Toronto ON, April 25 – With Love Lingerie unveiled a whimsical and romantic collection at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week, using beautifully embroidered, sheer fabrics, and lace. Nightgowns, robes, and lingerie sets in warm, earthy tones were draped exquisitely in classical early 19th century silhouettes.
Showcased on day four of FAT, With Love Lingerie’s collection pulled inspiration from the early 19th century and mixed it with updated fabric and a modern color palette. Designer Carrie Russell’s models strolled down the runway in soft hues of caramel, chocolate, and cream; broken, here and there, with a dash of red, touches of green, or a hint of pale yellow. Attention to detail was prevalent in every garment. Russell used lace and silks, leather belts, and gold chains to adorn the models.
A few pieces really stood out for me: first was the lace bodysuit over a cream bra and panties paired with a simple harness-style garter belt, this piece was romantic, sexual, and modern. Directly following that was a long pale yellow dress with a gold rope belt. The hand-embroidered gold bead and sequin details which embraced the foot of the gown were stunning. Accessorized with a gold chain headpiece, simple earrings, and pendant necklace also made by the designer, these were perfectly paired.
My love is tied between a beautiful slip look and the romper look. Both had the same silky sheer fabric in milk chocolate with hand-embroidered and bead details. The slip was paired with a gold rose earring: its look was simple, striking, and strong. The romper was paired with a simple bracelet, and felt a bit more playful and risque.
The last look was, for many I think, the favorite: a beautiful kimono-style gown, in a sheer silk fabric with a soft feather print. Almost like watercolors, the browns melted into the creams, splashes of green, oranges, and blues. Soft and yet strong, the high cuts showcased much of the model’s legs, and gave us a look at the high-waisted panties beneath.
Overall the feeling I was left with was that simplicity does not mean simple. Carrie Russell, once again, showcases her talents creating a beautiful lingerie collection that would make anyone feel like a goddess.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington