Curves Expo: Fantasie

Hello Ladies

When we planned our initial inventory, my aunt and I were both smitten with the romantic, luxurious, and high quality styles Fantasie offered, but sadly, the brand did not gain traction in the store until we introduced Rebecca.  The customers who could forgive the less discreet detailing and were not dissuaded by the $65+ price tag still yearned for bras with padding or wanted a rounded profile.  As a result, subsequent fashion styles came from other manufacturers, but for AW14, Fantasie came prepared to wow everyone with new shapes and styles.  Instead of an entire season based on different variations of the “Underwired Bra with Side Support,” aka the Elodie, we are treated to new t-shirt bras, Fauve-inspired fashion items, and the Rebecca—Deco-Style.  (Side note:  If you’d like to make a drinking game out of this blog, drink every time you read “Swiss embroidery.”  I recommend  you read slowly.)

Mollie

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  • Description:  Mollie indulges in fine details as a beautiful contemporary graphic confetti print adorns a smooth base.
  • Style(s):  30-40 D-FF, 30-38G-H
  • Sizes Available:  Underwired Bra with Side Support
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $68
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $34, Short — $38, Thong —$34
  • Release Date:  June 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Mollie features a frame similar to the long-running Elodie.

Rebecca in Violet and Teal

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  • Description:  Maximum coverage meets understated style in this smooth, seam-free spacer molded collection.  Elegant geometric Swiss embroidery is all that’s needed to complete the look.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Molded Spacer Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G, 30-36GG, 30-34H
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  Red, White, Black, and Beige
  • Bra Price(s):  $69 ($74 Retail)
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $38, Thong —$34
  • Release Date:  Violet — June 2014 , Teal — October 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Rebecca has been gaining momentum in our store because the flexible, plush spacer fabric fits well across breast shapes, and the inset straps keep them from falling off the shoulder.

Rebecca Mirage

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  • Description:  The exquisite shape of this seam-free spacer molded full cup is adorned with a delicate floral print design, Swiss embroidery, and rich velvet trim and bows.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Molded Spacer Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G, 30-36GG
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Short
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $79
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $34, Short — $38
  • Release Date:  July 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Fans of the Rebecca will love how this sophisticated style adds a print element to the original without compromising the smooth, seam-free look under knits.

Rebecca Nouveau

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  • Description:  We’ve embellished our gorgeous Rebecca spacer molded design with luxurious two-tone Austrian embroidery on the straps, center gore, and cradle.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Molded Spacer Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G, 30-36GG
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $79
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $34, Short — $36, Thong — $32
  • Release Date:  November 2014

Melissa in Magenta

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  • Description:  Melissa puts a luxurious spin our best-selling side support shape with a plunging, low center gore.  The Swiss embroidery and soft iridescent threading combines with a delicate motif for a glamorous effect.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Side Support Plunge
  • Sizes Available:  34-38C, 30-40D-G, 30-38D-GG
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, Brazilian Thong, and Suspender Belt
  • Basic Colors:  Black
  • Bra Price(s):  $78
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $44, Short — $46, Brazilian Thong — $42, Suspender Belt — $55
  • Release Date:  July 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Melissa is great for women wanting the support and shaping of a Fantasie bra but prefer a lower center gore or a plunge shape.

Susanna in Moonlight

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  • Description:  Welcome to opulence as this season Susanna give you rich French navy lace over a cool silver base to create a seductive moonlight shade.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Side Support Bra, Underwired Basque (Available in Basics only)
  • Sizes Available:  30-38D, 30-42DD-F, 30-40FF-G, 30-38GG-H
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, Thong, and Suspender Belt (Available in Basics only)
  • Basic Colors:  Petal and Antique
  • Bra Price(s):  $78
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $42, Short — $46, Thong — $44
  • Release Date:  July 2014

Eclipse

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  • Description:  Born from our best-selling Rebecca range, our new Eclipse balcony collection offers less coverage in the cup and a low center front with Swiss embroidery.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Molded Spacer Balcony Bra
  • Sizes Available:  32-38C, 30-40D-F, 30-38FF, 30-36G
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Brazilian Thong
  • Basic Colors:  Black, Beige, and Ombre
  • Bra Price(s):  $78
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $36, Short — $39, Brazilian Thong — $36
  • Release Date:  August 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  The Eclipse is designed for the woman who loves the fabric of the Rebecca but wants less coverage and a more open neckline.  As I understand it, they have taken design idea behind their 4510 T-Shirt Bra and combined it with the Rebecca to create something totally new.

Evelyne

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  • Description:  Evelyne flawlessly blends a striking art deco print with soft Swiss embroidery for a bold, sophisticated look with exquisite organza bows.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Side Support Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 32-38G-J
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $69
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $36, Short — $39, Thong — $36
  • Release Date:  August 2014

Abigail

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  • Description:  A born romantic, Abigail gives you flourishes of rich Italian florals across a striking black base finished with elegant Swiss embroidery.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Plunge Bra, Underwired Bra with Side Support
  • Sizes Available:  Plunge — 32-38C, 30-38D-G, Side Support — 30-40D-FF, 30-38G-J
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  Plunge — $66, Side Support — $68
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $34, Short — $38, Thong — $34
  • Release Date:  September 2014

Echo Lace in Black and Red

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  • Description:  Created to embrace curves with a seam-free molded bra based on our best-selling Rebecca collection, Echo Lace returns with a beautiful addition in black and red.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Molded Full Cup Bra, Underwired Molded Bodysuit
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G, 30-36GG
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Brazilian Thong
  • Basic Colors:  Black, Beige, and White
  • Bra Price(s):  Bra — $74, Bodysuit — $115
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $30, Short — $32, Brazilian Thong — $28
  • Release Date:  September 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Echo Lace has a similar fit and shaping to the Rebecca, but the fabric is a stiffer lace and provides less nipple protection.

Elodie in Magenta

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  • Description:  Our best-selling Elodie collection presents a new indulgent color for this season, with black Austrian embroidery laid over a magenta lining.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Bra with Side Support
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D, 30-42DD-F, 30-40FF-G, 30-38GG-J
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Thong
  • Other Options Available in Basics Only:  Control Brief, High Waist Control Short, French Knicker, and Camisole
  • Basic Colors:  Black, White, and Beige
  • Bra Price(s):  $78
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $44, Thong — $42
  • Release Date:  September 2014

Ivana

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  • Description:  Ivana enjoys complete refinement courtesy of Swiss embroidery, jewel detailing, stunning lace, and supportive fabrics designed for comfort and support.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Balcony Bra, Underwired Padded Half-Cup Bra, Underwired Basque
  • Sizes Available:  Balcony — 30-40D-FF, 30-38G-GG, Half-Cup — 32-38C, 30-38D-G, Basque — 30-38D-G
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Deep Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  Balcony — $74, Padded Half-Cup — $84, Basque — $144
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $46, Short — $48, Deep Thong — $44
  • Release Date:  October 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Fans of the Fauve half-cups will find something to like here, and the details are exquisite in person.

Alina

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  • Description:  Sophistication has a wild side as Alina gives you a monochrome animal-inspired print on a soft tulle base, dressed with printed Austrian embroidery and delicate satin bows.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Side Support Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G-H
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, and Thong
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $68
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $34, Short — $38, Thong — $32
  • Release Date:  October 2014

Allegra in Butterscotch and Rouge

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  • Description:  Our new Allegra collection seduces in sensual Swiss filigree, all over embroidery, and soft satin straps and bindings.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Vertical Seam Bra, Underwired Bra with Side Support
  • Sizes Available:  Vertical Seam — 32-38C, 30-38D-FF, 30-36G, Side Support — 30-40D-FF, 30-38G-GG
  • Panty Options:  Brief, Short, Brazilian Thong, and Suspender Belt (Rouge Only)
  • Basic Colors:  Butterscotch
  • Bra Price(s):  Vertical Seam — $76, Side Support — $80
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $44, Short — $48, Brazilian Thong — $44, Suspender Belt — $48
  • Release Date:  November 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  The vertical seam bra provides a wonderful lifted, rounded shape while still having a sheer, sexy quality.

Laura

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  • Description:  Cool, refined, and just a little girly, Laura’s floral meadow print is decorated with Swiss embroidery and trimmed with pretty two-toned bows.
  • Style(s):  Underwired Side Support Bra
  • Sizes Available:  30-40D-FF, 30-38G-J
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Short
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Bra Price(s):  $68
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $35, Short — $38
  • Release Date:  December 2014

Fantasie has not stricken me with lingerie lust in a few seasons now, but the AW14 collection is easily one of their strongest.  The Eclipse has the most promise for our store because the main complaint we hear about the Rebecca is the coverage level, especially in the FF/G cup sizes.  If the Eclipse fits as expected, we will carry it as another basic option in the store.  Furthermore, I love the sophisticated neutral palette of the style instead of relying on the standard beige/black combo.  Nevertheless, many of our customers love the Rebecca as it is, and I loved seeing the style be available in so many prints and colors.  Naturally, Fantasie peppered the season with several Elodie-frame bras in new prints, my personal favorite being the Mollie.  That print almost feels like a bridge between Freya and Fantasie to me.  Melissa, Susanna, Abigail, and the original Elodie are all back with gorgeous new colors too, but I want to take a minute and talk about the “Fantasie Fauve Parallel.”

While our store primarily focuses on bras under $70, I occasionally am asked about upscale sets, particularly for gifts or as a splurge item.  With its mix of luxurious materials and rich detailing, Fauve would be a natural choice to complement our existing inventory.  The design aesthetic and quality are worth the hefty price tags ($98+ for a bra), and the attention to detail and craftsmanship is evident.

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However, my sales rep gently pushed me toward Fantasie instead, claiming the brand would be a better place to explore.  Fauve’s collections have gotten significantly smaller; meanwhile, Fantasie is now incorporating some very Fauve-esque pieces.  The Allegra collection captures the essence of the Fauve Chloe while the Ivana padded half-cup looks similar in shape to the Coco.  Also in keeping with the Fauve family, the prices are high, really high.  Gone are the days of a $62 Fantasie bra it seems.  That said, the details on the higher end pieces justify the cost, but I can’t help wonder if they couldn’t dampen the quality or flourishes enough to keep the line affordable for the average person.

Erica

P.S.  What is up with the “Deep Thong” for Ivana?  I have no idea what that means, but it a) sounds frightening and b) reminds me of “Deep Thought.”  If only, the price was $42 instead of $44.  But that Swiss embroidery must up the cost.  Swiss Embroidery.  Swiss Embroidery.  🙂

Curves Expo: Fantasie
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.