A Preview of Mode City

Per the Beach Boys, summer means new love ... stories. Something to that effect. It's the same for intimate apparel this season. One of our favorite newcomers from the winter trade events, a little brand from Amsterdam that is about to strike it big called LoveStories, is showing again at Mode City, which kicks off in Paris on July 5th. Fashion-forward, ...
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Best of the Intimates Trade Shows

Three countries, five trade events, four runway shows, hundreds of vendors and one endless winter later, we've compiled a slideshow of some of the top brands and looks we saw this season. From the active-inspired delicacy at Intensify.me to the cutting-edge craft of establishment label Wacoal, these are the brands to watch for F/W 2014 (in alphabetical order). For more, ...
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Carnaval Makes a Splash

Carnival season kicks off in Brazil today, the tireless festivities running until March 5th. To celebrate, iconic swimwear label Blueman recruited 13 Brazilian fashion personalities to design costumes, using three of the brand's swimsuits as a base. The exclusive collection will be exhibited in Blueman stores throughout Brazil, and afterwards, suits will be auctioned off to support fashion institutions. Among ...
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Light and Texture at The Lingerie Collective

We capped off a busy trade show season yesterday high above the Midtown hustle in the tranquil loft space of The Lingerie Collective. In its third season in New York (the event originated several years ago in London), the boutique trade show produced its most polished, cohesive effort to date, bringing together some of the finest brands across the globe. ...
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Preview: Salon International de la Lingerie

We combed the entire vendor list of 500-plus brands at Salon International de la Lingerie to uncover the key new labels to watch at this essential intimates trade show. The members of this impressive freshman class seem to have it all – quality fabrics and construction; a unique, developed vision; market savvy. To add these vendors to your itinerary and ...
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Swim, Anyone?

While the polar vortex may have us dreaming of sunnier days (or driving the 1% to picturesque resort towns), freshly bronzed skin, wet hair and sultry swimwear are currently gracing the pages of magazines south of the equator. These recent Aussie and Brazilian photo spreads confirm Stylesight's beachwear forecast, from black-and-white numbers that hug the body with mathematical precision to ...
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Preview: Agua de Coco Swimwear

Contingent with our comprehensive coverage of Brazil's fashion weeks, Stylesight was on hand at the latest edition of Salão Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro. While the event focused on F/W 14, a few key swimwear brands like Blueman, Vix and Agua de Coco presented new collections at the emerging Southern Hemisphere trade show. The latter, in particular, showed off a ...
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Runway: Halloween-Inspired Intimates

As usual, intimates on the S/S 14 runways yielded plenty of Halloween inspiration – sexy, yes, but more of the sweet variety rather than the scary. A few of the sweetest . . . 1970s Ballerina, Off-Duty - Tocca Teenage Slumber Party (thoughts sold separately) – Sophia Webster Texas Oil Tycoon, Sans Pants – Rodarte Sexy Sailor, The Original – Olympia Le Tan Fly Girl ...
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Morgan Lane Weaves a Fine Fairytale

There was something in the air at the latest edition of Curve New York. A phantasmagoria of childhood memories, storybook illustrations and sexy lingerie. To start at the beginning: Morgan Lane. In an impressive trade show debut, the designer showed off (to name a few favorites) soigné three-piece sets decorated with meandering appliqués à la Le Nudie Suit (à la Miuccia), ...
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Video: Tori Praver Takes Us Beyond the Beach

Ivy-covered, wicker-furnished, surrounded by dazzling views of the New York skyline, the Gramercy Park Hotel terrace was the perfect host for a preview of Tori Praver's new swimwear collection last week. The Resort 2014 range strikes similar notes: sleek enough for urbanites who flock to the Rockaways on a lazy Sunday yet grounded in a crafty, nostalgic ethos that appeals ...
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Ready, Set, Resort!

It never stops – we just covered the swim-heavy Brazil and Sydney fashion weeks; and with the wave of black, navy, white and tweed on the Chanel runways, Cruise/Resort 2014 season is officially here. Collections, so far, have been sprinkled with a few bits of swimwear; but the season has just begun, and we still have Miami Fashion Week and ...
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What Are You Wearing UNDER There?

Marketing men's luxury underwear is tricky business, but lately we've been seeing some outstanding examples. Ones that strike the right notes of masculinity, aesthetics and innovation. London-based Under Limited is one such brand. The contemporary label just launched at Selfridges, the Holy Grail of retail for forward new brands. In perusing their line, we can see why the influential UK retailer ...
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Relique: Cool as Ice

One of the most exciting new brands we came across at the New York trade shows was Relique, the brainchild of college friends Chelsea Carson and Kaitlyn Vasquez. The inspiration behind their latest collection – fiery volcanoes amidst the snowy landscape of Iceland – serves as a larger metaphor for the brand's incendiary aesthetic. One built on compelling juxtapositions of ...
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De Montfort University Triumphs: The Future of Lingerie Design

For being such stalwarts in the lingerie industry, Triumph International also has an impressive reputation for innovation. Perhaps nothing exemplifies their spirit of creativity more than the Triumph Inspiration Award, an international design competition that showcases the brightest young talent in lingerie design. In this fifth edition of the hallmark competition, the prize was awarded to Sian Whitefoot of De ...
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Runway Flash – Gam Rock

Glitz is taking a gritty turn on the runways, with bedazzled legwear outfitting punk- and grunge-inspired ensembles. Capturing the D.I.Y. spirit of the era, sheer tights and trouser socks are sporting an edgy jumble of rhinestones, studs and sequins. Foil applications and Lurex fibers offer smoother, subtler shine; and coarse, heavy-gauge yarns further dim the sparkle. – Nivara Xaykao
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