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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. The nights are growing longer. The weather’s getting cooler. And lingerie is going darker. While I love a floral print or sherbert pastel as much as the next person, Autumn/Winter with its deep tones and rich textures is my favorite season for lingerie. Spring/Summer designs tend to be about lightness, airiness, and delicacy, but I feel like the Autumn/Winter revolves around heavier laces […]

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This summer at CURVEXPO, I learned that trend reporting is hard. Not because there weren’t any obvious trends, but because so many of them are, well… boring. The two biggest trends at NYC’s biannual lingerie trade show were abstract florals and basic geometrics, and they were everywhere. Swimming through a sea of digitally-printed petals for another season, I couldn’t bear to photograph yet another faded flower petal print or tiny triangle […]

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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links.   It’s amazing how much plus size swimwear options have changed in a relatively short period of time. A few years ago, most plus size swimwear options were bland one pieces or tankinis, with no attempt to even approach the vast variety of style or attention to detail given to swimwear in straight sizes. In just a few years, we now have a […]

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As you may have guessed, lingerie market is an incredibly busy time of year. Between attending Curve (the major lingerie tradeshow), visiting ateliers, and going to all the meetups (such as the one TLA hosted last season for POC and LGBTQIA lingerie professionals), the week is packed solid. Every year, there are brands I miss out on because there’s just too much to see at once, but this year I […]

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While the intimate apparel industry is built on functionality and practicality, my favorite kind of lingerie always has an element of the fantastical. Whether we’re talking operatic dressing gowns or sci-fi inspired bustiers, I love lingerie that tells a story. Years ago, before the bondage trend and the bralette trend, brands were all about the pinup trend. Inspired by women like Dita Von Teese, retailers tripped over themselves to offer […]

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It’s happening again. That thing where I can’t stop thinking about a particular lingerie set. Where it fills up my thoughts and my dreams and makes me obsessively check my budget, wondering if this is the day I move forward and commit…or do I dare to wait just a little while longer? Truth be told, there are two reasons behind my hesitation. One, I’ve never purchased anything from Uye Surana […]

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It’s been a month or since this season’s CurveNY, and I’ve honestly been struggling with if I should even write a trend report this year. Last season, I mentioned how the New York tradeshow isn’t really the place to see what’s new and exciting in the lingerie world. Yes, it is definitely the place to get a sneak peek at what’s coming up in stores and boutiques (which is still […]

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I hold the firm but controversial belief that no design is truly original. At least not in the world of lingerie: designers don’t live in a vacuum and they all face influences, whether it’s consciously or not. Inspiration can come from almost any source, be it the haute couture catwalks or historical costume. More often than you’d expect, it’s purely a matter of zeitgeist that sees a swathe of labels […]

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Disclosure: My flight and accommodation was paid for by Promosalons. All opinions regarding the Salon International de la Lingerie are my own. A few weeks ago, I had the incredible honor and privilege of being invited to Paris by Promosalons, the global network of French tradeshows, to visit some of their flagship exhibitions including Maison & Objet, Mode Who’s Next, Bijorhca, and, of course, the Salon International de la Lingerie. […]

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Though I can’t sew for anything, one of my hobbies when I really need to decompress and unwind is embroidery. I’m not even slightly good at it yet (my brain has this annoying habit of forgetting everything I’ve learned if I go more than a day or two without practice on a more complicated stitch), but it feels very meditative to me. My mind slips into this weird state between […]

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