Given the straps, ties, and wires that poke it’s clear that a lot of intimates aren’t designed for the wearer. Saving a conversation on the female gaze for another time, we chatted with designer and co-founder of The Great Eros, Christina Viviani, an ardent ambassador for intimates and leisurewear designed for women who dress for themselves—and not someone else. “Our lingerie is a departure from the boudoir fantasy,” she says. “It’s made for the way women live now.”
Forty Five Ten partnered with The Great Eros on a new collection of exclusive silk robes, sleep sets, and pretty underpinnings. In soft jade green and silver, the pieces reflect our holiday spirit and (hint, hint) make the perfect gift. Best of all? With the right shoe and a clutch, that silk chemise is now a party dress! It was, after all, designed with that in mind. For more on the idea of leisurewear as daywear, we talked to Viviani…
You’ve worked in ready-to-wear for luxury brands. What prompted your move to intimates?
One night my partner Emilio Ramirez and I were drinking a bottle of wine and started discussing this aesthetic that we love—a fresh take on lingerie that wasn’t so boudoir. That was the seed for The Great Eros. We felt like there was a girl that wanted something modern and understated that could be a wardrobe staple and still feel special. When people think of lingerie, they don’t always think of comfort. It can be super strappy and uncomfortable, so I’m constantly searching for the most comfortable, innovative fabrics out there.
Tell us a little about this collection of exclusives. Do you have any favorites?
The collection was designed in collaboration with Forty Five Ten by taking our signature silk ready-to-wear pieces and reinterpreting them in colors exclusively for 4510/SIX. The Anesi slip dress is one of our favorites because it is such a good crossover day-to-sleep pieces. Everyone loves a great holiday dress and this one works for both a holiday party and a night in.
What are some of the pieces every woman needs?
A great underwire bra that creates a natural shape while providing support! Our Canova underwire provides an incredibly natural look by using a double-layer Italian mesh. It’s also vital to have pieces that are multi-functional. We created our sleepwear collection so that it’s not just meant for sleep. Each piece can be worn day to night, so it’s as functional as it is beautiful.
Does being a woman influence the way you design?
Of course! I’m a size DD and I try all styles on myself to make sure the fit is perfect. Being a woman, I crave wearable sensuality in modern, timeless pieces and that’s what we have created with this collection. It’s designed for a woman who’s dressing for herself. It’s more than a lingerie line or fashion brand; it’s a good feeling that keeps women coming back for empowerment, wellness, curiosity, and community.
For the season of gifting, any tips on giving intimates or sleepwear as a gift?
Our sleepwear is an easy option, however opening a gift that has something a bit more intimate like our Canova sets shows that you are really thinking about your partner.
We created our sleepwear collection so that it’s not just meant for sleep. Each piece can be worn day to night, so it’s as functional as it is beautiful.
Christina Viviani, Designer and Co-Founder of The Great Eros