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by Marina Rybak ~ Moon & Venus


Enveloped in its own controversies, the corset has been holding its firm grip on the feminine principle for half of the millennium. Its original function was to emphasize a slender waist, perceived as a sign of great feminine beauty. It was viewed as a status symbol of the elite, whose ability to be restrained in such a manner was associated with being virtuous and privileged.








When exposed, the corset exhibited an extravagance afforded by the wealthy. At times it was a reflection of vanity and female competitiveness. The flirtatious act of unlacing through the holes was charged with the power of suggestion and was a prelude to a sexual act, coquettishly implying intercourse. The concept of being comfortable in one’s body was nonexistent.



Nowadays, whether considered an anachronism and relic of the past by some accounts or a potent fetish and lasting fashion phenomenon by others, the corset’s unfading myth eclipses the ages. We still wrestle with and surrender to the need to “keep the form”. Though the thought of comfort above all is a powerful thought to be reckoned with, the intimate character of the corset’s aesthetic and erotic allure of the body-mapping endures.










This was Part 2 of the Moon & Venus ~
PURE Seamless introduction…

Marina Rybak ventured to create a knitwear concept first and in the process imagined and redefined a basic. Guided by her distinct vision and the passion to share it, PURE Seamless bridges the finest workmanship and state-of-the-art seamless technology.

Part 3… YOURS NATURALLY – PURE Seamless by MOON & VENUS Coming Next Week!

Marina will reveal the PURE Seamless collection and share more about her inspiration about how PURE Seamless was created.


Humpback whale photographe by Nina Moysi for Lingerie Briefs

Usually, by the time I return to Cabo San Lucas each March, the hump backs have begun their migration back to Alaska from their warm Mexican breeding grounds. But this year, it has been unusually cool here and as a result, there are still plenty of whales and their offspring offshore. Not one to miss an obvious opportunity, I decided to hire a boat and try this adventure about which I have heard so much positive feedback and am never here to witness.  Nothing quite prepares you for sighting a 50+ foot whale breaching the ocean within yards of where one is sitting. A spray raises from the sea, the water separates, and a 40+ ton body glides above the surface, rises from the ocean and dives; the magnificent fluke (tail) the last thing to disappear.  What a completely fulfilling experience!

You might wonder what my recent excursion whale watching has to do with my new go to Wacoal bra, but I can explain. They are both examples of a vivid encounter. The Vivid Encounter underwire bra delivers such a satisfying result: comfort so absolute that I find myself wearing it constantly; it is, for me, a joyful affair. It’s a perfect t-shirt bra designed with an absolutely flat lace over an incredibly soft microfiber cup. It is so light weight; it is difficult to fathom how supportive it is. The j-hook detail provides just enough ‘heave ho’ to guarantee no gravitational descent during long hours of wear. There is absolutely no band, strap or wire pressure which for a larger breasted woman is a rare commodity combined into one style.  Engineered in the superb Wacoal fit, it supports sizes 32-42, C-G cups. I wore it on the long plane ride down here. I wore it whale watching. I am wearing it now. It’s worth the investment.

“Nothing Ever Becomes Real ‘Til It Is Experienced” ~John Keats



Painting by Sofia Echeverri at the Patricia Mendoza Gallery as seen on Lingerie Briefs

Last week, while breakfasting in the courtyard of The Patricia Mendoza Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, I had another of my Lise Charmel Lingerie revelations. It’s hard to lock down exactly what inspired me. I think it was the lack of commercialism and the aspirational element of serious works by established talent. Perhaps it was the unexpected method of display or the preponderance of blues that seemed to infuse the environment. But of this I am certain, the art displayed here is unique, investment worthy and certainly best suited for a connoisseur of the industry.

Lise Charmel Nuit Elegance demi cup bra on Lingerie Briefs

Purposeful, or simply coincidental: at that moment, I drew a correlation to the beauty and balance of this Lise Charmel’s Nuit Elegance collection. The paintings and sculptures in the studio are as artfully positioned as the elements of design in these exquisite intimates. Shades of sapphire are threaded into magnificent guipure embroidery on multi thread black tulle that is framed by a luxurious Calais lace. Embracing the female torso so artfully, each style tells its own sensual story. Four bras 32-40, A-E cups, 6 panties, S-XXL, 2 slip S-L and a few sexy extras insure plenty of gift giving choice.

Lise Charmel Nuit Elegance chemise on Lingerie Briefs

The reason I love the Lise Charmel brand is the same reason I enjoy the discovery of a fine art gallery whose purpose is not solely monetary. Art, like lingerie, should be visceral, an emotional discovery. It’s not about affording it. It’s really about the experience.

“The Principles of True Art Is Not To Portray, But To Evoke” ~Jerzy Kosinski

A Welcome Return ~ Myla London


Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

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).

The AW2018 collection featured here is part of the brand’s reintroduction to the retail scene, with retailers such as Selfridges, Bergdorf Goodman and carrying the goods.

The current season includes lingerie, loungewear, hosiery and ready-to-wear, with a nod to 60s London, according to CEO Hogarth.  Materials for the loungewear and lingerie collection include Leavers lace, silk chiffon, and satin silk, and the stand-out shapes for the ready-to-wear collection include palazzo trousers, a stretch lace catsuit, and velvet applique camisoles.

Granted, none of these styles are as cheeky as I recall the brand once being, so it should be interesting to see if that aspect evolves in 2019. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for elegant lingerie in beautiful fabrics, you will be pleased.  Take a look at the current season, which is currently available for purchase at

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs

Myla London featured on Lingerie Briefs


Kai Resortwear 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsKai Resortwear

London Swimwear Show

A riot of colour, a plethora of prints & a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon in Marylebone marked the start of the U.K. Show season with London Swimwear Show.

Clearly this show has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and now takes over a large part of the first floor of the elegant Radisson Blu hotel and after spending the day with the creme de la creme of the UK swimwear world,  I’m delighted to say that the London swimwear market is alive and kicking with both brands and retailers reporting strong sales, lots of new designers on the scene and a clear investment in technology, innovation, new designs & fabrics from the big-name labels as well as the newbies.

So, what are the hot swimwear looks that will hit the stores for SS19? Here’s the rundown of top trends as seen in London- you heard it here first!

Sporty /athleisure– courtesy of hot new brands such as Brissus, Jag and Goldwater Wear

Brissus Swimwear - featured on Lingerie BriefsBrissus

Jag London 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsJAG London

Swimwear as outerwear– swimwear is no longer just for swimming or sunbathing, as demonstrated by virtually all the brands at LSS. Whether its ubercool leggings from Goldwater wear, or swimsuits that wouldn’t look out of place worn with a pair of jeans for a night on the town from the likes of Gottex, swimwear is now a mainstream fashion item!

Goldwater Wear 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsGoldwater Wear

Gottex 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsGottex

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise – it’s no longer enough to wear a bikini or one piece and a sarong. For supreme style create an entire look – cue hat, sunglasses, sandals, bag…and more. Leading the way are brands like Echo and Pia Rossini

Pia Rossini - featured on Lingerie BriefsPia Rossini

Fabric innovation – whether it’s ‘never-considered-for -swimwear’ fabrics such as sumptuous velvet or lace (Sunseeker and She Loves Swim); Luxe looks (Gottex), lingerie-esque bikini tops (Nicole Olivier), gold foil and tan-through straps (Goldwater Wear), sustainable swimwear made from recycled plastic (Brissus , West 79), reversible pieces (Chantelle, Moontide) or even 5-styles in 1 (Curvy Kate), innovation in design and fabric reigns supreme and has allowed some truly stunning swimwear to be brought to market for SS19.


She Loves Swim

Gottex Luxe 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsGottex Luxe

Nicole Olivier 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsNicole Olivier

West 79 - featured on Lingerie BriefsWest 79

Curvy Kate 2019 Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsCurvy Kate

Flirty and feminine – if sporty isn’t your thing then don’t despair! With gorgeous girly looks (Guess) checks, frills, ruffles , polka dots…and lemons (Antigel, Agua Bendita, Kai Resortwear- it’s the season to bring out your feminine side too!

Cool colours – colour is certainly the watchword for SS19 – but it doesn’t have to be in your face – cue lots of Honey pot gold (Chantelle, Opera), grey (Moontide and West 49) and of course animal print – updated for SS19 courtesy of Gottex and Michael Kors

Moontide 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsMoontide

Mum & Me – With gorgeous kids swimwear from Elizabeth Hurley Beach and Pate de Sable including styles to match Mum, it’s never too early to indulge your little ones – start ‘em young!

Elizabeth Hurley Beachwear on Lingerie BriefsElizabeth Hurley Beach

Pate de Sable Childrens Beachwear on Lingerie BriefsPate de Sable

Dessous London

Hot on the heels of London Swimwear Show – and indeed just around the corner, in Blandford Street – came Dessous: the go to place for hip new lingerie and swimwear brands. With a curated collection of the most sought after indie brands combined with an Elvis entertainer to boot, this was the place to be!

The swimwear trends I observed at LSS were in evidence again at Dessous (I guess that’s what makes it a trend!) as well as some hot lingerie looks: here’s the lowdown from the Dessous design house:

Wear it the way you want- the merging of categories has never been more evident with brands showcasing swimwear as outerwear – aka beach a porter (JustMine), lingerie as outerwear -boudoir a porter? (Undress Code) and new brands with garments that span underwear/outerwear/beachwear and more (Danapisarra)

Justmine 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsJustMine

Danapisarra 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsDanapisarra

Undress Code 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsUndress Code

Colour and print – whether its scorching hot pink from With Love Lilly or reds & golds from Pure Chemistry, or sharp geometric prints from Undress Code and Just Mine – the colours are as hot as the weather this summer  – roll on another heatwave for SS19!

With Love Lily at Dessous London - featured on Lingerie BriefsWith Love LillyPure Chemistry 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsPure Chemistry
Justmine 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsJustMineUndress Code 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsUndress Code

And finally, a good dollop of sex – sex continues to move mainstream in London with lots of examples of erotic wear and fetish wear that doubles up as outerwear (Tru Demurr), the launch of an inspired collaboration with Playboy as well as a diffusion line from Coco de Mer, erotic wear for all shapes and sizes (Dream Girl, Atelier Amour), and oodles of erotic inspired leather via Something Wicked, as well as vegan leather (Bijoux Indiscrets, Tru Demurr)for the more ethical amongst us plus the ultimate edible love cosmetics (Bijoux Indiscrets.)

Tru Demurr 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsTru Demurr
Something Wicked 2019 on Lingerie BriefsSomething Wicked

Coco de Mer for Playboy 2019 - featured on Lingerie BriefsCoco de Mer for Playboy


The season ended on a high at INDX. Rapidly becoming the mainstay of the UK shows, and the primary venue for the big-name brands, INDX proves bigger and better each season (and gives free ice cream – perfect for the hottest summer the UK has known in decades!)

With strong representation from big name brands such as Empreinte, Lise Charmel, Wacoal and Charnos, mixed with edgy newcomers like Gold Water Wear and West 79 plus long-established brands that continue to delight or reinvent themselves such as Pleasure State, Mey and Ralph Lauren, INDX was a serious buying-fest. Time to get down to business and write those orders….

The stars of the show in my opinion?

Ralph Lauren swimwear – great, commercial swimwear in classic colours and designs for the more traditional amongst us or polo-emblazoned pieces for the logo lovers. Watch this space – this one will be hot!

Ralph Lauren Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Ralph Lauren

Mey– long established but still lesser known in the UK, this German brand sports lingerie, swimwear and more for men and women and is in my view a hidden gem about to get bigger. I was lucky enough to try the Mey Joan bra – superb fit , gorgeous pale pink ‘daisy’ colour (a pretty alternative to skin tone for me) & super smooth – get in there!

Mey Joan Bra in Champagne

MEY Underwear 2019 - featured on Lingerie Briefs

MEY Underwear for Men & Women

Charnos and Pleasure State– it’s always great to see the established brands bring out new seasonal interpretations of their best -loved classics: cue Charnos’s incredible ink and rose gold hue and Pleasure State’s gorgeous take on Myfit in bluePleasure State Swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Pleasure State

Nicola Jane and Amoena – ‘Specialist’ brands boasting styles that everyone will want to wear, especially thanks to the Melissa Odabash name check at Amoena!

So, there you have it – three different shows but each with some seriously hot lingerie and swimwear.

And while I’m exhausted after my London Show marathon, I’m also excited to reveal my post show predictions for what will be hot in SS19:


What I predict will be HOT TRENDS in SS19:

My top 3 SWIM trends: 1. Sporty chic  2. Beach a porter  3. Flirty, feminine luxe

My top 3 LINGERIE trends:  1. Athleisure  2. Boudoir a porter  3. Sex in the mainstream

My top 3 BRANDS to Watch:  1. Mey  2. Ralph Lauren Swimwear  3. Undress Code

My top 3 Trusted Favourites:  1. Gottex  2. Coco de Mer  3. Nicole Olivier

Hot UK Lingerie Brand:  STUDIO PIA
Today’s savvy shoppers are increasingly looking for ethically sourced lingerie and swimwear and the SS19 shows unveiled lots of new brands who are proud of their ethical status. A favourite of mine is Studio Pia – known amongst those in the know as providing the utmost luxury, they have just launched a capsule collection of Luxury Lingerie for the Ethically Conscious Bride. Pia says her aim is to ‘challenge preconceptions about ethical fashion aesthetics, and provide my customer with timeless luxury’ and boy does she deliver – take a look!

HOT UK Lingerie Retailer: BRAVISSIMO

Bravissimo’s aim is to inspire big-boobed women to feel amazing. With 29 shops including 4 in London, it’s an all round emporium for curvy girls and a great place to pop in for lingerie, clothing and swimwear  and a really uplifting experience – in more ways than one! They tell me, ‘We believe that big boobs are great, and we want to give our Bravissimo girls as much choice as someone who wears a 34B!’ As a 32g wearer right now, I say – good on them!’ Check them out for lingerie, swimwear and clothing for bigger boobs.


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