By ELLEN LEWIS
Harmony: The arrangement of parallel texts to form one exquisite narrative. Do we not aspire to this in our relationships, our careers, our homes and ultimately marriage? It’s the melding of many components that factor into our daily lives in order to rise above the noise and find equilibrium. It is the desire to be carried to a higher level of well-being. This is true beauty; a state of personal satisfaction to which every woman aspires. I saw this image on social media ( I wish I could credit its creator) and decided to use it here to describe Lise Charmel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture Art de Volupté and Soie Virtuose collections
The two groups are copacetic, melding together 17 styles of luxury lingerie worthy of any bride. However, it’s the Lise Charmel designer technique that raises them above commercial lingerie to another plane of grace. They are unique in their content, intricate in their application and complex in their artistry. Proprietary Guipure and embroidery on tulle, laser cut inlays and organza flowers create pattern reliefs. Exclusive leavers laces, stretch silk satin and the “ultra mother of pearl” guarantee anti yellowing process are all part of the Lise Charmel stable of componentry that separates this atelier from the crowd. Always at the forefront of development, the brand uses the “manchette” effect, an on the shoulder micro mesh with point droit detail. The Lise Charmel bridal pieces are so ethereal that, as I have said before, they could be mounted in a boudoir for posterity. (Watch the Lise Charmel Spotlight for the full collection coming soon)
By ELLEN LEWIS
Somehow the lingerie industry, with its often traditional notions of cultural norms, floods the market with bridal lingerie in the spring. That’s why it’s always a perk when I find a line like Marie Jo’s Bella collection that is in stores right now. October is a perfect month for a wedding, at least where I grew up in New York. The weather is predictable and the fall foliage presents a spectacle not easy to duplicate. I took this for granted until I moved to Mexico to which I generally return early each October for several months. Now I get why people make trips to Northeast in the fall. My colleague, Alison, recently flew to New England from LA, just for a viewing. The seasonal transition; the trees exploding in color and the soft white light that precedes the turning of time is a perfect backdrop for an affair to remember.
By ELLEN LEWIS
Running around the market last week, I made my usual seasonal stop at Only Hearts. There is so much inspiration at this showroom, editing was a challenge. I was culling through the different groups fixated on my current attraction to crossover styles, an Only Hearts legacy, when another idea surfaced: the Only Hearts Bride. Suffice it to say, that of course, Only Hearts has a bridal story intact, predominantly for Spring 19, but I see a different angle in this brand’s design aesthetic. I see bridal lingerie choices entwined in many of the collections. Only Hearts has always been a multifaceted design brand, core simplicity to lacy intrigue. We all know that tradition doesn’t always command the wedding stage these days. That’s why these pieces, from edgy, to racy, boldly romantic and thoroughly modern are all bridal right. Each image defines a different woman and what would her wedding might look like
By STEPHANIE HYNES
The Little Bra Company
In Part Two of our July Fashion Lingerie Editorial, Stephanie brings her camera indoors. In Part One, she shot her vision based on the illusions framed from natural light: the American impressionist painter Frederick Carl Frieseke was her inspiration. These images, photographed in her studio, evoke clarity of light effused from the simplicity of their surroundings. The color white is both innocent and provocative. In an artist’s hands, white takes many perspectives. Is white lingerie meant only for brides? This has often been the perception in America. But in Europe, white has long been status quo for everyday basics and sensual fashion pieces. Do brides only wear white? Perhaps the touch of something blue answers the question.
Model: Margaret Sinarath / Wehmann Agency
Stylist: Jenny Carle
By STEPHANIE HYNES
Chantelle bra & panty, Samantha Chang robe
Inspired by the American impressionist painter, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Stephanie’s July Fashion Editorial (Part One) is not only an ode to summer brides, but also a visual play on the effects of summer light. Frieseke is known for painting early 20th century women outdoors in dappled light. These women would often steal away to find respite under a willow or by a body of water, relaxed and free and unrestrained from the layers of clothing that fashion demanded.
Stephanie states “I wanted to play with these elements to create an ethereal mood, one that suggests a mirage in the heat of summer”
To capture this, Stephanie plays with the color white through a simmering lens. The lingerie transforms into an images of romance, desire and delight.
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James
Creative Direction & Photographer: Stephanie Hynes
Model: Ellie Dulac
Hair/Makeup: Peter Phung
Stylist: Christina Fortier
Styling Assistant: Michaela Rae