Top Swimwear Picks – SS 2013

Hello, Bikini Fashionistas! Summer is quickly approaching and it’s time to start scouting the newest swimwear trends for the upcoming season. Our BF team is excited to prepare you for your poolside adventures. We rounded up our fave swimwear designers for 2013. Check out the videos for #Bikini Inspiration!

Aqua Di Lara Swim!

The Bikini Fashionista visited La Maison Ishi in Montreal to check out the fabulous Aqua Di Lara swimsuits designed by innovative designer, Reyhan Sofraci. Upon arriving, Erica Crowder of the Aqua Di Lara team greeted bikini lovers into a showroom of swimsuit frenzy complemented by sweet treats. Read our interview with Reyhan Sofraci:

What do you like about swimwear? You can create so many different styles and variations out of the smallest piece of fabric, it’s thrilling!

What type of material do you like to use? I like to use materials that serve as protection by adding a layer to your skin. UV resistent and quick to dry materials are Aqua Di Lara staple fabrics. We want our consumers to feel like they are not wearing a bathing suit.

What are your best selling swimsuits? The mesh swimsuits are really in, as well as the Diamante and the Estia swimsuit.

La Maison Ishi was such a pleasant venue for the sale, known as an excellent spa service that hosts many events, it’s a definite fave spa of ours and we highly recommend bikini fashionistas to check it out!

Don’t forget to read our Aqua Di Lara post for MB Fashion Week Swim! Read our full coverage here. The collection consists of dreamy, classic and edgy elements. Sweet beach cover ups and bright crisp colors – this is luxury swimwear, inside & out, the lining is made to caress your body offering ultimate comfort and quality. Shop Aqua Di Lara!

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Miami Coast Show!

The Bikini Fashionista’s intern, Olivia Fullerton went to the Miami Coast Show to scope out the Spring-Summer 2012 trends for swimwear. Olivia got a full preview on what will be seen at the beach next season, check out her full report!

The Miami Coast show was held at the Moore building, in the budding downtown design district of Miami.  The Miami Coast show consisted of a plethora of fantastic vendors featuring the latest trends for the upcoming season.  Brands such as  BCBG Generation, Charlotte Ronson and Estivo were amongst the many name brands present at the trade show.  I was so excited to explore every booth, as I made my way through the racks, excitement was in the air, buyers and representatives negotiating and making orders.  Here is what I enjoyed the most at the Miami Coast show!

Eberjey which means “joy” in Nigerian is a sassy swimwear line that offers bikini fashionistas cute and trendy prints to wear by the pool side.  I absolutely loved their prints, from polka dots to leopard print, there is a style for every type of swimwear lover.  Eberjey is for the girl who is simply elegant, I can definitely picture myself wearing this brand at a Yacht party in Saint Tropez!

 Eberjey also makes cute beach cover-ups, shorts and also lingerie, you can shop Eberjey online at!

Estivo swimwear  is like a body glove, catering to all shapes and sizes. Comfort and trend collide in this stylish Colombian brand.

Estivo swimwear is an absolute favorite, always keeping in mind the diversity of a woman’s curves, Estivo embraces all shapes and sizes offering tropical designs with a hint of glam to swimwear fanatics. The Colombian brand offers fun and exciting prints paired with bright colours for Spring-Summer 2012.

Accessories are always of the utmost importance for a bikini fashionista, I could not resist the new House of Harlow sunglasses! They have newly expanded into eyewear and I already favorited so many styles that I absolutely want for next season. Lookout for red and yellow frames on the beach next season!

Olivia Fullerton for The Bikini Fashionista

Style LA: Swim & Resort 2011

The Bikini Fashionista’s intern, Erica Hernandez, went to the Style LA Swim & Resort show to check out the latest trends in beach attire! Celebrities arrived on the red carpet, ready to enter the fabulous Drai’s Hollywood and mingled amongst LA’s hottest bikini fashionistas. The Style LA Swim & Resort show is a fantastic charity event benefitting the Operation of Hope organization. This fabulous fashion show was presented by IT, “Beautiful Hair is IT” and brought  LA’s finest fashion crowd toghether. The Bikini Fashionista’s intern went to scope out the scene:

The Style LA runway was awesome, models strutted down the catwalk wearing the latest  Swim & Resort trends!

Alexis Bellino of Real Housewives of Orange County hosted the event!

The designer showcase was fantastic, Naven was a definite favorite. We loved all the bright colors introduced in Naven’s latest collection.  Perfect resort wear for the bikini fashionista who likes to stand out, Naven is fun and reminiscent of the festive spirit of Ibiza! Nina Ricci’s bikinis showcased a 1960’s Barbie look mixed with a sophisticated timeless edge. Classic & flattering to the body, Nina Ricci’s designs consisted of soft colors that would suit all skin tones.

IT, “Beautiful Hair is IT”

At Style LA, we spotted Alexis McClay, half of the fabulous designer Twins behind Naven!


Idalia: A bikini fashionista knows what type of swimwear flatters her body, she  is not afraid to wear bold designs and colors on the beach. Last of all she “owns it” wherever she goes!

Tanya & Brandee:  A bikini Fashionista is someone who alway looks good no matter where she travels.  She loves to keep up with the latest swimwear trends and wants to look good by the pool side at all times!

Gabriella: A Bikini fashionista is someone who decides they are entitled to look good in a bikini!

Amazing  jewelry by Ziba!

Erica Hernandez for The Bikini Fashionista

Natalya Toporova Swimwear Show!

The Bikini Fashionista went to check out Miami designer, Natalya Toporova’s fashion show! Natalya Toporova’s swimsuit designs scream Bikini Fashionista, therefore we had to cover the event!  Natalya’s high-end swimwear collection consists of one of a kind pieces that are precisely made to accentuate a woman’s curves.  As a client of Natalya Toporova, I can attest to the quality invested in her swimsuits designs. The bright, playful colors, adorned by cute details create a sweet contrast that every bikini fashionista will love.  Fun cut-outs, juicy colors and unique designs characterize Toporova’s luxury swimwear. The Bikini Fashionista absolutely loved every second of Toporova’s fashion show and highly recommends you to shop!

The Bikini Fashionista loves the tropical colors displayed in Natalya Toporova’s collection!

I loved this lolita style bikini by Natalya Toporova, sexy & festive “por la playa”!

This color combination in Toporova’s swimwear line is pure bliss!

The Bikini Fashionista owns her custom-made version of this bikini and swears by it, so comfortable!

Sexy cut-outs, bright colors and a unique neckline create a one of a kind bikini to sport at the beach. You will get everyone’s attention in this edgy number!

Sexy details & stripes, perfect for the urban fashionista who loves this style of swimwear!

The Bikini Fashionista favorited this swimsuit by Natalya Toporova, perfect for Miami Beach!

Nadine (Friend) & The Bikini Fashionista

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Photo Credits: John Smith

Daniela Millan Jewelry!

At The Lifestyle Retreat Lounge, we got to know jewelry designers Daniela and Lorena Millan of Daniela Millan Jewelry. Sisters and business partners, the Millans birthed their one of a kind jewelry line out of Daniela’s college dorm room. Officially launched in 2009 and based in Mexico City, Mexico, the inspiration behind the line stems from the designers love of multi-culturalism and hand-crafted elegance. Their designs made with ever-refined artistic wire, each piece is hand-made to perfection by the designers themselves. A lover of fine jewelry and sexy swimwear alike, The Bikini Fashionista asked questions for every fashionista:

Who is the Daniela Millan woman?

The Daniela Millan woman is classic, sophisticated and loves to be chic! She isn’t afraid to take risks and experiment with color. She has a style of her own!

What is Daniela Millan’s best selling piece?

Our leather bracelets are a client favorite starting at $83!

What is trending in jewelry designs at the moment?

Big stones and statement pieces are trending and can be seen on every runway this summer season!

Describe Daniela Millan in 3 words…

Sophisticated, unique, feminine… That’s our client!

Daniela Millan designs are every bit of sophistication as the collection is known for the use of intricate techniques like crochet. Available at and Isa Boutique in Midtown Miami respectively, Daniela Millan is making waves in sunny Miami Beach and beyond. Stay Tuned for more exclusive coverage of Daniela Millan at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012. Visit:

Shekinah Johnson
for The Bikini Fashionista

Saha Swimwear!

The Bikini Fashionista spotted the “Papillon Peacock” swimsuit by Saha Swimwear and knew it was love at first sight! The bold print and beautiful colors emote influences of exotic nature. The assymetric neckline is beautiful and is adorned by a shoulder ruffle, last of all the bottoms have a sexy hipster cut, that is flattering to the silhouette!

Saha Swimwear will be at The Swimwear Show, July 16th-19th – Booth 474!

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Maya Swimwear!

Maya swimwear is a highly recognized luxe swimsuit brand! Celebrities select Maya Swimwear as their top pick for beach attire and love the  sensuous cuts and details that showcase  a woman’s curves.

The captivating colors and patterns used in Maya Swimwear appease the thirst of every bikini fashionista who is quenching for the best designer bikini.

Designer Carolina Dinardi assures that comfort and style collide in her fashionable bikinis. Take a look at the Maya Swimwear 2012 collection, their designs are breathtaking!

Maya Swimwear will be at the Swimwear Show , July 16th-19th – Booth 366!

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