How It's Designed: Cosabella x ELOQUII

It’s February ladies, and while the temperatures outside are dropping, we’re staying cozy and chic indoors with our new Cosabella x ELOQUII collaboration. The collabrotion features high-end lingerie and sleepwear styles handcrafted in Italy and made from exquisite fabrics. This is lingerie and sleepwear like you’ve never known before. To learn more about the collection and its exciting details, we caught up with ELOQUII Design Director, Yesenia Torres, to interview her about creating this collection and what sets it apart from the rest.

We kicked off our discussion with a breakdown of the collection. The collection was designed with several stories in mind: luxurious lounging, pretty in pink, bold neons, and adventure. Our luxurious longing included our Ferrara Sleep Jumpsuit and matching robe, as well as our cami and short set — the black hues accented by the pink hand-made lace provide the wearer with an elevated, elegant “rolled out of bed look,” when hosting a Sunday brunch, binge-watching Netflix (the office is currently obsessed with Tidying Up), or even donning just the robe while doing hair & makeup before a night out with the girls. The lounge set is purposefully pragmatic and personal—sleepwear crafted for you in softer-than-soft cotton & jersey fabrics.

Our second and third stories, “pretty in pink” and “bold neons,” offer a slightly different narrative. “Pretty in Pink,” a story of a more daring pink bodysuit, romper, and matching robe—still crafted in soft jersey—twist the edgy notch up a few dials than our true loungewear; however, we’re not opposed to matching these two stories! For a warmer weather look, try the Ferrara Sleep Kimono & Short paired back to our Sweet Dreams Bodysuit.

For the bold at heart, the collection’s neon rompers and separates will pop at all occasions. Says Yesenia, “Neon is such a trending color on the runways and looks gorgeous on any skin tone—we really wanted to play with that.” Coupled with each pieces delicate lace and soft touch, get dressed for yourself in these pieces — they’ll glow at all times, day or night.

Finally, our last story is not for the faint of heart: it calls for adventure. The sensual, three piece Sugar set with matching lace bralette, garter belt, and hot pant is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for yourself. Wear for your partner or someone else, it doesn’t matter as long as this set is worn, ultimately, for yourself.

Wearing lingerie for yourself was a theme that came up several times when we talked with Yesenia. “I think lingerie is personal...I think most people think of lingerie as only sexy, single-wear intimate wear. From my point of view, I don’t think you have to be in relationship or not in a relationship to wear it; I think that lingerie is something that makes you feel really good and pretty and is sensual for yourself...we all loved getting dressed, right? And we all love to feel like everyone is noticing our outfit, but for the most part most women get dressed for themselves, so why wouldn’t you want to dress yourself at home or have a little something special on underneath your clothing? I see it as an added layer of styling. I don’t see any pressure to have a romantic motivation behind it.” In other words, no one should have to justify the pleasure of wearing something timeless and elegant—it is only for you.

Designing this only for you, our amazing ELOQUII customers, is what was the biggest motivator for Yesenia, and why it was so important that this collection fits customers up to size 5X. “We’ve heard an outcry from our customer,” says Yesenia, “why don’t we have anything that goes up to 26/28? [So] we’re really excited to do this...and have this be one of the first ever lingerie collabs that goes up to this size range. I hope the customers feels how much we appreciate and love her, and we chose this very high end design to kick off her foray into lingerie on purpose.”  

Our conversation took a personal turn as we discussed fabrications, favorites, and Yesenia’s journey designing the collection. “It’s really exciting to say as a plus-size woman I’m wearing Cosabella,” say Yesenia when asked what she’s most proud of in the collaboration process. “...for a lot of women or those who were intense Sex and The City watchers, Cosabella was Carrie Bradshaw's GO-TO intimates destination...she referenced Cosabella all the time on the show. And everyone wanted to be a Carrie if you’re the fashion girl, but when you’re plus-size you think, ‘well I’ll never be able to wear that.’ But now you can. And I’m really proud to be able to have our girl have that moment, to really live her Sex and the City moment to its full potential.” Beyond living a Carrie Bradshaw fantasy-turned-reality, all of the pieces are coming from Italy and are rich with handcrafted details — a rarity in the plus-size fashion world today.

Overall, what struck Yesenia most about this collection and collaborative process what the beauty of the materials used, and the grace to which the teams worked together. This was truly a “50/50 collaboration” with ELOQUII providing expertise on fit and our knowledge of our customer’s bodies, and Cosabella offering insight in manufacturing in Italy, pattern-making, and producing lace from scratch. At the end of the day, Yesenia is optimistic. “I hope that our customer understands this and experiences this with us, that the fabrics are so rich and beautiful, it is literally the softest laces and the softest jersey — they feel so good on your touch it and immediately you’re like: ‘this feels like butter.’ You want to be comfortable up against your body, especially for sleepwear. These are pieces you’re going to have in your drawer for the rest of your life. I want it to be our girl’s favorite thing to put on as soon as she gets home.”

Excited to find your next piece from the Cosabella x ELOQUII collaboration? Check out all styles (and especially Yesenia’s favorite!) to wear today, tomorrow, for Valentine’s Day, and beyond!

Natalie Shell