This Week’s Intimate Discovery: An Experienced Lingerie Designer Makes a Magnificent Solo Debut
When I first met Asi Efros, I knew immediately that I was speaking to a true artist. Asi’s first collection for her personal label, Ann Vogue, proves my instincts correct. She showed me her concept months ago and I was excited then about the prospect of a hand crafted lingerie collection designed with the attention to detail worthy of true artisans. Sewn in luxurious silks with French leavers lace, the brand recalls the ethos of Asi’s Russian heritage and her passion for the artistry and elegance of the Paris lifestyle. Overseeing every stitch of her production, made entirely in NYC, she is able to incorporate her technical expertise as an experienced Intimates designer with her extraordinary taste to create individual pieces in clean and classic shapes. Dedicated to the concept of quality over quantity, these … ...Read more
When I was an art student my inclination was to be focused on more modern disciplines. I perceived the breakout spirit epitomized in the disintegration of form to be a metaphor for my general philosophy of life: only change can bring us to a higher state. From impressionism through abstraction, my aesthetic personal preferences were fixed. Then, in my senior year, I traveled to Rome and had my first encounter with Italian Baroque Architecture. Born and raised in the suburbs of NYC, my perspective on this discipline was rather naïve. I believed it to be a gaudy display of curlicues and gilt. My observations were based on arbitrary encounters with interpretations of this opulent workmanship by less discriminating craftsmen. So the avalanche of ornate shapes that besieged my vision as I journeyed through both the architectural and frescoed chimera that saturate the roman landscape was an awakening. The drama of … ...Read more
This Week’s Intimate Discovery: A Great Sport’s Bra Meets Multiple Challenges.
All my work plans just changed and now I am off to Paris next week for the Lingerie shows; thus, being challenged to endure the rigors of international travel. I consider flying in this day and age an extreme sport, so I am very pleased that I own Anita’s non-wire Momentum sport’s bra (5529). It will journey with me for comfort, and support. Initially I purchased this style for maximum stability during all my physical activities from yoga to horseback riding and it certainly exceeds my expectations. However, what sets it apart from the rest of the field is the soft, microfiber-lycra® fabric that breathes while it controls movement for hours at a time and is available in sizes 32-46, A-H cups. I might be going somewhere but I can guarantee my breasts will remain in place with … ...Read more
I have been accused, on occasion, of being “intense”. I become interested in something, major or mundane, and I focus on it with a kind of tunnel vision. I concentrate on the pursuit until I have reached the finish line or satisfied my compulsion. My latest obsession is the television sci-fi epic, The Stargate Series. Thanks to the elimination of commercials, courtesy of Netflix, I have discovered that I can enter a total “brain drain” zone after a day of deep energy and nurture my proclivity for intelligent mythology with a concentrated sequence of non-interrupted entertainment. My favorite characters are the women of this heroic team. They are brilliant and confident specimens of athletic prowess whose singular vision to be their best invokes the positive mantra of any sporting event. I am just a bit jealous because when I was that age, my curvy stature would have prevented me … ...Read more
This Week’s Intimate Discovery: A European Born Brand Shows Promise in the USA
I won’t be able to attend the Salon De Lingerie show this month as family issues are holding me hostage at the moment; I am glad that I have expert “eyes” attending. Some of our Guest Bloggers have promised a comprehensive report. After all, it was in Paris last year that I found the newly launched London based Fräulein Annie brand. Created by German designer Frauke Nagl, I knew the moment I saw this debut collection of sexy intimates conceived for sizes 8 – 18 and A – G cups that I had discovered a potential winner. Venturing this fall into the USA market, I learned recently that it is already a best seller at Kaori’s Closet in NYC. The state of the art manufacturing base is clearly delivering quality and fit as well as Marlene … ...Read more