Studio Pia is something special. I’ve liked every single design they have launched to date, and that’s unusual. Even my long-time favourite lingerie brands release a mixture of looks I love and ones I’m ambivalent about, but I have yet to see a Studio Pia design I wouldn’t wear.
And that has only become truer than ever with the new Spring/Summer 2019 collection, which is my favourite yet. Named ‘Bourdin’, it’s inspired by some of late fashion photographer Guy Bourdin’s most iconic images. His pictures captured a sensual, provocative kind of mood, but in a very otherworldly and surrealist way. Rich in vibrant colour, he was particularly fond of blue and red, which has directly influenced Studio Pia’s latest pieces.
The new collection includes five ranges: Clea, Raina, Diara, Mira and Joia. Fans of the brand will recognise the strappy Clea, an existing range will has been remade in poppy red. With 24-karat gold plated horseshoe connectors, silk linings and silk-wrapped straps, it represents a level of luxury that is rare even amongst premium-priced brands.
The other four ranges are all new designs, and use exclusive Bourdin-inspired embroideries that founder Pia Conaghan designed herself. First up is Raina, made from transparent tulle. At first, it looks like it has a simple, graphic criss-cross pattern. But closer inspection reveals the lines to be arms, ending at the garments’ edges with tiny hands, topped with flashes of red nail varnish and separated by little red lips. It’s quite subtle, but so fun and eye-catching once you spot it!
The high-waisted Raina thong is, I think, my very favourite piece from the entire collection. The shape is deliciously on-trend, and the cut-out back is an unexpected twist. Raina and Clea are both available to buy now.
Launching next month is Diara, a vibrant red range with one of my favourite embroideries I’ve ever seen on lingerie – manicured hands doing everything from painting their nails to making a pistol gesture. It’s a little bit flirty, and a little bit fierce.
The last two ranges will be available from April. Mira uses the same ‘large hands’ embroidery as Diara but in black, and replaces the silk-blocked silhouettes of that range with fully-tulle ones that have a more lightweight feel.
Joia introduces a gorgeous powder blue, and uses the ‘small hands’ embroidery of the Raina range but with only the criss-cross lines visible this time.
Studio Pia’s designs are absolutely stunning, and very unique. But that’s not the only reason to love this brand. Run by an independent designer and made in the UK and Europe, it’s committed to ethical production.
Studio Pia’s silks are organic and cruelty-free (no silkworms are killed in their production), and all of the brand’s packaging is made from partly- or fully-recycled materials. Studio Pia also plants one tree in the Indonesian rainforest through One Tree Planted for every item that gets sold. This is luxury lingerie you can feel extra good about treating yourself to!
What is your favourite range from Studio Pia’s SS19 ‘Bourdin’ collection?