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Intimate Insight: Christine Quartier la Tente Brings Dreams to Life

1 Aug


I am mesmerized by the images from Christine Quartier la Tente’s first collection.   The various collections take us from the clouds, to a mysterious fortress, to Asia, and back.  It’s an incredibly ambitious and beautiful collection, which reflects this French designer’s personality perfectly….. Passionionate, audacious and determined.

The sophistication of this line isn’t surprising, considering that Christine has worked for both Chantal Thomass as well as the likes of Julia Clancey and jewelry designer Lolita Pompadour.  Her attention to detail in her designs is evident, but the diversity within the collection is what impresses me the most.  It also isn’t surprising that her lingerie has been popping up everywhere.  It can be seen in the movie “Two Jacks”, it has become a favorite among Hollywood celebrities and has been seen at charity events and other gala events in Los Angeles.


Her Amandine line focuses on retro elegance.  Dotted mesh and French lace are used to weave sheer floral pieces that are classic, but still have an edge.


Her Leonor collection is shot in a mysterious tower, and takes the line in a distinctly edgier direction.  Velvet, vinyl, and transparent mesh are used to create pieces that help you embrace the vixen hiding inside.


Her Asia line takes the traditional cherry blossom motif and turns it upside down.  Bright cherry blossom prints are combined with sheer dot mesh to create a look that is both retro and surprising.

The Asia Night line takes the patterns from the Asia line and continues them in a series of babydolls and sexy kimonos.

Christine Quartier la Tente

Christine Quartier la Tente pieces are currently available at Lingerie on Lex in New York City.

Intimate Insight: Antoinette Paris Brings French Lingerie To The US!

27 Mar

As a working American woman, it can be easy to find yourself buying only the most practical nude t-shirt bras.  Luckily, Antoinette Paris is out to change the way we think about lingerie and our every day lingerie wardrobe.

When a pair of French sisters came to LA, they couldn’t find the lingerie they were looking for.  Instead of complaining, they decided to create their own boutique where they could bring the beauty and Parisian sensibility they were looking for to other women in the US.  Owners Caroline and Laure Gilleron currently stock only “the best, the handmade and the up-and-coming” in their unique online luxury boutique.

Antoinette Paris currently carries three designers: Odile de Chagny, Prelude, and French CanCan.  Each embraces playful luxury in a different way, but all are committed to quality materials and meticulous details.

Odile de Chagny is a designer who is inspired by traditional French lingerie.  She began her lingerie business after discovering a trunk of vintage lingerie in her family chateau, and is inspired by traditional construction methods.  All of her pieces are hand-sewn works of art.  Caroline and Laure were attracted to her fabrics and her sense of femininity.  Her current collection is inspired by hearts and lace.

Prelude is another designer who loves to work with lace, but has a more Eastern European sensibility.  The collection consists of luxury pieces in lace and satin that fit perfectly into your every day lingerie drawer.  The current collection focuses on practical but oh-so-pretty styles like high waisted panties and balconette bras.

French CanCan combines luxury fabrics and construction with burlesque styles to create a unique and playful collection.  Their sheer sets and ruffled babydolls take the wearer back to the Moulin Rogue.

Pieces from these designers can be purchased at Antoinette Paris.

You’re Invited: Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair

6 Jan

I am very pleased to announce Bra La Mode’s Debut Intimate Affair!  All Bra La Mode readers are welcome to attend….

The Intimate Affair
­ — an in-store Bra Fit Event on January 29, 2012 from noon to 4pm. The event will provide women of all ages, shapes, and sizes the opportunity to receive a free bra fitting in an exclusive appointment-only environment as well as education on the importance of a proper fit courtesy of Bra*Tenders. Various designers, authors, photographers, and “Bra-lebrities” will also be on hand to showcase everything from newly released books to the classic white work shirt.  Attendees will snack on champagne and cupcakes while they mix and mingle with the hottest lingerie professionals in the New York area. The event will be held at the uniquely fabulous appointment-only Bra*Tenders, and is sponsored in collaboration with the world- renowned French lingerie brand, Chantelle Paris, and in association with the leading lingerie trade publication, The Lingerie Journal.

The event will include a trunk show by Darlene Campbell of the full-busted clothing company Campbell and Kate.  Darlene will be showcasing her innovative“CEO Shirt for the D.E.F. Woman” which ensures that all women can own a classic white shirt that fits them beautifully all over.  Author and bra-fit expert Ali Cudby will be signing copies of her recently released book “Busted: The Fab Foundations Guide to Bras that Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic.”  Professional photographer Michael Steele who is known for “capturing the female form” will be snapping candid shots of guests enjoying the soiree.  Guests will be treated to champagne and cupcakes courtesy of M Squared Sweet and Chic Treats.  All sponsors of the event have generously contributed product for giveaways and/or gifts with purchase.

The highlight of the Intimate Affair will be the raffle for a Grand Prize basket that is estimated as having a value of over $600.  Contributors to the raffle prize include Bra La Mode, Chantelle Paris, The Lingerie Journal, Campbell and Kate, author Ali Cudby, Ann Deal of Fashion Forms, international intimate apparel brand Anita, photographer Michael Steele, and “Bra-lebrity” Jené Luciani.  Additional sponsors of the event include the wholesale buying platform Monkey N Middle and guitarist Alan Brace.  All guests at the event will receive one entry into the raffle and guests that make a purchase of a bra at the event will receive a second entry into the raffle. Attendees can purchase a third entry for the raffle by donating to pediatric rehabilitation at a prominent NYC medical center, supporting the non-profit Intimate Apparel Square Club and their fundraising efforts.

Moira Nelson is a proud member of the non-profit Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) and works hard to promote the organization’s work.  The IASC raises funds to support a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric rehabilitation and treatment being the primary beneficiary of its fundraising activities. The IASC’s annual fundraiser, the H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award is presented to well-respected, high-profile companies, organizations and individuals at the IASC’s annual gala fundraiser in support of pediatric rehabilitation.  Ann Deal of Fashion Forms was the 2011 H.U.G. Award recipient.  Ann has made a very generous contribution to this bra fit event.  At Bra La Mode’s debut Intimate Affair, guests will be invited to make a monetary donation to support the “Kids.”

When asked about Bra La Mode’s recent foray into live events, Moira Nelson said, “I am really excited about Bra La Mode’s upcoming debut Intimate Affair.  I have been writing intimate apparel industry event reports on Bra La Mode for several months now– providing my readers with an intimate look inside the glittery world of lingerie!  It only seemed natural that Bra La Mode should start hosting or sponsoring her own Intimate Affairs.  Leveraging my relationships in the industry, I have assembled a great line-up of sponsors and participants.  Everyone was thrilled to have been invited to participate in the Intimate Affair.  I couldn’t be more pleased and really look forward to bringing together consumers, intimate apparel professionals, independent lingerie designers, influential lingerie bloggers, public relations reps, press and media as well as “Bra-lebrities!”

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the Intimate Affair at: www.bralamode.eventbrite.com.

More About Bra*Tenders:

Bra*Tenders is one of the most exclusive and experienced lingerie shops in New York. Their cozy and colorful shop contains thousands of styles and brands of undergarments. Aside from their expertise in theatrical, bridal, and full-busted custom-fittings and sales, every woman can find products that will undoubtedly enhance her figure and make that little black dress look 1000 times sexier. In addition to walls and racks filled with every type of bra imaginable, Bra*Tenders has an overflowing stockroom containing a plethora of panties, accessories, and hosiery ranging in prices from $5 to $175.  Co-founders and co-owners Alan and Lori Kaplan put it best. “We’ve never let a customer walk out of Bra*Tenders without the right-fitting bra for her body”, they say, “and we never will. It’s our sincere vow to help you find the undergarments you need to look and feel your best.”

More About Chantelle Paris:

Chantelle Paris has been designing couture lingerie since 1876. Today, Chantelle draws inspiration from this heritage and confirms their desire to create undergarments that are a perfect fit, made with the purest fabrics and the most delicate lace. All of these little secrets of the Chantelle creators, with their invaluable skills, imperceptibly transform women and give them that elegance, that little “je ne sais quoi” which embodies a unique Parisian style.

Please contact Moira Nelson for interviews, press inquiries, and more information.

Bra*Tenders is located at:

630 Ninth Avenue at 44th Street, Suite # 601

New York City, NY


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