ADDICT EXPOSE: NYC Brand Tour: Hanky Panky, Natori, Wacoal Europe, Le Mystere & Panache

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NYC Brand Tour: Hanky Panky, Natori, Wacoal Europe, Le Mystere & Panache

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As you may have guessed, lingerie market is an incredibly busy time of year. Between attending Curve (the major lingerie tradeshow), visiting ateliers, and going to all the meetups (such as the one TLA hosted last season for POC and LGBTQIA lingerie professionals), the week is packed solid.

Every year, there are brands I miss out on because there’s just too much to see at once, but this year I happened to skip almost all of the major brands. I’m talking names like Natori, Wacoal Europe (formerly Eveden Group), Panache, Hanky Panky, and Le Mystere. Basically, the brands you’re most likely to see in your local mall or department store.

While these names aren’t known for being the most editorial or directional, it is a bit hard to discuss what’s next in the lingerie industry without sharing what you’ll actually be able to buy. So I came back to Manhattan roughly a month or so after February market to have a few casual meetings with the heavy hitters of intimate apparel.

Unlike Curve, where the pace is frenetic and the race is on to get the most orders before the end of market, individual, post-market appointments allow for a more leisurely pace. Not only is there an opportunity to examine the lingerie in detail (perfect for someone like me who loves lace and embroidery), there’s also time to talk about what’s coming up for the brand and what trends and patterns they’re noticing in the larger world of intimate apparel (because working for a brand that produces millions of units is very different than running a label that produces dozens).

While I didn’t photograph everything I saw, key highlights from this trip for me were the new Natori ‘Feathers’ stockings, Hanky Panky’s beautiful ‘Ziegfeld Follies’-inspired story, Le Mystere’s lacy ‘Sophia’ bodysuit, Panache’s highly-engineered 5-part bra cup (supporting up to a J cup!), and Elomi’s brilliantly bold embroidery.

When covering market, there’s always a tension between featuring what’s new and exciting and featuring what you’ll be able to find in a store. I hope this follow-up piece helps to give you a more complete picture of what’s next in the world of lingerie.

Do you have a favorite set from one of the big brands for next season? If so, what is it?

Natori :

Natori Cut and Sew Feathers Bra

Josie Natori Lace Bra Set

Josie Natori Embroidered Bra Set

Natori Feathers Hosiery

Le Mystere:

Le Mystere Bodysuit

Le Mystere Sophia White

Le Mystere Sophia Lilac

Le Mystere Sophia Silver Grey

Le Mystere Sports Bra

Wacoal Europe (formerly Eveden Group – Freya, Fantasie, Huit, Goddess, Elomi):

Fantasie Lace Bustier Corset


Fantasie 3




Freya 2


Huit 3

Hanky Panky:

Hanky Panky 2

Hanky Panky 5

Hanky Panky 4

Hanky Panky 3


Panache 6

Panache 4

Panache 3


Panache AW14 Crafted for Fit, Styled for Comfort

The past meets the present in the AW14 Panache collection, which is inspired by European folklore, a tale of desire and romance, and a renewed interest in traditional arts and handicrafts. Tapestry style prints mixed with traditional florals feature heavily throughout the collection amongst a color palette of gold, jet black, exquisite plum, ink blue and deep scarlet. 
The Panache designer sites the stylist Catherine Babe and the fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko as inspiration for this very special AW14 collection, while runway designers who inspired include Oscar De La Renta, Kate Spade, Moschino, Valentino and Erdem. 
Porcelain Viva, the popular fashion range returns for AW14 in a charcoal grey with a delicate powder pink contrast embroidery and bow. The pretty embroidery trim and jacquard outer fabric ensures 
that Porcelain Viva continues to be a fashionable everyday range. The Andorra range is one of Panache’s best selling fashion ranges and returns this season in full and plunge styles in a deep scarlet which gives this style a delicate, romantic and feminine feel.
Floris returns in a new print inspired old masters florals with a modern day twist in a strong grey and red colorway. The printed geometric Swiss embroidery top cup in a graphic design provides 
depth and detail for a unique style. Tango remains the corner pin of the Panache collection and this season the balconnet style comes in a scarlet ombre with the signature embroidery leaf detail. 
Based on the Tango range, Tango Accenti gives the same great support but with a touch of glamour and continues this season in sumptuous mulberry colorway.
The animal influence continues for AW14 with the best selling Jasmine balconnet bra being available in a leopard print design and also a black ricamo floral design, inspired by the folklore and hand vme down traditions. Colette returns for AW14 in a deep luxurious claret shade inspired by the romantic trend of sentiment, while trusted best selling fashion range Fern returns in a new print 
design in a sumptuous navy and magenta floral.

Porcelain Idina, a popular core style, makes its first foray into fashion in a pink base with an all over navy floral lace. The moulded cup with flange gives a better appearance for a natural smooth shape under clothes. Another core style appears in a new colorway for AW14 – Envy’s balconnet, brief and high waisted brief range all 
appear in a deep cassis shade. Envy Body is a new addition for AW14. This bra-sized body offers the same shape and support at the Envy bra but has power mesh at the front, back and sides for 
control and has a black lace brief section for a luxurious finish.
Clara is pure indulgence for AW14 in luxurious black and ornate gold with a sheen satin back with overlaid lace for an opulent feel. Rhapsody is inspired by folk nostalgia and old master florals 
for AW14 and is available in a multicolor floral print on a black background.
Porcelain Grace returns in a passionate scarlet colorway with a soft jacquard fabric with a lace effect elastic trim that provides a smooth cup with luxury feel. New to the Porcelain collection is Porcelain Elan which has innovative details such as moulded cups with flange to give a better appearance, seamless cups and mesh underlined wings for a soft, smooth look and stronger underband elastic for GG+ sizes.
Core styles include: Tango plunge and balconnet in black, white & nude; Porcelain Moulded T-Shirt, Strapless & Plunge in black, white & nude; Evie Strapless in black, ivory & nude; Evie Bridal in ivory; Sophie Maternity Nursing & Support Bras in Black/Nude & Pink/Ivory and the Cami Top in black & white; Dahlia balconnet bra with embroidery detail available in black and nude; Idina, the floral lace range in black and ivory in balconnet bra, high waisted brief and brief.
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Cleo by Panache AW14 – Crafted for Fit, Styled for Fun

Cleo’s AW14 inspiration is all about the ‘excite’ trend, and looks at a chaotic mixture of florals and geometrics with a very modern and yet fresh look. Inspiration was taken from the catwalks, especially designers Marc Jacobs, Mara Hoffman and Anna Sui who demonstrated how these unusual combinations can create exciting new looks. Print and pattern combinations, oversized bow detail,
embroideries and glitter trims all feature in the Cleo by Panache AW14 collection.
AW14 also sees the introduction of new sizes for the Cleo by Panache collection, with many key styles now starting from B and C cups. Product Manager, Alysha Taylor states ‘We have introduced
B and C cups to Cleo due to huge demand from our export market who wanted to see an expansion of the Cleo brand; we see the new sizes as complimentary to the current D+ range our portfolio offers. ‘
New to this season is Kali, a pretty new embroidery range with a scattered heart design on a sheer base net in a bright neon lime colorway to offer a fun pop of color for AW14. The design is finished with a contrast bright orange grosgrain bow trimming. The balconnet bra shape is based on the best selling Lucy shape but with further improvements such as lined bottom cups to make it an even better fit all the way up to a J cup. The Kali brief is a new shape with cute gather back detailing and frills on the legs.
Favorite Cleo styles return for AW14 with a boost of color and also an array of new sizes. For the first time ever, designer favorite Nyla is available from a B cup and will this season be available in a teal based floral print with a pretty pink shade of embroidery, inspired by
flirty florals and fun geometrics. Juna will now be available from a C cup and features a subtle matt and shine effect animal print in a fun teal colorway. A quirky grosgrain bow in contrasting pinks adds a girly touch. Neve returns in a vivid deep blue and a decorative trim and spot jacquard strapping. Neve also continues to be available in
black, nude and a strapless style.
Maddie’s well loved and trusted balconnet bra is this season available from a B cup in a bright raspberry colorway with a printed check lime bow detail. Lily is also available form a B cup and this season sees a burst of color with a lime and charcoal colorway. Inspired by the trend for unusual repeat prints on the AW14, Lily has a quirky swan print for this season with a double bow detailing. The three piece laminated balconnet cups and cradle offer support and fit up to a J cup.
Izzy is a new balconnet bra based on the popular Melissa, Ellis and Minnie styles, available from a B cup. Inspired by the AW14 trend for mix and match florals, delicate floral embroidery with bright strawberry pink edging has been designed to create an unusual contrast to the ditzy multi colored star print. The 3 section balconnet cup and cradle offer great support and fit up to a J cup.
Jolie is a new range available from a B cup, based on the trusted darted padded balconnet bra block of AW13’s Jessie. Using an unusual color combination straight off the catwalks, Jolie features a quirky and fun embroidery made up of bows in raspberry and orange shades on a charcoal base. SS14’s best seller Minnie returns in a
beautiful monochrome colorway and from a B cup upwards.
Another best selling collection, Marcie is now available from a B cup and in a rich raspberry colorway across the bra, brief and babydoll
pieces. Maddie Pop is available in a new exclusive print inspired by multi color animal prints in a B cup upwards.
Juna, the long running and well loved bra shape continues to form the core collection for Cleo in black, ivory and nude.
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Fab Foundations: It’s All In The Details

                by Ali Cudby

I’m always struck by the challenge of photographing lingerie. By the time you get far enough away to see an entire garment, you can lose sight of the details that make it truly spectacular.

Here are some of my favorite details from Lingerie Fashion week and CurveNY A/W14.

Kix’ies Thigh Highs, Lingerie Fashion Week
Using contortionists and acrobats to demonstrate the product’s ability to stay up. Brilliant!

Arsenic et Vielles Dentelles, Lingerie Fashion Week
Although not in the line sheets, this juxtaposition of soft materials and bondage intent was a delightful and fun take on lingerie-as-fetishwear (or vice versa).

Dirty Pretty Things, CurveNY
The gold leather manages to make this piece somehow 80s and 20s at the same time.

Simone Perele, CurveNY
The pretty velvet bow, the eyelash lace details, the oh-so on trend purple. I just adored the attention to detail here.

Prima Donna Twist at CurveNY
Handcuff embellishments? That ain’t your mama’s Prima Donna!

Empreinte, CurveNY
Celebrating 5 years of seamless molded lace technology, Empreinte is offering a special bonus with the purchase of these limited edition bras – the guipure detachable back piece. A true showstopper.

Cleo by Panache, CurveNY
“Crafted for fit. Styled for fun.” The Kali bra by Cleo has a hidden message for its wearers.

Sometimes the best details are fleeting – this image was captured from the Lingerie Fashion Week site. The City and its gorgeous lingerie was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Photo credit: Jeremy Aiken, JZA Industries Multimedia

Ali Cudby is the author of the book Busted! The Fab Foundations™ Guide to Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic (December 2011), and CEO of Fab Foundations™, an intimate apparel consulting company.
Ali can be found on Twitter @alicudby, and you can be a fan of the Ali Cudby’s page on Facebook. To learn more about bras that fit, download a free chapter of Busted! 

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