By KIMBERLY BERGER (Lions Lair Boutique)
Although swimwear isn’t on most people’s minds in the middle of January, that’s exactly what I was thinking about when I attended the Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida last week. The trade show that caters to the Surf industry is attended by a variety of swimwear manufacturers and they were eager to unveil the latest styles delivering March and into the summer months.
Models stepped out onto the catwalk with a show of confidence and celebration for styles that the industry carefully introduced the year prior. While 2016 had only tentatively stuck in its pinky toe into the uncertain waters of high necklines and high waists, 2017 is diving into their depths with fortitude. We have discovered that a high neckline adds length to the torso and in doing so, achieves a slimming appearance. Meanwhile, nostalgic cuts of high waist bottoms offer an air of sophistication, while conveniently concealing any evidence of savory overindulgence’s acquired during the recent holidays. Our desire to look good has surpassed any concern over the possibility of the awkward tan lines that these styles might accidentally provide and thus, designers are now free to express themselves without creative limitations.
Kenneth Cole & Profile Blush
Cut outs, monokinis, straps and extra strings abound. Textured fabrics play an important role, not only in lace and mesh overlays, but in three-dimensional fabrics as well. Ruffles and intricate embroidery offer their romantic influences, particularly on full piece swimsuits, which continue to become more prevalent in most brands.
Carmen Marc Valvo & Kenneth Cole
The color palette is saturated with shades of denim blue, cobalt blue and aqua. A variety of warmer hues of oranges, yellows and nudes also thrive. An inclination towards solid and tonal colors is common while in prints, rich floral designs particularly of Asian or African influence pop against black or white backgrounds. Rose gold enriches and embellishes and working zippers are plentiful. Fringe and tassels provide movement and a sense of freedom and lightheartedness.
The swimwear industry’s New Year’s Resolution has been spoken with confidence and conviction. 2017 promises to make every women step into the sun with the same confidence and glamour that graced the catwalks at this January’s Surf Expo.