Having a good sense of humor is sexy, so it was promising that lingerie designers Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker had some fun with their first presentation for their line, The Lake & Stars. The models, in looks inspired by "a 1970s American interpretation of Italian Neo-Classicism," were guarded like works of art in a museum by a fleet of security guards. Only if you looked close enough each security guard had a tongue-in-cheek name tag like "Hugh Jass" or "Mike Hunt." It was an idea that came to the Brooklyn-based designers in a state of "delirium" they said, but if you're presenting a collection of lingerie, why not have some good naughty fun?
Though The Lake & Stars fall 2011 collection was more than just bras and panties--as underwear increasingly becomes more visible as outerwear (under loose oversized tanks and layered under sweaters and button down blouses)--it almost makes more sense to view The Lake & Stars as a ready-to-wear line. Zilberman and Dekker would like you to see it that way, too. Putting on a presentation, a luxury afforded them as one of Ecco Domani's Fashion Foundation Winners, allows them to be viewed, said Dekker, "as a crossover ready-to-wear collection and more of a designer line and less of a 'What do you wear as a bra and underwear?'"
The collection was delicate in lace and blush tones, with airy silk camisoles and dainty silk shorts, but with a hard architectural edge. Balconette bras had intricate bondage-esque straps and you could see the architectural influence (they said they were influenced specifically by Italian architecture firm Superstudio) in the lace paneling on high waisted garter-briefs.