|Daily Boost in Mocha|
|Gia in Plum/Black|
One of my personal favorites would have to be the Gia in Plum/Black above. While I never felt it looked like it online, I found the Gia to be an extremely sexy set. I'm a big believer in "suggested sex appeal" and for everyday, I like my underpinnings to feel seductive and slightly modest all at once. I know, it's a big order! But rather than outright revealing the goods, the diamond patterned semi-sheer top cup winks to the the body beneath it.
|Princess in Scarlet/Chilli|
Oh heavens, the Princess. I have an unbreakable weak spot for this line and I'll never quit her! The top of the cup is a little shallow so most ladies seem to need to size up there. As the Curvy Kate ladies said themselves, it's also a "relaxed" shape which I took to mean a more "natural" feeling during wear. But I will say this, I've never seen a Princess I didn't want to buy. The contrasting reds above look ultra luxurious and totally dissimilar to the lilac colorway currently on the market. I'll be scooping this one up!
|Portia in Watermelon/Plum|
|Romance in Plum/Watermelon|
|Daisy Chain in Black|
|Rosie in Scarlet Print|
Almost every full bust brand showed one, but the Rosie was one of my absolute favorites. Curvy Kate constructed the Rosie on the Lottie base and deliberately left the top panel less decorative than their other lines. It's a smart move, as the flowers & bows confidently speak for themselves.
|Daisy Chain in Biscotti|
|Smoothie in Blush|
|Starlet in Petrol|
|Desire in Black|
|Lola Chemise in Black/Almond|
I'd like you all to meet Lola. She's Curvy Kate's first babydoll and she'll be available through sizes 28-40 D-K. The group will include a padded balcony bra, based on the Daily Boost, and a bottom they're calling a "luxury throng" which looks killer. Is it me or is the Lola vampy and menswear-inspired all at once? The tuxedo panel on the end of the chemise, the dusky swirls, and unadorned sheer body fabric remind me of Katharine Hepburn somehow.
Some side notes...
1. The Daily Boost in Mocha, pictured at the very top of the post, is currently listed as fashion. Curvy Kate would love to see this color succeed and become a continuity option. They're also dependent on the market forces so if buyers and boutique owners don't pick it up then it'll disappear after AW 13. Personally, I'd think that would be a travesty since there is an incomprehensible number of pale beige bras on the market, with few other neutrals represented. If you'd like to know more about my stance, I wrote a post on it entitled "There is No One Shade of Nude and 20 Neutral Bras to Prove It" and the Mocha Daily Boost is included on that list.
2. The Curvy Kate gals tipped me off to the future of the Showgirl line. During the current season and AW 13, it's essentially being absorbed into the brand as a whole and the marked distinction between their 'wearable' and 'special' lines will disappear. However, the Showgirl vibe will not vanish completely! It's simply receiving a makeover and rumor has it, those boudoir-ready sets will be back in action for Spring/Summer 2014.
**I've held back the dorkiness long enough: "May I have your attention please? Will the real Curvy Kate please stand up? I repeat, will the real Curvy Kate please stand up?"
Well, those are my thoughts on this refined and elegant showing from Curvy Kate. How do you feel about this direction for the brand?