Courtesy of Jenna Leigh
Jenna Leigh is a twentysomething lingerie designer whose line recently got picked up by Barney's, and we're not the least bit surprised. Leigh is all about combining flirty pieces that are also super functional. And even though she only launched her collection in 2009, she's already got quite the celebrity following: Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester are all fans. Leigh also just got engaged and has turned her attention to the bridal lingerie market. Naturally, we decided now would be the perfect time to sit down with her. She graciously agreed to answer our questions.
What sets your line apart from other lingerie lines?
My collection is known for boudoir fashion that evokes a modern and fashion-forward vibe, offering lingerie that is both sophisticated and seductive -- the ultimate fusion of retro and current-trend styling. I want to present lingerie as a new wardrobe opportunity; reinventing garters, skirts and rompers, tap shorts, long-line bras, and robes as key pieces, in addition to bras and panties. Each collection introduces pieces that satisfy both daily indulgence and special-occasion looks. Each season, I offer a bridal lingerie group. The collection is also meant to be worn many ways -- as traditional lingerie, paired with apparel, not afraid to show what's underneath!
Why have you chosen to use microfiber jersey and mesh as well as pointelle knits and lace?
My collection is comprehensive in its styles and fabrics. Fabrics are really important to me, so all the fabrics I choose serve a purpose of both fashion and comfort with versatility in mind. My jerseys are super soft, my laces are beautiful and elegant, and my knits are casual and cozy. Lingerie MUST be comfortable, but at the same time must look gorgeous; these fabrics enable me to obtain both.
We heard that you're engaged now. Congratulations! How has becoming a bride-to-be changed how you're think about your work and your lingerie?
Thank you!! Being a bride-to-be makes me think about all of the occasions women have to purchase lingerie, including for their honeymoon and wedding night, for bridal shower gifts, etc. There are so many special events during your engagement where you can incorporate bridal lingerie, and I'm getting new inspiration all the time. Weddings are blissful and romantic -- two sentiments I aim to capture in my collection always.
What's missing in bridal lingerie? What do your bridal pieces provide that other collections don't offer?
Bridal lingerie is so focused on being either functional or super sexy, but there's not any middle ground. My bridal lingerie offer the best of both. I use luxe fabrics in a soft color palette and have functional features like removable straps and removable pads for just the right amount of cleavage for your gown. So many lingerie lines are missing bridal lingerie from their collections, and I feel it's such a key component for any collection. I also pay attention to the saying "something blue" for a bride. I use a lot of icy blue tones in my bridal lingerie, not just stark white and cream.
To see more of Jenna Leigh's bridal lingerie and other collections, visit jennaleighlingerie.com.
Courtesy of Costco
Kelly's designs usually cost up to $4,000; her Costco collection will be priced between $600 and $1,399. Even more exciting, the 6 gown designs will be available in sizes 2 to 24. The collection will also maintain Kelly's commitment to quality: The dresses will come in luxury fabrics like organza, satin and taffeta with embellishments like Alençon lace, crystals and pearls. Veils will also be available.
Like high-end bridal shops, Costco has hired bridal consultants for the trunk shows who will be available to answer any questions shoppers may have about the dresses. Brides will be able to take their dresses home the same day they buy them, but Kelly suggests still having the dresses tailored for the best fit possible.
For more details and to find a trunk show near you, visit Costco.com.
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