Monday, May 21, 2012

Toad Lillie's First Fashion Show

Recently the most amazing experience crossed my path. Toad Lillie was asked to participate in Seattle's prestigious Metropolitan Fashion Week's closing night gala. A dozen gorgeous girls sashayed in my silk fancies on a fabulous circular runway beneath soaring airplanes at the Museum of Flight accompanied by a full orchestra and a very handsome crooner singing "I'm Feeling Good".  So much fun! Surprisingly I got quite emotional hearing the crowd's roaring approval as the first model made her dramatic entrance. I was incredibly proud and thankful :)

Tease ruffled bra, panties, and bed jacket

Vamp quarter cup bra, panties, and garter belt

Chouquette ruffled bra and panties

Chantilly quarter cup bra, panties, and garter belt

The Venue

Walking the runway with my closing model :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Lingerie Is Just Icing On The Cake

I posted this frilly set on Facebook the other day and was so tickled with how many fans loved it. Perhaps it's new to you, but it's actually from my very first collection (and one of my favorite looks).

Charming Darling ruffled quarter cup bra and matching frilly panties, paired with the Tie One On garter belt.

Most  of you know I'm a hand crafted label, and many of you may be aware that I offer custom (or bespoke) services. What does this mean? Well, it means I'm in the business of making dreams come true.

I've done everything from frothy peignoirs with 25 yards of chiffon ruffles to full-bust camisoles to plus size knickers. I get requests for pieces outside of the standard size range, for unique colorways, and the perfect panties for under a wedding gown. Fall in love with a set from a prior collection? It's yours for the asking.

Nothing makes me happier than when customers reach out with their fantasies. There are ardent husbands who are bored with the big-name luxury labels and are delighted by personalized service. There are giddy women looking for a little self-esteem boost before making their boudoir photography debuts. And, best of all, there are women just like you and me who plot and dream and save for something truly special that they know will knock some serious socks off.

Being a true atelier, I am lucky enough to make beautiful things every day. And while the artist in me is inspired by the creative process, it is the human connection that sustains my work. I love holding your hand, encouraging your dreams, and crafting something so unique and exquisite that you can't help but feel inspired as well. While the lingerie is the icing on the cake, it's the experience that you will savor.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Morning Pretty - Edwardian Inspired Boudoir

Well the next collection is starting to come together. I am heavily inspired by the "La Belle Epoque" period for my Spring/Summer 2013 offerings. Luxe, decadent, ornate pieces that can be worn in and out of the boudoir. While researching styling ideas for my upcoming shoot I stumbled onto this fab editorial from Italian Marie Claire, October 2009. It's hazy, romantic, and feminine. Just love it. Hope you do too!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Meet the Designer

A fun little video taken by McPeteSez at Toad Lillie's market debut in NYC last February. A little bit of history (it all began with pasties!) and a sneak peek of saucy fancies set to release in Fall 2012 (check out Flambe!).

P.S. I didn't realize I was always this animated and expressive with my hands. No wonder I always spill my wine at parties :)

xo Laurie