Studio Visit: Lola Haze Offers “Confident” Underpinning

In 2008, shortly after leaving her post at the Gap and spending the subsequent year abroad, Brooklyn designer Laura Mehlinger decided to pursue her lifelong dream of designing her own lingerie collection.

In homage to her favorite author, Nabokov, Mehlinger decided to name the line after the appropriately scandalous Lolita Haze, the book's young temptress.

Mehlinger  invited us into her Brooklyn studio to peruse racks of shimmery silk teddies, mesh bra tops and piles of candy-colored underpants. "It looks like something really wild just happened here," she joked, gesturing at a table piled high with lacy underthings.

Mehlinger's as-yet unreleased collection for spring 2012 took inspiration from the 1920s. "Women were coming out of their corsets, it was also the age of the flapper ... I wanted to bring that same feeling of excitement and joy to the spring collection," she explained.

Of course, it's easy to get excited about underpinnings that are this colorful and gorgeous -- particularly the daring pink pieces.

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