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."
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)