Take a Peek at Shapewear Label dMondaine’s Must-See Creations

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The dMondaine Marilyn slip

If necessity is the mother of invention, then a background in designing eveningwear, body-con dresses and daring, plunging cocktail frocks bore the invention of dMondaine, the Los Angeles-based shapewear line that’s designed to look just as good as anything that’s worn over it. Founder and designer Kiana Anvaripour wanted shapewear that was structured and sound enough to wear as innerwear, but beautiful enough to peek through sheer garments or be worn on its own.

Anvaripour design pedigree includes stints under the watch of Roland Mouret and at British brand Preen, both in London. It was there that she refined her own look and aesthetic and then moved to create her own line of evening dresses. Her designs skimmed the body, featured sheer panels and emphasized a small waist. The problem was that the shapewear that was often necessary to wear her dresses weren’t meant to be seen — plain and simple, they just weren’t pretty. So she developed her own line, dMondaine, that did everything she needed shapewear to, all while looking like a legitimate piece of clothing, not just an afterthought.

Kiana Anvaripour

Kiana Anvaripour

“As a former eveningwear designer, I had sheer in my collection,” Anvaripour says. “And the whole concept is you don’t want to have a horrible shapewear. If something peeps out, it’s okay.”

And while some shapewear labels seem like they’re begrudgingly giving women a few options, dMondiane features high design and function in pieces that can stand on their own.

“We’re not just creating shapes, but alleviating fashion disasters. You don’t have to wear a bra,” explains Anvaripour. “It can be versatile. You can even wear it up to an E cup. There’s an encased band underneath the cup for support and lift and the mesh actually expands to fit your cup size”

dMondaine Audrey bodysuit

dMondaine Audrey bodysuit

Plus, the pieces aren’t targeted at specific areas. Most slips and bodysuits are designed to be all-in-one wonders, contouring the waist, enhancing the bust and keeping everything tight and taught without the constricting feel of some other labels. dMondaine does offer pieces to target specific problem areas and each and every piece does stand on its own, so when the clothes do come off, the lights don’t necessarily have to get turned down.

“Shapewear wasn’t actually shaping my customers,” Anvaripour adds. The designer focused on engineering and construction, even earning a patent on the design of the Marilyn slip, which has become the brand’s signature piece. dMondaine has become an Awards Season staple. Thanks to her eveningwear experience, Anyaripour knows the ins and outs of dressmaking and exactly how her pieces can fit underneath the couture creations. “It’s been great for awards-season,” she explains. “With all the lace that’s out right now, [we offer] great layering pieces and it’s pretty.”

dMondaine

dMondaine

Priced between $69 and $179, dMondaine debuted at Neiman Marcus, though it wasn’t easy for Anyaripour to partner with the legendary retailer. “We launched with Neiman Marcus about 3 years ago. I called every day and I said ‘Give me 15 minutes! I’ll fly to Dallas!’ I showed them the collection and they did an exclusive right then and there.”

After her exclusive with Neiman Marcus, Anyaripour expanded with distribution in Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-Porter. And next on the agenda? dMondaine introduced maternity pieces when Anyaripour was carrying a little one, “I [wanted] something that sexy and edgy,” she said of the nursing bra options available. With designers creating even more challenging silhouettes and cutouts still a key trend, we’re sure that dMondaine will be Hollywood’s not-so-well kept secret under all of those stunning gowns.

For more information, visit www.dmondaine.com.

Images courtesy dMondaine

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.