By ALISON CONNOLLY
There’s a special place in my heart for British luxury lingerie brands, dating back to when we (my mom & I) first developed the concept for our lingerie boutique nearly 15 years ago. They were amongst the first brands we discovered when researching the luxury lingerie industry, and the British labels were those that stood out as being a delightful balance of luxurious, unique and playful. One of the brands that I recall being part of our initial discovery was Myla.
Myla is a luxury lingerie brand from the U.K. that was re-launched this year under new ownership (after previous years of ups and downs and outright disappearance), and appears to be on the path to reemerge to prominence under the guidance of CEO Garry Hogarth (formerly of Agent Provocateur) and Creative Director Gregor Pirouzi (formerly of Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood & Versace).
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By HOLLY JACKSON
The world of luxury curvy lingerie is small. Not just small, but nearly infinitesimally so. While budget and mid-tier lingerie brands are expanding curvy and plus-lines as fast as they can, almost no one has chosen to take on the luxury couture market. It’s still an unproven market, although one that seems to have lots of community support. But will curvy women really pay for luxury lingerie? Harlow & Fox has gambled on that idea and won.
Harlow & Fox was one of the earliest brands to experiment with couture lingerie in curvy sizes and they are still going strong. Their pieces show no compromise: the materials are of the highest quality and the designs refuse to be watered down. Harlow & Fox’s commitment to vintage glamour comes through loud and clear, from their gorgeous embroidered slips to a hand beaded gold glass robe that would be … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Yesterday, I watched the new documentary on Netflix, “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?”. It stirred some hardcore memories of the culture in which I came of age. It is set in the 1970’s when powerful female voices emerged to rally the call for social equality. The story centers on Cynthia MacAdam’s book, Emergence, her photography of women who have been instrumental in the struggle for Women’s Rights. These images portray women who felt the freedom to be what they were. Constrained by a “Mad Men” culture, they discuss the challenges confronted as they went for broke to claim their own sense of self. While I was watching the broadcast, I thought, there have been women on this slow walk to liberation for decades before this particular story began. These were individuals, like those featured in this film, who sought to provide a way to empower women. Of … ...Read more
By TINA WILSON
THE FRENCH LINGERIE LOFT show, presented by Lingerie Francaise, was cozy, even quaint and it was a pleasant contrast to all the trade shows and fairs normally held in big cold spaces. I walked up the stairs after entering on Bleecker street and was greeted to a demonstration by Caudalie, the French skin care brand. Women were sitting around a big white wooden table sampling and applying assorted creams as demonstrated by a brand representative. It felt like someone’s home and I felt like I walked in on a dinner party just before the main course. I looked over at the kitchen and there was a group of people huddled and laughing in front of the lovely spread of crudité, pate, wine and pastries.
While everyone was focused on magic serums to heal and repair the skin, I had the strategically placed racks to myself. All the … ...Read more
by ELLEN LEWIS & DEEDEE CROSLAND ~
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Deedee Crosland, publisher of The Naked Point of View. In this Podcast, we discuss my take away from my recent research excursion into the 2019 lingerie market. My impressions, based on brand and retail input, speaks to the current industry dynamics: the influences that frame the foundation of the industry in which I have been a part for over 35 years. As some things stay the same, much more has evolved. Today, we address inclusion, sustainability, transparency, simplicity, elegance, sensuality and of course, innovation and fashion quests. I hope you will take a moment to listen. It was a pleasure chatting with Deedee.
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Deedee’s love and knowledge of lingerie, her passion for storytelling and connecting … ...Read more