This week you finally get to see my image-dump and notes from the old standards of Claudette, Panache, the Eveden brands, and Parfait. I’ve pretty much stopped covering Curvy Kate because they just don’t fit me at all, so I can’t say much more than “isn’t this pretty?”
First up, Claudette. I missed the last Curve show and didn’t get to see Claudette’s Spring/Summer 2014 offerings, so I’m a little behind on their news, but here’s what was new to me from S/S and Autumn/Winter 2014:
In S/S14, Claudette introduced the Bardot Plunge lace bra and lightly padded balconette, the Odette longline, the lightly padded Convertible Dessous, and the Dessous longline, as well as a range of new colors in the Dessous, Ouvert, Fishnet, and Sophia. All bras in D+ cups now start at 28 band (yay!).
A/W14 also features new colors, along with a new item, the Paloma full coverage bra and high-waisted panties with removable suspenders.
Claudette told Darlene and me that the next frontier for the company is to expand the cup sizes. The goal has always been to reach K, but it’s difficult because the factories require such a high production run, and stores are reluctant to carry such a size range even though bloggers and consumers are requesting it more and more.
Moving on to the Panache family, I think this brand created my favorite offering book this Curve. Instead of making a bunch of thinner books for each house brand, like Eveden does, they’re all in one thick book, with tabs separating the sections. It’s such a clean presentation and makes it easy to compare styles across all the brands.
I didn’t actually take that many photos of Panache Superbra because it’s one of the brands I don’t really wear, but there were two that I quite liked:
Masquerade is another brand I don’t much wear, but I thought the green of this Amelie bra was unexpected and unique:
Sculptresse has really stepped up their game, with fun and youthful (but not too youthful prints), though they still stop at HH (sometimes H), and one lone bra that goes up to J. What? Why?? Does Panache not think full-figured women can have the same proportions as us 28 and 30s in our K cups?
Next is Panache Sport. Since I recently tried my first Panache Sports bra (review to come…some time), I was pretty excited about the new colors:
Finally we come to Cleo. There was some minor controversy when the new items were made public, with some ladies not a fan of the very young, neon-heavy collection. But Cleo has always been young and flirty, and busty teenagers need cute, well-fitting bras too! I’m totally into the new selections even if they are a little young:
Moving on to the Eveden family, with A/W14 Fantasie has firmly moved away from their previous, rather “old” look and embraced a little more of the Freya aesthetic.
Moving on to my old pal Freya, there were a whole host of prints that I loved:
The Fauve offerings were exceedingly slim this go-round, but there were two pieces that stood out to me:
Finally, we have Parfait. I wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about the new items as I have been in the past, but there were still a few winners:
I’ll leave you with one last pretty item. Check out this beauty from Empreinte: