Get Informed: Couture
There is a special room in my basement where I keep my ‘couture babies’; my collection of designer fashion, built up over the course of 20 years. Every now and then I visit it to select a few pieces that get to spend some time in my current wardrobe upstairs. And so it happens that I often wear pieces that are 10, 20 years old! Every time I put one on, I realise my love for it has only grown.
During a photoshoot about 20 years ago, someone handed me a black and white stripy button down shirt by Costume National that turned out to be so much more than a shirt. When I put it on, I realised someone had made a statement in fabric. It was an expression of art, made with love. I decided there and then to start investing in pieces of clothing, just like some people do with art.
I love the idea of seeing ourselves as collectors, not merely consumers. Fashion has never been faster than now, with copies of designer looks hitting the high street within weeks, but I like it sexy and slow. Wearable art is something to be treasured over time, not trashed every season. That’s exactly the thought behind my marlies|dekkers Couture Collection ; one-of-a-kind designs, limited in availability, that really tell a story. But above all, made with love.
Check out my two latest Couture sets: The Firebird and Le Train Blue. They combine the impeccable fit and support that we stand for with rich, luxurious materials and delicious details: dainty bows, embroidered birds, delicate golden charms. Each piece a collector’s item. Because we think you’re worth it.
The ultimate shop girls’ swimwear guide
Did you know that it takes about 10 minutes for the average marlies|dekkers customer to decide on a lingerie set, but well over an hour to choose a bathing suit or bikini? With these tips from my own swimwear experts you’ll shop like a pro.
The worst boob-bloopers on the beach (and my solutions!)
Do you recognize any of these classic bikini #FAILS? Don’t worry! Because my swimwear comes in actual cup sizes -rather than just small, medium, large- I have a very specific solution for each problem (call it bikini-science). You’ve got this!
4 ways to wear your pareo
Yes, a pareo is an excellent beach cover up. But did you know it can be so much more?
My three different shades of love
If you could wear only one colour of lingerie for the rest of your life, what colour would that be?