House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Gareth A Hopkins.
As I had arrived at Claridges Hotel ridiculously early to see the House of Worth, Couture Lingerie Collection, I was able to admire the interiors, the fresh flowers, the gold and white pillars and air of fragrance. With a click of my heels on the marble floors to the French Salon and the Drawing Room, I knew what I was about to see was special, and I wasn’t wrong.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Claire Kearns.
This was a static exhibition and catwalk with an opportunity to see up close the finest details and feel the fabric between my fingertips, not only on the mannequins, but on the models too. I also had an opportunity to talk to the Head Designer of House of Worth, Giovanni Bedin, about the collection.
Head designer Giovanni Bedin talks with a model. All photography by June Chanpoomidole.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Kassie Berry.
My reward for arriving early was the chance to see the models getting ready ‘backstage’. The models sported loose ringlet curls with nude lipstick and minimal smoky makeup that were applied right in front of me, making the space feel really intimate.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie S/S 2012 by Phoebe Kirk.
The lingerie collection features balconette and triangle style bras matched with full briefs and thongs, and many outfits shown at Claridges consisted of two layers: long sleeved leotards that covered the fingers combined with a basque or crinoline. There was virginal white lace, sensual black satin tulle and ravenously seductive velvet that featured a recurring circular boned motif in elegant bows and ribbon shapes. By combining the simplicity of a circle with the frills of satin and tulle Giovanni marries the feminine with a more modern aesthetic.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Gareth Hopkins.
Giovanni Bedin told me that this lingerie collection is an evolution of the previous couture S/S 2011 collection in Paris whereby he became interested in the techniques required to make a jacket or a dress and how these could be applied to underwear. Giovanni strongly believes that Lingerie is Sexy and has so much to say about the wearer that it should not be hidden as mere underwear. He urges the wearers of Worth Lingerie to be versatile; to mix and match the ready-to-wear and couture lingerie with outerwear.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Lianne Harrison.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Kristina Vasiljeva.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Gemma Travis.
Versatility is Giovanni Bedin’s strength; as in his previous summer collection the basques are all detachable and easily customisable so that they can be worn as outerwear. When I overheard the models talking they were discussing how comfortable the House of Worth lingerie is to wear, and how they might customise them to wear them on a night out. The House of Worth lingerie range plays with contrasting combinations of design detailing that would befit the modern sensual woman, and wearing one of these outfits as outerwear would definitely be a conversation starter.
House Of Worth Couture Lingerie A/W 2011 by Phoebe Kirk.
When I asked Giovanni Bedin what’s in store for the future he said ‘a development of ready-to-wear lingerie and couture‘ – thereby not letting on too much… but I think we can be assured that there will be more masterpieces from Giovanni Bedin in the near future. All in all, I felt suitably inspired and excited by this new venture for the House of Worth.
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