Fleur of England ‘Geisha’ Collection A/W 2013
Fleur of England just released their new ‘Geisha‘ collection, and like everything else they’ve come out with this season, I’m positively swooning. I saw this collection for the first time at this past season’s lingerie market, and I love that it’s wearable luxury lingerie. I could see myself wearing these rich, deeply colored pieces every day; either as lingerie or as part of a lingerie-as-outerwear ensemble… the lounge pants and camisole in particular are my favorite.
The bespoke pattern was in-house designed by Fleur herself, and was based on a photographic print of flowers from her very own garden (so creative!). I also asked about the Geisha name as, most times when you see a lingerie collection named ‘Geisha,’ it’s based on tired, racist stereotypes of Asian women (i.e. cultural appropriation). Suzanne, the sales and communication manger for Fleur of England, responded by saying, “It all came about as we wanted something to express the artisan nature of the collection. The original word Geisha means ‘artisan.'” (Editor’s Note: A reader on Tumblr asked why I chose to share this collection despite its name, and you can find my response here. I’m definitely open to other viewpoints on this topic, as I think it opens up an interesting conversation about when cultural appropriation starts. It also illustrates how the choice of a name can affect other people’s perceptions of an otherwise stellar collection.)
Prices for the Geisha collection range from £55.00 ($88.72 US) to £450.00 ($725.94). Sizes range from S to L (US size 4 thru 10) with bras covering sizes 34A to 34E/ 36DD and and 30C thru 32F.
What do you think of Fleur’s newest range? If money was no object, I know that every piece would be in my lingerie drawer.