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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Sketchbook Sunday

All too often, an idea is presented to me from a company and I have to work from that, or I have an idea that I want to run with and build from there.


It's seldom often, where I have chance just to play around with shapes and sketches that lead to nowhere (or eventually somewhere). Which is why I'm attempting to bring back my sketchbook, dedicate some of my time where I just sketch ideas and shapes. 

If you would like some guidance of transforming your sketches to lingerie then the book "How to become a Lingerie Designer" is available.

Where do SS14 trends come from: Part Four - An ageing world

A look behind where trends stem from.

Fourth Trend: An Ageing World

On the flip side of 'The Disengaged Youth' there is 'An Ageing World' which affects trends. This is the generation that is more likely to shop for classic items that are sewn to made to last. 

With low birth rates and longer life expectancies the ageing population will have an impact in future economic growths. How will this affect SS14 trends? Well, higher quality materials such as leather will be used to create a structured contemporary shape, and colours will be less intense.


Where do SS14 trends come from: Part Two - An uncertain future

A look behind where trends stem from.


Second Trend: An uncertain future

Economic and environmental uncertainty has been at its highest level in many years. With the unpredictability of global patterns and rising sea levels, food and apparel prices will be affected. This makes consumers exercise with caution with their purchasing decisions, making them look at what is already available in the world. 

This leads to some lingerie designers only using what is readily available, off cuts of fabrics from other suppliers. And in outerwear up-cycling has become prevalent, taking the trend into embellishment and intricate detailing.

And with outer wear trends, lingerie follows to some extent. With the rise of  lingerie brands upon Etsy, hand crating your lingerie is getting to be a stronger trend.

This will be echoed in SS14 as embroidery, soft flirty fabrics that have a voluminous shape will be seen.

Where do SS14 trends come from: Part Three - The disengaged youth

A look behind where trends stem from.

Third Trend: The disengaged youth

With costs of education rising, students now must look at the benefits of attending university, unlike years ago where fashion students wanted to smash the system and push boundaries. Now it's all about becoming successful and making money. So for opinions  to count,  social media is on the rise, with bloggers getting younger for their voice to heard.

This subtle approach can be seen in SS14 trends, fabrics are sheer, floaty and flimsy and volume will be created by layering. 


Source: Left to right - Yes Master, Lost in Wonderland, La Perla