City Guide: Paris

In Paris I’m always in a hurry. Doing trade shows, visiting boutiques or fabric shows is sure fun but there’s never time to fully enjoy Paris. There are a few places though that I try to visit when in the City of Love. Here are my favourites.


 

SHOPPING

A dream destination for fashion lovers. You have everything from vintage flea markets to a selection of great French high-street to super high-end labels. The must visit would be the iconic Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann. With its remarkable dome and wide range of brands its one of my favourite shopping destinations. Until the 15th of Feb you can also find a selection of Kriss Soonik products on the lingerie floor.

Colette is a fashionable concept store that almost every day has a new product launch or an event happening, and therefore is always packed with all sorts of fashionistas. You can get everything from a simple pen to haute-couture frocks there.

If you are in the Le Marais area make sure not to miss Dollhouse – a cool lingerie shop that also carries some of our pieces.


 

CULTURE

The city itself is so beautiful and historical that even a short walk around Paris is almost too much to take in. There are however few places we always try to visit. One of them is Petite Palais. The little sister to the more known Grand Palace is a true gem. The building, erected in the 1900s is a true piece of art within itself. Inside you can find paintings, sculptures and works of art from Ancient Greece right up to the First World War. It also has the sweetest courtyard with the best cafe.


 

FOOD

No day starts without a visit to a local boulangerie where croissants and pain au chocolates are mandatory. For food shopping nothing beats La Grande Épicerie, which is part of the famed Bon Marché department store in the sixth arrondissement. Considered the best food shop in Paris it literally has everything! On top of French delicatessen the whole world cuisine is represented.

Another place worth mentioning is La Chaufferie, a cosy place nearby Gare du Nord that offers modern french dishes. Their onion soup is absolutely to die for!

Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is all about treating yourself and your loved ones. If you’re having trouble deciding what to go for, don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you. Our team handpicked a selection of our bestselling classics that would make any girl extremely happy!


 

Silvia & Maike Lace Lingerie Set 

Classics in a new shade! Our signature lace set now comes in the most gorgeous of blues. Inspired by the Caribbean Sea and the chicness of the Mexican resort of Tulum. Romantic holiday feeling is guaranteed with these bras and knickers.

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Susan Lace Body

This deep rich burgundy is simply stunning and is a perfect fit for the bestselling Susan Body. It’s so much more then just an underwear piece, you can totally rock it as an outerwear piece as well.

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Lotta Suspender Top

Lux details mixed with comfortable cut and fit. Lotta Suspender Top has French lace side panels which visually enhance the lovely female shape. Best paired with the cheeky Kristel Knickers!

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3 days in Paris

It was the fourth time showing our collections at the number 1 lingerie trade show in the world – Salon International de la Lingerie. For the AW17 season we were chosen to show in the brand new area – Uncover. The space was light and airy, had a very relaxed vibe, a great soundtrack, and a glass of champagne in the evenings sure made the three days very enjoyable. Trade shows can be hard but the organisers Matthieu and Daniela treated us really well.

Meanwhile on the other side of freezing cold Paris, the iconic department store Galeries Lafayette opened a Valentine’s pop-up featuring a hand-picked selection from our collection. If that wasn’t fantastic enough news, when we visited the store, we found the mannequin wearing our Susan Glitter Gown! The pop-up will stay open until the 15th February, so if you’re in town, go check it out.


 

 

Welcome Spring!

New year, new pieces!
We’re excited to present our latest spring jersey range. It’s a perfect mix of sporty and glam, laid-back and elegant.

It all started with the beautiful glossy rib fabric. It was love at first sight for Kriss who spotted it at a textiles trade fair. The range was designed there and then. The fabric from Portugal is lightweight, super soft and has the most beautiful subtle shimmer to it. Making it perfect for both lingerie and lounge pieces.

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ILONA BRA

The star product is the brand new Ilona Bra which you can’t help but show off. The athletic cut is complimented by a cutout at the back and our signature suspender clip detail in the front. Wear the bra with a low V-neck or an unbuttoned blouse.

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HEART GOWN

We’ve also updated our signature gown, which this time comes with a heart shape on the back. French lace pockets add a touch of glamour. Satin belt allows you to play around with the fit.

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Kriss’s SALE Favourites

Our SALE is in full swing and there’s so many pretty pieces to choose from. To help make the process easier we asked Kriss to share some her favourites, how she wears them and why they have found a firm place in her wardrobe.


 

Glitter Trousers

Superwide floor-length soft shimmering cotton trousers with elasticated satin waistband and stripes on the sides. Ribbons at the bottom allow you to either wear the trouser legs wide or gather them into a puff.

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Kristel Monarch Suspender Top

A signature piece with a glam detail. The top is made of supersoft viscose jersey, it’s decorated on the sides with satin panels that give a visual slimming look. It has a keyhole detail on the back with a square satin bow and Kriss Soonik signature gold metal cat logo button. The top is reversible and truly gives you endless outfit options.

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Elve Mesh Body

Mesh body with wide elastic under bust for a support, satin bow in the front and ruffle detail on the bottom. It’s a great layering piece and the lovely pale pink colour works magic on all skin tones.

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SALE Highlights

Our seasonal SALE is here and as always there’s so much to choose from! Everything from cool underwear to lux loungewear to lingerie inspired outerwear. To help you along the way here are some of our highlights from this year´s selection. Happy shopping!


 

outerwear

Suspender Tops which are our signature are available in all sorts of colours, materials and cuts. Whether you are looking for something more classic like our Kristel Top or something more dressed up and glitzy like the Disco , there is certainly something for everyone’s taste. Our personal favourite is definitely the Turtleneck version – stylish and oh so practical for the winter months.

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Loungewear

Look and feel amazing around the house in our loungewear! Laura Shorts & Trousers are equally cosy as they are glam and sporty. Nele Gowns are beautiful and super comfy with cool, unexpected details. If you’re brave enough you can even wear it as a dress outside of your home.

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Lingerie

Jazz up your lingerie drawer with the Riti range. The super soft jersey feels like second skin and the cuts are flattering with one of a kind features. Suspender clips on bras & bodies allow you to wear straps two ways – straight over shoulders or criss-crossed on the back.

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2016 Top 5

Reflecting on a year is such a great task! Especially when you´ve had a year like 2016. Putting together the top 5 was easy because there were so many things to choose from. Here are my highlights of the year 2016:

1) La Foret pop-up
In March we opened our very own shop in one of the busiest department stores in Tokyo – La Foret in Harajuku. It was only for 2 weeks but I got a feel what our real boutique could look like! It was definitely a milestone for me on this journey. When I first visited Tokyo more than 4 years ago, I never dared to dream that we´ll have our store there. But I guess it´s ok to dream big!

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2) TFW Fashion show
Fashion shows are always very hard work. They take a lot of energy and time to organise, so we do them only when the time is right and I start craving for some creative excitement. So when we were invited to show at this year´s 10th anniversary Tallinn Fashion Week, I didn´t hesitate. It was a superfun show, the girls looked absolutely magnificent and the music was just too good to not throw a party on the catwalk.

3) Our giftbox
It has been quite a journey getting our gift box ready. I can say that we´ve been designing it for the past 5 years. I had a very specific idea what I wanted but all the samples we made were never right, so I decided not to hurry. After slightly updating our logo beginning of the year, I realised that classics are the best. Our black labels with the gold cat have been with us from the very beginning, we´ve updated them every now and then but the idea stays the same. So I decided to go for a black matt box with our gold cat. Clean, luxurious and ours. Really loving it!

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4) AW16 campaign “The Morning After”
I am thrilled about our creative girl squad this year! Sandra, Nele, Johanna, Getter – it´s a shoutout to you all! We did some really cool stuff in 2016 and for me the highlight was the AW16 campaign “The Morning After”. Simple, fun, sexy. I feel that the #krisssooniksquad is on fire and we´ll bring you even cooler stuff in 2017.

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5) Kriss Soonik Women
What I am most proud of is all the women around the world supporting us and wearing our designs. This means everything to me! I can see our concept spreading, more women finding out about us. There are so many of you sharing your pics and spreading the love. Thank you for your ongoing support! It wouldn´t be the same without you all! I promise to bring you new, fresh, fun designs in 2017!

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Party outfit ideas

With the (Christmas) party season the ever so important question arises – what to wear? We are here to help and give you a few ideas how to look stylish and stand out for all the right reasons. Here are few party approved pieces from our selection:

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Ilona Body – a great layering piece that is super versatile. It can be worn both ways and with or without the marabou puff. Show it off underneath a sheer blouse or a deep v-neck. If you’re feeling extra brave, pair it with a classic tuxedo jacket.

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As metallics are always in for the party season, there’s all the more reason to shine like a star in the Disco Suspender Top. Wear it with a pair of sleek trousers or an elegant midi-skirt. And make sure to proudly show off those suspenders!

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Jo Skirt – dress up your simple black skirt or a dress with this quirky piece by layering it on top. Or wear it under a long tunic to let the mesh & sparkle glimmer from underneath.

Meet Sandra Palm

Our photographer Sandra is one of the coolest chicks to appear in my life over the last few years. Her sense of style, how she sees things, is unique and immediately catches your eye. I´ve learnt so much from her. I admire how professional she is. How she always speaks her mind. She´s fun to be around and I am glad to call her my friend.

Please let me introduce you to the one and only – Sandra Palm.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself
A creative girl with realistic vibes and who’s been obsessed with fashion all her life. Can’t live without travelling and good food!

How would you describe your personal style?
I appreciate good minimalistic design with some creative twists and high-quality fabrics. Used to wear a lot of black for years. Yet lines are still more important than colors, I’m trying to add some tones to my wardrobe at the moment. Brands like Acne, COS, Filippa K.

How did you end up working with Kriss?
By the time I met Kriss I had already been a long time fan of her personality and her approach to lingerie and fashion industry in general. I was really excited when make-up artist Nele introduced us and I’m even more excited that we keep on inspiring each other!

If you weren’t a photographer, you would be…
– a cat!

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything visual! I usually find a lot of inspiration while working. So I guess that the saying – Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working – is spot on.

What ́s your personal favorite piece from Kriss’s collections and why?
Susan Top, because it’s just so incredibly sexy and you can wear it in so many different ways.

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The Suspender Clip

It’s safe to say we’re obsessed with suspenders! Over the years it has become our signature detail and we’re always trying to figure out new (unexpected) ways to use it.

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The current season is no different as the suspender clip is definitely the star of the AW16 collection. We’re using it as a cool feature on the knickers and thongs. But it’s not only a pretty detail, it also has a practical function – the clips on bras, bodies and slips allow the straps to be worn two ways, straight over shoulders and criss-crossed on the back. Giving you even more options to style your outfits.

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