As I mentioned before, my relocating the New York came at the absolute perfect time. While the first couple days in a big city can be daunting and a little terrifying to tackle by yourself, I was lucky enough to kick off my new life with Lingerie Fashion Week. I was able to meet other absolutely fabulous bloggers, who were just as lovable in real life as they are through their own blogs (Sweet Nothings NYC, and Lingerie Lesbian, I’m talking about you!). On top of that, throw some indie designers in the mix, and within 24 hours of moving in I felt like I already had a solid group of business contacts and friends alike.
Indie designer Angela Friedman is one of the lovelies I also had the pleasure of meeting. After the last night of Lingerie Fashion Week, and the eve of Curve New York, she invited me to check out her showroom later that weekend. I jetted up to her space in midtown and instantly started drooling (not really, but I was pretty much in heaven). The clean white and posh space was perfectly accented with mannequins in corsets, waspies, and chemises. And the quality of the handmade garments was noticeably impeccable, you could definitely tell just by looking that there was thought and purpose put behind every detail.
In front: the Margo bralet, waspie, and panty from S/S’14.
Behind: the Holly silk full slip from Holiday ’13/’14
Angela was nice enough to let me take a look at her Holiday and Spring/Summer ’14 collections. The Holiday items featured really decadent looks, what she describes as things that would make you feel like you were a present. And how could you not with these perfectly placed bows?
From Spring/Summer she used a lot of different fabrics in similar color patterns which I found left me with memorable variety within a cohesive style. I’m realizing is easier said than done to keep a line from either looking exactly the same, or mismatched. Instead, her creations all worked together, but also owning all the pieces wouldn’t be redundant. Aside from her infamous corset and waspie construction, the Spring/Summer variety included the Natalie mesh bralette or longline bra with matching garter belts and panties, an all lace gown in sheer pointe d’esprite netting, and silk robes, ropers, chemises, and slips. All of these had their own special touch of lace and detailing to make them even more unique.
Top left: Emilie silk kimono
Top Right: Natalie mesh bralette, garter belt, and panty
Bottom Left: Faye overbust corset
Bottom Right: Margot sheer gown
The details were really what grabbed me about both collections, though. From leg-elongating lace trim down the side of the Jacqueline robe, to tiny little bows accenting the bottom of the Emilie romper, there was no shortage of attention that went into this production.
On the left: the Emilie silk romper bow detail from S/S ’14; On the right: the Jacqueline robe from Holiday ’13/’14
Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less of the designer who not only studied fashion but worked with costumes specifically, meaning that the actual construction is what takes priority. And when you have such a strong foundation for building the garment, the details and extra attention just add to the already overwhelming appeal.
Angela also gave me permission to try on anything I wanted. There are some offers you just don’t turn down. So I stripped down and slipped into the Jacqueline slip which fit like a glove. It was the little black dress of lingerie, and knowing me, I’d probably end up wearing it as an outerwear dress anyway. Lindsay Mueller, from That Je Ne Sais Quoi, was another welcoming blogger who stopped by Angela’s that day as well. She tried on the bridal corset which clearly, was a home run.
Myself in the Jacqueline silk slip, and Lindsay in the Bridal Corset
So far I can’t complain about my first week in New York. I’ve met some of the most welcoming, intelligent, stylish, and inspiring women, and Angela Friedman is certainly no exception. Be sure to check out her latest designs at her website. Also recommended is her Instagram account, which features a healthy amount of gorgeous lingerie, charming selfies, and surprise guest appearances form her equally adorable cat.