SIL Preview: Fantasie AW16 (Including Fantasie Swim)

Next up, Fantasie! Fantasie has a slightly more mature and sophisticated aesthetic than Freya, with the Fantasie AW16 collection primarily featuring shades of navy blue, teal, pomegranate and ivory, with accents of white, gold and silver.

Fantasie Sofia Padded Half Cup Bra and Waspie in Black (Fantasie AW16)

Fantasie Natasha Plunge Balcony Bra in Black (Fantasie AW16)

Fantasie Sofia Padded Half Cup Bra and Waspie in Black (30 D-G, 32-38 C-G & S-XL; Side Support Bra also available in sizes 30-36 D-HH, 38 D-H, 40 D-FF) ; Fantasie Natasha Plunge Balcony Bra in Black (30 D-G, 32-38 C-G)

First up, the Sofia and Natasha! These are both new styles, featuring a black base with gold and silver embroidery, but with a very different overall look! The Sofia is an incredibly beautiful, luxurious style, with an option for a coordinating waspie suspender, something I’m very pleased about! Matching suspenders seem to be far and few between in the full-bust world, so I’m always excited to see more options including them on the market. The Natasha features leopard embroidery; leopard print is often seen as being trashy or overtly sexy, but I think this embroidered approach to leopard lingerie gives a sophisticated edge to the style.

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SIL Preview: Freya AW16 (Including Freya Active & Freya Swim)

Today is going to be my last day of AW16 previews, and the last set of brands to cover is the Wacoal Eveden group! Wacoal Eveden produce some of the best known brands in the lingerie world, managing Fantasie, Freya, Huit, Wacoal, b.tempt’d, Elomi and Goddess. I’ll be sticking to the full-bust brands, starting with Freya! The Freya AW16 collection primarily features shades of electric and navy blue, lime yellow, orchid purple and chilli red.

Freya Pin Up Padded Strapless Bustier in Black (Freya AW16)

Freya Pin Up Padded Half Cup Bra in Black (Freya AW16)

Freya Pin Up High Waist Brief in Black (Freya AW16)

Freya Pin Up Padded Strapless Bustier in Black (28 D-G, 30 D-GG, 32-36 C-GG, 38 D-G) ; Freya Pin Up Padded Half Cup Bra in Black (28 D-GG, 30 D-H, 32-36 C-H, 38 C-G) ; Freya Pin Up High Waist Brief in Black (XS-XXL)

One of my favourite styles of the collection, the Pin Up! This is an incredibly gorgeous retro style, featuring a leopard print base with lime yellow highlights, black satin piping and panelling. This is available in a very 50s strapless bustier style, as well as a slightly more modern padded half-cup style if that’s not your thing. Continue reading

Introducing: Rochella Lingerie

One brand that I was very excited to see in person was Rochella! Rochella are an independent premium brand launching for SS16, founded by lingerie designer Karen Johnson. They aim to provide beautiful, high-quality lingerie for D-J cups, whilst also supporting a cause closer to Karen’s heart: gynaecological cancer research. As a survivor of one herself, Karen has committed to donate a percentage of all profits towards The Eve Appeal (the only gynaecological cancer research charity in the UK). And, of course, Rochella’s pieces are stunning.

With bras retailing for £59, suspender briefs for £46 and briefs for £30, they have a fairly mid-range price point – enough to be a bit of a splurge piece, but not so expensive as to make them unattainable. So, let’s take a look at Rochella SS16!

Rochella Tattoo Butterfly Bra (Rochella SS16)

Rochella Tattoo Butterfly Bra Detailing (Rochella SS16)

Rochella Tattoo Butterfly Bra and Brief

Possibly my favourite style of the collection, the Tattoo Butterfly! Many of Rochella’s styles feature illusion mesh for the upper cup, which should become invisible for all skin tones. Combined with the bold black embroidered detailing, this gives an almost tattoo effect against the skin, which is really gorgeous and striking. Continue reading

SIL Preview: Lepel London AW16

Finally, Lepel’s bolder little sister, Lepel London! Lepel London launched with A-DD cups in AW15, expanding to A-F cups in SS16, and this season, there should be one style available up to a G cup. I know, one style isn’t many, but the Lepel London team are working tirelessly to expand and develop their range, and there should be more styles available in SS17. So, onto the collection! The Lepel London AW16 collection primarily features shades of blue, black and blush, with pops of deep purple and bright pink.

Lepel London Tamara Velvet Full in Ink Blue (Lepel London AW16)

Lepel London Tamara Velvet in Ink Blue (Lepel London AW16)Lepel London Tamara Velvet in Ink Blue (Range TBC, minimum 30 C-F, 32-34 A-F, 36 A-E)

I know what you’ve came for, so here is the Tamara Velvet, which I have been told should be going up to a G cup! I’ve spoken to numerous reps about this piece, all of whom have said different things about the size range, so I’m not making any guarantees. However, if this is indeed going to a G cup, I’m glad they’ve chosen this style – it is absolutely gorgeous. Based off the Tamara style (which will also be returning this season), it features royal blue satin on the cups and band, black velvet wire casings and strappy detailing, and black lace edging under the band. It also has coordinating high waisted briefs (yesss!), and with the bra and brief retailing for £30 altogether, this is a really gorgeous, affordable option. Continue reading

SIL Preview: Charnos AW16

Next up is the second of the LF Intimates brands, Charnos! Charnos aims to provide pieces with a little more luxury and sophistication, with the Charnos AW16 collection featuring shades of raspberry, deep purple, ivory and gold, and plenty of options available up to a J cup!

Charnos Violet Set in Raspberry (Charnos AW16)

Charnos Violet in Raspberry (Charnos AW16)

Charnos Sienna Set in Deep Purple (Charnos AW16)

Charnos Violet in Raspberry (pictures 1-2; 32 C-J, 34-38 B-J, 40 D-F) ; Charnos Sienna in Deep Purple (picture 3; 30 D-J, 32-38 B-J, 40 D-F)

The main fashion colours of this collection are raspberry and purple, used here in the Violet and Sienna. Both of these styles are available up to J cups, something I’m very happy about! Continue reading