The bedroom may be the last bastion of femininity in a world gone cold, hard and modern. And plenty of women wouldn’t have it any other way. Creating a boudoir might mean something different than it did in Jean Harlow’s day, or in the high...
The bedroom may be the last bastion of femininity in a world gone cold, hard and modern. And plenty of women wouldn’t have it any other way. Creating a boudoir might mean something different than it did in Jean Harlow’s day, or in the high Eighties, when chintz and frills reigned, but the craving for a quiet, private, unabashedly feminine space remains.
"It’s about softness," says interior design guru Victoria Hagan, who creates the boudoir effect with cashmere blankets, silk carpeting and subdued colors. "In the bedroom, you are much more sensitive to touch. It’s about paying attention to all your senses." Hagan suggests a scented sachet not only for the lingerie drawer, but the bedside table, too.
In the bedroom, interior designer Charlotte Moss goes in for grand antique beds and embroidered silks, while avoiding laces and frou. "I don’t have one client who doesn’t want a feminine bedroom," she says. Of course, some women fear that the men in their life might find the effect a little overwhelming. But when one woman hemmed and hawed over whether or not her husband would find a four-poster bed too fussy, Moss set her straight. "Let him have whatever he wants in his library. The bedroom should be feminine," she snaps.
And with all the ladylike luxuries on parade, why should your best lingerie be wadded up and tucked away in some drawer? Monica Mitro of Victoria’s Secret says flaunt it if you’ve got it. "Hang your special lingerie in the closet with your clothes, or if you have a beautiful gown, hang it on the back of your door," she says. "Someone might see it."
But nothing says boudoir better than pretty perfume bottles, or a gorgeous silver hairbrush set out on a vanity table. Products done up in old-fashioned packaging, such as
E. Courdray’s ornate jars of bath cream or Florence Gunnarson’s bottled bath oils, which have been pretty since 1939, are among the best-selling items at Barneys New York. "They’re all so pleasing to the eye," says Cindy Chua, apothecary buyer for the store, "and you feel so indulgent using them."
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.