It’s a well-earned boost for the artisanal Made-in-NYC label, which is known for its colorful geometric patterns and for hand-dyeing its garments.
More importantly, Relique joins UO‘s large stable of youth-centric lingerie brands with a distinctive style that stands out from the strappy crowd: a double-layered bralette that allows contrasting hues to play off against each other. It’s a clever idea and, quite frankly, it looks hard to make. It’s also a perfect complement to the layered looks that are UO‘s hipster crowd adore.
Relique‘s UO offerings include the sunny Pavo bralette (above), the dramatic colorblocked Andromeda bra (top photo) with a metallic front hook-and-eye closure, and matching brief styles. All are fashioned from mesh and elastane and carry a mid-market price tag.
Relique founders Kait Vasquez and Chelsea Carson debuted the double-layered bra look in their launch collection more than a year ago and it’s become a staple for the small, fashion-forward brand.
The partnership with Urban Outfitters will introduce that style, and Relique itself, to a wide online and retail audience that will find a lot to like in the brand’s appealing blend of minimal silhouettes and eye-popping color.
Below we have the slightly NSFW lookbook from Relique‘s AW2014 collection. Relique is also distributed by a handful of lingerie boutique retailers, and will show up in Journelle stores next spring, too.