By ELLEN LEWIS
Harmony: The arrangement of parallel texts to form one exquisite narrative. Do we not aspire to this in our relationships, our careers, our homes and ultimately marriage? It’s the melding of many components that factor into our daily lives in order to rise above the noise and find equilibrium. It is the desire to be carried to a higher level of well-being. This is true beauty; a state of personal satisfaction to which every woman aspires. I saw this image on social media ( I wish I could credit its creator) and decided to use it here to describe Lise Charmel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture Art de Volupté and Soie Virtuose collections
The two groups are copacetic, melding together 17 styles of luxury lingerie worthy of any bride. However, it’s the Lise Charmel designer technique that raises them above commercial lingerie to another plane of grace. They are unique in their content, intricate in their application and complex in their artistry. Proprietary Guipure and embroidery on tulle, laser cut inlays and organza flowers create pattern reliefs. Exclusive leavers laces, stretch silk satin and the “ultra mother of pearl” guarantee anti yellowing process are all part of the Lise Charmel stable of componentry that separates this atelier from the crowd. Always at the forefront of development, the brand uses the “manchette” effect, an on the shoulder micro mesh with point droit detail. The Lise Charmel bridal pieces are so ethereal that, as I have said before, they could be mounted in a boudoir for posterity. (Watch the Lise Charmel Spotlight for the full collection coming soon)
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 … ...Read more
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