By ALISON CONNOLLY
Celine Marie is a French-German lingerie designer (based in London) who was recently named a “Rising Star” at the 2018 UK Lingerie Awards. After looking through these dazzling images from her latest collection, you will agree with that assessment.
Though the brand HERVÉ BY CÉLINE MARIE is fairly young, it is anticipated that this will be its breakout year. What sets this innovative couture lingerie label apart from others is its relationship between modern and traditional design; from 3D laser cutting technology to its traditional handcrafting techniques. The goal is to create lingerie that is worn to be seen, and there is no doubt that these intricate avant-garde pieces are show-stoppers!
The Fall/Winter collection, called Human Mechanoids, is both parts futuristic and classic with its gilded lace and structural framework. It is inspired by the works of Swiss surrealist painter HR Giger and his idea of the biomechanoid, and how our relationship with technology is taking over our minds and bodies.
HERVÉ, the designer’s mother’s maiden name, symbolizes strength and fierceness. The brand’s mission is to create lingerie that all empowers all women, particularly those who have uneven breasts or have undergone a mastectomy (that is why the made-to-measure element is important). HERVÉ uses sustainable textiles to create handmade garments that are derived from laser cut patterns. This highly technical approach is evident in the corded metallic lace applique (layered on sheer tulle bases) you see on most pieces.
It will be exciting to see how the brand expands and evolves throughout this year. No doubt we will continue to see the continued balance of the ethereal and the industrial in future designs.
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By HOLLY JACKSON
The New Year is traditionally a time when many of us are trying to get back into our pre-holiday routines. If you’re nursing or pregnant, the whole thing may seem way more complicated this year than it has previously! Exercise helps elevate one’s sense of self, well-being and provides a healthy escape from a sometimes overwhelming routine. As the female body evolves through the stages of early motherhood, it’s nice to know that there are brands whose mission is to meet your needs.
All of these styles are perfect for new mothers whether you’re getting back into your familiar gym routine, trying to develop a new one, or just trying to get outside more often.
For light exercise routines, a great bra can make activities like yoga and power walking easier. They’re also just great to run around after your baby with. The Body Silk Yoga Nursing … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
It’s quite serendipitous that I received an article in my in box today from The Robin Report entitled “Retail’s Third Wave Phenomenon”. It’s about the concept of ‘Pop Ups’, the very subject I intended to write about today. Of course, it’s Robin Lewis’ take on the case, with a deep dive into the macro analysis of a changing consumer market. It focuses on the big guys, Amazon, Sears, Target, Kohl’s etc. Still, the relevance of this piece does not escape me because as he describes the evolution to “third wave distribution”, he defines the Pop Up as a “platform of opportunity”: Thus my correlation with the topic.
Brands and stores (obviously, my focus here is on Intimate Apparel) are desperate for new channels of sales potential. In the lingerie industry, so intimate to begin with, the Pop-Up store made its debut several years ago. Designers, mainly small … ...Read more
By TINA WILSON
New year, new beginnings…. or so I am hoping. Hope… that is a good way to start the year, and I have consulted my horoscope for glimmers of such hope. Apparently, this is the year of choice for myself and my Scorpio comrades. Does that mean I get to choose a new president, please pretty please? Can I choose not to pay taxes? Can I choose the winning lottery numbers? As for the Scorpio 2019 love life, apparently, it’s all or nothing, and what else is new?
I’ve thought about making resolutions but haven’t gotten much further than the thought. There is the prerequisite diet resolution, but the choices are staggering like the DASH, PALEO, MEDITTERENEAN, KETO, VEGETARIAN, FRUITARIAN, VEGAN, PESCETARIAN, KANGATARIAN, ITTERMITTENT FASTING, WW, SOUTH BEACH diets, and about a hundred more, I think I’ll just attempt to eat more plants and less things that breathe.… ...Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
The holidays are almost over, which can frequently feel like a mix of stress relief and sadness. Raise your hand if you haven’t pictured yourself away on a beach at some point over the past month — I’m willing to bet that many of us have. If you are lucky enough to be turning that dream into a reality sometime soon, there are some great bets now that it is prime swimwear season.
There are tons of curve friendly swimsuits out there these days, which means there are lots of great options to pick from (and to stock in your boutique). Current swimwear styles range from sedate to sexy, mixing prints and patterns along the way so there is always something that appeals to everyone. The Porto Twilight line from Fantasie mixes stripes and tropical prints in a fresh way that still feels sophisticated. … ...Read more