I first met the Lepel crew at last season’s Moda and was happy to meet such a lovely welcoming team. They were glad to show the collection to me and this time was no different. I was greeted by some familiar and new faces and were shown the whole collection with such enthusiasm. I have always loved Lepel’s collections and they keep surprising me with something elegant and fun each season. This season was no different and I was delighted to see such a range of colours and styles to look forward to.
First we were introduced to their lovely Swim collection but we’ll proceed to that later. The first lingerie offering shown to us was their best-seller – Fiore. Fiore always comes in new and exciting colourways to keep the collection fresh. With such an “old” style, it is hard to come up with new colourways though and I am very excited about this season’s Electric Blue and Dandelion Yellow shades. They are actually my “fun” underwear colours that I reach for when I want something to cheer me up, so maybe I will try this classic next season! These shades are very well-thought out to suit the SS15 season and also a few different skin tones; blue suiting the more fair skins and yellow complementing the darker ones. Fiore is up G-cup in all styles, balconette, plunge and full-cup so if you fit into the size range, give this comfy classic a try!
The purple goes on as a strong fashion colour for this SS15 season too and it brings a bit of sexy to the otherwise bright and tropical lingerie collections bursting with girliness. I loved the Matilda for AW14 but to be honest, the SS15 version with the purple trimming – a jackpot, I say. I would love to try this style even more than the lipstick red shade for this autumn but as this style has clearly become a best-seller, I can only keep my fingers crossed there will be a set left for me too.
The other purple-hued offering for SS15 is a new style called Rita which will be up to J-cup! As Lepel tends to run big in the cups, I think this is fantastic news for us fuller busted ladies. The shape looks very similar to some Cleo styles – very rounded – which will make the bra even more lust-worthy. To me, this style looks like a great everyday set so keep your eyes out for this one!
The very best of this SS15 Lepel collection were definitely the amazing prints they had created, from tropical flowers to leopard print. Obviously, animal prints are still very on-trend and so making a colourful version of the classic print was very smart from Lepel. I personally am very picky about animal print – it can look tacky which is why I need it to be somehow modern. This colourway of the leopard is actually quite delicious though – it looks like some tropical cocktail and this way, very young (in a good way, not in a kindergarten-way). The set is called Lilly and is based on the classic Lepel t-shirt balconette bra, such as Flutter or Babushka.
I would say my ultimate favourites from the collection were the floral printed sets called Victoria and Rosey. I have briefly tried on the Victoria in the past when I was more like 30E with Lepel but would be interested to know how it suits a fuller bust. The print is absolutely amazing of course and I think it makes the set look a bit younger than the previous colourways. The blue-hued Rosey is a bit more fun and whimsical as it features a kind of “bit”-print that forms lovely little roses looked from a far. Looking at close, it’s actually tiny squares forming the print. Rosey is also up to J-cup so there you go, some loveliness above G as well!
Charnos is a sister-brand to Lepel is targeted more to grown-up women who want something elegant and sophisticated. Lepel and Charnos have now been made more close to each other style-wise so that the collections would be more cohesive and complementing each other. I think there are definitely some styles both my mom and I would love from the collection which is definitely a good thing.
The Sienna is a continuity range that has a couple of colourways available, this season they will be Paradise blue and Ink. These blue/purple shades seem to be very popular this season along with some brights such as pinks and yellows. As Charnos is more directed to mature customers, the hues are a bit more subtle but still trendy.
My favourites styles from the collection would definitely be the white Suzette with Europian-kind-of lace and the Violet with a cute floral print. These styles feel a bit more “me” as they are more suited for the younger Charnos customer. The shape of Violet looks awesome and very uplifting so if I ever try Charnos lingerie, this would be on the top of my list. It’s also up to J-cup meaning I would still have a chance with it even if I grew a bit.
If I needed to pick a winner for next summer’s best swim wear collection that would probably be Lepel. I LOVE their SS15 swim collection – it’s full of colour and fun details. My absolute favourite is not hard to guess; it’s definitely the Minnie with its adorable retro dots and colouring. I am absolutely in love with it’s orange-y red details and sky blue hue. It’s so vintage chic I just want to steal it to myself. Right. Now.
Along with the gorgeous retro swimsuits there’s also plenty of other things I enjoyed – paint brush-like stripes, yellow, red, vintage glamour, longline bikini top and of course, unbeatable prices. This swimwear is mostly up to G-cup (with Fiesta up to H-cup!) and is very affordable for someone my age aka student with no extra money. This is one of the reasons I love Lepel; they always manage to offer something that is well-priced and cute, with the latest trends on top of the sweet cake.
All in all, this is yet another very strong collection for both Lepel and Charnos and I can’t wait for these styles to get released. What do you think? Drop me a comment if you found your favourite xx