Erica M Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
“Legwear is a woman’s second skin,”
– Erica M. Young
Last week, we received a few images from designer Erica M. Young’s debut collection – Erica M. – and fell in love with the artistry of her designs and beautifully provocative photography. The AW12 collection is inspired by the the revolutionary fashion of the 1920s and consists of four inventive styles named Genevieve, Nadia, Vivian and Ava.
The intention of each legwear style noted Erica “is to both combine and differentiate the professional aesthetics of the day with the summoning and bewitching appearance of the evening. The design of each style is comprised of an individualized pattern that may be slowly revealed upon its wearer specific to either her day or evening look, but also to her mindset.”
The Genevieve style may be expressed and worn according to the woman who wears it and to what degree she should choose to reveal the intricate details of the style’s design. The Genevieve features a garter belt design comprised of a ribbon that envelops the legs and further ties into a bow at the lower section of each thigh. This garter belt may be exposed when paired with corresponding suitable attire, or hidden within a daytime length – only to reveal itself as the evening approaches. Both the ribbon and bow elements of the Genevieve produce a slimming, apologetically sensual aesthetic that not only accentuates one’s form and silhouette, but also offers an elaborate panty-inspired pattern. The bow is further transformed and subtly pronounced into a distinctive back seam.
“The idea to begin designing legwear stemmed from my own personal passion for the sexy look of the classic garter belt paired with legwear. I had always wanted to wear a garter, but it was honestly too time consuming and consisted of too many different pieces. I decided to create a design that consisted of all these elements into one unique style,” says Erica. “This collection offers something to women that the market has not yet tapped into. The styles are chic and sophisticated for the daytime, incredibly sexy for the evening, and effortless. Legwear is a woman’s second skin, and she no longer needs multiple components in order to transform herself into a desirable, seductive woman.”
Photographer: Ian Kraus iankraus.com
The Ava, a reinterpretation of the Vivian style that is offered in a thigh-high length, features the tassel, rope and feather design on both the front and back. A rope wraps around the upper thigh and climbs down the leg on each side. Both ropes are met with a bow. This unique style also features additional embedded stay-up support within the elastic thigh band, encouraging secure positioning in the thigh area.
The Genevieve, a style offered with a similar design philosophy as the Nadia, may also be expressed and worn according to the woman who wears it, and to what degree she chooses to reveal the style’s details. This style features a ribbon design that envelops the legs, and ties into a bow at the lower section of each thigh. Both the ribbon and bow design produce a slimming, provocative aesthetic that not only accentuates one’s form and silhouette, but also offers an elaborate panty inspired pattern. The bow is further transformed and subtly pronounced into a distinctive back seam.
The Nadia style consists of a woven garter that is fastened by a 1920’s inspired ribbon motif with a rope and tassel draped around one leg. The style’s details can be hidden underneath an understated professional day look or revealed when paired with a sexy evening look. The Nadia style demonstrates the very same personality and design philosophy of wearing an actual garter set but offers the convenience of needing to only wear one single piece.
The Vivian, a core trend style from the Erica M. Autumn / Winter 2012 Collection, is opaque from the head-on perspective, creating a streamlined aesthetic at first glance. This first impression rapidly transitions in to a more dramatic statement found in the back. This statement consists of an elaborate tassel, rope and feather design that is fastened by a ribbon.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve scheduled a Designer Video Interview with Erica in a few weeks. Stay tuned for updates!