By ELLEN LEWIS
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.
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.
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
By ELLEN LEWIS
Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. We’ve been together 43 years, way past half our lives. No one thought it would last. We are extreme opposites; the turtle and the hare. We are a study in contradiction, but the thing about counter intuitive unions is that if the underlying infrastructure is simpatico, it can be a force with which to reckon. We have and have always had the same values. And I have always been attracted by the juxtaposition of ideas.
That is why it’s no surprise that I am intrigued with Natori’s Ginza collection. These charismatic pieces are a correlation of visual opposites that are perfectly balanced. Using color and print to blur design boundaries, Natori has created a rich selection of holiday loungewear that challenges tradition while sustaining the essence of the brand DNA. Anchoring this selection is a reversible 52”robe (XS-XL) that combines a dynamic floral print with a traditional graphic pattern. The marriage of these two unique trends into a contemporary design statement is classic Natori. Inner Wear, Outer Wear, Casual Wear, Every Wear, this brand is a sanctuary of comfort and style.
“There Are Sanctuaries Holding Honey and Salt” ~Carl Sandburg
By ELLEN LEWIS
In the interest of Nature, the quest for a more sustainable future and a nod to Mother Earth, lingerie holds a formidable position in the fashion world this year. Flowers are always relevant but it is how they are interpreted that empowers the story. The 30+ year old Colombian based Ellipse Lingerie brand, which I have already recognized for their beautiful bridal lingerie, peaks my interest each season with their unique design aesthetic: a tongue and cheek combination of sass and seduction. This time it’s the Botanical collection, a range of intimates utilizing a velvet touch of flowery prints and embroideries to define the bras and panties. Framed by a floral printed kimono that is the centerpiece of this garden of lingerie delights, the entire group is a gift bonanza for a December bride as well as a contemporary young woman. What entices me about Ellipse is their fortitude in the Latin American Market whose growing influence in North America cannot be denied.
“The Soul Cannot Thrive in the Absence of a Garden” ~Sir Thomas More
By ELLEN LEWIS
I understand as I was writing this (Thursday 11/15) that snow was imminent in New York. I was on the phone all morning with colleagues concerned about flights, commuting and the general disruption from inclement weather that descends on the Northern states just in time to screw up holiday plans. Snow or not, it’s cold outside. This is the beginning of cocooning season. Even here in Cabo San Lucas, the Mexicans are already in jackets. It’s uncanny to see them bundled up, but this is the beginning of the winter season and I have to admit a cuddly, comfortable Splendid wrap jacket might be a great evening solution, even here, south of the border.
Ever since I saw the Spendid fall/ holiday 2018 loungewear line in New York last spring, I’ve been anxious to write this blog. The robes are amazing! I smell a holiday best-seller. They are plush, superbly soft, light to the touch, but warm on the body, and designed with a contemporary attitude that separates them from the classic robe tradition. Sherpa linings, draped fronts, laid back luxury make the wraps a perfect layering piece. I am quite sure the jackets will be street-side shortly. Ranging in sizes XS – 3XPlus, they are a perfect gift this Holiday season, functional, comfortable, fashionable and reasonably priced.
“. . . .I Send A Silent Wish to Everyone Out There for This Kind of Warmth” ~Nina LaCour
Photographed by STEPHANIE HYNESCommando
In search of a theme for our holiday lingerie fashion editorial, Stephanie and I wanted to stay true to our creative aesthetic. How classic is the Nutcracker Suite! I suggested a story about the intimate world in which the dancers live while they are backstage in rehearsal and during the performance. Thirty two brands contributed to this visual panorama of exquisite intimates photographed to capture the symbiotic relationship between lingerie and the ballet. Our principal model, Laura Hess, is a former prima ballerina and has performed in The Nutcracker. She is joined by other professional dancers. The logistics of this shoot proved challenging as we lost our initial stage venue on the East Coast and were forced to move to Minneapolis for the final work. But in her inimitable way, Stephanie pulled it off. This is our gift to our readers and our brands for Holiday 2018. Let the season begin!
The Little Bra Company
Miel with Falke Socks
Seated: Hanky Panky (left) & On Gossamer (right): Standing dancers are wearing practice leotards
Only Hearts except Hanro bodysuit on Laura
Montelle (left) & Samantha Chang (right)
Maison Close & Chantelle Bra
Splendid (left) & P.J. Salvage (right)
Helen Sanchez (left) & Nevaeh (right)
Dita Von Teese
Photography & Creative Direction: Stephanie Hynes
Hair and Makeup
Wardrobe & Prop Styling
Laura Hess (Prima Ballerina Model 🙂