On my very first trip to France at the age of 18, I went to a Matisse exhibit at the Grand Palais and saw the painters Cut-Outs. Stunned by the symbiosis of simplicity and complexity revealed in this medium, I spent my paltry travel budget on a large poster of The Blue Nude. I was intrigued by the artist’s perfect application of shape to a space and realized the way the color blue, a key element in many of these pieces, created a calming balance to a basic form. The poster remained with me for many years, traveling into the early years of my marriage, after which, I passed it on to my daughter.
Comparing a master’s art to Lise Charmel lingerie is certainly not a new approach for me. So I have no apologies for my correlation of Matisse’s Blue Cut Outs to the brand’s iconic Dressing Floral group in Dressing Blue, a rich indigo hue. Recently launched at retail it accentuates the brand’s extraordinary artistry by using exclusive floral guipure to create a cut out effect. Complex in its application, the embroidery result is bold yet effortless. This 16 piece collection of 6 bras, 6 panty shapes and 4 lounge pieces has grown in importance since its launch several seasons ago.
Covering sizes 30-38, A-F cups and XL – XXXL, Dressing Floral has become an integral part of luxury lingerie inventories as well as a collectible for Lise Charmel fans.
“A Certain Blue Enters Your Soul” Henri Matisse
I’m bound for the Northeastern USA next week where I will be transferred from the dry, simplicity of the desert into a labyrinth of greenery. For me, the month of July is always reminiscent of the lush forests of the Adirondack Mountains where I spent every summer of my childhood and beyond surrounded by abundant luscious plant life under mile high trees and crystal blue lakes. There is something provocative about this verdant landscape, deeply feminine and beautiful; inviting escape. I suspect my propensity for every shade of green was birthed there and why I always return for a dose of vegetation that belongs solely to this region.
I may be waxing poetic here, but frankly every time Lise Charmel launches one of its exquisite exclusive print collections I am inspired. This time it’s the Ecrin Nature Collection, a harmony of blues and greens printed with an ink jet technique bringing a brilliance of tone on a sumptuous high grade poly satin and tulle. Anointed with a precision multifilament embroidery incorporating 5 colors is a clear statement of Lise Charmel’s signature of romance, elegance and artistry.
This 15 piece lingerie collection delivers this month and includes 5 bras 32-40, A-E cups and 6 panties XS-XXL as well as 4 standout lounge pieces XS-XL, each capable of integrating into a woman’s everyday wardrobe.
Splendeur Soie is an iconic Lise Charmel collection, the embodiment of the brand’s extraordinary design hand; French lingerie at its best. Sculpted from rich silk sateen, these embroidered pieces inlaid with leaver’s lace are a brand collectible. Offered in three classic colors year round as well as several fashion hues, this August the range will deliver in a rich platinum shade. The 17 piece assortment is comprised of 6 bra shapes 32-44, B-F cups, 6 panties XS-XXL, a waist cincher and 4 lounge pieces. Lise Charmel continues to elevate lingerie to a status of art.
The Baisers d’été collection, is rooted in the beauty of nature. The group is designed with an exclusive Lise Charmel innovation, floral embroidery that is printed in a gradient.A powerful statement of the brand’s expertise, this is a brilliant range of colors igniting a silk canvas comprised of contrasting materials. Delivering in May, Baiser’s d’été includes 15 silhouettes; bras, panties and sleepwear ranging in sizes from 32-40, A-E cups and XS-XXL.
I know why the Acanthe Arty collection from Lise Charmel reminds me of the ambrosia of French desserts. I think it’s because I am ensconced in The Great British Baking Show on Netfix and last night, I watched French pastry week. It’s hard to replicate the culinary intricacies of a French patisserie. Seductive delicacies in unparalleled artistry require a modicum of indulgence just because the taste is worth it.
The flavor, the beauty and the attention to detail applied in a French bakery is as complex as the design and development of a collection of luxury lingerie and Lise Charmel’s expertise at this effort is never compromised. Acanthe Arty delivered earlier this year in a creamy white and luscious black. Now it is available in this delicate powder pink designed with the same signature laser cut satin technique that makes it a stand out focal point in any woman’s wardrobe. The chiseled pattern technology is the dominant feature in an assortment of 17 different styles; 5 bras (32-40, A-E cups), 6 panties (XS-XXXL), 2 garters and 4 cami/chemises (XS-XL). Touches of lace, guipure and embroidery are infused into the recipe adding complexities of design inherent in the Lise Charmel atelier.