13 posts tagged "Lisa Marie Fernandez"
The craze for surfing—or, at the very least, its stylish accoutrements—has taken hold coast to coast of late, but Miami’s got a better claim on wave-rider style than many other locales: It’s hard to get closer to the water. Starting this week, surfin’ birds down south can head to Miami’s the Webster, which is opening Surf the Webster, a shop-in-shop stocked with the fashion world’s best beach-ready gear. There’s swimwear from Lisa Marie Fernandez, Sundek, and Tori Praver (above right); clothes and gear from Saturdays, New York’s surf store du jour; accessories from Fouta (above left); and even a board, made exclusively for the Webster by Baron Wells. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to the Surfrider Foundation, too. All that’s missing: lessons. But dressing the part has got to be at least half the battle.
Tori Praver bikini top, $105, and bottom, $85, and Fouta beach blanket, $126, available at Surf the Webster, opens tomorrow and stays up through the summer at the Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, (305) 674-7899, www.thewebstermiami.com.
What: Bikinis to transform you into a Bond girl.
Why: Stylist-designed lines (from L’Wren Scott to ALC) tend to be spot-on for a girl’s fashion needs. Lisa Marie Fernandez’s brand-new collection cuts bikinis from a luxe neoprene that’s sexy, sporty, and functional. Translation: You’ll look amazing and your bathing suit won’t slip or get flimsy by Labor Day. I’m split between the scuba-inspired tankini and the retro-chic bikini. But if you happen to decide on one today, it’s not too late to get one for the holiday weekend.
Where: $275 to $355 at www.lisamariefernandez.com, newly launched today. Or at Net-a-Porter.com, Kirna Zabête, and Barneys New York.
My reaction to hearing that a cool stylist has whipped up a little collection is the polar opposite to the eye-rolling exasperation triggered by the latest pop tart doing, say, T-shirts. So I was thrilled this week to run into Lisa Marie Fernandez, who told me she has a new line of swimwear. Unwittingly, Fernandez has been researching a bathing suit collection all her life. She’s studied girls on beaches all over the world—Vietnam, Bali, India, St. Bart’s—and claims to be able to pinpoint nationality by bikini alone. Her own closet hold over 300 bikinis, tankinis, maillots, and what have you, ranging from $25 nothings to $700 somethings that naturally don’t get wet. (This is a girl who has her tailor refit her swimwear!) Her collection, however, called Lisa Marie Fernandez, harkens back to the suits she and her business partner/childhood friend Kristi Zoldi wore as girls in the eighties. Crafted from a luxurious neoprene-like material—that’s never been used for swim before—they’re clean-lined, with some styles color-blocked and zippered like scuba suits. It’s a sexy, strong, athletic look that’s very Ursula Andress-as-Bond girl. The different styles are named after friends who would actually wear them, e.g., the KK scuba suit-like halter bikini for surfing Kelly Klein; the Genevieve with a higher-cut bottom preferred by Genevieve Jones; and the Leigh (above), a zippered black bustier bikini loved by Leigh Lezark. Fernandez has been showing them all week to the likes of Barneys and Kirna Zabête. Best of all, these are made to use. “They look better wet,” says Fernandez.