This week will be my last preview of the A/W18 Curve expo, covering Curvy Kate this time.
At the last Curve show, we learned that head designer Charlotte Davies would be leaving CK. So this time, I got to meet the new designer, Olivia Wilson. Even though Olivia’s designs won’t be shown until the next Curve Expo, I can already see a few changes that I think are at least partly due to her influence.
The most obvious difference I notice is what Olivia called CK’s “fresh, new look,” which is reflected in the brand’s cleaner, brighter website (and this season’s matching lookbook). Some of the lingerie also reflects this change in the details, such as removing gore bows or replacing them with a simpler decoration.
I’m personally a big fan of these minor changes. The brand is still plenty youthful, but now it offers just a little more sophistication.
However, one thing I’m very much not a fan of is that Curvy Kate appears to be phasing out 28 bands. I didn’t even notice it until I got home and flipped through the lookbook, but of the 18 bra styles in the book, only three list 28 bands—Ellace, Daily Dream, and the Luxe strapless. There are even older styles that I know used to be offered in 28, such as Princess and Smoothie, that now start at 30. Why, Curvy Kate???
Well despite the fact that I apparently won’t be able to buy Curvy Kate bras since they’re no longer offered in my size, here are some of my favorite styles from A/W18…