The Lake & Stars
February 10, 2011 New York
For Fall, Zilberman and Dekker channeled Italian neoclassicism via the seventies, ticking off specific references like the mid-century architecture firm Superstudio and The Dude magazine (a fifties forebear of Playboy). But when it comes down to the actual underthings, their formula is simple: Make pieces that "will make your boyfriend say, 'We'll just take the check,' to the waiter," Zilberman says. So there was a quirky raciness to a crushed-velvet merry widow with crisscrossing garter straps. Ditto for a pair of high-waisted briefs in lace and mesh, with hook-and-eye closures trailing up the backside. The designers have always gotten by with a little help from their friends. Artist Francesca DiMattio contributed custom textile patterns, and pals including Michelle Harper mixed in with the other mannequins, showing that this lingerie looks just as good on real girls.