10 years, 10 items. Nele Dress

Introducing our next design in the “10 years, 10 items” project – it´s the Nele Dress! How did a one-year-old design make it to the top 10 list of pieces that define the Kriss Soonik brand? It´s simple. Not only did the Nele Dress become an instant hit with our customers but it also marked a rise of the RTW side in our collections.

Nele Dress


 

Nele is named after our make-up artist extraordinaire Nele Pandis who is responsible for many of our models looking extra glam. It was exactly the effortless style that connected the dress to the girl. Nele Dress just simply is the easiest thing to wear. You can dress it up or just keep it super casual. The midi-length and slightly A-line cut of the dress make it timeless whereas the ruched waist enhances curves.

Nele Dress


 

For now the Nele Dress comes in two variations. A sleeveless version made of soft modal jersey with a V-neck and a short sleeves option made of sultry velvet. The dark grey jersey version is definitely our go-to dress for the summer. And it works magic with the new TOKU x Kriss Soonik sandals. As all our items, the Nele Dress is beautifully crafted in our own studio in Tallinn.

Nele Dress

Kriss’s summer essentials

There are just so many beautiful pieces in our summer selection. While we love them all, there are just certain pieces every now and again that completely steal our heart. This season is no exeption and therefore we have asked Kriss to pick 3 of her favourite pieces that have taken a centre stage in her wardrobe.


 

Katwoman Print Wrap Dress

This is my go-to Summer dress. It got inspired by a vintage dress I had and loved. I swore by that dress every Summer, so when I started designing our own print collection this particular cut was the first deffinite piece in there. Love the simplicity, versatility and the ease of wearing it. Just wrap it around and you’re ready to take on Summer.


 

Kimono Gown

Last year I wore the pink Kimono Gown on a daily basis. Just as an easy, fun summer jacket. This year it’s going to be the limited edition yellow one. This colour is so fresh and brightens up not only my complexion but my entire day. It comes in very limited quantities, so if you want one beauty for your wardrobe, you’d better act quickly.


 

Katwoman Suspender T-Shirt

This is my baby! Designing this 10th-anniversary suspender t-shirt with illustrator Kati Stimmer was so inspiring and fun. It gave me so much pleasure and now throwing it over a pair of jeans gives me an equal amount of joy. Yes, it’s a t-shirt and maybe I shouldn’t be so excited but every now and then you end up designing a product that just has it all.

10 years, 10 items. Suspender Clip

This month our “10 years, 10 items” feature presents the suspender clip detail.
Shortly put – suspenders are our thing. This one detail defined our brand from the very beginning. Why? Because we didn’t use it in the traditional way.Katwoman Suspender Top


 

Firstly, it was the Kristel Suspender Top – a jersey tank top with suspender clips. The item was fun, functional, sexy yet casual. Who knew the two latter could be in the same description. But for this top, this combination has worked from the very beginning. Of course, we didn’t stop with just the tank top, we’ve added many different fabrics and cuts to the range. The latest addition being the looser T-shirt version. And this month we have launched the 10th-anniversary version of this popular fit.
A white Suspender T-shirt with a fan Katwoman illustration by the very talented Kati Stimmer. This time the Katwoman character has a robotic feel about her. She is also very much into Audrey Hepburn.

Katwoman T-Shirt


 

But suspenders defining our brand doesn’t stop there. In 2016 the gold suspender clip found its way to the bras and knickers, and not just as a gorgeous decorative element but as a very functional detail. You can easily unhook the bra straps and criss-cross them at the back.

Spiderweb Bra


 

The Spiderweb Suspender Bra with all black detailing has been my absolute favourite nursing bra. Of course, I didn’t think about that when I initially designed the bra but got really excited when one customer pointed the possibility out to me and of course had to try out myself. It’s cool when an item starts living its own life and just evolves into something totally unpredictable.

Sensational Swim

Our swim collection has always been built on 2 ideas – black is the new black and reversibility. I am a devoted fan of black bikinis and therefore from the beginning, I knew our swim collection will be classic when it comes to colour. But of course with a twist. And the twist for our 10th anniversary is the nude cat pattern that can be shown off in various ways on different styles.


 

For this year’s swim collection we have brought back all the bestsellers and added some very special new additions. Say hello to Ilona Swimsuit and Meg & Riti Bikini Tops.


 

Ilona Swimsuit is the ultimate eyecatcher. Born out of playing with asymmetry, the result is feminine and bold. It hugs the body in all the right places and features familiar details like our golden suspender clip. A little bit of the logo fabric can be spotted on the shoulder making it not your average black swimsuit.


 

Riti Bikini Top is a classic triangle with the gold suspender details giving that extra edge. It’s reversible and practical, a must have for any Summer vacation. Keep it subtle wearing the black outside or turn it around and show off that playful cat pattern. Riti Bikini Top is fully adjustable making sure the fit is perfect.


 

Meg Bikini Top became alive after the Inge gown that was in our early collections. Meg features a hood that is as much of a fashion statement as it is a very practical detail. The hood will be there to cover you from that extra bit of sun. Meg Bikini Top features our Cat logo print lining and comes in a flattering v-neck cut.

10 years, 10 items. Wings Swimsuit

With the launch of this year’s beach collection, we have picked the Wings Swimsuit as the next Kriss Soonik signature in our “10 years, 10 items” feature.

Wings Swimsuit


 

The Wings Swimsuit was born for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection when our first swimwear range got launched. The wings were not a new concept for us as it had been gracing our Diana Wings Velour Wrap for a few years already. As with the wrap I didn’t want the lace wings to just be hidden at home, then the swimsuit was even more perfect to flaunt in front of everyone on the beach or at the pool.

Wings Swimsuit


 

Before I ended up with wings, I played with many shapes. But the wings just stood out from all the others. The French lace wings are made completely by hand in our studio in Tallinn. Our seamstress extraordinaire Ilona has become quite a master in sculpting them over the years.

Wings Swimsuit


 

But noteworthy is also the material the swimsuit is made of. Originating from Italy, it’s really strong, stretchy and tucks everything in nicely. It’s made with UV UPF 50+ for that extra sun protection.

Wings Swimsuit is the perfect Kriss Soonik piece. It’s classic yet cool, it celebrates the female form and delivers you the unexpected.

Katwoman Print

 Beginning of the year, to start our 10th birthday celebrations we launched our signature cat logo tulle fabric. This marked the start of a special year with extra special releases. Now we are proud to introduce you our second limited edition fabric with an original Katwoman Print.


 

When the cat logo fabric was sheer and floaty then I wanted to add an opaque, non-transparent fabric to the mix. Something that would be ideal for Summer dresses and beach cover-ups. A fabric that would be ideal to mix and match with our lingerie inspired items.

The Katwoman print was born in collaboration with our illustrator extraordinaire Kati Stimmer. She is the creator of our Katwoman Alphabet that’s decorating our best-selling T-shirts. We wanted to take the character to another journey, including her in a subtle, a bit robotic way between the stripes and curves of the pattern.


 

The Katwoman pattern has been printed on the sustainable Tencel fabric in Portugal. For me it was important to find a fabric that’s easy to wear, easy to take care of and would be responsibly sourced.
Lyocell, better known as Tencel, is a fibre made from the wood pulp of trees that are grown and replaced on specialized tree farms. Unlike most cellulosic fabrics, Tencel is produced using recyclable, Earth-friendly solvents.
This eco fabric has natural breathability and 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton so it’s an ideal addition to a Summer wardrobe.

So start preparing for the warmer days and check out our brand new Katwoman Print range here.


10 years, 10 items. Silvia & Maike

“10 years, 10 items” continues with THE signature lingerie setSilvia & Maike. A true classic in every sense – the fabric, the cut, the details. Silvia & Maike are utterly luxurious but in that understated cool way.


Silvia Bra & Maike Knickers is where it all started for the Kriss Soonik brand. If today you see triangle bralettes in every store, in every fashion show, then 10 years ago the scene was very different. All the brands were selling constructed bras, mainly padded or even push-ups. Then we came along with our soft cup bra. Our collection overall was more casual for a luxury brand, so we got away with it. And not only did we get away with it, we owned that piece. Our brand became known for that lace bra with the wide elastic.


The combination of bold wide elastic and delicate lace finished with a satin box bow makes the set both sexy and classic. The glamorous lace that truly defines these pieces comes from France. Like all our collections, Silvia & Maike are hand made in our Tallinn studio with extra attention to detail.


Over the years we have introduced many different colours of Silvia & Maike sets into our collections. Black being the firm bestseller, pastel colours like powder pink and lilac have proved equally popular as have electric blue and burgundy. We now have colours for each day of the week, so you can mix and match however you desire.


Wedding Belles

With the wedding season kicking-in, it’s the perfect time to show off our beautiful bridal selection. From lingerie to lounge to ready-to-wear we’ve got pieces suitable for the entire bridal party for every wedding-related event.


 

THE BRIDE

From the traditional bride to someone who prefers their special day to be a little more rock-n-roll – we’ve got you all covered. Our classic luxurious French lace Silvia & Maike set will be the perfect hidden layer. Whilst the Diana Wings Wrap will be there to cover you during all the important preparations. And don’t forget, we can get it monogrammed for you for free.


 

CHIC BRIDESMAIDS

Being a bridesmaid can be a lot of responsibility so you´ve got to relax and enjoy yourself when getting ready for the wedding. Dress comfy but dress with style in our Wings Sweatshirt or the new Heart Wrap while enjoying a glass of bubbly. And then turn up the glamour factor and wear the Susan Lace Top with an A-line skirt, killer heels and a big smile to the party.


 

STYLISH WEDDING GUEST

Tried and tested pieces that will get you noticed for all the right reasons. Pille Lace Top has a romantic feel to it. Pair it with a pencil skirt or tuxedo style pants for a modern tailored look. Kristel Polo Tank Top is the perfect piece to take you from day to night. Wear it with a sleek blazer and a pleated skirt. Don’t forget to finish your look with Kriss Soonik x Toku Sandals.

Amostyle x Kriss Soonik Collaboration

Amostyle by Triumph is one of the biggest players on the Japanese lingerie market with stores all over the country. We are honoured that they chose Kriss Soonik for their first major global collaboration. And with our 10th anniversary year, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The journey to our first big collaboration started about 5 years ago when my design mentor and really good friend Sian joined Triumph as their Global Head of Creative Design. She mentioned that with our brand having so many fans in Japan, the collaboration seemed like a great fit. It sounded like music to my ears, a nice dream to have.

And then it all escalated about a year ago when Vikki joined the Amostyle team as Global Head of Creative Design.
When I had my first meeting with her I was panicking. What would I design? Can I design something that would appeal at such a scale? But after our meeting everything couldn’t have been clearer. All my ideas that had been hatching in my head by that point seemed to fit with their vision. Vikki is such a cool person and working with her and her team has been a dream!

In the Amostyle x Kriss Soonik collaboration I wanted to use all my design ideas that had been floating in my head but hadn’t found their way into our main collections. The designs were then put together with the immaculate manufacturing know-how of Triumph. When I received the first samples, I was amazed of the fit and quality. Plus they were so cute and comfy.

Throughout the collection we’ve stayed true to our feline feeling. The highlight of the collaboration for me is the PJ set with our catwomen pattern – great for inner- and outerwear. But also the push-up bra – a style you wouldn’t normally see in our main collections but works superwell for the collaboration.

The collection is now available on Amostyle website and Zalando in limited quantities.


 

10 years, 10 items. Kristel Suspender Top

To celebrate 10 years of Kriss Soonik we have selected 10 pieces that best describe the brand.
Over the next months we’ll be introducing you all these styles on our blog.

First up is the legendary Kristel Suspender Top, the piece that appeals to lingerie lovers and adventurous dressers alike. The tank top version launched with our very first collection and has stayed with us throughout the 10 years. When I designed it in 2009, it immediately became one of our bestsellers.


What makes it so unique?
The fit! It’s feminine, curve-enhancing, comfortable. The material – Italian anti-pilling viscose – is soft and feels like second skin. The suspender details make it unique and functional. The cutout on the back ( or in the front as Kristel is reversible) adds a contemporary twist to the tank top and the lux satin bow takes the glamour levels up.
It’s the ultimate comfort meets sexy!

Kristel Suspender Top

Kristel started as a tank top. But over the years we have played with different variations. One of the most popular is the Kristel Turtleneck Suspender Top – the Wintery version of the tank top. The newest addition is the Kristel Suspender T-shirt with a looser, more modern fit. During the 10 years, we have also experimented with various fabrics. Kristel has come in ribbed jersey, denim, fishnet and lace. And there’s many more to come…

*Illustration by Kati Stimmer