In Bloom for Brides

by Libby Dowd

Wedding gowns are traditionally white, but lately color has been making its way down the runway—and the aisle. From the neutral blush colors that are appearing in virtually every designer’s collection to Vera Wang’s shocking black gown, color is coming on strong. So why should bridal lingerie stay all white?
In Bloom by Jonquil is introducing its new line of intimates for summer deliveries. These styles mix bold black trims and flirty polka dots—making them perfect for the bride who wants to maintain some tradition but still have a little bit of fun with color and pattern. “I was inspired by ivory and black high drama impact paired with fluffy, frilly laces,” says designer Diane Samandi.

In Bloom by Jonquil ~ 'Eliza' and 'Lace and Dots'
“Some trends reflected in this line are polka dots, lace, menswear inspired prints, mixing masculine and feminine and color blocking.”… Read more

This is a very chaotic time for me, one of those crazy shifts in life’s equinox that can paralyze or energize, depending on perspective.  For sure it is a crucible of stress.  I am selling my home, full of 40 plus years of “stuff”, and downsizing big time.  There are only a few weeks left to liquidate and the process morphs daily.  I have decided to go greener, eliminate the excess and focus on the bare essentials.  I cannot believe the amount of things I have collected throughout the years. The memories they evoke are their true intrinsic value.  I have always lived a relaxed lifestyle, but now most “things” seem superfluous. I want simplicity in my life so I will keep just a few items that reflect the distinction and grace of my family’s heritage and sell the rest.   My house looks like a … Read more

This Week’s Intimate Discovery:  A Classy New Brand Adds Interest To The Lingerie Market

Every time I traveled to Paris during my corporate working years, I would visit the Anne Fontaine store in order to add another style to my collection of these exquisitely tailored classic white shirts.  They became an essential part of my everyday uniform. That is why I was drawn to the Elizabeth Daniel NY brand at the CurveNY Lingerie show last month.  I was intrigued by this concise assortment of timeless designs reminiscent of the chic French fashions that I coveted for so many years.  Four basic styles, available in black and white only, are constructed in a combination of soft form fitting pima cotton knit  combined with the elegant details of a traditional woven sateen woman’s blouse.  I realized that I had discovered an interesting add on business for … Read more

By Libby Dowd

Toad Lillie introduced a new line of bridal lingerie inspired by French sweets at February’s Designer Showcase. The line includes four decadent sets all hand made in luxurious silk fabrics.

Bombé, a silk chiffon babydoll with “something blue” charmeuse bows and a matching charmeuse panty features French seaming and narrow rolled hems that create a romantic ripple effect.

Chantilly, a silk charmeuse and lace shelf bra, panty and garter belt, is a more traditional bridal set. The quarter cup bra is fully lined and features a demure lace applique detail on the front. The matching knickers have a peephole and bow detail in the back for a look that is glamorous, but not overt.… Read more

Recently, I read an interesting article in Time Magazine about the artist, Damien Hirst. As a pioneer of the contemporary British Art movement, he is recognized for his controversial approach to modern art and his shocking subject matter. First and foremost, he is an expert at getting attention; he understands that the power of presentation reigns supreme.  The article highlighted his series of Spot paintings, intricate grids of symmetrically arranged identical orbs whose colors never repeat on the same canvas. The paintings are all about the colors, their placement, who chooses them (many are completely executed by a team of skilled assistants) and how repetitious they can become. There are 331 variations of these Spot installations housed in galleries worldwide.  It is difficult for me to accept them as fine art, but his talent for rebellious and powerful thought cannot be denied. They dare to … Read more

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