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By ALISON CONNOLLY

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Prepare yourself to be dazzled, because the Holiday 2017 Skivvies collection from For Love & Lemons is out, and every detail is spectacular.  The collaborative efforts between the designers, the stylists, the photographer (and so forth) has resulted in a campaign that is pure eye candy.  It’s not your cliché red & green holiday colors, but just as rich as something you would expect this time of year with its decadent abundance of lace, sequins, velvet trims and satin ruffles.

The lucky ladies behind this must-have brand, Laura Hill and Gillian Rose Kern, are best friends who had a lemonade stand together as children growing up in the Midwest (USA) and now design the line together (hence the name, For Love & Lemons).  From the beginning, the goal of the designers was to create something that stirred “lustful intrigue”, and rest assured, the lingerie collection does not disappoint.  The “Skivvies” collection is just one component of a brand that is also known for its trend-setting ready-to-wear, swimwear, knitwear and accessories.

The Holiday collection is a well-rounded mix of of bralettes, panties and bodysuits.  It’s worth noting that there are even more images to ogle over on the For Love & Lemons website (simply too many to choose from for this post), so make sure to click here (https://www.forloveandlemons.com/holiday-2017-skivvies) to see more!

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

For Love & Lemons Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs


By ALISON CONNOLLY

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

If you are familiar with my Gallery posts, you know I enjoy discovering talented lingerie designers from around the world.  Today’s post is no exception as I present Akiko Ogawa, a lingerie designer from Japan whose eponymous label specializes in pieces made using in high-grade Japanese lace.  Ogawa is no stranger to the world of design, having launched her clothing label over a decade ago.  It wasn’t until 2016 that the lingerie label was created, as an outlet for the designer to create pieces that were exclusively feminine and sensual. We saw them in Paris and were instant fans.

The images in this post represent a sample of each group that has been designed over the past year.  Akiko Ogawa clearly has a passion for the use of lace, as evidenced by her work and the video below.

Currently the brand is only available in Japanese boutiques, but luckily it is also available online in North America and Europe on their website.

Let us know if you have had the pleasure of wearing Akiko Ogawa Lingerie.  That red lace bra and skirt (below) are definitely on our wish list!

ORIGINS OF LACE – Akiko Ogawa Lingerie from Yves Dalbiez on Vimeo.

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Akiko Ogawa Lingerie in our Gallery on Lingerie Briefs


By TINA WILSON

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

Halloween. When I came to the decision to dedicate this blog to Halloween I had no idea what the actual subject would be.  It stressed me out for a few days, I only knew I wanted it to be about corsets.  Back when I used to dress up for Halloween, it always involved a corset or bustier.  Nurse with corset, witch wearing corset, genie with corset, the list is long.

One night shortly before the blog deadline I was sitting on my sofa looking for inspiration, sifting thru my coffee table books on Basquiat, the 80’s NYC club Area, Schiaparelli, and Vionnet and then it hit me, and it hit me hard.  McQueen, Alexander McQueen.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

Savage Beauty, the exhibit of McQueen’s work haunted me for years. I saw the exhibit three times, twice braving the imposing crowds at the Met and once on a private group tour. Each time I cried, I cried like a baby.    It still haunts me; I’m crying as I write.  It’s safe to say the beauty of his work is what made many of us teary eyed but it was also the realization that he had taken his own life and how having such enormous talent might have been an unbearable burden.  I looked at his work then and I look at it now and I know that kind of genius and vision is not something I could ever handle, I cannot imagine what it is like to have all of that inside, clamoring to get out.  Thankfully I have been spared.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

If you are ever fortunate enough to lay hands on the book, do so. Aside from page after page of the extraordinary there are his quotes, and none more timely than these:

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”

“When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful.  It kind of fends people off.”

“It’s almost like putting armor on a woman. It’s a very psychological way of dressing.”

From the Voss Spring Collection of 2001, the blue silk shirt and skirt of ostrich feathers with the taxidermied hawks reminds me of the “The Birds”, one of the scariest movies ever made.

I adore the Spine Corset circa 1998, it is completely bizarre and otherworldly, made of aluminum and black leather, it is mastery of chimera.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

Eclect Disect is pretty dark, probably the darkest of all, but it is beautiful as well as bewitching. Black leather with a collar of red pheasant feathers. The resin vulture skulls freak me out with jealousy for his use of imagery.

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

McQueen is famous for his “torsos”, the leather, metal and resin molded torsos of women he so ingeniously fused into his collections, I chose Ensemble No. 13 because it’s my lucky number and it has rows of lace beneath the brown leather corset and over the carved elm wood prosthetic legs.

I hope you are inspired to come up with your own costume, expressing your inner self, I hope you make not buy your costume, you will be surprised what you come up with. As you can see from McQueen’s work there is undeniable beauty in the macabre, we just have to look.

“I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil.”-Alexander McQueen

Fashion Illustrations by Tina Wilson for Halloween: Alexander Mcqueen on Lingerie Briefs

…don’t we all! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, be well, be creative in your thoughts and deeds and be scary!


By ALISON CONNOLLY

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

What Rosamosario brings to the world of intimate apparel is something utterly inspiring!

I am pleased to say that my former boutique (Faire Frou Frou) was the very first store in the U.S. to launch this label 10 years ago, and it makes me proud to see that it has not only grown and evolved, but it’s thriving amongst its exclusive circle of fashion-loving fans.

My mom and I got to know Carlotta Danti, the young Italian force behind Rosamosario, during her early visits to Los Angeles.  During that time we discovered that this was a talented businesswoman with a zest for adventure, an independent spirit, and a natural ability to make fascinating connections with high profile people.  Fearless is another word that seems accurate to describe Carlotta; unafraid to showcase her work and introduce herself to the crème de la crème.

The brand started with a bang, earning accolades in Vogue, W Magazine, and ELLE, and ten years later remains a high profile label dressing celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Kate Moss, Madonna and many more.  How did Rosamosario work its way into the hearts of magazine editors and fashion connoisseurs alike?  Simply due to the excellence in craftsmanship, and designer Carlotta Danti’s passion for quality and exquisite details.  She doesn’t simply want you to wear Rosamosario; she wants you to cherish the experience of covering your skin in something perfectly crafted using a skilled tailor’s expertise.

There is actually too much to share in this short space about Rosamosario, so I encourage you to visit her website to learn more and shop from a variety of looks.  It’s a treasure trove you may possibly forget yourself in! I also encourage you to get a taste of the Rosamosario muse, who is spirited, beautiful and determined, in the video below:

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

Rosamosario Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

 


By ALISON CONNOLLY

Like something straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, comes Karen Mabon sleepwear.  This British-based label, established in 2013, specializes in silk pajamas made from original illustrated prints that are both unexpected and personality-packed.   The designer is also known for her printed silk scarves, and a number of collaborations and bespoke designs for brands such as Anthropolgie, Lane Crawford, Vogue, Bloomingdales, etc.  In fact, it’s worth taking a look at the Karen Mabon website just to get a glimpse at some of the special projects she’s worked on, which go beyond the realm of loungewear and scarves. As for the brand’s loungewear, you will find 100% silk pajamas with a relaxed, loose fit in both long & short sleeve options.  What you will not find is a solid-colored option.  The current season features prints that range from fruits & veggies, to zodiac signs to koi & lily pads.  You can always expect the unexpected with this label that packs a healthy dose of fun into each style.

As for what lies ahead, we are eagerly awaiting Spring 2018 when Karen Mabon releases her new swimwear line; you know that’s going to be eye-catching!

(As a side note, at the end of this post, we are sharing a pairing the designer made between her pajama styles and movies you should watch while wearing them.  Of course a designer as clever and whimsical as Karen Mabon would think of that!).

Karen Mabon Silk Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Print Scarves on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Print Scarves on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Print Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Print Pajamas on Lingerie Briefs

Karen Mabon Silk Print Scarves on Lingerie Briefs

What to Wear While Watching:

Hotel Chevalier
Karen Mabon Movie Inspired on Lingerie Briefs

Splash
Karen Mabon in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Karen Mabon Featured Designer on Lingerie Briefs

High Rise
Karen Mabon Featured Designer on Lingerie Briefs


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