Patricia Ann Parenti: A Look At Curve’s trade show of intimates, beachwear, and activewear

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This is an upscale tradeshow about beautiful, sexy, feminine lingerie, hosiery and activewear. The show took place at Spring Studios where NY Fashion Week happens on August 1-2, 2021.

Many of the brands have expanded into activewear due to the fact that women got use to wearing this kind of apparel when they were staying home last year because of Covid.

What I saw that was new was more control garments that were lighter weight, bras that didn’t have underwires but still had support, colorful and lacy matching bras, panties and garter belts in colored laces from Europe and many more companies expanding their bra sizes up to a cup size in G.

The lingerie market has caught up with the apparel market with so many more fashions catering to the plus size lady who wants to look just as lovely as her smaller size friends. For more information on the show. WWW.CURVEXPO.COM

The following three brands (Anita, Fishbelly and Falke) were part of Made in Germany Pavilion at Curve WWW.CURVE-NEWYORK.GERMAN-PAVILION.COM German lingerie is high fashion featuring comfort and fit and made using high quality fabrics and trims.

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This is one of the biggest luxury hosiery companies in the world in my opinion.

I’m a huge hosiery lover with over 200 pairs of socks, pantyhose and stockings that I have collected throughout the years by many brands.

This Fashionista will wear pantyhose and stockings in the summer because it completes her outfit.

This brand has been around 125 years and is still family owned.

They have expanded into the sport specific sock market with running, skiing, trekking biking, golf and tennis socks and are technically designed for each sport for men, women and kids.

They are knitted in a German Factory with padding at the bottom for impact and pounding the pavement and the tops are moisture wicking and breathable.

You know how all the socks that are made in China pile after the first wearing?

Well, these socks don’t because the fabric is combed while spinning and the parts are stitched together.

The socks are foot specific with a left and right that are also labeled L & R. They are priced $19.00 – $154.00.

These socks will last you for years and throughout repeated washings.

As you can see in my photo, they also have stay up stockings ($32.00 – $58.00) that need no garter belt or girdle.

Pantyhose come in sheers starting with a denier of 8 being the most sheer to the opaquest with denier of 100 starting at $32.00.

They are flat seamed at the top so the waist doesn’t roll over.

The shaping panty style has control that comes down to the mid-thigh.

Since I mentioned plus size being popular and in my vintage fashion 1950’s Facebook group many of these ladies want to buy hose (because I wear them in photos) but tell me they can’t find their size.

Falke has a collection called Beauty Plus 50 with 5 sizes that fit 165 to 230 lbs.

Since ballerina flats are popular for Summer, they have an invisible, barefoot no hose look foot liner so your shoes don’t stick to your feet in the heat.

I checked and yep, they are super low and won’t show under even the lowest cut flat.

The colors are black, cream, grey and they have a rubber grip on the back of the heel so they don’t slip down.

$16.00 and they are they come in different sizes to fit shoes size 5 -12 not your one size fits all which is every American brand out there.

To buy: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Saks, The Town Shop in NYC; They just started selling to the consumer online to the following states: Pennsylvania, New York, California, Florida, Conn, Texas go to WWW.FALKE.COM to order.

Please email or call the company if your state isn’t listed here to see where you can buy a particular style.

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This is seductive lingerie meant to make you more appealing to your partner.

When you wear the open triangle frame bra (good for smaller/perky breast) your breast are exposed and it makes you feel more in the mood for sex. Jutta Teschner is the designer and she has years of experience designing bras for big companies.

She wanted to design a line that made women feel powerful, seductive and feminine.

All her samples are made in her studio in Berlin, Germany so the fit is correct. Production is in Europe.

Her fabrics are of high quality with laces and embroidery from France, satin from Italy and Model from Lenzing.

Most everything is in black which is the color of seduction.

The demi or balconette bra is unlined with underwires, straps and 3 sets of hooks & eyes in the back to make the bra fit your under bust tight.

Since the designer is a bra designer, she knew an unlined bra in satin needed a dart in the cup. The dart makes the cup round to fit bottom of breast so fabric doesn’t create a gap in the cup.

Some other bra styles are Triangle bra with sheer cups in mesh with covered dart and 1/2-inch elastic band to make the bra stay down.

Shelf bras date back to the 1950’s and are worn under extremely low necklines.

The shelf bra in this line is padded with a bondage twist but bows on the straps for a feminine accent.

To complete the collection there is a high waisted brief panty in stretch lace with elastic around the legs so panties stay down.

Bra sizes 32 -36 A-C $80.00 and panties size Small thru XL $58.00 She can also do custom items so contact her thru the website which you can also order items seen in the photo.

She can ship worldwide pretty much. WWW.FISHBELLY.DE

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They have been making bras (corsets is what they started out with) since 1886 so they definitely know all about bra fitting.

They are a specialty bra line featuring bras for women who had a mastectomy or double mastectomy, large size breast (fitting to cup size G with major support) and sports bras that come in regular bra sizes.

In the lower right corner of my photo is a mastectomy bra shown with the inserts made to look like real breast that you insert into the cup area of the soft bra.

The styles encompass soft breathable fabrics, fashion colors and lace details allowing women to feel comfortable, confident and sensual after their operation.

The line is called Anita Care’s Collection with sizes S – XXL for the soft bras and size 34-50, cups A-G for the regular type bras. I’m glad that there are bras for this type of women because breast cancer is getting more prevalent nowadays.

I remember my first retail job was in the swimsuit department of McCurdy’s Department Store in Rochester, NY.

I had a customer that came in and needed a molded bra swimsuit to fit her molded plastic prosthetic breast because in those days no such thing as a mastectomy bra or swimsuit.

Yes, I found one that worked.

Anita Active specializes in sports bras for the lady that exercises, needs support and doesn’t want her breast to bounce up and down.

The beauty of these bras is that are made to fit the way their regular bras do.

I work out with weights at the gym and have only found the same style sports bras everywhere no matter what price point they are.

You know the kind that give you the look of a shelf chest with two inside foam pads that come in out in the wash.

Well Anita doesn’t make these types.

Their sports bras fit like a regular bra in the back with hooks and eyes, and straps that can cris cross in the back so your bra straps don’t slide off your shoulders when exercising.

More features of the bras are underwires, molded cups and adjustable straps.

Please see my Facebook page under Patricia Ann Parenti and Instagram @parentifashion for photos of these bras because I can only put so many styles up on the blog.

Anita is getting heavily into activewear now with sports bras as discussed in the last paragraph and leggings.

Again, please see my social media pages with a model wearing the bras and leggings.

Since they make sports bras in larger sizes that means more ladies can exercise in comfort now.

Rosa Faia is swimwear with bras in regular bra sizing and coordinating cover ups also.

They also make a coordinating line of bras and panties that features comfort, optimal support and the great fit Anita is known for in an underwire bra, a large cup underwire bra and a triangular plunging wireless bra with hipster bottoms and high waist briefs.

Besides the categories of bras, I mentioned they also make nursing, maternity and plus size bras in cup sizes to K and to band size 56.

Please go their website to see styles, prices and sizes WWW.ANITA.COM

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Panties for everyday use in fun colorful prints.

They have no elastic on the legs or waist so no digging into your flesh.

The fabric in 83% Polyester and 17% Elastin is breathable.

These are panties that make you happy when you open the box in the morning.

This underwear comes in 120 prints and new prints are added monthly.

The collection is very holiday orientated with prints in Christmas, New Years, Valentines and Halloween.

Fabric of great quality (I know because I use to be a fabric buyer) and all made in the Ukraine.

2 style panties = Brazilian and thong with sizes S – XL @ $15.00 a pair.

There are matching crop tops with inside pockets for pads @ $30.00 each.

Go to the website and order a pair or two. WWW.MEMEME.FASHION

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If you are live in the Metro NYC area and need help with in person bra fitting than I am for hire.

I have a certificate in bra fitting from a class I took at the Curve NY show awhile back.

I can be messaged via Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn under Patricia Ann Parenti.

Patricia Ann Parenti

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