It’s the time of year again when people start talking about what we will be wearing this Autumn/Winter. Here at Fox & Rose, it’s interesting to see how lingerie design is influenced by wider fashion trends and to what degree the two parallel worlds collide.
Clearly there are designers that operate within the wider fashion milieu. Damaris is one label (and the younger offshoot, Mimi Holliday) that immediately springs to mind. ‘Nouvelle Amour’ one of Damaris’s Autumn/Winter 10 collections is wonderfully evocative of fifties glamour, a trend prevalent amongst designers such as Isabel Marant and Louis Vuitton, who both adopted the retro vibe. ‘Risque’, another strong collection from Damaris, with it’s erotic, slightly S&M bondage inspired briefs are not a world away from designers such as Balmain with their strict yet sexy tailoring.
The emergence of shape wear as outerwear is particularly marked in the lingerie label Made By Niki, who feature ‘the mini-dress’ in their ‘slinkies’ range. Scott, who runs the company with his wife, Niki (the designer) whom I recently met at the ‘Lingerie Collective’ claims that it is worn by many of their customers as a fashion piece. In parallel ready to wear designer Herve Leger has produced a bandage inspired dress for seasons with great success as it holds and molds to stunning effect, whilst also looking stylish and refined.
Ell & Cee’s autumn winter collection ‘Gypsy Luxe’ features embellished, jewel necklines and ravishing print, pure Boho-Luxe . The most exceptional piece of the collection, the Rose Damask bra, is set to be an instant bestseller. If Matthew Williamson were to conceive a lingerie collection this would surely be it.
Nude and caramel tones look set to stay for Autumn. Women are growing wise to the fact that these hues, if picked wisely, can do wonders for it’s wearer; chic, grown up and perfectly in keeping with the new ‘restrained chic’ that is being hailed as the hot trend. Of course lingerie has always featured nude/skin tone pieces, but never has this color been so fashionable. In light of this, it’s not surprising that uber-directional label Lascivious have decided to roll out the Ana Collection again (nude with a delicious dusting of black lace) for Autumn Winter.
Whereas once lingerie featured predominantly featured in bridal magazines we now see it exploding into high fashion editorial. British designers, in particular, seem to understand that lingerie can be interesting, beautiful, controversial all the components that make ready to wear compelling and also make stylists and editors want to feature it in magazines. There will always be the notion that lingerie design is the poor relation to fashion but this is changing and we are so excited to be showcasing designers that are truly talented and have the ability to even influence trends.