Striking a pose and sharing some laughs with Natalie Hrassnigg, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Anita. I wore a Mesh corset by Phaze Clothing paired with Peek-A-Boo Black Balcony Bra by Dear Scantilly and a sheer bolero from my personal collection. I collaborated with both lingerie brands last year and I wanted to show that you can wear Lingerie as outerwear and create a chic professional look.
Last month I had the pleasure of attending my first CURVEXPO in Las Vegas that took place at Mandalay Bay from February 21 – 23, 2017. CURVELASVEGAS was hosted by Project Womens and was part of the Magic Show where clothing brands from all over the world were exhibiting as well. I was thrilled when I found out that The Lingerie Journal granted me two press badges for myself and my husband, Jason Kamimura Photography so that I could get you the best lingerie insights for fuller figure and fuller bust gals. Pleiades of lingerie and swimwear brands were part of the event, but I decided to focus on the ones that gave me private interviews and exclusives on the release of their new collections.
On the first day, I stopped by the Anita booth and I even got a chance to get fitted and found out that I was a size 36H in their lingerie. It’s always interesting how sizing varies from one lingerie brand to another and it can be a little daunting. But the entire team was very helpful and was able to answer all of my questions. I met with Natalie Hrassnigg who is the Sales and Marketing Assistant at Anita. This year they are celebrating Anita’s 130th Anniversary, the German brand started in 1886 in Dresden. I was immediately intrigued as I am always fascinated by brands with a long history, I think that’s the vintage aficionado in me.
Anita is known to be a lingerie brand specializing in both nursing bras and post-surgical lingerie, but what was presented to me was both sexy, practical and sleek. I especially loved the Comfort Corselet in the gorgeous Fiore color that would complement a lot of women’s skin tones.
Presenting the Comfort corselet available in Cups B through E at the Anita booth.
Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.
I loved the simplicity of this Black lace lingerie set, with the detail of a red bow on both the bra and the high waist panties. It probably is the pin-up in me but this is the most classic set one could ever get. As Dita Von Teese once said, black lingerie looks great on every woman.
As we looked at other bra sets, the fiery red sport set from Anita Active really caught my attention. I have been trying to make healthier choices for the past year and I have been attending spin classes diligently at least 3 to 4 times a week. To this day I still don’t own good sports bras simply because I couldn’t find one that looks good enough and is in my size.
I usually wear gorgeous lingerie sets on a daily basis, so finding a set that is in such a rich shade of red and with high waist panties really got me excited. This lingerie set is part of a limited edition and I would definitely suggest that you keep your eyes on that one, as this will give you maximum support and keep you fierce and glammed up for any workout. Red certainly evokes confidence and seduction, two feelings we don’t always feel while working out.
This style is coming out on August 2017 and will be available in Cups A through G. I can hardly wait to get my hands on that one.
Named 255 Limited Edition as part of the Anita Active line. Photo Credit: Jason Kamimura Photography.
I loved that Anita had two models with two different body types. Diversity is so much needed in the industry, as customers want to be able to relate to the models they see when they shop. Seen here are Hope McBane @hrmtalent and Amber Coyne @ambercoyne
Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography
With Steve Chernoff Chairman of Rago Shapewear.
Since we are talking about lingerie with a history, I had to make a stop by the Rago Shapewear booth. If you are passionate about vintage or achieving that perfect hourglass silhouette from the 1950s, this brand will resonate with you. Rago Shapewear has “ over 65 years of experience for creating beautiful, high-quality, made-in-the-USA body shaping garments, Unique designs, best materials, excellent workmanship, and perfect fit.”
As a pin-up model I cannot tell you how excited I was when I was able to get a meeting with Steve Chernoff, Chairman of Rago Shapewear. He gave me a full presentation about the history of the brand and shared video clips with me from shows such as Dr Oz, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, Boardwalk Empire, The View and media such as Instyle Magazine, Glamour or Oprah Magazine. I used to watch Mad Men, which was a show set in the 1960s that had gorgeous actresses such as Christina Hendricks wearing vintage and vintage inspired lingerie. I do remember seeing Rago Shapewear on that show and being able to meet someone from the brand was one of the highlights for my first time attending CURVELASVEGAS. I couldn’t pick everything that was presented to me, so I decided to focus on the products that were shown to me on their lovely model. All Rago products come with what Steve calls “The no roll guarantee” meaning that if you wear their shapewear underneath your clothes you will not see any rolls.
Their model was wearing the Long Leg Shaper paired with a long line bra and a lace waist cincher. I have never owned any of the Rago Shapewear lingerie but I have been dying to purchase a few products for the tummy control. My tummy is still my most troubling area. Thankfully Rago has everything from cinchers, to high waist panties that will help with that. I also do have my eye on their gorgeous corselette but I have yet to figure out the sizing. There weren’t any new releases presented to me that day, as they were all lingerie designs that are part of their permanent collection. I hope to collaborate with them in the future and do a full review on some of my favorite pieces from them. So Stay tuned!
Here with Chelsea Shagi The Marketing coordinator at Eveden Inc. I am wearing a black bodysuit designed by Ashley Graham for Addition Elle. I reviewed it in my previous column and you can see it here worn as outerwear and paired with a sheer tie top by Loco Lindo and black pencil skirt.
The Eveden Inc. booth that gathered Freya, Fantasie, Goddess, Huit and Elomi, occupied most of our time on the third day of attending CURVELASVEGAS. We sat down with Chelsea Shagi, the Marketing Coordinator at Eveden Inc., who gave us a full two-and-a-half-hour presentation. The amount of information was so broad and we are so grateful to have had a private appointment to share on The Lingerie Journal. I made sure that my favorite lingerie and swimwear sets were photographed and I cannot wait to share them with you.
To begin with, I loved all the jewel tone lingerie sets from the Goddess collection, their model Jihan Amer who is a Canadian Curvy model, based in Los Angeles (Instagram: @jihanamer ) got me hooked on every single set, because of her sassy attitude while she presented each set.
Miss Jihan Amer is the face of the entire Autumn/Winter 2017 Goddess Collection, and you can see her flawless beauty on the cover of their catalogue and throughout the pages.
I have to say it’s exciting to see some diversity and I love that Eveden Inc. chose her as she truly embodies what a true goddess is.
Jihan Amer @jihanamer is the face of the Goddess Lingerie brand part of Eveden Inc., wearing The Kiera bra in a gorgeous Plum colorway pairs a semi-sheer top-cup with a luscious satin fabric. This bra is available in many different colorways, including a Scarlet and Chocolate.
I got really excited when I saw Goddess’s “Bustier Basque”, which is their oldest design. I own a Bustier Basque that is vintage and I can’t stress enough how flawless the construction is. This staple that evokes the 1950s pin-up would be my go to bustier to wear underneath any dress or pencil skirt, or even on your wedding day. Available in UK sizes 32 through 44, up to a HH cup. I love the shape of this simple, but chic lingerie staple that every woman should own. I love that it offers lower coverage at the neckline, firm support and boned cups for a super fit and hold. While I was visiting the Eveden Inc. booth I received a second bra fitting session from Teresa Anderson-Sharma and found out I was a 34HH in their lingerie.
Bustier Basque from the Goddess brand, is a long line strapless bra that has been around since the 1950s.
Elomi “ Beautiful lingerie for the curvier figure” really lives up to its name with this stunning purple and hot pink set. The Mathilda by Elomi has an embroidered top cup that emulates rows of beads in a gorgeous shade of violet and fuschia, one of my favorite color combination.
Model is Jihan Amer @jihanamer
The Cate bra and matching panties in a gorgeous Stormy blue colorway pairs a semi-sheer top-cup with a luscious satin fabric and stunning Art Deco detail. This is part of The Elomi collection, that looks pretty similar to Goddess. Model is Jihan Amer @jihanamer
From the Freya collection the one model that caught my attention was the Bralette in Soiree Lace. Crafted from a rich stretch geometric lace, the whole collection is a true show stopper. However, the longline bra was probably one of my favorites that was presented to me that day. The whole set looks like a spiderweb print and I know my retro aficionados will love that print that is always so popular among us pin up gals and beyond .
Available in sizes 28-36 up to a G cup.
We ran out of time and I wasn’t able to see any of the Fantasie lingerie sets, but when I flipped through the pages of their catalogue I was floored. I love their Elemental collection that hommages nature and uses soft hues, such as light pink and cream. I especially loved The Marianna set and its mix of cornflower colorway and light pink.
This leads us to swimwear and the two brands from Eveden Inc. that caught my attention were Freya Swim and Fantasie. Let’s start with Freya because a lot of the collection reminded me of my French background. I especially loved the Drift Away sets that evokes Saint-Tropez as it was portrayed back in the days with Icons like Brigitte Bardot. These sets have a lot of navy stripes and I love their simple and chic feel. I only regret that this collection doesn’t include any high waist bottoms as they were a big deal in the 1950s and they are my go to style for perfect tummy control.
The bras are available from size 30-36 G or HH depending on the models presented. Some of the bottoms go up to a size XXL.
The bondi set lives up to its name and really reminded me of the 1960s Bond girl, Ursula Andress or more recently Halle Berry. I wish that some of these sets were presented to me, as I feel so inspired looking at them now and I could see myself wear them. Sadly, the bottoms only go up to XL but the bras go from 30-38G.
Something that really stuck with me from Eveden Inc. and most of their swimsuits is that they had an underwire. I can’t stress enough how annoying it is to purchase a swimsuit that is supposed to be plus size but doesn’t include support for the girls. Now I know not every plus size gal has a big chest, but a lot of us do. So I thought it was fabulous to see that the girls would receive full support in a bandeau or one piece swimsuit.
From the Fantasie swim collection, the Mustique print was my favorite. It exists in three different styles. And I love the one piece as much as I love the bikini set. This gorgeous collection is botanical inspired with gorgeous fuchsia hues and jade green accents.
Special note on the gorgeous matching pareo that can be worn over your swim set or as a dress. I am dying to add this one to my growing swimwear collection. This will be perfect for a tropical vacation or to head to Catalina Island if you are from the West Coast and don’t want to go too far.
Bandeau Adjustable side suit from the Fantasie Swim collection.
I can’t tell you how helpful it was for me to attend CURVELASVEGAS as I discovered new lingerie brands and found out that my options to look fabulous in lingerie and swimwear were much broader than I thought they were. And I really want for this column to be about opening you up to a variety of options to dress your bodies in pretty lingerie and swimwear, especially as fuller bust gals. The media always seems to perpetuate the misconception that pretty lingerie sets are only for certain body types and my mission with Pin Me Up is to defeat that.
I hope that you will feel inspired by the lingerie and swimwear brands shared on Pin Me Up.
I encourage you to try new styles and experiment, as it is a lot of fun to do. I think I have said it in the past, wearing lingerie is a celebration of ourselves as women and embracing all of our bodies! So just go for it and keep owning who you are, as there is something for everyone.
With love Jenny �
“The Rago Shapewear Brochure and website.”
“The best of Intima Magazine 2017.”
“Fantasie Swim, Freya, Elomi and Goddess catalogues.”
“Anita New Arrivals catalogue.”
Overview of CURVELASVEGAS at the Mandalay Bay. Photo Jason Kamimura Photography.