Above: Charnos FW16 Suzette Ivory Full Cup Bra and Brief.
“Charnos is sophisticated, elegant and classy, offering silhouette, lightweight comfort and luxurious quality. Our bras are delicately boned and structured [with] pure ornate prints and delicate lace,” – Magali Montagnon.
by Michelle Broomes
From since the late 1950’s UK lingerie brand Charnos has dedicated itself to bringing women uncompromising fit and flattering trend aware pieces though its outstanding range of lingerie products.
“Charnos is sophisticated, elegant and classy, offering silhouette, lightweight comfort and luxurious quality. Our bras are delicately boned and structured [with] pure ornate prints and delicate lace,” says Magali Montagnon, a rep from the brand’s North American distributor Millitex. “There’s also a personal design touch as we concentrate on a small range each season [and] there’s attention to detail. We really consider what the current Charnos customer would like to buy.”
Above: Charnos FW16 Sienna Full Cup Bra and Brief.
The Charnos name is now synonymous with beautiful, curve enhancing intimate apparel designed for a consistent, true-to-size fit to make women feel confidently supported but femininely formed.
Offerings from the brand present as seasonal or transitional fashion collections as well as consistent core essentials that together operate towards the Charnos vision of fulfilling every need of a woman’s lingerie wardrobe.
Above: Charnos FW16 Violet Berry Balconette Bra and Short.
“Charnos sizing ranges from UK C to J cups with band sizes up to 42 making it a brand that serves a significant cross section of the market.”
FW16 sees the brand take us on two adventures: one on a flowery fanciful flight through violet fields with purpled and floral colourways; and the other an earthy assault of the senses in Northern Africa, specifically to Marrakesh, via rustic combinations of terracotta and deep olive accented with the richness of gold. We will see these colour themes running through the Violet, Sienna and Bridgette collections.
Officially the FW16 key collections are known as Botanical and Marrakesh. Violet and Sienna come under the Botanical aspect and Bridgette under that of Marrakesh.
Above: Bailey Ivory Strapless Bra and Brief.
Conjuring up images of forests and fairies, Botanical lends that air of floral fantasia to the collections with Violet and its beautiful forest floor print. Colors are inspired by winterberry and woody themes, mixed with deep blues and soft pinks for a stirring contrast. Scattered faded florals effectively reflect the magical transitioning of summer to autumn when leaves fall eerily to earth. The Botanical look unfolds in fabrics of translucent tulle net, jacquard and gorgeous two-tone floral guipures that are inspired by motifs. Key to Botanical styling is the lace-trimmed Violet balconette and Brazilian briefs.
Above: Bridgette Black & Gold Chemise.
Taking our senses to sample the spicy ambience of North Africa, the Bridgette Marrakesh collection exudes earthen opulence. Its hues combine like spice in a jar to reflect tones of terracotta and olive green that play on the eye. Gold features paired with deftly crafted embroidery make this style appear even more luxurious. Pieces are lightly structured for more support as fabrics are ornate and delicate like intricate paper trails. Marrakesh features a glamourous chemise and bra set.
Botanical and Marrakesh are offered with other staple and fashion styles to comprise the full FW16 Charnos selection. With the exception of Bridgette which is new for FW all other styles make up the core of Charnos, so can be enjoyed in everyday colorways and/or fashion colours.
Above: Suzette Black Full Cup Bra and Brief.
Ranges like the brand’s Suzette, Superfit Lace, Colette, Cherub, Gabrielle, Superfit Everyday and Superfit have permanent colors but no fashion colors so can only be obtained in essential colours from season to season which, from a retailer point-of-view, is practical for re-ordering these basic colours.
Sienna, the bestseller, and Rosalind collections have permanent colors (Black, White, and Brulee) and an additional fashion color every season. FW16 will see Rosalind with a Soft Pink and Sienna with that botanically hued Deep Purple.
Above: Bailey Ivory Plunge Bra and Thong.
Raspberry and Ivory colour the Violet and Bailey ranges respectively for FW16 and these collections have colorways that are always seasonally transient so continuously bring anticipated flavour to enhance the season. Violet’s Botanical theme is especially pertinent to the FW season.
Charnos sizing ranges from UK C to J cups with band sizes up to 42 making it a brand that serves a significant cross section of the market. Of course, this is in line with its vision to “ensure modern, fashion conscious women can always feel good about themselves by creating lingerie which looks fantastic and provides comfort, support and great shape.”