♡ these graphic illustration Flashers by Geoff McFetridge
Monday, 30 July 2012
I'm completely hooked!
The Olympics is consuming my waking hours, and I am giving into it for at least four weeks.
Although Nike are not the official sponsors of the games they have an inspiring exhibition of their innovations at Selfridges currently that is well worth a visit.
There is a major parallel between the high tech finishes and fabrics developed for sportswear and some of the most exciting innovations for underwear.
Bonding is one such technology.
The idea of 'glueing' seams together and being able to finish the edges of garments to produce a completely flat, invisible smooth line of garment has been used in underwear for a few years to give a comfortable no VPL effect. It is a technique that will only grow in its use and is very likely to completely revolutionise the way that clothing is constructed in the future.
Victorias Secret Racerback bra
Triumph 'Shape Sensation' Bonded Bra
Victorias Secret Bonded edge knicker
Thursday, 26 July 2012
La Perla are definately back on track with their A/W 2012 Collection
Their collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier continues to excite the lingerie world with its couture techniques and eye watering prices and its mainline collections are once again setting the trends rather than following them.
The luxurious A/W 2012 Collection is Orientalism undressed.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
There are few events that would have lured me to Westfield Stratford today of all days. What with the start of the Olympics, the searing heat and the school holidays, but the newly opened Victorias Secret store, its first in the UK was worth all the pain.
The shopping centre was crazy, much like its opening day when I got to see Nicole Scherzinger close up again, but part of the ceiling fell down and narrowly missed me and then a woman went into labour at the top of the escalator.
It's hard to tell yet if VS is going to be well received in the UK because every shop was pretty busy today but I think the timing might be just right.
It's not cheap but it is good value as the quality of the bras is great, everything you touch feels soft, comfortable and smooth and kind of seduces you to buy it even without the inyourfacesexy imagery.
The prices range from £29.50 for plain smooth cup cotton bras to £49.50 for a very lacey creation. I spotted a gorgeous memory foam strapless bra for £39.50 which is great value. The knickers are mostly on a deal 3 for £24.00 or £10 each.
What will be interesting in the UK market is that their size range is not very extensive and every bra in the store is padded so it is certainly not for everyone currently.
For me, a small busted big fan of Victorias Secret I'm glad they have arrived at last!
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
How nice to meet someone that completely lives up to your expectations. Fifi Chachnil did just that for me last week.
Passionate, flirty and honest she epitomises her brand which began with her signature fifties inspired womenswear in the eighties and grew to include her flirty frou frou lingerie in the nineties.
Fifi is a busy lady at the moment. Fresh from the launch of her new Swimwear Collection at her London Boutique, she was back to Paris to opened a new store on the Left Bank last week, her third store in the French capital. Located in the chic left bank at 34, rue de Grenelle 75007.
Luckily enough she managed to squeeze in some answers to a few questions from me about her lifetime in the world of lingerie.
check the website if you can't get to Paris
Friday, 20 July 2012
Leavers lace is the most expensive and aspired lace in the world.
Only a few manufacturers of this type of lace remain in Northern France and the machinery has changed little since its creation by the Englishman John Leavers in Nottingham, England in 1831.
Sophie Hallette is one such family run French lace company that specialises in Leavers Lace. It was with Sophie Hallette that Sarah Burton created her lace of choice for Kate Middletons Royal Wedding Dress.
Leavers lace is much more delicate and is more intricately patterned that other laces and it can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic yarns.
Some of the machines in the Sophie Hallette Factory are 100 years old and much of the process is still done by hand from the design sketch of the lace to the finishing and adding any embellishment such as sequins, beading or crystals.
Just threaded up a leavers machine can take 2 people 2 months.
The sound of them in action is a soothing, steady, hum much like an old fashion steam train and they are covered in a smooth sheen of charcoal used to ensure the smooth running of the machines.
New leavers machines have not been manufactured in decades so you are unlikely to see made in China leavers
This season Sophie Hallette has enlisted the services of CHIC to create its latest lookbook. Envisaging lace as a work of modern art it is gorgeous fresh look at an much loved fabric for lingerie.
Get your French Leavers fix at www.sophiehallette.com
Or if you want to support the British Manufacturing industry check out www.clunylace.com