By now you've probably heard of the Lingerie Secret Santa program that a group of independent lingerie designers are participating in. The idea was created by British designer Miss Karolina Laskowska, who is not only an incredible designer but also a good friend of mine! The premise is that each designer gives a surprise gift to another designer, so that we all get to give and receive something fabulous this Holiday season.
Well lucky me! Not only did my gift arrive early, but I was the lucky one who received a gift from Karolina herself! I had a feeling I would be getting something feminine and frilly, but I never imagined it would be this wonderful. Karolina knows me so well, y'all.
Note the pink mailing envelope. It's like she reached into my soul. If you want to read Karolina's perspective on the making of this gift, definitely check out her blog post on the project. (She also has really great photos of the set on a mannequin.)
As you may know, Karolina Laskowska produces ready-to-wear collections generally leaning towards the edgy / bondage-inspired / avant garde direction. But she also specializes in creating custom, one-of-a-kind sets that feature details and fabrics just for an individual client. Knowing my penchant for pink everything, she chose to make a fully custom set for me out of pink silk and vintage 1950s French Chantilly lace.
Note the careful level of detailing here. On the left, you can see a closeup of the knickers detailing, where she added a delicate applique of French lace, studded with teeny freshwater pearls and accented with scalloped lace ruffles over the hips. On the right, you can see the lace detailing over the bra front, with a luxurious overlay atop the open-cup styling. These pieces are truly works of art!
As usual, Karolina's stitching is impeccable (and I don't say that lightly!), and she chose to utilize high quality hardware and elastics that are durable yet lightweight. Everything is fully adjustable, so even with ready-to-wear sizing, it would be easy to find a size to fit well. Below, you can see how beautiful the garments are, both inside and out. In fact, I challenge you to see the zig zag stitching from the applique on the knickers below! This is nearly Carine Gilson quality, y'all.
Looking to score a set of your own Karolina Laskowska skivvies?
If you like these styles, you may want to check out these pieces in her shop:
For a bra top that has similar styling to this one, the Daniela Victorian Chantilly Lace Babydoll
For a bralette in the same lace fabrication, the Ania Soft Lace Bra
For a panty in the same lace fabrication and similar styling, the Ania Lace Harness Knicker
Lastly, consider that Karolina does a ton of custom work. If you don't see what you're looking for in her shop, just contact her directly and ask.
Wishing you silk, lace, and all things lovely in this Holiday season! Happy shopping!