I attended the launch of supermodel Helena Christensen’s new lingerie line. The Helena Christensen for The Luxury Collection by Triumph Essence was launched at SELFRIDGES, London. The line sees Christensen who is ambassador for Triumph Essence design three pieces for the spring 2012 collection of their luxury range. She stated that it was important to her that the designs edify the women they are designed for.
In conjunction with this was the global launch of Triumph’s ‘Fantasy Mirror’. It allows the customer to (created by OgilvyAction London using 3D visualization) try Triumph lingerie choices without actually taking any clothes off or putting any underwear on.
I was honored to interview Christensen on her new line and lingerie as a whole. Read on for the conversation.
1. Two pieces every lingerie drawer needs?
A large pair of comfortable pants that holds you in all the right places. I’m not a G-string kind of person, the bigger the better. I think there are many women who like them and it makes sense for certain outfits. However whenever I wear them I am always cognizant of them. They don’t feel comfortable.
So yes, it would be a very big fitting pair of underwear and a bra. And yes again I am not really into wires or padding but now I’ve learnt of other techniques to use to still give you good hold, a comfortable hold and a nice shape. It is not about having an overwhelming cleavage because that to me was never really sexy. When it is obvious that is has been forced, if you have it naturally then it is beautiful, but when it is forced like anything in life it is never going to be charming. It is never going be attractive or becoming.
So a nice bra that feels really comfortable and gives you a good shape from all angles; front, side and back.
2. How important is the role of lingerie in a woman’s confidence?
I think very important.
It is also something I have now been educated in while working with Triumph because you don’t think how intricate the design of a bra and underwear is, of how many details and how many things you’ve got to keep in mind when you are actually designing it from scratch, to fit all the different body shapes there are and make sure that it is comfortable in a sense that the straps can’t be digging in, the wires can’t be too tight, there’s a lot of detail.
When obviously a woman goes to buy lingerie, you visually look at it, you look at what aesthetically pleases you and then you try it on and everything changes because that when you realize that this not do my body any favors
There is a whole philosophy of building bras and lingerie and I think if you can combine beautiful lingerie with that which fits comfortably then obviously that is what we are looking for, that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable which is exactly what you find out how to create with a company that is 125 years old.
If we can combine the two I think it goes a long way into making women feel confident.
3. I think your pieces are sensuous what are your thoughts on this?
I think it is interesting that you use that word sensuous and I am happy you think so. I always preferred to be called sensuous over the word sexy. I prefer sensuous, as it just seems more natural.
4. Your favorite piece from your new Triumph Essence collection?
The lace skirt. I like that I could see it being worn with a thick comfortable jumper and socks just unwinding. So adding comfort to a sensuous luxurious piece. In a Marilyn Monroe undone natural way.
5. That leads to my last question, If you could have any old Hollywood screen icon in your collection, who would it be?
Oh so many of them; Marlene Dietrich who seemed so strong to the public but had a real vulnerability, Katherine Hepburn. I really like the actress Jean Seberg, also Audrey Hepburn.
But most of all Marilyn Monroe.
She was truly something. People saw her as vulnerable for being so open but she was pretty strong in my opinion rather as in those times it was not the place of the woman to speak her mind but she did which rather shows strength. And she was so beautiful. She was a natural. Her husband Arthur Miller once said that when she walked in the sand she only left one straight line of footprints as her steps where completely one in front of each other.
Yes if I could have one old Hollywood screen icon I think it be Marilyn.
The Helena Christensen for Triumph Essence, The Luxury is now available in store at Selfridges and on Selfridges online.
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