Friday Lingerie Lust: Kriss Soonik

During this summer’s lingerie show Curve in NYC I had the pleasure of meeting Kriss Soonik, the Estonia-born now London-based designer behind her namesake label.  In her collection of what might best be described as ‘loungerie’ styles with an underwear as outerwear feel, you see simple, luxe and sexy designs such as this Kristel Suspender Top and Airi Monarch Bodysuit. I’m already styling these in my mind with a pencil skirt and denim cut-offs.

Soonik’s collection for autumn winter 2012/13 is Icebreaker, full of nostalgia for the Titanic era but with a contemporary twist.  We see velour wraps and bloomers, lacy bodysuits and a satin bra and knickers set shown to us against the backdrop of icebreaker Suur Tõll in Tallinn, Estonia.  Kriss told me that the temperature during the shoot was minus 20 degrees, making me want to snap up the entire collection in sympathy for the poor model who somehow manages to look fabulous and glowing throughout.

One of my favourites from this collection is the ravishing Short Diana Monarch Wrap (images below).

I like Kriss’s use of details such as angel wings and bows.  Inspiration for these comes from Manga comics, superheroines and cult film figures.  All of which give her designs a little punch; an undeniably fierce contemporary edge.

You can find a lot of must haves at Kriss Soonik.  You can view and buy the collection at the Kriss Soonik online boutique; a further list of stockists is available here.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Else

Finding new designers in the places I travel to is one of my favourite things.  I’m busy planning a trip to Turkey for early summer and I was feeling inspired to look around to see if I could find some lingerie for this week’s “lust” from the country.  I found the very glamorous Else Lingerie which is surely going to find it’s way into my suitcase come the end of my trip.

Else is the creation of founder and designer Ela Onur, born in Istanbul, who studied in the US before returning to Turkey to start her label in 2007.

The whole idea behind Else is the effort to make a woman feel glamorous, confident and comfortable while carrying a special set of lingerie” Onur tells us.  Else’s signature collection is made from 100% silk and hand crafted.  There is also a smaller diffusion line on offer, Something Else - a more playful, youthful collection than the main range.  My favourite collection so far is spring summer 2011, a gorgeously feminine mix of silk and lace in sugary pastels (pictures, above).  Autumn winter of the same year was a marked change with geometric and Chevron patterns and uber sensual sheer fabrics (picture below):

Another very different overall look (I love a designer who innovates each time around, which Onur clearly does) is seen for 2012 – vibrant hues and floral prints in a collection based around a botanical theme (I see lingerie is big on nature this year, did you see last week’s lingerie feature, Blog Reader?)

Luckily we don’t all need to travel to Turkey to purchase Else Lingerie.  (You will miss out on the amazing view from the Lycian Way and the delights of the sunken city Batik Sehir but I promise to post some photos later in the year, Blog Reader).  You can buy Else from Journelle in NYC, BHLDN and the lovely Forty Winks boutique in Boston, MA.   A full list of stockists is given on their website. What else do you need?!*

Have a great weekend! StyleOnTheCouch xo

*sorry, couldn’t resist.