On June 19, 2008 Lingerie Française - Paris presented The Art of Seduction: An exclusive evening celebrating French lingerie design & creativity at the elegant and historic Carlu in Toronto, Ontario. Dating back to the 19th century when French artisans created a new form of corsetry whose purpose was not imagined as purely functional but also as a fashion statement for women of all ages, thus crowning France the birthplace of lingerie design. After almost two centuries of illustrious design tradition, research & development, France's top modern day lingerie houses are now gracing Canada with a preview of their Fall 2008 / Winter 2009 collections.
The show exemplified a full range of lingerie design, from the ultra feminine aesthetic and playful lines of Princesse Tam.Tam and Passionata, to the sophistication and sensuality of Simone Pérèle and Lise Charmel, and the sparkling and glamorous look of Lejaby and Rosy. The event also featured such industry giants as Chantelle boasting a celebrity fan base which includes Marcia Cross and Jennifer Connelly; Aubade a company that has remained synonymous with trend topping and innovative luxury lingerie and Barbara showcasing passionate and seductive pieces, drawing inspiration from true exoticism. Invitees was introduced to the well-kept industry secrets Élixir and Antinéa, both experts in lingerie for women with fuller bust, while still celebrating true femininity in their designs.
Paying tribute to a vintage aesthetic, the Simone Pérèle collections are perfectly crafted to uphold their commitment to "design for women in search of well-being and elegance". The brand unveiled four lines to the Canadian audience on June 19th, Avant Premiere combines Leavers lace with appliqués to create a visual impact without sacrificing the timeless feet. Showtime is more dramatic in its execution, combining draped fabric with dark seductive colours creating an appealing contrast of light and dark: while Palace continues with surprising contrasts it also showcases geometric details with imaginative details ranging from piped edging to guipure flower motif. The final line, Stilleto takes on elements of the previous lines with guipure enhanced tulle, layered effects and a distinct vintage appeal culminating the Simone Pérèle design aesthetic.
Never afraid to push the boundaries of design, this Fall/Winter Barbara travels the world too for inspiration. With designs that emulate the Maori tattoo tradition of New Zealand, African Safaris and the Silk route, Barbara brings an international flair to this traditional French artistry.