My first experience of La Perla lingerie was in Italy many years ago, when my good friend Flavia introduced me to the brand in the very fabulous department store La Rinascente in Milan. Over a glass of wine with cathedral views (this shopping centre is amazing go visit!) I decided to purchase a couple of their styles in the sale in the lingerie section of the store. My friend replied I had very good (and somewhat expensive, had the items not been on sale) taste, to which I smiled in reply and packed up my new lingerie for my travels back to the UK.
Several years later these La Perla pieces appear in just as good condition as when I purchased them, such is the high quality of design work that goes into this brand. I used to love popping into the Madison Avenue La Perla in NYC for a browse, and when asked to recommend lingerie for special occasions, and my reply always includes La Perla. They have a wonderful ability to produce very sophisticated and special designs collection after collection, that are romantic and well-fitting and have a great deal of visual allure. Alluring is in fact the one word I would say sums up the brand for me.
This, the SS13 collection from La Perla is inspired by a 19-Century novel “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. The novel is set in Sicily, mostly in the summer of 1860, amidst the invasion of Garibaldi’s army of the Risorgimento. This influence is neatly summed up by my lingerie gurus over at Faire Frou Frou: ”The designs are inspired by Sicilian noblewomen and the splendor of the Baroque period… each piece has a timeless appeal and features bows, lace and delicate embroideries.”
There is something very special about owning a piece of La Perla lingerie. You can view their entire collection HERE.