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BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

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This summer over 100 students will graduate from the UK's 2 prestigious Fashion Contour degree courses.

One is the renowned De Montfort University Contour Fashion BA, celebrating it's 70th year running. The other is the up-and-coming Fashion Contour BA at the world famous London College Of Fashion.

We had the opportunity to visit both the De Montfort 70th Anniversary Graduate Catwalk Show and the LCF Graduate Presentation. Inspired by the student's innovation, we wanted to celebrate the next generation of creative talent by publishing a few of our favourites.

Scroll down to view our most coveted collections...

 

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VOIMENT | YUMAN HE

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LILY ROUSE

Lily Rouse, London, creates innovative designs featuring the art of fabrication and manipulation under the influence of the natural forms of nature. The demi-couture brand is structured from intricate detailing emphasising femininity, sophistication and creativity. The inspiration comes from the concept of underwear as outerwear, introducing pieces that can be worn as evening-wear or at events but are constructed through lingerie components to contour the female body.

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LIZA INTIMATES | JESSIE DRABBLE

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ABIGAIL MELLOR

Abigail's Natsumi collection is inspired by Japanese temples and shires with traditional Japanese shapes with a western, modern influence. Hand-painted print from original photograph of the Nachi temple in Japan.

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TARA O'DONOVAN

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DU JOUR: FROM PLANS TO PRODUCT

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In January we revealed our plans to launch Du Jour - a collection of comfortable and covetable everyday knickers. Designed to flatter the body and look great on any size, - whether you're a UK size 8 or 22.

Inspired by the early morning sunshine and long summer days, we've revved up our pace and finally we're ready to give you a peak at our first product!

The Du Jour Daily Brazilian Cut Brief is a modern, minimalist take on the often cutesy 'days of the week' knickers. This high cut 90's inspired silhouette combines soft custom designed elastic and ethical organic cotton jersey. There's still lots more to do until we launch but we are slowly getting there!

Du Jour is the embodiment of the Lingerie La Femme ethos; promoting Natural Beauty, Diversity, Body Positivity and Sensuality without ouvert sexualisation.


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Intimate Experiments

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Do you ever dream of a world where you have a lingerie solution for every conceivable outfit and occasion?

Me too.

Unfortunately building the perfect lingerie wardrobe takes a lot of time, trial and error. There is no easy route or quick fix to underwear utopia.

Apparently there are seven different types of breasts and there are countless body shapes and size combinations. What may work for one woman may not work for you. There's no avoiding it - in order find the perfect underpinnings to suit your shape, size and lifestyle you need to be open to experimentation.

The results can vary - sometimes you find a life-enhancing bra or a game-changing ensemble but sometimes you end up with a yeast infection or a pair Spanx so tight they cause indigestion.

It's just an awkward, often embarrassing and sometimes liberating part of life's journey and there is nothing we love more than watching these very real, honest and funny experiments on Youtube.

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Salon International de la Lingerie: Top 10

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This weekend we visited the famous Salon International de la Lingerie trade show in Paris. Hundreds of lingerie, swimwear, loungewear and hosiery brands from across the globe exhibited their AW17 collections. We search for the most innovative and beautiful brands and have handpicked our top 10 labels...

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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Yes, I understand I may be stretching the term 'noteworthy' here. Certainly made for function over fashion, these curious knickers are more novelty than noteworthy.

While not incredibly well designed, the high waist with centre front pocket is undeniably useful. Whether you are travelling the world, attending a music festival or running a marathon, it's the perfect pocket to store your money/bank card/key/energy gels/emergency tampon... and depending on your outfit of choice you could even fit your phone!

Loose fitting outerwear and a sense of adventure is essential to make these work.

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CLEVER TRAVEL COMPANION | BABARA LINGERIE | SASAIRY

 

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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Fortunately, these lace knickers are specifically designed with an active, free spirited modern woman in mind. Thanks to a hidden pocket (into which the underwear can easily tuck) you can easily and discreetly carry a extra pair without worrying about any potential for embarrassment.

Urban Undercover are a brand with a wild heart and gypsy soul. Their products reflect their passion of travel and the desire to explore and live as many experiences as possible. They've modified underwear to simplify your life. Allowing you to be confident in the pair you are wearing and have equal confidence in knowing you have a backup.

Throw an extra pair in any bag, beach/gym bag, backpack, purse, carry-on, etc. It’s not just about underwear, it’s about an experience, and having a spare pair will keep you open to adventure. 

To find out more about Urban Undercover visit their website.

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Follow-instaFollow Urban Undercover for inspiring quotes and a serious dose of wanderlust. There are plenty of travel images and stunning lookbook imagery.

Just click the image below to go the Urban Undercover Instagram page…

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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Model: Harriet Taylor @ Milk ManagementNoteworthy-knickers-slick-chicks-easy-to-remove-knickers-panties-underwear-for-women-03 Noteworthy-knickers-slick-chicks-easy-to-remove-knickers-panties-underwear-for-women-04Slick-chicksOccasionally a product comes along that is so convenient and elegantly simple, you wonder why nobody has done it before. Slick Chicks is one of those products.

These knickers are simple, comfortable and ideal for everyday wear. They're the kinda pants you feel safe in - you can enjoy a sweaty workout without worrying about embarrassing sweat crotch, you know an unexpected visit from "Aunt Flo" or accidental bladder leak isn't an big issue and that they won't trap moisture and give you a yeast infection.

Not only that but Slick Chicks have revolutionised a new way for women to change their underwear without having to take off other clothing first. They're a blessing to anyone who suffers from chronic back pain, mobility issues and the perils of pregnancy or simply someone who has overdone their workout, is in a rush or has ever had to get changed in a toilet cubicle.

 Slick Chicks are easily removable thanks to a hook and eye closure on either side of the waistband. The hook & eye fasteners are super soft and have the perfect amount of stretch, so when you move, they move with you. This multi-directional stretch also helps to keep the underwear in place for any intense workouts. 

Thanks to their recent successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign Slick Chicks are now available to pre-order in an array of colours and styles - Thong, Boy Short and Bikini brief.

To find out more about Slick Chicks visit their website.

Follow-instaFollow Slick Chicks for inspiring quotes and all round #GirlBoss galore. There are lots of behind the scenes images and stunning product shots.

Just click the image below to go the Slick Chicks Instagram page…

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Summer Seduction

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

MAKE-UP ARTIST: GEMMA SMITH

MODEL: ANU @ M&P MODELS


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pink lace lingerie LA PERLASummer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-08ivory lingerie YASMINE ESLAMISummer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-04

silk satin lingerie KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE Summer-seduction-luxury-lace-lingerie-editorial-photoshoot-lingerie-la-femme-magazine-07

bra ERES t-shirt T BY ALEXANDER WANG

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100% Cotton

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING AND MAKE-UP: LINGERIE LA FEMME

MODEL: OLWEN @ M&P MODELS


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We believe everyday lingerie should feel good and look good.

We all know that natural fabrics are more breathable and better for vaginal health, while Synthetic fabrics trap heat and moisture, making your underwear an optimal breeding ground for bacteria.

We understand the practical idea of choosing 100% cotton lingerie isn't always the most stylish option. So after some extensive research we handpicked several brands offering 100% cotton lingerie that is both sensible and chic...


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lingerie set & t-shirt NICO UNDERWEAR

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lingerie set RAPHAELLA RIBOUD

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shirt M.I.H JEANS | knickers LOUP CHARMANT

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shirt SKIN | chemise LUVA HUVA

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The New Body

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Forget the BODYSUIT, this season it's all about the BODYSHIRT. Effortlessly combining underwear & outerwear, these pieces are luxuriously loose fitting, versatile and the ultimate SS16 wardrobe staple.

 

Photography/Styling/Make-up: LINGERIE LA FEMME

Model: MATHLIDA @ MILK MODELS

 


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Black lace body by ERES

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White silk body by ALIX

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Silk shirt body by BODY EDITIONS

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IN THE STUDIO W/ FLEUR OF ENGLAND

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Fleur of England is a luxuriously feminine label known for exquisite designs and elegant lace. An intimates brand that is quintessentially English and sold in elite boutiques worldwide.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Fleur Turner, the woman behind the label...


 

When did you start the brand?

The concept for the brand started whilst I was at university. I studied Fashion Marketing at the University of Newcastle; it was such a great course in that it was really creative yet still had a business element. It was totally me in a nutshell and I threw myself into it and loved every minute of it! In the final year I got to create my own brand and collection and that's really what started things off for me.

I have always been interested in femininity and lingerie. The brand was simply a natural progression - all my designs, my handwriting and everything I drew and painted were all quite feminine. I was obsessed with fabric - silk, lace and georgette so I wanted to create a label that encapsulated all the things I love.

I officially launched Fleur T, which was the beginning of Fleur of England in 2000. My first lingerie trade show was in Harrogate and the Liberty buyer came along and loved it! They commissioned a limited edition collection to launch their new lingerie department. It was amazing opportunity for me and absolutely brilliant for the brand, everything just spring boarded after that.

 

What was your history before the brand? 

Straight after university, while I always knew I wanted to launch my own label, I knew I needed to work in the industry for a couple of years. It's incredibly difficult to launch a business straight out of university and I needed to learn more - I wanted to see how other people did it. With my brand in the back on my mind, I really wanted to focus of understanding the technical aspects of lingerie and knowing how the garments were made - I wanted to get right down to that detail.

My first job was with a company that were a supplier to Marks & Spencer. I was in London 3 days per week and in Somerset 2 days a week. I found it fantastic, as I love being in the countryside. That company was where I learnt all of my technical skills and I became more of a technical lingerie designer rather than somebody just experienced in the marketing and business side of design.

After that, I went to work in Hong Kong for a year, which was fascinating - you can't get more of a mass production environment than that! I was working in a factory on the design team. I was focusing on the UK high street and designing pieces for English retailers. China is vast in terms of the production and these factories run on a huge scale. I knew it wasn't what I wanted for my own label but it was great to simply experience it.

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 What was your inspiration when conceptualising Fleur T? 

With Fleur T, I knew I wanted to create something that was completely European. I manufactured in the UK to begin with and I wanted to use very luxurious European fabrics. I wanted to make it high end but not as expensive as Agent Provocateur and La Perla - that’s where I saw the gap in the market for Fleur T.

There is a word that we use - it was, and still is, our DNA. The word is 'Exquisite'. Everything we do has to be exquisite, from the lingerie down to packing a parcel - even if it's just to send to the factory. It runs through everything thing we do and is an essential part our design process. If we're looking at something and trying to narrow down options we ask 'is it exquisite, yes or no?' If yes, that’s good! If no, we do it again.

 

Tell me about the changes in 2007?

The brand was doing so well and, as it was just me and one other at the beginning, we had to do absolutely everything. In 2007, I had my first child, George, and it was at that point that I decided to grow the business and expand the team. I realised I could no longer do everything when I was responsible for another human being! Growing the team was great for the business as the new people brought in new ideas and perspectives.

It also gave me the opportunity to reflect a little bit, I was only away for a month after giving birth but it made me realise that I wanted to rebrand. Although we had a really luxurious product - Fleur T wasn't doing it justice. The name felt a bit too bit young and people often mistook it for 'Flirty'. After doing plenty of market research and focus groups we decided to rebrand as Fleur of England. The name is a much more sophisticated, elegant, luxury and, importantly, shows that we are British.

It was fantastic for the company, we got lots more international business and launched a second e-commerce website - we really haven't looked back! The business is growing year on year. There are 7 of us working full-time but there can be up to 12 or 13 staff during busy periods.

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Tell me about your collections and what inspires them?

We have 2 seasons (Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter) with 4 collection in each season. We've also just launched our resort line as well with 2 additional collections.

I am inspired constantly and a lot of my ideas come organically from my living my life. Sometimes my collections grow from my obsessions. For instance - rose gold, I'm in love with the colour at the moment and I just had to incorporate it into a collection! Also, while I was renovating my house, I became obsessed with ceiling roses. They're so beautiful and intricate I ended up designing a collection with ceiling roses in mind.

The Cotswolds inspired our SS16 collections. As a family we're always outside and we particularly love walking in the countryside. I enjoy growing vegetables in my garden and I love being outside at every possible opportunity. SS16 is an easy breezy, luxurious season.

 

Describe your design process?

I start my design process with the colour; I put the colours into work before I do any sketches! Then come the fabrics and the embroidery design. It's only once I have all the fabric in front of me I start designing the collection. It's a mixture of sketching and draping on the mannequin. Sketchbooks are how I communicate my designs and ideas but in lingerie the scale of a piece is so critical you really need work with a mannequin rather than just on paper.

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Tell me about your new swimwear line?

We have just launched our new swimwear range Resort by Fleur. Customers have been asking for a swim collection for a while and the timing finally felt right. Inspired by sea and nature, I designed the collection and a beautiful bespoke print using the ancient Japanese technique of Marbling. It was so relaxing, I did it over two days and my boys had a go with me. Their designs were a little crazy but it was nice to develop my patterns with my kids. Once I felt I had something, Jenny (my assistant designer) put it into Photoshop and worked with it.

The most important thing when developing the swimwear collection was the fit - everything that is important with the lingerie had to translate into the swimwear as well. I chose a specific European fabric; it's beautiful and made in Italy. It's woven as opposed to knitted, which gives it all these amazing properties - its machine washable, anti-wrinkle, UV resistant, dries really quickly and is ok with suntan lotion. Everything has been analysed and scrutinised over. We've also done towels and everything comes packaged in this beautiful bag that is clear and you can even take through the airport with you.

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What fabrics do you use and why?

This is my obsession! I love lace - French leavers lace, Chantilly lace and embroidery. I sketch and design all my own embroideries. I love delicate fabrics and invisible tulle. There is something really nice about the reveal and conceal - the fabrics are almost sculpting the body.

I love the shine, sparkle and lustre of silk - it's like a prism of light, when the light shines on it, it just comes alive! I also like silk georgette but it's got to have stretch in it for the fit to be right, that's why we always make sure it has 5% Lycra.

One of my favourites is a pink French Chantilly lace; it almost looks like a tattoo and is so delicate. It's knitted on vintage looms over 100years old. I've been over to the factory in France and seen them - they're huge wooden machines and the pattern in knitted by computer. It's expensive as it is so delicate and takes a long time to make. All the little treads are clipped by hand and it has to be knitted slowly as, if one of the needles breaks, there would be a hole in the lace. The whole time there is somebody walking up and down checking the needles while the lace is being knitted, it's fascinating!

I've also been to Switzerland to see embroideries being made. It gives you an understanding and respect for the fabric and materials you use. If you're a designer, once you know how your materials are being made, it develops your love for them even more. I hope that translates into my designs and the end wearing will love the product as much as I do.

 

What sizes do you produce?

For bras we start with a 30A and go up to a 36DD. Sizing completely depends of the type of kind your choosing, we have 3 types of bra - the plunge, the balcony and the triangle so we have something that will fit a variety of shapes and sizes. For everything else we carry small (8-10UK), medium (10-12) and large (12-14). Fit is incredibly important to us and we have worked hard to make sure our products fit well on a variety of women. We've also put together a guide on the website for our customers and a Youtube video on how to fit a bra.

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Do you have a typical type of customer?

 We have 4 customer personas that actually buy Fleur of England and a lot of men buy for their wives or girlfriends. The one thing they all have in common is that they're all perfectionists. If you're paying for luxury lingerie - it's got to be prefect, it's got to fit perfectly, it's got to be comfortable and it's got to be beautiful and look effortless. That's why they buy our lingerie.

 

Do you have an ideal celebrity customer? 

We have plenty of ideal celebrity customers and some of them already own our pieces. Celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh, Anne Hathaway and Kourtney Kardashian all wear Fleur of England. They're ideal as they're all sexy, confident women.

I would absolutely love to see Lady Gaga in one of our pieces; I'd enjoy designing something really off the wall for her. As a designer it would be the perfect commission in terms of creativity!

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Do you have a muse?

I wouldn't be able to name one person specifically but the women around me - my friends and my team, continually inspire me. Some of the team are young girls and it's always interesting to bounce ideas off each other and discover new perspectives.

 

What is your biggest career moment?

I had to opportunity to introduce my mum to Princess Anne - It was pretty amazing!.. Definitely one of those 'pinch me' moments in life! I'm proud of the awards I have won and, of course, my team - it's taken me 15years but I have the most amazing team to work with me. They're all awesome and I feel that’s a huge achievement. I'm lucky to have found people who really enjoy what we do and are really passionate about it.

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What do you think is the hardest hurdle when setting up a brand?

Manufacturing! I used to have to be in the factory all the time; I was virtually based in the factory making sure that everything was exactly the way I wanted. You can't send something out if it's not right and it was an incredibly frustrating but very essential part of the process.

 

Do you have any favourite brands you love to buy yourself?

I've just found this amazing home wares brand in the US called Jonathan Adler; I'm very inspired by his interiors. In terms of fashion I love feminine labels such as Alberta Ferretti, Chloe and Stella McCartney's outerwear.

 

To find out more about Fleur of England's exquisite collections visit their website.

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DIY Intimates

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There is nothing more luxurious than bespoke lingerie, a beautiful handmade set to fit your own measurements. Unfortunately bespoke lingerie is a extravagance few women can afford and this may be the reason why DIY lingerie classes are proving so popular. Sewing classes are a fun and rewarding experience - not only do you get to learn the tricks of the trade but you also leave with an exclusive, one of a kind set. If you love lingerie and swimwear there are plenty of classes worldwide to suit your budget and aspirations - from the 1 day knicker making classes to the 10 week workshops.

Lingerie (especially bras) are incredibly complex garments. There is a high level of skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating luxury lingerie so even if you don't master working with delicate fabrics or fiddly elastics in a short time - practice and persistence pays off. Taking a class will reinforce your love for your favourite brands and enrich your respect for the professionals who made them. Sewing your own lingerie, or anything else for that matter, is HARD and it really puts cheap intimates into perspective.

So whether you want a to start a new hobby, a business or just want to try something new we may have found the course that's perfect for you:

 

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LONDON | PRETTY KNICKERS: INTRO TO LINGERIE SEWING - £50 Sew It With Love 

LONDON | BEGINNERS LINGERIE DAY - £90 Lingerie Master Classes

LONDON | STRUCTURED BRA MAKING -£575 London College of Fashion 

LEICESTER | BRA MAKING WEEKEND - £175 English Couture Company

LEICESTER | THE CORSET: 2 DAY COURSE - £240 School Of Sewing

 

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NEW YORK | LINGERIE WORKSHOP - $90 The New York Sewing Centre

PHILADELPHIA & LONDON | BRA MAKING WORKSHOP - $315  Maddie of Madalynne.com

 

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NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA | SWIMWEAR SEWING WORKSHOP - $135 Boobytraps

 

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ONLINE | SEWING BRAS: DESIGNER TECHNIQUES - £21.47 Craftsy

ONLINE | SEWING SWIMWEAR: THE SUPPORTIVE ONE-PIECE - £34.36 Craftsy

ONLINE | SEW YOUR OWN 8-PEICE LINGERIE COLLECTION - $80 Burdastyle Academy 

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Prints of Underpinnings

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Delicate lace, intricate patterns and incredible detail.

Luxury lingerie is beautiful and it's no surprise that many illustrators are choosing to put underpinnings to paper.

 

Here we have highlighted our favourite lingerie prints you can buy for your home:

 

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Instant Download Illustration Print by Paper Nose Studio - £3.86

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Lingerie Panty Print by AKR Design Studio - £14.45

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Lo-lee-ta Art Print by Dirty Lola - From £10.03

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"On Fire" Giclee Art Print by Dena Cooper - From £13.01

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Watercolor Fashion Illustration "Lingerie Love" by Dena Cooper - From £12.89

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Printable calendar for April by Irina Illustration - £1.72

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 "La French Touch" Lingerie Poster by Le Studio Francais - From £10.70

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Lace Briefs Illustration by Vanessa Vanderhaven - £16.65

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Little Black Bras A3 Print by The Lust List - $100

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Myla London Lingerie Watercolour Original by Karina Giada - £107.43

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Undergarments Giclée Art Print by Piink Paint Brush - From £15.49

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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Model: Laura Josi @ M&P Models Noteworthy-knickers-boxers-for-women-sir-plus-london-3Noteworthy-knickers-boxers-for-women-sir-plus-london-2SIR-PLUS-2Roomy, super comfortable and cute - these boxers are especially made for women.

Sir Plus is a UK brand that makes ethical exceptional quality clothing and intimates with cabbage. By cabbage I don’t mean the leafy kind - cabbage is an industry term used to describe surplus fabric that’s left over after an order has been made up.

In the UK it is estimated that more than 1 million tonnes of fabric is thrown away every year and recovery and recycling provides important environmental benefits:

  • It reduces the need for landfill space. Synthetic man-made fibres do not decompose and while woollen fibres do decompose - they produce methane which contributes to global warming.
  • Additionally recycling surplus fabric results in less pollution and energy saving, as fibres do not have to be manufactured and transported from abroad.

By forming contacts with many of the major factories and fabric dealers across England, Sir Plus have acquired access to the finest quality fabrics; in an extensive variety of prints and styles.

To find out more about Sir Plus visit their website or drop by their rollin' Portobello Road stall every Saturday 9am-6pm.

FAVE-STYLES

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BLUE 'CAPEL' LIBERTY BOXER SHORT | BLUSH 'KATIE AND MILLIE' BOXER SHORT| LILAC FLORAL WAISTBAND BOXER SHORT

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See Sir Plus through the eyes of it's creative director Henry Hales. Their account is filled with behind the scenes images and stunning styled product shots.

Just click the image below to go the Sir Plus Instagram page…

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AW16: The MFW & PFW Edit

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LEOPARD PRINT

 

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Left to right: CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA X AGENT PROVOCATEUR | LOVEDAY LONDON | ZIMMERMANN | VIX

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ON THE RUNWAY:

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MFW DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

ALBERTA FERRETI

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EMBROIDERY

 

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Bodysuit by FOR LOVE AND LEMONS | Knickers by TALLULAH LOVE

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PFW DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

Balmain

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GOLD

 

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Leather bra by ZANA BAYNE | Lingerie set by LOVEDAY LONDON

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PFW DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

Zuhair Murad

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All runway/ collection images via Vogue.com

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AW16: The LFW Edit

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STRAPLESS

 

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 Left top to bottom: MAISON CLOSE | ONLY HEARTS | LA PERLA

Right top to bottom: FASHION FORMSCLO INTIMO | HANKY PANKY

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ON THE RUNWAY:

UNDERWEAR

 

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LILAC

 

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Lingerie sets by COSABELLA

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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THE HARNESS

 

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BLACK LACE

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COSABELLA | ALMEIDA | AGENT PROVOCATEUR| DAMARIS

All runway images via Vogue.com

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NOTEWORTHY KNICKERS

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PIXEL-PANTIESThese unique knickers are certainly eye catching!  Touted the "world's first 8-bit underwear", these knickers are the  brainchild of designers Cesaria & Sebastiao from Lisbon, Portugal.  Inspired their love of retro games and 8-bit visuals they set about creating a product that was fashionable and sexy.

Super stretchy, seamless and comfortable for everyday wear. These knickers may be distinctive but it's not their aesthetics that make them so noteworthy. The interesting thing about this label is that it was completed funded through Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform.

Launched on Indiegogo in July of 2014, the brand caused quite the sensation and within a month they far surpassed their goal of $12,500 by almost double! The brand has gone from strength to strength and has launched a matching bra, new colours and are soon to release their first 8-bit swimwear. Click here to see their Indiegogo video.

Since then other lingerie labels such as feminist brand Neon Moon, luxury brand Karolina Laskowska, Millie Lingerie, Urban Undercover and Knix Wear have followed suit by using crowdfunding platforms to launch their brands or fund upcoming collections.

For us, crowdfunding is a great way to support lingerie start-ups and find individual and innovative products you won't see anywhere else.

 


Check out three intimates brands who currently running campaigns:

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1 - STAY GLDN  - If you could only have one pair of underwear, these are them.

2 - PANTY PROP - 100% comfort for natural body functions.

2- KARMA BIKINIS  - 7% of proceeds to ocean conservation efforts.

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IN THE STUDIO WITH BEIJA FLOR

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Beija Flor is a brand new lingerie label. Having launched only 4 days ago! Last month I had the pleasure of visiting their studio and finding out more about the Luxury London based brand. 

Read on for our exclusive interview with Abbie and Mazie, the two sisters behind the label ...


Tell me about your brand.

Abbie: Beija Flor is a modern, minimalist and urban lingerie brand. We wanted to make lingerie that we, and women we know, would wear. Our aim was to make underwear that reflected our outerwear choices. Clean, simple, sexy pieces you can wear under your suit.

Mazie: Our X, Y, Z ethos is an integral part of our brand. It was essential that we were able to offer up to a G cup. We imagine 3 friends sitting around a table. One’s an A cup, one’s a B cup and the other is a G - why can’t they shop at the same place? They all have a similar taste and want the same aesthetic so it seems unreasonable to us that the G cup has to go to specialist larger-cup retailer.

Abbie: Bigger-cup brands often go for a retro, almost burlesque, feel and shape. But just because you have bigger boobs it doesn’t mean you want that look!

 

When did you start the brand?

Mazie: We officially started working on the brand just under a year ago, in February 2015. Abbie had just come back from living in Brazil in January so we moved pretty quickly! We flirted with the idea of launching to trade but it meant we would have to wait till September 2016 to launch properly!

Abbie: We knew we wanted to do things differently. While it was scary at times, we decided not stick to the traditional seasons and launch early. So we’re debuting what was originally our A/W16 collection in January and we’ll be adding new things onto the site every 8-9 weeks. It’s liberating to know that we can sell our products whenever we want!

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So when is the launch date?

Abbie: We officially launch on the 6th January. It’s the day the website will go live! We’re really proud of it; we’ve worked with a great web designer to produce something that is truly sleek and beautiful. There’s also a video. We’ll be unveiling it on the website and then showing it again at our launch party on the 12th January.

 

What was your history before the brand, did you always want to get into lingerie? 

Mazie: We grew up around lingerie. Our mum started Aura, a company which designs and supplies lingerie to the UK high street. There were always pants and bras on our kitchen table! Abbie was a size 34B at the time so her wardrobe was always bursting with free lingerie samples.

Abbie: Yes, it was amazing!

Mazie: It’s a great industry but I never knew what I’d end up doing. I studied Business and was working for a small menswear label before we started Beija Flor.

Abbie: I didn’t know either. I studied Footwear Design at Cordwainers. But lingerie is too good an industry not to be involved. Through our parents we have access to amazingly talented people and resources most start-ups only dream of. It would be silly not to try - if we had never given it a go, we’d always wonder “What if?”

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I love the name, is there a story behind it?

Abbie: Beija Flor means ‘Hummingbird’ in Portuguese. They’re beautiful and eye-catching but also very minimalist. There’s nothing excessive about it, no huge feathers or oversized wings! It’s just attractive and simple.

Mazie: We feel the hummingbird reflects our brand really well - it’s neat, tidy and precise. Beija Flor is to-the-point lingerie, no bells, no whistles.

 

Do you have a muse?

Abbie: We don’t have one particular muse, we’re inspired by lots of different women. We idolize women who are kicking ass and doing things for themselves.

Mazie: We love #GIRLBOSS and the whole spirit behind it. I read the book by Nastygal founder, Sophia Amoruso, and found it inspiring. We also have a lot of respect for women such as Sophia Webster and Sharmadean Reid (The WAH Nails founder) - Women who have created their own businesses from nothing and achieved phenomenal success.

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Do you have an ideal celebrity customer? 

Yes, we have three: Clémence Poésy, Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny. They’re awesome; they have effortless style and great taste!

 

What was the inspiration behind your first collection?

Abbie: Our first collection is called ‘Without Exception’. It was inspired by the many women we spoke to during our market research. For our first collection we wanted to master the basics - Black, white and ‘nude’. The ‘nude’ for us is our walnut colour and we decided to add in a grey as it compliments so many skin tones.

Mazie: Our next collection, which is called the ‘Mombasa’ range, is a little crazier. The fabric was the main source of inspiration; we always start designing with the fabrics and colour cards first.

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What fabrics do you use and why?

We use European fabrics such as French lace and tricot, Italian cotton and satin and Spanish swimwear materials. The quality of the cloth is important to us and we find European fabrics are the best quality.

 

What sizes do you produce?

Our bra backs go from 32-36 and Cups AA-G.

X = AA-B.

Y = B – D.

Z =DD – G.

Knickers and suspenders are size 1 (6-8), 2 (10-12) and 3 (14-16)

We hope in the future to expand our size range to be even more all-inclusive. A G cup really isn’t that big these days!

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What is your biggest career moment?

Mazie: I don’t feel we’ve had one major career moment yet... although lots of great little things have happened. We were thrilled when the founder of Mother Meetings, one of the networking groups we belong to, followed us on Instagram and sent us a XX.

Abbie: I agree! Also getting production and tote bags, we were worried our stuff was going to be late so it was a relief when it arrived. Also the technical team, who have extensive experience with lingerie and really high standards, have started wearing our designs. It's such a huge compliment.

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What is next for the label?

As well as preparing for the launch we're currently working on our Spring/Summer range. We'll be introducing swimwear next season. Also eventually we'd like to get into some stockists. Harrods and Selfridges would be amazing. And we're also looking at independent boutiques - there are some great ones, such as Goodhood in Shoreditch, that beautifully curate their stock.

To find out more about Beija Flor and visit their shiny new website London: click here.

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GREEN WITH ENVY

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This week Neon Moon launched their limited edition Christmas collection in stunning emerald green! Inspired by their choice of colour, I decided to do some research and find other enviable lingerie in this beautiful yet rare colour...

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lingerie set by MARKS & SPENCER


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CLO INTIMO


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Emerald-green-Christmas-2015-lingerie-stella-mccartney-bra-09STELLA MCCARTNEY


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A White Winter

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LINGERIE LA FEMME EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING: LINGERIE LA FEMME

FASHION ASSISTANTS: SARAH TUCKER & MICHELA FRANZONI

MAKE-UP ARTIST: DOMINIC PAUL  using Charlotte Tilbury

HAIR STYLIST: NICOLA HARROWELL using bumble and bumble

MODEL: JESSICA PAIN@ PROFILE MODELS


More sophisticated than christmas crimson and suitable all year round. Why not add an understated festive feel to your lingerie drawer with winter whites...

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lace lingerie set SILENT ASSEMBLY

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lingerie and suspender belt MYLA

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lingerie set and skirt suspender AGENT PROVOCATUER

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lingerie and gold jewellery EDGE O'BEYOND

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lingerie set EBERJEY

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lace and mesh set MAISON LEJABY

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