At this week’s Autumn/Winter 2018 Curve Expo, I was surprised that several brands we’ve covered at previous shows weren’t in attendance this time. However, this gave me the opportunity to narrow down my focus, which can be a boon as well.
To that end, this week I’ll show you my favorite new items from Panache and Eveden, and in my next post I’ll discuss Curvy Kate and new (to me) Adina Reay (I’m really excited about Adina Reay, by the way! Check out our Instagram for a little preview).
The big news with Panache this season is that Sculptresse has really come into its own. There are more basics, more sophistication, and fewer junior prints.
For classic Panache, I was thrilled to learn that navy blue is being added as a continuity color for a number of styles. I can never have enough navy bras! The brand has also brought back thongs, but with extra attention paid to comfort, including bagged out seams and wider fabric at the waistband.
There were also several swim pieces I liked, though I’m still upset about the brand’s decision to discontinue Cleo Swim. The reps keep assuring me that they’re maintaining Cleo’s youthful ethos in some of the swim pieces, but I honestly don’t see it. Everything is quite sophisticated and there are no bright colors.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Panache, Cleo, Sport, and Swim:
Next up is the Eveden family of Freya, Fantasie, Elomi, and Goddess. Normally I focus strictly on Freya and Fantasie, but this season there was a lot more from Elomi and Goddess that caught my eye.
Wow! How gorgeous is the Elomi Bijou Flirt!
It’s worth noting that, definitely in the UK, I’m not sure about the US, Elomi now go down to a 32 band in G+ cup sizes. This has coincided with my body shape changing through exercise, meaning I’m no longer compatible with my beloved Freya Deco (sob) and most other Freya designs. My fitter at my local boutique has directed me towards Elomi in my 32GG, and they’re literally amazing. Beautiful fabric, great construction, lovely attention to detail. So if your in the 32G+ range, give them a go. They’re awesome.