By TINA WILSON
As we celebrate the official beginning of summer, of schools being out, of half day Fridays and the sweltering heat of July, swimwear comes into focus. The classification has gained momentum is the last few years with many intimate brands introducing swim collections providing a myriad of choices. I could have focused on only American brands but I also wanted to pay tribute to what makes this country truly special…immigrants. And brands such as Rue 107, owned by Haitian born Marie Jean Baptiste, B Fyne founded by a Nigerian American and Zingara, a Mexican based brand all show the creativity and design detail of more familiar names.
Norma Kamali has been designing for strong independent women for decades and her iconic ruched swimwear is just as relevant now as it was when she debuted it. La Perla swim needs no introduction. Lise Charmel has some … ...Read more
You’ll turn heads this summer when making a splash in Freya’s latest, cup-sized collections in swim. Drift Away, Paint The Town Red & Macrame collections have a fun, nautical twist. Feel sexy, comfortable and supported in these great styles for Summer 2018!
Freya’s Drift Away in red and white striped piquet fabric says you’re ready for the beach with rope-inspired plait detail. Create your own sunshiny look with a range of exciting swim styles such as the Twist Bandeau Bikini Top (above) with lightly foam padded cups in 30-36 C-G. Match with the Rio Brief or Bikini Brief.
Also available in several underwire styles – UW Banded Halter Bikini Top with a sexy low plunging neckline and powernet lined cups for shaping and support. 28-40 band, C-GG Cup. The Underwire Sweetheart Padded Bikini Top has a sweetheart neckline offering uplift and an enhanced cleavage and lightly padded foam cups … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Somebody at Andres Sarda must have been listening to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” on repeat while creating this runway collection. Inspired by all things 1980s, the Spring/Summer 2018 swim collection was heavily styled with legwarmers, shoulder pads, Robert Palmer-esque models (remember “Simply Irresistible”?), and bold colors. If you’re able to look beyond the eye-catching details that make this runway show as period-specific as it was, you will see the foundations for a classic swimwear collection. Striped and solid bikinis and one-piece suits are the first layering component for each look, and part of the collection that will be available at a retail level. Granted, if you’re looking for ways to dress up your beach attire, this show is filled with creative ideas! Every F/W and S/S season, Spanish lingerie & swim brand Andres Sarda participates in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Madrid), and consistently shows up as one of the … ...Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
If there is one thing that I think many curvy women have in common, it’s a fear of actually getting their swimwear wet. Unlike bras, ill-fitting swimwear can go bad in so many ways once it actually hits the water. For many years, buying swimwear that was too big in the band to accommodate your cup size was the norm, which made actually swimming in it fairly impractical. Ever had your top slip back off over your head when you dive under a wave in the ocean? What about fabrics that go totally limp when wet (which is usually when your breasts fall out the top due to lack of support)?
Curvy Kate was at the forefront of fashionable full-bust and plus-size bras, so it’s no surprise that their swimwear is ahead of the pack as well. Their youthful take on prints and patterns have transferred over … ...Read more
By ALISON CONNOLLY
Just last week we had Tina’s blog post make mention of the Almodóvar film “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” and then there was Holly’s guest post featuring strappy bondage-inspired bras, and here we are with this week’s post that borrows references from both. The Brazilian swimwear brand, Lenny Niemeyer, is a luxury swimwear label that specializes in glamorous looks with distinctive style elements. This eponymous label creatively applies linear and geometric motifs to many of its styles; resulting in strappy swimsuit designs unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Additionally, many of the designs are architecturally inspired, as evidenced by the clean lines on its swimwear that are created with a clever usage of straps, ropes and knots. There are even a few styles that are distinctly Shibari-inspired, making those particular items provocative and bold. Whether bondage-inspired or not, the common thread between each collection is sophistication. … ...Read more