Aubade swimwear on Lingerie BriefsAubade

The summer Lingerie Shows, such as Curve, are replete with swimwear brands. Many of the companies that have established Intimate Apparel businesses are equally adept in swimsuit development. Take, for example Freya,  Elomi,  Fantasie, Rosa Faia, Lise Charmel, Antigel, Empreinte and Aubade to name a few. Labels well respected for their unique style are developing and launching successful swimwear collections regularly. Skin Lingerie comes to mind. And, as hybrid dressing continues its march into the modern wardrobe, we will see more and more newcomers to this market. At Curve, I saw two, in particular: Tutu from Israel and Karen Mabon from England that inspired me. The messages I gleaned at Curve were not very different than those I saw in Intimates: Bright, bold tropical … Read more


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Silent Arrow

Seasonal trends, as we know them, are over.  That is not to say, that there are not design messages. It’s simply that these messages overlap, moving fluidly between key intimate and RTW classifications; blurring boundaries.  Leggings become pants, Robes become jackets, Bodysuits and bras become blouses. And Pajamas go everywhere. Concepts Paris calls this Hybrid dressing.  It is a perfect definition of the evolution (revolution) occurring in a woman’s wardrobe. Mixing design elements, once a noisy fashion statement, is now “The Trend”.  It makes perfect sense. We are living in a culture of Collective Chaos where social media has commandeered the retail space and changed the state of our nation

Envie & Else

Having culled through 700 + photos, certain directional messages emerged, … Read more


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One Legging at A Time

By TINA WILSON

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

I ADORE LEGGINGS! They can be a dresses’ best friend or a t-shirt’s worst nightmare.  When I first started wearing leggings way back in the day when hair was poufy and high; they came in one length, they had no tummy control, they couldn’t heat you up or cool you down and they had no pockets.  The only holes in them were caused by your thighs rubbing together and they mostly came in Black.  Leggings were supposedly not worn by the ‘fashionable’ crowd and mocking someone for wearing them outside of the gym was not uncommon.

Tina Wilson Fashion Illustrations on Lingerie Briefs

Fast forward to today and you have a 500+ person wait list for Bandier’s Ultracor Star Legging. I must admit while I think they are fun, … Read more


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Fleur of England AW 17 Muse Collection on Lingerie Briefs

Some years ago, after my first child was born, my husband gave me an exquisite piece of jewelry for Christmas: a cabochon ruby choker embraced by diamonds. This created a conundrum for me. Precious jewelry was not really my thing. I did not even want an engagement ring. But my grandmother had once told me that I must never return a gift from my husband, that each offering was a promise and we cannot break our promises. Heeding her advice, though I thought it a bit extravagant and somewhat ostentatious, I have quietly kept it for years, recently passing it on to my daughter for posterity. What I failed to grasp in those early days is that the value in these gems is in the … Read more


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Wearable Art ~ MENG

By ALISON CONNOLLY

MENG silk printed robes and pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

We are no stranger to the concept of luxury lingerie when it comes to our Gallery posts, and today’s feature on the U.K.-based brand MENG is no exception.  MENG is a contemporary luxury lifestyle brand with a heavy emphasis on Asian-inspired prints and styles that are tailored to suit the sophisticated woman’s taste.  If you are familiar with the label, which is sold at Selfridges, Neiman Marcus & Harrods (to name a few), then you know that its specialty is in kimono and pajama designs that are essentially wearable pieces of art.  With that in mind, the brand is taking a slightly different approach to its SS18 collection.  It’s focusing on a category between the worlds of loungewear and ready-to-wear by adapting … Read more


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Gilda & Pearl couture lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

This week has been an intense market drill down: three full days at Curve NY, The Lingerie Select, followed by showroom appointments. Spring 18 previews, current business reviews and fall strategy meetings: these generate a great deal of  input requiring thoughtful analysis. Look for a defined perspective shortly. But today, I want to highlight an English label that I love for its lingerie purity, Gilda & Pearl. I visited designer Diane Houston at the fabulous Nomad Hotel in NYC, a perfect backdrop for her stunning luxury brand. It is a welcome perk to learn that she is launching the Diane Houston Gilda & Pearl diffusion collection. I’ve been following Diane’s work since she entered the Intimates market in 2011 after 5 years creating bespoke … Read more


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