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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

12 Dec

It’s a very busy time of the year full of holiday shopping, long work hours, year-end meetings, goal-setting for 2013, dinners, parties and other events.  And I’m full of anxiety… attempting to accomplish everything I set out to do before the year is over.  Am I the only one that’s feeling the pressure?  Any good tips for maintaining a sense of balance during this time of the year?  I’m getting enough sleep; I’m sticking with my usual meditation routine, allowing time for myself and making self-care a priority… Yet I still feel a bit overwhelmed.  Please share your advice for coping with life’s ups and downs…  I’d love to hear what you do to stay sane. 

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On December 4, 2012, The Underfashion Club hosted its annual Holiday Party at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South.  The Intimate Affair featured dinner, dancing and a whimsical bra & bottoms design contest which was judged by Lingerie Briefs’ Ellen Lewis and Laurence Teinturier of Curvexpo

Victor Vega_Sophia and Gabrielle_Bob VitaleThe Grand Prize went to Joseph Lara from Delta Galil.  He won a ticket to the 2013 Femmy Gala which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC.  The 2nd Prize went to Sophia Gergatsoulis and Gabrielle Bizzoco from Wacoal America.  Sophia and Gabrielle each received a 1-year membership in the Underfashion Club for their creative entry in the contest.  In addition to the festivities, the UFC never forgets to take care of its own community…..gifts of clothing and toys were collected and donated to the New York Foundling Children.  Club president Walter Costello and other members of the Club and industry pros including Debby Long-Gedney, Roslyn Harte, Lance Whitaker, Gary Hughes, Victor Vega, Bob Vitale, Julia Burns, Steve Chernoff, Justin Chernoff, Suzanne Beck, Luis Paredes, Joel Fertel, Ellen Lewis, and many others came together to celebrate the season in style. 

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Dear Kate Launch PartyThe official Dear Kate Launch Party was held on Friday, December 7th.  The Intimate Affair was hosted by Azaleas at 140 Second Avenue, NYC.  Family, friends and fans of the innovative brand came together to celebrate the launch of this unique lingerie line.  Azaleas was standing-room only.  Congrats Julie and thanks for the Dear Kate logo tote!

Bra La Mode hosted a Festive Affair Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8th.  The Intimate Affair featured Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introduced – for the first time ever – the luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire.  The event was held at the neighborhood spa, Spa 34 on 34th Street in NYC.  Guests enjoyed Mani/Pedis and admired the three independent lines being showcased at the event. 

Buyer Kelly OBrien from Linger chats with Darcy Frye of Love and Dream Sleepwear at Bra La Mode Trunk Show Sat Dec 8th

TulipbackContinue supporting these brands by shopping online at: www.dirtydollslingerie.com and www.shoploveanddream.com.  And although Rouge Séduire is not yet available for retail sales direct to consumer, you must check out the steamy website which just launched late last week- www.rougeseduire.com.

Here are the Upcoming Intimate Affairs:

The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Holiday Party is being held this Thursday, December 13, 2012.  This year, Santa will be visiting the “Rusk Kids” one-on-one in their rooms while the new RUSK facility is being built.  But members and guests are welcome to join us for dinner at Trattoria Alba on 34th Street, NYC at 6pm.  The Intimate Affair includes presentation of the prestigious Al Jaffin Award to Diane Paccione as well as presentation of the 2012 H.U.G. Award Gala proceeds to the administrators and doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Hospital.  Members and their families: $70; Guests: $80 (Dinner and Open Bar.)

On December 18, 2012, The Lingerie Alliance presents A Festive Affair Holiday Networking Social at Legends Loft Lounge, 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Ave & 6th Ave from 6:30-8:30pm.  Two hours open bar, giveaways & gift bags, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and more.  The primary sponsor of the Festive Affair is LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products.  LELO is donating Prize Baskets for winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest with the Grand Prize Basket valued at $1000!  The legendary lingerie lady, Roslyn Harte, will be judging the Ugly Sweater Contest.  This event costs $35/ per person and is limited to 60 people.  RSVP and purchase your tickets before they sell out: www.festiveaffair1.eventbrite.com.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, December 12th.  Please note that tickets will not be available at the door.

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Intimate Affair: Bra La Mode Presents a “Festive Affair” Holiday Lingerie Trunk Show

6 Dec

Intimate Affair BannerJoin me for a “Festive Affair” Holiday Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Love & Dream Sleepwear and Loungewear and introducing -for the first time ever- luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire, on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10am – 3pm at the Murray Hill neighborhood spa, SPA 34, located at 64 East 34th Street, 2nd floor (between Park and Madison Avenues,) NYC.

The festive Intimate Affair will feature the latest intimate apparel designs from the acclaimed, NY-based lingerie brand Dirty Dolls Lingerie and the ultra-comfortable, effortless sleepwear and loungewear from indie brand Love & Dream.  

TulipbackAt the same time, Bra La Mode is pleased to introduce guests to the latest luxury lingerie line, Rouge Séduire.  The sophisticated and maverick new line is making its debut at Bra La Mode’s Trunk Show.  Founded by designer Sharon Fan, Rouge Séduire is set to make its mark in the independent luxury lingerie scene. 

Merchandise from all three brands will be available for purchase at up to 50% off the original retail prices.  Guests can expect light refreshments and gifts with purchase while indulging in spa treatments at the friendly, local spa. 

Bra La Mode’s guests will be treated to exclusive spa specials including a Traditional Mani/Pedi for only $22 (reg. $34) and a 1/2 Hour Table Massage for only $30 (reg. $40.)  Guests are encouraged to call 917-675-7606 to book appointments on December 8th.  In addition, guests can purchase Spa Packages to wrap up their holiday gift list. 

Special Spa Packages exclusively for Bra La Mode include:

Traditional Mani/Pedi – 5 Sessions – $100*

Shellac Mani – 4 sessions – $110*

Dirty Dolls Editorial ShotInspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday.  This line of beautiful underpinnings caters to women who wear hard-to-find sizes.  The bra range starts at a 28C and goes up to a G cup.  The full collection includes body shapers, panties, tap pants, and garter belts—all which look and feel fabulously sexy under any outfit.

Love & Dream believes that the key to great sleepwear is that it shouldn’t be overdesigned.  It should look amazing, but it still needs to feel effortless.  At Love & Dream, sleepwear is not just a product but part of an experience….the experience of comfort and rest.  A ritual that is unique to each woman; the time she most deserves.

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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 market. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the festive, holiday shopping and spa event at: www.festivetrunkshow1.eventbrite.com

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*Packages must be paid in full in CASH on the day of the Event

Intimate Insight: Bra La Mode’s Los Angeles Lingerie Tour

12 Oct

I’m in sunny southern California for a few days – for both business and pleasure.  While here, I had the pleasure of spending a lovely afternoon with boob and bra expert, Elisabeth Dale, author of bOObs- a Guide to your Girls and founder of The Breast Life.  We took a lingerie tour of Los Angeles and its environs beginning with the award-winning luxury lingerie boutique, Faire Frou Frou.

Faire Frou Frou is located on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, Ca.  This lovely boutique evokes the nostalgia of old Hollywood glamour.  The mother-daughter team of Gail and Alison Rubke carefully curate a selection of the world’s finest lingerie which can be best described as elegant, ultra-feminine and sophisticated. 

I commend them for including independent, emerging designers and brands in their collection.  This tiny space is chock full of discoveries!  Just inside the front door is a table featuring the retro-inspired brand Dottie’s Delights which is designed and hand-made by Stephanie Kuhr in Chicago. 

For me, the highlight of Faire Frou Frou was the discovery of a new brand, Gold Hawk.  Gold Hawk is a local Los Angeles-based brand which includes silk camisoles, tunics and nightgowns.  And Alison made a point to show me how each of the Gold Hawk pieces can easily translate into “innerwear as outerwear.”  She commented, “Even the floor-length silk gown would look fabulous with a pair of boots and a chunky sweater.”  Thanks for the tip, Alison!  Every time I picked up a piece of lingerie that grabbed my attention, it carried the Gold Hawk label! I look forward to learning more about this elegant line. 

Just a few of the other brands carried at the store include Zinke, Cadolle, Naked Princess, Marlies Dekkers, Ari Dein, The Lake and Stars, Fortnight, Janine Robin, Claudette, Fleur of England, La Fee Verte, Skin, Araks, Else, Deborah Marquit and Result Wear Shapewear.  If you’re looking to embrace your inner Glamourpuss…. head to Faire Frou Frou! 

Next, Elisabeth and I ventured “over the hill” into Hollywood to visit Jenette Goldstein at Jenette Bras on Melrose.  This funky, retro boutique was opened by the spunky Jenette Goldstein in 2009 and caters to D Cups and Up.  Jenette says that full-breasted women are “overdeveloped and underserved.”  This bra fit salon specializes in quality bras from Europe including Prima Donna, Twist by Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Empreinte, Freya, Panache, Anita and Simone Perele among others. 

The boutique is a bit “off the beaten path,” but if you’re looking for a true bra fit salon, this is the place to go.  Jenette says that the women that walk into her store are on a mission… they are looking for a properly fitting bra which she says “is indispensable for a chesty gal!”  Clients come to Jenette Bras from all over because true bra fit stores are few and far between.  Jenette also carries a small selection of lingerie, slips and shapewear from brands including Samantha Chang, Lindsey Roscoe and my friends, the Dirty Dolls.  My favorite piece in the store is an under-the-bust shaping slip by Twist by Prima Donna.  This shapewear piece is functional and practical, yet sexy as all hell….  To quote Jenette, “You will rock that hourglass, honey!”

After having a bite to eat in a local watering hole, Elisabeth and I headed west on Melrose only to discover that the boutique What Katie Did is closed on Sundays!  This did not deter us from continuing our lingerie road trip.  Our last destination was the Addiction Nouvelle Lingerie boutique on Robertson in West Hollywood.  This minimalist, modern space caters to a young contemporary consumer and carries the brands Mimi Holliday, Valery, Damaris, Lise Charmel and Nina Ricci in addition to its namesake Addiction Nouvelle.  Each of these brands is well-constructed of high-quality fabrics such as silk, satin, microfiber, and exquisite European laces.  Styles include bras, panties, camisoles, bustiers, babydolls, chemises, full slips, loungewear, sleepwear and robes.  I fell in love with the Addiction Nouvelle high-waisted brief!

It was interesting to note that each of the stores we visited had its own unique identity.  I appreciated the selection in each of these stores and would highly recommend you pay a visit depending on your personal wants and desires. 

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

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Intimate Insiders, Intimate Affairs and Upcoming Events

8 Aug

It’s that time of the year….  Too much lingerie; not enough time to do all of the things I want to do!  From trade shows to press previews, market week kick-off parties, fashion shows, seminars, conferences and other events….  There’s no rest for the weary!

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, The Intimate Apparel Council hosted an Intimate Affair at the Union League Club in NYC.  Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst of The NPD Group, presented “50 Shades of Intimates.”  He discussed retail trends and the “consumerology” impacting our industry in particular.  Marshal provided invaluable intimate insight such as current “distractions” that are affecting consumer spending and he emphasized the importance of value and innovation. 

On Thursday, August 2nd, I had the privilege of attending a Press Preview Event where I was introduced to the EMPOWERED BY YOU (“EBY”) panty.  The high-tech panty incorporates a patented silicone “flocking” technology and side-seam fusion technique to prevent slippage, impart smoothness and ensure steady wear.  A cause-brand initiative, $1 from the sale of every EBY panty will fund Seven Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization that extends its trademark “ladder” to women out of poverty and into business through microfinance.  Each panty includes an insert with a testimonial from a woman who has been empowered by the Foundation, which works closely with both international and local partners such as Project Enterprise which benefits women in the New York City area.  Project Enterprise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York City.  The Seven Bar Foundation lends women a “hand up”, not a “hand out” by giving them a “first break”.

Luis Paredes and Moira Nelson

The Lingerie Alliance Launch Party and Lingerie Fashion Show held on Saturday, August 4th at The Griffin lounge in NYC was a huge success.  The Intimate Affair introduced industry leaders, buyers, media and press to the online collaborative community of intimate apparel professionals created by me and my partner, Luis Paredes.  We are so pleased with the way things turned out and are motivated by the enthusiasm and support we have received from the industry.  The Fashion Show featured the SS13 collections from the event’s key sponsor, Affinitas & Parfait, as well as the imaginative designs of independent brands Angela Friedman, Clare Bare Eco Intimates, Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Nevaeh Intimates, Ombrato and With Love Lingerie.  Buyers that missed the Intimate Affair on Saturday night can still get a look at the six emerging brands at the Lingerie Journal Designer Showcase today, August 8th at the AKA Hotel, Times Square, NYC.  The Showcase gives buyers that are looking for innovative, new collections the opportunity to meet one-on-one with these indie designers in a relaxed setting. 

The Best of Intima’s Best Shop Awards were held in the Penthouse at 230 Fifth Ave on Sunday, August 5th.  Last year’s winner of the Best of Intima’s Choice Award, Angela Courtney of Sweetest Sin Boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey, was an honored guest at this year’s awards ceremony.  She said, “It was a great night in Lingerie-land.  It was such an accomplishment for me to win last year’s Best Shop Award and reliving the night with the industry’s crème de la crème again this year was incredible.  I mingled with other boutique owners and CEO’s of the biggest lingerie brands.  Plus the venue was fabulous…a rooftop lounge overlooking the empire state building.  I’m truly looking forward to next year.” 

The 2012 Best of Intima Best Shop Awards were presented to:

Concept Store: Knickers of Hyde Park

European Flair: Forty Winks

Personal Touch: Toujours

Reference Shop: Sara’s Lingerie

The Best of Intima’s Choice: Le Boudoir, Inc.

And Special Recognition Prizes were awarded to:

Best Unexpected Location: Bella Fine Lingerie

Best Niche Product: Kaori’s Closet Tokyo

CONGRATS to the 2012 Best Shop Award Nominees and Winners!

On Monday evening, CURVENY presented The So Curve Fashion Show.  From ballet to burlesque… From a Gotye remix to a touch of the Material Girl…and intervals topless…. The So Curve Fashion Show performed by the renowned Crazy Horse Paris dancers at CurvExpo was a spectacular performance.  The dancers wore selected styles from exhibitors at CurvExpo including Affinitas, Fantasie, Fauve and Freya, Hanky Panky, LOU Paris, Simone Perele and Wacoal, among others. 

The bi-annual Lingerie Trade Show CURVENY just wrapped up and now they’re headed to Las Vegas.  CURVELV runs from August 21st through the 23rd at The Venetian.  Guests can register at www.curvexpo.com.

Last night, the Underfashion Club hosted “A Paris Report” which was presented by Mayouri Sengchanh of Carlin International.  The Intimate Affair featured a report on the MODE City and Interfiliere Trade Shows as well as highlights of the coming SS14 Season.

And tonight, the gals from ILOVEAGOOD are hosting Chantelle’s Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Preview.  The Intimate Affair is being held at the brand’s NY Showroom on Madison Ave and will include cocktails, professional bra fittings and gift bags!  Oooo La La!

What’s next?  Anyone planning a Fashion’s Night Out Event?  Let us know so we can spread the word here on Bra La Mode!

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

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Intimate Insight: Lingerie Designer Showcase Returns to NYC

2 Aug

The Lingerie Designer Showcase, a New York based lingerie trade show of independent designers and brands for buyers looking for innovative, new collections returns August 5th – 8th at the luxurious AKA Hotel in New York City near Times Square.

The show promotes a collective environment where brands work together to help each other achieve their goals by sharing their industry knowledge and experience. At the same time, the showcase gives buyers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with designers in a relaxed setting.

At this edition of the Showcase, buyers can meet and discover independent lingerie designers such as Carrie Russel of With Love Lingerie; Melissa Franchi of Nevaeh Intimates; Angela Friedman with her vintage-inspired Versailles Collection of intimates and corsets; Clare Herron of Clare Bare Lingerie; Masako Shirokawa of Ombrato Lingerie and Sleepwear; and the design team of Erica Paul and Courtney Newman of Dirty Dolls Lingerie.

In addition to the Showcase, there will be a lingerie fashion show and networking event on Saturday, August 4th. “Our last event sold out within 24 hours and was standing room only,” said Luis Paredes, publisher of the Lingerie Journal.

If you’re a boutique owner looking to find exclusive and innovative designers to bring into your store, please take a moment to RSVP for the showcase: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/attendee-registration/

Exhibitors

Angela Friedman
Angela Friedman is a New York based lingerie designer specializing in corsets and silk intimates. Her new Versailles Collection is a vintage-inspired lingerie line, featuring intricate Baroque detailing and a delicate, muted color palette. This line emphasizes beauty and indulgence, and its hourglass silhouettes and draped silks are designed to make women feel as alluring as they look. The line features steel-boned corsets, bias-cut slips and robes, and lace bra and panty sets. Each fabric is selected for its luxury appeal: European silks, metallic brocades, French lace, frothy ruffles, and hand embroidery add to the luscious, decadent, and feminine feel of the collection. The line philosophy is to maintain the integrity of historical fashion, but blend it with a contemporary aesthetic. This collection offers women the opportunity to access the fairytale romance of the past, while presenting a style that reflects their everyday modern lives. The Versailles Collection empowers women to feel stronger and more confident in their own skin, all while indulging themselves in the soft, delicate intimates that they deserve! Angela Friedman’s lingerie is designed and manufactured by hand in the heart of New York City’s garment district. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/angela-friedman/

Clare Bare Lingerie
Clare Bare is a Brooklyn based designer specializing in fashion forward eco-friendly lingerie made from organic cotton, bamboo jersey, and vintage fabric. Clare creates garments that are structured to flatter your body in a natural way without the use of constrictive hardware, and each piece is as comfortable as it is sexy. All of her pieces are made in house with the assistance of local creatives, using sustainable practices and natural and handmade dyes. The designs range everywhere in between fashion and function, and offer something for everyone. Soft cup bralettes, bodysuits, panties, and garter belts are created with a modern take on vintage styling. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/clare-bare-lingerie/

Dirty Dolls Lingerie
Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday. Dirty Dolls Lingerie was founded in November of 2008 by Courtney Leigh Newman and Erica Rosalind Paul, two veteran fashion designers known to their loyal customers simply as “The Dolls.” The company’s core mission is to provide gorgeous, perfectly fitted brassieres, panties, and shapers to women who wear hard-to-find sizes. The Dolls themselves are among the millions of ladies who’ve long been frustrated by the absence of great brassieres available to those blessed with sexy curves. After years of being forced to buy dull bras simply because they had beautiful bosoms, The Dolls decided to take matters into their own hands. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/dirty-dolls-lingerie/

Nevaeh Intimates
Decadence is key. Nevaeh Intimates, by Melissa Franchi and created in New York City, exudes femininity and empowers the modern day sophisticated women with a new luxurious lingerie collection. Fever and Thoughts is a timeless collection that fulfills all needs and desires: long-line, non-wire, full coverage bras, bikinis, high waisted briefs, hipsters, thongs, chemise, and garters. The pieces are designed using exquisite details, such as galloon lace inserts, luxurious stretch silk charmeuse, and hand-sewn vintage gold beading. Pieces are adjustable and removable to ensure comfort and support. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/nevaeh-intimates/

Ombrato Lingerie and Sleepwear
Ombrato means “take it easy” in a Japanese dialect. As the name suggests, Ombrato creates simple, elegant and comfortable sleep and lounge wear using high quality materials. Inspired by clean and understated elements of Japanese aesthetics, the design is streamlined yet gives women a sense of femininity and being special. The borderline between inner wear and outer wear is increasingly blurred and Ombrato aims to offer pieces that can effortlessly travel both worlds. Ombrato is based in New York City and all the garments are manufactured locally.  For Spring/Summer 2013, Ombrato introduces lounge wear using Liberty of London seasonal collection. Stripes in muted colors and nature inspired patterns are truly unique and a slip dress and camisole can easily be worn outside. There are also pieces using lace fabric and English stretch net as well as silk charmeuse and chiffon.  Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/ombrato-lingerie-and-sleepwear/

With Love Lingerie
With Love Lingerie is about evoking glamour and intimacy through underpinnings that are made and worn with love. With Love founder and head designer, Carrie Russell, muses, “women can feel guilty when they indulge in a box of chocolates or a bottle or their favorite Merlot, but the right lingerie should make them feel like a million dollars.”
Russell draws much of her inspiration from her background in Visual Art and English Literature. She has worked with several North American lingerie companies, evening wear designers and private labels. In 2010, she launched “With Love Lingerie,” a lingerie company that marries her love of design from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with her signature modern femininity. The collection combines sensuous textures and luscious color stories with classic feminine design and a luxury sensibility. Many of the pieces draw inspiration from the graceful aesthetics of decades gone by and are infused with modern elements and details. Many of the pieces in the collection flatter the curves of a range of women from XS-1X. Make an appointment: http://lingeriedesignershowcase.com/with-love-lingerie/

About the Lingerie Designer Showcase
NYC’s first lingerie trade show dedicated to independent designers, the Lingerie Designer Showcase, has quickly become the premiere destination for lingerie buyers looking to find the most exciting and unique lingerie brands for their stores all in an intimate and relaxed setting.

About The Lingerie Journal
The Lingerie Journal is the number one online lingerie trade publication in the United States reaching hundreds of consumers, buyers, lingerie retail store owners, independent lingerie designers, wholesale manufacturers, influential lingerie bloggers, and other intimate apparel professionals (as well as those in related fields) on a daily basis with lingerie news and lingerie trends. Follow and interact with the Lingerie Journal on Twitter to learn more: @lingeriejournal

Intimate Insight: Angela Friedman Presents the Versailles Collection

31 May

What do you get when you combine art, design, history, theatrical costuming and feats of engineering with European draped silks, French lace, brocade and ruffles?  Angela Friedman’s Versaille Collection!  If you haven’t heard of Angela Friedman yet…. you will soon.  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 variety of underpinnings being offered in her debut lingerie collection is staggering, as are the truly opulent details that make us long for yesteryear.  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.

Angela’s corsets have garnered praise around the World and there is no question as to why…..  Angela has taken European luxury fabrics such as metallic brocades and hand embroidery to create fine art in fashion!

Angela will be showing her Versailles Collection in NYC this Saturday, June 2nd.  Prepare to be wooed by Angela Friedman.  All pieces will be available for purchase as of Monday, June 4, 2012.

The Versailles Collection has been designed and handmade in New York City.  Angela proudly supports NYC’s garment district and has made a commitment to use local talent in developing and manufacturing her line.

Resources:

www.AngelaFriedman.com

You’re Invited: “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts

26 Mar

Bra La Mode and VMV Hypoallergenics are co-hosting “Let’s Get Intimate” Intimate Affair Trunk Show featuring Dirty Dolls Lingerie and Campbell & Kate Classic Shirts on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 2pm – 8pm at VMV Hypoallergenics boutique at 868 Broadway, NYC.  Happy Hour will be from 4pm – 8pm.

The in-store Intimate Affair will feature the latest intimate apparel designs from the acclaimed, NY-based lingerie brand Dirty Dolls Lingerie and the iconic button-front white shirts from the NY-based clothing company, Campbell & Kate.  Merchandise from the two brands will be available for purchase at up to 80% off the original retail prices.

The event is being held in the upscale VMV Hypoallergenics boutique and spa where free makeovers will be offered while guests enjoy champagne and other treats such as cheese & crackers, fruit and chocolates.  In addition, free samples will be provided, VIP VMV gift bags will be distributed and all guests can expect a free gift with purchase courtesy of VMV (valued at over $30.)

Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday.  This line of beautiful underpinnings caters to women who wear hard-to-find sizes. The bra range starts at a 28C and goes up to a G cup. The full collection includes body shapers, panties, tap pants, and garter belts—all which look and feel fabulously sexy under any outfit.

Campbell & Kate ships iconic white shirts across the globe to women who wear a bra cup size D-H and dress size 2-16.  In perfecting the classic white shirt, the company has paid painstaking attention to the issues that matter to the woman with a large bust, including proportionate sizing between the bust, waist and shoulders, and gap-free closure at the bust.  The classic white shirt is the first of the line to launch with other colors to follow in fall 2012. 

Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the festive, in-store shopping event: www.letsgetskintimate.eventbrite.com

www.vmvhypoallergenics.com

www.dirtydollslingerie.com

www.campbellandkate.com

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You’re Invited: The Dirty Dolls Exhibit Pinstripe Pin-Up Collection

21 Feb

Dirty Dolls Lingerie has already made a huge splash with its classic line, which features luxuriously styled bras in hard-to-find sizes, as well as exquisite panties and shapers.  Now the budding company is spicing things up again with its vaudeville-inspired Pinstripe Pin-Up collection.

The new collection features design elements such as bold stripes and playful bows that were influenced by the ladies of the Ziegfeld Follies.  These beautiful chorus women, commonly known as Ziegfeld Girls, wore stunning costumes and exuded pure glamour.  The Dolls’ latest offerings pay homage to these sexy icons.

The centerpiece of the new collection is the Pinstripe Pin-Up brassiere.  This is available in sizes 28C through 38G.  The coordinating panty options are either a sultry power-mesh shaping panty with removable garters, or a provocative string thong.  All of these lovely under-things create a flattering and smooth look beneath any sort of garment, from a sharp business suit to a flirty party dress. 

View the collection at The Intimate Apparel Boutique Lingerie Show today through Thursday.

Intimate Affair: Independent Lingerie Professionals- Chicago

8 Dec

Members of the Independent Lingerie Professionals group living in the Chicago area gathered together for an Intimate Affair on Monday evening, December 5, 2011.  The event was hosted by Stephanie Kuhr of Dottie’s Delights.  Bra La Mode was unable to attend the Intimate Affair (although I really did consider making the cross-country trip in the name of “lingerie love”!)  But lucky for us, the fabulous Norma Loehr of Orange Lingerie offered to share the experience (and some great pictures) with Bra La Mode readers.  Thanks, Norma!

The Dottie's Delights Studio, Chicago

Who knew there were so many lingerie companies in the Chicago area? Being new to the area, I certainly had no idea. Luckily I found Stephanie Kuhr of Dottie’s Delights. As a 2010 designer in residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator, she is plugged in to the local lingerie scene and graciously hosted us all in her studio earlier this week.

Designers Norma Loehr and Stephanie Kuhr

The goal of the get-together was to meet everyone and learn about what they are working on. As it turns out, we all take a different approach to our respective lingerie businesses and have our own unique style so our gathering was very collaborative. It was great to be in a room surrounded by people who speak “lingerie” and, like me, think nothing of whipping out a lingerie set in a meeting at the local Starbucks!

So, who are the lingerie professionals in the Chicago area? On the designer side, there were five of us at the Intimate Affair:

Dottie’s Delights which specializes in vintage-inspired shapewear and foundations.

Evlove run by Jenny Dombroski lets you design your lingerie on their website or at an Evlove lingerie party.

Naughty4Nice is a line in development by Maggie and Matt. They plan to use organic fabrics and donate a portion of their profits to charities that benefit women. Note that they are still looking for charities to work with!

Orange Lingerie is a company I started to make custom tailored bras and lingerie for individual clients in Chicago and New York.

Urban Fox is the work of Lizzie Cook. Each piece from her line is dyed and sewn by hand from machine-processed bamboo and organic cotton blends in the U.S.

Daniel, Denise and Matt

On the blogger front we were joined by Sarah of StackDD+, a blog with researched reviews, tips, and clothing ideas to support the DD+ woman. Daniel from Directory Sexy, the go-to resource on the web for all things lingerie, made the trip to Chicago to show us the new features he is adding to the site in the first part of 2012.

There were also some newer lingerie entrants at the party.  Denise of Sinsational Nights, a company that puts together in-home lingerie parties was at the event and Lena from her as yet unnamed company which is working on a sports bra for larger breasted women.

It was fun to see samples from other designers. I enjoyed talking to Stephanie of Dottie’s Delights about bra construction and fitting. I also loved seeing her work close-up to really appreciate her use of vintage stitches. I also got the chance to feel the eco friendly fabrics that Lizzie uses for Urban Fox. I really like the trim she uses on her pieces too. It is made of mostly organic linen with some spandex.

Lizzie and Lena

Lena brought sketches for the sports bra she is working on. Sarah of Stack DD+ was very helpful in offering her perspective on Lena’s designs. She knows a lot about fitting DD+ cups and what is currently available in the marketplace, so she is a great resource for feedback on new bra ideas. Happily, I discovered she is on the hunt for a strapless bra as well as a plunge bra. Of course I can make custom fit versions of both for her so I gathered details about exactly what she is looking for. Yes, it is possible for DD+ to have pretty and supportive versions of both!

Daniel shared the enhancements he is making to Directory Sexy in early 2012 and since I don’t want to spoil his thunder, I won’t say too much here other than he is adding flexibility via editing features for those in the directory as well as incorporating some very interesting social networking elements. It was great to get a sneak peek of the new features so we can start thinking about how they may impact our listings in the directory.

Lena and Sarah

Throughout the evening a few themes emerged. All designers have faced the difficulty of finding good patternmakers for lingerie and finding sewing contractors willing to sew bras. In fact, several of us currently handle the production of our own product to get around this problem. Of course, the day is approaching for each of us where it will be necessary to have help producing our garments. This is one of the areas we can help each other the most – sharing our experiences with contractors and other resources.

Another theme was our belief that production in the USA (and preferably locally in Chicago) is important to our respective businesses. Admittedly, we may be biased on this point either by the size of our business or by our independent spirit!

We plan to continue getting together regularly to share ideas.  Perhaps we will invite boutiques so they can meet the designers in person and have a more personal story to tell about the garments in their stores.  And, we can hear more from them on what their clients are looking for in our lingerie!

Intimate Affair: Dollin’ Around – Dirty Dolls Lingerie Private Doll-House Party

22 Nov

Dirty Dolls Courtney Newman and Erica Paul

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Dirty Dolls Courtney Newman and Erica Paul hosted a private Doll-House party to showcase the styles from their latest collection, the Pin-Up inspired Pin Stripe Collection.  The Intimate Affair was a private event for friends, family, devoted Dirty Dolls customers and honorary Dirty Dolls like me and my friend Darlene Campbell from full-busted clothing company Campbell & Kate and founder of the Hourglassy blog– Above Average Style for the Above Average Bust.  The convivial event was a perfect “girls night out” replete with girly chatter about art and music, silly topics such as shower caps, shaving our legs, manicures, and of course, boobs and bras!

Dirty Dolls Pinstripe Pin-Up Brassiere and Brief

The Pinstripe Pin-Up collection is contemporary, yet it maintains the flirty and fun retro-feel of the brand.  The new Pinstripe Pin-Up Brassiere is a practical yet sexy full cup bra designed to fit and contour C cups and up.  It combines the allure of vintage glamour with modern bra construction to provide an everyday bra that makes you feel sexy and confident!  It is available in two colors- After Midnight and Tea Rose.  The Dirty Dolls have also introduced a Pin-Up Shaping Panty for Fall/Winter season.  This vintage-inspired brief flattens and sculpts without binding or pinching at the waist or legs.  It has oversized contrast color pink zig-zag stitching at center front panel seams and down center back.  This stitching detail adds to the charm of the panty which also includes delicate lace trim at the legs and waist.  The panty wouldn’t be complete without removable garter straps!  It is a true modern take on vintage shapewear from days gone by. 

The biggest news for the brand is that they are now offering their bras in sizes up to a G cup.  This is exciting for full-busted Dirty Dolls everywhere!  And, the Dolls have recently relaunched their website which now includes ecommerce.  So, for those of you that dream of being a Dirty Doll but can’t find a brick and mortar retailer in your local area, log onto their newly revamped site and order direct from the Dolls!

Dirty Dolls Peek-A-Boo Camisole Brassiere

I left the Doll-House event with a shopping bag laden with Dirty Dolls Lingerie including the new Pin-Up Shaping Panty from their latest collection as well as the Peek-A-Boo Camisole Brassiere, the organic cotton Cha-Cha Cheeky Short, the Smooth Her Tap Pant and the Showstoppin’ Shaper (from the Doll’s debut Classic Collection).  I am in love with the sensibility of this brand (which has recently undergone a brand image make-over), but I think I’m most excited about the Showstoppin’ Shaper which is designed as a heavy control shaping piece.  It is a true high-waisted shaper (it goes all the way up to your underbust) and is a long-leg.  This style is functional and sexy.  It reminds of old Hollywood glamour with its swiss-dot mesh at center front panel and two-tone lace trim at leg openings.  Finally…. Shapewear that’s sexy and sophisticated!  I can’t wait to wear it with my new Peek-A-Boo Cami Bra!  There is a lot of detail in this garment including bones at the side seams and silicone elastic along inside edge of the front/back waistband.  And, it has a “trap door” in the gusset!  What a surprise…. These are the construction details that are often sacrificed in today’s intimate apparel.  Nothing has been compromised in the quality, fit and construction of the Dirty Dolls Lingerie.  I look forward to seeing what’s to come from this emerging brand which has yet to disappoint!

My new favorite undergarment, the Dirty Dolls Showstoppin' Shaper

The Dirty Dolls will be busy Dollin’ Around town over the next few weeks….  On November 30th, the duo will be showing their collection at a Trunk Show being held at the NYC Sugar Cookies Boutique.  The event will be held from 6-9pm.  Champagne and Sugar Cookies will be served!  PLUS, guests will receive a free Dirty Dolls Lingerie lace thong with the purchase of any bra and panty set.  And as if that wasn’t enough, the Dolls will be offering 15% off all purchases made at the Intimate Affair.

Can’t get enough of the Dirty Dolls?  Head over to Woodside Queens for an “Afternoon Delight with the Dolls!”  On Sunday, December 11th, the Dirty Dolls are hosting an event which will feature several independent brands as well as other artists and entrepreneurs.  The event is intended to be an opportunity for holiday shopping as well as networking for local designers, artists and other independent business women.  Bra La Mode will be attending this Intimate Affair along with Darlene Campbell of the full-busted clothing company Campbell and Kate, legendary biscotti baker The Naughty Housewife, gourmet Japanese sugar importer Chambre de Sucre, boudoir photographer Yvonne Lynch, and hosiery retailer Peek Brooklyn.  What an eclectic bunch!  Come join the fun and spend a delightful afternoon with me and the Dolls!  For more information about this unique event, Contact Me.

About Dirty Dolls Lingerie

Inspired by the vintage under-things worn by the starlets of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dirty Dolls Lingerie is bringing glamour back into the everyday.  Dirty Dolls Lingerie was founded in November of 2008 by Courtney Leigh Newman and Erica Rosalind Paul, two veteran fashion designers known to their loyal customers simply as “The Dolls.” The company’s core mission is to provide gorgeous, perfectly fitted brassieres, panties, and shapers to women who wear hard-to-find sizes. The Dolls themselves are among the millions of ladies who’ve long been frustrated by the absence of great brassieres available to those blessed with sexy curves. After years of being forced to buy dull bras simply because they had beautiful bosoms, The Dolls decided to take matters into their own hands.  The founding Dirty Dolls have set off on their quest to fit all women with exquisite lingerie, and to educate them in the importance of wearing supportive, yet coquettish under-things!

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