2016 was many things, but to me, it was the year I was blessed to receive the offer of writing about lingerie for Live FAST. Four years after starting my blog The Daily Knicker (as a personal joke, very literally), I now find myself covering the absolute best of the intimate apparel industry for a magazine I was already a huge fan of.
As much as I adore sharing entire, beautiful collections, a fundamental part of my blogging will always be the product reviews which garnered TDK its initial audience. I wear, note and express my findings on pieces in my personal lingerie collection and in doing so, hope to give a perspective to potential consumers. Whether this be on fit, feel, or my interpretation of an aesthetic, either for that particular style, or the label overall.
I also love describing the way, not just physically, but emotionally, attitude-wise, lingerie can make you feel, for it is the most personal area of the fashion industry. We may dress in outerwear for the world, but lingerie is just for ourselves. This sentiment means it stays as close to my heart as it does to my skin and I’m going to share with you which lingerie, in my personal experience, was the best of 2016…
Honey Birdette’s ‘Finnoula’ Playsuit
“Finnoula’, initially released by Australian brand Honey Birdette back in July, was a style that came in bra, brief, thong and suspender options, but the star was this playsuit version. A soft cup provided comfort (rare for such a risqué piece), while multi-adjustable straps meant perfect fit and straps that could be crossed multiple ways allowed for different various styling options. A play on both the strappy trend and classic romantic lace, Finnoula was so successful it was re-released in red shortly before Christmas, with fans of the piece snapping it up and loving it just as fast and just as much as this black edition, myself included.
Julie K Lingerie’s ‘Daisy’ Bralette and Brief
Possibly the most comfortable set introduced into my lingerie wardrobe this year is the adorable ‘Daisy’ by Scottish alt model-turned-lingerie designer, Julie K. But what makes this set stand out in the sea of otherwise unremarkable bralettes and briefs that was 2016? That would be the perfect cut of both pieces and aesthetic detail that is interesting without being overwhelming. The rich, grass green shade is accentuated by a scattering of tiny hand-sewn daisies and white trim. The effect is fresh and effortless. Fit-wise, the scoop neck shape of the bralette offers more support than triangle or bandeau versions, while the almost 60’s-like bikini brief is neither too high, nor low, and stays perfectly in place. Combine these factors with the buttery soft and easy-to-care for quality cotton fabric, and this is one of only a very small handful of sets I can both sleep in and wear out of the house. Footnote: Julie K’s customer service is exceptional and a point that cannot be overlooked or forgotten. Shop the set here and here.
Bao Tranchi’s ‘Geometrics’ Bodysuit
It was a killer year for Los Angeles-based designer Bao Tranchi, as her graphic, body-con dresses appeared on red carpets, stages and celebrities seemingly everywhere. This ‘Geometrics’ bodysuit applied Tranchi’s outerwear aesthetic to lingerie, with graphic, angular shapes perfectly placed in a manner that highlights and supports the curves of the female body. Constructed from a soft, durable powermesh, single and double layered in places, this garment is a functional, completely wearable head-turner, not for shy types.
Angela Friedman’s ‘Cherub’ Waspie Corset
Just like Bao Tranchi above, Angela Friedman also had a stellar 2016, with pieces from the luxury independent label catching the eye of French fashion queen Carine Roitfield, who had Terry Richardson photograph them on Rihanna for her CR Fashion Book. And with a successful diffusion label, Fairytales by AF, Friedman’s work is steadily gaining the attention it deserves. One of Friedman’s strengths is her beautiful corsetry and this quirky little under-bust corset is a great example of it. A strong but soft white fabric features a detailed blue cherub motif on the front panel, as sturdy boning and a clean cut mean the garment creates a beautiful, cinched (but still natural) silhouette.
Alexandre Anissa’s ‘Fawn’ Set
A classic three-piece bra, bottoms and suspender belt set in black lace is always the first thing I recommend to both those who want a foundation for a lingerie wardrobe and anyone wanting to gift lingerie to a partner. It is the ‘never fail’. Classic, sexy, but elegant, special, yet wearable. ‘Fawn’ by Alexandre Anissa is exactly all those things with just enough quirk thrown in to make it interesting too. The skirt-like suspender adds both a flirty edge and a little extra coverage on the butt and hips. The conventional rosette or crystal detail on the bra and brief are replaced here with a tiny crucifix, a little dark counterpoint to the flouncy skirt and floral lace. An exceptional interpretation of a timeless seduction