Sunday, 19 June 2011

DeMontfort Contour Degree Show

This week If You Please headed down to Freemasons Hall to check out DeMontfort Uni's Contour degree show. The show began in darkness with a spectacular LED trimmed collection of corsets by Ashley Edge and continued with more fantastic collections of beautiful haute couture lingerie, shapewear and swimwear.  Overall, an extremely well produced show that we thoroughly enjoyed. We wish the graduates the best of luck with entering the lingerie industry, we're sure you'll all do brilliantly!

Friday, 10 June 2011

UK Lingerie Awards 2011

The UK Lingerie Awards is the most important annual event in the British intimate apparel industry. The awards recognise the achievements of the companies and individuals that have excelled over the past 12 months in this most glamorous part of the fashion business. Right now, you have a chance to get involved by nominating your best-loved brands and products. The results of the nomination process will be bought to the attention of the Lingerie Awards prestigious judges as they make their final deliberations.

If You Please is going for Online Retailer of the Year and we'd love it if you showed your support by nominating us. You can click the link to submit your nomination. This is our first major award so wish us luck!!

Student Showcase: May

Wow! What can I say, over the last few weeks we've been immersed with exceptional entries from our UK fashion and contour undergrads. We only wish we could feature them all. 

This month we were instantly grabbed by a complex design, all green sequins and adjustable straps. Artfully constructed yet with an air of seductive femininity still maintained, the design belongs to Hannah Catherine Thomas, a second year contour student at DeMontfort University. Impressively, she created the 'Futuristic Infusion' piece during her first year, and has since gone on to have her designs displayed at some of the World's best known trade shows such as Interfiliere in Paris.

Hannah was also picked as the winner of the Charnos Shapewear competition and as a finalist in the UK Triumph Inspiration Awards, after submitting a piece made from pretty lace encased within vacuum-formed plastic. When asked about the inspiration behind this particular creation, Hannah said;

"I wanted to stretch and challenge the creative process and use unusual materials. I was inspired by women's desire to seek man-ipulations to their figures."

Hannah usually gains inspiration from new places and can build the foundations of a design from something as simple as a picture or a piece of architecture. She always considers how a garment would flatter and fit the female form.

Like many young designers, she would love to set up her own brand one day, and has already developed her own website to showcase her current designs.

She's still got her final year to go and is loving every aspect of her course, all the time trying to get as many placements under her belt as possible (having already worked for Agent Provocateur and Fleur of England).

Hannah Catherine couldn't say who she'd most like to work for in the future. She sees the lingerie industry as a growing trade with so many new brands emerging all the time and like the team at If You Please, is exited for the future of lingerie. 

For details on how to enter our 2011 Student Showcase, click here

New Brand Alert!

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