Shapewear has steadily revolutionized the intimates market since SPANX came onto the scene in 1999. And yet, although the category has vastly evolved from mid-century underpinnings like corsetry, wires and girdles, it still lacks luxury sensibilities and a fashionable viewpoint. Kiana Anvaripour’s ResultWear is poised to change all that.
Informed by the designer’s previous stints at Roland Mouret and Preen, Anvaripour’s line has a focus on structural sexiness that’s more commonly found in the underpinnings of high-end designers like Peter Sorenen. The pieces are infused with detailing such as power mesh, performance fabrication and swimsuit stitching for maximum durability, breathability and recovery. But most of all, the line is saturated in an understated sexiness, yielding pieces that could be worn as slips, dresses or even as sexy tops on their own.
Reminiscent of Azzedine Alaia’s body-conscious ’90s silhouettes, ResultWear’s full slips, half slips, bras, half tanks and body suits are built with a sexy hand in the fabric and an emphasis on a woman’s best assets. Anvaripour focuses on creating the form beneath the dress in the most voluptuous way possible: unique, cleavage-inducing design (without the typical constricting foam cups or wires), wide shoulder straps and secret pockets (should you want to add a little cutlet for more vavoom). Design details like glossy zippers, scalloped edges and zigzag stitching create further drama to give each piece a stand-alone authority of its own merit.
Anvaripour’s celebrity fans already include Sofia Vergara, Halle Barry and Ginnifer Goodwin. And with a zero return rate, Net-a-Porter, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and New York boutique Journelle all seem to agree that this is indeed the new look in shapewear. Shape on.