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 and embroideries, with many of the textile effects having an almost jewelry-like quality.
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 […]
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 bright landscape of options in a variety of cuts to suit the tastes (but not size) of a pretty wide swath, if not all, of the plus size customer base.
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 […]
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 […]