Exclusive: Jours Après Lunes Designer Sophie Morin Responds To the Controversy Surrounding Her Lingerie Line for Girls
PARIS--Our article, published earlier this week, about French children’s underwear line ‘Jour après Lunes’--a line comprised of lingerie–inspired pieces meant to be worn indoors and out, over and under clothes--led to far more reactions than we had imagined--including stories in major outlets like the New York Daily News, the UK's Daily Mail, and TODAY.com. The brand’s founder and designer Sophie Morin wrote a letter to Fashionista explaining why she doesn’t think her brand promotes anything dodgy or creepy. Her main points: The “ worn dessus-dessous” (i.e. underwear worn as outerwear) that has raised an upheaval, is in fact just another way of saying that, for example, an undershirt, worn under a sweater to be warm in the winter, can be worn with jeans in the summer; or bodysuits, often worn by babies, can become an outfit--like mothers often do with their babies when it is hot...Triangle bras--and there are only two models in the collection--are worn as swimwear for youngest clients; these can be worn as a first brassiere for girls and even young women who aren’t looking for real support, since these don’t have underwire. There are no real bras in my collection. The transgenerational mother/daughter aspect of my brand doesn’t offer anything new and is identical to what lots of ready to wear brands offer. And about the photos of my brand, I’d like to specify that the articles in which they appeared were taken out of their context and were laid out to imply a sexy dimension that didn’t originally exist. All the photos show children playing children’s games, as we’ve all done.