In the nearly two years I've been blogging, I've never experienced anything like the CHP Gazeta's debut. I've been around for a lot of exciting changes too -- Claudette's launch, Freya's introduction of 28" bands to the Deco, Wacoal's purchase of the Eveden brands, the infancy of Curvy Kate's "Star in a Bra" competition, and of course, Cleo's long awaited swimwear. But there hasn't been one set, announcement, or size extension that rivals the release of Ewa Michalak's CHP Gazeta and it's easy to see why. The Gazeta is the year's most original design, it's a unique move even for the daredevil designer behind it, and judging by the outpouring of anticipation and enthusiasm online, many women have been longing for such an unusually fun print. I've received more questions about this set than any other product I've written about so at long last, (drumroll, please) here are my thoughts:
The Gazeta's spellbinding power originates with it's singular newspaper print, but that's not where it's visual appeal ends. The print itself looks ripped out of the 1930s rather than today's New York Times, features irregularly sized type and a glossy polka dotted finish. Many designers would've been content to stop experimenting after they found such a novelty and feel satisfied that the print alone would sell the product. However, Ewa Michalak isn't like most designers and uses equally interesting details to underscore the set's themes. The graphic black lines atop the wires and seams reference the thick font of old headlines, the oversize red bows and hearts add flirtatious contrast to the otherwise monotone color scheme while the black ruffles and garter-like tabs hint at burlesque costumes. I believe that lingerie design is an art form like any other and the best lingerie evokes a particular time, place, and mood. I'm impressed by how confidently the Gazeta succeeds in doing so.
On the Gazeta's product page, there's a small warning that it runs tighter in the band than previous CHP styles and I've received several inquiries about how firm it really is. I've never tried a CHP before so in comparison to previous versions, I don't know how it measures up. However, I felt the Gazeta was in line with the other Ewa Michalak bras I've worn recently and like the S Bambino or the SM Margot, the 65 cm band was just right when I'm usually a 28" from British manufacturers. If you've sized down in other CHPs in the past, I think that's unnecessary with the Gazeta. My usual Ewa Michalak padded size (65G) was ideal. Although, when it comes to the matching bottoms, I would be better off with a larger size in both the thong and brief. I'm usually a 38 and that's what I'm wearing in the photographs, but they pinched my softer bits.
After trying a CHP for the first time, I'm hooked. I purchased the previous half cup styles two years ago and I wasn't completely content with either the HP or CH cuts so I'm very, very happy to see the hybrid CHP fit so well. The sides are just right, they don't pinch or dig in, and the wires sit comfortably and grab all of my tissue. The silhouette -- as always with Ewa Michalak bras! -- is wonderfully round, if slightly more minimizing in profile than the S cuts. With the CH and HP styles, I had the most trouble through the top of the cups because one left me too loose and the other was too restrictive. However, the CHP Gazetka left me with a nice decolletage (the neckline reminded me of the Parfait Charlotte!) and a reassuring sense of anchorage.