My Golden Combination
Ever wondered why you feel so amazing in my swimwear? So comfortable and confident, so safe yet so sexy? What is the secret? Well, it all started in art school, many years ago, during a nude model drawing class…
I always knew I wanted to be an artist, but I hadn’t chosen a direction yet. Then one day, while I was drawing a life model during class, sketching her beautiful curves in circular motions, it struck me: what if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas?
If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.
I made my master plan. Three components were going to define the look and philosophy of my brand: the design, the fit and a radically new, feminine point of view. (After centuries of the male point of view dominating art and design, I wanted to discover what made women click!)
These three elements together I called my Golden Combination. Because when the ft is excellent, and the design is elegant and ﬂattering from a feminine point of view, a woman feels confident enough to explore my motto: dare to be. And then, oh, the places she’ll go!
As a woman, I wanted to empower other women. I want to help them celebrate their bodies… also on the beach! So when I realized I had managed to develop the Rolls Royce of bras and knickers, I felt ready to apply my Golden Combination to swimwear.
Now the beach is a fascinating phenomenon. It has its own set of rules. Just think about it: where else would you undress in front of that many people and think it’s absolutely normal? The sea is somehow very seductive; the closer we get to it, the more we give in to the urge to undress (to the point even of falling asleep topless!). For me, as a designer, this is a delicious, almost poetic challenge!
You see, when I design lingerie I want your whole body to become part of the design. I stand behind you when you wear one of my creations, admiring yourself in the mirror. I whisper in your ear: ‘Look at your breasts, aren’t they amazing? Check out your beautiful bottom!’ My goal is to make to make your reﬂection shudder and push you out of your comfort zone.
But when it comes to swimwear, I want you right there smack in the middle of your comfort zone! Because when we feel like everybody is watching us, -which is definitely the case on the beach!-, we are very aware of certain areas of our body that we feel insecure about. Hey, I’m a woman, I know how you feel! So how can I help you with those areas, and at the same time emphasize what you feel confident about?
In a way, designing swimwear is like a wonderful 3D puzzle: which parts to reveal, which ones to cover up? It’s a matter of centimeters, millimeters even! For that subtle touch, I came up with a signature style involving a lot of pleats and folds (as opposed to the straps and cutouts I use in my lingerie). Using them, I can sculpt a shape that shows your ‘undressed’ body in the most stylish way possible.
I’ve also put a lot of time and thought into the ft. First of all, I’ve given my swimwear wider shoulder straps than the classic, yet ﬂimsy triangle bikini. This way, they don’t cut into the ﬂesh of your shoulders –ouch!- and you don’t have to re-adjust your top after every tiny movement (let alone look for your bikini at the bottom of the pool after one dive).
Then, the cups. When people look at a bikini, the first things they will notice is the fabric and the straps, but the cups, shaped by the mold, are equally important. They’re the key element in making your bikini look amazing, feel super comfortable all day, and last forever. A bit like the engine of the car, except that it also really defines the look! That’s why I have developed my own sturdy yet stylish cups, using only the best quality material for the molds, so you don’t suffer from ‘sweaty boobs’, as my daughter Zilver likes to call them.
I also paid a lot of attention to the under-wire. Mass-produced brands use standard wires, made of cheaper material, that tend to break or poke through the fabric after a while. We all know how much that can hurt! Yes, my tops cover your breasts more than a traditional string-bikini would, but through a clever play with lines and proportions you still look sensual and playful. And a very nice bonus: you don’t ever have to worry about nipple-slips…
And let’s not forget about the bottoms! I’ve made sure that for each look, you can choose from two to three different types of bottoms. I’ve discovered that cutting the leg quite low and so covering a substantial amount of the groin area is ﬂattering for any body type (an added bonus: you don’t need to get a full Hollywood wax each time you go the beach). And when a brief has sides measuring about 5 cm, both your hips and belly are covered just enough for you to be comfortable all day. Call it my personal magic formula. If you want to play around with different levels of coverage though, I suggest trying my ‘fold down briefs’. The ﬂexible waistband of these bottoms can be folded up, covering the tummy, or folded down, leaving the tummy free and allowing you to avoid those pesky tanning lines. All those years ago in art class, I dreamt of becoming an artist. I guess in the process I also had to become a scientist and engineer. Well, I couldn’t be more proud of the results. Because I know that with my Golden Combination I can turn the beach –and the poolside of course!-, into your catwalk. Work it, you beach goddess!
Discover all my swimwear collection here!
Happy Women’s Day
Happy Women’s Day! I am extra excited about this edition, because wow, what a year it’s been for feminism! This is the year that we went global; that we showed up with our money, our bodies, our time and our voices to show the world: this is OUR time!
When I think of someone who is the embodiment of the highest level of expression, I have to think of German opera superstar Nadja Michael (47). This fearless feminine feminist is absolutely unforgettable in roles like Medea, Salomé and Lady Macbeth, performing phenomenally not just as a singer, but also a dancer and actress. How does she do it?
She started out as a contestant on the Norwegian version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’; a few years later her debut single ‘Sunrise’ reached triple platinum status. But what makes Norwegian/Cuban star Alexandra Joner (27) such a feminine feminist icon is the fearless fun with which she expresses herself; in her singing and acting, but also in her fabulously sexy looks (often wearing marlies|dekkers, of course!). “I am fighting to make ‘sexy’ a positive thing!”
LUST for LIGHT
With her stunning staged photographs, Dutch artist Marie Cécile Thijs (1965) connects the past with the present in an intensely poetic, painterly way. Originally a lawyer, she decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. In just a short period of time, Marie Cécile became an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are included in the collections of museums like the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego. She has also presented her art at TEFAF (widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair of art and antiques), Art Miami and Photo Shanghai. For her signature series ‘White Collar’, Marie Cécile photographed the only surviving 17th-century pleated ruff in the world, then digitally added it to her models for an almost surreal, mesmerizing result.
Marlies|dekkers heeft een grote variëteit aan lingerie wat gedragen kan worden door iedereen en voldoet aan iedere vrouw haar behoefte. Naast het aanbieden van producten op onze webshop, houden we een blog bij in de categorie ‘Maison Marlies’ waar over verschillende onderwerpen geschreven wordt zoals; Waarom 50 worden fantastisch is, een 5-stappenplan voor het kopen van lingerie voor jouw vriendin, vrouw of partner , hoe je lingerie als deel van je outfit maakt en andere leuke onderwerpen.
In Maison Marlies blog kun je van alles lezen over het leven achter en rondom het bedrijf. Of je nu wilt weten waar ze haar inspiratie vandaan haalt voor het ontwerpen van een nieuwe collectie, of dat je interesse hebt in haar levensstijl, gezonde recepten, of haar smaak in bijzondere kunst, je kunt het vinden in de blog. Deze zakenvrouw krijgt het voor elkaar om met een knipoog te schrijven over haar zakenreizen, shop avonturen, haar collega’s, vrienden en familie en zelfs over haar vakanties waar ze even helemaal tot rust komt. Wanneer je even niet meer weet hoe je jou goede bh maat kunt vinden, biedt Maison Marlies een aantal richtlijnen zodat je je boezem kunt schudden zonder dat je borsten eruit floepen. Comfort voor je buste is een combinatie van de juiste maat en de juiste kwaliteit. Je wilt toch geen onhandig ondergoed, terwijl dit eigenlijk heel makkelijk voorkomen kan worden door het dragen van hoge kwaliteit lingerie?! En wanneer je voorgevel goed op z’n plaats gehouden wordt kun je eindelijk volledig je vrouwelijkheid vieren. De blog geeft advies over het mixen en matchen van lingerie, over het stimuleren en inspireren van je eigen stijlgevoel en houdt je op de hoogte van de laatste trends.
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Haar celebrity vrienden zijn ook erg blij met de perfecte pasvorm van de bh's van marlies|dekkers. Deze vriendinnen laten met trots hun sexy lingerie van marlies|dekkers zien in fotoshoots voor tijdschriften, en tijdens optredens, tv-shows of zelfs in films. Maison Marlies wijdt een speciaal gedeelte van de blog aan gerelateerde nieuwtjes en ontwikkelingen zodat je altijd op de hoogte blijft van de laatste ontwikkelingen rondom de speciale missie die de visie van Marlies’ ademt voor de toekomst.