By ALISON CONNOLLY
In the absence of being able to travel to beautiful, distant locations, we can still rely on feeling inspired by images and words. In the case of UK designer Hadley Smythe, her latest collection was inspired by a time and a place; the 1950s French Riviera. More specifically, her designs were inspired by one of her favorite books, the 1954 Francoise Sagan novel Bonjour Tristesse.
Dramatic and luxurious, Hadley Smythe swimwear features ultra-feminine shapes that accentuate the curves of the female form and by default highlight a woman’s sensuality.… Read More
By ALISON CONNOLLY
If it wasn’t already obvious, I have a tendency to feature swimwear brands that are more fashion than function (as in, you’re not going to enter any swimming competitions in the brands I feature), but that’s not to say a brand cannot accomplish both. Colombian brand Maygel Coronel clearly captures the fashion element, but it’s just as functional when it comes to fit, its ability to crossover from swim to ready-to-wear, and its undeniable ability to make a poolside statement.
Established in 2017 in Cartagena (Colombia), Maygel Coronel is a swimwear brand handmade by local artisans using sophisticated, ecofriendly materials.… Read More
By HOLLY JACKSON
Pour Moi was one of the first brands I ever tried in my early 20’s when I started looking for better bras. I had pretty much no idea what my size really was, but I knew it was outside of what any “normal” store carried. Pour Moi bras not only helped me find my size but were attractive enough to make me feel like I could wear the same kinds of lingerie that all my less curvy friends did. None of this would have mattered at all though if Pour Moi bras hadn’t been affordable.… Read More
By HOLLY JACKSON
Everyone hates hand washing lingerie, but I’ve always felt like it’s little better when I get to use Soak. I’ve been a personal fan of this no rinse-free lingerie wash for years: Perfect for busy or lazy people who hate chores (I identify as both). What I didn’t know until I attended Curve NYC in February was how much Soak cares about sustainability and the environment.
Packaging is a huge issue when it comes to lingerie and it’s associated products. Sustainable products are one thing, but that effort can be easily undone when something sustainable is packed in plastic or other excessive packaging.… Read More
In our continuing effort to share the best beach and pool wear with our readers, Maison Lejaby’s expertise in lingerie fit and development is on display here. Harking back to the golden years in Hollywood and the eternal allure of the west coast lifestyle, Maison Lejaby has created a modern swimwear collection saturated with the colors of the California landscape. Styled to capture the sleek, chic style that defines the brand’s unique French signature, these seven collections embody a timeless design ethos. One piece and two-piece bathing suits, covering sizes 32-40, B-F cups and XS-XL are previewed here for Spring 2020.… Read More
By ELLEN LEWIS
Rosa Faia (with Econyl® fabric)
The retail swim season takes off this month as winter sets in and the big escape begins. I confess that I am no swimwear maven, but I have been exposed to the category during my entire Lingerie career. Swimwear shares many of the fit and function issues as innerwear, particularly bras, panties and shapewear. It’s an important category for many Intimate Apparel boutiques, because it shares the same concerns with body issues with which women often struggle. Most of the brands featured here are experts in foundations engineering and are already ensconced in a retailer’s inventory.… Read More
One thing I really appreciate about the Parfait brand is the intensity of due diligence they have done since they launched in 2010. A successful foray into large cup, plus size intimates (up to a K cup, UK sizing) in which construction details and fit issues can make or break a business, has enabled their new Aqua Swimwear initiative. The swimsuits and cover-ups are trendy statements engineered for a curvy woman who needs bathing suits with full on bra support and comfort. Launching at retail for Spring 2020 four star turning collections: Rita, Vivian, Lauren and Brigitte offer styles available from S-4XL and 32-42, C-G cups (UK sizing).… Read More