It’s that time of year again—CURVexpo is coming up! It’s taking place in New York City in a week. Last year was my first time, and I ended up spending two days there and writing two novel-length posts on Hourglassy (Part 1 and Part 2).
After looking at the list of brands on the Curve website, there doesn’t seem to be much new stuff for the big bust industry, though I did discover a couple interesting things that I want to check out. First, Curvy Kate released a press release announcing their new multi-way plunge bra, the “Desire,” which will go up to a J cup. This is wonderful news for anyone who sizes out of the GG-capped strapless Freya Deco. I can’t wait to get a look at it. The only thing that isn’t clear is whether it can also be used as a plain strapless bra (though the release says they’re “working on” a strapless to be released in Fall/Winter 2013, so maybe not?). I’m also hoping winner of Star in a Bra USA Krista Cousins will be there, and that she’ll be able to chat a little.
The second thing that piqued my interest is that something called “Sculptresse by Panache” will be exhibiting at the show. Has anyone ever heard of this? I tried Googling it, but all I came up with were various CURVexpo listings. Is it shapewear?
Other than that, I’ll be checking out the new offerings from old favorites Eveden, Panache, and Curvy Kate. I’m still waiting for the release of some of their bras I fell in love with at last year’s CURVexpo! I also want to see what’s new with Claudette, who last year told us they’d be expanding their size range to smaller backs and bigger cups. Additionally, I’m curious to see if there’s been an increase in more shades of “nude” for women of color, as I’ve noticed more buzz about that throughout the past year. And of course I’ll be hanging out at the Affinitas booth to see their new designs for the upcoming seasons.
Readers, what do you want us to find out for you? Any trends you’re hoping for? Any brands you’d like to see expand their size range?
A Sophisticated Pair mentioned the Panache Sculptress line a few weeks ago. I think it’s going to be a large band-large cup line, similar to Elomi.
Is Allegro going to be there? I hear they are supposed to be coming out with 28 backs in 2013!!
Opps, sorry, Alegro, I was propagating a typo I found from elsewhere. 🙂
Just checked the Curve site, and Alegro is not listed as an exhibitor. Too bad, because there’s not much information on their website.
I think the launch of Sculptresse is not really “official” at the moment, so there is very few information to be found on the net. Lingerie Insight even seemed to have taken down an article published a few weeks ago. But while Sculptresse is not yet in the official spring-summer-catalogue of Panache, there are already samples shown at the various lingerie trade shows.
It’s a large band brand comparable to Elomi. I hope it will be a great addition to the Panache lines as well as an alternative for Elomi-buyers. (There is not to much choice when it comes to large bands-large cups-lingerie.)
The Curvy Kate Destiny seems to be a simple multiway bra which has to be worn with straps. That’s fine with me, because I don’t find strapless bras exceptionally comfortable and can’t understand the lack of other multiway options for large cup sizes. But then it will only be available up to 30J, 32HH, 34H. Since those bras usually run rather small I guess as a regular 32J in Curvy Kate I will not fit into the Destiny by about two cup sizes. 🙁
The Deco Strapless btw fits in a 34GG because it really runs huge in the cup.
Ask Parfait about their 28 bands and G+ cups in the works! They told me on Twitter that they’re working on it. (Which is a change from last CurveExpo where you said they said no way no how.)
I’d love to hear more from manufacturers about the content of their wires, and why some are bendier than others.
And, of course, will Eveden fall prey to Wacoal’s more limited range?