By ELLEN LEWIS
I know I am a bit late to the party, but recently, I have been binge watching Game of Thrones, having missed the craze when it was peeking. My husband thought it wouldn’t appeal to me as I have a deep distaste for gratuitous violence and sex in films. But I am fine with it when it weaves the very fabric of the tale setting the course for the dark romance between good and evil. In fact, it is the potent forces of male hubris and female intuition that turns this story from a brutal exposition to a sensual lyric. Excellence in staging and luxurious in detail, each episode begs the viewer to want more. The contrast between shadowy sets (or maybe … Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
If you are familiar with my Gallery posts, you know I enjoy discovering talented lingerie designers from around the world. Today’s post is no exception as I present Akiko Ogawa, a lingerie designer from Japan whose eponymous label specializes in pieces made using in high-grade Japanese lace. Ogawa is no stranger to the world of design, having launched her clothing label over a decade ago. It wasn’t until 2016 that the lingerie label was created, as an outlet for the designer to create pieces that were exclusively feminine and sensual. We saw them in Paris and were instant fans.
The images in this post represent a sample of each group that has been designed over the past year. Akiko Ogawa clearly … Read more
Deedee Crosland recently facilitated a discussion on the importance of breast cancer awareness with Staci Cormier, Certified Breast Care Fitter and US Breast Care Manager for Anita International and Dr. Carmen Delgado Jimenez, Breast Cancer Surgeon & Medical Director at Hospital Universitario Virgen de Valme, Sevilla Spain. The Anita brand’s major commitment to women’s health is supported by their active participation in the necessity of preventive care and their broad spectrum of products necessary for both physical and mental rehabilitation following breast surgery. A serious interview that delves into the trials and tribulations of this difficult time in a woman’s life, Staci’s devotion to this issue is revealed.
Listen to Deedee’s interview with Staci Cormier, US Breast Care Manager
for Anita International
and Dr. Carmen … Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
When I was a teenager, going bra shopping was torturous. I was a G cup by the time I was in high school, which meant that finding bras required a special (and frequently humiliating) trip to Nordstrom. I loved seeing all of the pretty options in the lingerie department, but that was never what I got. While I drooled over pretty laces and bows, my mother and the fitter decided that I should be put in full coverage beige t-shirt bras. While it was clear there were lots of possibilities for other people who wanted lingerie that fit and was pretty, they didn’t seem to apply to me.
Lingerie has changed a lot since I was in school, and all for the … Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I studied French diligently in school with big plans. I wanted to work at the United Nations and French is one of the 6 official UN languages. So when my merchandising career began (another story for another time) I questioned the viability of my education. You don’t hear that much French in New York’s garment district. But as my retail path veered into Intimate Apparel, I realized that I was wrong. French is more than a language; it is an entire lifestyle. The cadence, accent, pronunciation and expressions are indicative of the entire culture: provocative, elegant, and proud. The proclivity of lingerie boutiques weaving through any commercial locale in France clarifies that for a French woman, intimates are more than a necessity. … Read more
By TINA WILSON
Halloween. When I came to the decision to dedicate this blog to Halloween I had no idea what the actual subject would be. It stressed me out for a few days, I only knew I wanted it to be about corsets. Back when I used to dress up for Halloween, it always involved a corset or bustier. Nurse with corset, witch wearing corset, genie with corset, the list is long.
One night shortly before the blog deadline I was sitting on my sofa looking for inspiration, sifting thru my coffee table books on Basquiat, the 80’s NYC club Area, Schiaparelli, and Vionnet and then it hit me, and it hit me hard. McQueen, Alexander McQueen.
Savage Beauty, the … Read more