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Carine Gilson

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A combo from Carine Gilson's Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Don't wear your panties in a bunch! Wear them on the outside! Well, perhaps not your panties, but certainly other luxurious pieces by Carine Gilson, as trendsetting fashionistas have been known to do, not wanting to cover up the designer's artisanal creations. It's part of the haute trend of turning intimate wear into überwear. (Yes, Madonna did it first in the 80s, but this "nouvelle vague" is an altogether different, less punky look.) Carine Gilson is known as the princess of "dessous chics," which is funny, because that's also the name of a song by sexy French crooner Serge Gainsbourg. He sang that said objects are known to pierce the hearts of girls, and we agree. Gilson does "lingerie couture," meaning that she approaches all of her designs in the spirit of haute couture. In her Brussels workshop, a team of artisans meticulously handcrafts every piece, working in silk and delicate Chantilly lace, and delivering sophisticated, classy designs with a coquettish twist. At close inspection (perhaps by a handsome someone?), the undergarments feature precious details: almost imperceptible irregularities in shade and finishing, attesting to their fine craftsmanship. So get your chic on!

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