I believe a girl can never have too many bras

by Marlies Dekkers
Being a lingerie designer comes with many advantages, one of which is a lingerie collection which will make all women gasp for air. My extensive collection (with items which have never been produced) makes dressing up in the morning a private party.

From the moment I start designing a bra until it is actually in the stores, takes about three years. The high quality standards and design techniques of marlies|dekkers lingerie need a development time like no other lingerie brand. My inspiration for a new collection always comes from a strong woman from nowadays or the past, who inspires me. To maximize the designing process I need to completely immerse myself in the new designer theme. I then breath, eat and sleep this theme before I can start with the designs. I can become infatuated with theme and start preparing my closet for the lingerie which is coming within a few years. By the moment the collection is finished, by closet is filled with clothes matching that particular collection. The Style Collection has been conceived for the woman who regards her lingerie as an integral part of every ensemble.

Every morning after I have finished my morning rituals of working out and having my oatmeal breakfast, the next stop is my closet. The first stop in my lingerie department. Since I am a women who regards her lingerie as an integral part of my outfit I start with a lingerie “questionnaire”. How do I feel today? Sexy, sensual, casual, bright, dark, calm, energetic? Fun choices I need to make before I can decide upon the perfect lingerie set for that day. Then the second stop is the rest of my outfit, where the most important question is: what complements my lingerie best! Maybe not the order you are used to but choosing my lingerie carefully and making sure it fits my mood, gives me extra energy and makes me feel beautiful, ready to conquer the world (ok, ready to handle that day).

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Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

by marlies|dekkers

Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

by marlies|dekkers

Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!