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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

7 Feb

February is one of the busiest months of the year for the Intimate Apparel industry.  This week is “Market Week” in the mass wholesale side of the business.  Major retailers fly into New York from all over the country to shop for Fall ’13 and to preview product for Spring ’14. 

Boutiques and brands are making every possible last ditch effort to capitalize on Valentine’s Day. 

FEMMY Design ContestThe annual FEMMY Gala was held Tuesday night at Cipriani 42nd Street.  Again this year, the “Intimate Affair” was hosted by Carson Kressley.  This year’s Student Design Contest was sponsored by Penn Asia Co., Ltd., Regina Miracle International Ltd. and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.  And the theme of the Student Design Contest was “Midnight Garden” – Seduction of Flowers. 

We wrap up the month with Curve NY at Jacob Javits from February 24th – 26th.  The Lingerie Collective is making its debut in NYC and the world’s first fashion week dedicated to the intimate apparel industry, LingerieFW, is launching on February 22nd.  And of course, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is February 7th through the 14th

Here are a few highlights in other lingerie news and upcoming events:

FabFitAcademyI’m excited to announce that my friend and fellow Lingerie Briefs columnist, Ali Cudby, Bra Fit Coach and bestselling author of the lingerie book Busted! The Fab Foundations® Guide to Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic has launched the FabFit™ Academy, a comprehensive, online certification course in bra fitting.  The course begins with some complimentary videos designed expressly for the lingerie industry, and offers essential training for people working in all sectors of intimates, from retailers and manufacturers to bloggers and sales reps.  “The best assurance of a profitable return in any Lingerie business is to be consistently trained in the art of bra fitting,” says industry veteran and Lingerie Briefs Publisher Ellen Lewis.  The FabFit™ Academy offers complimentary online training videos in advance of course registration at FabFitAcademy.com.

Relique Image 1On Monday evening, the NYC-based handmade lingerie company RELIQUE hosted an “Intimate Affair” to preview their Fall/Winter 2013 Collection.  The brand uses graphic lingerie shapes accented with experimental fabric dyeing and trimming combinations.  The focus in each collection is lingerie that is meant to be seen as a piece of fashion rather than traditional lingerie, while still keeping its sex appeal.  Designers Chelsea Carson and Kait Vasquez believe that lingerie doesn’t need to be just for the bedroom or hidden under clothing; it should be an enhancement to an outfit.  By taking a more modern approach in design, they want to fill the gap between basics and special occasion and give lingerie an outerwear functionality.

New York-based independent brands Lola Haze Lingerie and Victoria Bekerman Jewelry invite you to their Valentine’s Quickie Pop-Up Shop located at the RS Pop Space – 501 Lexington Avenue between 47th & 48th Streets, NYC.  The “fling” is running February 1st through the 14th from 10am-8pm and includes discounts of up to 50% off on select items.  In addition to every day shopping, you can join them for a special Valentine’s shopping event on February 12th from 5-9pm.  Sip wine, receive personalized shopping consultations from the designers, and sneak a preview of the Lola Haze Fall/Winter 2013 collection.  For 24/7 indulgence, visit http://www.lolahaze.com and enter code LolaLove20 for 20% off sitewide.

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Sweetest Sin in Red Bank, N.J. is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Soiree this Thursday, February 7th from 6:00-9:00pm.  You can expect free gifts from brands such as Hanky Panty & Booty Parlor AND the event will feature special guests from LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.

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TheFittingRoomBoutiqueIllinoisThe Fitting Room, a chic bra fitting boutique in Grayslake, Illinois and Eminjayin Productions are co-hosting a Valentine’s Day themed Lingerie Fashion Show Benefit Event to raise funds for The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.  In addition to the Lingerie Fashion Show, the festive affair will include a burlesque show, raffle prizes, cocktails provided courtesy of The Vine, a DJ and a photo booth.  The event organizers will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Newtown/Sandy Hook families and schools.  The event is taking place on Saturday, February 9th from 7-10pm at The Studio.

Brochure 5.5x8.5 - Back - LandscapeChez Johnson of byChez Designer Lingerie Boutique is featuring her collections in a Trunk Show on Sunday, February 10th from 4-9pm.  The “Intimate Affair” called “Welcome to the Sweet Life” is being hosted by Posh Beauté in SoHo, NYC (and is also the location for the affair.)  The event will offer sweet treats, a candied cocktail concoction, a champagne hour from 6-7pm and a lot of fun!

LingerieFW_imageSAVE THE DATE – Lauren Rich, founder of RICHPR and LingerieFW, is planning a party to celebrate the close of Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW) which is set to debut on February 22nd.  The “Intimate Affair” will be sponsored in part by The Lingerie Journal and The Lingerie Alliance and will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 following the last runway show of the day.  Details to follow….

Mark your calendars for these upcoming “Intimate Affairs” which are taking place here in the USA and around the World:

Pure London in London- February 10th – 12th, 2013

Moda Lingerie and Swimwear in Birmingham- February 17th – 19th, 2013

Curve NV in Las Vegas- February 18th – 19th, 2013

Lingerie Fashion Week (LingerieFW) in New York- February 22nd – 23rd, 2013

The Lingerie Collective in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

Curve NY in New York- February 24th – 26th, 2013

INDX Intimate Apparel Show in the UK- March 19th – 21st, 2013

China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong- April 27th – 30th, 2013

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

 As seen on LingerieBriefs.com

Intimate Insight: MulMul Creates Sweet and Ethereal Pieces for the Contemporary Woman

4 Feb

One may associate pure white with simplicity; or perhaps it connotes chastity or modesty.  However, MulMul’s achromatic loungewear collection conveys anything but a boring experience.

Each silhouette in the collection is characterized by detailed stitching, beadwork and white-on-white embroidery.  The collections are designed in New York and manufactured in India, made from luxurious habotai silk and supima and mulmul cottons.  Therefore, each milky white selection is feminine and light, without the extravagant frills often associated with luxury loungewear and sleepwear.  The intricate details incorporated into the MulMul collection convey a certain sophistication and elegance.

It’s time to upgrade your loungewear drawer!  These fine pieces are for the grown-up woman who appreciates quality and detail.  Ditch the men’s v-neck undershirts and sweatpants in favor of whispy white nightgowns and paper-thin caftans.

MulMul was created and founded by Puja Codha, who holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University.  “I am inspired by and naturally drawn to beautiful things that are well-made; things that in their simplicity, speak directly to the soul,” she says.  “Mulmul is essentially a personal expression and confluence of my passions: art, photography, theater, fashion, design, and spiritual well-being.  I feel that it is my calling to restore beauty to the world, a calling which to me, represents the very essence of life.”

Puja created her capsule collection primarily from mulmul (hence the brand name), fine, semisheer cotton muslin often referred to as “woven wind.”  Understanding that fashion trends swell and fade, her collections are always designed as timeless pieces with subtle nuances.

A pleasant bonus to this feather-light collection is that MulMul produces with sustainability in mind.  During the development phase of each collection, materials are sourced consciously, with the company seeking certified organic cottons whenever possible.  MulMul also ensures that all of its facilities in India are places where workers are treated well and paid fairly.

MulMul loungewear represents more than simply clothes to be worn during those ever shrinking moments of down time.  “It celebrates a life of balance, harmony and well-being,” says Puja.  The idea is to treat yourself well.  The brand invites its customers to “take time out for a bit of everyday luxury.”

The line currently includes tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories and jewelry.  MulMul is stocked at select boutiques all over the world and can be purchased directly through their online store.

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Intimate Insight: Rouge Séduire Launches “Pin It to Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest

17 Jan

Feeling sassy and sexy?  Looking to seduce your partner with a little something special this Valentine’s Day?  Dare to enter Rouge Séduire’s “Pin It to Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest to win a Bra and Panty set that is sure to tease and tempt the senses, intrigue the soul, and entice the very essence of self.

Rouge Seduire_Pin It To Win It V Day Contest_Jan 2013The unparalleled, sexy and seductive, luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire has launched the “Pin It to Win It” Valentine’s Day Contest.  Fans of the brand have the opportunity to express their originality by creating a dedicated Pinterest board representing the theme #TheArtofSeduction.  On February 4th, the brand’s designer, Sharon Fan, will select one winner to receive a Rouge Séduire Bra and Panty set of their choice (valued up to $500 USD.)  The winner will receive her new lingerie set just in time for the hottest holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day!

Rouge Seduire_Mimi SetThe recently launched brand was conceived to evoke seductive imagery.  It is elegant, dramatic, mysterious, alluring and sexy.  Inspired by geometry such as the chevron pattern, iconic Art Deco architecture such as the famed Chrysler Building in NYC as well as authentic Japanese bondage art, each piece in the debut collection encourages women to embrace their inherent sensuality. 

Everyone will interpret #TheArtofSeduction differently.  Is it Slow, Soft and Sweet? Erotic? Lustful? Passionate? Alluring? Full of Fascination and Fantasy? Intriguing?  This contest gives entrants the opportunity to reveal their own personality and desires in interpreting this theme.  The brand itself offers ultra-visual imagery to inspire and motivate entrants to explore their own vision of seduction.

“Each piece I design is unique and has a little story behind it.  I like to experiment and explore design.  My inspiration comes from different cultures, architecture and iconic graphic elements,” explained designer Sharon Fan.  “The goal is to excite people by what they see.  I can’t wait to see how Rouge Séduire’s fans interpret #TheArtofSeduction in this unique contest.”Tulipback

To enter, please follow these simple guidelines:

  • Log on to www.rougeseduire.com/contacts and provide us with your Name and Email Address
  • Log on to www.facebook.com/rougeseduire and LIKE our Page
  • Create your own Pinterest Board with the theme #TheArtofSeduction and title it Rouge Séduire.  Your Board must contain a minimum of 12 “Pins.”  Be as creative as you can!
  • Post the link to your Rouge Séduire Pinterest Board on Rouge Séduire’s Facebook Page between January 16, 2013 and February 4, 2013.  (Feel free to tell us a bit about your vision and/or inspiration when posting your link.)
  • Where possible, use the hashtag #TheArtofSeduction.
  • Only ONE entry per person.
  • Please use wise discretion.  Do not include pornographic or violent images in your Rouge Séduire Pinterest Board.  You can “push the envelope,” but please don’t go over the edge.  Since this is subjective, if you need clarification, please contact us before posting your board.
  • Boards which are deemed pornographic or violent will be deleted from Rouge Séduire’s Facebook page and the entrant will be disqualified from the contest.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must currently reside in the United States & U.S. territories, Canada, or the United Kingdom.
  • Must not currently be an employee of Rouge Séduire, their immediate families, marketing / pr affiliates or third party suppliers.

The Prize:

  • Designer Sharon Fan will judge the submissions and select the winner.
  • Winner will be selected on or about February 4, 2013.
  • Winner will be contacted via Facebook message.
  • Winner must respond to confirm acceptance of the Prize no later than February 6, 2013.
  • Winner selection is final.
  • There will be only 1 (one) winner.
  • Winner will be announced on Rouge Séduire’s Facebook Page no later than February 7, 2013.
  • Winner will be able to select 1 Bra and 1 Panty from Rouge Séduire’s current collection.  Value not to exceed $500 USD Retail.
  • Rouge Séduire product is only available in sizes 30-38 A-D for Bras and XS-XL for Panties.
  • Prize will be shipped via USPS, UPS or FEDEX and is expected to reach the winner no later than February 14, 2013.
  • Returns will not be accepted unless the product is damaged/defective.

About Rouge Séduire:

With its niche and unique design aesthetic, luxury lingerie brand Rouge Séduire effortlessly evokes alluring, intoxicating and seductive images of women.  Founded by designer Sharon Fan, the line is set to make its mark on the luxury lingerie market. 

www.rougeseduire.com

www.facebook.com/rougeseduire

Follow @rougeseduire

#TheArtofSeduction

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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