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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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Everything’s Coming Up Roses ~ Rose Fulbright

July 5, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

If you have been a fan of Lingerie Briefs for some time, you are likely familiar with Ellen’s appreciation for hand-painted silks, and how art is interpreted into fashion.   Knowing that makes this feature on British loungewear & beachwear label Rose Fulbright that much more meaningful.

Hand-painted prints are at the core of every collection, with a distinct inspiration for each season’s patterns.  Launched in 2013 as a lingerie label, the designer found her niche in 2015 with the launch of her Tropical collection that used paintings by Rose Fulbright’s grandmother.  Since then we have seen seasonal collections that range from bright and summery to dramatic and seductive.  Right now, considering we are in the midst of swimwear season, I just wanted to focus on the warm-weather, beachwear styles.

All of the prints you will see are hand-painted, which makes this brand wearable art that will be treasured for years to come.  For those of you who not likely inclined to lounge in pure silk, the latest season introduces cotton silk separates as a versatile loungewear option.

You can shop the full collection of Rose Fulbright designs, for both men and women, on her website.

I dream of an art of balance, of purity and serenity
Henri Matisse

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Hand-Painted Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

Rose Fulbright Silk Loungewear and Beachwear on Lingerie Briefs

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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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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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