Lingerie Fashion Week SS15 Recap
Images provided by Lingerie Fashion Week.
An army of empowered breast cancer survivors, pregnant fembots, plus size models, female skateboarders, dominatrices, burlesque artists, men’s underwear and more took the stage at the SS15 season of Lingerie Fashion Week® last weekend in New York. The pioneering event’s fourth consecutive season showcased 25 designers total from around the globe, joining the stage from Istanbul to Poland, Chile to Japan, the UK to the U.S. The event was held October 24th & 25th at Center548 in Manhattan’s gallery district.
Above: You! Lingerie and Zumruduanka at Lingerie Fashion Week SS15 THE SUITE.
Isn’t it suite? THE SUITE debuted at Lingerie Fashion Week® SS15, a Holiday + Spring Press Preview housed on-site and running concurrent with the two days of shows. Brands living #thesuitelife included Fruit of the Loom, who showcased a selection of its ladies’ underwear offerings including its first lace panty and the popular seamless boy short. The brand gifted samples of both, encouraging all attendees to Start Happy with the first thing they put on in the morning. Other brands in THE SUITE included Affinitas & Parfait, Andrée Ciccarelli, GemPicket, Harlow & Fox, Layneau, Lola Haze, NaïS, Nevaeh Intimates, Play Out Underwear, Secrets in Lace, Soak Wash, Suzy Black, The Giving Bride, Tia Lyn, Toru & Naoko and You! Lingerie.
Presented by The Lingerie Journal, a dedicated Ones to Watch Special Exhibition Viewing and Cocktail Reception kicked off the two days of shows on Friday. Ones to Watch showcased emerging designers from around the globe including Bella Petite (U.S.), Bunny Blanc (Poland), Suzy Black (U.S.), The Lilith Collection by Olivia Danielle (U.S.) and Toru & Naoko (Chile).
While the sister Ones to Watch: BRITISH INVASION Exhibition exposed emerging UK labels JANAY Intimates, Kocolala and StephieAnn. Housed in the Sponsor Lounge, both OTW Exhibitions remained on display to all guests of Lingerie Fashion Week through Saturday night.
Above: Secrets in Lace.
Returning for a second season, pin-up powerhouse Secrets in Lace took to the runway Friday evening, showcasing Secrets in Lace Lingerie & Stockings as well as Dita Von Teese Stockings by Secrets in Lace. A showstopping runway performance was set to the live sounds of famed jazz musician Brain Newman (a regular collaborator of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett), joined by burlesque sensation Angie Pontani.
Above: BRADELIS NEW YORK.
Returning for a third consecutive season, BRADELIS NEW YORK closed the evening on Friday with a Runway Show followed by a Presentation and Cocktail Reception. Currently counting three New York storefronts including Soho & Madison Ave, the brand offers luxury lingerie for everyday wear; combining the best of American function with Japanese craftsmanship.
Above: The Giving Bride, Andrée Ciccarelli and Lola Haze.
A multi-designer Made in the USA Runway Show opened day two, exposing independent designers Andreé Ciccarelli (New York), Lola Haze (New York) and The Giving Bride (New York/Chicago).
Above: You! Lingerie.
Bring on the baby bumps – fellow Lingerie Fashion Week veteran You! Lingerie stormed the runway with an army of Fifth Element inspired pregnant models-turned-fembot warriors, showcasing the brand’s fashion-forward maternity lingerie and loungewear.
Above: Love Cage.
Counting a cult following of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kesha and Taylor Momsen, to name a few, designer Stephanie Paterek of NYC Sex Trash debuted lingerie-as-RTW concept Love Cage: via a BDSM-inspired Presentation including models-as-dominatrices, a plethora of bondage props, and a masked voyeur.
Above: Play Out Underwear.
Victor Victoria: gender neutral underwear brand Play Out took the stage Saturday evening, showcasing their signature women’s line as well as a highly anticipated men’s underwear debut in an androgynous, gender-bending Runway Show – kicked off with an extreme sports performance by All Girl Skate Jam, the first and original skateboarding brand encouraging women to break into the male-dominated skateboard industry.
Lingerie Fashion Week Finale Pink Chose Me Runway Show.
Closing the season Saturday night, the Official Closing Benefit returned as the only open-to-the-public event held at Lingerie Fashion Week®. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this season 20% of all ticket sales went to benefit SS15 Non-Profit Partner PinkChoseMe Foundation, a non-profit organization working to educate, uplift and support women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
Above: Zumruduanka, Bella Petite Lingerie and Tia Lyn Lingerie.
The event featured a Runway Show in two parts: a Lingerie Fashion Week Finale Show featuring the season’s designers, followed by an empowering showcase exposing the femininity of breast cancer survivors and women living with breast cancer held in partnership with PinkChoseMe and brand partner Affinitas & Parfait. The event continued with a two hour open bar soirée provided by Official Spirits Partners Cayrum and VEEV® Spirits, alongside mouthwatering light bites courtesy of gardein. The event drew attendance of 300+ guests comprised of influencers and tastemakers within the New York fashion, creative and philanthropic communities.
All shows were privy to hair & makeup provided by the talented artists of SS15 Backstage Beauty Teams The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School and MAKEUP FOR EVER Academy, along with fashion styling services courtesy of Official Styling Agency Accessory2. The season was further joined by Industry Media Partners The Lingerie Journal and The Best of Intima, leading boutique London tradeshow The Lingerie Edit, Non-Profit Partner PinkChoseMe Foundation and Official Spirits Partners Cayrum and VEEV® Spirits. Guests of the SS15 season were also privy to delicious garden-grown light bites from leading sustainable protein brand gardein, the Official Goodness of Lingerie Fashion Week, as well as beverages from Neuro Drinks, offering guests best-selling flavors BLISS White Raspberry, SONIC Super Fruit Infusion and DAILY Tangerine Citrus. Guests at the Closing Benefit were lucky recipients of the SS15 Official Gift Bag, including goodies courtesy of Hanes Hosiery, Seductive Couplets Game Deck, Uni K Wax and more.
Above: Bradelis NY photo by Thorsten Roth.
Photographer Thorsten Roth takes us backstage to continue our Lingerie Fashion Week SS15 Recap in this special photo report where we learn more about Thorsten’s work with an intimate Q&A, a curated selection of photos and insights into how we approached Backstage at Lingerie Fashion Week. Click HERE to read that story.
About Lingerie Fashion Week®
The first Fashion Week worldwide exclusively created for intimate apparel brands, Lingerie Fashion Week® presents a progressive events marketing platform merging the lingerie, fashion and creative communities. Representing a $14 billion and rapidly growing market segment (in the U.S. alone), the multi-day event presents an exciting industry hub designed to shed a powerful spotlight on both intimates designers and the industry as a whole. Each season features a mix of emerging and established intimate apparel brands from around the world, comprised of lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear, shapewear, hosiery/legwear, lingerie solutions, lingerie accessories and mens underwear. The event debuted in February 2013 to a result of over 1 billion total media impressions to date, attended by domestic and international press, stylists, retailers, fashion and intimates industry influencers, creative tastemakers, and VIPs; reaching audiences from North & South America to Europe and Asia.