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.