The first brand I want to cover in detail is Panache. I was fortunate enough to see the core Panache line, Panache Black, and Cleo by Panache,. Since I had to run like a headless chicken to catch my bus back to Boston right after the appointment, I didn't get a chance to see Sculptress, Panache Sport or any of the swimwear, so I apologize in advance for the incomplete coverage. It's a less than ideal solution, but I've added some stock photos from the catalogue in place of the styles that I didn't get to see in person.
My favorite bra out of these was by far the Cari spacer bra that I featured in my Curve highlights post. I have always been interested in trying a spacer bra since they are so thin and light-weight while providing a seamless shape under clothing. The Fantasie Rebecca starts at a 30 band and comes up very loose in the band, so it has never worked for me, but this lovely number starts at a 28 and the color is just stunning. Plus, I'm a sucker for geometric detailing! I'm also a big fan of the teal colorway of the Clara despite that bra's shape not working too well for me in the past. Apart from these two pieces, the Panache collection seems a little vanilla and doesn't really 'wow' me. It's solid but not exceptional.
Panache Black is intended to be a replacement for the beautiful Masquerade line, which was recently discontinued. Although the quality is exceptional and fabrics are beautiful in this collection, these pieces don't have the same luxurious aura as the late Masquerade. I miss the elaborate designs of bras like the Rhea and Alice and Panache Black doesn't quite fill that gap yet. That said, I do love the Ardour bra. Although not pictured here, it comes in beige and black as well, making for a great high-end staple piece. If this bra looks as good on the bust as on the hanger, I think it could be serious competition for the Freya Deco Plunge, especially after its redesign last season that makes the trusty bra somewhat incompatible with full-on-top shapes.
Cleo by Panache
Of the three Panache lines I saw, I think Cleo was by far the strongest. There were several new styles, sophisticated colorways, and and overall polished look. I really liked a lot of pieces from this line but my favorites are the Hettie, Breeze longline, and burgundy Marcie. I noticed a lot of Cleo bras are no longer available in 28D and DD anymore, which is a bit of a disappointment for the small-band-small-cup ladies out there since a couple season ago, Cleo was going to roll out B and C cups in 28 bands.
What do you think of Panache for AW'15? Do you agree with my thoughts or do you have other favorites from this upcoming season?