|Lucy in Malibu Blue|
Honestly, I had thrown in the towel with Cleo. I adore the Marcie and some of their recent fashion is topnotch. But I've never been able to nail down my size in their core lines and when I've tried them in the past, there was always something a bit "off". During the Spring/Summer press event I attended, I was peacefully resigned on my stance towards Cleo. I could be the only person who feels this way, but their current collection seemed quite "juniors" when I saw it. Well, let's say I'm not sure I could rock it at 25. Sitting down in their booth last week, I was delighted with the turn around I saw for Autumn/Winter 2013. Their fashion offerings were modern and classy, their basics were redesigned, and there was a polka dot babydoll. Boom, done. I'll definitely be reintroducing myself to Cleo next season...
|Marcie Balconnet in Candy Pink|
An enduring popular favorite, the Marcie, will be back again in Candy Pink. The big news is the Babydoll below (it's Cleo's first!!!) and it's simply adorable. I tried the bra recently and experienced some gaping, but I probably needed a smaller cup size. The Marcie line is impossible to resist and I'd love it in navy or with contrast embroidery. Don't let me forget the last & best part: the size range of the babydoll will be 28-38 D-J!
|Marcie Babydoll in Black|
In addition to the Malibu Blue colorway at the top, the Lucy's reworked into the Neon fashion below. Holy moly, I went bananas for this bra. I've never lucked out with Lucy and the line was getting a little boring for me, but this totally reinvents it! I also think this design strategy could be applied to the Marcie (*cough, Cleo, cough*).
|Lucy in Neon|
|Lucy in Neon is scheduled for mid-July|
|Ellis in Floral Pink|
|I love these panels! This season's Melissa has the same gorgeousness.|
In the realm of reliable contour bras, Cleo has unveiled two new lines. The Maddie is based off the shape of the Karen bra from a previous season. There are black and beige versions which are planned as continuity options and the Candy Pink below will be the one-time fashion.
|Maddie in Candy Pink|
If you're familiar with Cleo's mainstays, you're probably aware of their deep plunge, the Jude. The Jude's size range is 28-38 D-G, but the Neve is being brought in to replace it and will be available from 28-38 D-H! The Panache representative told me that the Neve will differ from it's predecessor a bit. They've upped the "Ooomp effect":
|Neve in Black|
|Millie in Geo Print (Reminds me of Mad Men!)|
I'm blabbering on about all of this because after seeing the Cleo presentation, I feel the brand deserves an A+ in this category. I'm not enamored with every color or shape they presented, but it is a unified group of lingerie. The corals and the bright oranges are complimented nicely with neutrals, they've reconfigured their moulded department and introduced a babydoll to an audience that doesn't have many options in the "nightwear" department. The Lily is an example of that tone -- It's one bra that definitely echoes back to the other coral fashion and reminds us of Cleo's playful use of bird prints in the past:
|Lily in Parrot Print|
|Lori in Grey/Coral|
|Jesse in Black Multi|
What's your #1 pick from the Cleo Autumn/Winter group? I'm tied between the Lucy in Neon and the Lori. It's a tough call.
**The Panache team wanted me to notify my readers that this is a sneak peek or preview of a future collection. These bras won't be available to purchase until July - September. Are we all on board with that? ;)