The concept of lingerie pieces that can do double-duty (say a pretty chemise you can wear peeking out of a blazer, or a corset that can work as a top) is not a new one, however, modern clothing brands like diepo are breathing fresh new life into the idea.
Founded by Justine Diener and Kristin Poon in 2007, the Toronto-based diepo combines the co-designers’ strengths to create paired down and glamorous pieces that really do perform multiple functions.
According to the brand, “diepo is a fusion of Justine’s tailored, spare perspective with Kristin’s clean and sporty aesthetic. … [the two designers] use their strengths, Justine in wovens and Kristin in knits, to create a line of luxurious garments that blur the line between bedroom and daywear.”
It’s impossible not to love the Oyster spandex/mesh pieces (above) from diepo’s S/S 2011 collection — namely a strapless body shaper, bandeau, triangle bra and girdle. Other double-duty pieces in the line include the Smoke Tencel Bodysuit and Culotte Short, and the Dove Cotton Voile Scallop Shorts, seen in the photos below.
According to Justine and Kristin, diepo‘s Fall/Winter 2011 collection (which debuted at Toronto’s recent LG Fashion Week) is inspired by “campfires, lake swimming, pheasant feathers, the television series Twin Peaks, and images of deer at night from the early to mid-1900s shot by legendary wildlife photographer George Shiras.”
As for the philosophy behind the diepo style, Kristin says their collections “are a mix of daywear and shapewear pieces that can be worn on their own, or styled together. This versatility is really what defines us. We love the idea of layering our pieces and mixing and matching them with vintage finds.”
If you’d like to indulge in a little mixing yourself, diepo can be purchased in Toronto at Rac Boutique (124 Cumberland Avenue) and at Jacflash (1036 Queen Street W.).