I am certainly not the first person to use the term “wearable art”. However, season after season, when I see the Christine collection, this is the only phrase that comes to mind. I am sure it’s because Christine, artist that she is, designs the prints herself. Applying them to a canvas of luscious silk from which she creates her signature loungewear shapes, she has, through the years, curated a legacy of lingerie masterpieces worthy of investment. Crafted with the technical expertise of a highly skilled tailor, and rich in color, these pieces are generously sized OS, P-XL.… Read More
I don’t even know where to start when describing the Shell Belle Couture bridal brand. It’s an exquisite, showpiece of excellence, a cornucopia of lingerie detail expertly sewn, and a true paradigm of intimate design. In today’s world held hostage by on-line media the Shell Belle Couture campaign imagery sells its story effortlessly. I can vouch that this is all true because I just saw the new Illusions of Grandeur collection and believe me, it did not disappoint. This is beauty beyond belief, each piece a singular superstar.… Read More
I do. Til death do us part. I pronounce you. I take you. I promise. Happily ever after. Tie the knot. Bliss.
Love and marriage. Spouses, couples, and the ups and downs of matrimony are making the headlines and some big waves. Do you stand by a spouse that encourages and helps orchestrate a government takeover? Do you recuse yourself or better yet resign from the highest court or do you pretend you knew nothing? Maybe you throw her under the bus and try single life for awhile ?… Read More
Founded in 2018 by Romanian-Ukrainian designer Anna Azarisu, KÂfemme is one of the most fantastical, ultra-glamorous robe brands on the market today – and it’s not even that expensive!
Also creating luscious nightgowns and pajama sets, KÂfemme is all about swathing your body in reams of colorful, draped fabric. Often that’s satin which has been extravagantly trimmed with lace, but there’s also velvet, mesh, and my personal favorite, the Hold My Champagne robe in glittering sequined tulle. Billowing kimono sleeves are a common design feature, as are heavily-embellished belts.… Read More
As the lingerie category seeps into the men’s underwear space, “cultural boundaries” between men’s and women’s lingerie are blurring. I’ve already reflected on this ‘percolating phenomenon” last week in my Curve NY recap. Based on the sale’s response, particularly to the more traditionally feminine fabrics, this category should not be ignored. Recently, while continuing my foray into this evolving sector, I was introduced to Fleur du Mal’s new luxe men’s collection, Fleur Pour Homme.
In 2020, Fleur du Mal waded into the men’s business with their unisex silk boxers.… Read More
While I intend to showcase visual highlights mined from the Curve NY show, I have a few macro-observations I want to present. As a merchant, I am not only charged with identifying product with sales force, but also, I must sniff out shifts in consumer interest at a visceral level. This is the lingerie trade show where such vibes emerge. It is, by default of space availability, the only venue capable of accommodating mainstream brands as well as side shows valuable to retailer education.… Read More
Curve-New York which returned to the Javits Center in February, brought in some new innovations and ways to tease the buyers with new items from their collection at the burlesque salon. We caught up with Samantha Rose, the mastermind behind bringing more interactive highly shareable moments to tease the social media crowd with the excitement of curve. It should be noted that this showcase was originally scheduled for two days. However, due to its popularity additional brands requested stage time.
Can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do at Curve?… Read More