I know this is what you have all been waiting for! The photos from last week’s CILA Gala. Enjoy! Video coverage soon…
All photos are courtesy of the talented Matthew Coulter.
Carol Malony has been mentioned quite a few times on TLP. Featuring cheeky, sexy, and stylish lingerie, Carol Malony Signature and Haute by Carol Malony is a favorite in boutiques around the world.For this year’s CILA Gala, Carol Malony was featured in the fashion show for both Best Coordinated and Best Fashion Couture with the Best Coordinated set winning this year’s award.
The award winning Best Coordinated features a fun and flirty pastel rainbow colorway. This festive set is accented by delightful straps with sassy little bows on the bra, playful, side-tie ribbons on the panty, and a bejeweled peace sign on the bum. The Best Fashion Couture set features a pink bra adorned with pink rosettes. The bra also features the same jewel spangled ruffles that edge the panty. These (and the other pieces in Carol’s collections) are not for the tame! Fortunately, if you are on the tame side, you have time to work up your courage to wear these pieces as they are both a part of the Spring 2009 collection (to see more from the Fall 2008 collection, click here).
On Monday, August 4th, in the Skylight Room of the Waldorf-Astoria, members of the intimate apparel industry gathered to honor the creativity and talent of leading brands and designers. Hosted by the trade publication, Contours Magazine, the Gala included a red carpet arrival and cocktails, a sit down dinner, and fashion show featuring CILA brand finalists. The evening concluded with the awards presentation.
This year, for the first time, CILA recognized the accomplishments of young, fashion graduates. Top students enrolled in the esteemed intimate apparel program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) submitted their designs in the category of Graduating Designer of the Year. Jessica Ng (who some of you might remember from last year’s Between the Sheets Fashion Show) was named the winner for her well-constructed and beautiful design.
CILA was also delighted to invite a special guest to receive another first time award! Carson Kressley, host of Lifetime’s How to Look Good Naked, was awarded the Recognition Award for Promoting Healthy Body Image Through the Media. Prior to presenting Carson with the award, the audience acquired a taste of Carson’s work through a series of video clips from the show in which he encourages women to embrace their beauty no matter what shape or size they may be.
Notable men’s underwear brands Andrew Christian, Baskit, and Papi, as well as online retailer Freshpair.com, graciously donated the items for Carson’s goody bag! Show attendees also received goody bags with treats from Soak (see here for a previous post on this wonderful wash).
Listed below is a complete list of CILA participants and winners (noted in bold). Check back soon for a photo gallery of the event!
Fabulicious is a brand new online lingerie boutique (check it out at fabulicious.fr), and we decided to ask shop owner Jeannette Smith a couple questions… 😉
Q: Why did you decide to start your own lingerie boutique on the net?
A: I have been passionate about lingerie since I can remember, but probably at the tender age of 15 I seriously started to care! I was never a big fan of lingerie shops although the shops as such can be gorgeous but for me, no cold boutique changing cabins… pitiless mirrors, shop assistants that tend to open the curtain while you are still standing there half naked trying to pull things over your hips…(I am sure there are some lovely sales ladies out there I just have never met one yet…) really traumatised me, trying on the delicious new garments with a glass of Champagne (or tea) & Candle light at home just made me become a passionate internet shopper!
My best friend being from London – and a big lingerie fan herself – helped me discover some very beautiful frilly lingerie delights from Uk designers and I just wanted to put together a selection of Must-Have items that I would love for myself and for my friends! So I thought why not taking it to the next level and open my own site with my favourite “lingerie artists”. I am a fulltime-working Mum (in the music business) and have been doing this on the side, but hopefully soon I can concentrate fully on all those glamorous Lingerie delights!
Q: What brands do you carry and which are your favorites?
A: I have selected my brands over a period of time and “hand picked” the items I sell! I discovered some amazing designers at the Paris Lingerie salon 2008 (at the Spicy Garden) and through blogs like The Lingerie Post.
I wanted suppliers that were not easy or obvious to find in France and it was a question of falling in love with the lingerie pieces.
The brands I carry are: Ophelia Fancy (my little favourite, designed by the lovely Stevi Jelbart and Emma Sandham-King), Miss La La, Ell & Cee, Carmen Gonzales (coming soon), some fun pieces from Carol Malony, I could not find Mimi Holliday on French sites and though it was so very gorgeous, I also supply Playful Promises and Odille which I thought have very beautiful pieces for a reasonable price, coming soon is Maya Hansen (amazing corsetry) and I just discovered the fabulous Vintage Opulence that I will show on my site very soon.
Q: Where do you hope to be a year from now, business-wise?
A: I hope in a years time things will have taken off and I can still be there and do what I love: run my fabulicious, delicious, utterly sexy online lingerie boutique!!
We wish her the best of luck, and will keep all of you updated with Fabulicious news!
Apparently, we are all itching for summer because we have posted a lot about swimwear lately! These amazing suit selections are courtesy of Azaleas NYC (a great boutique and online retailer based in New York). These are some great takes on the basic black bikini. Find these and many more swimwear options (including sexy one pieces!) at Azaleas. While you are there, browse Azalea’s extensive selection of your favorites from brands like Hanky Panky, Honeydew, Commando, Carol Malony, and more. Happy shopping!