By ALISON CONNOLLY
illustration by Randy Mora
Perhaps when you think of swimwear from South America, you may envision heavily-patterned, colorful barely-there styles created by a label based in Brazil. It’s a fair assumption, considering it’s mainly what we’ve seen over the years. It is also because of this, it’s a refreshing surprise to discover South American luxury lingerie and swimwear brand Suki Cohen. Manufactured in Colombia (in a fair trade factory), Suki Cohen creates minimalist, geometric-inspired pieces using durable, high-end fabrics.
The brand’s designer, Sarah Cohen, studied fashion design in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which may explain her expertise in creating swimwear (even though she started out exclusively creating lingerie). Whether swim or lingerie, all of the styles are wireless and unpadded, so as to work with a woman’s natural form. The embellishments are minimal (mainly cut-outs and straps), the swimwear coverage steers clear of vulgar, and patterns are only … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
The name Bravissimo has appeared on my intimate apparel radar field countless times in the last 20 plus years, particularly when the subject of large breasted fitting trauma arises. Since their inception in the UK in 1995, they have grown to be a mega force in fitting large cup women for lingerie, swimwear and outerwear. Way ahead of the North American market in recognizing the sale’s potential of women who are 28-40, D-L cup sizes; they have knowledge of fit that has secured them as experts in this venue. Our growing readership in England, 2nd only to the USA, has put me more in touch with the idiosyncrasies and intelligence of this highly competitive market. As a member of the large cup club, I am intrigued by the insight and development of Bravissimo as a force to be reckoned with in a fast growing market niche. … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
We are in the thick of swimwear season, and currently hearing a lot of swimwear industry buzz with the recent Unique tradeshow in Paris. Discovering a brand that stands out amongst the masses is quite a treat, and fortunately for me that discovery was Karla Colletto’s 2019 Resort collection.
Karla Colletto is a contemporary luxury swimwear brand manufactured in the USA. For over 25 years, the brand has built its reputation on creating designs with a perfectly constructed fit by a design team with forward-thinking style.
For Resort 2019, we see a focus on solid-colored styles that are complimented by eye-catching shapes. Of course, there’s a touch of leopard print in the collection, which adds just the right dose of playful pattern. Regardless of the season, the common thread throughout all of the designs is that they offer both functional support and a sensual fit. You … ...Read more
By KATRINA EUGENIA
Patrick Nagel famously immortalized the 80’s woman as powerful and provocative in his paintings. He created works of unapologetic, fierce women through bold expressions, forward fashion (however little) and punches of neon. I love the way I see his vision translating to swimwear this season. Brazilian bikinis and shield shades are flooding the gram in bright colors and the energy is through the roof! Without a doubt, it’s going to be an exciting season for swimwear…
Summer 2018 has me feeling ultra-inspired to turn up the heat. The season’s futuristic yet old school, sporty, neon trend has me ready to hit the ground running and I love the way it’s translating to swimwear. I am wearing Body Glove’s throwback collection, the epitome of the late 80‘s fitness fad. I mean, how epic is the front zipper?
Simple standout comfort in hot colors ruled the fashion pages of … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
When two major fashion talents combine forces, magical (or in this case whimsical) designs are the result. At least that is the case when luxury shoe and handbag designer extraordinaire Charlotte Olympia paired with Brazilian beachwear designer Adriana Degreas as part of her 10-year anniversary celebration. Both designers have a flair for creating eye-catching statement pieces, and the capsule collection featured here is no exception!
The Charlotte Olympia x Adriana Degreas collection includes retro-inspired swimwear with a quirky pin-up aesthetic. From tutti frutti patterns to leopard prints, the swimwear line includes one-piece and bikini cuts with a nod to old Hollywood glamour. We see high-waist bottoms, ruched side panels and a modern take on classic 1950s silhouettes, including the most adorable vintage swim caps.
For this special collection, which was recently made available in limited release on both designers’ websites (and at Bergdorf Goodman), you may recognize … ...Read more