Tuesday, August 5, 2008



Cipriani’s West 23rd/5th Ave. NYC
August 4th 7:30 PM

Words, Images-Judith Ecochard

Bursts of applause, exclamations of wonder…and probably a few catcalls (and waaayyyy more if this were a different kind of audience) greeted the international cast of models and dancers who gloriously strutted, busted a few moves… and sashayed the runway in Lingeries Americas exhibitors’ top picks last night.

Leave it to the Europeans (French producers, Italian food) to get this right…

We hope that NY fashion production teams, let alone Broadway musical producers and Las Vegas choreographers- were in the audience taking notes on how to effectively run an entertaining event.

A solid 45 minutes of joy.

THE SHOW: The performances began with classic movie clips from old and new films-that in turn, served as the inspiration for the two-four ensembles per label- outfitting an amazing cast of models from Ford Agency (USA) and France, and immensely talented dancers from London.

From Bob Fosse’s “Chicago” to the sporty powerful punches served up for the line Shock Absorber, this well paced production showed nearly 100 looks (by our count) of sensuous lingerie (Gerbe, Rosy, Empreinte, Princesse Tam, Aubade, Simone Perele, Barbara, Lejaby, Saa, Grenier, Corin, Féraud) comfy pajamas (Nautica), the basics accessorized to the hilt with bowlers and flouncy boas…, and pool worthy swimwear (Aubade Ocean, Barabara, Huit).

The choreographed numbers were the highlights…but trust us, there was not a losing outfit in the entire two-part event.

Congratulations to Lingerie Americas, À Suivre Events and Ciprianis for a night to remember.

Part One:-oooh là là-the French ladies. Belle du Jour shiny satins, rich bold colors and lace were featured in demi cup, padded strapless and push-up bras, red/black lace-up corsets, stay up intricately patterned lacy stockings, and boy-cut, hipsters and tap pants in racy blends adored animated mannequins in very playful manners. Sexy cut-outs, mesh see through details... and accessories were dazzling.

Ideal for staycationers who give up traveling in a challenging economic environment but do not want to sacrifice all of the spicy qualities of life.

Part Two: Roarrrrrrring twenties mixed up with the modern neutrals. Cotton, retro style swimwear and undies and shiny silk… and casual garb in colorful flowery and animal prints in flowing chiffon were offered by Odile, Harlequin and US Color.

Slimming silhouettes from Cass joined some supportive but always sexy undergarments looks from Hope, Allure, Parah, Blush and Panache.

There were even fetching wedding worthy outfits to get a relationship off too a happy start.

Cutouts and embellished details, particularly velvet, lace and some metal buckles punched up the Pin-Up looks. All were standouts and we feel will appeal to women of all shapes and sizes.

Not that the models were anything but gorgeous of course.

No wonder innerwear as outerwear made famous by Madonna in the 80’s---is a look that never goes out of style.