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Not All One-Pieces Are Created Equal

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swimsuit-blogIt’s no secret we’re big fans of a good one-piece swimsuit. Most devotees will say that a woman in a maillot oozes elegance and class, and Princess Deena Al-Juhani Abdulaziz recently noted that, “historically, women who wear one-pieces have always had better taste.” However, last week we spotted some versions on the Miami Swim Week runways that were not so worthy of this favorable description. While many of the trends left us eager to grab our SPF and head to the beach, a barrage of questionable swimwear stomped down the runway, proving that not all one-pieces are created equal. Some renditions appeared to channel sexed-up rodeo clowns, and others would have made more sense in Fifty Shades of Grey than the beach. Sparkling stars and bondage straps at the shore? Try explaining those tan lines.

Via HuffingtonPost.

Photos: Getty Images

Katie Gallagher Hits the Beach

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Katie Gallagher's Swimwear Katie Gallagher‘s designs have often been pegged as “vamp,” but that doesn’t mean she shies away from the sun. Over the weekend, the young designer debuted a ten-piece swimwear capsule with an intimate presentation during Miami Swim Week. Gallagher reinterpreted some of her signature bodysuits—often best-sellers in her ready-to-wear collections—in waterproof materials, “so it came to me naturally,” she told Style.com. Highlights here included convertible wrapping tops, slightly retro full-coverage briefs, and sleek maillots scattered with cutouts—all offered in a neutral black-and-white palette. Gallagher added that she will include lots of powdery carnation pinks in her forthcoming Spring ’14 lineup. Despite facing a lizard in her shoe and a cockroach in her hotel room during her Florida stay, Gallagher definitely plans to do more swimsuits in the future.

Designer Diary: Mara Hoffman’s Postcard From Miami Swim Week

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Miami Swim Week comes to a close today, and on Saturday, New York-based designer Mara Hoffman sent her collection of mysticism-inspired maillots down the runway. Here, Hoffman takes us behind the scenes of her show and shares some personal snaps from her trip exclusively with Style.com.

Mara Hoffman's latest swim collection

When we arrived in Miami for Swim Week, we got right to work on the show. We only had two full days to pull it all together. This season, the collection was inspired by mythology and the mysticism of India. We wanted the show to be a celebration of color and vibrancy, and Miami is the perfect place to do that.

Mara Hoffman's makeup test

Our first day was full of castings, and hair and makeup tests with Nick Irwin from TIGI and Lori Taylor from Smashbox. We decided on a third eye tattoo as part of the makeup look, which we actually made ourselves.

Mara Hoffman's accessories

The day before the show, we had fittings from morning to night. My stylist, Richard Ruiz, and I sorted accessories, which are from a collab that we did with the Web site L-atitude. They are awesome Indian tribal bracelets and necklaces that were inspired by vintage-market finds in Jaipur, India. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Mara Hoffman’s Postcard From Miami Swim Week” »

Lookin’ Pretty, Handsome

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We Are Handsome's Spring '14 CollectionFounded in 2009 by Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Jules Somers, Australia-based swimwear label We Are Handsome has quickly amassed an international cult following with its hypersaturated, photo-screened maillots. Since Handsome’s first formal collection—appropriately dubbed The Pictures—Chagoury and Somers have printed snarling jungle cats, idling koi in black marble fountains, and wild horses galloping with sun-drenched equine folly across their sportive wares. But at this year’s Miami Swim Week (which starts tomorrow), the designers will unveil a more cosmic and spiritual image bank with their latest lineup, The Divine, which will be available this November.

“It’s about making sure we don’t miss out on what the universe is showing us while we are engrossed in our everyday lives,” Chagoury told Style.com from Sydney. That concept translates particularly well in their migration motif. Debuting exclusively here, the print depicts citrus-pink spoonbills fleeing from a post-storm sky. Continue Reading “Lookin’ Pretty, Handsome” »

Model Slash: Swimwear Designer Tori Praver

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They’ve got the face, the body, a portfolio full of ad campaigns and editorials shot by top photographers in the industry, and a runway roster to match. But with our new “Model-Slash” feature, Style.com profiles girls whose ambitions and drive extend beyond the catwalk.

Life is a beach for IMG model Tori Praver (pictured), who was discovered at age 12 while shopping with her mom at a local grocery store in Maui, then went on to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2007-2009 (and other publications including Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour). In 2008, the blonde bombshell parlayed her experience modeling swimsuits into designing them when she launched her own namesake swimwear line, which has doubled in sales every year since. This Saturday, Praver will present her new Resort ’13 collection during Miami Swim Week (which officially kicks off Thursday) with a cocktail party at Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster. “I love the feeling of being in Miami at this time. Everyone is so excited to show their suits and there is such a good summer vibe everywhere,” Praver, who is showing for her fourth time at Swim Week, told Style.com. She continued, “It’s my chance to show new designs to every major swim buyer and editor in the industry at one time—and it only happens once a year.”

Growing up surfing in Hawaii, Praver had “literally drawers and drawers of bikinis, and always saw herself designing them down the road.” To get things going, however, she needed an extra push. “I was on a Sports Illustrated shoot and told the editor, ‘Well, one day I want to have my own swimwear line,’ and the editor responded, ‘Why wait? You should start it now,’ ” Praver explained. “So I did, and somehow the stars aligned.” No kidding—Praver just so happened to meet the owner of a swimwear factory while vacationing, then before she knew it, she was drawing silhouettes in her down time and churning out samples. “The whole thing has definitely been learn-as-I-go, and I made a lot of mistakes, but it was just for fun and not my main source of income. I never expected it to become a job in and of itself,” Praver said. At this point, it appears Praver’s bathing suit business has, in fact, eclipsed her modeling career—the line is now sold at top retailers like Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Webster, and Intermix.

Each piece (sold separately) is double-lined, seamless, and often features Praver’s signature, flattering micro-ruching. “The best part is actually seeing girls and, believe it or not, sometimes their moms and even grandmothers at the beach in my suits,” she says. In the future, she plans to introduce a small capsule of ready-to-wear (cover-ups, mostly) and continue to grow her brand organically. And when she’s not on business in New York, Praver makes sure she gets plenty of beach time—let’s call it research? “The L.A. area is definitely more laid-back. That’s where I’m doing most of the actual designing, meeting with my factory, maybe surfing, and definitely a lot of yoga,” says Praver, who considers Venice Beach home (where she lives with her fiancé, pro surfer Danny Fuller, who recently snagged the new Chanel Allure Homme Sport fragrance campaign).

Photo: Courtesy of Tori Praver