Lingerie Trend Roundup: Prints and Embellishments for Spring/Summer 2017
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 pattern. Thankfully, some brands thought outside the basic patterns box and put dynamic spins on both old-fashioned traditional and over-produced modern prints and embellishments.
I literally dropped my phone and shattered the screen when I saw this pattern by Only Hearts. It's a classic black-and-white toile pattern, but instead of pastoral maidens drinking tea, the grasses are filled with canoodling couples of various genders? Yes, please. This is the type of print you could wear around company and no one would notice. Well, maybe.
The "heart nipple applique" trend has been sort of done to death, but these swan appliques by Mimi Holliday are the perfect combination of silly, sexy, and somehow sophisticated.
Dear Bowie's constellation pattern for next summer soothes my witchy soul. A zodiac-themed print could come across as garish, but the greenish shade of navy is a nice neutral while the simple line illustrations keep it from being too kitschy. This printed silk was meant for candlelight, marble staircases, and maybe some smokey black eye makeup.
I'm over "sexy word panties," but I'll take "positive affirmation panties" and "enthusiastic consent panties" any day (the latter of which is already available on Only Hearts' website).
I love jacquard-style patterns, especially when they're developed exclusively to suit a particular brand. Tallulah Love's take is especially unique. It looks entirely abstract, until you notice the mirrored hummingbirds and understated "TL" initials.
Feather prints are everywhere, but the wispy simplicity, crowded placement and graphic heart eyes of this peacock feather print from Only Hearts made me fall in love.
How to produce a geometric pattern that's not boring (in my opinion): avoid primary colors and close-together repetition. These two simple geometrics by Mimi Holliday fit the bill. The color patterns in the grey and yellow print feel almost random, which is a nice change for a geometric pattern.
The inky lines of Mimi Holliday's bamboo pattern feel classic, but the stark white background and lack of detail make it modern. I love botanicals that come across as abstract geometrics.
Like a pastel galaxy, this simple watercolor-style print from Maison Du Soir works so well because of its very limited color palette. It's a print that acts as a "neutral" for your sleepwear wardrobe.
Digitally-Printed Florals (That Aren't Boring)
Maybe my favorite print from CURVE? I recognized the parrot immediately from a vintage postcard I saved years ago for its color inspiration. Christine Lingerie always creates the most amazing illustrative prints, and this might be her best yet; your eyes get lost in the depth of this whimsical, botanical pattern. I want to wear this robe while drinking a crisp cocktail in a summer sunroom overlooking humid, blooming gardens. Definitely not a basic watercolor floral.
Look, a watercolor floral by Panache! But this one has enough photo-realism to make it interesting, and the selective color scheme is delightful.
This scaled-down botanical print from Panache is just close enough to "hip new Los Angeles lunch spot decor" to be cool, but far enough away from literal palm fronds to avoid an eye roll. The oversaturated jewel tones are lovely, too.
These Gilda and Pearl robes stopped me in my tracks - the definition of "wow" pieces. Developed in collaboration with a photographer, these prints are hyper-enlarged photos of flower bits that were digitally-manipulated to look almost abstract. These definitely aren't garments that were slapped with prints after development. Even the shape of the robes themselves are flower-like. These might be the most thoughtful prints I saw at CURVE, and I'm dying to own one.
What do you think? Do you prefer unique prints for your lingerie, or would you rather buy basic, simple patterns?