When it comes to bathing suits, I'm a sucker for this shade of pink. I'm also really starting to like fixed triangle tops like this, because I don't have to adjust them constantly when they start sliding around.
You can get Candice Swanepoel's Minimale Animale Stranger bikini at Nasty Gal. Unless I beat you to it. :)
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Watching the opening of the Mikoh Swimwear runway show made me smile inside, and reminded me of why I love Miami Swim Week! While some of the other fashion weeks around the world have a tendency to be somewhat uppity and exclusory, the designers that show in Miami keep things fun, relaxed, down-to-earth, and beachy with an island feel. The drum beats and continuous boom-boom hip shake of Mikoh's authentic hula dancers made me feel like I was at a luau surrounded by tiki torches on the west side of Oahu, and gave me the urge to get up and shake my own hips! Mikoh's collection was also very impressive to me, featuring absolutely perfect cuts, pretty prints, airy fabrics, ocean blues, coral pink, and enough black and white minimalist simplicity to keep my internal Calvin Klein-ish side satisfied.
Above: a few of my favorite pieces from the show. The bandeau set on the left and the romper on the right would make a pretty chic and comfy outfit.
Well, friends... Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami has commenced! What does this mean? Sweltering Florida heat; fashion tents; white runways; model castings; guest lists; bikinis everywhere you turn; and 4 days filled with trade show pandemonium, wherein brands from all corners of the world exhibit their latest array of swimwear designs for the coming year.
Last night, the famously skimpy brand of bathing suits known as Frankie's Bikinis debuted their 2015 swimwear collection in The Oasis tent at The Raleigh hotel, generating even more momentum for this trendy Malibu-based brand. Designed in California by the curvaceous beauty, Francesca Aiello, Frankie's Bikinis "aims to satisfy the needs of surfers who demand functionality and a great look when they hit the waves." Whether you surf or not, trust me, Frankie's is a brand that you're gonna want to be familiar with. Each bikini evinces the freedom of being a young, carefree beach girl, embodying a sense of unique creativity that stands out from the crowd. It's a style of swimwear that interweaves fashion-forward detailing and seamless silhouettes in a way that makes you feel sexy and powerfully feminine, yet also prudent and smart (for purchasing such a functional, wearable bathing suit). I wish that they would design ONE pair of bottoms with more bottom coverage for girls who are 25+, but still, Frankie's Bikinis is one of my top 10 best brands in the industry right now. I already have 2-3 favorites from the new collection that I'll be adding to my wish list.
Oh, and did I mention that Francesca -- the creative visionary behind the brand -- is also the youngest designer to ever show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?! (She's only 19. That's crazy...)
If anyone can make a bathing suit look glamorous enough for a night at a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's Miranda Kerr. She's wearing what looks like the Zimmermann "Sundown" one-piece that I saw at Largo Drive a few weeks ago. Spaghetti straps, a perfectly plunged neckline, and semi-sheer mesh panels (which are oh so hot right now) make this a one-piece fashionable enough to transcend the boundaries of the beach. Complement a high-class one-piece like this with a necklace, some earrings, a mini or pencil skirt, high-waisted woven or crocheted shorts, a shoulder bag and a slightly smoky eye for a polished summer look.