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Curvexpo New York: Fall/Winter 2018-19 Intimate Apparel Trends

Eurovet’s Curvexpo New York Mode Lingerie and Swim trade show took place at the Javits Center from February 26-28, 2018. Exhibitors featured Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collections to buyers, industry partners, and known industry leaders in all Intimate Apparel and Swimwear categories. Most North American lingerie boutiques (57%) reported improvements in sales in 2017. In order to keep this trend going, businesses should recognize the preferences of a generation that will make up 50% of the working force by 2020: Millennials.

Millennials, known as the “wireless generation,” currently comprise 30% of the global population at 2.5 billion. Millennial mothers have some of the highest purchasing power in history. They tend to be eco-conscious and drawn to brands with sustainable practices and embrace the developments of digital technology. This generation has shown a preference for “barely there” styles like wireless bras and soft bralettes — a trend that is here to stay. Comfort is expected and many reject artificial padding or “enhancements.”

Comfort is key to the future of lingerie, especially without compromising beauty or sex appeal. Many garments in these collections are made with ultra-light, breathable, and natural fibers that prevent skin irritation such as modal cotton, silk, microfiber, nylon, 3D spacer fabrics and laces that are pleasant to the touch. Fuzzy and fluffy coverups and robes made of faux fur or wool will be hot for Fall/Winter 2018-19. Soft and warm materials like velvet and suede are gaining traction in intimate apparel.

Much of modern lingerie is sleek and minimalistic. T-shirt bras remain very popular with superior fit and more smoothness than ever before. Seamless styles like bodysuits and bralettes are very much on trend, which is shown in the strong lack of wires this season. Comfort and support is instead accomplished with technical solutions such as slings in cups and specialized lycra fabrics. Versatility is valued, so these garments seek to accommodate different functions and body types to make women’s lives easier.

As a counter-trend to modern sleekness, geometric and linear patterns, mesh panels, embroidery, quirky prints, and ribbed fabrics were salient stylistic trends at Curvexpo. Straps and cut-out details are still in. Bold-striped functional elastics with a sporty, contemporary style will be seen in a variety of designs. Transparency effects and patchwork, achieved with mixed mesh, were among the top trends. Embroidery with novel designs and tulle trims embellish luxury garments. There were playful graphics such as butterflies, dragons, koi, stars and cats on display. Metallic glints and golden pigments will inspire lingerie as outerwear looks.

Fuller bust bras and size expansions are being embraced by brands. Plus size cups are a sure sell for many boutiques and the plus size market is growing globally. Body positivity and inclusivity is integral to the identity of some of the most relevant brands today. Flesh tones for everyone, trendy nursing bras, and androgynous styles are picking up in popularity. The intimate apparel industry is well on its way to providing beautiful lingerie for everybody!

The Relevancy of Bralettes

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The Intimate Apparel industry has fully embraced bralettes ever since their introduction and meteoric rise in popularity during the Spring of 2016 – and for a number of reasons, this trend is likely here to stay.

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As the athleisure trend gained traction, consumers became increasingly interested in apparel that is stylish, supportive, comfortable and versatile. Bralettes fill that demand and have risen as intimate apparel’s embodiment of leisurely fashion. From bedroom selfies to red-carpet outings, celebrities and fashionistas are being spotted wearing bralettes as standalone statement pieces that communicate ease, confidence, and cutting-edge style.

The practicality and comfort of bralettes give women the freedom required to chase their goals. Women today are busier than ever tending to professional obligations without compromising their personal interests and social endeavors. With today’s active, fast-paced lifestyle, the very last thing a modern woman wants is to waste time thinking about or fussing with restrictive, painful, or uncomfortable undergarments. The comfort of bralettes means that she won’t be distracted from what matters most – living her authentic life!

Lastly, the social implications in feminism and personal confidence are reflected in the  rise of bralettes. These garments provide women with a more natural form of support and comfort, rather than shaping the female body to what she “should” look like to fit someone else’s narrow standard of beauty.

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The progressive wireless trend is here to stay, requiring technological advancements to produce garments that are more functional and accessible to meet the growing global demand. Currently, bralettes work best for smaller busts and lower impact activities. The intimate apparel industry has an opportunity to optimize and create new construction methods that provide more support and greater comfort. The textile industry will soon produce the ideal materials that supplement that support, feel soft against the skin, and afford the breathability and flexibility needed to be truly versatile. As technology advances, compromises between beauty and functionality are minimized – and women everywhere can be on the receiving end of those benefits.

CURVENY Fall/Winter 2017 Collections

Curvexpo celebrated their 10th year anniversary at the Jacob Javits Center in New York from Monday, February 27th to Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. This world-renowned lingerie and swimwear trade show featured collections for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2017 seasons from over 600 exhibitors.

A festive display of mannequins adorned in lingerie lined the entry of the show floor, displaying some of the most prominent trends from over the last decade.

Top Trends:

  1. Athleisure
  2. Bralettes
  3. Nude Illusion
  4. Lace and Embroidery Applique
  5. Bodysuits, Rompers, and Teddies
  6. Bondage-style, Harnesses, Strappy and Cut-out Details
  7. High Neck Bras and Racerback Bras
  8. Ultra-luxurious Loungewear
  9. Nude Lingerie for All Skin Tones
  10. Increased Full Bust and Plus Size Options
  11. Corsetry and Shapewear

Fabric Trends

With the rise in athleisure comes a demand for comfortable, flexible fabrics. Feel good modal is becoming more popular as a leisurewear textile for many brands and breathable materials like spacer fabrics are being used in activewear, enhancing the functionality of fashion in motion.

Soft and insulating velvet is trending as a luxurious and warm fabric option for Fall/Winter 2017 intimate apparel and loungewear.

Style Trends

Full coverage garments such as bodysuits are en vogue and brands are focused on making these supportive styles more beautiful than ever before. Cut outs, high necks, and plunging necklines add extra dimensions to these garments, bringing even more extravagance to the lingerie as an outerwear trend. Strappy embellishments continue to thrive and many garments have simulated this style with sheer mesh panels, creating linear details with negative space.

Intimates are becoming a medium for creative illustrations with embroideries, strategically placed on Fall/Winter intimates that may be obscured beneath thick layers of clothing.

Technology for wearability is making improvements throughout the industry, especially in activewear. Brands are opting for more natural silhouettes, following the demand for comfort that came with last year’s boom in bralettes.

Color Trends

Pantone’s color of the year is “greenery” and this is reflected in intimate apparel through the prevalence of peacock green tones. Deep reds, cool blues, and slate grays were present in many collections, communicating a common wintery theme.

There are now more shades of nude than ever before, expanding to meet the needs of a diverse market.

We’re looking forward to seeing how these trends may thrive in the future!

Intimate Apparel Trends: Autumn/Winter 2016-17

Lingerie trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17 are cool and practical, meeting the demands of a consumer base that’s becoming increasingly conscious of the value of fit and function. Mid to high-end lingerie brands thrive as the market grows to recognize and appreciate quality and care in the manufacturing process.

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Popular colors for this season include blues, grays, and snowy white, characteristic of the cold and cloudy days ahead. Burgundy and cedar’s salience this season channels the warm and welcoming themes found in our cherished Autumn and Winter holidays. These colors are smooth and sophisticated, conveying a certain conservativeness and maturity.

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Comfort is key, stylistically, as athleisure’s influence leads the boom in bralettes and wide underbust bands. Bodysuits are in, beautiful enough to be worn and shown as a statement piece to an outfit, as well as supportive enough to sculpt a smooth silhouette under wintry layers. The strappy bondage trend has been soothed and feminized with lacy and floral additions, deviating delicately from the edgy look it represented just two years ago.

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What do you think of this season’s style? Are there any pieces or trends that you’ve fallen in love with? If so, please share your thoughts regarding design within the industry and what aspects you feel has it headed in the right direction. We’re always excited about the future and innovation in intimate apparel at the Underfashion Club!

Interfiliere NY 2016 Trends



Interfiliere, hosted by Eurovet, is the leading trade show for intimates, beachwear, and swimwear fabrics around the world. Dozens of exhibiting mills and hundreds of companies shared their latest fabrics with buyers and industry professionals at The Tunnel in New York on September 22nd, 2016. The latest intimate apparel style trends were on display, sharing the great variety in tastes among today’s lingerie brands and their customers.

Body Sculpting

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“Shapewear moves from a control business into the art of decoration from refined flat edge engineered second skin solutions to corset extravagance. Decorating the body with the latest technological super stretch developments.”

Eclectic Wardrobes

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“Start-up lingerie brands already target a new woman who blends lingerie with outerwear. New rules for colours, merchandising and presentation. Leisuree, bodyfashion & swimtimates… Welcome to a new era of luxury!”

Sensual Flowers

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“Fetishist and bondage updated and redirected with the refinement of oriental eroticism. New scales for floral decoration in laces and embroidery, on novelty mesh and fine transparent grounds. Blending techniques and genres.”

Athleisure Fun

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“The sky is the limit after the athletic performances during the Olympics. Setting new standards for ‘technology with charm.’ Performance from the club to the beach and the gym includes glittery accents and thermo control.”

Quirky Mixes

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“Fun designs and bright colours and trims play a lead role in the young bodyfashion crossover with beach and leisure. Playful patches and prints with emoji’s mix freely with vintage evergreens. A style language with Gucci accents.”

Natural Comfort

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“Savoring every moment of life with a refocus on the comfort of everyday. An upgrading on all levels, including the true value of innovation for everyday wear. On the forefront knit and fibre and wire technology: comfort X gorgeous.”


Athleisure has major potential for growth, earning it its own special presentation during the Interfiliere trade show. Athleisure apparel is versatile, multi-purpose apparel designed for athletic and leisure time activities. Sports bras alone are a 1.5 billion dollar market, with 41% of its consumers buying them for non-sports use. Sports apparel and footwear segments have witnessed a 42% growth over the last seven years, and is predicted to grow another 30% by 2020.

The athleisure customer is health-conscious and urban, in need of comfortable and functional clothing to wear when out and about. The style is valued for exceptional fit and performance as its customers are highly attuned to the technology benefits of her purchase. Invista presented its fiber solutions and Lycra technologies used in fabrics that maximize the performance of athleisure apparel without sacrificing style or comfort. Athleisure is the fashion of the future with great promise for business opportunity.

See more photos of the Interfiliere New York 2016 show in our Facebook album!

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CurveNY: Intimate Apparel and Swim Trends for Spring/Summer 2017


The 18th edition of Mode Lingerie and Swim, CURVEXPO New York, took place from July 31st to August 2nd, 2016 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Hundreds of exhibitors shared their Spring/Summer 2017 collections and more on the show floor! This season’s show featured a great variety of garments, rich in bright colors and tropical patterns to celebrate the aesthetic of warmer seasons.



Swimwear for 2017 is beaming with multicultural imagery with patterns inspired by cultures across the globe, created primarily by Brazilian brands. African designs like Moroccan and Kenyan prints are very trendy this season, but there is no shortage of traditional beach imagery like Hawaiian palm leaves and nautical stripes. The demands of full-bust customers have prompted many swimwear brands to implement cup-size technology into their bathing suits, making beachwear that is both gorgeous and supportive for a wider range of body types.



Men’s underwear is on trend, promising to bring many of the vibrant summer colors and prints into men’s closets. These new collections feature highly expressive visuals on functional materials like compression sports fabrics and high-grade cotton. Old school Polynesian designs and peppy prints like pineapples and palm trees are evident in menswear, keeping this segment of the industry in sync with the season’s favorite styles.



Sports and wire-free bras as a category could be today’s most influential trend in intimate apparel. The athleisure trend has brands creating more fashion-forward sportswear that can be worn all day as part of casual outfits. Bralettes are also extremely popular this summer for their breathability and comfort and this tradeshow guaranteed that it isn’t just a passing fad. Expect even more options in stores next summer as companies use their latest technology to bring these modern trends to new heights.



The plus-size consumer is clearly a valued voice in the market as all types of garments are being made to serve her. Each season shows increased efforts by brands to expand their size range, specifically to include this substantial market in their customer base. Trends like bralettes and strappy embellishments are being made available to a wider range of body types in an effort to keep all women in the loop of the latest lingerie looks.



One intriguing trend we saw at Curve this season were garments that portray full environments. These creative prints take you to a different place in a fashion that’s direct, yet imaginative. The latest developments in digital fabric printing makes these types of designs possible, which is very exciting for the future of fashion. Which trends are you looking forward to most for Spring/Summer 2017?

See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.


Underwear as Outerwear

gigi-underwearModel Gigi Hadid wearing the underwear as outerwear trend.

Summer 2016’s hottest trend is giving lingerie lovers a chance to show off their most luxurious garments in sophisticated style. Underwear as outerwear has been reaching new peaks in popularity over the past few years, led by fashion icons and celebrities who bare their intimate apparel as statement pieces in their outfits. This has been giving lingerie brands and designers more visibility than ever before among fashion lovers everywhere.

conicalcorsetLe conical corset by Jean Paul Gaultier, worn by Madonna during the “Metropolis” sequence of The Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990, photographed by Emil Larsson.

“Underwear as outerwear” is no new fad, as it was first coined in the 1980’s by Malcolm McLaren when his winter 1982 collection showed a 1950’s-style bullet brassiere worn over a sweatshirt. This offbeat fashion statement was a huge inspiration to the industry, provoking designers like Jean Paul Gaultier to create some of their greatest lingerie-inspired works and performers like Madonna to wear the look out on tours. Since then, bold and beloved celebrities like Britney Spears and Rihanna have kept underwear as outerwear in vogue with barely-dressed appearances.

Mariah-Carey-Live-LingerieMariah Carey wears lingerie and boudoir slippers live on Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution, photographed by Pawel Kaminski.

Today, style icons like models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been leading the trend by wearing the latest designer looks before the public eye. Modern garments made with deep cuts and sheer materials are expected to expose what’s underneath, prompting lingerie designers to create gorgeous garments that are meant to be seen. The increasing normality of these scanty styles reflects society’s evolving attitudes towards the body, gender, and sexuality.

kendall-jenner-coachellaModel Kendall Jenner wears a bralette as outerwear on Instagram.

Summer fashion makes it much easier to share lingerie-inspired looks in a way that’s effortlessly casual. Dare to wear the look yourself with an open button-down that lets your favorite bralette peek from underneath, paired with jeans for a breezy daytime outfit. For a sultry night out, bodysuits give a sleek and sexy silhouette when worn with high-waisted pants or a skirt with heels to boot. If you love the underwear as outerwear trend but would rather keep it under wraps, a silky chiffon or lacy robe can be worn over any outfit to share your enthusiasm while maintaining modesty. After all, the best thing about style is that it’s a fun way to share your personal taste for aesthetics!

Spring/Summer 2016 Trends in Intimate Apparel and Swimwear

Missing the summer already? We’ve gathered the top Intimate Apparel and Swimwear trends for Spring/Summer 2016 to bring you a taste of what’s next in our industry.

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The Trends Forum featured five feminine archetypes to typify the major trends in Spring/Summer 2016 lingerie and beachwear in Mode City Paris:

  1. NYMPH – Spirit of the earth, juvenile divinity, natural fibers, minimal, surface transparency.
  2. ODALISQUE – Oriental inspiration, sensual shapes, warm colors, luminous motifs, homewear.
  3. MERMAID – Fish scales, ocean tones, seductive and appealing, coating, washed-out shine.
  4. AMAZON – Coat of arms and armour, fighting spirit, geometric motifs, structured materials, like armour.
  5. LEGEND – Low and ornate necklines, symbol of power, luxurious design, architectural, oversized details.

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Mare di Moda, the leading European exhibition for beach, swimwear and lingerie fabrics and accessories, divided its Spring/Summer 2016 trends into six themes.

  1. JUNGLE FEVER – Inspired by African diversity, combining contradictions like natural vs. digital into new themes, cover-ups inspired by North African kaftans, djellabas, tunics and ponchos, tropical and tribal prints.
  2. RAVE COUTURE – Optical illusions, hourglass silhouettes, sparkly/metallic shades, acid brights, geometric patterns and disorienting effects.
  3. MEMPHIS SPORT – 80’s-inspired, exaggeratedly sporty swimwear, racy shapes and colors, bold colorblocking, compression panels, tech finishes and plastic sheen.
  4. BRUTAL GLAM – Dark/fierce/cosmic, techno armour, basic shapes, nocturnal shades, leather and latex, studs and zippers, armoured looks inspired by reptile skins.
  5. ARTIST’S GARDEN – Romanticism, athletic pleasure, languid silhouettes, flowing fabrics, botanical drawings, elegant silks and satins, enamel-like or porcelain fabric finishes.
  6. SENSORY – Healthy and strong, lines of modernist architecture, minimalist forms, strict and pure, gently contouring curves, bright whites, scent and soap-infused fabrics for sensory stimulation.

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Some of the most popular trends from recent seasons are coming back for more next year. Retro is still hot! The high-waist trend lives on, bringing back the vintage vibe with enhanced modern textiles. Decorative straps will also be seen for another season, adding a popular edgy style to any garment it embellishes.

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The bondage trend is evolving into a layered look. The once-open space between panels and straps are being connected by meshes and fishnets, decorated by laces and embroideries to soften this especially bold look.

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Which trends are you looking forward to?
See our growing collection of SS16 styles on Pinterest to see the trends in action.

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