By ELLEN LEWIS
Here we are on the cusp of 2019, the week between Christmas and New Year’s when even if it’s not your personal holiday, half the world’s population is at bay. Food, family and frustration hold court between two global celebrations interrupting life’s daily flow. It’s a love-hate affair for many of us and still we persevere, year after year. This season, it is especially prescient: the political arena is in free fall, familial norms are dissipating and cultural standards are at war. Escape seems the best elixir. We can’t solve the world’s problems at Lingerie Briefs, but I can use the platform to find beauty in the beast.
This brings me to Jane Woolrich, one of the Lingerie industry’s most seductive design talents. I know Jane personally; her elegant, British persona is a study of feminine grace. Her designs emulate her unique aesthetic. Her collections reflect artistry almost extinct in today’s fast and furious retail environment. They are a study of the essence of lingerie, exquisitely wrought underpinnings whose value is defined by hand hewn details: hand sewn, richly appliqued luxury fabrics and leavers laces. The dichotomy of Jane’s vision, from playful corsetry to glamorous sleepwear has made the Jane Woolrich brand a fixture of elegance in the Intimate Apparel venue since 1985. The brand, recently redefined as Jane Woolrich Couture, will focus in 2019, on its retail partners and an expanded on line presence, including a future plan for wholesale orders. Recognizing the power of the omnichannel purview, Jane joins a growing faction of couture designers whose custom appeal is being nurtured on line. When seeking succor from a flagellating world, Jane’s workmanship s a peerless diversion
“We Don’t Create a Fantasy World to Escape Reality,
We Create It to be able to Stay” ~Lynda Barry
I know that Russia has been in the news in a not so good way lately, but that is politics. Of Russian descent, I choose to see the heritage differently. Even though my grandfather was forced to escape the Czar’s wrath at the turn of the 19th century, I prefer to see the culture as an icon of great artistry and romance. READ and SEE more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I know that Russia has been in the news in a not so good way lately, but that is politics. Of Russian descent, I choose to see the heritage differently. Even though my grandfather was forced to escape the Czar’s wrath at the turn of the 19th century, I prefer to see the culture as an icon of great artistry and romance. It is the extraordinary performances of rare talent that influences my perception. Think Tchaikovsky, Diaghilev, Pavlova, Bariyshnikov, Nureyev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Chekov to name a few heroes of Ballet, Music and Literature. Now, there is Jane Woolrich Lingerie, recently honored by an invitation to exhibit her collection in Moscow. Her exceptional reception seems fitting from a culture dedicated to great achievement. In my opinion, there are few designers whose work captures the original core finesse of lingerie technique quite like Jane’s designs: Calais laces and silk draped into glamorous and unique pieces; sleepwear and corsets always feminine, and romantic. Jane’s bridal collection is highlighted here, not only because it is an enchanting gift for a discerning bride, but also because when it comes to weddings, there is nothing quite like December for a luxurious affair.
Who is the Jane Woolrich bride? At first glance these exquisite lingerie pieces, all handcrafted in Jane’s atelier in the English countryside, might make you think of the traditional wedding trousseau. And, without a doubt they could easily be one of those special items packed away in a steamer trunk, about to make the honeymoon trip across the Atlantic at the turn of the century. But, look closer. In fact, they are much more. Designed with a artisans attention to detail and a great deal of whimsy, they are perfect for any bridal boudoir: exotic, playful or classic. But no matter the bride’s inclinations, they are luxurious expressions of Jane Woolrich’s elegant style. Using only the finest European fabrics and laces, they are even often worn for other occasions, including weddings. If a marriage is an investment in the future, Jane’s bridal intimates are an investment in excellence.
When I met Jane Woolrich some years ago, I was instantly drawn to her warmth, her vitality and particularly the sparkle in her eyes. I knew that I was in the presence of an enriched woman. Deeply passionate, Jane has always focused on productivity in lieu of publicity defining her character as well as her work ethic. Her lingerie designs are an excellent reflection of the trichotomy of the British nature: romantic, refined and quietly erotic. Think D.H. Lawrence. Hand sewn in her private atelier, located in the English country side, her sleepwear collections are recognized globally for their exquisite workmanship, leavers laces and fine fabrics that float across the body forming a graceful landscape of feminine form. But it is Jane’s corsetry, a provocative combination of delicate details and dramatic shapes, that provide the underlying sexual tension that defines her style and relegates her work to artistry.
“Be Still When You Have Nothing To Say: When Genuine Passion Moves You,
Say What You’ve Got To Say, And Say It Hot” ~D.H. Lawrence