Luxury large cup lingerie brand Katherine Hamilton shares a preview of the gorgeous Eden Collection for Spring/Summer 2020. Shown above is the Eden Coral Bra which is exquisitely embroidered with floral accents. Lined with ‘invisible’ tulle, offering strong support and shaping whilst ensuring the embroidery detail stands out. Designed to look like a genuine balcony style with horizontal neck edge creating a petite appearance but with full support from internal 3-piece rigid tulle cup and internal silk side sling. Shorter underwires for lower centre gore and underarm (broadening the breast shapes for which we cater – suitable for both fuller and shallower breast shapes). Fully adjustable shoulder straps to appeal to broad range of body shapes. The high-waisted briefs are also adorned with the beautiful floral embroidery on cool, sheer silk fabric.Eden Evening Sand by Katherine Hamilton is a silk sensation! An internal side sling allows for support, lift and forward projection, ‘invisible’ tulle and Swiss designed floral embroidery accented with flashes of metallic rose gold threads. Custom Swiss designed floral embroidery in the Eden Collection embodies the summer season. Stay tuned for more SS20 previews from this premier UK based brand!
The bra fit revolution of the 21st century has empowered all women to find comfort and support from their bras – no more trying to squeeze an H cup into a D cup as in decades gone by. As a 28H, Katy Payne, the British-based owner of the Katherine Hamilton designer lingerie brand, has followed the lingerie industry for years and been delighted to see the expansion of choice for women of different sizes. Despite that, as a luxury lingerie lover, she was still frustrated by the fact that many of the world’s most luxurious designer brands still focus on offering a more traditional size range – with very limited choice for people with narrower backs and bigger cups. As Katy spoke to more and more people, she realised she was not alone and after identifying the emerging demand for fit-focused luxury fuller bust lingerie, she launched the Katherine Hamilton luxury lingerie label in 2016 for sizes 26-38 D-HH cup (British sizing / L USA sizing)
Harrods were the first luxury department store to offer Katherine Hamilton last year with customers breathing a sigh of relief to find something more elegant and the feedback has been astounding:
“So great that Harrods now stock Katherine Hamilton. Lingerie that fits me!”
“I discovered your brand in Harrods and I can’t tell you what a difference you’ve made. To find pretty bras in my size is so unbelievable, and honestly, it’s made me so happy. I spent my teenage years being told I would never be able to wear a pretty bra and was relegated to hammocks. It has such a knock-on effect to happiness and self-esteem. But it’s not just the aesthetics, your bras fit so beautifully and have literally taken the weight from my shoulders.
You are making such a difference to the lives of women like me and I’m so grateful. “
“I’m so happy to find lingerie that not only feels luxurious but fits impeccably, something that sadly doesn’t always go together”
Katy is delighted to have achieved the goal she set out with when she first started the brand: “To provide a product that not only offers comfort and support but also elevates self-esteem and self-worth through beauty and quality is the very reason we launched Katherine Hamilton. Getting the fit right has been fundamental to our brand; to ensure that our products not only look beautiful but provide all day, everyday comfort and support. After all, why have something beautiful if you can’t wear it?! Having now succeeded in our pursuit we are developing an increasingly diverse collection that will bring back the joy of bra shopping to the fuller busted consumer; to have the opportunity to explore fine silks, French lace, intricate embroidered tulles and elaborate robes and accessories, knowing that they will also fit!”
Katherine Hamilton will be bringing this shopping experience to Selfridges (UK), Brown Thomas (Ireland), Journelle (US), Bra Fitting (Russia) and numerous high-end boutiques and premium department stores across the UK and US with the launch of their AW19 collection this April. The brand promises an even more elaborate (and of course fit-focused) collection to follow shortly afterwards as they set their sights even higher: “The challenge that we relish at Katherine Hamilton is creating designs that many wouldn’t think possible for larger cups; that defy expectations of well fitting, supportive bras”. Watch this space, the revolution continues….
Luxury lingerie with a fit-focus in large cup & small band sizes 26-38, D–HH
Katherine Hamilton is a British luxury lingerie brand that specialises in larger cups and smaller bands. Boasting 54 sizes from 26-38, D-HH, it combines luxury materials such as silks and French lace with superior technical fit and comfort.
Katherine Hamilton’s designs create the illusion of effortless beauty. Hidden beneath the delicate, fine fabrics are years of expert technical research and development that has culminated in the brand’s trademark shape: forward projection and lift with a rounded silhouette.
As a fit-focused brand, Katherine Hamilton understands the need for a firm bra band for sufficient support, particularly for those with a fuller bust, and so uniquely offers size 26 bands as standard to ensure that those with a smaller frame can obtain proper support. While most fuller-bust brands use underwires adapted from smaller sizes & simply make them wider and deeper, Katherine Hamilton has developed its own unique underwires that offer a superior fit for fuller cups. After years of putting up with wider wires that didn’t fit well on her smaller fame and suffering from underarm discomfort and the unflattering shape of her breasts being pushed to the side, founder Katherine realised that breasts don’t get wider, but instead get fuller (otherwise they would grow around our sides!) To rectify this she created narrow underwires that are modelled on real women’s shapes & replicate how breasts actually grow to create forward projection, lift and underarm comfort.
Katherine Hamilton’s Continuity Collection ensures that its bestsellers are always available, with new styles and colourways added each season. The collection currently consists of two core ranges: Abbie and Sophia.
The Abbie robe epitomises the vintage inspiration behind the range, composed of elegant, long flowing silk, French floral lace with eyelash trim and silk covered button detail that inspires the image of 1940’s Hollywood idols lounging in their dressing rooms.
Abbie Vintage Rose: soft floral French lace with eyelash trim, long flowing silk skirt and silk covered button fastening.
Abbie in Black is the latest addition to the Continuity Collection with a new vintage inspired deep suspender belt for additional coverage and support.
Abbie in Black: floral French lace with eyelash trim and gold metal detailing.
Sophia combines luxurious vintage details with modern wearability- designed to create a timeless and elegant look that offers exceptional support and comfort.
Sophia Ivory: composed of light floral French lace and sumptuous silk
A sneak peek of Katherine Hamilton’s AW19 collection reveals stunning intricate French embroidered detail and delicate tulles courtesy of the Abrielle range that redfines fuller bust luxury lingerie.
Abrielle Blue: striking jewel blue French embroidered tulle with invisible tulle lining create the illusion of a 2-piece cup
Katherine Hamilton’s responsiveness to emerging trends and their impact on the fuller bust consumer sees the launch of their first wireless lace bralette, Emelie, composed of delicate French floral lace and constructed for incredible lift and shaping, without a wire!
Emelie Black: a wireless supportive lounge bra composed of French floral lace with eyelash trim creating a delicate, lightweight feel with strong support.
The Emelie wireless bra coordinates with Katherine Hamilton’s first loungewear collection designed for lounge and sleep in pure indulgence and comfort. The 5-piece range is composed of sandwashed silk and features a William Morris inspired bespoke print.
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KATHERINE HAMILTON LUXURY LARGE CUP LINGERIE
By TINA WILSON
White…we think of purity, faith, innocence, goodness, even virginity when we think of the color white, white is ingrained in all of us to be an inherently positive color, why?
Opaak & Empreinte
I’ve been researching colors and their meanings and how they make us feel. Culturally the meanings can shift, in Asian cultures white is a symbol of mourning and loss, in Western cultures the hero wears white and the villain wears black, again I ask why? Who decided that one is evil and the other virtuous? I have not found the answer, but I must thank the minimalist Japanese designers of the 80’s for insuring that black remains the symbol of elegance and modern simplicity in fashion, 80% of my wardrobe.
White is thought to be the first color ever used in art, some 40,000 years ago when Paleolithic artists used white calcite and chalk to draw, perhaps which was the beginning of white as the symbol of all things good? White contains an equal balance of all the colors of the spectrum, representing both the positive and negative aspects of all colors while it’s “nemesis” black is the total absorption of light. In the battle of white and black in fashion it remains to be seen who will win, the little black dress or the crisp white shirt.
Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino
Browsing thru a myriad of fashion magazines, and yes, I preferred to use my fingers to touch the paper and to rip the sheets from the spines; I came across a few gorgeous “white” editorials. LVMH, Gucci, Valentino and other designers seemed to be on a trend of frothy, gossamer, and flowing long white dresses. Some were pleated, some were ruffled, and some were embroidered, and all were too expensive to ever imagine owning. I started to imagine what one might wear underneath them. In intimate apparel 101, we learned that nude must be worn under white; I never quite followed that school of thought.
I like white under white especially when it comes to bras, there is almost nothing sexier than a white lace bra worn under a white button down shirt like Prima Donna’s “Ray of Light” underwire bra or Empreinte’s Cassiopee T shirt bra. Opaak’s Graphic Lace padded Sophie Bra and their Gathered Eileen bodysuit would look great under just about anything, as long as you allowed some of it to show, I love the simplicity and the lace is recycled! Ditto that for Katherine Hamilton’s Sophia Ivory lace bra, it’s a little vintage and a little modern.
You don’t have to be a bride to wear a beautiful, lacey, sexy white bra, but while we are on the subject of brides, I do believe that Layneau’s Silk Amelie hoodie and tap shorts in ivory are perfect for that bride who favors casual elegance. And for the bride who is into a bit more drama and not into marabou, The Giving Bride’s Christina Cape in Ivory is all that, it is custom ordered and looks to be the worth the wait.
The Giving Bride
I could have kept deliberating on colors, society, influences, and biases but I will keep to the subject of fashion and intimate apparel and end by stating the allure of white dresses, white linen, white towels, white tablecloths, white t-shirts, and white shirts cannot be understated…stay tuned next time for the beauty of Black.
Peace and Resistance.
By HELEN MASTERS
At a time when all eyes are on Britain – thanks to the imminent arrival of Brexit day… many commentators have been debating what being British is all about and indeed what the British way of life will be going forward. In an attempt to glam up the conversation at a time when many Brits are quite frankly bored or frustrated with the politics of Brexit, I am asking the really crucial question – the one on everyone’s lips: ‘What is British style?’ Brit style is often seen as quirky, eccentric and original but is it really? And beyond that how do you define it? Well, one thing that is true is that London has long been a global fashion center. With London fashion Week now in its 69th year and fashion contributing £33 billion or $42 billion to the UK economy, it is up there with Paris and New York in the style stakes – so what is the London look all about? Observing some global British style icons may help to answer the question.
The Queen – The epitome of British aristocratic style
Arguably the most famous woman in the world, her trademark style has balanced function with elegance for the last 9 decades. As at home in a headscarf and tweed jacket as she is in a hat and frock coat, she favours clothing that is practical, comfortable and allows her to get on with the job. A good example of the typical style of the British aristocracy – style that is more about substance and no designer bling here thankyou very much – it interferes with the horses!
The Duchess of Cambridge – The ultimate lady with expert elegance and perfect poise
Like Diana before her, she has become a global icon whose outfits are under scrutiny daily. And, unfortunately for her, being a senior member of the royal family and wife of our future king means she really can’t afford to put a foot wrong. No builder’s bum on exiting her Bentley or ‘off with her head!’The solution? The ’Lady Look.’ Timeless, conservative, carefully matching and one hundred percent carefully put together. Never a hair out of place, even on a windy day, Kate is the epitome of ladylike style and a true British Classic. What’s more she sells! Dresses worn by Kate have been known to sell out globally in seconds – testament to the fact that the Lady Look, worn so well by Diana in years gone by, is a British style legacy.
The Duchess of Sussex – Style with a dollop of Uncle Sam sass
Newly ‘Britified’, she is already a style icon whose outfits grace the covers of magazines the world over- and about to enter the yummy mummy brigade too. Rumored to be ruffling a few feathers amongst the royal household in my hometown of Windsor (yes, she is my neighbor) she is also carving her own style niche – I call it Mode Meghan. Unlike her sister in law who favors timeless classics that could be worn by someone twice her age, Meghan is always up to the minute. Subtle? Yes. Pared down? Yes. But always a bit different to the norm – an unusual hemline here, a quirky neckline there – she is certainly not one who can be easily predicted and rapidly becoming the new role model for wannabe royals the world over.
The royals of course represent only one aspect of British style. Brit culture encompasses many things and high up the list is our celebrity culture. Ever since the heady days of Beatlemania we have looked up to celebs and followed their style (those moptop hair styles and mandarin suits really were iconic), so it is only fitting that we turn to some CeleBRITies to understand British style too.
Kate Moss – The Queen of Cool
Effortlessly cool, achingly hip and utterly versatile. Whether she’s chilling in her Cotswolds country pad, partying at Soho House or nursing a hangover the next day she always looks cool. London personified.
Vivienne Westwood – Kitsch Couture
The epitome of quirky, eccentric, ‘look at me’ style that marries traditional British looks (kilts on the catwalk) with outrageous fun (who can forget Naomi Campbell falling over in those sky high heels?), she is a great example of British irony in the form of fashion – even making the age old British saying ‘all fur coat and no knickers’ a catwalk reality – albeit with fake fur (anyone who doesn’t know what that phrase means – message me!)
Helen Mirren – Grown up glamour
Our other ‘Queen’, in Hollywood terms at least, her style is ‘ageless, timeless, lace and fineness’ as the song says. Famous for gracing the covers of the UK tabloids in a knock ‘em dead red bikini aged 60- she’s the woman we all want to grow up to be.
Victoria Beckham – from Essex Girl to darling of the In Crowd
She’s come a long way since her Posh Spice days – she may have started with the mini-skirts , big hair, full on make-up and footballer other half favoured by the tabloid fodder that are known in the UK as Essex Girls, but she has transitioned into a cool, classy fashionista with a penchant for designing flattering fashion that women really want to wear – whether it’s firm fitting dresses for the ultimate hourglass shape or elegant athleisure chic, if it is VB it is Brit style at its best .
Dua Lipa – Brit style in a Brexit world
One of the hottest Brit stars of the moment, she personifies the laid-back casual chic of today’s up and coming British style icons. Not too put together, not trying too hard, uniquely herself and ready for work, sport or play – she dresses on her own terms and modern millennials just like her a familiar sight on British streets.
These are of course all very different examples of British style – so is that’s what defines it – variety? Well, you only need to take to the streets of Britain to see that for yourself and of course while the world may see more of British royals and the celebs, the majority of us Brits are in fact mere mortals. A road trip around the UK will show that each region has traditionally had its own unique interpretation of Brit style, and as with many things in Brit culture there is often a distinct difference between the North and the South.
As a northern girl used to dressing up to the nines for a night out at the local pub, I was shocked and somewhat deflated when I moved ‘down south’ 25 years ago, only to find that going for a night out meant wearing your scruffiest jeans and minimal make up – dressing up was simply not cool in London. Today however our cities have a much more similar style – Manchester is as much a style capital as London – and in a global culture, Brit style can be seen all over the world.I’m lucky enough to work with some great British brands leading the way on the global stage – the Intimates and accessories world is one of the best to showcase unique British trends – and you can see some of my current favorites in my expanded Hot List below. At the same time, I never want to forget that beacon of Brit style – the Essex Girl (or her Liverpool or Newcastle counterpart for that matter) – she’s loud, she’s proud and she’s oh so British! So, despite what the world may be hearing of our woes, above all we have a sense of humor and irony and that translates to fashion too and makes for a style that is unique and varied; so, whatever your style, try a bit of British swagger, bling or sophistication – one thing, it’s never dull!
Helen’s ‘Hot List’
Hot British Brands – my Top Top Tips
Miss La La Presents – cute, tongue in cheek and oh so British, this former Primrose Hill boutique has now launched its own label -and it’s hot! – the Chocolate Box lingerie set is to die for! Wildcard Silks – A purveyor of traditional silk scarves, headscarves, ties and bowties, once worn by the classic English lady and gent and now quirkily reinterpreted for today’s style icons and featuring unique original artwork – #Britishtraditionwithatwist.Jag London – standout swimwear for the discerning yummy mummy and her mini me daughter. It’s stylish, its superb quality and it’s just adorable.Emma Harris – a luxury lingerie atelier offering exquisite hand-made styles featuring breath-taking detail and up to 62 hours of hand-sewing – definitely one to watch and a recent hit at Curve NY.Longstaff Longstaff – a print-led British brand that uses its own hand painted, bespoke prints to create beautiful silk dresses, shirts and blouses. The aesthetic is feminine and elegant, and produced with an artisan touch and a commitment to British craftsmanship and luxury finishes.Hidden Beneath – an up to the minute, street-style inspired underwear brand for men and women, featuring an androgynous aesthetic that combines comfort and practicality with eco-friendly luxury – the future of underwear?Tru demurr – the edgiest, sexiest street style around for the modern millennial – #thenewsexy .
And let’s not forget those brands that have led the way in providing fashion to meet the needs of the multi- cultural inclusive society that is Britain today:Nicola Jane – the pioneers in beautiful, wearable and accessible lingerie, swimwear and clothing after breast cancer.Adina Reay – one of the first brands to offer luxury lingerie to fuller cups in the UK.Pure Chemistry – Britain’s first ever bridal range targeting the Asian market.
Hot UK Lingerie Retailer: Glamorous Amorous
Originally launched in 2005, this uber- glam website quickly gained cult like status for its collection of beautiful, niche collections from some of the most glamorous and luxurious lingerie designers in the industry. Now with a brand new lease of life following a makeover from new owner, Kim Eldridge, Glamorous Amorous is growing again. Working alongside current designers such as Kriss Soonik, Nina and the Wolf, Emma Harris and Sonata London and brand new launches such as Katherine Hamilton, Aemilia and Something Wicked, Glamorous Amorous is moving forward in exciting directions with several more new launches planned soon including swim and resortwear and accessories.Hailed this year as one of The Independent’s – 20 best online lingerie shops, check it out at www.glamorousamorous.com.