In this video, see all the latest gear from the Formes maternity range.
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Catrina Skepper: It used to be the case that pregnant woman had to cover up their bump or wear loose fitting clothes to disguise the fact that they were pregnant at all. Well, things have gladly changed. More and more specialist designers are making fashionable clothes especially for today's market, and one such company is Formes, Paris and Sarah Amigoni is here to join me today. Welcome Sarah. Sarah Amigoni: Hi! Catrina Skepper: It true is that things really have changed in that department. It used to be that you had to wear tents and now you can actually wear very sexy, clean clothes. Why is that? Is that just dictated by the fashion world? Sarah Amigoni: Yeah. I think it is the fashion. I think it's also lot of celebrity pregnancies where women have actually shown their bumps and it's become fashionable to show your bump and it's not something to be hidden anymore and I think that's the reason really. And now in fashion, pregnancy where is adapted to accommodate the pregnant form. Catrina Skepper: What comes first is it that the fact that somebody -- of course you got a trapping through their pregnancy and presumably you got to have make range of clothes that's going to fit woman of three months, six months, nine months, so how does the sizing? Sarah Amigoni: It doesn't work like that, I mean what we do is we design clothes that can be worn from the first to nine month of pregnancy. Basically, a pregnant woman just go for her normal size and we adapt them to accommodate the bump. Catrina Skepper: So she doesn't go into the shop and say, I was a size 12 but now I need a size 16 or it doesn't work. Sarah Amigoni: She unless of course she is put on, which sometimes does happen. But normally -- Catrina Skepper: Stick with your size. Sarah Amigoni: Yeah, you just stick with your normal size. Catrina Skepper: And is that also I would imagine because fabrics have changed so much. I mean now you can get really attractive looking clothes because of the stretchiness of the fabric. Sarah Amigoni: Yeah. But to be honest, our range is to dictated more about what's on the catwalk and what is available in a high street, rather than we don't just choose a fabric because of its elasticity. We choose a fabric because it's in fashion. Catrina Skepper: When you are looking at current collections on the catwalk, obviously we are seeing beautiful slim girls parading on the catwalk in very fashionable clothes, half of them you perhaps wouldn't even be able to wear normally. So how do you adapt the collections to the pregnancy market and make them wonderful and comfortable? Sarah Amigoni: First of all, the basic design is created and then we use different adjustment systems to accommodate the growing bump, it could be zips, it can be elastic panels, it can be various different mechanisms that allow the garment to stretch. Catrina Skepper: So let's get to the first outfit. We have put Daniela in a very attractive skirt and jacket. Something which you wouldn't necessarily think of wearing when you're pregnant, but you can leave the jacket open like this, it's very attractive. Tell me about this outfit. Sarah Amigoni: This is very reminiscent of the Babushka Russian look that's on a catwalk at the moment and jackets are very, very much in as well particularly velvets which this one is. Catrina Skepper: Layering is obviously quite useful for pregnant woman because you can hide certain things and show of others. Sarah Amigoni: The layering really does cover multitude of things and it allows us to have flexibility as well with garments. Catrina Skepper: But there isn't all fabrics that you would associate necessarily, I mean the t-shirt looks as stretched and the belt -- is that something is a tie belt, so that you can obviously expand as you grow bigger. And would the skirt have an elasticated waist? Sarah Amigoni: It does. That particular one does. It has a jersey with stretch panel, very, very comfortable and obviously when we design thin