Moda time is one of my favourite times of year. There’s nothing I love more than popping around the stalls and seeing what my favourite brands have to offer in the coming seasons – or even better – finding a new favourite brand to drool over! This year was no different, with a fair few ‘must haves’ from the likes of Gossard, Tutti Rouge, Freya, Panache and more. Warning: this season is not for the shy – I’ve put together a summary of some of the trends I spotted weaving their way through each of the collections, with neon bright shades, oriental, strong colours and bold florals making a strong statement.
‘Betty’ in red Back in February (and yes, I realise it’s now May… I’ve been a bad, bad blogger!!) Becky and I attended the Moda Exhibition in Birmingham for the fifth time. It’s always one of the highlights of the UK lingerie calendar for me, as it’s a chance to catch up with some friendly faces and see what all my old favourite brands will have on offer in their next season’s collection – plus it’s a great chance to find new brands, too!
Both of these LF Intimates brands really caught our eyes at the Show, and the lovely Francesca Walsh (their PR & Marketing girl – anyone seen her Moda posts on Lingerie Buyer?) was as lovely in the flesh as from behind the computer screen. The only bad thing about them is that their ranges usually only go up to a G so we know some of our readers can’t wear them, but for those of you lucky enough to fit into their size range they’re an absolutely top-notch lingerie set that we recommend very highly indeed. If any of you happen to have read Becky’s Lepel Fiore review on Brastop, then you’ll know how it’s one of her favourite bras of all time – so she was really keen to see more of their collections. They’re such a reliable fit as well as being high quality and simply stunning – so for 30-38 A-G cups, they’re another great choice. Charnos The Lingerie Buyer dollies hanging out on the Charnos stand
I think I must have been living under a rock for the past year in a half as I’ve not come yet reviewed a Mimi Holiday bra on my blog, despite being pleasantly reminded at the Moda Exhibition last weekend that their size range is the very respectable 28-40 AA-GG. Similarly to Miss Mandalay, Mimi Holiday’s higher price point has been one of the main reasons I’ve admired from afar; they’re a little higher than the average student’s lingerie budget, averaging at £50 a bra on Simply Yours. Now I’ve found myself in one of those ever-elusive things called a job, I’ve started to expand my lingerie horizons to the slightly more expensive brands. And boy are they worth the extra pennies.
Miss Mandalay are a brand that have always been on my radar, but as I’ve been a student until quite recently, I’ve found their higher price tag a bit out of my range, sticking to cheaper options like Freya, Curvy Kate and Ewa Michalak, but mainly scouring the likes of Brastop for the majority of my lingerie and waiting for the sales to snap up the sets I’ve been lusting after. Now that I’m fighting my way out of the beans-on-toast lifestyle of University, I’ve been turning my attention back onto the higher-end brands, and Miss Mandalay is there right at the top. At Moda, my curiosity was reignited for this brand which boast a phenomenal fit, simple yet delicate and gorgeous designs and some of the softest, most luxurious fabrics on the market. Their designs may be a lot more classic than some of my other favourite brands, but they do classic like none other.