Jewel tones, bold prints and retro lace make up the season’s hottest lingerie trends.
French brand Chantelle’s autumn 12 collection is inspired by jewellery, with gem tones of ruby, amethyst and emerald. The brand is also introducing four new ranges for the season. Embroidered styles take centre stage in the Vendôme line, while bejewelled styles feature in Orsay. The C Chic Sexy range has plunging and spacer bras, and lace abounds in Paris Paris.
Prices: £8 to £57
Contact: 01483 300880
Fuller-bust specialist Curvy Kate has launched the Smoothie Bra for autumn 12 – a J-cup moulded bra with a subtle slate grey leopard print. The brand is also producing its popular Gia bra, one of its continuity ranges, in both a black and a nude blush shade for the season, livened up with diamanté and ribbon detailing.
Prices: £4.35 to £12.60
Contact: 020 8861 3111
Freya’s autumn 12 collection is all about eye-catching prints, bright colours and girly bows on padded half-cup, balcony, plunge, long-line and moulded bra styles. The Pretty Piper long-line bra comes in a muted petal print on a peach base, while the embroidered Gem in China blue balconette bra goes up to a JJ and K cup.
Prices: £3.99 to £26.54
Contact: 01536 760282
Chantelle’s younger, more trend-led sister brand Passionata is launching two ranges for autumn 12, featuring bras that go up to an E cup. Poupoupidou, a retro-style line, features wide straps and comes in black and poppy red. Exquise uses embroidered tulle and guipure lace to create a two-tone shade and comes in black, white, navy and amethyst.
Prices: £5.79 to £33.80
Contact: 01483 300880
One of Playful Promises’ more flirty ranges, the autumn 12 collection showcases corsets, bras and briefs in blood reds, deep mauves and black. Key pieces include a black satin corset with ribbon trim, lacy lingerie sets and suspenders. The brand uses a combination of fabrics, mixing satin with mesh, tulle and lace.
Prices: £6 to £20
Contact: 020 7300 7279
Called Les Addictions, the French brand’s autumn 12 collection comprises a palette of vivid reds, blues and purples alongside softer greys and nudes. One of the lines, Couture, is inspired by 1950s and 1960s retro designs and includes lace detailing. Simone Pérèle has also launched a shapewear range, Top Model.
Prices: £11.90 to £63.80
Contact: 020 7384 6111