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Couture Icon ~ Carine Gilson

April 16, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Whenever I’m in need of lingerie inspiration, my go-to brand is Carine Gilson.  Even though fashion styles come and go, Carine Gilson’s designs remain a constant; which is a good thing considering her works are costly enough to be considered “investment pieces”.

If you’re familiar with the concept of luxury lingerie, then you are undoubtedly familiar with this brand.  In fact, Carine’s eponymous label is the industry standard upon which many other luxury designers measure themselves.  In reality there are only a handful of designers that are fortunate to stand upon the Carine Gilson pedestal, but none of them have surpassed her (yet) in longevity.

This made-to-measure label was founded in 1990, with its first boutique opening in Paris in 2004 (in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, no less).  Since then, the brand has established itself as the leading expert in luxury lingerie craftsmanship.  Each season brings us a unique color palette of hand-dyed Lyon silk that is often paired with Calais or Chantilly lace.  Carine’s lace work is the hallmark of her label, and often what makes her pieces instantly recognizable.

The current Summer 2017 season presents a refreshing citrusy color story of golden mimosa and brilliant purple cassis.  We also see some sumptuous options in classic black, vanilla and even a soft-blush metallic material (Lurex).  See the brand in motion…

Shop (or simply covet) the current season, as well as last year’s looks on the Carine Gilson website.

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Carine Gilson Luxury Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Caribbean Dreaming – Kriss Soonik Loungerie

April 10, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

I have been a fan of the Kriss Soonik brand for years (even carried the label in my former boutique) so it’s a pleasure to have this platform to be able to share the current collection! The new SS17 season adds sparkle and shine to the familiar styles we love, and also introduces a few new shapes such as the sporty-looking Ilona group. The latest campaign, Caribbean Dreaming, shows us the playful styling options of Kriss Soonik and its appeal as lingerie-as-outerwear.  As usual, we are presented with images that are playful and cheeky, but this season seems especially fun.  The designer’s intent was to create something that reminds us to celebrate the small joys in life.  Kriss shares that “When you just don´t have the time for a vacation, you can always create your own sunshine. Take time off in small portions and enjoy these small fun moments in life. We always want more but sometimes we just have to make the most of what we already have.”  Playing dress-up and acting silly in lingerie are a fine example of doing just that! We might not be able to run off and relax in the Caribbean anytime we want, but no one can stop us from dreaming!  Just slip into the new arrivals from Kriss Soonik and let your imagination whisk you away!

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Kriss Soonik on Lingerie Briefs

Team credits:
Photographer: Sandra Palm
Model: Mari-Liis @EMA
Styling: Johanna Eenma
Hair/make-up: Nele Pandis
Location: Tallinn Botanic Garden

 

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Big Little Lies

April 5, 2017

Illustrations and Text By TINA WILSON

Fashion Illustration by Tina Wilson of Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies

I wasn’t prepared for the impact of Big Little Lives on my Sunday evenings. I was even less prepared for its departure, leaving an entertainment void I don’t know how to fill. I’m not one to gravitate to films or TV shows centered around entitled people with problems most of us would be happy to have, yet I was captivated for 7 weeks.  I was captivated by the acting, mesmerized by the California coastline, horrified by the secrets, obsessed with the soundtrack (do your soul a favor and download the soundtrack on Spotify) and envious of the wardrobe, the underpinnings in particular and how they helped to define these women.

Being a human mannequin, Nicole Kidman received the most opulent of the intimate apparel, as well as the most airtime wearing them.  Her bras, panties, slip dresses and robes should have received their own credits.  It was as if the director wanted us to see her at her most vulnerable while she was being physically assaulted by her Nordic godlike husband. Stripping her of her daytime armor and replacing it with silk and lace was all too effective; the scene with her sprawled and sobbing on the bathroom floor wearing a minimal black bra and bikini in the final episode broke my heart.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Zoe Kravitz, the peaceful “warrior” of the group was the subject of my envy for her Boho wardrobe and her hippy vibe, it spoke to me, as did her house. While all the other women lived in minimalist mansions by the ocean with views most people live and die never having seen, she and her slightly annoying, hot husband were nestled in a woodsy canyon. Living in a cluttered beauty of a home dripping in ferns, dreamcatchers and wind chimes, she ruled it with way cool compassion and understanding for all who entered.  Her vintage kimonos and camisoles with yoga pants were the only “real life” ensembles in my humble opinion. And spoiler alert*, as my mother always said “Don’t mistake kindness for weakness”, Zoe may have had less airtime than I would have preferred but she stole the finale.

Shailene Woodley’s sporty attire outshone her underpinnings as a topic of discussion.  Her character’s “jogging on the beach” scenes, were great self-reflective moments and oddly my favorite scene of the mini-series is of her dancing violently by herself to “Dance This Mess Around” by the B’52’s, try it, I did and it felt like I had shed a layer of skin, stress and worry, it was sooooo good! There is nothing more cathartic than wearing a tank top (and no bra) and leggings and yes…. dancing like no one is watching.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I save my final commentary for my favorite character played by Reese Witherspoon. Her house was my favorite dwelling, the kitchen being the “star” of the family meal gatherings and if you watched the show, you know why. Never have I had love for and a desire to know such a gossipy, meddling, woman until now, I wanted her to be my new best friend.  What made you love her instead of wanting to climb through the screen and strangling her was her character’s genuine desire to empower the women around her even while she conspired against them in defense of another. It was fitting that she sometimes wore pajamas, the button front kind that take a little time and effort to remove. She seemed to want the layer of protection from the loving, devoted, funny and nearly perfect husband she took for granted.

There was irony, detail, and layers in just about every minute of the series. I absolutely loved the precocious kids and their musical choices especially little buzz cut Ziggy, I wanted to take him home and buy him every piece of candy and every toy he ever wanted, his lip syncing of “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” gave me chills.  I must give props to Laura Dern, she is an acting goddess, but she dared not show us her undergarments, so just let me say, I haven’t enjoyed such a bitch this much since Elizabeth Perkins as Celia in Weeds.

I will be reviewing each episode over the summer in hopes of unearthing more and more, I need to savor it and make it last…..

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Youth, Beauty & Strength ~ Studio Pia

April 3, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

It is my pleasure to introduce Studio Pia; a luxury lingerie brand that represents beauty on many levels.  The obvious allure is visually represented in its debut collection (made up of three ranges featured here), and its not-so-obvious beauty is revealed in its ethical design/manufacturing process.

Founded by Pia Conaghan in 2016, Studio Pia established itself as an ethically-crafted label based in the UK.  The company’s ethical ethos is to create eye-catching lingerie while minimizing the environmental impact of its products.  This means that its organic fabrics are sourced from factories that create cruelty-free silk (look up ‘peace silk’ if you aren’t familiar), its tags and marketing materials are from recycled products, and its manufacturing process is run by local London artisans to help support their national economy.

The three new groups from Studio Pia’s debut collection are Liana, Bella and Adria, which respectively mean youth, beauty and strength.  The Liana group, with its illusion of jungle embroidery, is inspired by the paintings of post-Impressionist artist Henri Rousseau.  The Bella group is all about indulgence, and enveloping the body in fully silk-lined luxury.  Lastly, the Adria group is cheeky and playful with its peek-a-boo contrast panels of silk and tulle in brilliant ‘jungle green.’  It even includes a pocketed mastectomy bra style, which gives yet another example of the designer’s thoughtful design process. All of these styles were created to be investment pieces that flatter a wide array of body types. Studio Pia is a wonderful example of how ethical, sustainable luxury products can be created without compromise.

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

Studio Pia on Lingerie Briefs

 

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Explore the Avant-Garde ~ Murmur Lingerie

March 27, 2017

By ALISON CONNOLLY

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Perhaps the first (or only) lingerie brand that comes to mind when I consider the term avant-garde is Murmur.  For the last few years, Romanian designer Andreea Bădală has been creating standout collections of luxury prêt-a-porter with a risqué  lingerie twist.  The lines between the two are completely blurred in such a way to give the customer the freedom to wear pieces as either innerwear or outerwear.  The brand is perhaps best known for its minimalist, soft bondage aesthetic, and certainly makes for great editorial or performance pieces for talents such as Beyoncé, Madonna and Lady Gaga.  Each season features a monochrome collection with either corset or garter strap details, but often presented in a new and unusual light.  You can see glimmers of where the designer gets her inspiration from 1940s and 50s silhouettes.

As you will see in these images, which represent both the classic and SS17 groups, most of the pieces are starting points for a fantastic wardrobe.  We love the versatility of being able to build a show-stopping wardrobe from one or two spectacular pieces!

Shop these looks and much more from this handcrafted brand by visiting the Murmur website.

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Murmer Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 

 

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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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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: