|Fantasie Spring/Summer 2015 Mae Basque|
|Allegra in "White" Vertical Seam Bra, 32-38 B-C & 30-38 D-FF & 30-36 G or Underwired Side Support Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G-GG with matching brief, thong and short, XS-XXL ("Black" scheduled for November; "White" scheduled for January)|
After it's debut in the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, Allegra returns with vigor for Spring/Summer 2015 in white and black, both of which are slated as continuity colors. They'll join the Butterscotch, another continuity, and the Rouge, a seasonal fashion, arriving around November.
Since Eveden has chosen to end their production of Fauve after Autumn/Winter 2014, there's been a big change to the parent company's roster and the shift is most evident in Fantasie. The designers decided to absorb Fauve's European sensibilities and luxuriously fine details into a handful of Fantasie lines, including the Allegra. The sheer vertical seam bra is reminiscent of French lingerie and the swirling, intricate embroidery is a nod to Fauve's signature opulence.
I feel as if I should be the perfect customer for Fantasie/Fauve hybrid designs, but the basic Allegras leave me wanting more. I remember liking the vertical seam bra in Rouge, although my notes say I also thought the side support version was "too much". It's all perfectly pretty, if a little ho-hum. There's something vaguely boring about the Allegra that keeps me from getting super pumped.
Side note: Black will be available around November and will include an additional item, a suspender belt in sizes S-XL.
|Eclipse in "Viola" & "Ivory" Spacer Moulded Balcony Bra, 32-38 C & 30-40 D-F & 30-38 FF & 30-36 G with matching brief and short, XS-XXL (Brazilian thong available as well, XS-XL) ("Viola" scheduled for December; "Ivory" scheduled for January)|
I shouldn't complain, I'm very excited about the Eclipse. The full cup Rebecca is comfy as hell, but since my frame is a bit small, full cup bras (especially Fantasie's) tend to look as if they're going to eat my chest. They're the Godzilla of bras! The Eclipse will be a better fit and look for me (and any of the ladies who have the same problem!) than the original, fuller Rebecca.
Side note: If you're curious, I tried the Rebecca in July 2013 and you can read my review here.
|Rebecca in "Honeysuckle" & "Sea Mist" Spacer Moulded Full Cup Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G & 30-36 GG & 30-34 H with matching brief, XS-XXL and thong, XS-XL ("Sea Mist" scheduled for December; "Honeysuckle" scheduled for April)|
|Rebecca Mirage in "Blush" Spacer Moulded Full Cup Bra (see size range above, no H cups available in the Mirage) with matching brief and short, XS-XXL (Scheduled for March)|
|Julia in "Raspberry Ripple" Side Support Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G-H with matching thong and short, XS-XL and brief, XS-XXL (Scheduled for January)|
|Julia in "Blueberry" (see size ranges above) is scheduled for December|
|Susanna in "Fuchsia" Side Support Bra, 30-38 D & 30-42 DD-F & 30-40 FF-G & 30-38 GG-H with matching brief and short, XS-XXL and thong, XS-XL (Scheduled for January)|
|Eloise in "Sorbet" Side Support Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G-J with matching brief and thong, XS-XL and brief, XS-XXL|
|Scheduled for February|
The Eloise's shimmering soft tones, muted pastels and Monet-inspired color palette fit in beautifully with this season's balletic trend. I'm totally onboard with this new shift and find it 110% fresher than the unavoidable brights and neons that have dominated the fashion market lately. I also realize this trend isn't for everyone; it's unapologetically feminine and elegantly "antique-y" which won't jive with every Fantasie fan, but no matter what you think of it, it's a definite upgrade from what the brand has put out for Autumn/Winter 2014. Let's drink to that.
|Elodie in "Peach Blossom" Side Support Bra, 30-40 D & 30-42 DD-F & 30-40 FF-G & 30-38 GG-J with matching brief and thong, S-XXL (Scheduled for February)|
|Mae in "Champagne" scheduled for February; Mae in "Lipstick" scheduled for May|
Side note: In addition to the "Champagne" fashion in the photos, there will be a "Lipstick" fashion with a light pink base and bright pink flocked flowers. It's a smaller collection, without the basque, high waisted brief, suspender belt and of course, garter. When I visited Eveden's Manhattan headquarters, the "Lipstick" had been taken to the Las Vegas Curve show so I wasn't able to snag any pictures. :(
|Alex in "Black" Side Support Bra, 30-42 D-FF & 30-38 G-J with matching brief, XS-XXL (Both continuity colors scheduled for March)|
|Alex Close Up|
|Jacqueline in "Black" Full Cup with Side Support Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G-H with brief, XS-XXL and short, XS-XL (Both continuity colors scheduled for April)|
|Alicia in "Blossom" Plunge Bra, 32-38 C & 30-38 D-G or Side Support Bra, 30-40 D-FF & 30-38 G-J with matching brief, thong, and short, XS-XL (Scheduled for May)|
- • The colors are bold, but are well balanced by the white base so the combination is attractive rather than overwhelming.
- • The embroidery matches the bra's fabric (something the Fantasie designers were focusing on this season) which "completes" the design.
- • The embroidered top cup has a lot of negative space -- the unadorned mesh material -- where the eye can rest.
- • It'll be available in a plunge shape which means that it's a Fantasie bra that won't look like it's attacking my boobs. I know this reason is on the selfish side, sorry not sorry.
- • Those flowers are part of a larger trend story I enjoy; they circle back to the soft painterly prints we've seen elsewhere for Spring/Summer 2015.
So, yeah, you could say I like this one. [Yells: "Alicia, get on my bodaaay!"]
Side note: In addition to the "Lipstick" Mae, the Ivana in "Rosewood" and the Natalie in "Samba" were unavailable when I stopped by the showroom so they're missing from this review. I apologize and as soon as they return to the NYC office, I'll ask that they be photographed, emailed over and I'll update the post.
Side note: I didn't cover the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection that I mentioned repeatedly here so I've included links to lines that have debuted online and you can see the entire group in detail on Stanikomania's Flickr.
I think Fantasie did a terrific job juggling it's customers' tastes, budgets, and fit requirements. The prints were an unbelievable improvement, the seasonal colorways were attractive and Fauve was successfully integrated into the Allegra, Mae, and Jacqueline lines.
What do you think?
Is there something in this collection for you?