About Amore & Sorvete:
Within the first year of deciding to create their own label, their first collection for Summer 2009/10 was released gaining the attention from Fashion TV. After their runway show was broadcast nationally by Fashion TV and stocked in popular stores as; Brownies, Milc and Zara Bryson. Amore and Sorvete are now selling their second collection ‘Love & Icecream’ for summer 2010/11 to over 10 stores throughout Australia & Internationally with not only bathers but Kaftans, Maxi dresses and other stylish beachwear.
With only their second year in business these girls 21 & 23 years of age have a very bright future ahead of them and aspire to be one of the top designer swimwear labels in the Australian market.
Click here to see more on their website: amoreandsorvete.com
Bargain! $84, this super sweet one piece swim suit rocks with a graphic kick: The cut couldn’t be more old-school, the print more modern—together they create the stunning one-piece you’ll keep in constant rotation. Nylon/Lycra® spandex. Crisscross straps at back. Moderate coverage. Lined. Import. Madewell swimsuits are machine washable, but they recommend hand washing as it helps keep the fabric and the shape of the suit looking newer, longer. Buy it from here: www.madewell.com
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The Wetfox wetsuit bikini style suit designed by Byron Bay company Muther of All Things is a 2mm single lined super smooth catsuit, with cute bikini lined details and lycra edges, makes for the perfect surfing goddess wetsuit we’ve seen yet!
Sells for $599 from Muther of All Things
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Let’s face it, if you’re going to rock a hot swimsuit, you may as well enjoy yourself. Our favorite Swimwear Celeb of the moment is for sure Whitney Port. She has a great bikini fit body thanks to her dedication to working out a whole lot. But here at B i K i N i Palms HQ, we just love this girls attitude to having ‘fun in the sun’! She rocks style, class, fashion prowess and really just doesn’t give a damn!
Growing up on the beautiful beaches of Queensland and spending long, hot summers barefoot and only in togs inspired designer, Rebecca Manning, to create and launch her own swimwear line
— Rebecca Manning — August 2009
Made in Australia using luxurious Italian Lycra, Rebecca Manning presents edgy, structured bikinis through to chic, flirty one-pieces that will take you from lazy days at the beach to balmy nights at the poolside bar.
Combining her backgrounds in fine art and fashion, Bec uses her swimwear as a canvas for gorgeous hand–painted and vintage prints to create vibrant, fun pieces, while quirky bespoke charms
add a unique and eclectic flavour.
With an uncompromising commitment to quality, design and fit, Rebecca Manning is for all girls on beaches – everywhere.
Click here to see their Fashion TV Video collection
Karen Neilson’s latest summer 2010 collection said her retro range was inspired by old photographs of her mother and father at The Entrance, where they used to go on holiday as a young couple.
”My dad’s family had a beach house there. There were some great shots of them when they were young before they were married … I can remember holidaying there as a kid as well,” she said. Neilsen says she is particularly fond of the jukeboxes, milk bars and camping of the time.
”I just love that era,” she said, explaining she also drew on 1950s Hollywood icons such as Grace Kelly and the holiday resorts of Palm Springs in California.
With ruching, lace trim, pompoms, and frills – or ”little embellishments that remind me of the ’50s” as she calls them – Neilsen said she gets requests from interested older women despite her target market being aged 16 to 25.
”[It's] something that this new generation of teenagers haven’t seen, you know, so it’s all new to them, even though we may have seen it.”
Neilsen has been designing swimwear for almost 15 years. This is her second range in cotton, called ”Aloha Hearts & Flowers”.
A swimwear model once herself, Neilsen grew up in the 1970s with crochet bikinis.
”I just love swimwear, it’s just always been part of my life,” she said.
To see Karen Neilson’s Rosemount Fashion Video click here!
Sauvage Swimwear: San Diego, California. Designed and made in the USA – nice going!
Sauvage, is designed by Elizabeth Southwood, a local resident from San Diego, established Sauvage in San Diego and is proud to design and manufacture all of her swimwear products in the USA.
From the vintage inspired swimwear prints adorned with Swarovski crystals, to the edgy plunging v- necklines accentuated with gold chains, Southwood’s 2010 swimwear collection pushes the boundaries of high fashion, delivering her signature mix of sex appeal and style.
Fabrics and trims are selected primarily from the finest European fabric mills, but all swimwear production is in California.
Emobi Australian Swimwear – Made in Australia using a range of environmentally friendly water based dye, that minimize the impact on the beaches & waterways, combined with a premium breathable UPF 50+ fabric.
To buy these hot sunnies click here!
Mara Hoffman is a New York fashion designer whose line, Mara Hoffman, launched in 2000. Hoffman studied fashion design and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Mara Hoffman has evolved from collections featuring hand-dyed couture pieces to her current collections which concentrate heavily on original silk prints. Her line encompasses everything from swimwear to cashmere coats. Hoffman pulls her inspiration from nature, world travel and fantasy. Her work is shown on the runway during NY Fashion Week.
Australia’s Insight has consistently offered up solid, inexpensive, but fashion forward swimwear – different shapes and designs, and always some patterns that are interesting enough without becoming too much. (Nobody wants so many ruffles that your togs end up resembling a ballroom dancing gown.) This summer is no different.
This range includes a few one-piece numbers that are a happy medium between so fancy they can’t go into the water and Speedo racer bathers – skinny straps, ruched bodies and nice detailing. There are florals, studs, zippers and all kinds of shapes to suit different body types; from ’50s-inspired high-waist bottoms to barely there bandeau tops and pretty much everything in between.
More at insight51.com
“The idea was to create spellbinding works of art; what resulted was We Are Handsome. Born on the cusp of summer 2009, these colourful palettes of inspiration and finely shaped cuts recall the halcyonic, sun drenched days of old, of Indhra Chagoury’s big beautiful Queensland childhood, of Jeremy Jules Somers’ Big Bad Smoke.
We Are Handsome is the embodiment of Indhra and Jeremy and everyone else who has a love for the beautiful things in life. Their desire to create, design and share perfection has understandably made them a hit with the world, but We Are Handsome still remains true to their roots.
Every piece is 100% Australian designed, every thread is Australian sewn and every We Are Handsome suit is loved. We hope that you are too.”
Zafiro was established by Sarah Duncan in late 2010 in order to support local and international artisans and to contribute to community projects.
The bikinis are inexpensive starting as low as A$135. For the next month Zafiro will donate 5% of all online sales to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal to help Queenslanders affected by the recent floods.”
Surfers raise their arms in honour of the late Andy Irons (Haw) during a paddle out memorial service held at Middles Beach in Porta Del Sol, Puerto Rico today.
Irons’s friends Roy Powers (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW) lead the paddle out followed by fellow ASP World Tour surfers, friends, industry representatives and fans who carried bouquets of flowers which were scattered into the ocean in rememberance of the late Andy Irons (HAW).
Irons won three ASP World Championship title in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and was the only true rival to 9X ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). He is survived by both his parents, his brother Bruce and pregnant wife Lindy.
Source:www.popsugar.com – thanks!
Ok, so the stylesetters here are Bikini Palms HQ think that these Sydney kids from new bikini label ‘We are Handsome’ rock. They’re sure to make waves in the Australian designer swimwear industry this summer! Their designs are refreshing, urban meets sexy, the screen prints are delicate and detailed, their cuts are playful & stylish but grown-up lionesses will roarrrrrr!
This women can make a raggy olde inspired ‘beach towel’ poncho look hot, but don’t be fooled ladies……. unfortunately we’re not all blessed with Kate Moss’s stellar looks and devilish ageless charm! The final collection of Kate Moss for Topshop hits stores early November. Topshop will be ‘re-releasing’ 10 of her most famous Topshop items from the previous 13 collections. Plus a full 14th collection packed with Kate Moss greats like the cape hooded cardigan thingy below!
VIDEO of Ksubi Summer 2010/11 collection, click here
Hosted in a stunning huge open space in Sydney, the Ksubi Summer 2010/11 Fashion collection was a star studded affair before the catwalk show even began. Guests formed a large circle around the catwalk and only two front rows of seats were set out. The show started with a film of static noises and an image of a man dressed in black with a black balaclava, rolling around on a white floor, reminding me of a crazy person rolling around in a mental asylumt! Ha….. Then followed an image of the same masked character showing a sequence of notes up to screen like a terrorist, reading “don’t tell me, I know I’m wrong, I always am, but why does, shit take so long……. The models finally appeared. The collection showcased the label’s obsession with black, white and grey, stunningly simply lines and constructed designs, worn out distressed denims, oddly structured jeans, leathers, custom prints and even tailored suits.
VIDEO: A Tribute to Andy Warhol by Dom PérignonInspired by Warhol’s unconventional representation of icons, and the playful use of codes and colour in his work, Dom Pérignon commissioned the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design to reinterpret its timeless bottle. The result is a unique collection of three bottles, each with its distinct label in red, blue or yellow, paying homage to Warhol’s iconic colour games. The collection will be vintage 2002 Dom Pérignon champagne.
These limited edition bottles will be available to the public starting October 15th for $150 each and can be found at fine wine purveyors nationwide. Get your bottles, they’re definitely a collector’s item!
Eklund has lived all over the African continent, including Ghana, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Born in Germany to an American father and an Ethiopian mother, she attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in environmental economics and policy. It was during her time in California that Eklund first realized African beachwear could be popular in the West.
Each colorful Bantu swimsuit in this year’s collection is entirely manufactured in Ethiopia, but in the future, Bantu may take its show on the road and produce collections and accessories in other African nations. Bantu’s swimsuit patterns are taken from the centuries-old West African textile industry that originated with the wax cloth in cities lsuch as Dakar, Senegal, Abidjan, and Cote d’Ivoire. The juxtaposition of colors and patterns reflects the weaver’s identity, character, and beliefs. For instance, magenta is for “good health through the hybrid of red and blue, which is both stimulating and calming,” Eklund says, and orange is for “energy and inspiration vitalized by the fiery clash between yellow and red.” By bridging the chasm between African beach culture and the West, Bantu will serve as a vehicle for economic growth in Africa—and a sexy alternative for trips to Montauk.
Even though our summer Fridays are numbered, it’s nice to know that we can act philanthropic by looking ahead to next summer’s dalliances. For an added dash of masochism, check out the Bantu-sponsored surfers—they’re guaranteed to make you feel terrible about those looming cubicle walls.
At Bikini Palms HQ, we think this $48 Nylon/Tricot suit is perfect for those bathing goddesses who like to go a little incognito. Pop on a cute skirt après swim for a chic day look! A one-piece halter bathing suit with a sexy V-neck and deep hood, perfect for keeping the sun off your face. Great for the beach or as a bodysuit with shorts, pants or a skirt. Click here to buy girls!
Gottex, the iconic swimwear brand is one of, actually it is our favorite brands here at Bikini Palms. Gottex was originally established in 1956 and since it’s inception, Gottex has always been associated with Quality, Fashionable and Glamorous après wear.
Since it’s creation Gottex has been, and still remains, the key brand on retailer’s vendor matrixes. It is showcased in New York as part of New York Fashion Week, for the Spring/Summer Collections, where it is seen as a fashion leader in the Swimwear Business.
Since June 2009 Gottex has enjoyed new acclaim and a new generation of followers and critics, after ‘Head of Design’ Molly Grad joined the company.
After graduating from the prestigious design school Central Saint Martins in 2001 with a distinction in Womenswear – for which she won the L’Oreal award for Best Collection at Graduating Show, Molly has embarked on an incredible career assisting some of the best international designers within the Industry.
After successfully completing her BA degree Molly spent nearly 4 years assisting Stella McCartney as a key member of both the design ethos, and the production process.
Post this insightful period, Molly then returned to Central Saint Martins to complete her MA in Women’s Wear. It was during her MA that Molly was awarded 1st prize in the Prestigious Chloe Award by Creative director Phoebe Philo, and esteemed London fashion Critic and writer Hilary Alexander.
After graduating with her MA, with yet another Distinction, Molly moved straight into the position of Senior Consultant for YSL. She worked directly alongside Stefano Pilati: Creative Director of the international Fashion Power-House in Paris, a position she fulfilled until she was hired as senior designer at Gianfranco Ferre in Milan.
As well as coveted awards for her designs, Molly has also received great acclaim, and awards for her illustrative skills, including both the Colin Barnes and Nina De Yorke award.
For Spring / Summer 2011, Molly Grad was inspired by nature, water and sunsets. She wanted to share her inspirations, creating an upbeat and fun mis en scene in her current 2011 Spring collection. Synonymous for defining the feminine form, the curves, she gently accentuates her clothes by color, detail and the high quality of materials used. She has overcome the limitations of fabric by offering us a line with colorful textures. Molly has brilliantly used a variety of materials. We see, extravagant pieces bathing in glitter, lame’, lycra with metallic finishes and lace. The colors were equally eye-catching, bright blues, reds, corals, greens and even the use of black! There were draped straps falling on the shoulders enhancing the neckline and hips.
View the French version of this review at our sister site Triptyqu3.com.
Video, click here for the behind the scenes Baku swimwear shoot in Hawaii
Australian swimwear label Baku has enlisted the help of Nicole Trunfio (we heart her at Bikini Palms, she’s so flawlessly effortlessly stunning) and a flock of exotic birds to feature in their latest summer campaign. The collection featuring vibrant tropical colours, floral prints and sleek, sculptural styles also marks the brand’s 10 year anniversary.
The former host of Make Me a Supermodel (US) was photographed lazing about on the beaches of Hawaii by fellow Australian, photographer Chris Colls. The collection is designed to give women confidence through slimming one pieces with tummy control technology, along with speciality D, DD and E cup fittings.
Sue Di Chio is a Sydney based Fashion designer who has inspired us to get more ‘chic’ at the beach with her whimsical fresh beach wear and stunning designer beach umbrellas!
About SUBOO: Sue Di Chio, the director of a successful fashion recruitment agency, conceived the idea for SUBOO beach accessories while scouring Sydney stores for a fashionable and functional beach umbrella. Unable to find a product that met the quality and design aesthetic she sought, she realised there was a gap in the market and went about creating the modernised version of the retro beach umbrella.
Bold signature prints in eye catching colours form the basis of the SUBOO design philosophy. SUBOO beach umbrellas are inspired by the world’s most famous beach destinations and are aptly named after these exotic locations. They feature fringe detailing, durable high quality fabrics, matching travel cases and are luxurious yet functional.
Following an extremely successful debut in 2007, SUBOO quickly established a loyal customer following and is now stocked by over 100 premimum retailers throughout Australia and New Zealand.
SUBOO beach accessories celebrate our love of summer and our obsession with the outdoors. Expect to see the bold colours of SUBOO prints dotted across Australian beaches and popping open at picnics everywhere.
Jennifer Hawkins for Cozi
Jessica Hart for Seafolly
Samantha Harris for Seafolly
Juliana Forge for Seafolly exclusive collection 2010
The ‘face of Kooey’ Perth model Emily C is an Indigenous Australian
Megan Gale for Isola
Miranda Kerr for Victoria’s Secret
Tahnee Atkinson for Bond-Eye Swimwear
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Rope Jewellery, made by Tamila Purvis, fab large knotted rope neckpieces and bracelets in black and naturalOctober 10th, 2010 by BP | No Comments | Filed in Swimwear News
Click here to watch the 2010 Luli Fama Video Show at Mercedes Fashion Week Miami: Luli Fama Fashion Week 2010 Video
From Miami Fashion Week 2010 this video interview with Luli Fama at her Fashion Show showcases her unexpected design techniques…. think Amazon goddess meets 70′s Bond beach babe. The Luli Fama 2010 swimwear collection has used playful parsley colorful prints, bold 70′s inspired patterns with turquoise, browns, yellows and oranges consistently worked into her entire collection. Sparkling solid color mixed lycra tops and polkadot bottoms, swarovski crystals, gold metal stamped hoops, soft ruffles and bikini bottoms that are so daringly cut, oh, ha!
Click here São Paulo Fashion Week, Summer 2010: The Bikini to watch this top video from IMG Miami with celebrity Brazillian designers explaining why Brazilian swimwear is designed in the way it is, to excentuate and celebrate the feminine form.
Paola Robba creations shown during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo
Click on the link here to watch her stunning video V Del Sol Swim 2010
Stunning fashion forward collection from a former Miss France, Véronique de la Cruz, young oh so Frenchie oh so chic fabrics, stunning creative sexy one piece designs, beautiful cut feminne bottoms, love love love it!
In an attempt to house and profile as many of Australia’s talented swimwear designers, we’d like to make a call out!
If you are an Australian swimwear fashion designer and are looking to sell your collection online with us directly focusing on the USA (we’re based in New York City) send us as email with you current lookbook: office (at) bikinipalms (dot) com