Continuing this week's unintentional Hopeless Lingerie theme, I bring you PHASES, a beautiful collection by Gabrielle Adamidis inspired by the phases of the moon that was released yesterday. Every piece in under the Hopeless label is handmade in Melbourne, Australia by Gaby herself and a few of her teammates, a true indie brand.
As a proud owner of the Hana chemise, I can say that I am pleased with the quality and construction of the garments. Gaby's aesthetic marries bondage elements and comfort: two things that don't often go hand in hand. This is very exciting for a lingerie enthusiast, as I'm often torn between "dressing up" or staying casual, even when I'm just lounging at home. Who should have to choose between sexy Saturday night fancies and sleepy Sunday underthings? That's right, no one. You'll be just as prone to pull out a pair of Hopeless panties as you are your comfiest pair of Sunday-lounging boyshorts. The bamboo jersey is as soft as ever, and I've read that bamboo naturally has increased ventilation and anti-bacterial properties -- two lingerie wins. This begs the question: why isn't more lingerie created with bamboo jersey? Stumped.
As you can imagine, I was most excited to see the new harnesses. The Eva and Alice harnesses are elastic-based pieces that emphasize the ribcage, and the Rachael and Catherine harnesses accentuate the shoulders. Since I'm quite obsessed with wings, I will probably end up with either the Rachael or Catherine harness as they evoke the feeling of wings and flying.
Gaby also introduced sculpture into PHASES with the Nina top and Catherine suspender, and more subtly with the Rachael harness. I'm quite curious to see what they feel like and how they wear, given that Gaby's forte is the aforementioned marriage of yummy fabric and bondage elements.
I have a feeling the gray Carrie knicker will be one of my first purchases from this line. Don't get me wrong -- you know how much I adore black -- but gray and white have been feeling so fresh to me lately. Her inclusion of these tones is quite satisfying to see as a consumer, because, yes, there is a world beyond black.
Below is a small sampling of PHASES I've curated. I wanted to show the versatility of each piece by how it looks from both the front and the back angles. The construction is so interesting, it's hard to tell that the back view and front view are actually the same piece of lingerie! The details are below, but you can see the whole collection on Hopeless Lingerie's website. If you had to pick just one, which would it be and why?