

Tina Wilson illustrates NK iMode on Lingerie Briefs

Lingerie can comfort us, keep us warm, give us modesty and perhaps even prevent shame (the origin of shame was one topic of the evening’s discussion) and last but never least…. be seductive.  What we wear can stimulate our sense of touch and our sense of sight, but why not stimulate our sense of hearing, smell, and taste while we are wearing our intimates?

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Smell is the sense that is most associated with memory.  I have a heightened sense of smell and my mood can be instantly affected by scent.   Ylang Ylang, Rose, Patchouli, Lemon, and Cedarwood are just a few of the intoxicating essential oils I love that chase away the blues.  One can go from morbid to elated when presented with the right scent. There are many oils out there, make sure you go for therapeutic grade, they are unadulterated and pure like Young Living. And no moment is complete without music.  We all have a song we associate with a particular lover, whether it turned out to be a horror story or a love story, and hearing that song can sometimes lead us to rewrite history.  A particular favorite of mine is I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” by Cecile McLorin Salvant and one of the best covers ever…Cassandra Wilson singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In these moments I envision seven pieces of heaven, seven pieces of washed silk charmeuse so soft that if you stood perfectly still they would slide right off your body and on to the floor.  A thigh high slit slip-dress with a sliver of a strap that is tied to be untied, the briefest of briefs and a side draped camisole with a long full leg pant with pockets; we must always have pockets.  For lounging, a shirt that is slightly oversized, to the knee and detailed enough to be mistaken for a blouse.  Never be without a caftan, it will take you from cocktails to slumber if need be.  And last but not least, the wrap, that piece you leave by the side of the bed if you sleep naked; you will thank me once the morning sun comes streaming in;-), as you are having croissants and raspberries in bed, listening to that love song while leaning against your rose stained pillow…..

Respect to those of you who recognize the origin of the title of this blog, you know who you are.

 

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Budding Talent ~ Lily Rouse, London

June 12, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

If you were a super fan of the show Sex & the City like I was, then you may be familiar with the following Carrie Bradshaw quote from the series finale: “I’m someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other-love”.  How does that apply to this blog post?  Just replace the word love with lingerie.  It pretty much describes the type of work you will see from the soon-to-be-launched brand Lily Rouse, London.  It may not be your basic underwear that goes with every outfit, but it’s incredibly special and completely essential to any fashion-lover.

Currently Lily Rouse is a concept collection by designer Georgina Lily Rouse, who is an honors fashion contour student at the London College of Fashion.  It’s remarkable how evident it is that one’s calling should be in lingerie design.   Her work displays a creative use of embellishments (you will see fishing flies on a particular bra), and technical achievements in fabric manipulation techniques and intricate details. The debut collection (featured here) will launch shortly in Autumn 2017, and will likely be a limited offering of couture pieces.In the meantime, start clearing out a special place in your lingerie drawer for Lily Rouse!

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

Lily Rouse London on Lingerie Briefs

https://www.instagram.com/lilyrouselondon/
Photography: Julian Marshall
Model: Chloe Borges
Makeup: Camilla Tew

 

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G’day iolé Lingerie

June 5, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé is a new luxury lingerie label from Melbourne,  Australia that specializes in creating pieces that are ethically-conscious and environmentally-friendly.  It’s a brand that you might say specializes in “slow fashion”, which means its designs are not dictated by trends but rather by classic looks that will never go out of style.  Every piece created by iolé is handmade on the day it’s ordered, which means there is as little waste as possible that goes into the manufacturing process.  This also means there are limited quantities made for each collection, which adds an element of exclusivity to their designs.  In fact, this lingerie brand often will use lace that is so exclusive, that only a small number of each garment can be created. What’s unique about iolé is that their team feels so confident about the craftsmanship and materials made to create their products that they offer a guarantee of lifetime sewing repairs on all pieces.  Luckily all of this exclusivity and handmade ordering does not translate to a lengthy turnaround in receiving your order, in fact, the brand commits to shipping out most orders within just 3 days. At this time all orders go through the brand’s website, which offers free express worldwide shipping.  iolé is definitely not only kind to the environment, but kind to its customers!

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

iolé Lingerie in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson ~ Hosiery’s “Love Child”

May 29, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Seamless intimate apparel is the “lovechild” of hosiery and lingerie. It’s also the name of one of my favorite songs by the Supremes.  I’ve taken note over the years how powerful lingerie companies like Spanx and Commando have entered the hosiery market. Melding the technology of hosiery machines with the design detail of lingerie has become lucrative and without the yarns and technology developed by the hosiery industry shapewear would be all seams and discomfort.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

In my early days while I shopped in Europe I was a hosiery junkie, buying Fogal and Wolford hosiery every time I touched down in London or Paris.  These two brands in particular were pioneers and introduced me to luxury for the legs.  I love Fogal for their colors, superb quality and the packaging, I’m a sucker for  beautiful design. I am making a beeline to Fogal’s new Bloomingdales 59TH street NYC shop! I see a boon for smartly colored hose and leggings in the making!

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Wolford was and is on the forefront of technology and price-wise not for the faint of heart. I was in Saks recently ogling their long seamless tube dress, oh to be 6ft tall, skinny and own it in every shade. Wolford is masterful in creating hosiery hybrids to be worn as clothing and accessories, I believe there is still unchartered territory here.

Wolford tube dressing sketched by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

We live in a time of fashion hybrids…pants have skirts attached, camisoles have bras attached, sneakers are part sock, jackets are capes, robes are coverups, pajamas are evening-wear and your pantyhose is your “girdle”…one day your hat will be your glove! No silhouette is sacred, anything goes, it’s exciting and it’s frightening, but change we must, if we as an industry are to survive.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

The machines that produced hosiery are the machines that birthed the machines that produce the endless sea of seamless dressing that is now everyday wear. Though these garments are commonplace , they are not boring.  American brands like Hue, and most recently Free People as well as the gazillion active wear brands are doing a fantastic job of creating leggings, slips, camisoles, and/or activewear using the Santoni technology.

Free People Slip, Hue Seamless shapping & Spanx Hi waisted mid thigh short sketched by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

There was a time not long ago when the hosiery market suffered greatly, many women stopped wearing hosiery and wearing pants became more commonplace at work. I also stopped wearing pantyhose and about 8 years ago started wearing leggings under my dresses, it made me feel more casual and allowed more shoe options. I still have a sock fetish but I want to be lured back to wearing hosiery and I look forward to the innovation some of these brands will put forth, seeing how hosiery brands evolve as our wardrobes become ever more casual is the big challenge…a challenge I believe our American brands and our European allies are up to!

 

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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. Jenette Bras in Los Angeles).

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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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.

 
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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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