SWIMWEAR SPE­CIAL

Real Style - - Real Style Contents - BY: HEIDI HOF­S­TAD

From swim­suit designer in­ter­views to retro swimwear, pre­pare your­self for sum­mer.

Many of us love noth­ing more than the re­turn of sum­mer: Ris­ing tem­per­a­tures, longer days and lighter wardrobes. But it also means swim­suit sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing. Dread­ing the trip to the dress­ing room? Stop! Real Style’s guide to suit­ing up

means, this year, sum­mer will look (ex­tra) good on you.

The run­ways of Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Week Swim in Miami de­liv­ered swoon-wor­thy col­lec­tions re­flec­tive of the ma­jor trends in women’s fash­ion, and it seems the swim scene has never looked so cool: Long-sleeved two-pieces, life­guard-in­spired one-pieces with front zips, loads of trop­i­cal and kalei­do­scopic pat­terns, high-waisted bot­toms, cutouts, pat­tern mix­ing, caging de­tails, flo­rals—and that’s just to start. “Trends for 2015 in­clude lots of de­sign de­tails like strap­ping, nov­elty edge stitch­ing, bor­ders, braid­ing, fringe tas­sels… it’s all in the de­tails,” notes swimwear designer Trina Turk. “We’re also see­ing a resur­gence of solid swimwear with nov­elty treat­ments like macramé, crotchet, braid­ing and multi-spaghetti straps. Sev­en­ties flo­rals and vin­tage-in­spired prints are back in a big way, which is great for us since those kind of prints are in our DNA,” says the Cal­i­for­nia designer. Known for her sig­na­ture bold, multi-coloured prints, Turk de­liv­ers a nos­tal­gic flair in her swimwear de­signs, which are no doubt well suited (lit­er­ally) for the hip pool­go­ers in Palm Springs, where Turk has her flag­ship store. For her Sum­mer 2015 col­lec­tion, how­ever, she ad­mits, “We were in­spired by French Poly­ne­sia and its trop­i­cal is­lands, coral reefs and la­goons. We chose trop­i­cal prints in shades of mango, jun­gle green, flamingo pink and la­goon blue.” So many choices, so few pool days. The yacht-ap­proved luxury line Aqua Di Lara by Mon­treal-based cre­ative direc­tor Rey­han Sofraci is ul­tra-sexy and so­phis­ti­cated, but it’s no won­der given her pas­sion for both lin­gerie and swimwear. The col­lec­tion has been spot­ted on the celebrity set, in­clud­ing Bey­oncé, Tyra Banks, and Ivanka Trump, and fea­tures both swim­suits and cover-ups, all with a glam­orous touch. “I love how a lit­tle piece of fab­ric can go so far in the cre­ation of some­thing beau­ti­ful,” Sofraci shares. Con­sid­er­ing fit, func­tion and pro­por­tion dur­ing the de­sign process, she says, “It’s im­por­tant to cre­ate the hour­glass sil­hou­ette that women are praised for and use curves and lines in the right places.” Although known for her body-hug­ging cre­ations, Sofraci isn’t about be­ing overly re­veal­ing. “I am not too crazy about the ever shrink­ing bikini bot­toms trend,” she ad­mits. “It’s good to leave a lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion.” But if a swim­suit with a lit­tle more sass is what you’re look­ing for, try Kate Swim on for size. Th­ese swim­suits are regular fix­tures on the pages of the Sports Il­lus­trated Swim­suit Is­sue year af­ter year (re­mem­ber the teeny-weeny bikini worn by Kate Up­ton for the mag­a­zine’s 2012 cover?) and in­voke true beach bomb­shell swim-spi­ra­tion. The line is de­signed by Hawaii ex­pat Kath­leen Bru­en­ing, who now works out of her Las Ve­gas ate­lier, of­fer­ing both cus­tom de­sign ser­vices and off-the-rack op­tions. “I see ev­ery­one from the mom who has three kids and is deal­ing with stretch marks, to su­per­mod­els and Miss Amer­ica contestants,” says Bru­en­ing of her clien­tele. “When you try on a new bathing suit, the first part of your body that you look at is al­ways the area that makes you feel self-con­scious. You are look­ing to see if the swim­suit ac­cen­tu­ates it. I nor­mally rec­om­mend look­ing your­self in the eyes in the mir­ror, so you can see your sil­hou­ette. Most peo­ple don’t see the tiny things you feel self-con­scious about—they see you as a whole.”

If at first you don’t suc­ceed at bag­ging that bikini (or one-piece), try, try, again. “You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find that prince, and the same goes for swim­suits,” says Bru­en­ing. And with that, it’s time to go shop­ping.

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