The Addict Expose: Lingerie Wishlist: Dear Bowie Maxi Robe

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              BY CORA HARRINGTON

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As my thoughts drift to the first summer spent in my new home, I can’t but feel excited at the thought of updating my predominately gray and black wardrobe with brighter, more climate-appropriate pieces. After years of carrying a black hoodie “just in case” and avoiding silk lest it be marred by rain showers, I am luxuriating in the thought of a dresser full of camisoles, slip dresses, and other dainty delights. It’s the perfect excuse for a personal style transformation. While I don’t plan to completely give up my fleeces and sweatshirts (I still travel to New York in the winter, after all), I also want a wardrobe that feels a bit more SoCal.

Lingerie Wishlist features (formerly “Lingerie Lust Objects“) are basically my dream closet in blog form. I’ll never be able to buy most of the pieces I talk about (especially since I’m trying, valiantly, to stick to my lingerie challenge), but I share them here in the hopes maybe one of you will see that perfect piece and fall in love. I also share them here because I believe beautiful, interesting lingerie deserves to be noticed. Most of my blogging regrets center around not covering things I loved in the past. The lingerie world is quite ephemeral in some ways; there are countless brands and styles I wish someone had kept a record of, but it’s too late now.

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At any rate, as I highlighted in this season’s lingerie trend reports, loungewear is on the way back in. This ties into the larger fashion trend of casualness or athleisure. Customers are demanding more transitional pieces, garments that work equally well as innerwear or outerwear, and brands are stepping up with a range of chic options. One of my favorite interpretations of this trend is Dear Bowie’s Naomi Maxi Robe.

There are two variations to this maxi robe, an ocean blue palm print and a resort-ready blush floral, and even after looking at them for the better part of a day, I still can’t decide which I like more (though right this minute, I’m leaning towards the blue). While the Dear Bowie Naomi maxi robe is, as the name suggests, a robe, it feels more like a dress. There are definite strains of a classic wrap style in the tradition of Diane Von Furstenberg here. While fantasy me would love to wear this while walking along a white sand beach, real world me would likely layer a slip underneath and wear it as a work dress (because amortization and also perfect lingerie blogger work attire).

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When I was younger, I was more into complicated pieces, like girdles and garter belts and corsets. And while I’ll always love a beautiful waist cincher, what I adore about this maxi robe is how effortless it is (or at least, how it gives the illusion of effortlessness). There’s a laid back elegance here, a kind of offhand glamour that’s both casual and cultivated. When I think of lifestyle lingerie, I think of pieces like this; it’s an excellent extension of Dear Bowie’s voice and style.

The Dear Bowie Naomi Maxi Robe retails for $380 USD, and the label’s size range runs from XS-L. While the official size chart tops out at US 8, I’d say the fit and cut of their garments is generous enough to accommodate at least 3-4 sizes beyond that (both Holly and Lingerie Detective had reviewed Dear Bowie, and they’re technically sized out). As a brief aside, it would be stellar if Dear Bowie updated their size chart to reflect this information; there is a dearth of even vaguely plus-sized luxury lingerie options on the market nowadays; how many people have taken a look at their size chart and left the site?

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Like most Dear Bowie’s garments, especially in recent collections, both robes are made of 100% silk (silk georgette and silk charmeuse) and are dry clean only. Dear Bowie ships internationally, and shipping within Canada and to the US is free.

Now that I’m browsing, I’m also really digging the Palm Silk Slip Dress. What a perfect print for this brand. I wish it’d been available when I was on my honeymoon.

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Do you have any thoughts about Dear Bowie, the uptrending of loungewear, or silk lingerie? One of my goals for this year is be better about responding to everyone in the comments, and I’d love to hear from you.

cora_thelingerieaddict***Cora is a something knickers junkie who started writing because her  friends
threatened to tape her mouth shut if she didn’t stop talking about her underwear. As a blogger, she interacts constantly with the people this industry needs most—customers. The Addict Expose is all about bringing you, the lingerie store owner, the perspective of the lingerie consumers.  She welcomes lingerie lovers of every nation and persuasion to her blog, The Lingerie Addict. ***

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The Addict Expose: Else Lingerie Spring/Summer 2014

                           by Cora


We’ve featured Else Lingerie a time or two on the blog before. Unlike many of the labels we share, I wouldn’t call Else Lingerie an especially cutting edge or avant-garde brand. If anything, they’ve gotten more commercial over the last couple of years (check out this chevron set and this chevron set to see why I fell in love with them several seasons ago). However, they are remarkably consistent, and their aesthetic fits in well at high-end, yet still mainstream, stores like Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie (i.e. places looking for something a little bit different from the norm, but still marketable to the average American – read: conservative – woman).

That said, I do wish Else Lingerie was taking more risks now and exhibiting some of the playfulness and artistry I saw in their first few seasons. But I also understand the pressure of the market and the need to create a line that sells (as opposed to only moving when on sale). As several of my lingerie industry friends have pointed out to me, what I’m attracted to as a lingerie blogger (and someone who’s immersed in the subject everyday) is not necessarily the same as what the average woman is looking for. I want new, exciting, and interesting but many, many women want safe and simple…and a brand like Else is about as modern
and inspired as they’re going to get. That’s not so much a criticism of the collection as it is a rueful commentary on how lingerie is often perceived in society.

In summary, there’s nothing wrong with Else Lingerie. In fact, they’re doing a lot right. If this was my first exposure to the brand, I’m sure I’d be smitten. It’s just hard not to feel like something’s getting lost with each subsequent season here. And though I understand why, I can’t help but miss their more adventurous past.

What do you think of Else Lingerie? Are there any looks you like? And do you have any thoughts on the balance of a designer’s vision with the practicality of what sells?

***Cora is a 25 year old knickers junkie who started writing because her  friends threatened to tape her mouth shut if she didn’t stop talking about her underwear. As a blogger, she interacts constantly with the people this industry needs most—customers. The Addict Expose is all about bringing you, the lingerie store owner, the perspective of the lingerie consumers.  She welcomes lingerie lovers of every nation and persuasion to her blog, The Lingerie Addict. ***

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The Addict Expose: Millesia Lingerie – Autumn/Winter 2014-2015


by Cora

      



Millesia is a relatively new brand on the TLA radar. I first caught site of them on the website of the European lingerie megastore Cazar, but lately, they’ve been appearing stateside too, primarily on sample sale sites like MyHabit, Gilt, and Ideeli. Recently, Revival Brands, a lingerie distributor out of New York (that company also handles U.S. 
distribution of the Italian hosiery label Philippe Matignon) added Millesia to their stable of brands. With that new development, I 
imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more of this label in the upcoming months (already, my fave local boutique, BelleFleur, has started stocking this brand).

Unlike many of the more famous French lingerie brands (Simone Perele, Cadolle, Aubade, Lejaby, and Scandale), Millesia was founded relatively recently. This year, they’re only celebrating 
their tenth anniversary. Generally, I’m always a fan of newcomers to the market; I think it helps the industry to stay creative, relevant, and 
fresh. I really enjoy Millesia’s use of laces, and the variety of bra cuts and styles they offer. Like that other European company, La 
Perla, Millesia has multiple ranges, and this blog post only shows a fraction of what’s actually available.

Favorite looks for me include the quarter cup frame bra below, and the red polka dot waist cincher a bit further down. In terms of what I’d 
be most likely to wear on a daily basis though, the bra above is perfect. In the midst of such a terrible winter, I think we all deserve 
something a little extra special under those heavy sweaters and coats.

What do you think of Millesia? And if you’ve tried this brand before, how was the fit and quality?




























***Cora is a 25 year old knickers junkie who started writing because her  friends threatened to tape her mouth shut if she didn’t stop talking about her underwear. As a blogger, she interacts constantly with the people this industry needs most—customers. The Addict Expose is all about bringing you, the lingerie store owner, the perspective of the lingerie consumers.  She welcomes lingerie lovers of every nation and persuasion to her blog, The Lingerie Addict. ***

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The Addict Expose: Angela Friedman S/S 2014


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Angela Friedman has been on my radar for years, and if the lingerie goddesses believe in any kind of justice, this will be the collection that puts her on everyone else’s lust list as well. I am so excited to show these photos because this is the collection that made me declare Angela Friedman the best luxury lingerie brand of 2013.

Every lingerie addict knows that the editorial is only part of the story. The photos give you a sense of what the pieces look like and how they might fit into your lifestyle, but the things that transform lingerie into an experience of true lingerie are really hard to convey via 
photograph. I saw these pieces in person during last season’s ingerie market, and they are exquisite. The fabric…the stitching…every little detail is in place, and it’s all perfect. And, 
like everything else Angela Friedman designs, each piece can custom made specifically for you in your unique measurements (though, of course, wholesale orders in standardized sizing are 
available for boutiques too).

I really can’t say enough good things about this line. I think it represents a huge leap forward for the designer and, without question, quite firmly places Angela Friedman into the upper 
echelons of luxury lingerie…both in terms of construction and aesthetic. There are pieces here that I think would be at home in any 
lingerie boutique or even a high-end department store. Like I said, if the lingerie goddesses are watching, this year will be Angela Friedman’s year.

What do you think of the S/S 2014 collection? Do you have any favorite pieces? I’m quite partial to the corsets, but I also think that long sheer gown is divine. I’m wearing it in my head on my 
imaginary 1 year anniversary trip to Fiji. 
Please share your thoughts in the comments. All photos by Omi Tanaka.



         

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        






***Treacle is a 25 year old knickers junkie who started writing because her  friends threatened to tape her mouth shut if she didn’t stop talking about her underwear. As a blogger, she interacts constantly with the people this industry needs most—customers. The Addict Expose is all about bringing you, the lingerie store owner, the perspective of the lingerie consumers.  She welcomes lingerie lovers of every nation and persuasion to her blog, The Lingerie Addict. ***

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