Curves Expo: Sculptresse and Masquerade

Hello Everyone,

Of all of the brands underneath the Panache umbrella, Sculptresse and Masquerade make the strangest bedfellows, but given both lines are significantly smaller than either Cleo or Superbra, I decided to combine them into one post, starting with Sculptresse.  A first true foray into the plus-size market, Sculptresse focuses on 36+ bands and F-H cups with a mix of solid basics and cute fashion styles.  Past seasons have been underwhelming, and the fuller cup designs have not resonated with my customers who long for plunges and side-support balcony bras.  However, for AW14, Sculptresse reinvented itself with fashionable retro prints and new silhouettes, including two styles based on Superbra’s best-selling Jasmine/Envy frame!

Flirtini

Flirtini

  • Style:  Balcony Bra
  • Sizes Available:  36F-H, 38E-H, 40DD-H, 42-46D-H
  • Panty Options:  Midi Brief
  • Bra Price(s):  $62
  • Panty Price(s):  $34
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  August 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Fliritini features a fuller cup design with sheer lace top cup.

Chi Chi

ChiChi_1 ChiChi_2

  • Style:  Four-Section Balcony Bra with Stretch Lace Top Cup
  • Sizes Available:  36F-HH, 38E-HH, 40DD-HH, 42-46D-HH
  • Panty Options:  Full Brief
  • Bra Price(s):  $62
  • Panty Price(s):  $34
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  August 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  The much-loved Jasmine/Envy bra has crossed over into Sculptresse!  Given the original stops at a 38 band, ladies in the 40-46 market will finally be able to enjoy the wonderful side support and rounded shape the bra has to offer.

Paradise

Paradise_2 Paradise_1 Paradise_3

  • Style: Four-Section Balcony Bra with Side Support, Babydoll
  • Sizes Available:  Bra — 36F-J, 38E-J, 40DD-J, 42D-J, Babydoll — 36F-J, 38E-J, 40DD-J, 42D-J, 44D-HH
  • Panty Options:  Brief
  • Bra Price(s):  Bra — $62, Babydoll — $94
  • Panty Price(s):  $34
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  September 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  While not as close an imitation of Jasmine/Envy as ChiChi, Paradise utilizes the Jasmine shape to good effect, in particular through the use of the fabric side panel.

Pure Lace in Purple/Pink

Pure_Lace_1 Pure_Lace_2

Original Pure T-Shirt Bra
Original Pure T-Shirt Bra
  • Style:  Molded Fabric T-Shirt Bra
  • Sizes Available:  36F-H, 38E-H, 40DD-GG
  • Panty Options:  Full Brief, Short
  • Bra Price(s):  $62
  • Panty Price(s):  Full Brief — $32, Short — $30
  • Basic Colors:  Black and Beige
  • Release Date:  September 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  Original testers of the Pure t-shirt bra reported the fabric was very thin, but the added layer of the lace in this model provides enough extra weight for added support but remains t-shirt friendly.

Sculptresse also featured a new version of the May bra, but sadly, it has been cancelled:

May

Unlike the other Panache lines, Masquerade hopes to capture the lingerie lover with a higher discretionary income who craves luxurious fabrics, ornate details, and rich textures.  Despite featuring inventive, gorgeous designs, Masquerade has been consistently shrinking season to season, and AW14 has already seen the cancellations of three styles including Loire, Aleah, and the Alice (shown below in the slip).  Even though Masquerade does not make my size, I have always identified with the darker aesthetic of their opulent styles.

Alice_Slip_1 Alice_Slip_2

Antoinette in Black and Ruby

Antoinette_Basque Antoinette_Basque_2

  • Style:  Padded Basque, Bandeau Bra
  • Sizes Available:  28-38D-G
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Thong
  • Bra Price(s):  Basque — $110, Bra — $72
  • Panty Price(s):  $32
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  September 2014

Amelie (CANCELLED!)

IMG_0224 IMG_0225

  • Style:  Strapless Padded Balcony Bra
  • Sizes Available:  28-38D-G
  • Panty Options:  Brazilian Brief
  • Bra Price(s):  $82
  • Panty Price(s):  $36
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  September 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  The pleated ruffles on the top cup are stunning in person, and I was disappointed to see the style was scrapped.

Ardour

Ardour

  • Style:  Sweetheart Molded T-Shirt Bra
  • Sizes Available:  28-38D-G
  • Panty Options:  Brazilian Brief
  • Bra Price(s):  $82
  • Panty Price(s):  $36
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  August 2014
  • Sophisticated Pair Comments:  While the hefty $82 price tag can be a deterrent, the fit and shape of the Ardour is quite lovely, and I have found it to be one of Panache’s best molded cup shapes across all of their collections.

Angie

Angie

  • Style:  Padded Balcony Bra
  • Sizes Available:  28-38D-H
  • Panty Options:  Brief and Thong
  • Bra Price(s):  $82
  • Panty Price(s):  Brief — $39, Thong — $36
  • Basic Colors:  None
  • Release Date:  September 2014

Despite the success of Elomi in the store, I have been keenly watching the Panache Sculptresse line because many of the non-plunge Elomi bras have a wider center gore and frame.  While some women prefer or suit this shape, others need the narrower underwires and deeper cups of styles like the Envy or Jasmine, and I was excited to see them include modified versions in the new collection.  However, I would have liked for them to not only expand the cup sizes of the ChiChi and Paradise but also to have offered a basic model.  The original Jasmine/Envy is available up to a K cup, and I do not know why they could have not designed the bra to support higher than a HH cup, even if it was only in select band sizes.  Furthermore, the basics in the Sculptresse line leave something to be desired with my customers, but a plain ChiChi would have made an excellent addition to our inventory mix.  If they wanted to test the style in the line before investing in basics, I would have preferred, and don’t shoot me lingerie lovers, something plainer or more crowd-pleasing.  Animal print is polarizing here, and with no basic option available, I know some women will miss out on this style when it would have fit them beautifully.

As for Masquerade, I rarely have the opportunity to see the line in the store because the price point is high, and when I had the chance at Curves, I was smitten.  As I mentioned when I discussed Fantasie and Fauve, upscale lingerie looks amazing.  The details are more intricate, and the fabrics feel amazing to the touch.  Not to mention, the flourishes like pleating, lace, and embroidery are anything but generic or mass-produced, and for the quality, I feel like Masquerade is a bargain.  Many of their styles looked far better than the Fantasie/Fauve ones, but were either priced comparably or significantly cheaper.  As a result, when I saw all of the cancellations, my heart sunk.  It does not bode well for a line when half of the planned styles are cut months before their release.  However, I did manage to snap a picture of the gorgeous bridal basque from Masquerade on the model:

Bridal_Basque_1 Bridal_Basque_2

Just stunning!

Erica

Curves Expo: Sculptresse and Masquerade
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.
Tagged on:                                                         

12 thoughts on “Curves Expo: Sculptresse and Masquerade

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm
    Permalink

    I will admit to being one of those people who was unimpressed with Sculptresse since I thought the full coverage made everything look matronly, but these new designs have really shed that image. And while the Chi-Chi looks more like something my 13 year old cousin would love I am thrilled at the idea of 40 Jasmine/Envy since my 38’s are getting tight. I also LOVE the Paradise… perhaps I would order that instead of a purple Envy? Ugh, why can’t I be rich and own all the pretty things!?!?!

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm
      Permalink

      Hi Ashley! It could be worth trying the Paradise or just ordering both and keeping the one which works best. I’m not enabling you in anyway, am I? 😀 I’m excited to see if they will do something different with ChiChi/Jasmine for spring too. A basic option would be great, but something that isn’t as polarizing as animal print would be good too.

      Reply
  • May 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm
    Permalink

    The new Alice slip is so lovely! Why would they cancel somethhing so gorgeous??? D:

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm
      Permalink

      It really is a shame! The beautiful mix of navy and crimson was gorgeous. 🙁

      Reply
  • May 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Permalink

    Erica, I can’t tell– was the pretty gray unpadded Aleah collection from Masquerade canceled? If so, I will wail and gnash my teeth– it was my absolute favorite piece from their season!

    Reply
    • May 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm
      Permalink

      NEVER MIND. I see that it was. I am foolish. But oh my goodness– what on earth happened? The Alice slip and the Aleah were some of the best pieces at the show! I wonder if Panache has trouble selling Masquerade alongside the lower prices of Cleo and Superbra? The Alice and Aleah collections would be absolute stunners in holiday windows– I think it’s a real shame they were canceled.

      Reply
      • Erica
        May 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm
        Permalink

        My best guess is that the demand was not high enough for the pieces because the cancellations only came in about a week ago. I agree that the Aleah with that gorgeous silver and gunmetal was totally amazing as is the slip. Masquerade has a lot of hanger appeal, I think, and their darker color palette reminded me of dark Romantic novels like Wuthering Heights.

        Reply
        • May 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm
          Permalink

          Whyyyy did they cancel Aleah? I was chomping at the bit to buy it! Oh well, I guess I can spend the money elsewhere? Like possibly on Fantasie’s Eclipse if it can fit? Masquerade used to be my favorite line (Delphi, Rhea, Amor,Lula-Mae) but it seems too ‘safe’ for me nowadays- single color lace decorated bras. I’d love more colors in the Rhea like they used to have, but I have no idea what sells these days.
          I feel like this is true for both Eveden and Panache- the main lines have been blurred more with the luxury ones, Iike Fantasie’s Allegra.

          Reply
  • May 29, 2014 at 3:08 am
    Permalink

    Love the outfits!! the designs compliment each other as well, but what about a size 36jj/k?!1? i wish companies made lingerie for my size

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm
      Permalink

      Jasmine, I am disappointed that Sculptresse does not extend to the JJ/K, especially with the ChiChi. If they can do a Jasmine/Envy up to a K cup in the Superbra line, why not on the Sculptresse line?

      Reply
  • July 11, 2014 at 2:19 am
    Permalink

    I really like what Sculptress has done with the leotard back, it looks like the back on Empreinte bras. I would like to see that shape spread. It gives a much smoother and more comfortable back line.

    Also, yet again I find myself absolutely flummoxed at Panache’s use of the word “balcony” to describe bras like Flirtini!

    Reply
    • Erica
      July 11, 2014 at 10:50 am
      Permalink

      Ms. Pris, I never understand most of Panache’s classifications. They seem rather odd in many instances! I’m really interested to see how the ChiChi style will stack up to the Jasmine/Envy bras from the Superbra line though.

      Reply

What are your thoughts?