By TINA WILSON
So many beautiful pieces to choose from… that was my dilemma when sitting down to illustrate bridal themed ‘sleepwear’, though I probably shouldn’t call it sleepwear considering there is very little slumber going on. The category is usually consisting of short flirty baby dolls, revealing corsetry, skimpy teddies and wispy wraps but sometimes a brand goes rogue like Amoralle. They do “long and refined” like no one else, I love their flowing columns of silk and tulle that are accessorized with gloves and headpieces. A few years ago I had the pleasure and the privilege to design Oscar De La Renta sleepwear, and bridal was a significant component. While frilly is not my thing (I am more about clean lines and silhouette) I really loved designing the bridal pieces, they were successful at retail and I hear some of the styles are still being repeated today.… ...Read more
By TINA WILSON
Spring has finally sprung, I think? With its arrival comes not only warm days and cool nights but a royal wedding. Not one to get swept up in celebrity/royalty weddings, I’m a bit more excited this time around, it’s not every day a royal marries an American. And I love Harry, he’s my favorite.
Since Victorian times, it’s been customary to give the bride to be…a trousseau. Jewelry, toiletries, makeup even bed linens and of course lingerie comprise the list of goodies. I am not sure about the other items on the list but bridal lingerie is as strong as ever as a category. And now the bridesmaids have a piece of the pie, I wish I had a dollar for every bridesmaid makeup wrap sold in the past few years, but I digress.
Finally, the curvy girl gets her due, strapless bras for her that stay … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
The minute I saw the new Commando™ bridal underwear collection, I knew it was a winner. The design direction, in tandem with the brand’s quest for modernity is right in line with the evolution in the bridal lingerie industry: simplicity over frou frou. These pieces are fun shower and bridesmaid gifts, particularly for a woman who enjoys tongue and cheek fashion. As owner Kerry O’Brian has said “I want them to smile when they slip on their Commando.” Who is the Commando bride? This is my take.… ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
I am sitting here this freezing January afternoon, intent on writing a blog about the startling beauty that is Lise Charmel bridal lingerie. I imagine a winter affair; ice, blankets, wine, and romance. I think about the stunning film, Dr. Zhivago and the sensual chemistry that Omar sheriff and Julie Christie stirred in their award winning roles as the star-crossed lovers, Yuri and Lara. And even though the story is one of deprivation, the depth of character and the seductive screen play are a study in elegance. What if fate had not interfered and a wedding had taken place? What would Lara have worn beneath her wedding gown? I imagine that it would be from the Exception Charme Collection; a sexy, sophisticated triumph of lace and silk. I imagine this because, just like the movie, these styles elevate the art of intimate apparel to a level of … ...Read more