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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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

Where do SS14 trends come from: Part one - Global Influence

Have you ever thought where trends actually come from? I don't mean looking at catwalks or WGSN, I mean taking a step further back than that. 

Currently I am studying for my Masters in "International Fashion Management" and the first assignment is: FASHION TREND PREDICTION & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, which basically means that you analyse the macroeconomic sector of the fashion industry. And usually where fashion goes lingerie follows or compliments it to a certain extent. 

So after spending ten weeks of looking at global trends for outerwear, I can bring you the translation to lingerie.


Although trends interlink one another and there is no set one thing influencing trends, next season sees bright colours that compliment one another.

First trend: Global Influence

There are four countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) in the economy; that are at a similar newly advanced economic stage.  Due to their sustained economic development there will be further growth as these countries seek new opportunities beyond their home shore.

Brazil will influence the trends of SS14 as next year the country, which has won bids to host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, will have a further impact in boosting the countries economy and influence on the fashion trends. 

This is a trend that echoes the colours of a Brazilian carnival. Think bright, cold, playful colours, and although the colours are bold, the palette is complimentary.

S/S’14 sees these playful palettes of bright zesty yellow sitting alongside china blues and flashes of pink.  



Sketchbook - SS15 trends

When people look at my sketch book and lingerie drawings, I think they are subsequently disappointed. There is no grandeur, no immaculate drawings, instead you are greeted with black biro scribbles and magazines tears for colours.  

I treat the sketch book as a place to jot down shapes that I want to use for the next season. So far removed is my sketchbook form the final finished product, that it never sees the light of day to prying eyes. Presentations are given with polished boards and ideas. But the idea is to show you the process into what goes into making a collection including everything that is hidden, and to demonstrate that even after 13 years of designing the sketchbook should be used as a reference to come back to. I like to design from seeing the fabric first, so those first shape ideas that are jotted down, are just that: ideas.

INFLUENCE: The collection is inspired by adventure, being fearless and bright colours.

ACCEPTANCE  - the collection is inspired by simplicity. Again in showing you the starting point of a collection you will see that a sketchbook can be rough and not finished. As after all it's only a starting point. Next we move on to looking at fabrics and finalising the collection.