Each season fashion trends come and go (don’t get me wrong, I always love seeing what’s new), but it’s the classics, the basics, the go-to items in your closet that set the foundation for your wardrobe.
So, among the bevy of new fall/winter lingerie collections being presented to us at a dizzying speed, it’s refreshing to see a label perfect the art of minimalism.
And Wundervoll, a Berlin-based luxury lingerie label since 2008, has done just that. “We’re more concerned with creating an unmistakable Wundervoll style than following short-lived trends”, says Matthias Jaschke, the founder of Wundervoll.
As a testament to the label’s quality (their attention to detail is impeccable), all the styles are produced in Germany.
While Jaschke prides himself on creating timeless pieces, his F/W collection, Midnight Radio, is anything but boring.
As in past collections, Midnight Radio takes its inspiration from music — in this season’s case, it exudes a melancholic, sensual and elegant quality. No, you won’t find extravagant bells and whistles within the Midnight Radio collection, but what Jaschke does offer are styles created from the most delicate and luxurious fabrics that accentuate the body without confining it.
Take for instance the Atmosphere balconette bra and Radio pants. Yes, they are a nod to the past (I know you can just picture Betty Draper of Mad Men donning this), but there’s a reason the silhouette keeps resurfacing in the lingerie world — the ensemble exudes effortless, timeless chic.
And as if his pieces don’t already look incredibly good on your body, they’re insanely comfortable as well. Fabricated from soft jersey made from 100% silk, most of the styles feature adjustable or convertible straps, like the Sonic Teddy, a nostalgic bodysuit with crisscross, adjustable straps and additional body fastener.
Another great feature of the collection is its uniformity of styles and colors (there are only three: papyrus, crystal grey and black), so the wearer is able to mix-and-match pieces easily.
Take a peek at the rest of the collection below, and visit wundervoll.com to locate your nearest stockist.
Chances are you’ve never heard of Amulette lingerie — but that’s bound to change soon.
Amulette is an exciting young label from Colombia that has just launched a large, imaginative fall collection filled with surprising treasures everywhere you look. The wonderful tie-dye-inspired camisole and matching pant pictured above (it comes in a babydoll and boyshort, too) is just one example of the hidden delights in the diverse Amulette catalogue.
Another piece we loved, and completely different than the rest — the soft white babydoll (below) from the Fiancé range, overlaid with fine lace ruffles and trim and cinched under the bustline.
Amulette arrived on the boutique lingerie scene about a year ago, and it’s an interesting fashion and cultural hybrid. The driving force behind the label is Johanna Isaac, a former fashion buyer who grew up in Paris, studied in New York and eventually became fashion director for the outerwear brand Esprit. Johanna’s pedigree is evident in her designs for Amulette — there’s plenty of sexy French styling details and fine European fabric, a few hints of fit-conscious sportswear, and lots of hipster cool that you’d expect to find on the racks of a Nolito boutique.
What drives the Amulette vision, however, is a sentimental and unapologetic fondness for old-school romance. Their slogan (and it’s a beauty) says it all: “Amulette believes in love stories with happy endings.” Other labels may peddle a phony department-store illusion of romance, but you get the sense that Amulette is truly all heart.
You can get a better sense of the passion and inspiration behind Amulette by browsing through the promotional campaign for the new collection. It’s called, appropriately, Fairyland, and it depicts a variety of forest scenes in which innocent young models dreamily contemplate love and lovers. And not a big bad wolf in sight!
The word “amulette” means a small charm, but for Johanna Isaac it’s more than brand. “Amulette focuses on lngerie because it is women’s most exquisite charm,” she writes. “It stimulates self-confidence and multiplies grace.”
And to make her point, every Amulette purchase includes an original “lucky charm” (right) which, according to Johanna, “defeats unhappiness and brings desire, stimulating eternal love.”
Ah, if only everyone believed the same!
Do yourself a big favor and check out this wonderful new label. There’s an online store coming soon, and in the meantime the Amulette website lists the few North American boutiques that currently stock their pieces.
For now, here are a few shots from the fall campaign, highlighting the different lines in the Amulette collection.
Here’s a feminist style statement that could add some fun to laundry day.
Are you sick of having to decide which dental-floss thong to put on in the morning? Can’t stop coveting your BF’s super-comfy-looking Jockeys?
Well, Bitchin Boxers has a solution — boxers and briefs, just for girls.
The gutsy new NYC label offers men’s-style undies tailored just for women. And just like men’s underwear, they’re soft and roomy and have a sturdy elastic waistband that will look great peeking over your low-rise jeans.
There’s a choice between the Boyfriend series (pictured above) in white, red, black or two shades of plaid, and the Bruiser series, which is cut like a boyshort and resembles those leg-hugging trunk briefs that men love. There’s also a Bootylicious series that’s just like the Jockeys boys wear, except for the naughty angel-devil emblem printed on the backside (see below). All pieces in the collection are under $20.
Bitchin Boxers isn’t the first label to try this approach, but their spin on gender-bending undies couldn’t be more different than upscale brands like Alexander Wang, which tapped into the boyfriend trend earlier this year.
Bitchin Boxers comes loaded with attitude — they’ve got a slogan (“No excuses. No apologies.”), a logo depicting a woman wearing boxing gloves, and they’ve signed up butch supermodel Eve Salvail to help launch the collection.
BB founder Renluka Maharaj debuted the boxer line last fall, and aims to use the new company to promote social change. The company directs a portion of its earnings to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is “committed to helping women improve their lives,” Maharah says.
Bitchin Boxers, she says, “symbolizes the rebelliousness sometimes needed to gain independence.”
In addition to its signature undies, Bitchin Boxers also offers an extensive collection of tees, tanks and wraps as well as more typically feminine briefs, thongs and boyshorts.
This looks like a line that will get into a lot of stores one day, but for now your best bet is to use the Bitchin Boxers online store.
Bianca Balti returns to promote Intimissimi’s F/W 2010 collection, and of course, I am completely in love with the new collection and, of course, Bianca.
Balti, who graced the runway of many of this season’s hottest shows — Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Prada, to name a few — proves this Italian stunner is still very much in demand.
In the latest Intimissimi lingerie campaign, Balti channels a modern-day Sophia Loren with her tousled voluminous bob, feline eyes and signature pout.
Set within a distressed interior, the feminine, vintage-inspired lingerie contrasts beautifully against the romantic and antique environment.
Now would be a good time to tell you that I am pretty much a sucker for the juxtaposition of anything feminine/masculine, new/antique, rustic/modern. Combine them and well, in the words of celeb stylist Rachel Zoe, “I die!”
Though I don’t want my opinion to persuade you, I’m sure you’ll agree after viewing the images, that’s it definitely a world you want get lost in.
To view more, visit intimissimi.com.
We don’t see or hear enough about Brazilian lingerie in North America, which is a shame because Brazil ranks with Italy and France as one of the world’s most lingerie-obsessed cultures. This is the country, after all, that gave us the thong. And Gisele Bundchen. And Adriana Lima … You get the picture.
The images above and in the gallery below are from the Autumn-Winter 2010 collection of Le Pink lingerie, which has a strong retail and mail-order presence in Brazil but requires some legwork to find in the U.S.
Le Pink was probably unamused when Victoria’s Secret launched its VS Pink line a few years back, since it ruined the Brazilian label’s chances of establishing a dominant Internet profile (try searching for “pink lingerie” and you’ll see what I mean!).
Nevertheless, Le Pink has a very strong catalogue that goes far beyond the tiny g-strings and decadently romantic lingerie pieces that many Brazilian labels are known for.
In the gallery below (beautifully shot by NYC photographer Michael Creagh), model Florencia Salvioni reveals the many facets of the Le Pink line: sleek sheer teddies, slinky camis, and some lovely sleepwear options. But the must-have in the collection has to be the bra/thong combination above, with its stunning embroidered straps!
Do some digging to find Le Pink lingerie — it’ll be worth the effort!