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U.K. Lingerie Trip: Tutti Rouge Spring/Summer 2014


For nearly two weeks, I've been traveling through the U.K. to meet with full bust brands and designers and I have a lot to say and share here. However, I'm going to begin with one of my favorite experiences from the trip: spontaneously meeting Jessica Prebble, the creative director and designer behind Tutti Rouge and catching sight of her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Next year, the company has several exciting things planned: a major size extension, an updated fit for a classic staple, a sixth new shape, and a printed fabric which is very close to Ms. Prebble's heart. Curious yet...?


Up until this point, Tutti Rouge has offered five shapes:
-padded plunge
-half padded plunge
-padded balconette
-half padded balconette
-three part cut and sew bra entitled the "non padded bra"

For Spring/Summer 2014, that all changes with the arrival of the Fifi, a non padded balconette and sixth shape option. The line will include the bra and a mini brief option, in two fresh colorways, apple green and créme. I couldn't be more excited! Sheer + polka dots + flirty colors + a ruffle underbust and most importantly, a vertical seam balconette shape!? I'm in lingerie heaven and this is the type of bra I've been requesting for a while. Yayyy!!!


Soft interior side sling on the Fifi
While the Nichole isn't a new bra shape, it is a new design for the season and there'll be a wide offering of three colorways -- créme/noir, sugar pink/noir, and powder blue/noir -- as well as two matching pieces, the short and brazilian.  Out of a stronger-than-average collection, the Nichole didn't speak to me especially, but I imagine it'll spark the interest of those ladies who loved the graphic definition of Parfait's Arabella longline. Bonus points: Check out the little pink "Tutti" heart on the leopard bow affixed to the bridge!
Nichole in Powder Blue, Sugar Pink, & Créme/Noir
When I asked Jessica what had inspired the Rosa's print, she told me the initial spark had come from the packaging on garden accessories she'd spied while out shopping. It's her favorite line from the collection and was particular about bringing this print alive as she had envisioned it. It went through numerous drafts before this version, which incorporates flowers, bows, butterflies and the inscription, "imagination take flight". She also mentioned that for buyers at MODA so far, it had been a favorite and I can completely understand why - Jessica's contagious enthusiasm would win over any cynical or print-phobic visitor. It'll be available with a skirted short or brazilian bottoms.

The Rosa in Créme Floral

Spring/Summer 2014 Liliana will be exciting on multiple fronts - the first two continuity colors will be made available (noir/sugar, créme/nude), the bra will have a new and improved fit, and there will be a pretty spectacular size extension from 28-44 D-J! I've liked a lot of the colors for Liliana in the past, especially when the base is a white or cream color and the trim is popping, but I think Jessica has really outdone herself with this group. I'm so, SO excited to try the new fit too!

From left: Liliana in Powder Blue/Créme & Créme/Nude - Betty in Blue Floral - Nichole in Powder Blue/Noir, Sugar Pink/Noir, & Créme/Noir - Beatrice in Apple Green
While the Betty's shape -- the padded balconette -- will stick around, this will be the print's last incarnation so if you love the soft and sensual petals, grab these up while they're still around! I've liked this design consistently through the three seasons so I'll be looking forward to becoming a collector. ;)


Like the twee print of the Rosa, the Beatrice isn't usually my lingerie cup of tea so I was surprised by how much I liked it. It's a perfect contrast to the Nichole too -- where that bra is bright, with graphic black details and soft fabric, the Beatrice is padded, pastel, and the trim is a subtler contrast.

Loved the tiny black and white cameo at the Beatrice's bridge -- Tutti Rouge styles always have such great details!
From left to right: Beatrice in Apple Green & Créme, Fifi in Apple Green & Créme, and Rosa in Créme Floral
Other size extension news -- the underwear will be made from size XS to XXL and the lowest cup, along every line, will be a D rather than the current DD.

Tutti Rouge is a very, very new brand and every new endeavor will have it's ups and downs, but I think the company has done an exceptional job listening to customer feedback, responding as swiftly as possible, and committing themselves to an intimate and open connection with their fans. The Liliana's fit was problematic for some and an updated version will be out within the year, more sizes have been added according to demand, and after my critical analysis of their promotional videos and photography, their "French Bliss" imagery is...well, it's perfect. I think it's this factor -- they are willing to be part of the community rather than occasionally witnessing the conversation from afar -- that will guarantee their success in the years ahead.

Are you excited by the size announcements for Liliana & Fifi?? 

I think this collection is terrific! What are your thoughts?? 

Have you tried the Liliana or any of their other Spring/Summer 2013 styles?

21 Comments

  1. Oh my! So pretty. I love all of these designs. I think I may like this collection even more tan the first collection! Wow. Such pretty colors and prints. Looking forward to this SS14 collection.

    Amber
    scarlets-letter.net

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    1. I like this one more than the first too, which is saying something because there are a lot of styles in the first collection that I'm dying to try. Can it be Spring 2014 already puh-lease?!

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  2. Several of these are beautiful! I'm really digging the Beatrice--the color isn't one that would flatter me, but I love padded plunges. :-) So what shape do they fit FOT/FOB? Are the wires narrow or wide? Are the cups deep or shallow?

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    1. Hey CGC, great questions! Hahaha, unfortunately I don't really know. Tutti Rouge's first padded plunge -- the polka dot Lottie -- has only recently been made available for purchase. I'm sure lingerie reviews will come pouring in soon as Tutti Rouge is a big blogger favorite, but I'll shoot Jessica an email anyway and get back to you. :)

      http://www.tuttirouge.bigcartel.com/product/lottie-bra-vanilla

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  3. ...New Liliana fit? In time for both of those BEAUTIFUL COLOURS? I can't wait! Though I wish it were not called nude, makes me less inclined to buy it :\

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    1. Agreed, the pink never did it for me but these lighter shades are so dreamy!

      Thank you for commenting on the "nude" problem, there are still a collection of big (Freya, Panache) who are using the term as well as smaller, cool brands like Tutti Rouge and Sunday Intimates. I completely agree with you, I've stopped buying bras which use that term since it's an issue I feel strongly about. But I also feel the tide has *just* begun to turn though and hopefully, they'll get on board and drop the descriptor.

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  4. Wow. I haven't had the chance to try Tutti Rouge bras yet but this new collection is sure to make me take the plunge when the time comes. I really love the colors they offer (green! blue!) Better start saving up !

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    1. The colors are awesome on their own but are made particularly stellar by the fact that I DIDN'T see many similar ones from other full bust brands. I think the green is especially daring for such a traditionally conservative market. Way to go, Tutti Rouge!

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  5. Booh! I got super excited at the mention of the "major size expansion" at the beginning of the post, thinking it meant larger cups... and then it didn't :-( I'm still a fan though. The brand is doing a fantastic job. The Fifi is paticularly adorable. I love that they have a strong identity and that they work so hard on the detailing. The Nichole is typically something I would hate if done by Curvy Kate. It is borderline tacky, but the modernity and details in the execution makes it fall on the good side of the line IMO.

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    1. I know, size extensions are a tough one...especially for new brands like Tutti Rouge and previously, Curvy Kate. For their third collection adding 28-44 J and 40-44 D-J is a massive step and I also completely understand why you'd want J+ cups from TR as well. It'd be a challenge for them but I think they've shown they're unafraid when it comes to new, daring endeavors.

      I love that they have a strong identity too! I think the fact that the designs are so genuine to who Jessica is and how she sees the world makes Tutti feel appealing. Just like you said, I don't think I'd go for a lot of these designs if they were produced by another company. And I'll second your thoughts on the Nichole and Fifi (lovelovelove Fifi).

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  6. Oh jeez, I can just see Tutti getting all my money next year and me not regretting it in the slightest bit.

    Absolutely gorgeous bras, literally took my breath away when I saw the Rosa.

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    1. Hahaha! I want them to steal my money too. The Rosa is such a happy design, it feels as if it's celebrating! :)

      And I'm sure if Jessica is reading, she'll be super happy to hear you like it!!

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  7. I'm not usually a pastels person, but Beatrice is worth many many looks.

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    1. I know! I'm not a padded fan but the Beatrice is a cutie.

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  8. Ugh, hoping for narrower wires and cups that can accomodate projected boobs. I loved the concept of Liliana, however it was a no go for me :(

    Tell me, is Fifi top panell stretch lace? Are they still stopping on HH? Will only Liliana go up to J?

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    1. Hey Vee! Maybe the new fit of the Liliana for Spring/Summer 2014 will be better then. The Fifi's size range will be 28-38 D-J, the Liliana's 28-44 D-J and the rest of the collection will be the standard they came out with 28-38 D-HH (the Ds are now the smallest cup they go to, rather than the DD). I am 99% sure the top cup of the Fifi is stretch lace but I have an email to write to TR so I'll double check that.

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    2. I need narrower wires and cups that come farther forward as well. Any word on the Fifi yet? It's incredibly hard to order from any company based outside of the US and actually get the right size without reviews, and then to get the exchange done in less than a month. I'd appreciate an update, thanks.

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  9. Oh, holy mother. I need the Fifi. Please. PLEASE let the cut issues be sorted out, because that lime green, polka dot, unpadded bra is like a dream come true. It's beautiful!

    The Nichole is also quite pretty-- I like the aqua blue colorway quite a bit. I'll be interested to see what the fit is like, though-- if it'll fit well on my bust, I would absolutely get it, especially because I feel their price point is quite reasonable.

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    1. Did you wind up trying it? I can't find any reviews on it, and I'd like to buy it, but I'm in the US, and returns and waiting on exchanges are a nightmare. I wear a 32 HH in most bras, 32 J in some that run small, but I haven't heard Tutti Rouge being compared to anyone else, and I kind of need that to see if it runs true to size.

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    2. Oh, I didn't specify. I meant the Fifi.

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  10. Do you know if they changed the Betty's cups for the new collection starting with the Berry color? Is it narrower and fitting more projected breasts? The first one, the cream seemed wide and shallow but I saw a blog post for the Berry color and it didn't seem so. Any reviews on the Fifi out yet? I tried the Sophia and it was a disaster on me. It was very wide and shallow. :(

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