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Intimate Insight: Bra-Sized Swimwear Line A.Ché Launches “Naturally Perfect” Search To Change Model Perception

2 Jan

A Che Model SearchA.Ché, a contemporary fashion forward swimwear brand designed for “the natural woman” has teamed up with Natural Model Management, a modeling agency dedicated to representing models of various shapes and sizes, while valuing each model’s natural build and body size to find the new face of A.Ché swimwear and promote “Naturally Perfect” bodies.

ache_designerAmanda Ché, founder and designer of A.Ché swimwear explains the model search, “we support the movement towards women living a healthy and confident lifestyle and to be comfortable in your own skin.” Ché adds, “in the fashion world, there is a false message that women are subjected to in many facets of their everyday life; only beautiful and sexy women are stick thin with perfect hair, perfect skin and perfect bodies. That is a make believe world and couldn’t be more destructive to young women.”

Given the opportunity to work in the swimwear industry where a model’s body is fully exposed, A.Ché wants the search to help share the message that being healthy, active, and curvy is beautiful too.  According to A.Ché they want their next model to have curves – more Kate Upton than Kate Moss.

Natural Model Management founder and model, Katie Halchishick says, “Natural Model Management is excited to team up with A.Ché swimwear to promote a healthy body image for girls and women everywhere. Girls are tired of feeling bad about themselves and it is time to show all different types of nice bodies and beautiful women, let the celebration begin.”

The 2013 A.Ché Naturally Perfect Model Search began on January 1st, 2013. To enter, all models must go to www.acheswimwear.com to fill out the online questionnaire and submit up to six (6) photographs of themselves (at least one headshot, one swimsuit front view, side view and back view). Submissions will end on February 28th. 

AChe_PippaOn February 28th, A.Ché will also announce the Semi-Finalists of the model search. Once the Semi-Finalists are announced, A.Ché will create an online profile for each finalist, where the public will be able to “vote” for their favorite model. Voting starts March 8th and will end on March 22nd.

The two finalists will be announced on March 23th on the A.Ché website. These finalists will be flown to Los Angeles (if necessary) for an exclusive party on April 13th where the winner will be announced.

The prize package will include a 1-year modeling contract with Natural Model Management, a photo shoot with A.Ché swimwear, as well as prizes from the sponsors. 

About A.Ché

A.Ché is a contemporary fashion forward swimwear line designed for “the natural woman”. Built on the foundation of something that fits all shapes and found in every women’s wardrobe, the bra, A.Ché offers designer swimwear that lifts, supports and enhances a woman’s natural body in all the right places. Offering bra sizing from a 32A to a 36F, A.Ché has something for women with all body types to feel sexy in, without sacrificing comfort for style. www.acheswimwear.com

About Natural Model Management

Natural Model Management is a modeling agency dedicated to representing models of various shapes and sizes while valuing each models natural build and body size. Natural encourages their models to find a healthy balance in life and their bodies! Healthy is the new Skinny is the sister company to Natural Models and they work to produce beautiful fashion images using various size models in order to create a healthy body image for girls and women everywhere! Natural Model Management and Healthy is the new Skinny are living proof that beauty is not defined by size. www.naturalmodelsla.com

Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

20 Aug

Last week was a helluva week for me.  I was supposed to fly to Milwaukee for an appointment on Tuesday- in and out in one day.  However, due to flight delays and cancelled flights, I ended up stuck in Milwaukee through Thursday (why couldn’t I get stuck in a city like Paris or Rome???)  After finally returning to the East Coast, I decided I needed a little R&R.  I went down the shore to spend a few days with my parents who live in Barnegat, NJ (just inland from Long Beach Island.)  Quality time with family never fails to cure the effects of the “woe is me” syndrome.

INDIAN SUMMER, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island.

Of course, even while on vacation, I inevitably find myself drawn to the closest lingerie boutiques.  This time, it was Indian Summer in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, NJ.  The owner, Marla Wink, is quite proud of her assortment…and she should be!  Who would think a bustling beach town with very few year-round residents would need a bra shop?  Before entering, I assumed she would only be carrying casual lingerie that caters to the tourists that browse the myriad shops along Bay Avenue looking to score an LBI logo sweatshirt or a pair of flip-flops.  Nonetheless, I was dead wrong!  Indian Summer has a wide assortment of bras from 28-48 band and from AA to K cup.  She carries quality brands such as Wacoal, Chantelle, Eveden brands Fantasie, Freya and Elomi, Panache and Harlequin, and newcomer Curvy Kate.  A full-busted gal like me was in bra heaven.  In addition, she has cozy PJ sets and robes from the likes of PJ Salvage and luxurious lingerie from brands such as In Bloom and Jonquil.  The best part?  Bra-sized swimwear from Freya, Fantasie, Huit, Panache and Anita among others.  It was definitely worth the trip!

This Tuesday, August 21st, CLO Intimo is hosting a Summer Sample Sale at the Archstone in Murray Hill from 5-10pm.  Sip champagne and nibble on strawberries while browsing the last of the CLO Summer styles as well as the unique jewelry designs of Rebecka Froberg.

Leading lingerie trade show CURVENV runs from August 21st through the 23rd at The Venetian in Las Vegas.  Guests can still register at www.curvexpo.com.

Freshpair, the world’s leading internet retailer for men’s underwear and women’s lingerie needs, is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Underwear Day this week.  Freshpair will unveil its one-of-a-kind “It’s Time for a Change” pop-up store in New York City on Wednesday.  Everyone is invited to 315 W. 57th Street in Manhattan, August 22nd and 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The pop-up store will provide guests with an “experience” including free underwear from the event’s title sponsors—Calvin Klein, Wacoal, Leonisa, Emporio Armani, 2xist, C-IN2, Rated M, and others—as well as demonstrations of Freshpair’s signature At Home Bra Fitting and Men’s Underwear Club services, advice from style gurus, exclusive specials and giveaways, and a walk through model alley where New York’s top models will be showing off the latest underwear looks.  The “It’s Time for a Change” campaign represents a lot for this company which recently went through a rebranding.  Check out Freshpair’s new look and unique services which were developed to provide a personalized customer experience at: www.freshpair.com

Fashion’s Night Out is scheduled for September 6th.  I will be spending the evening with Bethenny Frankel at Macy’s Herald Square.  Want in on the fun?  You can win a chance to walk the Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers Fashion Show at FNO.  Bethenny says, “When I created Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers, I wanted a sensible solution without compromising fashion.  I made sure that Skinnygirl Shapewear was made for real women.  It’s the shapewear that you want people to see.  That’s why, for Fashion’s Night Out, we’re celebrating with a fashion show that showcases women of all different shapes and sizes feeling confident and sexy in their Skinnygirl Shapewear.”  Three lucky ladies will be chosen to walk in the Skinnygirl Solutions “Real Woman” Fashion Show, taking place at Macy’s Herald Square on Thursday, September 6th.  Winners will get to keep the shapewear that they walk in and will receive a styling session with a Macy’s fashion expert prior to the show.  Plus, Bethenny will be emceeing the event so the winners will get to meet the “queen of too much information!!”  Entries are due no later than Wednesday, August 22nd.  For details: http://www.bethenny.com/post/bethenny-frankel-skinnygirl-shapewear-contest-celebrate-fashions-night-out-with-me

“parfait” n. or adj. meaning, “perfect” in French

Leading lingerie brands Affinitas & Parfait have recently launched “The Parfait Stylist,” a nationwide search for a budding stylist to style their upcoming campaign in L.A. this Fall.  Contestants must prove their styling skills using Polyvore and then via a “Style-off” video for a chance to win a $1500 cash prize, $1000 worth of Affinitas & Parfait lingerie courtesy of Ladymate.com and round-trip airfare & hotel stay in Los Angeles, CA this November to style the brand’s next campaign!  To enter, contestants must submit initial entries by August 31st at this link: http://www.facebook.com/AffinitasIntimates/app_475782395767493.

Final winner will be selected by Affinitas & Parfait along with Guest Judges, Treacle Tart, The Lingerie Addict www.thelingerieaddict.com & Miriam Hernandez, The Lingerie Stylist www.thelingeriestylist.com.  This is a very exciting & unique opportunity for aspiring fashion stylists. 

The International Lingerie Show (ILS) runs September 10th through the 12th at the RIO in Las Vegas.  The ILS trade show leans towards the sexy/adult side of our industry.  For more information, go to:  www.lvlingerieshow.com.

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

12 Jun

Hey there lingerie lovers!  I apologize for not keeping up with the column these past few weeks….  My personal life got in the way of my lingerie life (yes, believe it or not, I have other aspects of my life besides bras & panties!)  Nonetheless, I’m back at it and excited to report on the latest happenings in the world of lingerie.  Here are a few Intimate Insights for the Week….

Corsetry expert Angela Friedman held an Intimate Affair including a presentation of her debut intimate apparel collection, the Versailles Collection, on Saturday, June 2nd at Gallery MC on 52nd Street, NYC.  Angela has been developing her line for over five years, all while running the ladies’ department at The New York City Ballet Costume Shop, building costumes for the Glimmerglass Opera and the American Players’ Theatre and making dresses for everyone’s favorite vocalist, Adele.  The vintage-inspired designs infuse an aristocratic flair with muted dusty hues to achieve a collection that evokes beauty, elegance, romance and pure indulgence!  The collection includes real steel-boned corsets, lacy and frilly bras and panties, bias cut slips and robes, accessories and garters.  Check out this emerging brand which is designed and manufactured right here in NYC!

On Tuesday June 5th, I co-hosted an Intimate Affair – a Fall & Winter 2012 Press Preview with the US distribution company, Revival Brands.  The event featured the coming collection of the luxury, Italian hosiery brand Philippe Matignon.  Well-known all over Europe, Philippe Matignon’s high-end hosiery was introduced to the States last year and is already a favorite among nationally recognized designers, celebrities, and stylists.  The event was a tremendous success.  We introduced the brand to hosiery buyers from prominent retailers including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and BareNecessities.com as well as to editors and writers from various media platforms and publications.  It was a real honor to have been invited to be the intimate apparel expert and brand’s ambassador for the evening.  It’s a brand I’m really passionate about.  Take a look at their selection at www.PeekBrooklyn.com or on their own site www.philippematignon.us.

On Wednesday June 6th, I had the privilege of attending the runway show for swimwear designer Caitlyn Kelly’s debut collection.  The event was held on the rooftop of 2 Gold Street in the financial district.  Her swimwear collection is daring and bold, elegant and sophisticated.  Definitely keep your eye on Caitlyn Kelly!

Designer Caitlyn Kelly

Are you ready for it????  It’s Full Figure Fashion Week right here in New York City!  The fourth annual event runs from June 13th through the 16th and includes runway shows, shopping events, workshops, parties, an awards ceremony and more!  Sponsors of this year’s Full Figure Fashion Week include Sonsi, Lane Bryant, Catherine’s, and of course, our favorite Plus Size Intimate Apparel site, BarePlus by BareNecessitieswww.fffweek.com

Attention Lingerie Designers!  The next edition of the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase is opening its doors this summer.  They had an incredibly successful show this past February with 10 independent designers showing their lines and a sold out Brand Affair Seminar and Lingerie Exhibition that drew in close to 200 guests including buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals.  Designers interested in exhibiting at this summer’s show should contact info@lingeriedesignershowcase.com to request an application. Space is very limited, so be sure to register quickly.

One more thought for the week…  Has anyone checked out True & Co.?  The long awaited website which claims to solve our bra fit problems with a proprietary online fit process (sans measuring tape) has finally launched.  Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear what you think.  Is this the answer?  I filled out the “simple quiz” and, unfortunately, they had no bras for me.  No surprise…. 

Got Insight?  Having an Intimate Affair?  Let us know!  Everyone can be an Intimate Insider!

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