When we first heard that a New York lingerie designer was coming out with a line inspired by the Quebec ski resort town of Mont-Tremblant, we shuddered. What could it possibly include? A maple leaf print? Parka-like quilted nylon? Or, heaven forbid, a fleur-de-lis pattern?
Well we can relax. If you’ve never been to Quebec’s premier winter resort, then you won’t know how absolutely, sublimely perfect the Tremblant range (above) from Jenna Leigh Lingerie really is. Using snowy white eyelet cotton with a peek-a-boo snowflake pattern and just a hint of spring suggested by tiny mint bows, this memorable style comes in a wireless triangle bra, a balconet and a thong.
Tremblant (the resort) is a year-round playground for Montreal hipsters and a popular honeymoon spot as well, and Jenna Leigh has captured both aspects well. Her Tremblant set is elegant enough for bridal wear and comfortable enough for some après-ski lounging by the resort’s numerous snow bunnies. If Canada ever decides to name a national lingerie collection, this would be our choice. (Don’t laugh: if you’ve been following the shenanigans in Ottawa recently, you’ll know how timely this suggestion really is!)
The Tremblant range is only one of several standouts in the spring collection from Jenna Leigh, a very young label that is rapidly becoming one of the hottest designer lingerie brands in the U.S. market (watch for JL arriving in Barney’s soon).
The new collection picks up where designer Jenna Leigh Blatstein left off last season, drawing inspiration from diverse global destinations in a way that goes beyond fashion and travel clichés.
Think Las Vegas is all glitz and glamour? JL’s new Vegas range is sexy but understated; functional knit/mesh separates in soft lilac and pale gray tones — something that Vegas showgirls might wear after the curtain comes down.
Likewise, you might expect Laos to inspire an exotic Asian print, but Jenna’s Laos range is surprisingly subtle, with a hint of old-world colonial glamour suggested by a muted blush hue and the tiniest of lace ruffle. Similarly, her new Copacabana line is more Miami than Brazil, offering separates in a candy pink stretch lace that oozes comfort.
Jenna has also used the spring collection to update some of her more popular earlier styles, which were also inspired by her travels. Last year’s much-admired silk charmeuse Malawi line is back, as is the revealing black stretch lace Namos collection.
There’s not a single signature “look” to Jenna Leigh’s designs, possibly because she literally scours the planet for style inspirations (past styles = Bali, Croatia, Courchevel!) and is willing to work with a variety of modern materials and colorways. What she achieves, though, are numerous unforgettable styles that will leave a lasting impression. Check out the color-blocked Kyoto bodysuit or the lemony Flamingo romper and longline bra below and you’ll see what I mean.
You can find JL at Anthropologie, Journelle or at www.jennaleighlingerie.com. Now, enjoy exploring Jenna’s global village below!