As all you Bikini Fashionistas recollect, we are avid fans of MimiHammer Swim, Camille Forcherio never ceases to amuse us with her tantalizing designs. For this upcoming season, she pulls her inspiration from the ever famous Hawaiian beach shirts seen on the drug dealer types of the ever blooming 70′s era. She embraces the dark side of the Carribean drug culture and translates it onto edgy and cool swimwear. What a unique fashion story!
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Talented designer Mauricio Esquenazi of Peixoto Swim highlights the importance of the swimsuit as being more than accessory, he believes that it’s all about keeping comfort and style in mind. Upon corresponding with the Peixoto team, we let them know how much we loved the Amore Puro bikini from the 2012 collection, “Such is the life in the Tropics”. Inspired by elements found In the tropics, Peixoto echoes nature’s scenery onto their swimsuit creations. This beautifully made bikini embraces tropical essence, marrying a bright orange and green combination to create a look that is reminiscent of the rainforest. The Bikini Fashionista absolutely loves the feel of the luxurious fabric as well as the practical fit. The rippled bottoms hug the hips with ample stretch and comfort. The ruched bottoms adds a little “give” to the bottom area which is perfect. We interviewed Miami based designer Mauricio Esquenazi about his stylish yet functional swimsuit brand, read our full interview and view our favorited Peixoto bikini, Amore Puro!
What is the inspiration behind Peixoto swimwear?
Peixoto seduces through mystery and confidence. I find it to be more interesting and flirtatious when things are left to the imagination, therefore Peixoto gives women a sexy swimsuit that does not cross the line to vulgar. For example, Peixoto’s signature cut is a cross between the tiny style that reveals too much and the overly large brief that often conceals feminine beauty. When I am designing I think of my girlfriend and the bikinis she would wear when vacationing with my family at a resort somewhere in the Caribbean.
I started designing almost three years ago. My background is marketing and advertising, but I have always been very passionate about the fashion industry and grew up around it in my grandfather’s lingerie factory in Colombia. It was not until three years ago that I found myself getting into what has become Peixoto.
If I could live on a beach, just wearing a swimsuit and enjoying the sun, I would! I started Peixoto after noticing that my friends always had a hard time finding a swimsuit with the right fit, at the right price. Swimsuits were either too big, covering too much; or too small, revealing too much — neither of which is appealing. I also noticed how women complained about the fit because the swimsuit bottoms were too tight and would dig into their hips. My love for the beach and the void in the market led me to begin working on Peixoto.
We use elastane/nylon from the top textile manufacturers in Colombia to ensure a long lasting product. All the prints are original, produced and printed exclusively for Peixoto.
In July, Peixoto will be at Salon Allure in Miami Beach to showcase our 2013 collection and to spread the word about our swimwear, we want our brand to be available to women around the world!
The Bikini Fashionista team is excited about the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection – “Color me Lovely”, lookout for updates on Peixoto Swim!
The SAGA woman is young at heart, sophisticated and independent. She is a bikini fashionista who searches high and low for the next big thing rather than settling for current trends. The Saga swimwear ladies sent us some swimsuits to review, we absolutely fell in love with their cutting edge designs. The Bikini Fashionista loves Saga swimwear, unique & edgy, Saga offers hot monokinis, luxury one-pieces and sexy bikinis for swimwear lovers who want to remain unique on the beach. Inspired by travel, each Saga piece is named after an international airport! Check out Saga swimwear on our BF model, Anna and read our interview with Saga!
What is the inspiration behind Saga swimwear?
Travel is the inspiration behind SAGA Swimwear. I travel a lot and each place I go I learn something new about cultural differences, foods, landscapes, design and myself. Each trip or the anticipation for each journey is the excitement I want to convey through my work.
When did you start designing?
I officially started designing swim in 2000, when my mother bought me my very own sewing machine and I started design school. I grew up with custom made clothes that I designed and a grandma that beaded ball gowns. Growing up in San Francisco, when it was still a manufacturing hub, I had the luxury of shopping sample sales from a very young age.
What about swimwear excites you? Why did you decide to design swimwear?
Although most girls cringe at the thought of swimwear, they actually forget all of that when they are on vacation enjoying beaches and the company of those they love. I found a gap in the market: I feel that swimwear is always designed for the girl that lives in her bikini rather than a urbanite that escapes in hers. I wanted city girls to have a voice in swimwear, that is what I have accomplished with Saga swimwear. I love the restrictions of swimwear, there is only so much space to work with and how clever you use your space sets you apart as a designer.
A bikini fashionista is my business partner, Alex. The girl that just can’t get enough swimwear, she needs bikinis, monokinis, one-pieces, itsy bitsy swim and anything that makes her stand apart. Once you get into swimwear you realize you can’t just have one. You need them for parties and you need different ones to balance your tan lines.
The Narita swimsuit is our number one selling suit, we can barely keep them in stock.
Love Beach Flip Flops are comfortable and innovative, their carefully enginneered arch support provide bikini fashionistas ultimate comfort wether wearing them on the beach or to a nice summer outing, these sandals are versatile. Love Beach offers fancy flip flops in a variety of cute designs and colors, adorned by jeweled pieces. The Love Beach team gifted the bikini fashionista the Peacock Turquoise flip flops, we absolutely love them! Read our interview with Love Beach!
Yes – LB is a brand new brand that has just launched this spring. LB is available online and in a growing number of retail locations throughout Canada.
LB was designed to fuse good looks with foot-friendly comfort and support. Patents are currently pending on the combination of arch support, with gel cushion heels and TPU uppers that gently hug your feet. The corrosion resistant gold-plated pendants are safe even for saltwater beach environments. You can wear these with your favorite bikini at the pool or beach, or pair them with a sundress for a girl’s lunch out.
The Peacock Turquoise is an early favorite for its artwork and pendant. The Pure White style is popular for destination and beach weddings. The Midnight is a popular pick because black goes with everything!
China Swimwears provides cute swimsuits for the whole family, find anything for your little ones and yourself on their website. They sent the Bikini Fashionista numerous amounts of samples in the mail, we absolutely loved this cute tankini set, which is perfect for the swimwear lover who likes to wear more coverage. The cute color combination and racer back is perfect for a sporty femme on the go who still loves to have that cute feminine touch added to her beach attire. Visit ChinaSwimwears.com
Saha swimwear has incredibly beautiful swimsuits for summer 2012. When shopping Saha for beach attire, it is hard to choose a favorite, as there are so many fantastic high-end designs to purchase! From romantic florals to versatile and sexy solids, Saha offers swimwear to every type of beach lover. We especially love their luxurious one-pieces, they are perfectly made to contour the body effortlessly. The Bikini Fashionista annexed her favorite Saha swimsuits, here are her top picks, which one do you like?