Harlette

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Harlette
Born (1975-07-17) 17 July 1975 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Education Bond University
Occupation Designer, entrepreneur, lingerie
Years active 2005–present
Known for Britain's Next Big Thing (2011)
Website http://www.harlette.com

Harlette De Falaise (born 17 July 1975) is an Australian and British designer, media personality and entrepreneur, best known for her work in Britain and Saudi Arabia.

Early life

Harlette was born to British parents in Sydney, New South Wales, and grew up in the small beach community of Little Manly.

Career

Harlette was awarded a scholarship for highest academic achievement and started university at age 16. She graduated from Bond University with an MBA and a Bachelor of Information Technology.[1]

At the age of 30, she moved to London, where she gained contract roles at investment banks including Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

Fashion career

In 2005, Harlette founded the company Harlette Luxury Lingerie, to provide a one of a kind luxury lingerie concierge service, after a chance meeting at the Kensington chamber of commerce function with London Fashion Forum representative David Jones.

Harlette was accepted in early 2006 to take one of the 20 places given each year to be mentored by the London Fashion Forum program. Soon, she was interviewed by the BBC during London Fashion Week for a lingerie story. Wanting to research the market, she gained luxury retail roles including Selfridges and Louis Vuitton in Oslo, Norway in 2006 and 2007.

She gained widespread media attention in 2009 when she was the first woman invited to Saudi Arabia to run a 10-day master class on the Art of Selling Lingerie for 26 Saudi women.[2] This was created to support the Reem Asaad lingerie KSA campaign started on Facebook in 2008 to enable women to work in lingerie stores. On 6 June 2011, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed that women should work in lingerie stores instead of men.[3] Until this time only men had been allowed to work in lingerie stores. No formal lingerie sales or fitting training were available for measuring women for bras, no fitting rooms existed, and there were high censorship levels of information in the kingdom in relation to lingerie companies' websites, due to modesty laws.

In 2010 news broke of Harlette's patent, which had been awarded on 14 July 2009,[4] for the world’s first diamond and platinum garters. Her lingerie collection debuted on the catwalk in Paris at Salon International de la Lingerie, and the collection was invited to showcase at an Oscars style lounge in 2010.[5]

In August 2010, The Economic Times listed her company as the 5th most unique company to provide services globally, just below the black label American Express card.[6]

Harlette's brand received two nominations for the 2011 and 2012 UK Lingerie Awards, and was nominated as a finalist for the NSW Premier Export Awards 2011 in Australia.[7]

In the summer of 2013 Harlette debuted in Paris Mode City her first swim collection, and her unique one-piece design was picked for the Best of Show parade.[8]

Media

In 2009 Harlette was asked by the Swedish newspaper Expressen to write a piece on a term she created, "Braconomics," and her insights on the Saudi Lingerie campaign.[9] After leaving Saudi Arabia to showcase some of the collection at Wimbledon Fashion Week in 2009, Harlette was also interviewed by Radio New Zealand, New Straits Times,[10] The Star (Malaysia),[11] and Gold Coast Bulletin on the Saudi Arabia lingerie campaign.[10]

The "Set Sail with Harlette" collection has been featured in the Wall St Journal, Hindustan Times, La Stampa, Bollywood blogs, CNN, and NDTV, featuring Miss World Australia 2008 first runner-up Sonia Lipski.[12][13][14][15]

Images of Harlette's Secret Diary Collection were featured in The Sun, Buzz, The Mirror, The Daily Mail, Metro, and New York Post, and went to air on ITV2, Showtime and GEM.[16][17]

The patented diamond suspenders and collection at the Oscars Style Lounge 2010, worn by Miss USA 2004, Shandi Finnessey, were featured in Luxist.[18]

Harlette's designs have been seen in Maxim UK, worn by Hollie Dowding, Naomi Young, and Miss London 2011, Rissikat Bade, in November 2011.[19] [20] [21]

Images of Melissa Reeves, Miss Galaxy England 2011, wearing Harlette's designs for her 2012 calendar, appeared in Maxim UK in December 2011.[22] [23]

Images of Carly Everett, NSW finalist for Miss Universe Australia 2012, wearing Harlette's designs, appeared in a Daily Telegraph article 16 April 2012.[24]

Harlette was cited in the 2012 book Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally, by Thomas Lippman, describing the first ever 10-day lingerie course run in Saudi Arabia.[25]

Film and television costumes

In 2010, Billie Piper and award-winning costume director Edward K Gibbon chose the Harlette collection to be part of the fourth and final series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Tiger Aspect.

In 2011, the Harlette collection was seen on Billie Piper as Belle in episodes 2, 3, 4 and 5, with couture pieces appearing in episodes 6 and 7 on ITV and Showtime.[26][27][28]

Pieces of the collection also appeared in episode 1 of Britain's Next Big Thing by Maverick Television, which aired on the BBC2 in UK and ABC in Australia.[29]

In 2012, pieces of the Harlette collection were selected by stylist Simon Gensowski for V magazine's Valentine's Day film, directed by Justin Wu and shot in Paris.[30][31]

In 2015, Harlette presented a preview of the pilot TV show IT Girl Lingerie, filmed on the Caribbean island of Curaçao for MIP Com Cannes, France.[32]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Britain's Next Big Thing Herself TV series (episode one)

References

  1. ^ "[ :: Bond University :: ]". enews.bond.edu.au. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Kontroversiell kurs avslöjar underkläderna - Sydsvenskan". sydsvenskan.se. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  3. ^ http://www.arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article449657.ece
  4. ^ Canvas Group. "Good Design Australia". Archived from the original on 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  5. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/epa/article/ALeqM5hbnnIRZYFX-NYl2Oe3XBtF28VgdQ
  6. ^ "Regular customers rewarded unique services globally - The Economic Times". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  7. ^ http://aiex.com.au/_blog/AIEx_News/post/2011_Premier's_NSW_Export_Awards-_Finalists_announced/
  8. ^ http://www.lingerieinsight.com/pics-3878-in-pics-mode-city-day-3/4
  9. ^ "BH-upproren tecken på ökad kvinnomakt | Debatt | Expressen". expressen.se. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Sunday People * NST Online". Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  11. ^ "Archives | The Star Online.". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Sexy models on board » - Picture 5 - NDTV". goodtimes.ndtv.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  13. ^ "Multimedia". lastampa.it. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  14. ^ "Bollywood Hollywood Celebrity Photos: Models parade in Harlette lingerie Australian fashion designer Naomi McGill". bollywood-hollywood-celebrity-photos.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  15. ^ "帆船の上で豪華ランジェリーショー、シドニー 写真10枚 国際ニュース:AFPBB News". afpbb.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  16. ^ "Celebrity news: gossip, pictures & video - 3am & Mirror Online". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  17. ^ "Billie Piper talks final season of 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' - PopWrap". Archived from the original on 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  18. ^ "Luxury Photos and Articles - StyleList". luxist.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  19. ^ "Super Sexy Hollie Dowding Shoot | Girls | Maxim". 2011-11-08. Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  20. ^ "EXCLUSIVE RISSIKAT BADE SHOOT | Girls | Maxim". 2011-11-14. Archived from the original on 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  21. ^ "NEW PICS OF NAOMI - PRETTY IN PINK! | Girls | Maxim". 2011-11-21. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  22. ^ "EXCLUSIVE MELISSA REEVES CALENDAR PICS | Girls | Maxim". 2011-12-01. Archived from the original on 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  23. ^ "NEW MAXIM PICS OF JESS LINLEY | Girls | Celebrity | Maxim". 2011-12-05. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  24. ^ "No Cookies | dailytelegraph.com.au". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  25. ^ Lippman, T.W. (2012). Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally. Potomac Books, Incorporated. ISBN 9781597978767. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  26. ^ "Luxury Lingerie « Tiger Aspect". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  27. ^ "Luxury Lingerie | TheMediaBriefing". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  28. ^ "Belle Bows Out in Style With Harlette’s Ravishing $3,200 Housecoat – Lingerie Talk". lingerietalk.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  29. ^ "Britain's Next Big Thing (TV Series 2011) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  30. ^ http://www.vmagazine.com/2012/02/happy-valentines-day-from-v/
  31. ^ "JUSTIN WU - FILM DIRECTOR & FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER". jwufilms.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  32. ^ http://www.my-mip.com/online-database/miptv/press-releases/press-release/?coId=49869

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