August 3, 2013: NOE Undergarments and After Party Corset Exhibit
I woke up last Saturday feeling excited, kind of like a kid on Christmas — I’d finally get to see NOE‘s new collection and say hello to Bonnie and Shelah, the amazing twin duo behind the brand. I’ve loved their collection ever since they reached out to share their first season. Getting an email from one of them is like opening up a jar full of sunshine. You immediately feel like everything in the world is perfect and like all of your dreams will come true. If you don’t believe me, send them an email and report back.
This collection was a welcome shift in aesthetic from other brands participating in Lingerie Fashion Week. The previous shows were lovely: you can read my coverage of the Bradelis New York’s runway debut, and I didn’t cover Secrets in Lace because it wasn’t a fit for the blog. It was, however, a very fun runway show interspersed with burlesque dancing… and could those women move! If you’re interested in reading about it, take a look at Sweets’ awesome write up. I missed the Friday presentations because I was at work , so check her blog for more coverage on those as well.
I wore my bespoke Angela Friedman waspie (a birthday gift from me to me), my Hopeless Lingerie Hana Slip and my NOE Alfie Slip. It was a perfect combination and made me feel awesome knowing I was supporting some of my favorite indie designers. Though I must admit, wearing a waspie for more than eight hours is hard work! Below, me and the designers with one of the SS14 looks.
Their presentation was incredible. For about ten minutes of life, I was transported to a different world. Nothing else mattered or existed except me and my fascination for this little snippet of fantasy that NOE created. The soundtrack was upbeat and transient (I’m waiting for them to send me the tracks so I can share them with you: they were that magical), and the models were straight faced with perfect skin and bright pink eyeshadow — very little eyeliner at all, if any. Each model was wearing a leather choker, which added a futuristic touch and a common thread that not only complemented every outfit, but strung the collection together. The ladies were also wearing pink wigs in different styles which added to the anti-reality vibe. I loved the scheme even more when Bonnie and Shelah told me that they hand-dyed the wigs themselves to get exactly the right shade of pink. Having had pink ombre in the past, I know this is tough, and they nailed it. I am not going to lie, I think it would be very fun to shoot with one of those pink wigs!
I did my best to capture the looks below. The first video shows looks from the front, and the second from the back. Apologies in advance for the audio… since the videos were taken in snippets, it doesn’t really translate.
Their new collection built quite nicely on the old one. Not all of the pieces are pictured here, so I will write more in my writeup of The Lingerie Collective show. Here are some sneak peeks. Two of my favorite looks from the show are below: first, on the left, a new cut of bodysuit. And second, on the right, a crop top paired with two-toned leggings. I love how fresh and different they are.
And as if this show wasn’t enough to make my day, there was a corset exhibit at the after party that honestly did not seem to get the attention it deserved. (I will note that this could be because I arrived on the later side). The exhibit, called “The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding,” by Camilla Huey as described on the Lingerie Fashion Week site:
The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding resurrects the lives of eight women of letters involved in the adventures of Aaron Burr, Vice President to Thomas Jefferson and the assassin of Alexander Hamilton. Appropriately staged at the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum, where Burr spent a brief, though ill-fated, marriage to Madame Jumel. The exhibition tells the compelling stories of these women through the craft of bookbinding and the art of couture corsets.
Each “portrait” is comprised of a period appropriate corset bound around hand transcribed letters and ephemera, symbolizing each woman’s “body of work” in sheer volume. Installed throughout the period rooms of the mansion, the viewer as voyeur is invited to peer indiscreetly into the private lives of each woman. An interactive timeline, installed in the boudoir of Madame Jumel, gives social and historical context to the theatre of these women’s lives and history.
So incredible, right? The corsets looked somewhat deconstructed, a finish that only added to their beauty. The two pictures on the left (bottom and top) are the same corset, just different angles. The other designs incorporate books, flowers, mirrors, leather and lace for a beautiful design. It was more of a sculpture garden than a corset exhibit, which made it that much more intriguing. What do you think? You can learn more about the exhibit (and the exact ladies each corset was meant to represent) here.