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Perfectly Mismatched ~ Love Stories Intimates

March 20, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

If anything, I love a lingerie brand with personality.  Whether it’s provocative or playful, I respect a designer that knows how to clearly translate their vision into an effective campaign.  Probably every feature I’ve done in the Gallery shares the common thread of a brand that has gone above and beyond the bland “corporate catalog” images and delivered something magical.  In this case, I am sharing a successful large brand that happens to do an amazing job of capturing the indie spirit of a smaller label; Love Stories.

Founded by Marloes Hoedeman in 2013, this Dutch lingerie label is all about creating the perfectly mismatched set.  For example, we see leopard bralettes paired with zebra-print bottoms, or patterned bras sold with a solid bottoms.  Hoedeman says this style emerged from her own personal lingerie wardrobe, in which her daily look was never perfectly matched and certainly did not include big padded bras.  It was also a part of her background as a successful stylist, where the heart of her job was being able to match varying prints and fabrics in a creative way.

Another facet of the brand’s identity is due in part to the work of illustrator Milou Neelen, who is responsible for many of the patterns and whimsical drawings associated with Love Stories marketing.  Neelen is best known for her “Let’s Stay in Bed” graphic that we’re seeing all over social media these days as well as the popular “Hotel Magique” art collection (I’ve been a huge fan of her work for a while!).  Personally I think this collaboration is a match made in heaven!

Love Stories places a large part of its budget in product styling, packaging and photo shoots, and that investment certainly has paid off.  Currently the brand has 7 boutiques throughout Europe, with 4 more opening soon (sorry, nothing in North America…yet)!  Each boutique is unique in its style and displays, and completely inspiring.

I know my next trip to Europe will certainly involve a trip to Love Stories, and I absolutely cannot wait!

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Love Stories Mix and Match Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Illustrations & pattern designs by:
http://www.milouneelen.com/lovestories/

 

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Tie Them Up, Tie Them Down

March 16, 2017

By TINA WILSON

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Last November I fell victim to my obsession with director Pedro Almodovar films, and signed up for nightly tickets to his film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.  I love his depiction of women, his attention to the detail of their struggles and the men who worship them.  One of his more popular films is “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down”, I’ve seen it a half dozen times and it isn’t even my all-time favorite of his films.  It is about a beautiful actress abducted and tied up by a young obsessed Antonio Banderas and not to give anything away but how their “relationship” evolves. While the title suggests bondage and sadistic behavior, that would be too simplistic, and ultimately the film is about this woman’s strength and her choices, not her abductor’s.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

While walking the Salon De La Lingerie in January I came upon two intimate apparel brands that I was unfamiliar with. They were strangely beautiful and well-crafted. The various bodysuits, panties, bras, corsets and harnesses were made from chains, forged metals, and leather. One brand was Madame “O” and the other was Maze and rather than exude a desire for bondage they appeared to me more like the modern woman’s armor.  I imagined today’s “warriors” wearing these brands.  They could be worn indoors and in private or out in the world over your t-shirt and your jeans.  I left the show with photos and the desire to write about these brands but did not know in what context until I attended Curve NY last month and met Jane Woolrich.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I was introduced to Jane Woolrich at Curve NY by Ellen Lewis last month.  I have been a fan of Jane’s workmanship for years.  Her corsets are works of art and her genius combinations of tulle, satin, boning and lacing are innumerable.  Jane was gracious enough to have her model try them on for us and as I watched Jane gently but firmly lace her up I was again reminded of armor, a softer more feminine armor but armor nonetheless. The model had already gotten dressed when we entered the booth and rather than have her disrobe, she put the corsets on over her shirt and jeans, and it worked, they were just as striking with clothing as they would have been without.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

There has been a lot talk and action about women fighting back and being warriors in this political climate, and I believe our choices of clothing will reflect that with each passing day, starting with what lies beneath……You may ask what the film has to do with the subject matter of lingerie… not much really, I just love the movie’s title and I love watching films as much as I love designing and illustrating fashion!

 

 

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Sleep Pretty~Suzy Black Lingerie

March 13, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

It happens to be International Women’s Day as I write this post, and somehow seems incredibly appropriate that I am writing about the brand Suzy Black.  The founder of this lingerie label (Diondra Julian) refers to herself as a “Chief Panty Enthusiast, Designer, Wife, Mom and Reveler” so I can’t help but think that she is precisely the type of woman we are celebrating today.  This is a brand that celebrates women and femininity, and is run by a designer who gives major credit to her mother for inspiring her line of work.  In fact, Diondra explains how her mother’s love of lingerie was passed down to her (quite literally as she left for college she was handed a box of lingerie her mother had collected), and how she grew up understanding how to embrace and appreciate the power of being a woman.  All of this is translated into a beautiful selection of delicate bralettes, lacy panties and sumptuous loungewear.  It is also at the root of the brand’s #SleepPretty campaign which encourages women to take a moment out of each day to treat themselves.  Essentially, if you’re spending an entire day serving other people’s needs, at the very least you can indulge yourself in something beautiful while you relax!

Ultimately, all of these sensual “pretty little things” were designed to be uncomplicated, unpretentious and simple.  It’s a modern working mother’s take on how to be sexy in our busy fast-paced lives.  In keeping with the Women’s Day theme, it comes as no surprise that Suzy Black lingerie is designed and manufactured (in the USA) by women and for women.

The following images are from the current SS2017 collection, whimsically referred to as “The Madhatter’s Bride” as well as a peek at the FW2017 collection that arrives in stores this August.

You can order items from the current season (as well as a few older season items) at http://www.thenewsuzy.com/shop/

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Suzy Black Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Drama Queen ~ Amoralle Lingerie

March 6, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

If there’s a lingerie brand that understands opulence, it’s Amoralle.  Sweeping gowns, oversized bows, silk, tulle and lace combinations…it’s all there.  The campaign images for this brand are equally lush, with dramatic landscapes, even more dramatic hair and an abundance of flowers; there’s no holding back.  I’ve followed this brand for several years (for so long, that I remember it used to go by a different name), and Amoralle has consistently been lush and eye-catching.

Amoralle was founded in 2009 by Latvian designer Inese Ozola, and includes a wide variety of intimates including lingerie, loungewear, legwear, bodysuits and accessories.  It also features a full range of bridal lingerie for the bride who wants the full fantasy experience.  What’s consistent through all of the designs is the over-the-top glamour that is packed with drama.  If you’re looking to inject elegance in your boudoir, Amoralle should be your first stop!

Here are some of my favorites from some of the more recent collections (“Wild Birds” and “Wild Roses”), along with items from the signature collection on their website.  If this doesn’t inspire you to do a boudoir photo shoot, I don’t know what will!

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Amoralle Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Oscar Underpinnings & Red Carpet Fashion Illustrations

February 27, 2017

by TINA WILSON ~ Illustrator


Watch in action, the drawings of Best Supporting Actress ~ Viola Davis
& Best Actress ~ Ruth Negga’s gowns on the Red Carpet.

We watch and we judge. We judged the performances they gave and the dresses they will wear to receive their accolades. I love the Oscars and I don’t believe I have missed….blah blah blah

Okay, that was my opener BEFORE the Oscars aired last night, so let me start again WHOA! WTH!?? I am over the moon that Moonlight won Best Picture, I adored that movie, no slight to LaLand but Moonlight was magical…..

I loved the Red Carpet, I loved seeing who was with who, and I loved the acceptance speeches. I loved everything about last night’s Oscars as I imagined what might be worn under some of those magnificent dresses that came down the red carpet, and there were some beauties last night. “Live sketching” the Oscars or any awards show involves a bit of dexterity, and two iPads. The first is to take pics as each nominee or presenter arrives on screen and the second Ipad is for sketching in between those moments. I make no claims to actually know anything about any of the star’s undergarments, this is pure conjecture.

In my next life I want to be Viola Davis, it is her stature, her humility, her power and that red dress on her flawless brown skin that made me envy her and I am almost positive she was wearing Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless and Janira’s Bodyshaper or the VaBien Low Back Bustier.

Let’s face it most of these women don’t need shapewear but apparently they wear it anyway so I will play along. The “Best Nude Shapewear” goes to Halle Berry who might have been wearing Simone Perele’s Top Model High Waist Shaper and Hailee Steinfeld who I hope was wearing Janira’s 31053 because that wisp of a sheer confection dress held back nothing.

Ruth Negga was stunning, I love the fact that she doesn’t feel the need to bare it all and was probably wearing the Wacoal Halo Convertible Underwire bra or the Wacoal’s Amazing Assets Convertible Underwire Pushup Bra.

Naomi Harris had to have been my favorite, that train on that short skirt had me the first second I saw it, I bet she was wearing Fashion Form’s UltraLight Nubra! No shapewear needed.


Watch: Michelle Williams & Nicole Kidman gown drawings at the 2017 Oscars

Michelle Williams is one of my favorite actresses, I’m in love with her hair, and her dress last night was one of the prettiest, she may have been wearing Le Mystere’s Perfect 10 Tanga, just to feel good.

There didn’t seem to be much opportunity for a traditional pretty lacey bra with straps, so I’ll just hope someone was wearing something from the Simone Perele Florence Collection.

Octavia Spencer is a queen and I imagined her in the Panache Evie Bridal strapless with the Elomi Shaper 8118 to reign it all in.


Oscar gown drawings video ~ Hailee Steinfeld and Halle Berry

There were too many backless, frontless, plunging numbers to count and the award for “Best Gravity Defying Options” must go to Fashion Forms, no one does the “hold up your boobs in a weird dress” better than Ann Deal with her U Plunge bra and bodysuit, Backless Strapless Bra or the Silicone Liftbra.

Charlize Theron is always a stunner and she probably didn’t need anything at all so I won’t even try to guess what she was wearing underneath, and the same for Emma Stone.

It was an amazing cliff hanging night and the finale was historic in many ways.

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Swiss Miss ~ Lyn Lingerie

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

It seems as though each week I am covering lingerie from a different country!  Just this year alone I have covered brands from France, Russia, Belgium, Poland and the USA.  So without further ado, this week’s intimate apparel country of choice is Switzerland!  The brand being featured is Lyn Lingerie, which is a bold, modern line that is perhaps best known for its striking bodysuits and ‘crop top’ bras.  I knew I was in good company writing about Lyn, as our contributor Tina Wilson recently selected one of their bodysuits for her Salon International de la Lingerie sketches!

This Zurich-based company specializes in creating high quality, high comfort pieces that feature beautiful details.  I love the mix of strong, modern silhouettes paired with delicate lace detailing.  The brand was founded by fashion designers Evelyn Huber and Ramona Keller, who hand-produce less than 10 parts of their lingerie per day using a blend of conventional and unconventional materials.  They aim to incorporate fabrics from Swiss companies into their work, which is meant to result in a product of the highest quality.

The runway images shown here represent Lyn Lingerie’s AW2017 collection and well as pieces from the Signature Collection that is currently available for purchase.

I’m eager to see which stores pick up this label…I know I would!

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Lyn Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Tina Wilson fashion illustration of Lyn Bodysuit 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….
 
 
SEE MORE FASHION ILLUSTRATION and info about TINA WILSON: