|Behind the Scenes at Panache|
|Jasmine in "Champagne Pink"|
Panache was very, very smart with this collection. They remixed their most popular constructions while offering compelling fashion in their usual arsenal. Ponder the descendents: The new Art-Deco Dalia, arriving in August, is based on the Jasmine. If you're an Ariza fan, the new Elsa will be right up your alley. Clara's nearest relative is the Andorra, as they're both full cup styles with stretch lace to help correct asymmetry and an interior side sling to centralize the bust. The Envy was described as a hybrid between the Tango and the Andorra. It has two firm panels at the side and bottom, but soft lace throughout the top of the cup. Like it's namesake, the Tango Accenti will be available up to a K cup, without the allover leaf embroidery. Sexy, non?
|Sienna in "Black/Spice"|
Then, they'll be the new members of old families: the Porcelain gets a fashion called Marni and the Idina range, which is still relatively new, gets a moulded cup option. You'll hear no complaints from me over the fashion options either. The dramatic, moody florals were a hit with buyers and the soft mauve pinks are gorgeous.
|Porcelain Viva in "Lilac"|
|Fern in "Black Floral"|
|Floris in "Rose Print"|
|Andorra in "Spice"|
|Porcelain Marni in "Baroque"|
|Porcelain Idina in Black|
|Ariza in "Mint"|
What Left Me "Meh": The Clara's "Moonlight". This is at the top of my "To Try" list because I'm a die hard Andorra fan and I love that thicker strap action near the cups. I'm also into these particular layered laces. Unfortunately, the colors fall a little flat for me. In the catalog, it looks like a strong feminine blue, but in person, it's more muted and dusky. I'd prefer it with a bit more sex appeal or pop of contrast.
|Clara in "Moonlight"|
What I Loved: The fashion "Tea Rose" in the Tango. My brunette sisters with yellow undertones, this is a ridiculously flattering color on us. It would also look great on blondes. Or darker skin. So, anybody I guess...
|Tango in "Tea Rose"|
|Dahlia in Black|
|Dahlia in Beige|
|Envy in Black|
|Envy Shaping Brief - ruched bottom|
Things To Note:
1) The Elsa has a criss cross construction beneath the first layer of fabric to help it tack correctly.
|Elsa in "Soft Damson"|
2) The Tango will have two fashion babies this season; my beloved "Tea Rose" in July and a full cup only "Black Ombre" in August. There wasn't a sample for the latter, but it's a fade of pinks, hot pinks, and red embroidery on a black base.
3) The Idina Porcelain has quite a deep cup.
4) The Envy, Dahlia, and Idina are slated as basics or continuity, but their survival will depend on sales and of course, customer enthusiasm. If you like them, make it known.
Lovely ladies, it's your turn: Have you tried the Jasmine? What did you think? The floral print for Spring/Summer is completely sold out.
Feelings about the newbies (Idina, Dahlia, & Envy)? Or the fashion...? Are you a "tea rose" fan? ;)