Introducing the Most Gorgeous Lingerie You’ve Never Seen: Sapphire Bliss

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The world of fashion in New York is a small one, and recently it bumped me into a friend-of-a-friend who shares my love for designing lingerie.  Stephanie Chen has just launched the incredibly beautiful lingerie line, Sapphire Bliss.

Sasha Goddess Slip

Sasha Goddess Slip

After designing womenswear for quite a few brands you’ve heard of, Stephanie decided to branch out on her own and follow her passion for lingerie.  She spent two years preparing to launch her brand, and her thoughtfulness and attention to detail show in the first collection, which launched in September.

Mia Honeymoon Bikini

Mia Honeymoon Bikini

Stephanie has chosen classic luxurious fabrics and colors: silk charmeuse, silk chiffon and eyelash lace in Sapphire Blue, Nude, and Blonde.  Her focus has been on providing luxurious comfort for her customers, and the collection’s silhouettes reflect her vision of glamorous easy pieces that pay homage to shapes of the past but are unquestionably fresh and modern.  There are 5 slips, 2 robes, 2 kaftans, 1 soft bra and short set, many of which are meant to double as ready to wear pieces.

Sophia Whisper Kaftan

Sophia Whisper Kaftan

Nerding out on lingerie talk is one of my favorite things, so I was happy to meet up with a fellow design entrepreneur recently over wine and foie gras.  I peppered Stephanie with questions about creating beautiful lingerie:

Laura Mehlinger: How did you come up with the brand name?

Stephanie Chen: Sapphire is my favorite color — luxurious, sensuous, elegant, timeless.  Bliss gives a loungy, leisure connotation.  Together it sounds sexy, timeless, effortless.

LM: What got you interested in design?

SC: Growing up I felt different — I was fascinated with shapes and textures, never knowing I would be a designer.  Coming from China to America really opened my mind.  My parents worked in a factory in New York and that was my first exposure to fashion.  And that’s how I discovered I wanted to be a designer.  I was always interested in models and fashion, but wasn’t tall enough.  At age 12 when I came here I never dreamed of being a designer.  It was a dream too far to reach, being a girl from a small village in China.

Marillyn Babydoll

Marillyn Babydoll

LM: What was your design experience before starting Sapphire Bliss?

SC: It was important to me to design categories outside lingerie.  I designed ready to wear for 15 years — I love tailoring and construction.  I love studying how garments are made.

LM: What inspires your creative process?

SC: I’ve always been a vintage lover–that distressed look.  I usually pick a person or a time period to captuyre that essence, or a garment that can inspire me.

The 1920′s is always a favorite decade, not just silhouette–the ease, the drop waist–but I just love the time period.  That’s when women were liberated.  That’s why my collecion has an easy and unconstructed fit.  And I love silent movies; there’s something quirky about them.  They don’t say anything so you can imagine the lines.  I also love the makeup and headpieces.  In the films, all you see is black and white but you can imagine the colors.

Daria Lounge Kaftan

Daria Lounge Kaftan

LM: Tell me about the first collection for Sapphire Bliss.

SC: It is inspired by the jazz age.  My sillks are laundered by state of the art machines so they drape better and have an aged hand.  It’s not pristine, and I find that more interesting than fabric straight from the mill.

LM: What about the siilhouettes?

SC: They are easy but always mindful of the lines and shapes.  The seams are in a perfect position to best illustrate women’s proportions.

LM: What’s your favorite piece from the collection?

SC: The Kylie Kimono Robe.  It’s got a drop waist and modern sleeves.  It has 3/4 sleeves and an adjustable drawstring so you can wear it kissing at the front or overlay it to be a dress.  It’s both sexy and practical.  Versatility is always a big thing for me. Things you wear shouldn’t just be sexy but multi functional.

Kylie Kimono Robe

Kylie Kimono Robe

LM: How does a woman feel wearing Sapphire Bliss?

SC: Sexy and confident.

We would love to hear your thoughts about Sapphire Bliss!  You can find out more at www.sapphirebliss.com.

Laura a.k.a. Lola Haze

I’ve loved lingerie since before that was reasonable. I taught myself drawing, designing, and sewing, and after graduating from Harvard with an English degree, immediately went to work disregarding it and following my passion for fashion. After a few years designing for a big company, I went off on my own and started Lola Haze TM, (named after the title character in “Lolita,” my favorite book). Lola Haze is playwear for the bold woman who loves fun and dresses for herself! I feel happy and lucky that I get to love my job so much, and am thrilled to share my lingerie enthusiasm with The Lingerie Addict!

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4 Comments

  1. 08/11/13 at 11:01

    Great to see another luxury lingerie brand. Had a look at the website and lots of stunning items. Cool brand name as well! Love the Kylie robe – very retro.

  2. anon
    08/11/13 at 18:03

    I love that these are very cool and modern but also somehow timeless – I can imagine these on women of various ages. They are also pieces that will fit a variety of body shapes, which is not always the case with luxury lingerie.

  3. Lisa
    10/11/13 at 14:46

    There are some very pretty pieces but I’ve seen it all before and the fit has been more flattering…the elastic dropwaisted robes and rompers are reminiscent of Kiki de Montparnasse….the Marilyn babydoll is practically identical to a Myla babydoll I have except mine fits better on top…the bra from the Mia Honeymoon set is Fleur of England’s Boudoir Bra. Sorry but I would like to see something more original if I’m going to lay out more money for lingerie….

  4. laura
    14/11/13 at 12:47

    Thanks for your comments — I agree that there are some beautiful pieces. Looking forward to seeing how the brand evolves over the coming seasons.

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