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.
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!
Welcome to my final installment and commentary on the amazing Between the Sheets 2007 Fashion Show. Continue to check out the designers at btsfashionshow.com. Iâ€™m eagerly anticipating seeing these names attached to collections in stores very soon!
The rich satins used in â€œBoudoir Dreamsâ€ by Jessica Ng evoke a feeling of true luxury in lingerie. Not only were the pieces luxurious, but sassy and hip as well. I particularly enjoyed the two pieces made of chocolate satin with a buttercream lace trim. Tasty! Remarkably inventive was the sassy and sweet strapless chemise. It would make a perfect gift for a bride to be! I am also a fan of the contemporary two piece style which is both sexy and fun. I love the plunging neckline adorned with lace as it is matched with the simplicity of the delicate shorts.
The next to nothing cami and thong combo is both racy and beautiful. It leaves just enough to the imagination! The nude, lace trimmed halter is phenomenal against Deniseâ€™s glowing skin. Take this number along for a sun-soaked vacation and capture his attention for sure!
I also loved the intriguing work of Caitlin Evans and her edgy â€œSpy Dreams: UNDERCOVERâ€ collection. The attention to detail is phenomenal and truly develops a cohesion in the collection. Sweet pieces sassed up with leather and hardware. I mentioned in a previous post about how much I enjoyed the two piece black set adorned with the chains. These pictures actually do it justice.
Undercover agents sometimes find themselves in sticky situations, all in the name of work. Perhaps this model needed to use seduction as a means of accessing classified information! I absolutely loved the look of her â€œswimming in his clothesâ€ as she donned a classic, white button-down. Or so it seemed. She had her own secret, hidden beneath the simple, derriÃ¨re-skimming top, which she begged the audience to keep quiet. Underneath was quite a sexy surprise!
See more of these, and the other very talented designers, at Between the Sheets. Looking forward to even more exciting innovations next year!