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
By ELLEN LEWIS
Fleur of England bra
I am trying to decide whether or not I want to attend my 50th high school reunion in September. I have to purchase tickets soon. But something is stopping me, even though a rather robust Facebook group has kept me up to date on the comings and goings of some of my best friends from that time. Truth is, I am curious, but I really don’t care. I don’t grieve for those days. I have never looked back forlorn at my past and wished to return. Age has a way of clarifying our lives. Having passed through the hormonal surge of the 1960’s as a teenager and the 1970’s as a young woman, I am proud to admit that the best version of me began after I turned 50. Maybe its beginning horseback riding at 53, yoga at 54, starting this blog … ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
We are acutely aware that in this moment, established codes have been relinquished for a new disorder. This state extends into every cultural niche, including lingerie. Intimates layered or overtly exposed hold court with apparel designed purposely with traditional lingerie fabrics. Sizing expands. The integration of lingerie into the everyday wardrobe has infused the Intimate Apparel industry with new found growth potential. Searching for release from the conventional dictates of fashion and beauty, women are pursuing a more natural lifestyle creating a sea change in ‘acceptable’ mores.
What makes the Natori product arc so compelling is that as they systematically build collections based on known successes, they continue to evolve with the current trends. You would have to be living under a rock if you are a lingerie aficionado and have are not aware of the iconic Natori feather bra. Still going strong, it has … ...Read more
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