The Addict Expose: Dollhouse Bettie 2014 Collection Preview


                    by Cora

Dollhouse Bettie has been on my favorite lingerie stores list for ages. I’m talking before I started the blog. I really like how they bring authentic vintage, retro pinup, and modern day lingerie all together under one roof. I imagine it’s a lot harder than it looks to maintain a really cohesive, coherent brand when you’re stocking lingerie from so many disparate brands (not to mention time periods!), but Dollhouse Bettie does it wonderfully well.

Lately, they’ve been adding more and more in-house designed products, and I’m really excited to announce the debut of Dollhouse Bettie’s own range, which they will be exhibiting at market next week. Of course, many of these items are in their shop already (like the Stella Marais), but the notion of other boutiques stocking these pieces is really quite quite exciting. Oh! And they’re also made in San Francisco by a small team of seamstresses, so if ethically-produced fashion is important to you, add this label to your list.

I had an opportunity to view the final collection and sketches during a brief trip to San Francisco this month (if you follow me on Instagram, you may even recognize those sketches), and it’s really intriguing to me how much the final, end product looks like the original concept sketch. Speaking of sketches, I would love to have any one of these framed and put on my wall. They’re simply beautiful in their own right.

Favorite looks for me include pretty much everything in the ‘Atomic’ range (those red/black pieces), though that sweeping gold, floor-length dressing gown (from the Satine Collection) is pretty amazing too. The remaining two lines are the ‘Juliet’ range, made from beautiful white lace with soft pink accents, and the aforementioned ‘Stella Marais’ range which is navy and white striping. What do you think of their debut collection? And do you wish more boutiques designed their own lines?
































***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


                    by Treacle



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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The Addict Expose: Arabel Lingerie Spring/Summer 2014

By Treacle

This is only my second time featuring Arabel Lingerie on TLA, but my word…what a difference a season makes! I already thought Sarah Lister, the designer behind Arabel Lingerie, was on to something cool. Her debut collection, though still a bit raw (as is typical for new designers) very definitely had a point of view and a unique aesthetic, and I liked that Sarah chose to focus on small busts and vegan-friendly undergarments, two categories that don’t receive a lot of press and attention in the lingerie industry.

With this second collection, I think Sarah has absolutely delivered on her potential. Not only does the new range include underwired bras, there are some exquisite details here – from the lace insets on that high-waisted panty to the delicate, gossamer butterflies on the hem and sleeves of one of the robes below (talk about dreamy). Plus, I’m happy to see the return of two of her stronger pieces from last season, the lace cami and ruffled garter panty. It’s really delightful when a new designer make such a dramatic leap forward in only her second collection, and I genuinely can’t wait to see the third.

What do you think of Arabel Lingerie’s latest range? I’m having a hard time picking a favorite, but it’d probably be the lace bra and brief below, though that pleated white robe further down is really taking my breath away.



***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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