Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part IV: Curvy Kate & Parfait

Whew! Finally made it to the last Curve post, this one focusing on Curvy Kate and Parfait.

First, some Curvy Kate news. Charlotte Davies, the senior designer, will be leaving the company after the next season, to pursue a new project. Charlotte is the face of CK at the New York Curve show, so Darlene and I will be sad not to see her any more!

Some other news is that “Star in a Bra,” CK’s annual search for a new lingerie model, was US-only this year. In fact, you can go vote on your favorite of the seven finalists right now, at starinabra.com/finalists. The CK rep told us the reason for this is that the US represents 60% of the brand’s social media engagement. We are really leading the charge for this British brand!

Now on to my favorite pieces from the show. As usual, there were lots of pink and purple pieces, but I was happy to see that CK added some new colors to their repertoire, such as blue and yellow.

I can’t resist cobalt blue any more than I can resist a good cutout, so I love this season’s fashion colorway for Victory.

I can’t resist cobalt blue any more than I can resist a good cutout, so I love this season’s fashion colorway for Victory.

The new Dragonfly style. Now this is a pink and purple design I can get behind! Love it.

The new Dragonfly style. Now this is a pink and purple design I can get behind! Love it.

Dragonfly also comes in a longline sheer babydoll.

Dragonfly also comes in a longline sheer babydoll.

I’m drawn to neons like a moth to flame. This searing red Lifestyle bra calls to me.

I’m drawn to neons like a moth to flame. This searing red Lifestyle bra calls to me.

Note the double-loop strap ring on Lifestyle. I love little details like this.

Note the double-loop strap ring on Lifestyle. I love little details like this.

Another great blue! This time on the best-selling Smoothie Soul.

Another great blue! This time on the best-selling Smoothie Soul.

A closeup of the art deco print on Smoothie Soul. Love it!

A closeup of the art deco print on Smoothie Soul. Love it!

New cage bra Jinx is super cute.

New cage bra Jinx is super cute.

The pastel yellow Princess (also available in a plunge version) is soooo summery sweet.

The pastel yellow Princess (also available in a plunge version) is soooo summery sweet.

And finally, a third blue! The new Tease color features subtle light pink underlay and details.

And finally, a third blue! The new Tease color features subtle light pink underlay and details.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t super thrilled with the swimwear designs. There were some nice nauticals, but nothing that truly excited me the way past collections have. But all the bikini tops are based on either the Smoothie or the Luxe strapless models, so if those fit you well, you know the swimwear will be a hit for you as well.

Additionally, I have to sing the praises of the best-selling Luxe strapless. The model was gushing about how great it was, and—I really wish I’d gotten a video of this—she even did two cartwheels in it without falling out and requiring barely any readjustment. I have got to get one of those for myself!

[Darlene here: I got a video if it that I posted to the C&K Instagram feed. It made me a believer!]

Lastly, we end with Parfait. I haven’t worn Parfait much since bumping up from 28G/30FF to 28GG/30G, but I always find things I like aesthetically. News-wise, “Parfait by Affinitas,” the full-bust branch of the company, is now branded just “Parfait,” while the core size branch is now called “Mod by Parfait.”

Parfait is introducing its first sports bra, which they recommend for medium-impact sports. It features breathable mesh inserts, underwire for breast separation, and detachable straps in back so you can wear leotard or cross-back.

Parfait is introducing its first sports bra, which they recommend for medium-impact sports. It features breathable mesh inserts, underwire for breast separation, and detachable straps in back so you can wear leotard or cross-back.

Check out the strap adjuster. You simply place the wide hook into the fabric loop you need. No extra plastic bits to dig into you.

Check out the strap adjuster. You simply place the wide hook into the fabric loop you need. No extra plastic bits to dig into you.

Everyone’s favorite, the Charlotte bra, is being offered in monochrome tan and black.

Everyone’s favorite, the Charlotte bra, is being offered in monochrome tan and black.

But I’m much more impressed with the Estelle bra, based on the Charlotte style but with tan underlay and black lace and trim.

But I’m much more impressed with the Estelle bra, based on the Charlotte style but with tan underlay and black lace and trim.

The Romina comes in this gorgeous “Mediterranean blue.” The black trim and straps give it a sporty flair that I just love, and they’re made of microfiber elastic for comfort. Plus, this design goes up to UK H-cups rather than Parfait’s usual G. I really need to try this one.

The Romina comes in this gorgeous “Mediterranean blue.” The black trim and straps give it a sporty flair that I just love, and they’re made of microfiber elastic for comfort. Plus, this design goes up to UK H-cups rather than Parfait’s usual G. I really need to try this one.

Here’s the Romina in “Quartz Pink” on a model. Looks promising!

Here’s the Romina in “Quartz Pink” on a model. Looks promising!

Parfait has embraced the wire-free trend with the padded Aline bra that goes up to G-cups (but inexplicably starts at 32-band instead of 30).

Parfait has embraced the wire-free trend with the padded Aline bra that goes up to G-cups (but inexplicably starts at 32-band instead of 30).

The interior structure of Aline. The fabric here was also suuuuuuuuuper soft. Definitely worth trying if you fit in the size range.

The interior structure of Aline. The fabric here was also suuuuuuuuuper soft. Definitely worth trying if you fit in the size range.

Another keyhole. I can’t resist! This is the Irene, which comes in sheer white or black lace.

Another keyhole. I can’t resist! This is the Irene, which comes in sheer white or black lace.

I will never, ever tire of the longline trend. Or neon knickers. This plunge Sandrine bra is on point.

I will never, ever tire of the longline trend. Or neon knickers. This plunge Sandrine bra is on point.

And now for something a little more subtle, I was really attracted to the Wendy bra’s geometric lace and smooth trim.

And now for something a little more subtle, I was really attracted to the Wendy bra’s geometric lace and smooth trim.

Wendy also comes in a pinkish tan Parfait calls “Victorian Rose” (great name!). This would be a good option for ladies who can’t wear the more common yellow-toned “nude” color.

Wendy also comes in a pinkish tan Parfait calls “Victorian Rose” (great name!). This would be a good option for ladies who can’t wear the more common yellow-toned “nude” color.

The molded Lydie may not look that exciting from the front…

The molded Lydie may not look that exciting from the front…

…but that art deco lace band gives me LIFE.

…but that art deco lace band gives me LIFE.

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Leah at the Launch

Sorry there’s no Off the Rack this week. I kidnapped Leah to my pop up shop launch last night, and Miss Non-Corporate finally tried on my shirts. She loved the way the 6M fit. For reference, her waist measured 31″ and her bust measured 37″, and she’s wearing an amazing Avocado Comexim bra under the shirt.

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Sew-a-Long Stalling

I am so sorry to have left you all hanging with the Mandarin shirt sew-a-long! I have been dealing with a very sleepless two year old at my house and running on fumes.

Things are in such a state, I’m not even sure where my one good bra is! I know that I wore it sometime in the last couple of weeks….but I can’t remember where I took it off…and it has yet to surface in the clutter (and mountains of laundry). Haha!

I promise I will be back next week with a post about constructing your muslin. I can’t promise I’ll have found my Kris Line by then….but there will at least be sewing 🙂

A New Full Bust Clothing Company Enters the Market: Greight

I just discovered this company via Instagram today and have added it to our Clothing for Big Busts page. Thanks to help from Google Translate, I’m impressed with their fresh options and that they aren’t fast fashion. The prices are what you would expect for high quality garments, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them.

Here are my favorites from the site. What are yours?

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