Explore the Avant-Garde ~ Murmur Lingerie

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Perhaps the first (or only) lingerie brand that comes to mind when I consider the term avant-garde is Murmur.  For the last few years, Romanian designer Andreea Bădală has been creating standout collections of luxury prêt-a-porter with a risqué  lingerie twist.  The lines between the two are completely blurred in such a way to give the customer the freedom to wear pieces as either innerwear or outerwear.  The brand is perhaps best known for its minimalist, soft bondage aesthetic, and certainly makes for great editorial or performance pieces for talents…

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Renewing Vows ~ Eberjey Bridal Lingerie

Renewing Vows ~ Eberjey Bridal Lingerie

My husband finally convinced me to replace my wedding band last December, but I hadn’t worn it in some time because the simple gold band that I had purchased with him in Florence during our honeymoon (don’t ask) no longer fit comfortably. I am not a person of tradition and didn’t care to spend the money because, after 36 years of marriage, why does it matter? But one day in Cabo last December, he propelled me into a jewelry store “just for fun”. I decided to appease him and try…

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Lingerie Review: Bracli Pearl Thongs, Babydoll and Corset

Lingerie Review: Bracli Pearl Thongs, Babydoll and Corset

The pearl thong is a notorious piece of lingerie, which is designed primarily for stimulation. It seemingly represents the more sex-focused side of the lingerie industry. People (always men, in my experience) would call the lingerie store I used to work at asking if we carried pearl thongs. They’re mostly marketed as gifts, rather than something a lingerie-wearer would purchase for themselves. I was hesitantly excited when Bracli reached out to TLA for a review. Unlike other lingerie items I’ve reviewed, there’s nothing subtle or cheeky about this underwear. See,…

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Fashion Illustrations ~ Body Beautiful

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You can see the Body everywhere, you can also call it a bodysuit or a teddy. I call it long overdue and I attribute its resurgence to the bralet.  The undeniable consumer embrace of the unconstructed, comfy, wireless bra has given designers permission to take that philosophy further. There is also no better category of intimates so well suited (no pun intended) for wearing “out” than the bodysuit. There was a time when the bodysuit focus was on wired, controlled, figure enhancing garments worn as much for support and shape…

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Introducing Studio Pia: Ethical, Heirloom Luxury Lingerie

Introducing Studio Pia: Ethical, Heirloom Luxury Lingerie

The debut collection for Studio Pia is both ambitious and impressive. It took me a little time to read about this first collection is just how many concepts are involved When I called the debut collection “ambitious,” I wasn’t exaggerating. Studio Pia contains a lot of ideas, as though Pia wanted to encapsulate almost everything she’s wanted to see more of from other lingerie brands. The new collection use peace silk, which is a type of vegan-friendly silk made from silkworm cocoons without killing the pupae inside (Pia sources hers…

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Lingerie Review: I.D. Sarrieri ‘La Naissance De Venus’ Gown

Lingerie Review: I.D. Sarrieri ‘La Naissance De Venus’ Gown

The ‘La Naissance de Venus gown’ left me swooning at my first sight. Truly, it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of lingerie design I’ve ever witnessed. The combination of sheer tulle, intricate black embroidery and a decadently voluminous skirt ticked all of my lingerie buttons. As one of those brands working textile magic, I. D. Sarrieri have mastered the art of allowing a lace or an embroidery to speak for itself, with the body as the canvas. It’s no surprise they won TLA’s Best Luxury Brand of 2016 award. Without saying, this…

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Review: Freya Pulse Bra and Short in Zest

Review: Freya Pulse Bra and Short in Zest

Here I’m setting you up for a snarky negative review, so let me hasten to add: this review is going to be overwhelmingly positive, but daaaaang the first time I saw this set at the trade shows several seasons ago I thought “yikes, not for me”. I enjoy yellow as a color, but I especially enjoy it as a color located far, far away from my pale skin, and neon lingerie is generally not my thing. So when I opened the parcel from Freya and found the neon yellow Pulse…

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Naughty, Nice & New ~ Maison Close Lingerie

Naughty, Nice & New ~ Maison Close Lingerie

My friend, Alison,  discussed with about Maison Close and whether or not, the brand belonged in the Gallery on Lingerie Briefs. Alison’s weekly column in the Gallery showcases new and/or independent talents with niche followings. We decided that perhaps, this was not the correct venue because Maison Close is now more mainstream. The brand is recognized globally within their particular merchandising channel; chic lingerie with an edge of erotica. The collections provide a sensual balance to many retail assortments of basic bras and pajamas for the 30 yers old. They…

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Sustainability Matters ~ Underprotection

Sustainability Matters ~ Underprotection

I am cut off from the noise of our never ending multimedia noise stream, as living in Mexico gives me a lot af stress. I can’t understand the language well enough to read or listen to the local news.  The weather is spectacular; the people warm and selfless. I could go on. But the reality is that we are in a second world country. A walk in the desert yields garbage thrown there with no real consequence.  Recycling is not on the radar. Emission laws don’t exist. The air is…

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Women Who Rise ~ Panache Lingerie

Women Who Rise ~ Panache Lingerie

Following the dramatic events that occurred in the United States last week, my two daughters,  telephoned me here in Mexico in similar states of hysteria. They voiced a combination of angst and fear about their future in America with heavy emphasis on their place as women in this new reality, so I reminded them of the pamphlet by Thomas Paine, Common Sense, written during the American Revolution in which he stated that one remains free, despite prison bars, if they never relinquish their ideals. Despite adversity, despite setbacks, and despite…

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