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Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

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)

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

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!”
C. G.

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. 
T. D.

“I’m so happy to find lingerie that not only feels luxurious but fits impeccably, something that sadly doesn’t always go together”

N.W.

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

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 Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

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….

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs


Luxury lingerie with a fit-focus in large cup & small band sizes 26-38, D–HHKatherine Hamilton British Luxury Lingerie 'Abrielle' featured on Lingerie Briefs

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.

COLLECTIONS

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 by Katherine Hamilton - featured on Lingerie Briefs

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.Katherine Hamilton - Abbie in Black lingerie featured on Lingerie Briefs

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.Katherine Hamilton Sophia Ivory collection - featured on Lingerie Briefs

Sophia Ivory: composed of light floral French lace and sumptuous silk

Autumn/Winter 2019

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.
Katherine Hamilton British Luxury Lingerie 'Abrielle' AW19 featured on Lingerie Briefs

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!
Katherine Hamilton British Luxury Lingerie 'Emilie AW19' featured on Lingerie Briefs

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.Katherine Hamilton’s loungewear collection AW19 - featured on Lingerie Briefs

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Uniquely British Style

By HELEN MASTERS

British Royal Icons as featured o n Lingerie BriefsAt 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.British Celebrity Icons as featured on Lingerie Briefs

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! Wild Card Silks as featured on Lingerie BriefsWildcard 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 as featured on Lingerie BriefsJag 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 as featured on Lingerie BriefsEmma 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 on Lingerie BriefsLongstaff 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 Underwear as featured on Lingerie BriefsHidden 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?Trudemurr as featured on Lingerie BriefsTru 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 on Lingerie BriefsNicola Jane – the pioneers in beautiful, wearable and accessible lingerie, swimwear and clothing after breast cancer.Adina Reay on Lingerie BriefsAdina Reay – one of the first brands to offer luxury lingerie to fuller cups in the UK.Pure Chemistry on Lingerie BriefsPure 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.


By HELEN MASTERS

Le Mystere & Bordelle on Lingerie Briefs

Marriage is all about getting to know your partner and all their quirks, so following on from our UK/US nuptial celebration in my last article, I thought it would be fitting to share some intimate secrets (as newlyweds do) on the UK lingerie lover’s tastes and preferences, and to see if lingerie is an area in which we are compatible with our US partners, or if we have irreconcilable differences….

Brits are known around the world as being a bit straight-laced and conservative – we love queuing, we always wait our turn and we are endlessly polite.

Americans on the other hand are known for being outspoken, outgoing and as we say in the UK ‘not backwards at coming forwards’.

So, do our underwear tastes follow the same pattern?

To explore this pressing question (pressing for lingerie lovers at least), I embarked on a little Trans-Atlantic research. My aim: to find out if Brits opt for lingerie that is, dare I say, on the boring, practical and modest side while our American cousins go wild in their choice of underwear.

The results were surprising…..what I discovered is that while Brits are seen as a bit ‘uptight’ and Americans as ‘in your face’, when it comes to lingerie it is often the reverse.

A cup of tea and a natter about bras is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon, so I recently got together a group of American and British lingerie lovers to do just that. What I discovered was that the typical American woman loves her T shirt bras!  In fact, they are the single largest selling bra category in the USA.   Moulded cups outweigh the sales of cut and sew bras.

Research shows that the most popular brands in the US are those that boast a large range of practical everyday styles and the best-selling colours are nude, black and white – with rarely a print to be seen! Here are a few examples:

Natori Feathers on Lingerie BriefsNatori Feathers

Wacoal Awareness Bra on Lingerie BriefsWacoal’s Awareness

Simone Perele Andora t-shirt spacer bra on Lingerie briefsSimone Perele Andora 

British bestsellers of course include everyday basics – but unlike in the US, UK t-shirt bras tend to be on the pretty or more flamboyant side. My manufacturing contacts tell me that in the UK T shirt bras sell in red, pink, purple or even prints!

The UK consumer also opts for brands that offer something funky & flirty – styles feature lots of lace, cheeky trims and colors. Maybe it’s the Parisian influence, with France being our closest neighbor, but cut and sew bras are also high on the agenda in the UK – just look at the success of London brand Mimi Holliday in its home territory and you’ll see Brutish style epitomized ! 

Mimi Holliday Sea Breeze on Lingerie BriefsMimi Holliday

Mimi Holliday Tease Me on Lingerie BriefsMimi Holliday

Even brands who have bestsellers in both the UK and the US find that the choice of color palette varies significantly. I am reliably informed that brands like Curvy Kate find that in the US fashion colors and cut and sew bras do not have the same presence in a girls bra drawer as nude. As Rachel Jenkins, General Manager states  ‘If it is nude and smooth it sells in the US, whereas the UK (and Europe) can be a little more daring with color in our experience.”

Take a look at their top UK vs US sellers and you’ll see…

in the USA. . .

Curvy Kate Smoothie full cup molded bra on Lingerie BriefsCurvy Kate Smoothie

In the UK. . . 

Curvy Kate Poppy Print Mix  & Dottie Sangria on Lingerie BriefsCurvy Kate Poppy Print Mix  & Dottie Sangria

Heidi Klum’s classic Sofia is another example – available in a myriad of colors, over the years , it has been a strong seller in the more unusual tones in the UK.

Heidi Klum Sophia baconnet bra on Lingerie BriefsHeidi Klum Sofia 

My own experience as a lingerie retailer in the UK for years bears this out. As the biggest stockist in the UK of Le Mystere at the time (after Harrods – fair enough), I couldn’t sell a Tisha, which is a USA home run, if I gave a free chocolate bar with it. But when it came to the va-va-voom, cleavage enhancing lace cup Sophia – we sold them by the bucket load – and the majority of these were worn as everyday bras (including by me!) The difference is obvious when you look at the pictures!

Le Mystere Lace Tisha bra on Lingerie BriefsLe Mystere Lace Tisha

Le Mystere Lace Sophia plunge bra on Lingerie BriefsLe Mystere Sophia

Wacoal’s recent innovation, the Red Carpet Strapless bra sums it up – a bestseller in the US for years– it shows how function and fabulous fit reigns supreme for the US lingerie buyer.

So why such distinct differences in our lingerie tastes?  When I posed this question to my research group, I heard some interesting hypotheses:

“Us Brits keep it all hidden – we are less showy but that doesn’t mean we are less wild really!”

“British lingerie brands have always needed to stand out against the French who are geographically close and traditionally world leaders in lingerie – so the Brits had to stand for something different – and London style has always been the quirky counterpart to Paris couture”

“Americans are far too busy leading the world in everything else to think about their lingerie….”

According to my research group, there does appear to be some truth in the idea that the go-getting American woman often dresses for the external appearance and doesn’t always see the point in underwear beyond the functional, while the British buyer – spoiled for choice as a result of their proximity to Paris, arguably the lingerie capital of the world – may be a bit more adventurous.

Certainly, more UK women choose matching knickers & suspender belts for their bras than is the case in the US, with sources suggesting that the average American woman buys 1 pair of knickers (or panties!) for every 3 bras while the average Brit buys just about 1 for 1.

Is the UK woman more of a seductress? Certainly sexy brands have been all the rage in the UK in recent years – and many of them command a high premium. These brands are undoubtedly penetrating the US market also – but I am told that the overwhelming profile of ‘erotic’ brands in the US is seen by many women as a bit too close to trashy in their eyes.

It is not surprising that home-grown UK and US brands follow this pattern. The UK for example boasts a number of high end bridal focused brands who offer a range of gorgeous matching accessories for the bride-to-be whereas in the US these are hard to find, with brides favoring more mainstream brands without too much extra fuss.

Made in England

Jane Woolrich Bridal sleepwear on Lingerie BriefsJane Woolrich Design

Made in the USA

Hanky Panky Bridal on Lingerie BriefsHanky Panky

London has long been a breeding ground for the unique when it comes to fashion and is home to some of the quirkiest and sexiest lingerie brands in the world – think Blubella, Coco de Mer, stalwarts such as Agent Provocateur and more recently brands such as Effie Butterworth who takes unique and different to a whole new level with their ‘bra up-cycling’ offer, featured in my current Hot List.

Blubella Lingerie on Lingerie BriefsBluebella

Coco de Mer Lingerie on Lingerie BriefsCoco De Mer

One thing is for sure though – the boundaries between the two continents are blurring. Today’s millennial is a global consumer and whether she is UK or US based, her tastes are converging. Sales of bras to the younger market in both countries show a much more similar profile with a shift over time in the US towards increasing colour, cut and sew bras and quirkiness.

So, will we all end up wearing the same brands and styles in 10 or 20 years’ time?

Whatever the answer, through this column I aim to introduce some of the best, albeit quirkiest at times, British brands to lingerie lovers in the US and the rest of the world – even if they are not all your cup of tea, there’s a British brand for everyone! Read on to find out more about my latest Hot List

HELEN’S ‘HOT LIST’
Hot UK Lingerie Brand:  Effie Butterworth
Effie Butterworth on Lingerie Briefs
This vintage – inspired premium lingerie brand has teamed up with Trendlistr to launch a lingerie range with a difference: Upcycling! Send in your vintage silk scarves or garments, and have them made into custom sleepwear sets or pretty lounge shorts with a matching camisole top or bralette. The idea stemmed from the two companies noticing that many of their friends had ‘heirloom’ pieces of vintage, that often went unworn. “It seemed a shame to be unable to enjoy such beautiful items, which are often in near perfect condition.” Louisa from Trendlistr explains. Each set is handmade in the UK and carefully complementing colors are chosen to emphasize the design of the original fabric”.

HOT UK Bridal Lingerie Retailer: COCO BOO

Coco Boo UK boutique featured on Lingerie Briefs

Just opened in sunny Leigh-On-Sea on the south coast of England, is this divine ‘House of Luxury Lingerie.’ At a time when many retailers are shunning bricks and mortar and going online-only, owner Alma Brayley wanted to go back to what lingerie retailers do best: offer women the opportunity to experience fabulous luxury & Couture lingerie courtesy of today’s most sought-after designers from across Europe and the UK. Coco Boo’s collections, all of which are exclusive to Essex through Coco-Boo, have been handpicked for their approach to putting women’s needs and expectations at the forefront of their designs. Their ethos is to offer the highest professional, personal and totally client focused luxury shopping experience and to put the glamour and fun back in to lingerie shopping.

With brands such as Katherine Hamilton, Antigel and Pleasure State this is a real find, so, as Alma says, ‘Get the Coco-Boo Feeling….. Feminine, Flirty, fun, Funky and Fabulously Fitting…. Luxury Designer lingerie that’s always fabulous, whatever the ‘F’ you feel!’ Visit the store when you re next on the south coast or shop online at coco-boo.co.uk

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By HELEN MASTERS ~ London Briefs

Pure Chemistry British Brand featured on Lingerie Briefs

I’ve never been known for being in the right place at the time – I missed Super Saturday at the iconic 2012 London Olympics, was out of the country at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and have never been able to get membership to Mahiki…  However, recently for possibly the first time in my life I have found myself in exactly the right place at exactly the right time – and not once, but twice!  Where, pray tell, I hear you ask, and when? Let me explain…

Right place right time #1 – Windsor, UK on Saturday 19 May

Yes, that’s right, as a proud resident of Windsor in the UK, I had a front row seat to the wedding of the year – the delightful union of Prince Harry and the gorgeous Meghan.  And what more fitting way than to kick off my new London Briefs Column – hopefully another great UK-US union – than a review of the blushing bride’s lingerie….?  That of course brings me to:

Right place right time #2 – London Briefs, 30 May  

I’m delighted to have joined the Lingerie Briefs team and to be able to offer an insight into the UK Lingerie world – straight from the streets of London. As a London based lingerie retailer and now a business consultant working with brands and retailers across the UK, I aim to bring you the inside track on everything London and Lingerie. Look out for the regular ‘Helen’s Hot List’ with my impartial tips for the top brands and retailers on the UK lingerie and intimate apparel scene plus lots of features on British trends & tastes – all washed down with a nice cup of tea of course…

But for now, back to the question of the moment – what exactly was Meghan wearing under that gorgeous Givenchy dress?  (more…)