Curve NY Coverage: Panache AW'15

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. 

Panache

Andorra Full Cup Bra in Cerise, 28-40 D-J

Andorra Full Cup Bra in Cerise, 28-40 D-J

Andorra Short in Cerise, 8-20

Andorra Short in Cerise, 8-20

Floris Balconnet Bra in Aurora, 30-38 D-K

Floris Balconnet Bra in Aurora, 30-38 D-K

Fontaine Plunge Bra in Rose, 30-38 D-H

Fontaine Plunge Bra in Rose, 30-38 D-H

Tango Balconnet Bra in Cobalt, 28-40 D-K, 42 D-J, 44 DD-FF, and Brief, 8-20

Tango Balconnet Bra in Cobalt, 28-40 D-K, 42 D-J, 44 DD-FF, and Brief, 8-20

Jasmine Balconnet Bra in Abstract Print, 30-38 D-K, and Brief in 8-20

Jasmine Balconnet Bra in Abstract Print, 30-38 D-K, and Brief in 8-20

Jasmine Balconnet Bra in Black Floral, 30-38 D-K, and Thong in 8-20

Jasmine Balconnet Bra in Black Floral, 30-38 D-K, and Thong in 8-20

Olivia Balconnet Bra in Deep Jade, 30-38 D-K

Olivia Balconnet Bra in Deep Jade, 30-38 D-K

Hepburn Full Cup Bra in Cobalt, 30-38 D-K and Short, 8-20

Hepburn Full Cup Bra in Cobalt, 30-38 D-K and Short, 8-20

Clara Full Cup Bra in Navy/Jade, 30-38 D-J

Clara Full Cup Bra in Navy/Jade, 30-38 D-J

Brooke Balconnet Bra in Claret, 30-38 D-K, and Short, 8-20

Brooke Balconnet Bra in Claret, 30-38 D-K, and Short, 8-20

Georgia Balconnet Bra in Grey/Pink, 28-38 D-K

Georgia Balconnet Bra in Grey/Pink, 28-38 D-K

Cari Moulded Spacer Bra in Cranberry, 28-38 D-G, and Brief, 8-20

Cari Moulded Spacer Bra in Cranberry, 28-38 D-G, and Brief, 8-20

Rhapsody Balconnet Bra in Cranberry, 28-40 D-K, 42 D-J, 44 DD-FF, and Brief, 8-20

Rhapsody Balconnet Bra in Cranberry, 28-40 D-K, 42 D-J, 44 DD-FF, and Brief, 8-20

Dahlia Balconnet Bra in Black, 30-38 D-J, and Brief, 8-20

Dahlia Balconnet Bra in Black, 30-38 D-J, and Brief, 8-20

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

Eclipse Balconnet Bra in Teal, 30-32 D-J, 34-36 D-K, 38-40 D-J, and Brief, 8-20

Eclipse Balconnet Bra in Teal, 30-32 D-J, 34-36 D-K, 38-40 D-J, and Brief, 8-20

Adriana Moulded Sweetheart Bra in Blue/Black, 28-38 D-G, and Brazilian Brief, 8-18

Adriana Moulded Sweetheart Bra in Blue/Black, 28-38 D-G, and Brazilian Brief, 8-18

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Ardour Moulded Sweetheart Bra in Navy, 28-38 D-G

Ardour Moulded Sweetheart Bra in Navy, 28-38 D-G

Aria Moulded Plunge Bra in Black/Nude, 28F-H, and Brazilian Brief, 8-18

Aria Moulded Plunge Bra in Black/Nude, 28F-H, and Brazilian Brief, 8-18

Esme Balconnet Bra in Black/Nude, 28-38 D-K

Esme Balconnet Bra in Black/Nude, 28-38 D-K

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

Mimi Padded Balconnet Bra in Orange Animal, 28 D-H, 30-38 C-H, and Brief, 6-18

Mimi Padded Balconnet Bra in Orange Animal, 28 D-H, 30-38 C-H, and Brief, 6-18

Kali Balconnet Bra in Burnt Orange, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J, and Brief, 8-18

Kali Balconnet Bra in Burnt Orange, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J, and Brief, 8-18

Kali Babydoll in Purple, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J

Kali Babydoll in Purple, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J

Minnie Balconnet in Navy Spot, 28 E-H, 30 D-J, 32-38 B-J, and Brief, 6-18

Minnie Balconnet in Navy Spot, 28 E-H, 30 D-J, 32-38 B-J, and Brief, 6-18

Marcie Balconnet Bra in Burgundy, 28 E-H, 30 D-J, 32-38 B-J, and Briefs, 6-18

Marcie Balconnet Bra in Burgundy, 28 E-H, 30 D-J, 32-38 B-J, and Briefs, 6-18

Koko Mode in Purple, 28 F-H, 30-38 C-H, and Brief, 6-18

Koko Mode in Purple, 28 F-H, 30-38 C-H, and Brief, 6-18

Maddie Moulded Balconnet Bra in Burgundy, 28 D-H, 30-38 B-H

Maddie Moulded Balconnet Bra in Burgundy, 28 D-H, 30-38 B-H

Lottie Balconnet Bra in Aztec Print, 28 F-H, 30-38 D-J

Lottie Balconnet Bra in Aztec Print, 28 F-H, 30-38 D-J

Breeze Longline Balconnet Bra in Floral Multi, 28-30 D-H, 32-36 C-H, 38 D-H

Breeze Longline Balconnet Bra in Floral Multi, 28-30 D-H, 32-36 C-H, 38 D-H

Hettie Balconnet Bra in Black/Cobalt, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J

Hettie Balconnet Bra in Black/Cobalt, 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J

Koko Belle Moulded Plunge Bra in Poppy, 28 F-H, 30-38 C-H and Brazilian Brief, 6-18

Koko Belle Moulded Plunge Bra in Poppy, 28 F-H, 30-38 C-H and Brazilian Brief, 6-18

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?