By ELLEN LEWIS
I met Michelle Blenkinsopp-Guild, founder of Shell Belle Couture, shortly after she launched her luxury collection in 2010. I was immediately smitten. Her beautiful bridal designs, created in England, are lingerie masterpieces. Composed with European silks, tulles, and leavers laces, they are heirloom pieces that hark back to a time when precious underpinnings were all the rage. I imagine a scene out of The Great Gatsby, where elegance, romance and sensuality collide in a grandiose dream.
Michelle’s credo to embrace slow fashion and the ethos of “buy once, buy well” is evident in these exquisite wedding designs that cannot be copied by mass production.… Read More
By ELLEN LEWIS
Last Spring, pre-covid, when I learned that Hanky Panky and Monique Lhuillier were collaborating on a lingerie bridal collection, I was more than ready to write the story. But clearly the timing was off. Now, as the world emerges from its cocoon, I am pleased to showcase this partnership between two like-minded souls. It’s a perfect marriage. Yes, the affair was postponed until Spring 21, but it is finally here.
“Who is the Hanky Panky Bride? “She is gracious, a bit mysterious, loves lace, flowers, and animals.… Read More
By HOLLY JACKSON
I have had a major love affair with Rya Collection since they launched their first sheer robe! A surprise for me at Curve NYC this year was that they are finally launching a plus size collection. My bank account may not be nearly as excited as I am.
What wasn’t a surprise was that Rya Collection’s plus-size pieces play to the same strengths as their core size pieces. The line is full of droolworthy robes and gowns with Art Deco inspired trims and sheer embroidered fabrics.… Read More
By ELLEN LEWIS
These are difficult times, for certain. The cancellation of a wedding pales compared to the flood of fear, but still, when a girl has a serious dream and must wake up to reality, it can be disconcerting. Planning tirelessly for the big day is a great deal of the process: dress, flowers, venue, music, guests. It’s all about the anticipation culminating in one exquisite moment and a lifetime of memories. Maybe at this very disconcerting juncture in our lives right now, a bit of fantasy could be a welcome distraction.… Read More
Maison Lejaby showcases lily white as a must have color for Spring 2020. Featured in its iconic Miss Lejaby, Mandala, and Henné lingerie collections, it is also the highlight of the recently launched Songe hauteur Bridal statement. Known for its modern design aesthetic, bold style and affordability, these collections are a fresh expression of the Maison Lejaby French allure. The consistent design aesthetic: bold, fresh and easy styling contribute to the brand appeal. They are bridal ready but everyday right for a variety of women sizes from A-G cups and 32 -40 cups.… Read More
An oasis of beauty, a homage to art, a moment of joy, in unbridled luxury, Lise Charmel’s Précieux Diadème spring 2020 bridal collection launches this month. Sixteen styles constructed in pearl white jacquard silk combined with a proprietary leavers lace are artfully crafted to the pinnacle of French lingerie design. A range of bras fitting 32-40, A-E as well as six panties XS-XXL along with pajamas, gowns, chemises and accessories create a broad offer of elegant keepsakes. These bridal pieces are like precious jewels evoking romantic memories of a very special day.… Read More
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Nightgown or wedding gown? Does it matter? Here at Lingerie Briefs we’ve discussed the fine line between lingerie and bridal design on several occasions, with their similarities being a heavy dose of femininity, the use of gorgeous laces, and their overall elegance. But there are some bridal designs that take the comparisons a step further; for instance corset detailing, slip dress silhouettes or the use of sheer (revealing) silk. One can’t deny the symbiosis of these two creative disciplines. … Read More