At the age of 22, I acquired my first dog, a pure white Samoyed Husky. He was quite a diversion from the wiener dogs that commandeered my household most of my childhood. Tarot (I guess you can guess where my head was in those days) was an unintended purchase. Accompanying a colleague who was looking for a pet, I became smitten by a 4 month old fluff ball whose energy stood out from the rest of the litter. I knew nothing about this breed, but I was sure he would change my life. I wasn’t disappointed. He was a perfect accessory, great for meeting guys. He kept me safe and secure; his size camouflaging his engaging disposition. His warm and cuddly coat kept me cocooned at night until my husband later banned him from the bed. Petting him was like touching velvet; effected by a double layer of soft white fur. I actually saved it after grooming to be spun into yarn in later years. The Samoyed is a serious work dog, bred to herd and pull sleds in the far reaches of Siberia. But their gentle natures and gorgeous conformation belie their power and endurance.
Don’t ask me why, but Tarot is the first image that I had when deciding how to profile Chantelle’s new Velvet Touch full cup 3 part bra pictured here. Defying the US propensity to reject white in our undergarments, this particular rendition swaddles the breast with a premium embossed microfiber that is invisible under clothes. One might imagine it would be a perfect layer beneath a sweater knit in Tarot’s fur. Alas, that was years ago when bras such as these fitting 30-44, B-I cups were not available on the market. But leave it to Chantelle to engineer a style that exudes French chic while sustaining considerable support and lift all day long. Everything about this style recalls that stunning animal that brought comfort to my daily life.
“Just Because You Are Soft Doesn’t Mean You Are Not A Force” . . .Victoria Erickson
The Coobie Comfort Bra with embossed floral pattern is so lovely for Fall ! This amazingly comfortable bra (same as the above Comfort Bra) features extra wide, fixed straps that are sure to please as well as a beautiful floral pattern lightly embroidered into the fabric. Available in 4 sizes for a more customized fit – Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large. Also has removable pads. Made of the same extremely comfortable, stretchy fabric as the original Coobie Seamless Bra.
Approximate traditional bra size equivalents are: Small – 30A-34D, Medium – 34A-36D/DD, Large – 38A-42D/DD, XL – 42A-48D/DD. The fabric is made of an ultra soft nylon and spandex blend.
“I recently purchased 2 Coobie bras… I already want more! I can see this being an addiction.” 🙂 C. Saks
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Last week, at the NYC Interfiliere, there was a great deal of continued talk about the Athleisure trend. It’s amazing how this apparel phenomenon has been integrated into the Intimate Apparel industry, crossing back and forth with ready-to-wear, often seamlessly. For lingerie retailers, the crossover requires thoughtful merchandising. The surge in bralette business, particularly as a layering piece, has helped to change the consumer’s orientation when purchasing leisure wear. The challenge for Intimates buyers is to identify products capable of meeting a customer’s price expectations while still meeting her fashion aspirations. One collection that has made this transition with growing success is Fleur’t With Me, the younger alter ego of the 15 year old Fleur’t brand. Capitalizing on the color and lace authority of the Fleur’t profile, Fleur’t with Me is a panorama of cheeky bralettes and casual separates (S-XL) designed for a contemporary woman with attitude on a … ...Read more
In this week’s gallery, Alison takes a look at the Hollywood Glamour of yesteryear and its inspiration on some of today’s indie designer brands such as Emerald and Palm, Betty Blue’s Catherine D’Lish and Gilda and Pearl. READ AND SEE MORE… ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Catherine D’Lish worn by Dita Von Tisse
There are robes that we mere mortals wear, and then there are robes that the likes of Dita von Teese, Jean Harlow and Loretta Young wear (or wore). As you will see, the two are worlds apart! Of course the focus of today’s post are the glamorous satin and feather-trimmed robes of yesteryear along with some striking vintage-inspired styles that are available today. It’s ironic that the dressing gowns these ladies wore in the privacy of their home rivaled the decadence of the clothes they wore out! The common theme in all of these designs is the pairing of luxurious materials, and I have extra love for anything with feather trim. It is wonderful that contemporary designers/brands such as Catherine D’Lish, Gilda & Pearl, Emerald and Palm, and Betty Blue’s so perfectly channel the sophistication of Old … ...Read more