Sometimes, you just need to get back in touch with your roots. Remind yourself of who you really are, what you're really passionate about, and reconnect with what inspires you and makes you feel alive. That's why, whenever I'm feeling stuck in a rut, like my deepest dreams have become too distant and taken a back seat in my life, I like to read designers' stories and listen to them discuss the passion that drives their creatively-inspired lifestyles... because it reignites that little magical spark in me, and reminds me of why I like the swimwear industry so much.
Whether you like swimwear design, or just the beach lifestyle, I think you guys will enjoy watching these two brief videos of designer (and former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model), Tori Praver. Tori is one of those beautiful, graceful, easygoing people that I completely admire, and can relate to on some level... because we were both born and raised in the heart of beachy surf culture, and we both have a love for collecting bikinis. (I can relate to anyone with a beachy soul and a forward-thinking imagination, who's passionate about the creative process of design. Especially other girls who are constantly visualizing how bathing suits can be improved upon and made to look even cuter on the female body. Like Tori.)
Tori was lucky enough during her modeling days to meet the right people and make the right connections to manifest her bikini ideas, and turn them into her own eponymous line of swimwear... without even going to school to study fashion design. That accomplishment in itself is a total inspiration to me.
Her 2014 swim collection retains some of the same ruching, smocking, underwire cups, and other design elements from past seasons, but also incorporates a new style of crop tops and lots of macramé-- a sort of stretchy knotted crochet that creates interesting, intricate patterns. The color palette for the next year is very classy and "earthy," with muted oranges; plum and purple tones; taupe; gray; blue; and black, with a pop of bright turquoise. All colors that seem to transcend well from autumn to winter to summers on the beach.
What do you get when you add a hot fashion blogger to the already awesome Tavik Swimwear? A new collaborative line called the AGOGO collection, created by Tavik and model/blogger, Jennifer Humphrey. (I would just like to point out that I like her name, because I'm a dork and it's a character on Gossip Girl.) The So Cal-based brand has partnered with Jen to design a timeless, yet sexy, rock n’ roll-inspired swimwear collection that's sure to satisfy your fashion-forward taste-- especially if you're the type who wants something ahead of the curve with a hint of edge. Watch the video below to learn more about Jennifer and the collaboration, and check out her blog at agogo.com!
Some magic happening on the beach for the 2014 Indah swimwear collection!