Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Curve Expo in New York City. Curve is the biggest trade show in the United States for hundreds of lingerie brands to come and display their upcoming collections for buyers and press. I have been reading trend reports and new season speak peaks from my favorite bloggers for several years now and now I'm pleased to offer you my own perspective on the wonderful (and not so wonderful) new collections for the upcoming autumn and winter season.
Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for two out of the three days of the expo, so I didn't get to see and photograph everything I wanted to and wasn't able to take the highest quality pictures, but I hope that you still enjoy my coverage!
Today I want to start by sharing the highlights of the show - the lingerie that made me gasp, smile and suddenly become very impatient for the next autumn-winter season to come despite wishing for warm weather to finally arrive.
The Jessica is hands down one of the most adorable sets that I saw at Curve. The black and cream lace is sophisticated and more demure than most of TR's colorful designs, but the strawberry-colored rose accents, bows and signature heart-shaped strap adjusters pull the design together and make it unique and undeniably Tutti Rouge. The Jessica is a modern, girly twist on a classic vintage look . As far as construction goes, the Jessica plunge is the first unlined bra to ever feature removable cookies for cleavage enhancement.
I'm usually not huge on florals, but with the Breeze longline, it was love at first sight. I got so excited when I saw it that the lovely Panache rep working with me had to show me the Cleo line out of order so I could check this piece out first! This reminds me a lot of the Freya Patsy longline, but the multicolor print looks more like an autumnal garden. Many longlines stop at G cups, so this is a good option for the G+ women out there.
Although Marcie is a tried & true cut that has been around for years and is loved by many, this may be my favorite colorway yet. Cleo's bras often feature contrast detailing which can sometimes be too colorful for my taste, so the white and burgundy polka-dotted bow makes the new AW'15 Marcie look more sophisticated than ever. I own this bra in purple and yellow and have a beige one on the way, but you can bet that I will purchase this one too as soon as it is available.
First thing's first - how gorgeous is the geometric concentric circle detailing on this set?! There are not nearly enough geometric designs in the lingerie world, in my humble opinion. I am thrilled that Panache has released a spacer bra that is available in a 28 band. The color is deep and the fabric is light and airy. I'd say this is an alternative to the Fantasie Rebecca Spacer bra but with less coverage and a wider size range.
The Vixen effortlessly blends a menswear-inspired houndstooth pattern, sheer black mesh, and tasteful multicolored embroidery. I don't always get along with Freya plunges but I'm holding out hope for this one. It's a fresh look, different from the usual laces that adorn unlined plunge bras.
The Clementine incorporates another unique floral design. It reminds me of a Japanese-inspired kimono print and would look awesome paired with a black silk robe and some stockings.
The Allegra isn't a new design this season, but this electric blue colorway really caught my eye at Curve. I'm a sucker for vertically seamed bras in general but the sheer fabric and ornate embroidery on the Allegra ticks all of the boxes for me. It reminds me of a few Polish bras that I've reviewed before. I've heard that Fantasie's 30 bands run notoriously large, but it might be worth some doctoring to make this bra work on my frame.
Let's all take a moment of silence for all the painfully gorgeous Huit designs that aren't made in my size range. Those bows, those cap-sleeves, that lace! I just can't. The Nouvel Emoi set reminds me of mermaids and the Caribbean sea. I hope some of my readers can wear this set so I can live vicariously through them... and cry a little.
The Grand Soir is another captivating geometric print from Huit for next season. Iridescent silver thread, deep navy and a blue glitter band reminds me of a starry sky on a clear night. It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but the front of the bodice of the longline is totally sheer with a triangle cutout pattern.
I just love the classy color combination and lace overlay of the Temptress for next fall. Although the construction is totally different, it reminds me of the Tempt Me bra from the Showgirl collection a few years ago, which was beautiful but sadly never got on with my shape. I'm eager to give the new Temptress a try because it appears to be a more projected plunge with a short gore and soft, comfortable fabrics.
I was incredibly excited to see some spankin' new offerings from Scantilly, Curvy Kate's 'naughty younger sister' brand. All Wrapped Up was my favorite design because of the luxurious rouching, rose gold hardware, and the stretchy black band can be styled in a number of creative ways. The band can be clipped to the gore of the bra, around the waist, through the back of the knickers... or used as a restraint in the bedroom ;).
I have never seen one of Mimi Holliday's bodysuits in person, so needless to say I was stunned by Poinson Ivy's the beauty. Between the custom heart print lace, berry red color, and iridescent mesh bodice, I think this bodysuit is the ultimate object of lust. The cups, waistband and crotch look like they are floating effortlessly on the body due to thin and completely sheer appearance of the bodice. Hopefully this will be available for next Valentine's Day!
You may know I'm already a die hard fan of Fortnight, but the glorious colors of the AW'15 Ivy made me fall even deeper in love. I purchased the Ivy in the spring colorway and can't wait to review it, so I can attest to the wonderful fit. I will have a hard time resisting buying next season's Ivy as well.
Last but not least, I present the sultry Fishnet Scoop. This set is made of a strong mesh with simple but sexy detailing. I love the garters attached to the matching panties, which cut out the need for a garter belt and create a more streamlined look. I haven't tried many pieces from Claudette, but this set really whetted my appetite to get to know the brand a little better.
Did you like my picks from Curve? I'd love to hear your thoughts!