Actress, model and television personality, Annalise Braakensiek, has turned her hand to designing, creating a bra range with Bras N Things that allows her passion for healthy living and a green lifestyle to shine. The collection of eco-friendly, feminine lingerie for larger-busted women, called the “Annalise” range, specializing in C-G cups. Styling You caught up with Annalise, who’s deservedly excited about filling a gap in the Australian lingerie market.
Have you always had a desire to design fashion?
Yes I have. I have been designing clothes and jewellery since I was a kid! I made clothes for me and my sister from a very early age. (Thankfully they have improved since I was eight. Ha!) I almost studied fashion design, but opted for art at COFA (College of Fine Arts) instead.
What’s the most important thing YOU look for in a bra?
I look for comfort, the right fit is imperative, support and a strap I’m not afraid to show off.
Do you have a bra horror story?
Well, being my size (8E) I couldn’t find any until I created my own range with Bras N Things. So, yes, I have had a few horror stories of spilling out unceremoniously… thankfully that is now a thing of the past.
What’s been missing in the bra marketplace?
In my humble opinion, sexy, fashion-forward, comfy bras for the larger cup sizes! Again, that’s why I felt compelled to design my own signature lingerie range, to offer girls what I have always searched for but was unable to find.
How will your range help fill that gap?
My range starts at 8C and goes to 16G. It offers fashion-forward colourways, sexy and cute designs, with awesome support for us larger-cup girls … all with an eco-friendly edge!
Why should we be passionate about organic fashion materials?
I think its imperative we do the best we can to help save this beautiful planet of ours. It’s at crisis point … and we must remember that every little bit counts. It’s not too late. The recycled cardboard on my swing tags, the organic cotton blend in my cotton pieces … it all helps. Concientious consumerism! I’m grateful Bras N Things appreciate the fact I’m a passionate environmentalist, and I’m looking forward to ways in which my range will continue to be eco-friendly as well as fashionable.
What’s your favourite set from this collection?
That’s hard to say. I love them all! In saying that, I can’t wait for the “Annalise” to drop for summer… she is an organic cotton blend broderie anglaise white balconette bra with frills and a cute brazillian brief.
Look for the Annalise range at all Bras N Thing stores or online.