Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sketch Night with Bil Donovan

Would you like to sketch beautiful fashion figures from live lingerie models while networking with others from the industry?

Join the Underfashion Club for “Sketch Night“ with acclaimed illustrator Bil Donovan who will help guide us through the art of fashion illustration!

The event will take place at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan on Tuesday, April 13th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Bil Donovan is one of today’s most accomplished and revered fashion illustrators. He subscribes to the idea that “less is more” and uses this premise to create work that is elegant with a timeless style. With this ideal, he has nurtured a working relationship with the cosmetics, beauty and fragrance industries. He’s a fine artist, educator, and author whose client list includes Vogue, Vanity Fair, St. Regis, The New York Times, and the CFDA. Donovan has been the fine artist-in-residence for Christian Dior Beauty since 2009.

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The Underfashion Club sketched with Bil Donovan last year at the “Illustrations & Libations” event, which was also held at the Society of Illustrators. The evening included networking, dining, and a chance to exercise our artistic skills in an intimate setting that included a patio, buffet, and open bar. All art supplies for this event will be provided.

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Want to join us to learn a bit about fashion illustration? You can pre-register for “Sketch Night” on our website here: http://underfashionclub.org/events/events.html

 

CurveNY February 2016

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The CurveNY trade show on February  21st – 23rd, 2016 gave 350 lingerie and swimwear brands a platform to showcase their Fall/Winter 2016 collections at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The environment was improved with a royal purple carpet to match the theme of the show, plenty of rest areas with new furniture, and goody bags with water and healthy snacks to refuel visitors and exhibitors between appointments.

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There were a great variety of brands on the show floor this season. New brands that have only been around for a few months were exhibiting alongside brands that have been in the industry for over a century. The cost of a single garment ranged from under $30 to nearly $1,000, appealing to buyers at all price points. Manufacturing styles among the exhibitors included authentic vintage methods from the 1940s to techniques inspired by the latest 3D printing technology.

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The intimate apparel industry continues to become more inclusive with each passing season. The body types targeted by the exhibitors present included svelte bodies, plus size bodies, and curvy bodies with a marked increase in interest for larger cups. Men’s underwear is a growing segment of the industry, giving men more options for comfortable, expressive underwear. More attention is being given to variety in skin tones, inspiring brands to provide more “nude” hues in intimate apparel and hosiery.

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Stylistically, intimate apparel is leaning towards a minimalistic aesthetic like most of the modern fashion world. Popular trends include extra straps, scalloped lace edges, and mesh panels as cutout details. Sustainable materials are gaining traction as more consumers actively seek eco-friendly products. Demand is rising for functional garments such as sports bras, as athleisure dominates the new year of fashion. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the future of the intimate apparel industry!