Make a splash

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy JAYDEN FA by Styling by AN­DREA KAROLINA Fash­ion edited by CON­STANCE HAR­RIS

North­ern-clime peo­ple tend to choose swimwear that is func­tional, plain and cov­ers the body. The nearer you get to the equa­tor, the more swimwear be­comes glam­orous, brighter and more re­veal­ing.

Ir­ish-Ital­ian de­signer, Vir­ginia Macari, com­ing from Ire­land and now liv­ing in Mar­bella, walks both worlds with her lux­ury swimwear range, Vir­ginia Macari Beach­wear Cou­ture.

“We [Ir­ish] tend to be more con­ser­va­tive in our swimwear choices,” Vir­ginia tells me. “I re­mem­ber, 15 years ago, peo­ple wouldn’t spend on swimwear. We would spend on a bag, or shoes, but not swimwear. That has all changed. Now, we see it is an im­por­tant in­vest­ment.

“Here in Mar­bella, women in­vest in their [swim] look. They are go­ing to their hair­dressers early in the morn­ing, then get­ting their jewellery and style on, and then pos­ing for the day. It is not all about sun­bathing now; it is more like a night­club life. Peo­ple like to go to the beach clubs, like The Ocean Club and Nikki Beach, look­ing good and hang­ing out. A lot of that life­style is my tar­get mar­ket. And then, I love that clas­sic lady style, which is time­less.”

On our pages to­day, is a LIFE ex­clu­sive first peek at Vir­ginia’s new cam­paign, pho­tographed in Mar­bella with in­ter­na­tional model, Roxy Horner. Roxy shot to fame ear­lier this year when it was ru­moured she was dat­ing Leonardo DiCaprio. Though we didn’t dis­cuss him on the day of the shoot, Roxy seemed well over him to me.

“Roxy is a girl with curves,” Vir­ginia ex­plains. “I don’t think women re­late to skinny women with six packs. I will never use a model who is stick-thin.”

Cer­tainly with in­spi­ra­tions such as Mon­ica Bel­lucci, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly, Vir­ginia Macari Beach­wear Cou­ture is a col­lec­tion of biki­nis, swim­suits — some em­bel­lished, some not — and lux­u­ri­ous wrap skirts and gowns, de­signed to make a woman feel as glam­orous as pos­si­ble.

“This year, I know more what peo­ple want. It’s a lot more ad­ven­tur­ous. I think last year I played it a lit­tle safe,” Vir­ginia ex­plains. “Ev­ery year, I am learn­ing more things. This year, there are things there for the young girl and for the older ladies. The neons, for in­stance — the younger girl will love that; while the older woman will love the nau­ti­cal. I also have a geo­met­ric print that ties the whole col­lec­tion to­gether.”

In the col­lec­tion, there are 17 swimwear styles that come in five dif­fer­ent colour­ways and prints. There are high-cut Brazil­ian-leg styles for the Ibiza/Mar­bella crowd, and there are low leg and high­waist styles, too.

“The Brazil­ian cut is a very LA thing, and it is now hit­ting here,” ex­plains Vir­ginia. “The younger girls want it. In Mar­bella, this is what they wear.

“And it isn’t just the very slim girl who wears it, all shapes wear it, be­cause when we want a tan, we want a tan.”

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