Panache recently held their Autumn/Winter 2012 press event in New York City and Miss Underpinnings was an attendee! In the last few months, I've seen Panache bras featured in major women's magazines and I couldn't be more excited for their ongoing growth on this side of the Atlantic. I was fit into one of their moulded t-shirt styles, the Panache Porcelain, at a Bravissimo store several years ago and I've been a die-hard fan ever since.
If you're unfamiliar with the brand, Panache itself contains three distinct subsidiaries: the titular brand, Panache Superbra, as well as Cleo and Masquerade. Let's take a look at the collections:
The Tango bra, one of Panache's best sellers, is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, Panache unveiled two Luxe versions of the Tango for each 2012 season. The leaf pattern of the cups is brought out wonderfully alongside the satin finishes on the band and straps. Like the Turquoise Luxe that preceded it, this shade is bold and flirtatious. I can't get over the rhinestone detail too.
When I first saw the catalog for the collection, this floral jumped off the page. In person, the Fern did not disappoint! I'm not usually into blue lingerie, but the Fern's oversize print, split strap, and lace details shouted my name. It's a sophisticated design, with a touch of offbeat elegance.
I'm going to sound like a broken record: I'm in love with this print! As I noted in my post on Curve, bird patterns are on-trend and the Jasmine was one of the strongest versions of the pattern. I loved how the parrots' colors reinforced the themes of the Panache collection as a whole. With electric blues and strong purple tones, Jasmine brings together the solid pieces. Alysia, the lovely lady who showed me the collection, informed me that this shape is a 4-part construction and the top panel will help to correct breast asymmetry.
Ever since I saw this review on the full bust blog, Bras I Hate, I've been dying to try the Sienna range. As any DD+ bra shopper can attest, there can be a real dearth of sexy bras for larger cups. Fortunately, the Sienna fits the bill for a straightforwardly seductive set and the lagoon colorway is mysterious, bold, and exotic. The all-over black lace is boudoir-ready while the thin, longer ribbons add a suggestion of sweetness.
The set above is a perfect example of Panache's passion for expanding their popular ranges. I own the full-cup, off-white version of the Andorra and I'm very happy with the fit, support, and appearance. Recently, Panache has expanded the Andorra range with a plunge version. The bra pictured above is the plunge in this season's new color.
I'll admit that the Ariza is definitely one of Panache's styles that I've overlooked in the past. Browsing through online retailers and brand catalogs, it wasn't one of the styles that caught my eye. In person, this colorway struck me as an energizing combination. The black, matched with the hot pink, made this bra look surprisingly punk rock. Despite its girly embroidery, it's an edition that's both tough and confident.
As a fan-for-life of the Panache Porcelain, I'm hyped to try the Porcelain Viva. With delicate floral details and the subtlest pinstripes running through the moulded cups, what's not to love? As I've said before, this summer I'd like to try experimenting with pink bras under thin white t-shirts. What do you think? Would the Ruby look chic as a peek-a-boo style?
Sparrows!!! 'Nuff said.
Seeing all three brands in one day, it's striking how one component -- color, birds -- reappear among multiple collections. In Masquerade, I loved the strong red of the Rosetti and the Marcie is clearly the "younger sister" version. From the curvy wave ruffles to the daintiest navy bows, this was over-the-top adorable. When Cleo debuts a strong, fun solid color with delicate details, I swoon. Check out this yellow that recently rolled in with the Spring/Summer collection!
Lately, the tried-and-true Lucy shape has debuted in solid seasonal colors. Although the brights have been energizing (the bra I linked to above is a Lucy), I'm sure fans of this bra will be glad to see a unique swirl of colors brought to this model.
Hazel was the surprise of the day, for sure. It wasn't a set that grabbed my attention in the catalog nor at Curve, however the bra has such tremendous detail that the longer I looked at it, the more funkiness revealed itself. First, there's the grey and black irregular quality of the cups, straps, and band which are glamorous in their own right. Then, there's the stitching which features such a unique blend of colors that I wouldn't ever consider putting alongside one another. Finally, there's the polka dot finish that completes the mesh panel. The Hazel beat out several tremendous designs to become my Most Anticipated Set from an especially strong showing from Cleo.
For me, the Leila exemplifies Cleo's strength in this collection as a group. Practical smooth cup design? Check. Playful fabric with a funky pattern? Check. A youthful high-waisted brief? Check. And yes, those are big black bows stitched into the end of the cups.
Alysia, who sweetly walked me through all three collections, told me that the Natasha has had an interesting abstract effect on people. Some people saw a straight-ahead camouflage fabric, while others have said it hit them like a murky floral. It's the Rorschach Test of bras! What do you see?
Ok, I’m a little biased on this one! I already own the Persia in the Spring/Summer "Damson" colorway and the painted-on quality of this design worked for me. If you’d like to check out my review, it’s here. I was delighted to see that this bra has returned in an on-trend "Sapphire". Is it gluttonous to own the same bra in two colors? Hmmm…
If you prefer the look of moulded cups, the Amor would be a fantastic option to try out the blue trends arriving in the Autumn. With contrast cobalt sheens, this plunge is sexy and smooth for you D-G cups out there.
The Marlaine displays exactly why I love Masquerade so much! Although this isn’t my favorite set from the new collection, it shows how the brand sets itself apart from other full bust companies. Masquerade understands how to pull off a bold, mature print in a sophisticated shape. Their designs and patterns are unlike anything else on the market in this size range. Where else would you find a taupe bra with maroon finishes?
As a lady that doesn’t own a lick of red knickers, I can’t wait to slide myself into this set. In a sea of gorgeous DD+ lingerie at Curve NY, the Rosetti stood out in its fiery, glamorous glory. On top of slightly netted fabric, the floral embroidery adds a feminine layer of texture to the cups. The satin finishes and the strap features are incredibly luxe. With the silky fabric continuing through the straps, the Rosetti looks like a million bucks.
I can’t wait to try the Harem. With a ever-so-slightly sheer lace panel running along the top of smooth cups, this D-H plunge is a perfect marriage of practicality and sex appeal. Add irresistible high-waist matching briefs and I’m a goner. The nude and black versions will be released soon and the Fig pictured here will come out with the Autumn/Winter collection.
The Delphi group has been on my radar for a while now because it’s one of the only basques available for 28 bands and G-H cups. I was considering buying the last winter colorway for under Christmas season dresses, but I’m glad I waited. I adore this latest version with the cream details on the black background. The powerful color contrast definitely brings out the embroidery. If you’re not completely sold on this line, check out this awesome video (the Delphi appears at 00:45).
I’ve seen several pictures of the bridal Deity group in the past and always thought, “What’s the big deal?”. White is not a color that usually gets my heart aflutter and without seeing the subtle embroidery in person, the circular Art Deco patterns fell flat. During the press event, I kind of lost it over the basque, bra, high-waisted panties, and thong. I think what came out of my mouth was something like, “OHMYGOD, now I GET it!!!”. It’s chic and gorgeous, just like any bride wants to be on her big day.