Next up in the Panache family, Cleo! The Cleo AW16 collection primarily features shades of blue and magenta, with pops of citrus yellow, tangerine orange and apple green.
Cleo Breeze in Geo Floral (pictures 1-2; 28-38 D-H) ; Cleo Della (picture 3; 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J)
As always, we have some lovely new darker floral styles in the Breeze and Della for this season. I loved the SS16 colourway of the Della, and this season’s colourway is a definite winner for me! I adore sets that have matching suspenders, and I think the combination of the bold black detailing over the soft floral is simply gorgeous.
Cleo Mimi in Rose Print (28-38 D-H) ; Cleo Marcie in Tangerine (28 E-H, 30-38 D-J)
The floral continues onto the Mimi, a muted blue bra features a floral in shades of peach and apple green, with the peach shade featured again on the new Marcie. The Marcie was a little hard to photograph, but in person it is a much softer, lighter peach shade than it looks here.
Cleo Piper Longline in Cobalt (pictures 1-2; 28-38 E-H, 30-38 D-J) ; Cleo Blake in Turquoise (28 F-H, 30-38 D-J) ; Cleo Morgan in Teal (28-38 D-H)
We also have shades of blue used across the new Piper, Blake and Morgan. I’m particularly excited about the Piper, which is a delectable new unpadded longline in a vibrant cobalt. Unlike most full-bust longlines, this is available in a fairly large size range (covering D-J cups), so this is definitely one I’ll have to try out!
Cleo Tilda in Magenta (pictures 1-2; 28-38 D-H) ; Cleo Skye in Magenta/Lime (picture 3; 28 F-H, 30-38 D-J) ; Cleo Hettie in Black/Pink (pictures 4-5; 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J)
Shades of magenta are popular, used here in the Tilda, Skye and Hettie. I particularly love the contrast of the lime and magenta in this season’s Skye colourway – it’s such a fun, eyegrabbing combination!
Cleo Koko Muse in Charcoal/Magenta (pictures 1-2; 28 E-GG, 30-38 D-H) ; Cleo Kali in Black/Pink (picture 3; 28 E-H, 30-38 D-J) ; Cleo Lexi in Black (pictures 4-5; 28-38 D-H)
Finally, we also have some new options for neutrals in the form of the Koko Muse, Kali and Lexi. The Lexi is a new version of the Maddie, also available in Latte (a beige nude shade). It features the same sort of shape and appearance, but with a smooth edge along the top to increase wearability. The continuity Maddie is still in production, but I imagine depending how sales go, it may be phased out in favour of this style.
Cleo Hattie Bandeau in Pink Aztec (28-38 D-G)
There are also a few new pieces in the Cleo Swim collection. The first is the Hattie, which comes this season in a candy pink/white “Aztec” print. Cleo, as much as I love you, I’m not a fan of appropriating Aztec culture and design for clothing, and I’m just not on board with this colourway. I feel like this trend has been around for a really long time now, and I’m seriously wishing brands would get a bit more inventive with their geometric prints – seriously, it doesn’t have to be labelled “Aztec” or “Indian” or “Zulu” to be appealing.
Cleo Suki Bandeau in Geo Floral (pictures 1-2; 28-38 D-G) ; Cleo Lucille Balconett in Geo Stripe (28-38 D-J)
The other two pieces of the swim collection are the Suki and Lucille, which both feature geometric stripes in navy and white, with the Suki featuring overlaying floral in shades of blue and yellow. I like how these two options have the same basic idea, but the different approaches to each result in two very different looks.
Overall I think this is a fairly cohesive collection from Cleo, with some really nice colour choices throughout. For some years now Cleo have had a fairly cutesie aesthetic, but since last season (SS16), it seems like they’ve been trying to reinvent themselves to be a bit more edgy. This collection doesn’t seem to really embody either of these visions, and instead seems more mature than the ones we’ve seen before. There are some pieces I’m definitely excited about (hello, unpadded longline up to J cups!), but I do feel like Cleo’s brand vision is a little vague at the moment, so I’m personally looking forward to seeing which direction they go next season!
What do you think of the collection? Any stand-out pieces for you? Any opinions on Cleo’s current direction? Let me know any thoughts in the comments below!
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