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NYC Press Day: Panache

Behind the Scenes at Panache
For a few seasons now, I've felt lukewarm towards Big Mamma P. They had remarkable success with their sport's bra, the Tango celebrated it's tenth birthday, and the rest of the collection seemed to be resting on it's laurels. I shouldn't dismiss these accomplishments lightly. Bras can debut and die in the same season so that the Tango has been popular enough to warrant a decade of production is no small feat. The reaction to the sports bra was unreal; it's the stuff C.E.O.s dream of. Finally, there was the big dark horse of the whole shebang, the Jasmine. It slipped under my radar, but every blogger who has tried it, or store owner who has stocked it, raves about that bra. But for Autumn/Winter 2013, the entire Superbra range came roaring back with a vengeance. Consider the prettiness:


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?

Tango Accenti

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
What I Didn't Like: The Ariza. Oh gosh, this is one of those bras I just don't get. It's a mix of pastels, which I know is on trend, and I've seen a buyer go nuts for it. The Panache ladies told me it was a big hit with store owners at Curve and I can conceptualize that it's pretty...but some part of me still goes, "Really?".

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"
...and the Dahlia. Flappers. Gatsby. Suffrage. Need I say more?

Dahlia in Black
Dahlia in Beige
Finally, there's my love for the Envy. Menswear-inspired pieces, from full bust companies, are rarer than unicorns. I salute Panache for stepping into new territory for us D+ gals. 

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? ;)

22 Comments

  1. Thanks for the preview!
    The black Dahlia is beautiful. People have been asking for a Tango without the leaf embroidery for ages. I'm so glad Panache is listening. The bra looks much sleeker that way IMO. Has the Elsa been altered to fit more like the Ariza? I can see the mint Ariza looking nice on brown skin. I'm curious about the Envy too.

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    1. Of course, it's really fun to cover the new stuff and find out what people think of what's in the pipeline.

      The Elsa is based off the Ariza so the materials/embroidery might create slight variations in fit, but it's essentially the same bra. :)

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  2. Awesome pix! I love the tea rose! And I really like the houndstooth design on the Envy! Do you know if the Idina will be available in a J cup?

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    1. Hey Lorrena, the Envy and tea rose are lovely, right?! For the Idina group, the size range for the Balconnet is 30-38 D-J, the Plunge is 30-38 D-H, and the Porcelain version is 30-38 D-G.

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  3. The Jasmine is my favorite Panache bra, far and away. I'm ridiculously excited that they're making it in that lovely pink colorway, but also as a basic in the form of the Dahlia. I will definitely be making my voice heard when it comes to buying those up!

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    1. Awesome, Laura. It's great to hear another enthusiastic recommendation for the Jasmine and I think the pink brocade is incredible too. You have no idea how much it "counts" if the companies know you want/love something. :)

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  4. I like the newcomers looks and I think I know ladies who will rave about them.
    And if they make plunge version of Dahlia I will definitely try it (love the embroidery). But I'm definitely not a fan of tea rose (warm pinks are horrible on me, for the record they are awful on all girls with cool to neutral and light skintones).

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    1. Hey Nothing Ever Fits, the newcomers are so, so exciting and I'm with you on the Dahlia plunge. They're the greatest shape on me.

      It's so funny you wrote that because last night, when I was trying to fall asleep, I had the exact same thought about flattering colors. One of my younger sisters has dark hair and cool undertones and I doubt she'd like the tea rose on. Ha, we're intuitive! ;)

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  5. I wish I could try more of a range of Panache bras. I've not found a single one to fit me nicely. The Tango balconette is horrifying, the plunge marginally better, the Andorra hideous and uncomfortable (oh, how I loathe while bras), the Jasmine oddly fitting - I'm speaking all only of these bras on me, as I've seen them look and fit beautifully on others, even the Andorra. If I've tried anything else, it escapes me. I would like to find a style that does work for me.

    I find most of this collection to be not my style, but I really like the Fern in Black Floral and I'm intrigued by the Dahlia and the Envy. Oh to live somewhere I could try these on!

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    1. Hmmmm, that's curious. I feel like Panache tries to put a construction out there for everyone. I've also heard other people say that the wires are much too wide or that the bras simply don't look right. I love the Fern in Black Floral too, it reminds me of American Southern Gothic style...a land of alligators, run down mansions, and suspicious family secrets. ;)

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  6. This just cracks me up, hearing other bloggers' style preferences, because I'm not into the new season Jasmine's dusty pink, but I CANNOT WAIT for Clara. I'm very intrigued by Dahlia and Envy-- I think Panache has a great A/W 2013 lineup-- they're really being creative with old favorites and smart about the newer styles.

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    1. Seconded. Go, P zizzle, go.

      Hahahaha, I saw your comment on the Clara and I'll tell ya, I'm not above buying that colorway. I think it comes down to that I LOVE the concept and want to play with all the variations myself. It got my creative mind a buzzin' which is a good sign. :D

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  7. I'm really curious about the Idina. The Porcelain tends to fit me decently well, so I'm curious about the molded I but I haven't seen the Idina yet in online stores (has it released?). I generally dislike lace but Panache have managed to make lace that I like on occasion (Confetti!).

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    1. Good question, I'll email my contact at Panache because I'm confused about the Idina too. My guess is that it's shipping now or hasn't been picked up widely enough? At the event, I heard another blogger say she was wearing it and loved it. It says on my price sheet that it's available for immediate delivery, but I haven't seen it anywhere either.

      Mysterious.

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    2. The Dahlia in black looks freaking amazing, by the way. I have heard raves about the Jasmine but didn't like the top lace section's pattern- the Dahlia proves you can get creative and fun with simple mesh! Now to find if it fits...

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    3. I cannot agree more. It looks simple or basic from afar, but it's stunning and finely detailed up close. We'll have to hold our breath on fit!

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    4. I adore Jasmine for the construction and lace. Cleo-type upper section do not provide enough room for my boobs even in Cleo Marcie (which i love)

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  8. I'm loving the Tango without the embellishment and I think I'll really like the Dahlia in black. I'm also wondering if the Andorra in spice comes with the matching boyshorts in that color? If so, do you think it matches the red in this season's Masquerade Rosetti?

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    1. Hey Allison, the Spice will have a matching short and thong. I'd say the color is very, very close, but the Spice might be a pinch more blue toned. You could definitely wear it with the Rosetti though. <--- P.s. What a cute idea!

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  9. Wow - I don't spend much time on Panache - I think it's got very tired and how many Tangos can a girl own. But this has me really excited. I never tried the Jasmine so the Dahlia will be very intriguing to see up close. I LOVE the Floris. And the Tango Accenti is right up my alley. Great post!

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    1. I'm glad you liked the collection as much as I did. In my book, they did a wonderful job. And, of course, thank you!! It's all for you guys. :D

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