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A Taste of Interfiliѐre NY ~ 2015 Lingerie Trends

Written by Ellen Lewis of Lingerie Briefs.


I thought you might be interested in a taste of what you missed if you did not attend the Interfiliѐre New York fabric show hosted by Eurovet and Invista  on Sept 23. To be brief, besides the exhibitors, there were several interesting presentations. Invista showcased their new Lycra branding initiative, Proexport Colombia discussed the potential of the Columbian textile and apparel industry and Marshal Cohen of NPD did his retail statistical thing. But for me, the highlight was Eurovet’s Fashion Trend Exposé for Intimate Apparel.  Four major stories propel the design process for Fall 2015: Wuthering Heights, Beatrix Potter, Bloomsbury and David Hockney. Here’s a teaser:


Reflections of Nordic light, Crackled, Alternative Animal Prints, Cut Velvet, Brushed Surfaces, Dark Forests, Patterns from Lyon and Como Silk Tradition, Lush Guipure and Lace Incrustations, Deep, Dark Shadowy Colors, Veined Effect, Dried Leaves and Flowers, New Meshes

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Adorable & Naive

Soft Handle Fabrics, Little Fantasy World, New Treatment of Small Scale Prints, Vintage Corsetry, Girly Elements,, Focus on Trim Effects, Wintry, Cuddly Textures, Combination of Crafted and Handmade, New Proportions in Homewear, Harvest Festival, Pumpkin Colors with Beige & Grey Accents

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Eccentric & Gracious

Bohemian Luxury and Cultures Mix, Border Lace Designs in Fine Denier, Delicate and Precise Flowers, Hints of Japanese & Art Deco, Fine Line Patterns and Strong Contrasts, Lighter & Finer Spacer Fabrics, Laser Embroidery on Ultra Light Grounds, Stretch Satin, Artistic 1920′s

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Creativity & Optimism

Colorful Prints, 60′s Pop Art, Checks, Stripes & Dots, Blocking & Abstract Lines, Splashes of Paint, Digital Prints, Kimonos, Caftans & Tunics, Placed Designs, Simple Florals as Allovers or Placed, Super Light Embroidery.

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“My Goal Is To Spread Ideas. Trends Always Start At The Top” ~Homaro Cantu

Inspirational Lingerie Feast ~ Jean Paul Gaultier


If you have even the slightest interest in lingerie, then Jean-Paul Gaultier at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM was an exhibit to see.  From start to finish this gallery of fashion was chock full of inspirational ideas, not just for the lingerie enthusiasts, but for all fashionistas.


His mastery of different cultures and combinations in his dresses, coats, and suits were just as awe inspiring…..there were dozens of visual delights in his denim, plaids, prints, velvets, leathers and pinstripes.


Madonna knew what she was doing when she collaborated with Gaultier to do her “corsets” for her Blond Ambition World Tour back in 1990.”  Truly c’est magnifique!  And who knew that lace could look so cool.  In his hands, he creates works of art.


Velvet, satin, sequins, leopard, shirring, laces, tulle, fishnet, corsetry, trapunto, texture, zippers.   Need I say more!


And oh!, the talking heads.  Not the group, but quite a few of the mannequins had faces that moved.  Their eyes blinked, mouths spoke and one even sang opera.  Pure genius.

The exhibit was from October 25, 2013-
February 23, 2014

**Camille has been in the Lingerie business for 30+ years and has won several awards including a TOMMY award. She was the Senior VP for Design & Merchandising at Gelmart International and is currently on the faculty of FIT


Lingerie Briefs: Paris Wrap


Ellen Lewis wrote up her final thoughts about the Salon De Lingerie show in Paris last week on her blog, Lingerie Briefs! See what’s trending in Fall 2014 on her post:
Paris Wrap ~ Salon De Lingerie Fall 2014

“It was nice to see some of our North American resources doing brisk business: PJ Salvage, Hanky Panky, Cosabella, Affinitas, Eberjey , Rago, Va Bien and the Kenan Group to name a few.  Their booths were extremely busy proving that perseverance in the International market works if given time

There was a rich color story, blues leaning to cobalt, deep purples and pinks blooming in every shade from pale to garnet.” – Ellen Lewis

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Roslyn joined the Underfashion Club in 1969, when it was an organization for women only and the membership was less than 30. She received a lifetime achievement Femmy in 1997.  Past officer, board member, co-chair of the program committee, and an active participant of the SAIG committee.  Born on the Lower East side, as were both of her parents; growing up and studying design at a Brooklyn high school (tough Brooklyn girl).  Her birthday is October 31, 1924, our Halloween witch.

Roslyn graduated in 1941, and worked at Vogue magazine until 1946, when she answered an ad in WWD and came into the industry as a designer of Lady Duff Trousseau Lingerie.  Started her own contract studio in April of 1954 (60th anniversary coming up).  Started the studio as Roslyn Harte Lingerie Originals, limiting to 3 non-competitive clients at one time.

Roslyn is very involved in the Intimate Apparel Square Club HUG awards, benefiting the pediatrics of RUSK NYU Medical Center.

Some of her favorite career highlights include:

  • Mentoring students from the High School of Fashion Industries
  • Hiring and helping entry level designers from FIT
  • Sharing her expertise with start up companies to help make their dreams come true

Role Models:

  • Beatrice Coleman of Maidenform
  • Marvin Beinenfeld of Bestform
  • Richard Murray of Wacoal

Still working, very involved, and loving every minute of it!

Salon International de la Lingerie

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News is in from the trade show in Paris last weekend, Salon International de la lingerie! Ellen Lewis covered her experience at the event in 3 posts on her blog, Lingerie Briefs.
Check it out for the latest in the intimate apparel industry!

Post 1: Live From Paris ~ Retail

Post 2: Live From Paris ~ At The Show

Post 3: Live From Paris – Showstoppers


Boutique & Specialty Stores: Photos & Video

The Underfashion Club discussed Boutique & Specialty Stores on October 15, 2013 at The Cutting Room, NYC. Karen Thompson of Lace Silhouettes Lingerie, Dan Alden & April Burch of Great Barrington Bra & Girl, and Dan Koch of Town Shop stepped up to the stage to tell us about their practice in the intimate apparel industry. Listen to learn about retaining and capturing today’s customers! 


Joe Smith, Sales Director, WACOAL AMERICA INC.
Laurence Teinturier, Co-Founder, CURVEXPO INC.

Karen Thompson – Lace Silhouettes Lingerie –
Peddler’s Village, PA /Princeton & Cape May, NJ

Dan Alden & April Burch – Great Barrington
Bra & Girl – Great Barrington, MA

Dan Koch – Town Shop –
New York City, NY

The Underfashion Club, Inc. supports education today for a better industry tomorrow!

Did you attend? Catch yourself in our album!
CLICK HERE to see all of our photos from the event.

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2014 Femmy Awards Announces Honorees

The 2014 FEMMY AWARDS, presented by The Underfashion Club, Inc., the intimate apparel industry charitable organization dedicated to education, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue in New York City.

The Femmy Awards honor those individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth.  The Gala is recognized as one of the premier events in the Intimate Apparel Industry, and is the fundraising vehicle that enables the Underfashion Club to support its extensive Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs.  These efforts bring to life the Underfashion Club’s credo of “Education today for a better industry tomorrow.” 

The 2014 Femmy will proudly host the 11th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students. The students’ garments will be displayed that evening and the attendees will select three student designers to receive cash awards.  The design contest is an integral part of the Underfashion Club’s mission to help educate, influence and attract new talent for the industry.

2014 marks the 56th Anniversary of this not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to provide Intimate Apparel Industry leaders with a forum to exchange information and ideas, and support the Intimate Apparel market as a vital aspect of the fashion industry through its ongoing commitment to support the education of new talent.

“We are delighted to announce our 2014 honorees, who will join with us in our ongoing efforts to raise funds to promote education, innovation and growth within the Intimate Apparel Industry.”

– Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club

 The Underfashion Club will salute Roslyn Harte, President of Lances Harte, Inc. with a special President’s Award at the 2014 Femmy Gala. Roslyn, who is celebrating 60+ years in the intimate apparel industry, and her 90th birthday year! She has been a dedicated mentor to hundreds of IA professionals and impacted the careers of thousands.

Other honorees include retailer Hudson’s Bay Company l Lord & Taylor, manufacturer, Delta Galil USA LLC, supplier Iluna USA LLC, Innovation Award recipient Jocky International, Inc., and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Seth Morris, President/CEO, Carole Hochman Design Group, division of Komar Brands.

Speed Networking: Photos & Video

Beautiful Fall like weather had a hand in the great turn out for UFC Speed Networking event held at the XVI Rooftop Lounge. New comers to the Intimate Apparel industry had the opportunity to spend five minutes with an industry expert to ask questions, exchange ideas, and make important contacts. There were conversations about what companies needed intimate designers, entrepreneurs seeking new customers to buy their innovative products, and start ups teams looking for insights on how to break through and get that first order. And that was only the first 15 minutes of the speed networking conversations!

See the photos on our Facebook album!

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You could also see our selections as a slideshow on YouTube!