By ELLEN LEWIS
It has been awhile since I compared a museum worthy work of art to a piece of lingerie. But when I saw the Lise Charmel Spring 2018 Fleurs de Jungle Collection at Curve last August, it was an easy make. This lush jungle print evokes Henri Rousseau’s 1910 painting, The Dream. A masterpiece emblematic of much of Rousseau’s work, the chimerical imagery is a harbinger of surrealism. Complicated color compositions (this painting is reputed to have 22 shades of green) and intriguing juxtapositions create an exotic landscape.
Fleurs de Jungle’s vibrant color palette speaks for itself. But it’s the correlation of French leavers laces, detailed embroidery and 19mm silk in tandem with this luscious print that defines these intimates as a Lise Charmel masterpiece. Meant to evoke a sensual experience for both the observer as well as the woman wearing them, these pieces are individual works of lingerie art. Like Rousseau, who was not recognized by the “everyman” until Picasso discovered and lauded him as a model of probity, the Lise Charmel brand’s extraordinary artistry has not always been embraced by the t-shirt bra loving, machine washing American consumer. Appreciation of lingerie as an art form in an environment prone to puritanical practicality takes time. However, in a retail climate where everything is accessible, excellence and imagination will eventually dictate the value of a product. It happened to Rousseau in the early 1900’s and it’s happening to Lise Charmel now.
“The Picture Radiates Beauty, That is Indisputable” ~Guillaume Apollinaire
Lise Charmel‘s seductive ‘Evening of Venise’ (Soir de Venise) collection inspired by the sumptuous Venetian patterns and beautiful masks has added a new NAVY shade for AW17, plus coordinated silk lingerie styles and a new 3-part full cup bra.
Evoking the sensuality and magic of a haute-couture jewelry embroidery, the Soir de Venise collection consists of a delicate combination of chiseled embroidery encrusted with guipure, dotted with Swarovski rhinestones, and luxurious lace from Calais. The cuts spotlight tapered, elegant silhouettes with a unique allure inspired by Venetian art.
Lise Charmel’s seductive Soir de Venise lingerie collection consists of seven bras styles including the new full-figure, 3 part full cup bra. There are also eight panty shapes, a garter belt, a waistband garter … Read more
ZEN SKY AND SEA
A leader of sophistication and seduction, French luxury brand Lise Charmel introduces their stunning 2018 swimwear collection entitled ZEN CIEL ET MER ~ Zen Sky and Sea. (Swimsuit above from the ‘Perfect Allure’ Collection) Lise Charmel swimwear brings ‘Fashion forward to the beach, fit’s like a glove and feels so good to wear’. Here is a sampling of their upcoming 2018 swim lines….
Course au Large
Elegance a bord
Perles d’ Embruns
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It has been said that feeling the draping of silk across the skin is as close to heaven as one can get. Lise Charmel’s Splendor Silk Collection for Autumn/Winter 2017-2018 is truly heavenly. With exceptionally fine embroidery on laser-cut tulle, these pure silk satin garments in stunning colors are adorned with luxurious Leavers Lace creating the ultimate in luxury ‘lingerie feminine’. These intimates are true works of art.
Splendeur Soie C80 SN
Lise Charmel lingerie creations are dedicated to feminine expression, freedom of movement, ease, personal beauty and tasteful spontaneity ~ this new Spendor Silk collection is designed to be ‘Désinvolte et féminine‘… Casual and Feminine.
Splendeur Soie C80 SB
The Lise Charmel woman is chic, a bit casual, fun loving and … Read more
Here is a preview of the Fall 2017 Collection ‘Fantasme a deux’ which is reminiscent of a time where luxurious gowns and exquisite refinements were part of a woman’s wardrobe. Women from the era of Marie Antoinette were certainly dressed to impress and every detail was expressed with grandeur and style. Following this expression of modern exotism, the French lingerie brand Lise Charmel designed this exclusive collection that let’s your imagination run wild!
The Fantasme a deux collection is adorned with delicate satin jacquard bows using a very unique craftsmanship using the art of ‘passementerie’ with hand woven bows through gold filigrana embroideries.
Lise Charmel ~ Fantasme a deux collection for Fall 2017 arriving soon.
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Inspired by Mediterranean sunny garden, and delicate flowers, this spectacular, new collection made of fine guipure, evokes “femininity” and the current trends in fashion such as maison Dolce Gabbana.
Danse des Lianes by Lise Charmel features flirtatious back guipure with transparency contrasting with small pink embroidered flowers making this collection glamorous yet summery.
The intricate embroidered details of this exquisite collection are breathtaking.
The Danse des Lianes babydoll, chemise top and tap shorts are made with a silk burn-out inkjet print fabric, this exclusive pattern has an incrustation of eyelash leavers lace. All designs are exclusively created in-house. These pieces are truly sumptuous and could be worn as ready-to-wear.
See the all the new LISE CHARMEL collections at both CurveNV (booth 24295)
and CurveNY (booth … Read more