What’s Going On With My Lingerie?

As some of you may already know, I am the founder of retro-inspired lingerie label; Frantic About Frances. Back in 2010, on the floor of my cramped studio flat; business plan drafts, fabric samples, spreadsheets and many, many pairs of knickers later, the seed for Frantic About Frances was planted.

One of my very first designs. Photography Autumn Luciano, model Camilla Cupcake, muah Stephanie Strowbridge

One of my very first designs. Photography Autumn Luciano, model Camilla Cupcake, muah Stephanie Strowbridge

Two years of product development, business plan perfecting and research later, in 2012 the seed that was planted finally blossomed – Frantic About Frances was born! 2012 was an absolutely mad year, I did soo many lingerie fashion shows, countless magazine and online interviews, endless photoshoots and then some. I literally said ‘yes’ to everything, and as the year started to come to a close, I realised I had seriously neglected myself. I would start working at 6am, often forget or not want to eat, and work straight through until 11pm. Then, I would lay in bed unable to sleep either due to ideas buzzing around my head, or anxiety about hitting show/photoshoot deadlines.

Still from one of the lingerie fashion shows, photo by Manon Pauffin

One of my lingerie fashion shows, photo by Manon Pauffin

One of the many magazine features, this one is from Delicious Dolls Magazine

One of the many magazine features, this one is from Delicious Dolls Magazine

Anna Fur Laxis wears Frantic About Frances with Diablo Rose in Vintage Life Magazine

Anna Fur Laxis wears Frantic About Frances with Diablo Rose in Vintage Life Magazine

2013 saw some major changes. Mostly, I fell in love and was loved in return. Some might say ‘what on earth does that have to do with running a business’; but in my case it had everything to do with it. If I had carried on as I had been – not eating, overexerting myself, rushing around from one energy draining source to the next, I would have ended up in hospital (and I actually did on a few occasions). Falling in love made me realise what on earth I was doing to my body and my mental health. So I slowed things down slightly on the FAF front, started saying ‘no’ to people which at first made me feel like an evil Disney villain, but then you know what?

If you don’t look out and look after yourself, not many other people will. So sometimes you need to say ‘no’ to things to ensure you are saying ‘yes’ to a healthy you.

Go-Go Amy wears my bridal lingerie, photography by Autumn Luciano

Go-Go Amy wears my bridal lingerie, photography by Autumn Luciano

Then, last year I started feeling ill. I mean – really ill. After numerous doctors appointments and consultations, I was delivered the news that I had a chronic health condition.

I don’t wish to go into lots of details, because of course I like to keep some things private. Suffice to say, this condition affects my life in so many ways. Some of which I am still adjusting to, and to be honest, I am still figuring out what this means for the rest of my life. So, of course, this has affected my business.

One of my favourite sets, photographed by Autumn Luciano, hair Stephanie Strowbridge, Make Up Rachel Finan, Model Camilla Cupcake

One of my favourite sets, photographed by Autumn Luciano, hair Stephanie Strowbridge, Make Up Rachel Finan, Model Camilla Cupcake

So, in answer to this post’s title – What’s Going On With My Lingerie?

At the end of last year I took a ‘break’ from FAF as I had to undergo an operation in relation to my health condition. But since September I have been slowly gathering ideas, working on designs, sourcing fabrics and making-up prototypes for some new lingerie designs. At the moment, the prototypes & designs are coming along nicely, but sometimes I have to take days, even weeks out due to my health. This obviously slows everything down, and sets everything back – and believe me, no one is more frustrated by this than I am!

I am so grateful to have the support of my wonderful other-half Kieren, as he has been there for me by my side each and every step of the way. When I have days where I do not even have the energy to lift my laptop up, he is there for me, reminding me that tomorrow may be better.

So I want to assure everyone out there, especially fans & customers of Frantic About Frances, that I am ‘doing my best’.

I realise that on face value, my pictures & instagram etc show a bright-eyed-bushy-tailed version of me, but that’s the thing about the internet – you can show whichever version of you that you wish, it doesn’t mean it reflects reality all of the time.

One of my all-time favourite pictures, shot by Autumn Luciano, modelled by Camilla Cupcake, muah by Stephanie Strowbridge

One of my all-time favourite pictures, shot by Autumn Luciano, modelled by Camilla Cupcake, muah by Stephanie Strowbridge

SO.. what kind of lingerie designs can you expect to see? I don’t want to giveaway too many details at the moment, but I will say I am going further back in time than my previous designs..

So hopefully at some point in the future I shall be releasing these new designs out to the world! Precisely when that shall be, I cannot honestly say. But the seed of inspiration is planted my dears, and is growing ready to flourish.

Until next time dears, and if you have read to this far, thank you for reading all my ramblings!  xx

 

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11 thoughts on “What’s Going On With My Lingerie?

  1. Gemma says:

    Brave, creative Jenny.

    Although we eagerly await what beautiful new creations you come out with (eeeeep exciting), the most MOST important thing is that you put yourself first. As well as your health, maybe taking the pace down a little might allow you to enjoy your business again. Appreciating all of the processes, from design to construction, and really reminding yourself what gave you the push to get started in the first place.

    I do hope you continue to put your health at the top of the list, and I am super glad you have your knight in shining armour to make sure of that ; )

    Looking forward to hearing more about this exciting next chapter.

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

  2. Jenny Frances says:

    Gemma!
    It’s definitely giving me lots of time to mull-over all the pretty fabric choices (soo many fabrics, silk, rayon, antique lace.. swoon). Hoping you are well my lovely, when I get a chance I shall pop a little something in the post for you! 🙂 xxx

  3. Porcelina says:

    I had no idea you were the creator of that fab brand! I’m sorry to hear about your health issues, and glad to hear about the love in your life. I look forward to seeing the new designs – 20s and 30s styles would definitely appeal to me! x

  4. NoraFinds Vintage (@norafinds) says:

    I love your lingerie brand and have always wanted to have some pieces. Glad to know you have figured out what’s bringing your health down and I definitely think being in love and being loved is more important than anything. I look forward to your comeback and hey – we can collaborate when you’re ready. I look forward to bumping into you one day too (once I move to UK of course!)

  5. Lulu says:

    You are such a great and delightful person! I wish you all the best and all the health and energy in the world! Do keep on taking care of yourself – no success in the world is worth giving up your health. I’m happy to hear your man takes such good care of you on your worse days (been there.). There’s nothing like having a person expressing his love through such “small” gestures (huge gestures really!).

    Lots of love from Germany!
    Lulu Szabo

  6. Cate says:

    Love seeing snippets from over the course of FAF’s lifespan so far. I first discovered you when I spotted Ava Aviacion sporting your deep blue and black set and I was instantly hooked. I can’t wait to see your new designs. It looks like you may have my current favourite period in mind! But, of course, your health always, always comes first and you should always take care of yourself first. I really should listen to my own advice!

  7. Jenny Frances says:

    Thank you Cate!
    It’s always interesting hearing how people find me, Ava did look drop-dead gorgeous in that shoot, I am soo jealous of her wonderful fiery tresses! xx

  8. Wendy Bayford says:

    Sorry to hear that you have had a rough time, but it is wonderful that you have found someone to share your ups and downs with and who totally supports you, that is the dream! I must confess I hadn’t hear of your brand until today, which surprises me as its so flipping gorgeous, I clearly live under a rock! I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for your new collection, I am sure it will be divine! x

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