Spring/Summer 2019 lingerie trends

Because the Spring Summer 2019 colour is truly beautiful a re-cap is needed.Spring Summer 2019 brings the Pantone colour of the year : Living coral 16-1546, an energising colour. Spring Summer brings in our innate need to be playful. The lingerie trends brings in elegant lines, meeting fantasy laces, that shimmer in subtle hues and shades with a transparent touch.

Fashion Trends are wide circus stripes meets giant spots and wide ribbons, with high gloss and metallic colours. Deep crop tops and longline bras are prevalent with silhouettes being voluminous and consisting of many layers. A lean to nature is noted in this season.

spring summer lingerie trends 2019

Sketch book Sunday December

I have more ideas than time to make lingerie or design the patterns, so I’m often reaching for my sketch book to either develop ideas , sketch designs or produce new ones. This week with time pressing, I grabbed a coffee and used the balconette template for my bra ideas to sketch designs on.

lingerie sketches

It’s great to look back for inspiration or produce technical fashion drawings for clients, or like recently produce the e-book “How to Sketch a bra and brief” which contains tips on How to draw, fashion design templates and technical drawings all using the same shape.

how to sketch a bra and brief

So if you are struggling with your shapes, how to draw or ideas then take a look at the e-book, it has over 12 different shapes including underwire bras.

I try and do sketches every week, so it’s a great opportunity to take time out and let your mind wander to the new things you want to create, as it seems that most of my time is taken up with paper work and emails etc, but time as it is, realistically sketching doesn’t always happen, but here is the only other one I managed in December.

sketch book sunday lingerie

Spring Summer 2019 Colour Trends

The colours for Spring/Summer 2019 are bright and punchy, I’ve chosen two of them to look at today; Terrarium Moss (PANTONE 18-0416) and Sweet Lilac (PANTONE 14-2808). The Moss “conjures up thoughts of flourishing foliage and the physical beauty in the natural world, whilst the endearing sweet lilac is represents a quiet charm” Pantone.

pantone terrarium moss
pantone sweet lilac

Also for the trends of Spring Summer 2019 draws inspiration from previous eras, bright colours are mixed, fabrics are delicate and layered. Think mesh and tulle. Nature plays a great source of influence with this season with floral being a strong impact on the design.

Natural fabrics still play a key part, with bamboo, for comfort and silk for that luxurious feel. Subtle appliqué adorns the cups of bras and front of briefs, the whole look is dreamy yet achievable. Texture is still prevalent too, be that lace added to seams or flock spots upon mesh, the whole style is all about wanting to reach out and touch the garment before you put it on.

colour trends Spring Sumer 2019

*Images taken from Pinterest.

AW18/19 trend - Dimensional Thinker

AW18/19 trends, Dimensional Thinker,  brings us a place to dream, a place to wander; a place to seek harmony and create refuge from the daily bombardment of the modern pace of life. It’s time to seek peace that lies within us that is echoed with the view of the star lit sky.

With this it’s the Pantone colour “ultraviolet 18-3838” that is the colour of this season bringing inspiration from those said skies.



The dark wonder of what lies ahead this season is for the dreamer, for the non-conformer, for the nomad to be free. Bringing no boundaries, no limits, no restrictions and no rules. This trend is all about the thought into what nature brings, the beauty of the raindrops on the spider's web against the harshness of man made elements.

With the sky bringing a concept sci-fi feel, the stars echo fabrics of an metallic feel, think silver, think sequins, think sparkles. Lace has silver threaded through its design which translates to the skies structure which lends itself to line drawings with a geometric formation in prints and a complex feel in lace with a repeat pattern throughout the framework of the design.  Alongside the delicate nature of the lace and fabrics sits the strong graphic view, where shapes are angular and jagged. 

Colour wise as well as the purple, yellows take on an Amber tone and Blues become energetic; think beach get aways where the softness and aged washed landscapes meet the stark look of the rocks on the beach.  


Spring Summer 2018 Lingerie trends

SS18 lingerie trends bring 'Geometric Sea' and 'Tropicana Garden'.

Geometric Sea brings a palette of neutrals punctuated by blush pinks and peaches. Inspiration is drawn from the vast powerful sea, with fabrics being fluid and movement being key. The surf and reflection of the sea gives way to iridescence fabrics and trims in a romantic softer colour palette. Mixed with this soft side is a stronger geometric feel, with sharp lines, angles and shapes. Solid elastics and cut outs are still prevalent, giving rise to next generation of women who aren't afraid to mix the masculaine element of lingerie with the feminine.

ss 18 lingerie trend Geomteric sea

Tropicana Garden is all about mixing the colours, neutrals, soft pastel pinks, mustards and jade green. Inspiration is drawn from the botanical world, with prints being strong and bold. Texture plays a key part with layering, with sheers such as mesh and tulles, all worn to highlight the beauty of a woman's body creating a modern yet delicate feel.

ss18 lingerie trend tropicana garden

SS17 Lingerie trends

SS17 sees lingerie trends take a whimsical turn, think tulles, satins and embroideries.  The softer colours of the hazelnut and pale dogwood, can be mixed with the stronger greens or brights or stay soft by themselves.

There is almost a vintage feel to how the colours can be placed together.

SS17 lingerie trend - how to become a lingerie designer

SS17 trends of Pale Dogwood meeting Pink Yarrow, the two pinks compliment each so well. 

ss17 trend pale dogwood and pink yarrow

SS17 colour trends, Pale Dogwood sits together with Niagara and Flame.

ss17trends paledogwood, niagara and flame

SS17 colour trends Pale Dogwood meets Greenery (lingerie I.D Sarrieri)

ss17 trend pale dogwood meets grennery

SS17 colour trends Hazelnut meets Primrose Yellow (lingerie by La Perla/John Paul Gaultier)

ss17 trends primrose yellow meets hazelnut (lingerie by la perla/john paul Gaultier)

SS17 lingerie trends : pink yarrow meets island paradise (lingerie by mimi holliday)

ss17 trends pink yarrow and islands paradise - lingerie mimi holliday

Nineties wide band - Sketchbook Sunday

Who can forget the iconic image of Kate Moss with her Calvin Kleins peeking over the top of her waistband? Like Fashion, lingerie trends run the 20/25 year cycle, so that would put us bang in the mid-nineties.

We have seen the wide band start appear in the past couple of years, and now it has started to filter down to high-streets.



For those heading to lingerie shows this January be sure to keep a look out for those wide-bands.  A nostalgic memory about wide bands (I wore so many girl boxers by Topshop during the Nineties - irrespective of the look that it gave to the love handles!!) took Sketchbook Sunday a nineties wide band twist. 

Top five Pantone colour trends for SS16

If you've been following How to become a Lingerie Designer on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen the colour trend boards for SS16 pop up each day with a different colour.

Today is the final one I love: Snorkle Blue, 

I think Trend boards are a great way to be inspired and to re-group your ideas on your designs. For those who missed the other four  - here they are below.

Which one is your favourite?

Are you sure of your favourite colours? SS16 trends

I looked at Pantone's top SS16 colours the other day and picked out my favourite top five, to beat away the cold weather that has descended. What surprised me was how much I loved the colour Lilac Grey (pantone 16-3905). My whole career has always been about the brights, in the studio when I designed for Topshop, I was always given the bright designs. When I had my label, the piece that sold out from my first collection was a black Liberty unicorn print on a red background with lime green bows.

But looking at this lilac grey colour, I was captured by it's serenity, there is no screaming look at me, it is so understated that it is quite simply elegant and beautiful. Which got me thinking what other colours are out there that I have brushed off in the past, simply because they haven't caught my eye?

(The other four colours will be shown next week).

Colour of the year 2015: Marsala

Love it or hate it; 2015 pantone colour of year goes to Marsala (or technical name: 18-1438). This earthy rich red wine colour strikes an elegant colour when used by itself or a sophisticated accent when paired with other colours. 

And with SS15 already here, the catwalks and shops have already filtered this colour (or similar hues) into their Lingerie brands.

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