Thursday, 6 September 2012

Panache Autumn/Winter 2012 Press Event

   A while back I attended the Panache Autumn/Winter 2012 press launch, where the new collections from Panache Superbra, Panache Swimwear, Panache Sport, Cleo and Masquerade were put on display for lucky press attendees. Press days normally come about a few months before the launch of new collections in stores, so I am actually very excited to be reviewing the collections now as some of the products are just coming out in shops and online and will continue to do so in the upcoming months! Now there's no need to feel pangs of bra-lust and not be able to buy for months on end...

   The actual press day was held at The House of St Barnabas, a stunning Georgian building situated in Soho.

  After ascending an intricate staircase of wrought-iron balustrades, I reached 'The Drawing Room' which was a spacious room boasting impressive plasterwork, an ornate fireplace, hanging chandelier..and bed! The room was decked out with beautiful lingerie from Panache, which was hung from display rails and draped across the bed. The lingerie was also displayed on the lovely Panache models and was even mounted in picture frames..!

   After a delicious cupcake, I took a look at the Panache Superbra A/W12 collection...

   Panache Superbra A/W12 takes its inspiration from Art Deco and Art Decoratif patterns and prints. The collection is suffused with rich Oriental-inspired tones of ruby, orchid pink, opulent teal, purple and gold. Panache Superbra is all about functional sophistication and the A/W12 collection serves up nothing less...

A new introduction for this season, the Panache 'Jasmine' presents a delicate oriental-inspired bird and branch print. Its black base colour is complimented by flashes of colour in the bird print whilst the stretch lace and bow detail at the centre give this set a feminine finish.

The Panache 'Eden' comes in a lovely midnight blue tone and features mesh panels on the cups, which are decorated with blue, white and aqua floral embroidery.

The 'Andorra' is one of Panache's bestsellers, going up to a J cup in its full cup style and an H cup in its plunge. The new season 'lagoon' blue colour is a great fashion colour that will suit a variety of skin tones.

The Panache 'Fern' is a real stand-out piece from this collection, oozing Art Deco appeal with its midnight blue base and exquisite 'arabesque inspired' floral pattern. 

The 'Ariza' is made over for A/W12 with an eye-catching palette of black, pink and purple. It features beautiful Swiss embroidery in a floral pattern along the cups, for a look that is both elegant and bold.  

If you're looking for glamour, the 'Sienna' in 'lagoon' is perfect with its rich blue colour and ornate black lace overlay. (This bra is one of my collection favourites!)

The Panache 'Melody' comes in a lovely ruby tone and boasts a slightly scalloped edge to the cups with leaf-style embroidery.

Panache's 'Porcelain Viva' in Ruby - a basic that packs a colour punch!

Panache 'Tango' has reached its 10 year anniversary and to celebrate, the 'Tango Luxe' returns in this stunning orchid hue for the new season. I love the contrasting satin, which adds decadence to an everyday 'basic'.

 (Panache 'Tango' available in purple)

Next up, was Panache Swimwear:

   Panache's A/W12 Swimwear collection takes a dive into the popular nautical trend with red, white and blue striped prints and braided rope-style detailing. The collection also includes bold floral patterns and subtle animal prints with tribal inspired motifs in edgy colours. A great feature of this collection is the wide variety of swimwear styles; from swimsuits to bikinis to tankinis, alongside standard coordinates to retro style high waisted briefs with flattering panel details..ideal for stylish mixing and matching!

Panache 'Stella' range:

Panache's underwired bandeau bikinis have proved popular from season to season and the 'Stella' bandeau is equally chic with its red, white and blue colour block stripes. The navy blue rope detail motif at the centre adds a great nautical finish!

For those of you that like a little extra coverage on the beach, the 'Stella' plunge tankini is ideal for showing off your best assets in style. If you prefer a bikini on the beach, this balconette bikini is a great alternative. The matching 'fold down' briefs mean that you can vary your coverage depending on your mood!

How gorgeous does Charlotte look in this navy and white nautical plunge bikini? The plunge top lends to an amazing cleavage and the bottoms are perfect for lengthening legs!

Panache 'Lola' range:

If you want to wear animal print in an unconventional way, the 'Lola' is the epitome of edgy glamour. This new style comes in vivid pink with a faint animal stripe print and contrasting gold embellishments.

The 'Lola' also comes in utterly sophisticated black with stunning silver and turquoise stone embellishments. This is definitely one for my lust list!

Panache 'Veronica':

Best-seller 'Veronica' is updated for A/W12 in this rich 'lagoon' blue tone. The soft sheen fabric makes this set very luxurious and feminine and the ruching on the swimsuit looks ideal for hiding any lumps and bumps.

Panache 'Tallulah' range:

If you like a touch of retro styling, you will love the new 'Tallulah' range. Choose from a tankini, swimsuit or bikini in this stylish painterly floral print. 'Tallulah' also boasts a high waisted bikini pant with panels to flatter your curves, drawing attention up to your waist to give you an hourglass look!

(Heather models the high waisted briefs to perfection here!)

Panache Sport:

   As many of you know from my recent glowing review of this Panache sports bra, Panache are champions of great fit and superior support whilst exercising! Panache's sports bra (available from B-H cup) 'banishes the bounce' with cups that encapsulate the breasts, rather than compressing them. Panache have brought out a 'British coloured' version of their classic sports bra in blue, white and red and have also announced a collaboration with CoppaFeel! in aid of promoting breast care. Panache will be launching a pink colourway of their sports bra this October and will donate a percentage of the sales to the CoppaFeel! charity...

Cleo by Panache:

The Cleo by Panache A/W12 collection is certainly sugar and spice and everything nice! With its 'sweet treats' theme and gorgeous campaign imagery, the collection presents quirky abstract prints, bold colours and bows galore. Cleo has definitely cooked up some lingerie delights for Cleo fans.. 

One of my favourite pieces was the trendy and girly 'Leila' bra, which comes in a pinky/purple tone, complete with black mesh overlay, ribbon embroidery and pink bow motifs. The high waisted briefs are a great 'high fashion' alternative to classic briefs and look very curve-flattering thanks to the mesh panels down the sides.

Cleo's popular 'Lucy' bra gets a makeover in navy and pink for A/W12 - you can see my review of the pink version here.

The 'Marcie' balconette is a new addition for A/W12 and its vivid red hue makes it a great bra for flirting your way through the Christmas months. The delicate trellis embroidery, polkadots and bow and button motifs give this set a quirky and fun edge.

The new Cleo 'Meg' bra is a real stand-out piece with its striking blue and silver swallow print on a navy base. The scalloped edging and red ribbon and bow trims add to this set's trendy appeal.

Another new design to the collection, 'Natasha' mixes an animal/camouflage-esque print in a quirky purple colour palette with graphic style embroidery.

Upscaled polka dots are married with floral rose embroidery in the 'Zia' bra - the unusual grey, white and yellow colour scheme keeps this bra looking fresh.

 With its quirky charcoal coloured animal print and delicate floral embroidery, the Cleo 'Hazel' is perfect for making an statement. 

Based on the best-selling 'Juna' design, the 'Darcy' adds a fashion twist with its graphic heart print design and bold contrasting red trimmings.

The Cleo 'Jude' launches in feminine purple with fashionable navy lace trim and bows for A/W12.

(Also available in black)

Last but not least, this brings me to talk about Masquerade, whose collections were set up in the adjacent 'Silk Room' (which had a lovely vintage print wallpaper and Chanel illustrations on the walls!)

Masquerade A/W12 is nothing short of sumptuous and indulgent, taking its inspiration from 'unearthed treasures'. The collection is replete with glamorous and seductive lingerie styles made from Italian satins, complemented by lace, embroidery and rich jewel colours and earthy hues.. 

The Masquerade 'Harem' is an alluring vintage-inspired plunge available in black, nude and fig, featuring elegant satin coupled with panels of lace.

New style 'Amor' is a beautiful sapphire blue set that exudes opulence and glamour. Its sweetheart plunge bra looks ideal for creating a lovely cleavage!

The highly anticipated 'Deity' bridal range looks set to impress with its luxurious soft Italian satin and Art Deco style stitching.

The 'Rosetti' bra is sure to set hearts a-flutter with its racy scarlet hue, ornate lace detailing and beautiful satin cuff edges..perfect for the Christmas season and all year round seduction!

Popular style, 'Delphi' comes back this A/W12 in this gorgeous boudoir black and ivory colourway. This bra also comes with the option of stylish high waisted briefs for a flattering feminine silhouette. 

(Also comes as a stunning basque!)

 If you remember 'Persia' from last season, you will be delighted to see that it has been brought back for this A/W in a beautiful sapphire blue hue, complete with Italian satin and tassle trims. With its nude base and jewel blue lace overlay, this sumptuous set is sure to be a hit!


   Panache's Autumn/Winter 2012 collections are very strong and boast a really diverse array of lingerie and swimwear to suit different age ranges and tastes. It is always difficult to pick out collection favourites, but I really love Panache's swimwear range (which is particularly stunning this season), Cleo (for its fun prints) and Masquerade (because I can't get enough of these glamorous and luxurious lingerie sets!). 
   I am also already excited to see Panache's Spring/Summer 2013 collections as there are some new lines being added, including 'Sculptresse', Panache's new fuller figure range (sizes: 36-46 back, D-J cups and sizes 14-26 in co-ordinates):

(Sculptresse by Panache S/S13)

   Most of all, however, I am excited about the launch of Cleo Swimwear for Spring/Summer 2013! One of my long-standing wishes is that Panache Swimwear started at a 28 rather than 30 back, so I can't wait to try Cleo swimwear, which all starts at a 28 back!

(Cleo Swimwear S/S13)

Kitty xo


  1. Panache has really been stepping up their game lately with new designs. The Spring 2013 catalog is my favorite to date, and I can't wait to try the Loretta in the Cobalt. I'm also itching to try the Masquerade Rhea to see how that fits.

    1. Hi Sophisticated Pair,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree - the Panache collections are really great for A/W12 and I can't wait to see the full S/S13 collections in the flesh! It looks like you're a fan of the luxurious Masquerade styles too - I'm having a hard time choosing which I'd like to get as they're all fabulous. I must agree that the new blue colourway of the Persia is gorgeous!

      Kitty xo

  2. Hi love the darcy and the persia sets, beautiful, makes me wish i was a woman more than ever xx

    1. Hi Anon,

      Thanks for the comment. The 'Darcy' and 'Persia' are great choices! 'Darcy' has just launched on and (amongst others) I hope that the new 'Persia' is coming soon to retailers too!

      Kitty xo

  3. Great review! Can you share your thoughts on how consistent the cut or patterning is within each Panache line? For instance, if I like the fit of the Superbra Balconnette Tango, will I like the fit of ALL Superbra Balconnettes? Or are there differences in the cut/fit within the line? (While the Tango works pretty well for me after I alter the center gore, the Panache Cleo Balconnette that I tried was terrible on I'm wondering if the Tango is a lucky accident, or if I could safely order more Superbra balconnettes in different styles without trying them on.) Thanks!


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