By ELLEN LEWIS
I went to the Curve LA show last week, having missed its much-applauded 2020 launch, the last live lingerie hurrah pre-covid. The event blueprint was small, but buyer feedback was excellent. It was absolutely an affirmation of all I stated in my Curve NY feature. Vivid Colors are dominant. Prints prevail. Casual wear continues its ascent. The Sexy comeback is driven by transparent fabrics, beautiful embroideries, and lace. And silk is prevalent. There were interesting brand collaborations, a growing part of the industry.… Read More
By LINDA DYETT
The world was put on notice this summer when Billie Eilish ditched her oversize grunge-wear and posed on the cover of British Vogue in a rosy pink corset, complete with buckled waist cincher—a Gucci confection custom-designed for her. And just to add to the explosion of va-va-voom satiny femininity, beneath that corset was a set of lacy Agent Provocateur underwear, while accompanying it were a pair of latex gloves and leggings. (Plus, Eilish’s green hair got transformed into wavy blond.)
Then a month later, another pop sensation, Dua Lipa, showed up on the cover of Vanity Fair in a corset-like white lace Chanel bodysuit.… Read More
By ESTELLE PULESTON
If ever a lingerie brand existed that transcended mere fashion to become undisputable art, it was Strumpet & Pink. Founded in 2002 as a collaboration between Lisa Z Morgan and Melanie Probert, the label mostly closed down when Melanie passed away in 2015 – although some designs are still available to order (more on that later).
Focused on limited-edition and one-of-a-kind pieces of the most luxurious sort, Strumpet & Pink came up with numerous exquisite and avant-garde creations that, frankly, no brand since has been able to match.… Read More
Maison Lejaby’s Fall 21 interpretation of their signature Nufit Garden collection conjures the Moonlight as evening emerges and the garden darkens and disappears under the night skies. Rendered in earthy tones the floral prints are almost imperceptible against the skin. Two bras and three panty shapes engineered in the classic Nufit Garden mesh complement four textured woven pajama styles: shorts, pants, camisole and shirts, all interchangeable. All the raw materials are OEKO-TEX® approved The nine-piece assortment of intimates and loungewear, designed in the Lyon studios, continue the Maison Lejaby legacy of chic, contemporary lingerie that flows comfortably from inner to outerwear.… Read More
by ASI EFROSBraXière is a development company that redefines how women’s underwear is created. In the last 100 years, basic lingerie designs have remained unchanged, especially in the areas related to women’s health.BraXiere fills the gap by providing women with an excellent wire-free, two-part hybrid bra that is multifunctional, comfortable, beautiful and well-fitting. The collection is designed in France and manufactured in a small workshop near Saint-Etienne with careful attention to every detail.
Macha Brizay, a creator behind the innovative and inclusive label, has worked with more than 50 lingerie brands and amassed impressive technical knowledge.… Read More
By ELLEN LEWIS
Breast Cancer. Not a pretty picture. Too many women must navigate this apocalyptic landscape. Besides the obvious body siege, breast cancer surgery and all its ramifications are so overwhelming that entire businesses are focused on supporting the cause. I have seen and listened to many, some powerful, others questionable. There are great brands dealing with mastectomy products and education. I have the utmost respect for those. I have remained removed from telling these lingerie stories because, frankly, I am one of the fortunate, but not my partner Shirley or so many other friends and family members.… Read More
By ESTELLE PULESTON
One of my very favorite bras in my lingerie drawer is a wraparound-style piece by Sofía Luzón. It manages to be simultaneously ultra-delicate looking and well-enough made that it’s still in perfect condition after years of use. In other words, it’s an excellent example of true luxury and craftsmanship.
Sofía Luzón launched her eponymous brand in late 2017, and personally makes every piece that leaves her studio. She studied both Art History and patternmaking for lingerie and corsetry, and combines those passions into elegant designs that are inspired by art and literature, including ancient myths and legends.… Read More