Ligne de Soie: Silk Travelwear with Gossip Girl Buzz
Posted by connie | January 5, 2011
Azure V-Neck Top and Capri Pants | Ligne de Soie

“Luxury that travels” promises the hot lingerie brand Ligne de Soie, a mix of fashion and function that we can all use this winter holiday season.

I mean, we’ve all been there. Staring at an open suitcase, wondering what to pack and, more importantly, which clothing pieces will actually survive the journey without bunching and wrinkling beyond recognition.

Melissa Pelz, the founder of Ligne de Soie (“line of silk”), has been there too. It was why the U.S.-born, London-based Pelz decided to create a line of luxurious silk robes, which now come in both single- and double-layer designs, to satisfy her needs and those of her jet-setting friends. Popular in the U.K. for some time, and now breaking into the U.S. market, the line carries products in four different categories: Classic, Vintage, Resort and Bridal.

Recently worn by both Blair and Serena on Gossip Girl — the ultimate stamp of approval from the fashionista crowd — Ligne de Soie is a brand with buzz. (If you’re interested, Blair wore the Chinois Silk Kimono from the Vintage collection while Serena sported the Blancs de Noir Silk Robe from the Classic collection).

The line of silk loungewear and accessories has been designed with the modern woman in mind, one who both works and plays hard. The Ligne de Soie woman is also someone who appreciates beauty, femininity and luxury, as well as efficiency and functionality.

These travel-friendly pieces work for both day and night and include the kimono-style robe that started it all as well as pajamas, camisoles, capri pants, tanks, gowns and accessories. All the items fold up small to make for easy packing and are made so that they don’t wrinkle easily. Each also comes with a pouch to help protect them while travelling.

For Spring/Summer 2011, Ligne de Soie has been clearly inspired by sun, sand and the tropics. The collection includes items bursting with colors from coral to turquoise and cobalt blue.

Various pieces, like the Tropez Silk Voile Wrap, feature a graphic floral print that looks almost retro, while others like the Tropez Silk V-Neck Top are just trimmed in it. Coral is the other predominant pattern in the collection and is also featured on a number of styles including tanks and capri pants, as well as the Coral Silk Kimono Robe, which also comes with a contrasting light blue belt.

Romantic and sophisticated, Ligne de Soie’s designs carefully walk the line between feminine and too-girly, while also managing to be both vintage-inspired and modern at the same time. The line can be purchased at boutiques in London or online.

So the next time you’re pondering what to pack — or just want to infuse your boudoir with some Gossip Girl inspired style — don’t forget to make Ligne de Soie your new travel buddy.

Here are a few images from the Spring/Summer collection. The photo at the top of this post shows the Azure V-neck top and capri pants, while the one below is the chiffon bridal set.

Bridal Chiffon Robe | Ligne de Soie
Coral Kimono | Ligne de Soie
Bridal Kimono Robe | Ligne de Soie
Coral Kimono
Bridal Kimono
Eclat V-Neck Top | Ligne de Soie
Eclat Silk Capri Pants | Ligne de Soie
Eclat V-neck Top
Eclat Capri Pants
Azure Silk Gown | Ligne de Soie
Bridal Chemise Gown | Ligne de Soie
Azure Silk Gown
Bridal Chemise Gown
Tropez Silk V-Neck Top | Ligne de Soie
Tropez Silk Voile Chemise Gown | Ligne de Soie
Tropez Silk V-neck Top
Tropez Silk Voile Chemise Gown

Ah, a new year and hope springs eternal once again.

No one knows that better than the people in the photos above, all independent lingerie designers who — in our considered opinion — are ready to make a big (and well-deserved) splash in 2011.

Tomorrow, Lingerie Talk will launch a daily series of articles that spotlights some of the sharpest and most creative emerging talents in the lingerie industry.

Altogether, our series titled Bright Young Things will profile a dozen (maybe more) lingerie designers from around the world. Some of these people you already know from earlier posts we’ve written, but we’ve got several bright new hotshots to tell you about too!

Generally speaking, the young entrepreneurs we are featuring in this series are indie designers who are relatively new to the business. Many work solo, most have more nerve than money and they all have a high tolerance for risk. We’ll look at their business plans and their backgrounds, and offer an early look at their designs for 2011.

Bright Young Things will include labels from Europe, the UK, North America and points in between. The designers range from a newcomer who has just released her debut collection, to an established artist with a cult-like following overseas, to a couple of rising stars who’ve graduated from late-night sewing for their Etsy shops to something resembling the big time.

What they all have in common, though, is a whole lot of passion. In an industry that is being re-made by the forces of globalization and presents enormous barriers to newcomers, these are the young dreamers who believe there is still a place for inspired, highly individual visions. We couldn’t agree more.

Bright Young Things begins tomorrow with our look at Canada’s own Adam Sakara from the exciting young label La Fée Verte.

Comfy PJs: Yes, Cotton Can Be Sexy!
Posted by connie | January 4, 2011

What’s the nighttime equivalent of comfort food? Pajamas in soft fabrics like cotton and flannel.

After recently rounding up some great silk pajama options that were sure to rate on any Christmas wish list, we thought we’d do the same for ladies who prefer the familiar comfort of cotton and flannel rather than silk and lace.

While these cozy fabrics often get a bad rap — ie. flannel is too juvenile, cotton too downmarket — they’ve come a long way over the years. Now premiere designers are offering luxury versions of comfy PJs at varying price points. Here are a few can’t-miss options:

Elizabeth Cotton
Founder Elizabeth began her business because she “wanted pajamas to love” that were both comfortable and made of long-lasting, quality materials. The result is a line of Egyptian cotton pajama sets (we’re talking 200+ thread count) and robes, as well as flannel PJs, that have been featured in Vogue and In Style among other publications, as well as on Oprah’s annual O-List.

Elizabeth Cotton also offers a line of cotton nightshirts in iconic Liberty of London florals, which are all the rage at the moment. PJ sets start at $148 and can be purchased on the Elizabeth Cotton website in a variety of color options.

BedHead
Created by Canadian-born, L.A.-based Renee Claire Bertrand, BedHead is a line that offers pajamas in comfortable fabrics, sophisticated cuts and fun patterns. BedHead carries cotton and flannel PJs for women, men and children, all made in the L.A. area, as well as a luxe product line of 100% fine cotton and Italian cotton sateen jacquard pajama sets ($218 USD) in various colors and designs. Choose from patterns like the Aqua Paisley or a black set with a Lavender Jacquard print.

Want more Liberty of London florals? BedHead has them too, as well as plus and maternity sizes. Buy your set in over 1,500 retail outlets like Neiman Marcus, the BedHead flagship West Hollywood boutique, or online at the BedHead website. Better still, 20% of the purchase price on three styles goes to the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation charity.

Burberry
Heritage brands are huge right now (see: Liberty of London, Mulberry, Barbour, and, yes, Burberry). What could be better as a gift — or a gift to yourself — than a comfortable and luxurious pajama set in classic Burberry plaid? Not much. Buy a pair of pajamas from this British brand at fine retailers worldwide or online, including at the Burberry website. Pieces start at $125.

Bodas
Slightly masculine in cut and style, Bodas’ striped cotton pajama sets are all about luxurious comfort. Choose pieces in various neutrals, like white and charcoal grey, for sleepwear that is sure to make you want to curl up in bliss. These chic PJs can be purchased at net-a-porter.com; $94 for the shirt, $74 for the pants. Whoever said cotton can’t be luxurious and sexy?

Munki Munki / P.J. Salvage
Even big girls need a PJ set that’s perfect for sleepovers, and these two trendy U.S. labels fit the bill.

Both Munki Munki and P.J. Salvage target the youth and college crowds, with an emphasis on fun prints and super-soft cotton fabrics.

Munki Munki’s dog-print flannel set (left) includes a drawstring waist and is available online for $88. P.J. Salvage’s signature piece, the Peace Out flannel set (right) runs $52.

Posted in Sleepwear
Bela's Dead Lingerie
Bela's Dead Lingerie
Bela's Dead Lingerie
Bela's Dead Lingerie

Holiday cheer, step aside; spooky can be wonderful, too.

Bela’s Dead, the London-based avant-garde lingerie line designed by former costume designer Jo Lynch, has the perfect solution to your recent sugar binges: seductive silk pieces for the afterlife.

Dark sensuous separates inspired by music about lost love and murder, Bela’s Dead takes lingerie to a devious, imaginative and delightfully creepy place. Lynch recruited Finnish illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi to add his intricate visual storytelling to her handmade work.

“I like the idea of putting something spooky into luxury lingerie,” she said. “It adds a slightly unnerving quality to it.”

The Forbidden Fruit Collection explores the Garden of Eden. A surreal bleeding apple design representing both a broken heart and the God-forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge darkens apple-yellow satin knickers and camisoles. A gorgeously printed silk demi-basque tells the story in its entirety, a testament to the brilliant work of illustrator Haapaniemi.

Not into wearing “original sin” as your sexy underthings? Bela’s Dead also has flower-embroidered pieces (and limited-edition fox-and-skull-embroidered pieces), making spooky accessible to all.

Visit www.belasdead.com for info on where you can find these works of art. Balance out the frilly pinks in your lingerie wardrobe with something a little more deadly.

Bela's Dead Lingerie
Bela's Dead Lingerie

… and stop shopping for “lingerie” at Wal-Mart! Happy New Year, everyone!

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