Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part II: Curvy Kate

Last week I showed you Panache’s new offerings. This week I’m focusing on Curvy Kate. Everything featured here will be released during spring/summer 2017 (generally January through June).

CK’s latest collection is more juvenile and cute. There is lots of neon, especially neon pink, with a few pops of blue, as well as influences we were told include kitsch, fun, and surf. They’ve also expanded their molded options in response to demand from US customers.

New style Vegas really fulfills that kitsch influence, with a fun flamingo and floral print. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

New style Vegas really fulfills that kitsch influence, with a fun flamingo and floral print. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

The Daily Dream in “Aqua” is light and refreshing, one of many seafoam-colored options I saw this season. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

The Daily Dream in “Aqua” is light and refreshing, one of many seafoam-colored options I saw this season. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

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Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part I: Panache

For this season’s Curve Expo, I’m going to do fewer brands in each post, starting with Panache. Over the next few weeks, I’ll cover more brands, but I’m going to try to keep these posts a little more brief than usual, only showcasing what I consider the highlights. Everything here will be released throughout January – June 2017.

As usual with Panache, there are plenty of new prints and colors, as well as new designs that are based on classic Panache shapes. In particular, there are some great, modern florals, and lovely swimwear prints.

Clara comes in fabulous colors and sizes 30-38 D-J. This shade is “Royal Blue.”

Clara comes in fabulous colors and sizes 30-38 D-J. This shade is “Royal Blue.”

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Off the Rack ~ Partying with Eveden

It’s another Eveden post this week! A couple weeks ago, Darlene and I attended a “70s dance party” thrown by Eveden for bloggers and other members of the press. We got to see models try on anything we requested from the latest season, got fitted (I’m happy to report that I’m already in the correct size), and even enjoyed some muffins and other breakfast goodies.

It wasn’t really a dance party, but I guess some of the collection is inspired by the 1970s, and the lovely PR ladies wore ’70s-inspired outfits. In fact, that’s one of the things I love about the Eveden brands and is part of why I like supporting them—they are very accommodating and welcoming to press!

Most of what I was interested in was the trendy swimwear cuts I shared in my coverage of the last Curve show. It really makes a difference to see these things on a real person in front of me. But I also have a few other tidbits to share…

First up, what I last referred to as the “standout” of the show, the “Pinup” set. I’m surprised to see how long it looks on a real body. With my long torso, I pretty much always expect long items to actually be a conservative length on me. This one’s definitely worth trying!

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Moving on to swimwear:

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Off the Rack ~ Autumn/Winter 2016 Curve Expo Part IV

Finally, my last post about Curve A/W16—this week it’s all about Panache and Eveden, the two biggest brands of the big bust world. Darlene and I got to visit the Eveden showroom again this season, and even though I was sick and had to leave earlier than Darlene I still took enough photos that I could have made multiple posts about Eveden alone! But let’s ease into things with Panache first, of whom I took slightly fewer pictures…

Panache

Honestly, what I was most excited for this season were the new colors in Panache Sport. So many of them have amazing trim and/or interior colors. I realize no one sees the interior of a sports bra except the owner, but as someone who frequently dresses like a walking box of crayons, excites me nonetheless!

I was so into the turquoise and bright yellow combo of the “Odyssey” print that I apparently forgot to take a photo of the front.

I was so into the turquoise and bright yellow combo of the “Odyssey” print that I apparently forgot to take a photo of the front.

I adore the “Neon Pixel” print…

I adore the “Neon Pixel” print…

…especially with the hot pink trim and interior.

…especially with the hot pink trim and interior.

It looks pretty fab on the model too.

It looks pretty fab on the model too.

In the non-wired model, there’s a great red, white, and marled blue colorway. Subtly patriotic.

In the non-wired model, there’s a great red, white, and marled blue colorway. Subtly patriotic.

And another fabulous sporty look.

And another fabulous sporty look.

Finally, there’s the seriously neon pink wireless sport.

Finally, there’s the seriously neon pink wireless sport.

I’m not much of a pink girl because I don’t think it’s my best color, but I just love the black trim on this beauty.

I’m not much of a pink girl because I don’t think it’s my best color, but I just love the black trim on this beauty.

And it goes great with the not completely matchy-matchy “Neon Pixel” brief.

And it goes great with the not completely matchy-matchy “Neon Pixel” brief.

Next up, swimwear! Since autumn and winter are a slow season for swim, there aren’t that many offerings in general, but I really liked what Cleo had to offer:

The Hattie set in a coral Aztec-inspired print.

The Hattie set in a coral Aztec-inspired print.

Good ol’ Lucille gets an update with diagonal striped partitions.

Good ol’ Lucille gets an update with diagonal striped partitions.

Hello! The Suki bandeau has an amaaaaazing digital flower print over a blocky black and white geometric base.

Hello! The Suki bandeau has an amaaaaazing digital flower print over a blocky black and white geometric base.

Bandeau swimwear doesn’t always agree with me but I might just have to try Suki for the print alone…or buy the bottoms and pair them with a plain black top.

Bandeau swimwear doesn’t always agree with me but I might just have to try Suki for the print alone…or buy the bottoms and pair them with a plain black top.

Next up, Cleo bras:

Another Hettie color! It looks red here, but it’s really more of a hot pink. I kind of wish they had chosen literally any other color. I love my blue Hettie [http://hourglassy.com/2016/01/off-the-rack-reviewing-cleo-by-panaches-hettie-bra/] something fierce, and really wanted more colors, but pink is just so…expected.

Another Hettie color! It looks red here, but it’s really more of a hot pink. I kind of wish they had chosen literally any other color. I love my blue Hettie something fierce, and really wanted more colors, but pink is just so…expected.

The new tee shirt bra Tilda (in pink), which is based on Maddie (in black), which is being replaced by the Lexi model (in tan), which will feature smoother fabric than Maddie.

The new tee shirt bra Tilda (in pink), which is based on Maddie (in black), which is being replaced by the Lexi model (in tan), which will feature smoother fabric than Maddie.

I don’t much care for the granny-like floral pattern of Mimi, but I love the saturated grey base and the neon limeade scalloped thread trim.

I don’t much care for the granny-like floral pattern of Mimi, but I love the saturated grey base and the neon limeade scalloped thread trim.

New Marcie color! This one is tangerine. Black and tan are now core colors.

New Marcie color! This one is tangerine. Black and tan are now core colors.

One of my absolute favorite color combinations­—mint and black! This is Blake, and I literally just remembered that I already own another bra in these exact colors (Claudette’s Fishnet). But hey, if I can justify owning two or three dresses in this color combo, I can justify two or three bras too, right?

One of my absolute favorite color combinations­—mint and black! This is Blake, and I literally just remembered that I already own another bra in these exact colors (Claudette’s Fishnet). But hey, if I can justify owning two or three dresses in this color combo, I can justify two or three bras too, right?

Blake is just the barest bit sheer, and felt really soft and nice.

Blake is just the barest bit sheer, and felt really soft and nice.

I’m desperate to try a Cleo longline, since they feature boning on the sides but not the front (which means no digging and curling like some other longlines I’ve tried), but the muddy print of this Breeze bra leaves me cold.

I’m desperate to try a Cleo longline, since they feature boning on the sides but not the front (which means no digging and curling like some other longlines I’ve tried), but the muddy print of this Breeze bra leaves me cold.

However! Check out this gorgeous non-padded longline! This photo does not do Piper justice. It’s a super saturated cobalt blue lace. It’s unpadded and goes up to a UK J-cup (J-cup!).

However! Check out this gorgeous non-padded longline! This photo does not do Piper justice. It’s a super saturated cobalt blue lace. It’s unpadded and goes up to a UK J-cup (J-cup!).

I love when Cleo goes a little more sophisticated, and the Della with high-waisted suspender briefs is no exception.

I love when Cleo goes a little more sophisticated, and the Della with high-waisted suspender briefs is no exception.

Another failed attempt at capturing the correct color. The Morgan bra is a glorious teal with a cool flat pink trim, which is actually a heavy elastic. Looked pretty comfy!

Another failed attempt at capturing the correct color. The Morgan bra is a glorious teal with a cool flat pink trim, which is actually a heavy elastic. Looked pretty comfy!

As usual, Panache Regular didn’t capture my attention as much, but there were some highlights:

A brown bra! A rare find indeed. This is the Elise molded sweetheart bra in “Praline.” The lace is carefully attached only where it won’t show through thin fabric.

A brown bra! A rare find indeed. This is the Elise molded sweetheart bra in “Praline.” The lace is carefully attached only where it won’t show through thin fabric.

Envy—the bra I so loved [hourglassy.com/2015/03/off-the-rack-panache-envy-bra-reviewed/], but would have preferred in a 28 band—is now available in 28 bands and a lovely teal color (which my camera once again failed to accurately capture)!

Envy—the bra I so loved, but would have preferred in a 28 band—is now available in 28 bands and a lovely teal color (which my camera once again failed to accurately capture)!

Panache Black only had four new items, but I was smitten with two of them:

The Amara is a gorgeous, smoky longline with amazing details, based on the Panache Jasmine shape.

The Amara is a gorgeous, smoky longline with amazing details, based on the Panache Jasmine shape.

And the Etta (based on the Andorra/Clara shape) features sheer stripes on the upper cup, mimicking the look of a cage bra. It’s so sophisticated.

And the Etta (based on the Andorra/Clara shape) features sheer stripes on the upper cup, mimicking the look of a cage bra. It’s so sophisticated.

Finally, some random Panache news: They’ll be introducing a bridal collection come spring/summer 2016 (that’s this August). One thing they’re working on with the current season (and moving forward) is more consistency in fit across all the different lines. So if you wear 28GG in Cleo (hello!), you’ll take 28GG in Panache, Panache Black, and Panache Sport as well. As usual, I asked if there are any plans to make swimwear based on the Panache sports bra and the answer was no, but this time I was told that they actually did try that early on and it didn’t sell. Darnit! I want a Panache sport bikini!


Eveden

Here we go with a million photos, starting with Fantasie…

Top: Alex, bottom: Darcie. I love how Eveden has started making pieces within each season that mix and match.

Top: Alex, bottom: Darcie. I love how Eveden has started making pieces within each season that mix and match.

As usual, I gravitate toward teal—this time in the metallic-like Marianna, which also features a chemise whose body fabric felt deliciously slinky and soft.

As usual, I gravitate toward teal—this time in the metallic-like Marianna, which also features a chemise whose body fabric felt deliciously slinky and soft.

Fantasie is on point with their embroidery this season. Kimberley’s gorgeous tropical branch print marries perfectly with the delicate orange flowers embroidered on the upper cup.

Fantasie is on point with their embroidery this season. Kimberley’s gorgeous tropical branch print marries perfectly with the delicate orange flowers embroidered on the upper cup.

Just look at it! So freaking pretty.

Just look at it! So freaking pretty.

Another amazing embroidered piece is Amelie.

Another amazing embroidered piece is Amelie.

The gradient color in the embroidered upper cup gives the piece a nice consistent look.

The gradient color in the embroidered upper cup gives the piece a nice consistent look.

And the additional embroidery on the underwire is just beautiful. It makes your boobs look like a garden.

And the additional embroidery on the underwire is just beautiful. It makes your boobs look like a garden.

See those spots on Natasha? They’re not print…

See those spots on Natasha? They’re not print…

They’re more embroidery! It gives this animal print a more grown-up feel.

They’re more embroidery! It gives this animal print a more grown-up feel.

The body fabric of the Natasha chemise was really cool to the touch. I bet it would feel great in summer.

The body fabric of the Natasha chemise was really cool to the touch. I bet it would feel great in summer.

And now for the real star of the collection—Isabella! Look at all these awesome pieces.

And now for the real star of the collection—Isabella! Look at all these awesome pieces.

One thing Darlene and I noticed and admired was that the lace was completely attached to the cup, as if it were glued on, so there’s no shifting layers of fabric.

One thing Darlene and I noticed and admired was that the lace was completely attached to the cup, as if it were glued on, so there’s no shifting layers of fabric.

The other incredible standout is Sofia, which has a cool little tulle edge on the cup edges and leg openings of the panties. The waspie, though, is to die for.

The other incredible standout is Sofia, which has a cool little tulle edge on the cup edges and leg openings of the panties. The waspie, though, is to die for.

Also, more embroidery!

Also, more embroidery!

Next up, my old standard of Freya:

Muse is Freya’s first spacer fabric bra. It’s supposed to be lighter and thinner than the Fantasie Rebecca.

Muse is Freya’s first spacer fabric bra. It’s supposed to be lighter and thinner than the Fantasie Rebecca.

Idol features the same smoothness as the Deco, but with less push-up. It also goes up to HH, whereas Deco stops at GG.

Idol features the same smoothness as the Deco, but with less push-up. It also goes up to HH, whereas Deco stops at GG.

The expansive Freya Fancies collection offers bralettes, a longline, a solid-colored Minx bra [http://hourglassy.com/2015/11/off-the-rack-reviewing-the-freya-minx-bra/], a suspender, Brazillian panties, boyshort panties, and a chemise, in seven different colors that mix and match with the season’s printed offerings. They’re all at a lower price point than similar non-Fancies shapes.

The expansive Freya Fancies collection offers bralettes, a longline, a solid-colored Minx bra, a suspender, Brazillian panties, boyshort panties, and a chemise, in seven different colors that mix and match with the season’s printed offerings. They’re all at a lower price point than similar non-Fancies shapes.

I just love the “Chilli Red” color.

I just love the “Chilli Red” color.

Check out this great size chart for determining your Fancies bralette size (click to view full-size). Can you believe this chart isn’t on Freya’s website??

Check out this great size chart for determining your Fancies bralette size (click to view full-size). Can you believe this chart isn’t on Freya’s website??

The new Decos: (from left) Charm in Chartreuse, Delight in Charcoal, and Vibe in Kelly Green.

The new Decos: (from left) Charm in Chartreuse, Delight in Charcoal, and Vibe in Kelly Green.

I was pretty much obsessed with the Chartreuse color.

I was pretty much obsessed with the Chartreuse color.

Obsessed with the digital flower print of Candid as well!

Obsessed with the digital flower print of Candid as well!

Love the Photoshopped colors and the heavy black outlines.

Love the Photoshopped colors and the heavy black outlines.

The new Pulse colors: black with dark blue accents and the absolutely stunning “Dark Orchid” with neon lime trim. Give it to me now!

The new Pulse colors: black with dark blue accents and the absolutely stunning “Dark Orchid” with neon lime trim. Give it to me now!

More excellent complementary colors in Tempo (top) and Willow.

More excellent complementary colors in Tempo (top) and Willow.

Willow had cool, black-based embroidery on the upper cup.

Willow had cool, black-based embroidery on the upper cup.

As for Freya’s standout piece, you have the really, really, super-duper, amazingly cool “Pinup” set. Just look at that ridiculous bustier (available up to GG-cups)! I want to wear it as a shirt so bad.

As for Freya’s standout piece, you have the really, really, super-duper, amazingly cool “Pinup” set. Just look at that ridiculous bustier (available up to GG-cups)! I want to wear it as a shirt so bad.

The longline band still hits at about the same height as any strapless. I just noticed the nice wide band edge too.

The longline band still hits at about the same height as any strapless. I just noticed the nice wide band edge too.

The Pinup collection includes this great cupless slip. It offers strong smoothing, but not compression. The back is totally sheer (so sexy!).

The Pinup collection includes this great cupless slip. It offers strong smoothing, but not compression. The back is totally sheer (so sexy!).

A closeup of the top portion, which is basically just side slings. So you can wear any bra, and the side slings will bring your boobs in for some nice cleavage. The sample did not have adjustable straps, but here’s hoping the final product will!

A closeup of the top portion, which is basically just side slings. So you can wear any bra, and the side slings will bring your boobs in for some nice cleavage. The sample did not have adjustable straps, but here’s hoping the final product will!

Pandora is Freya’s first non-padded longline, available up to G-cups. I love the tiny blue rose charm at the gore.

Pandora is Freya’s first non-padded longline, available up to G-cups. I love the tiny blue rose charm at the gore.

Pandora also offers this amazing, totally shear vertical-seam bra, up to G-cups. It still has side slings to give good shape, but sadly it starts at a 30-band instead of 28 (why??).

Pandora also offers this amazing, totally shear vertical-seam bra, up to G-cups. It still has side slings to give good shape, but sadly it starts at a 30-band instead of 28 (why??).

A closeup to show just how sheer the bra is. I don’t really care one way or another about this particular embroidery, but I totally want this just because it’s so see-through. It’s practical and boudoir.

A closeup to show just how sheer the bra is. I don’t really care one way or another about this particular embroidery, but I totally want this just because it’s so see-through. It’s practical and boudoir.

Looooove the super sporty upper cup combined with the girly, abstract butterfly-esque print.

Looooove the super sporty upper cup combined with the girly, abstract butterfly-esque print.

A closeup of that awesome print.

A closeup of that awesome print.

Freya is introducing a whole new selection of sport items, in a color combo that I absolutely must own:

Top: Freestyle, the new low-impact wireless crop top (I need this for dog-walking!); bottom: Force, a mid-impact wireless sports bra, right: Epic, a wired high-impact crop top sports bra (which I also want).

Top: Freestyle, the new low-impact wireless crop top (I need this for dog-walking!); bottom: Force, a mid-impact wireless sports bra, right: Epic, a wired high-impact crop top sports bra (which I also want).

Look at all the matching bottoms! Left: running tights with a nice, wide waistband; upper right: loose running shorts with inner briefs; bottom right: fitted shorts.

Look at all the matching bottoms! Left: running tights with a nice, wide waistband; upper right: loose running shorts with inner briefs; bottom right: fitted shorts.

On to Freya swimwear! Many of the bikini tops for this season offer convertible straps that can be worn as cross-back, regular bra-style, or tied in a halter, and there are lots of mainstream trends incorporated into the offerings:

Coral Bay offers a very on-trend frilled bandeau (up to G-cups).

Coral Bay offers a very on-trend frilled bandeau (up to G-cups).

Club Tropicana’s high-neck crop is the style I lived in as a teenager when I wanted to be more covered (up to FF).

Club Tropicana’s high-neck halter is the style I lived in as a teenager when I wanted to be more covered (up to FF).

Club Tropicana’s interior is a structured three-part cup.

Club Tropicana’s interior is a structured three-part cup.

Glam Rock is a clever gold-striped design with criss-crossing straps and gold hardware (this sweetheart padded bikini goes up to H).

Glam Rock is a clever gold-striped design with criss-crossing straps and gold hardware (this sweetheart padded bikini goes up to H).

Glam Rock fabric closeup.

Glam Rock fabric closeup.

I really liked the Glam Rock one-piece as well.

I really liked the Glam Rock one-piece as well.

Check out the cutouts on the side—another trend now available to the full-bust market.

Check out the cutouts on the side—another trend now available to the full-bust market.

Love the sheer upper and side panels of Sundance.

Love the sheer upper and side panels of Sundance.

Sundance also comes in a glorious white, with sheer panel across the tummy of the one-piece (which goes up to FF).

Sundance also comes in a glorious white, with sheer panel across the tummy of the one-piece (which goes up to FF).

The Sundance one-piece’s interior construction.

The Sundance one-piece’s interior construction.

Love, love, love the zipper of Sports Luxe (up to GG) and the “midi shorts” that offer a bit more coverage than Freya’s usual skimpy bottoms.

Love, love, love the zipper of Sports Luxe (up to GG) and the “midi shorts” that offer a bit more coverage than Freya’s usual skimpy bottoms.

The Sports Luxe one-piece with mesh overlay (up to FF).

The Sports Luxe one-piece with mesh overlay (up to FF).

Sports Luxe one-piece interior.

Sports Luxe one-piece interior.

Finally, we have the new Deco Swim multiway (up to GG). So fun!

Finally, we have the new Deco Swim multiway (up to GG). So fun!

Here are several examples of how the Deco multiway can be worn.

Here are several examples of how the Deco multiway can be worn.

Phew! And that’s all for Curve…until the next season, of course!