Review: Silent Assembly Zora Plunge Bra Cheeky Knickers

Disclosure: I received this set free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Silent Assembly Zora pink

Silent Assembly Zora set in pale pink

My ongoing love affair with lace is well documented – so there’s a pretty good chance that if you show me lingerie that uses fine French leavers lace, I’m going to be rather enamored. However, when I discovered new Australian brand Silent Assembly, it wasn’t their beautiful fabrics that caught my eye most – it was the innovative technology that went into their bras. The technical designer side of me was intrigued, so when the opportunity to review one of their products arrived, I jumped at it!

Silent Assembly Smooth set in

Silent Assembly Smooth set in Marine Blue

Silent Assembly specialise in a bra technology that they’ve called ‘Curvessence’, developed by founder Kay Choen – essentially, instead of bra wires, they use a specially developed memory nylon polymer built into moulded bra cups. Traditional bra wires are flat, and rely on the tension created by a tight underband to ‘spring’ the wire around a woman’s curved body to achieve a proper fit. For many women, this can cause discomfort, particularly if they are sensitive to tight clothing. Silent Assembly’s bras bypass this as their polymer wire replacements are 3D – shaped to follow the curve of a woman’s ribcage, with no need for any wire spring. These polymer ‘wires’ are already built into the cups of the bra, giving a much smoother and less bulky finish. Their website also claims that this style of cup is ‘greener’ than traditional bra styles, though I am personally a little skeptical. If you’re into bra geekery as much as I am, you can read more here.

Silent Assembly Xia body

Silent Assembly Xia body

The brand offers two ‘ranges’ of products – an ‘Everyday’ collection of smooth t-shirt bras with co-ordinating bottoms in a range of fashion colours, retailing around 69.95-79.95 AUD for a bra and 24.95-29.95 AUD for briefs. However, it’s the ‘Luxury’ collection that grabbed my attention most of all. The designs incorporate beautifully sumptuous fabrics and embellishments – from fine French laces and Swarovski crystals to delicate appliquéd chiffon flowers and pearls. I particularly love the unusual silhouette of the Xia body and the delicate floral embellishment on the Elidi set.

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

I was sent the ‘Zora’ bra set in black to review, in sizes 32C and medium. The bra retails for 149 AUD and the ‘cheeki’ brief for 89.95 AUD, with a size range of 32-34 B-DD and 36B-D for bras and XS-L for briefs. The style also includes a midi-line brief and slip. Currently on the brand’s website the set is only available in pale pink and raspberry colourways.

Silent Assembly Zora bra interior, photo by Karolina Laskowska

Silent Assembly Zora bra interior, photo by Karolina Laskowska

The bra is a plunge style, with moulded cups that feature the aforementioned integrated polymer wires. The inside of the bra is as near a seamless finish as I can imagine being possible in a bra, with no wire casings or tapes against the skin apart from the underarm and underband elastic. The cups feature a stretch-chiffon and appliquéd French lace overlay, with the pale pink bra foam showing through the lace. Against pale skin this gives the impression of the lace being directly against the skin. The bras wings are also made of the same stretch lace and finish in unusually smooth hooks and eyes. Bra straps are comprised half of chiffon and half elastic, with gold toned components. The bra cup apexes are finished with cute satin bows and Swarovski crystals. The matching briefs are made of the same stretch chiffon and lace, with alternating ‘bands’ of chiffon and unlined lace appliqué, giving the design a nice play in transparency over the body. The knickers are also finished with satin bows and Swarovski crystals.

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

Silent Assembly Zora set, photo by Karolina Laskowska

When it came to wearing the set, I have to admit that I was quite impressed with the polymer wire technology. I found the cups more comfortable than their traditional steel-wired counterparts. A lot less pressure was exerted on my body around the cups, and I didn’t have the usual irritants of wires poking at the centre front and underarms of the bra. I found the bra came up slightly larger in size than other 32Cs that I’ve tried. I’m between the sizes 30D and 32C and usually find that I can get away with a 32C on the tightest hook – however this bra proved to be a little too loose for my body. Even on the tightest hooks the band would ride up and I’d have to adjust it throughout the day. It’s a problem that could be rectified by choosing a smaller band size if one was available – in lieu of this I’m planning to alter the bra myself as it’s too gorgeous not to continue wearing! The briefs were a good fit, without any areas cutting in and offering a near seamless finish. The cut over the bottom is rather wonderfully cheeky, and I love the placement of the sheer lace!

Silent Assembly Zora bra detail

Silent Assembly Zora bra detail, photo by Karolina Laskowska

My only real criticism of this set is that the knickers didn’t hold up very well to washing. Both bra and knickers were carefully hand washed in a gentle detergent, though I found that after the first wash the threads of the lace had already begun to unravel from the seam – I’d guess that this is a rare manufacturing fault rather than an inherent problem with the garment, though it was disappointing to see them come apart so soon! I’m fully aware that leavers lace is extremely delicate, though this is my first experience with such a problem.

Overall, I’m rather enamoured with the ‘Zora’ set. I love the potential that the ‘Curvessence’ technology offers the industry, and though Silent Assembly is still a young brand with a limited size range, I can’t wait to see what they do next. The attention to detail and construction are impeccable, with gorgeous fabrics and design details. I feel that the price points for these designs and fabrics are actually very reasonable – I hope that they find some UK stockists in the near future so that I can avoid those pesky import taxes!

Readers: What do you think of Silent Assembly? Would you be interested in trying polymer underwires?

Author: Karolina

Source: www.thelingerieaddict.com