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Alexandrea Anissa Spring/Summer 2014


Budding indie designer Vanessa Anissa has released a new collection under her own label Alexandrea Anissa, and it does not disappoint. Titled "Ramona," this new range is all about strappy details, harnesses, and black mesh. Ms. Anissa is playing with the concept of exposure, both in terms of the frame of the lingerie itself and in the materials used.

On a more personal, but still related, note, I'm intrigued by the grittiness of this shoot. Every frame was shot on 35mm film by Hana Haley, and the model, Shelbie Diamond, was encouraged to pose naturally so the photographs could capture real moments of tease and sensuality. I keep wanting to use the word "young," to describe this collection. The entire package --- from concept to pieces to photographs --- feels very youthful to me, but I'm not sure if that's an accurate descriptor. Maybe "raw" would be a better way to phrase it; there's a definite roughness, almost unsophistication, going on here that's very deliberate and used to dramatic effect.

As we've already noted in previous posts, both sheer black mesh and strappy details are making an appearance in lots of collections this season. I feel that Ms. Anissa uses them well here, but I'd like to see her push a little bit further with future collections. Her first full collection showed a lot of promise, and so does this one, but I still think we've got another season or two until we see what Alexandrea Anissa can truly deliver.

What do you think of this range? Any opinions on the collection?

















Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

5 Comments on this post

  1. Lily Twigg says:

    I happen to like the styling, but the harness thing is getting a bit old.

    • Cora says:

      I’m seeing that perspective from a few different people. It was once really edgy, but as the trend has taken off, it’s starting to lose its edge.

  2. Gaby says:

    I love it. Yes the black/mesh/strappy thing has been very popular lately – because it looks hot!! I love this designers work and am also really excited to see what she comes up with in the future. She is incredibly creative, young, and independent and I think this collection will appeal to a lot of younger women. I love how honest the photos are, I am such a huge fan of shooting on film and some of these remind of 60s/70s polaroids or pictures you might find between the pages of an old mens magazine – and I mean that in the best possible way!

  3. Evija says:

    Bah. Everyone is doing strappy, harnessy, meshy things. And going low-key in imagery isn’t exactly helping. Albeit pretty, feels old. I am disappoint.

  4. Rachel says:

    It feels like an American Apparel shoot. I don’t like it.

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