Fashion Illustrations


Prima Donna Ray of Light Bra illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie Briefs

White…we think of purity, faith, innocence, goodness, even virginity when we think of the color white, white is ingrained in all of us to be an inherently positive color, why?

Opaak bodyusit and Empreinte Cassiopee Bra illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsOpaak & Empreinte

I’ve been researching colors and their meanings and how they make us feel.  Culturally the meanings can shift, in Asian cultures white is a symbol of mourning and loss, in Western cultures the hero wears white and the villain wears black, again I ask why? Who decided that one is evil and the other virtuous?  I have not found the answer, but I must thank the minimalist Japanese designers of the 80’s for insuring that black remains the symbol of elegance and modern simplicity in fashion, 80% of my wardrobe.

Katherine Hamiilton Bra illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsKatherine Hamilton

White is thought to be the first color ever used in art, some 40,000 years ago when Paleolithic artists used white calcite and chalk to draw, perhaps which was the beginning of white as the symbol of all things good? White contains an equal balance of all the colors of the spectrum, representing both the positive and negative aspects of all colors while it’s “nemesis” black is the total absorption of light. In the battle of white and black in fashion it remains to be seen who will win, the little black dress or the crisp white shirt.

Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino white dresses illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsDolce & Gabbana and Valentino

Browsing thru a myriad of fashion magazines, and yes, I preferred to use my fingers to touch the paper and to rip the sheets from the spines; I came across a few gorgeous “white” editorials.  LVMH, Gucci, Valentino and other designers seemed to be on a trend of frothy, gossamer, and flowing long white dresses. Some were pleated, some were ruffled, and some were embroidered, and all were too expensive to ever imagine owning. I started to imagine what one might wear underneath them. In intimate apparel 101, we learned that nude must be worn under white; I never quite followed that school of thought.

Dolce & Gabbana white dresses illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsLVMH

I like white under white especially when it comes to bras, there is almost nothing sexier than a white lace bra worn under a white button down shirt like Prima Donna’s “Ray of Light” underwire bra or Empreinte’s Cassiopee T shirt bra. Opaak’s Graphic Lace padded Sophie Bra and their Gathered Eileen bodysuit would look great under just about anything, as long as you allowed some of it to show, I love the simplicity and the lace is recycled! Ditto that for Katherine Hamilton’s Sophia Ivory lace bra, it’s a little vintage and a little modern.

Layneau Bridal jacket illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsLayneau

You don’t have to be a bride to wear a beautiful, lacey, sexy white bra, but while we are on the subject of brides, I do believe that Layneau’s Silk Amelie hoodie and tap shorts in ivory are perfect for that bride who favors casual elegance. And for the bride who is into a bit more drama and not into marabou, The Giving Bride’s Christina Cape in Ivory is all that, it is custom ordered and looks to be the worth the wait.

The Giving Bride

I could have kept deliberating on colors, society, influences, and biases but I will keep to the subject of fashion and intimate apparel and end by stating the allure of white dresses, white linen, white towels, white tablecloths, white t-shirts, and white shirts cannot be understated…stay tuned next time for the beauty of Black.

Gucci illustrated by Tina Wilson for Lingerie BriefsGucci

Peace and Resistance.



Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

Two separate journeys to China in one month, the second time for just one weekend. It sounds more painful that it was. In fact it wasn’t painful at all but a hell of a lot of fun. I shared the first trip in my previous blog which was work related and now I want to let you in on what it’s like to be a judge in a fashion show in another country thousands of miles away, in Shenzhen.

I was invited last year by the SIUF, the Shenzhen International Brand Underwear Fair, to be a judge in their annual intimate apparel fashion show. The show coincides with a big sourcing fair that attracts thousands of people from the local Chinese industry and some from abroad. When I accepted I had no idea what to expect, I did not know how big or small the show would be and had no idea of the professionalism of the show or who the other judges were.

I was quite pleasantly surprised to find out the other judges were people in the top of their fields. Professors of colleges here and in China, international trend and design consultants, magazine editors, television and fashion show directors and producers. Some of the judges I knew and others became new friends. Friends that I would soon be discussing beasts and unicorns with and their relevance as sleepwear.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

The first day I was late, having had my flight delayed until 2 am, so I notified my “handler” that I would miss the opening ceremony to get a few hours sleep and join everyone for the initial round of garment inspection. As I was exiting the Four Seasons Hotel to go across the street to the convention center, I ran into a friend and an owner of factories in China who gave me a hug and said “ I have to run, I am taking some government officials out for breakfast, I’ll see you later”….hmmmm I’m still wondering what that entails.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I arrived and was led into a room with about 20 mannequins, each dressed in an ensemble. It was quite apparent that each mannequin was designed by very different personalities. I was given instructions from some of the “old pros” that had done this before on how to be nice but firm as we rated everyone. There was raw cut and bonded underwear, which we all loved and seamless sporty looks that were equally great. There were also the more classic corsetry type garments but I found myself drawn more to the non-traditional garments.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I did not realize that later there would be part 2 where we sat at a podium in front of a huge audience with our faces plastered on a screen with our scores displayed below us…when I found that out I was a bit petrified. And I didn’t find out I had to actually speak until much later.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

The judging was broken up into Intimates and into Sleep and Lounge. Two separate judgings and 2 separate shows.
The lights went down and we were treated to 5 garments per student, it was so different to see the garments up on the stage with their “companions”. It was a very special treat and it was so difficult to give someone a low score, there was so much imagination and courage on display. I admit to being one of the more lenient forgiving judges and apparently that is how a “rookie” judge behaves, giving the more seasoned judges the room to be a bit cruel. I was told the more I judge the harder I will become. I see that happening.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

The intimates were lovely; there were layers of organza in one vignette and gold and black velvet with embroidery in another. The talent was flowing, in some cases the execution and the fabrics needed improvement, but I told myself these are young students and they are doing a fantastic job with little or no experience.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

Sleep and lounge had some really crazy, wild beautiful, brilliantly kooky garments; very little was what I consider “normal”, thank goodness. They shook things up and we were grateful. Even a somewhat traditional kimono was embroidered and quilted and accessorized with the model carrying a pillow, I loved that touch. The winner in lounge category was elected with a bit of recount drama but in the end the “declared” winner was superb and deserving of the prize. The garments were all knife pleated caftans and robes with homage to food, glorious food. Images of hot dogs, burgers, lemons, limes and even potato chips adorned the creations and it was done very well…. Bravo.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson as featured on Lingerie Briefs

I would like to thank the SIUF for inviting and showing me the wealth of talent in China and letting me experience the great hospitality and the chance to commune with interesting, fun, creative people, I can never get enough of that. I departed Shenzhen approximately 48 hours after I arrived; I believe I spent more time in the air than on the ground.

Peace, Love and Resistance


Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

We arrived in Tokyo a few days too early to see the apple blossoms. We did not know this until the day we departed. We came to Tokyo to shop, to look for inspiration and for “signs of life” in design.  What we found, my travelling companion and I was the confirmation that the world is now and I believe, will forever be casual. The juxtaposition of expensive fabrics and laid-back silhouettes and details was everywhere, both on the streets and in the stores. There were two recurring themes in both Tokyo and Shanghai…. casual and storytelling.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

All around us were sweats and sneakers. In every price point but especially in the higher price range. We touched exquisite fabrics fashioned into the most dressed down silhouettes, in particular an envious green sweat suit made of lace and French terry. I wanted it, I still do, but I know my limitations.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Tokyo has the best billboards, the best window signs and the best human placards. There were anecdotes and novellas on bags, on t-shirts, shoes, luggage, socks, and people. On our last day in Tokyo I decided to drag my companion with me to meet some old friends who were living there, we arrived at train station to meet them and they walked us to the coolest neighborhood for sipping coffee and shopping, Meguro-Aobadai. I will make a bee line there the next time I am in Tokyo.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

One of my favorite “messages” was a homage to David Bowie, in the form of an oversized sweatshirt as his portrait. We found it in Shanghai at the newly opened branch of Galleries Lafayette, a store so new, we were told we could not yet make a purchase because the registers weren’t up and running. That was a good thing because when we arrived in the shoe department, I temporarily lost my mind and I almost bought a pair of Margiela sneakers that had been cut in half, missing the heel and resembling slippers. Sneakers are turning into slippers, sling backs are turning into sneakers, sneakers are turning into high heels. Alas, we live in confusing but times, nothing is as it seems.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

After dragging myself from the shoes in Galleries Lafayette, we ventured on to Shanghai’s Corso Como, the last time I’d been there was when it first opened and it is as glorious as ever but unlike the rest of the Shanghai establishments, photos are a no-no. I did manage to sneak a shot of a t-shirt folded to look like a hanger, which I tried to purchase. They told me no, it was the last one and they were not willing to part with it. I also managed to get a pic of a wonderful white short sweatsuit with a yellow dragon embroidered on it, love!

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

In between Tokyo and Shanghai, we took the fast train to Nanjing, where I had dinner with another friend who happened to be living there, we went to Cass Tech high school in Detroit together. We had dinner on the 65th floor of my hotel (yikes) and talked about the good old days. She tried to lure me out for “ladies’ night” at the Manhattan lounge where she said they were waiting for us. In retrospect I should have gone, it’s not every day you go to ladies night in Nanjing.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

It was a trip filled with big sweats, big T’s worn with leggings, big shoes that had big soles and big laces and best of all, big stories . We found an abundance of “big ideas” which I can’t share but what I can share is that if you have a brand or if you are your brand, you must tell your own authentic and distinctive tale. I leave you with a Happy Spring, Happy Easter and Happy Passover…Peace, Love and Resistance.

Fashion Illustrations of Tokyo & Shanghai Fashion Trends by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs


Fashion Illustration of Cardi B n Playful Promises Swimwear by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I want to pay tribute to women who are unapologetic: women who make no excuses for their size and shapes, no excuses for their curves, and no excuses for the weight, the height, and the color of their bodies. I remember when I used to watch entertainers on television or movies and a woman would appear who wasn’t a size 4 and I’d think to myself “she needs to lose a few pounds”. We all did it, and didn’t think twice about it, and this coming from a woman who has never been small.

Times have changed and so have we. I now see a woman proudly showing her curves, her weight, her cleavage and I think to myself more often than not, “she looks fabulous” or “I wish I had the skills and the nerve to pull that off”. It is an unconscious shift in how we view women, especially how women view women. Women have traditionally been harsher on other women’s bodies than men have, but no more. Women are encouraging and empowering women to embrace their bodies. Diets and exercise are more about being healthy first, and losing weight second. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to lose weight, I’m always trying and encourage friends who are trying but the reasons why have shifted.

Fashion Illustration of Lizzo in Playful Promises Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Meet Lizzo, the inspiration for this blog, she is a classically trained hip hop flutist and her power is infectious. I saw her on Jimmy Fallon, read about her in NY Magazine and I now follow her flute Sasha on Instagram. She is magnetic, smart, talented and large, and she is absolute unapologetically beautiful. I love how she loves her body, and I hope to one day get to that place. She is wearing Playful Promises Gabri Fresh Draper Harness Bra.

Fashion Illustration of Adele in Wacoal Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Adele, what can I say, she has the voice of an angel and the body of Venus. She is one of the original “I don’t give a damn what you think of my body” chanteuses. I love her. I put her in Wacoal’s infamous timeless strapless, no explanation necessary.

Fashion Illustration of Leslie Jones in Elomi Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Leslie Jones is very tall, very loud and very funny. She once complained that she could not get designers to dress her for events, that they had no interest in her. Shame on them for being so shortsighted, as she is the perfect canvass for wild prints, color and boldness, I dressed her in Elomi’s Sachi Print.

Fashion Illustration of Christina Hendriks in Cadolle Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Christina Hendricks was my favorite character on Mad Men, she moved like a cat and behaved like a barracuda in that show and she was glorious in all her voluptuousness. She is wearing a bustier from the eponymous French brand Cadolle.

Fashion Illustration of Amy Shumer iin Freya Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

I love the way Amy Schumer’s weight fluctuates and how she doesn’t miss a beat. She is a different size in each of her movies and she is comfortable in each and every skin. I put Amy in Freya’s Fancies plunge bra with its lovely back view.

Fashion Illustration of Octavia Spencer in Savage Fenty Lingerie by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Every movie that Octavia Spencer stars in, she steals the show, even when she isn’t supposed to. She is feisty, she is giving, she is rebellious and she is proud, always proud. I put Octavia in a Savage Fenty chemise. The camera loves her and so do we.

Fashion Illustration of Rihanna in Cosabella by Tina Wilson on Lingerie Briefs

Speaking of Savage Fenty, no words about women with curves would be complete without Rihanna.  Ohh to be pear shaped like her. Ohh to sing like her. Ohhh to have a billion dollar makeup line like her…….gotta face it, I just want to be her. I thought a soft demure lace bra and panty by Cosabella would complement the sizzle that is Rihanna.

The Grammys aired last week and they belonged to Cardi B, and rightly so. The list of her talents will not fit in this paragraph.  The way she manipulates the English language in a way that leaves us awestruck and jealous, the way she rolls that tongue, the sound she makes with that tongue, the way she trolls her detractors, the way she wears anything and everything…..I love Cardi B.

This is just a fraction of the new wave of unapologetic women, and the numbers are growing and that makes me very happy.  This is just the beginning of me illustrating  real women in the intimate apparel of my choice, it was fun and I look forward to doing it again.

Peace, optimism and resistance in the New Year.


Shock Absorber Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

New year, new beginnings…. or so I am hoping. Hope… that is a good way to start the year, and I have consulted my horoscope for glimmers of such hope.  Apparently, this is the year of choice for myself and my Scorpio comrades. Does that mean I get to choose a new president, please pretty please? Can I choose not to pay taxes? Can I choose the winning lottery numbers? As for the Scorpio 2019 love life, apparently, it’s all or nothing, and what else is new?

I’ve thought about making resolutions but haven’t gotten much further than the thought.   There is the prerequisite diet resolution, but the choices are staggering like the DASH, PALEO, MEDITTERENEAN, KETO, VEGETARIAN, FRUITARIAN, VEGAN, PESCETARIAN, KANGATARIAN, ITTERMITTENT FASTING, WW, SOUTH BEACH diets, and about a hundred more, I think I’ll just attempt to eat more plants and less things that breathe.

Prima Donna Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

Sleep…I’ve been working on this one for some time now and I think I’m good. I only watch the first 10 minutes of Stephen Colbert’s monologue at the beginning of his show because that’s the best part and it soothes me… so lights out by 11:50 so that I have more time to dream about doing a high impact sport wearing Prima Donna’s Underwire or Shock Absorbers Multi Sport Bra.

Freya Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

I’ve been researching and taste testing mocktails and non-alcoholic ‘liquors’, I’ve tried quite a few and they are not bad, there is definitely something to explore further. I feel much better in the morning after 3 faux gimlets versus 3 very real ones….and the weight loss factor is a bonus. A winter holiday in a warm climate sipping mocktails by a pool wearing Freya’s Freestyle One Piece is a vision I can make happen.

Natori Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

Tuning out and having less screen time is an admirable resolution but I won’t even pretend that is an option, I’m incapable, at least until the next election. To take my mind off the harmful rays emanating from my phone, a little meditating wearing Natori’s Yogi Bra ain’t a bad idea.

Panache Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

And last and definitely least is exercise, which brings me back to the real subject of this blog…sport bras. A lot of good stuff out there to hold the girls up, for every possible activity but sometimes you gotta go with just pretty…. and Panache’s Full Busted Sport Bra is a workout bra with a lacy look you can go out in and let peak thru your slightly unbuttoned shirt.

Anita Sports Bra illustrated for Lingerie Briefs by Tina Wilson

I am thinking about less consumption, a bit of minimalism if you will, with the exception of an outrageously loud and pretentious, ridiculously stupid waste of money, pair of high 3-digit sneakers. I know…it makes no sense, but I must do it and when I do, I will go minimal on the bra and wear them with Anita’s Front Close Bra, it looks like pure comfort, and I will need comforting if I spend that kind of money on a pair of sneakers.

So here’s to resolutions, hope and change (sound familiar, see where I’m going?) and getting back on track in my life, my heart and our country…2018 was a rough one, nowhere to go but up….

Peace, kindness and resistance in 2019!

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