The pair, fixtures in the fashion and music social scene — Curtis, the daughter of Jill Stuart and a designer in her own right, and de Cadenet Taylor, the daughter of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, as well as a model, DJ and mental health advocate — had met before, but only in passing. They also had a handful of mutual friends between New York and Los Angeles. It wasn’t until the West Village encounter, however, that the two women really got to know one another.
“When we were introduced, we just instantly fell in love with each other,” Curtis, founder and designer of luxury intimates brand Morgan Lane, told WWD. “That got me really excited to do a collab. She’s a really good muse for the brand. And I love her body and I love how excited she gets about lingerie. She was just so passionate about it.”
De Cadenet Taylor was equally enamored.
“I’ve been a fan of the brand for so long,” said de Cadenet Taylor, who has previously done design collabs with Revolve-backed brand LPA for a line of curvy swimwear and a ready-to-wear line with Los Angeles-based Fame & Partners. “I just loved Morgan’s attention to detail. And one of the things that I always wanted to design was lingerie.”
It’s fitting then that two years later, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the duo is releasing Morgan Lane x Atlanta de Cadenet, an intimates and sleepwear collaboration.
“It’s the idea of sleeping; don’t wake me up,” de Cadenet Taylor said, regarding the night mask. “If you wake me up before I want to wake up, I’m gonna be pissed.”
There’s also a leopard-print robe, balconette brassieres in bright pink, blue and black, and everyday bras in shades of ruby and leopard print, adorned with things like ruffle trim and tiny bows. The tags read “Atlanta loves Morgan.”
“I’m a sucker for details,” de Cadenet Taylor said.
The limited-edition collection will be available on Net-a-porter starting Feb. 14. (Sleepwear pieces will also be available on morgan-lane.com, among other places, the same day.)
Prices range from $43 to $158 for bras, $23 to $78 for panties and $69 to $298 for sleepwear. Bras come in a 32B or a 34A, which are sister sizes, up to 36E, in select sizes, while the sleepwear and underwear comes in XS to XL.
The pair said they wanted to create a collection that was both fun and accessible, hence the less expensive price points — compared with Morgan Lane’s line of luxury intimates — and the wider range of sizes that many brands do not offer.
“It’s been a major struggle to find cute underwear that fits me,” said de Cadenet Taylor, who wears between a D and E cup. “None of the brands that I like fit me and it was frustrating that I had to go into the land of mom bras, no offense. But, as a young girl, I didn’t want to be wearing full coverage bras.”
Curtis agreed, and said the pieces are also comfortable and stylish enough to be worn every day. (She’s a big fan of the “Jesse Jo bra,” a classic T-shirt bra that comes in three shades of leopard print.)
“Growing up, I was always in a uniform, for school,” Curtis explained. “I really wanted to wear my pajamas to class. Even at work, I move around so much, all day, every day. I just want to be comfortable. But I also want to be in something that is acceptable and not too basic.
“When you have something cute or humorous on underneath, it gives you a bit more confidence throughout the day,” she continued. “I think sometimes people take lingerie and sleepwear a little too seriously.”