Fauvey Finds from Fantasie

As Eveden began to phase out its high-end Fauve line last year, we were assured that so many Fantasie bras look like Fauve, we wouldn’t even miss the brand when it disappeared. So when Leah, Patsy and I visited the Eveden showroom in February, I asked to see all the “Fauvey” bras from Fantasie. Here are the three Fauviest–beginning with my favorite, the Francesca, which ships in September.

francesca front

Francesca side profile

It’s the Swiss embroidery and diamante bow details, plus the lace on the straps and down each side of the five hook-and-eye fastenings that make this longline so Fauve-like. Even the suggested retail price is Fauvey: $125. Part of the Blue and Black sub-category that Sweets reported on in her trend report, I love how the multiple shade of blue stand out from the black base.

francesca back

The longline will be available in 30-38 D-G . It will also come in a vertical seam bra in 30-38 D-FF and 30-36G for $82, as well as the side support bra you see below in 30-40 D-FF and 30-38 G-GG for $86.

francesca side support

Bottoms are available in a brief (below), short and Brazilian thong, retailing for $46, $50 and $44, respectively.

francesda brief

Based on the Fauve Emmanuelle, the Fantasie Mae has an actual Fauve pedigree. Its Fauviness also derives from its Italian flock print, jewel-trimmed bows and lace-trimmed straps.

fantasie mae lipstick

The lipstick color above will ship in May and comes in a padded half cup (30-38 D-G) and side support (30-42 DD-F; 30-40 FF, G; 30-38 GG-H), plus brief and Brazilian thong. The champagne color (bridal and continuity) shipped in February and includes a strapless (30-40 DD-E; 30-38 F-G; 30-36GG) and a basque (30-38 D-G), plus high-waisted brief, suspender belt and garter in addition to brief and Brazilian thong. A new black continuity will ship in August. It comes in a strapless but not a basque.

Finally, here is a peek at the Marianna padded half-cup bra in magenta (30-38 D-G). It also comes in a side-support plunge (30-40 D-FF; 30-38 G; 30-36 GG). For those of us sad about Panache Masquerade’s demise, this half-cup almost looks Masquerade-y, doesn’t it? And I’m excited that the Marianna also comes in a gorgeous chemise.

fantasie marianna side support plunge

If Fantasie will do more with embroidered satin as it did with my beloved Lucia and the beautiful Bronte, then maybe I really won’t miss Fauve.

(The fresh Clementine that Leah is going to show you will also help me forget!)

A New Big Bust Story from Natori: + Support to a U.S. H Cup

Four months ago, a friend told me she was going to the Nordstrom’s in Menlo Park, New Jersey. I’d long been pestering her to get a bra fitting, so I insisted she visit the lingerie department while there. Before sending her off, I measured her underbust at 30″ and suggested she try a 32 band since she didn’t like things too tight. She returned with two Natori Feathers bras in 34DD because the Nordstrom fitter said they had no D+ cup sizes in 32 bands.

If this story took place after April 20, 2015, it could have a very different ending because that’s when Natori will launch Natori + Support, its new full-bust line in 30-42 DD-H (U.S.)*. It’s common knowledge that Nordstrom’s is supposed to carry 32 bands in brands like Freya, but perhaps they need an extra push to carry smaller bands with larger cups from a blockbuster brand like Natori. Natori + Support includes Pure Allure, their large-bust version of the top-selling Feathers bra. So next time my friend goes bra-shopping at Nordstrom’s, maybe the fitter will put her in the right size!

natori h cup pure allure feathers

While just as soft to the touch as the Feathers, the Pure Allure uses a power mesh over the cups.

natori h cup pure allure feathers back

The power mesh and lace extend all the way around.

One of the sales reps loves her Pure Allure so much that she let me take a picture of it on her. She’s wearing a 34G here, but she admitted that she’d been eating out so much that she should be wearing a 34H.

34G Natori pure allure on sales rep

34G natori pure allure profile sales rep

Nice lift and rounded profile.

34G natori pure allure front under dress sales rep

Now I want to know where she got that dress.

Pure Allure will be available in Black/Charcoal, Natural, Vivid Violet and Light Pansy. (Pure Allure is actually the one style that is also available to a 44 band.) Two more Natori + Support styles that become available on April 20 are Smooth Scroll and Chic Comfort. The retail price for these bras is $66-$74.

h cup natori smooth scroll

Smooth Scroll will be available in Black/Café, Light Mocha/Cashmere, and Rouge/Tulle.

I don’t have a picture of the Chic Comfort, but it’s a basic tee shirt contour bra with a nice sweetheart neckline that will come in Black, Buff, and Wild Orchid.

On May 20 the True Decadence demi contour and True Decadence cut-and-sew arrive in Black/Café, Café/Ivory, and Hot Pink/Cashmere.

H cup natori True Decadence contour

H cup natori true decadence cut and sew

Later in the year things REALLY start turning beautiful! I’m most excited about Seduction, shipping September 20 in Gunmetal, Café, and Ayame.

h cup natori seduction gun metal

h cup natori seduction deep color

Toujours ships on July 20 in Black/Silver Dusk, Café/Ivory, and Midnight/Slate Blue. The Cranberry/Cashmere below ships on October 20. All three-part cups have a rigid side with a soft top.

h cup natori toujours

Finally, Satin Fleur ships on August 20 in Black, Buff, and Spearmint.The color in this photo is Deco Pink, which ships on November 20.

h cup natori satin fleur

Naturally, you can expect to find Natori + Support online at Nordstrom’s. For those of you who usually order online, I asked how the bands tend to run and was told that “Natori bands tend to run very true to sizes. That’s why we are so well known for comfort, fit, fabrication, and feel.” So it looks like we’ll need a few reviews to see how “true to sizes” compares to the other big bust brands we’re already familiar with.

Finally, for those of you who want to try the brand in person, here is a list of stores that will carry Natori + Support. If there’s a specific style and size you’re looking for, be sure to tell your store to order it!

BARE NECESSITIES – LUTHERVILLE, MD

BEAUTY AND ATTITUDE – BERKELEY,CA

BLOOMERS – ALEXANDRIA,VA

BRA LA LA – FULTON, MD

FASHION GROUP USA INC – SEA RANCH LAKE, FL

FORTY WINKS – CAMBRIDGE,MA

INDIAN SUMMER – BEACH HAVEN, NJ

JOURNELLE INC – NEW YORK, NY

JUDYS INTIMATE APPAREL – TACOMA, WA

LA LINGERIE – MADISON, WI

LACE SILHOUETTES LINGERIE – LAHASKA, PA

LINGERIE BY SUSAN – EDISON NJ

PETTICOAT FAIR – AUSTIN, TX

THE LINGERIE SHOPPE BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, AL

UNDERTHINGS – CHICAGO, IL

*Natori + Support’s cup size progression is: DD – DDD (UK E) – G (UK F) – H (UK FF)

 (Side note: 36-38 bands will also be available in D cups.)

Pretty Bras for Big Breasts: My Second Impression of Tutti Rouge

I’m super late to the Tutti Rouge party, but I don’t mind because originally I didn’t even want to go. If you’ve been reading bra blogs for a while, you know that Tutti Rouge made a big splash in 2013 with its fresh styling, packaging and marketing. There were many reports of inconsistent fit issues (including Leah’s that she shared on Friday, plus I had tried a friend’s Tutti Rouge bra that didn’t work for me), and I thought Tutti Rouge was yet another new company promising big things to big busts that it couldn’t deliver.

In the final hour of the final day of Curve, I finally stopped by their booth. Since Mia hadn’t had the chance to visit them for her J-Cup Chronicles, I thought I should check them out (and I didn’t realize Leah already had!). That’s where their PR and marketing manager Katie changed my mind about the brand. As she showed me the gorgeous emerald Beatrice (it reminded me of raw silk in person), I asked, “Is it true that your bras are better for shallow breasts?

big bust beatrice tutti rouge

“Some of them are,” she admitted. “In fact, we’re fixing the cup in the Beatrice so that I don’t slip out the center when I bend over.” Fortunately, Tutti Rouge also makes bras where where slippage isn’t a problem. Katie wears a 32G, and she finds the Nichole works great for fuller boobs. She even pulled down her shirt to prove it–and told me I could publish the picture!

32G in the Nicole

It turns out that Katie isn’t your typical marketing maven from the outside. She used to be a fit model for Wacoal, so she knows the ins and outs of bra fit and function. In fact, until the Tutti Route Fifi (below) came on the scene with its side sling for upward and forward projection, she refused to leave the Freya Deco behind. The Fifi and the Liliana (last picture in this post) are Tutti Rouge’s two styles that go to a J cup. Everything else goes to a HH cup.

big bust friendly tutti rouge fifi

On the other hand, styles like the Beatrice, Betty (below) and Kitty, where overflow is allowed, are great for a shallow bust. As Katie made clear, these aren’t run-for-the-bus kinds of bras.

big bust bra betty tutti rouge

Katie also pointed out that certain styles, like the Tallulah below, will always work better on the 30F model than they do on her. (By the way, the Tallulah tattoo print that Miss Underpinnings described in August is also out now!)

big bust bra tallulah tutti rouge

Finally, Tutti Rouge is quite excited about the Jessica, which Leah told you on Friday is the “world’s first unpadded plunge with removable cookies”. To add a little more detail, the removable cookies are graded for bras up to a HH cup–it’s not “one cookie fits all”–and they create a gentle cleavage by pushing the breasts to the middle instead of pushing them up. Below, the model is wearing the Jessica with the matching garter belt.

big cup bra tutti rouge jessica

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Last summer, a reader asked Hourglassy to tell readers where they can find the bras that we rave about at Curve, and we’re going to try to do that. Here in New York, the well-respected Suzette’s carries Tutti Rouge, and I called them this morning to find out which styles they carry.  They currently carry the Nichole that you saw Katie wearing above, as well as the Eliza, which Science and Silione reviewed in December. In two weeks, you can expect to find the Liliana there.

bust friendly tutti rouge easter colors liliana

I couldn’t resist photographing this Easter candy color combination of the Liliana. However, it’s also available in continuity colors of creme, noir sugar (black lace over pink base) and ice white.

The Liliana comes in 28-38 D-J and 40-44 D-F, and Suzette’s will carry it in 30-38 F-J.  Finally, Suzette’s will carry the Jessica when it ships in July or August.

Thanks to Suzette’s good experience with Tutti Rouge, I’m pretty sure you’ll soon find Tutti Rouge in more brick and mortar stores than those currently listed on its stockists page. Bravissimo and Figleaves will also carry it.

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If you’ve worn Tutti Rouge beyond the dressing room, would you tell us in the comments how you’ve liked it? We’re hoping to be able to try it ourselves soon!

 

Pretty Bras (and Other Decadent Pieces) for Big Breasts: Harlow & Fox

PLEASE read my full review of Harlow & Fox on the Campbell & Kate blog today. Many of us can only dream of owning one of Leanna Williams’ designs, but I have tried to capture a fraction of the brand’s intricacy so that, whether you can buy your favorite piece or not, you will understand the thoughtfulness behind its creation. For those of us who can reach for our credit cards, there is a 15% discount code available at the bottom of the Campbell & Kate post. For those of us who need to save our pennies for a splurge, these gorgeous styles aren’t going away–Leanna understands that her pieces are a special treat that take time to afford.

Leah actually got to try the Viola longline bra! Here are her impressions of the 36E, which was the only size that Leanna had with her in New York when Patsy, Leah and I met her in February.

36E harlow fox viola longline front

The band felt really good and stayed in place well despite the bigger size, due to its length and shape. But I was also wearing it on the tightest setting, so in reality I would need to go down a band from the sample. The boob shape was beautifully rounded without being too “oomph”-y. The side slings were very effective. The straps were a DREAM. It felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. The fabric was so light and soft and the width allowed good distribution of weight and kept them from digging into my shoulders. The cups were a little shallow on me, but that’s the case with anything but Polish bras for me. Additionally, since the fabric was so soft, the bottom edge of the band did not dig into my sides even though it stopped right at my natural waist. So I think even petite or short-waisted ladies could wear this, it would just have more of a “tankini” look to it than a bustier. You can see a funny little fold in the lace between my boobs, but every longline I’ve ever tried (three different brands aside from H&F) has done this to me. So I don’t think it’s a design flaw, I think it’s just something about the way I’m shaped.

For more about this brand, Miss Underpinnings gave an excellent introduction and review last year; Kelsey wrote about Harlow & Fox on The Full Figured Chest, and The Lingerie Lesbian has even more pretty Harlow & Fox pictures.  Lost in Lingerie‘s review of the French knickers and tie-side briefs includes this amazing video.