One trend which seemed unavoidable which I found myself salivating over was the high-waisted brief. From the displays to the catwalks these statement pieces seemed to be everywhere. Surprisingly flattering and wearable, they combine the ‘waspie’ and brief look which seemed to both create curves on smaller frames and flatter curvy girls. Brands such a Curvy Kate, Triumph and Jill Ashley had examples of this look in their collections and is definitely something that I am personally excited to try out.
Extended shapes and vintage-inspired shapes were prevalent throughout many collections: Long-line bras and high-waisted briefs were a big feature at the show, as well as slips and basques and various other silhouette-boosters and interestingly-shaped pieces. In particular the long-line bra and the high-waisted brief; tying in nicely to the burlesque feel which dominated many of the displays and much of the catwalk shows. There was a big trend of incorporated graphic detailing mimicking corsetry and vintage style.
This Jill Ashley bra combined some of the hottest trends of all the show: lilac and purple as well as the high-waist. I think the use of tweed fabric on a bra is really different and eye catching, as it is a fabric usually associated with outer-wear. It is like the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend but backwards! This underwear is made to be seen and seamlessly combines fashion and function… bad news is the range only goes up to a D cup; I know, I was sad too.
Hand-in hand with these long-line shapes was a feel for ‘pin-up’ and ‘burlesque’ styles. Along with this retro theme were pastels, particularly eggshell blue, teal, violet and baby pink teamed with black or corresponding matching prints. One particular favourite of mine was a nude and black set from Triumph which focussed more on the pin-up shape and silhouette than the fancy designs and colour-ways. The ‘nude’ base was a beautiful gold-nude, making this nude underwear with a difference: the fashion-forward shape and iridescent finish really sexes-up this basic.
A perfect example of some pieces can be seen in this article about Gossard on the Moda website.
Florals were also big news at the show. A trend which appears to never die, florals were hot for Autumn/Winter across most leading brands; with Panache, Gossard, Freya all sporting them. The difference seemed to be a verge toward more wearable florals… ice cream colours and unexpected colour schemes for an unpredictable floral.
Freya actually managed to combine the long-line bra and floral trends in one bra with their ‘Neive’ bra:
The ditsy print is adorable and it is so nice to see fashion-forward bras available in a decent range of sizes from the likes of Panache, Triumph, Freya and Curvy Kate.
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