As half of the styling duo that is known for transforming Jennifer Lopez, Lily Collins and Gwen Stefani into camera-ready starlets, Mariel Haenn is delving underneath the glamour in a lingerie collection with TyLynn Nguyen.
Haenn and Nguyen united under their mutual love for simplicity and sensuality to offer items such as lace bralettes, silk camisoles, high-cut panties, drapey knickers, minimal robes and slips with plunging necklines tethered to a delicate T-back. Retailing from $90 to $430 and launching Wednesday on Nguyen’s e-commerce site and at Violet Grey, the 17-piece collection represents the first collaboration for the namesake brand that Nguyen introduced last year.
Having studied textile design and corsetry and modeled for designers such as Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, the Los Angeles-based designer is tapping her network of creative friends for what she hopes will be a regular feature of her business. A longtime pal of Nguyen’s husband, Haenn works with Rob Zangardi to create arresting looks worn by celebrities on the red carpet as well as the stage.
Together, Nguyen and Haenn took their specialties of working with clothes worn on the outside and underneath into an “inside out” collection. Most of the pieces are intended to be worn as intimates under clothes. For more daring women, however, the slipdress and knickers can be worn out of the house as easy-breezy styles for day or night.
Plus the collaborators decided on a soft palette of flesh tones, ranging from black and tan to blush pink and yellow-tinted sand, to flatter a range of women.
“We found that the term ‘nude’ meant very different things to an array of different women,” Nguyen said. “Rather than designing 10 different shades of nudes, we chose to redefine what the nude color was used for in terms of underpinnings.”