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Stella The Explorer
Posted by Lingerie Talk | February 26, 2014
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Stella McCartney is the lingerie industry’s version of Dora the Explorer, always searching for something new but never straying far from her essential personality and impeccable taste.

Spring 2014 finds Stella turning her back on some of the flirty floral prints that we’ve loved from recent collections, and delving deeper into the artistic intricacies of French leavers lace and stretch silk satin.

The bra styles still lean toward the softer side, although there are expertly crafted underwire options or, for a vintage look, a new version of the Cherie Sneezing balconette (photo above) with its elegant satin paneling.

Most noticeable about the new collection is the number of color-saturated pieces, which have the effect of showing off lace patterns in bold relief against the skin.

Stella also has some fun here experimenting with contrasting colorways: check out the neon pink straps on the powdery pink Faye Flirting set, for example, or the dazzling new papaya colorway that serves as an accent to the Cherie piece above.

There are some new casual homewear pieces in the 15-look collection, the most covetable being the silk Daria Balancing jumper that Stella calls an “all-in-one”. At $445 it’s no trifle, but you could imagine yourself wearing this all day long.

And the Daria range (there’s also a chemise) is indeed a balancing act, pairing a polka dot accent with a leopard skin main print. That shouldn’t work, but then again, this is Stella.

Here are images from the new collection. Not all are in stores yet, but keeping checking back to the SM webshop as new pieces are added.

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Stella’s Charming Fall
Posted by richard | August 15, 2013
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Stella McCartney Lingerie is back with a colorful fall collection that will carry over nicely into next spring as well.

With more than a dozen new looks in both the premium and Stella basics line, this collection covers a lot of bases — big floral prints, zesty animal print, and plenty of delicate lacework like you see in the Giselle Charming bra above.

Why has SML become such a treasured brand after only five years in business? Of all the Bendon Group‘s brands (which include Pleasure State and Elle Macpherson Intimates), Stella is the one with the most personality.

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In addition to classic silhouettes and appealing French-inspired styles, each new collection from Stella includes something quirky, cute and clever. This summer it was the Camille Cooling Shorts (above), which were meant as lounging or sleep shorts … until they started showing up on streets, beaches and in festival crowds, too.

We see several items in the fall portfolio (featuring Dutch supermodel Marloes Horst) that could become this season’s multi-purpose must-have. Which one gets your pulse racing the most?

It’s not always easy keeping track of the latest offerings from this label, though. SML hasn’t always followed the rigid pattern of seasonal product releases that other brands adhere to, and product availability often depends on where you shop, not when. But be patient, all of these styles will find their way to a boutique or department store near you, wherever you live, eventually.

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Stella Dreaming Of Romance
Posted by richard | February 14, 2013
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This might just be the prettiest Valentine’s Day lingerie ensemble around. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait till next year to show it off.

It’s a new fuschia colorway in Stella McCartney Lingerie‘s popular Selma Dancing range, a soft silk-and-lace underwire set that first debuted a couple of seasons ago.

Once again we have the good people at Lille Boutique to thank for giving us all an early look at Stella’s new spring line.

A couple of years ago, boutique owner Sarah Wizemann came up with the brilliant idea of side-stepping the Bendon Group‘s complicated distribution and marketing schedule by shooting her own lookbook for Stella’s upcoming collections well before they reach the North American market.

The latest Lille lookbook, which showed up today as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift to fans, showcases the Stella McCartney Spring 2013 collection, most of which won’t reach North American stores until May (although some of these pieces are available in Australia, where it’s billed as the Autumn-Winter 2013 collection.)

And, once again, it’s a stunner. Stella has achieved an unrivaled marriage of style and comfort with a line of ultra-feminine styles that combine floral lace, colored silks and modern materials and hardware. It’s a simple formula, really, but executed with breathtaking delicacy and attention to detail.

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This collection introduces a handful of new shapes and fabrications to Stella’s catalogue, each of them bearing a girl’s name and playful gerund … not all of which make sense.

The floral Laura Pottering range, for instance, seems to pick up from the much-loved Irene Gardening set from 2010, though we are unclear if “pottering” is something you do in a garden, or something you do to underage magicians.

There are appealing black floral lace patterns in the new Freya Filming and Yasmin Calling ranges and a flash of real opulence in Katherine Shining, a pearl grey lace set with gold foil trim.

And for traditionalists, keep an eye out for the lovely new white collection called Erin Wishing (shown above). Not strictly a bridal range, but it works as a softer alternative to the Josephine Marrying bridal line that debuted in 2011.

The secret to Stella McCartney’s meteoric success as a lingerie designer lies in her ability to create very soft looks that have a surprising amount of structure and support built-in, often hidden in seams and side panels. The result is lingerie with natural lines and a deceptively casual appearance — both of which are beautifully captured in Lille’s photoshoots.

Here are some more shots from Lille Boutique’s new lookbook for Stella McCartney 2013. See the full series here, and remember to thank Sarah and the Lille team for this important public service.

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Stella Covers A Lot Of Ground
Posted by richard | September 13, 2012

As I write this, a friend is outside in my big, unruly flower garden, trying to bring some order to the landscape before the squirrels start moving all the bulbs around in preparation for winter.

I’d like to say she looks as fetching as the model in the image above — from Lille Boutique‘s latest photo tribute to Stella McCartney lingerie — but the truth is she’s on her knees, caked in mud and sweating in the late summer sun.

I thought of showing her these pictures and suggesting she tidy up a little to please the lord of the manor, but then common sense returned and I kept my mouth shut. Besides, once I’m done this piece I’ll be out there myself, decked out like a casting reject from Hee Haw.

That’s the thing about Stella McCartney‘s lingerie collections: they make elegance seem simple, effortless and natural, as though you always look this good.

Boutique owner Sarah Wizeman and photographer Lisa Warninger understand this appeal, which they get across by shooting Stella’s pretty confections in the bucolic farm country of Sauvie Island near Portland, Oregon.

This is the third time Sarah and Lisa have teamed up to create their own lookbook for Stella’s seasonal collection, lending a distinctive local look to one of the world’s best young lingerie brands. Their vision is so spot-on, and so widely admired, it wouldn’t surprise me if some people think of Stella McCartney as a homegrown Portland designer label.

Of course, it could also be argued that Stella makes life easy for stylists and photographers (not to mention retailers) everywhere.

The new fall collection covers a lot of ground, with new styles that range from the ultra luxurious to cute-and-coquettish to bare-bones minimalist. And yes, that means many additions to the gerund-based nomenclature (Angela Grazing, Emilie Peeking, etc.) that has become one of the lingerie world’s most unusual and recognizable brand signatures.

There are updates to many of Stella’s catalogue ranges, while standouts among the new styles include: the Jodie Rocking set, a pink python-skin print in stretch silk; the lavish Julianne Joking set, which reveals a subtle leopard print made from dark Italian stretch jacquard; and Penny Buzzing, a vintage-inspired satin range with lovely pintucking and lace trim.

One of most admired items in the collection, though, will certainly be the Sarah Sailing set (above). It’s made from an ink-dark Leavers lace with an oversized floral pattern, and is embellished with glittering hematite stones. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s inspired by the memorable sparkling organza gown that Stella designed for Naomi Watts to wear to the 2011 MET fashion ball.

The fall collection also delivers the highly anticipated “basics” range from Stella McCartney. These pieces (above) are grouped under the label name Stella and they are what the designer was talking about last year when she said she was working on a new collection of “nearly invisible” lingerie.

The Stella basics line isn’t, strictly speaking, “invisible” … it’s just very thin and figure-hugging, ensuring no visible lines peeking through your outer layers. Made from matte and satin microfibre, it’s the company’s thinnest and lightest offering, and at price points that will bring this coveted designer label into more women’s wardrobes this fall.

Below are more images from Lille Boutique‘s photoshoot, profiling some of the new looks in Stella McCartney Lingerie‘s AW 2012 collection.

Sneak Peek: Stella McCartney A/W 2012
Posted by LT Staff | June 8, 2012



This may be our first look at the next lingerie offering from Stella McCartney … or not.

The video showed up on the website of Vogue Paris this week, billed as the official preview of Stella’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

Strange, though: it features the same soundtrack and the same model — Katsia Zingarevich — as the label’s spring/summer video.

And Vogue says Stella’s next collection will have its own brand name for the first time — Stella, which just happens to be the name used for the company’s fragrance.

At under a minute, the black-and-white video seems more like outtakes from a photo shoot (there are no credits) than a collection launch. The styles, however, are new and that sheer polka-dot bed jacket is a winner for sure.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Bendon‘s promotion of the growing label is slightly out of synch with the market.

But none of this will matter once Stella’s next range gets the full debut it deserves. You’ll know it’s the real deal when you start seeing line-ups.

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