Fred & Ginger Swim

In January I highlighted the wonderful Fred & Ginger, a lingerie company whose spring 2012 Candy Girl collection received some lovely feedback from readers for its playfully innocent charm and sorbet colours.  I’m delighted to share the new Fred & Ginger swimwear collection with you today – entitled The Midas Touch, each piece from the line is named after a goddess from Greek, Roman or Norse mythology.  This is one modern and opulent looking collection that will have you shimmering in the style of Aphrodite on the beach this summer.

Further inspiration for the collection came from Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Cleopatra’ – taking the elegance of Taylor’s portrayal of the Egyptian queen as a starting point for the designs and mixing it with some modern-day princess sparkle – black and gold glitter stretch mesh and lycra, and gold component details.

My favourite piece from the collection is the Freya bikini (image, top), a silky looking olive gold and nude lycra mesh two piece.  Close runner-up is the Juno swimsuit (second image), which has a lovely Grecian one shoulder style.  I like that there are several one pieces in the line because it allows for different shapes to choose what works for them.  I think bikinis look fabulous on curvaceous figures.  For someone like me who is quite petite and a little straight up and down, one pieces with some well positioned cut-outs can look fabulous. (Oh, FYI Blog Reader, my research tells me that ‘proper’ women in ancient Greece revealed nothing – one imagines therefore that going by this collection, the goddesses made their own rules…)

There is some cute flower cut-out detailing for the Athena one piece (image directly above) and a very bold cut-out with lace ties across the torso in Aurora, (below).

Whilst everything you touch may not turn into gold this summer – you’ll certainly be a vision of pure gold on the beach wearing this swim collection.  The Midas Touch is available to purchase on the Fred & Ginger website as of today.

“My breasts are full of love and life. My hips are round and well apart. Such women, they say, have sons” ~ Cleopatra movie quote (1963)

Swimwear images from Fred & Ginger. Cleopatra images here, here and here.

Thoughts, Blog Reader? Where do you buy your swimwear? Which goddess are you? And, are you a bikini or a one-piece lady…..?

“The Body Never Lies” ~ Martha Graham.

Last year I attended a wonderful talk on women’s rights and women’s clothes at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Although hard for me to imagine, the changes described in women’s dress since even the 1900s was quite startling.  I started to think about the evolution of lingerie too – women’s lingerie has evolved enormously since the 1920s when the introduction of elastic fabrics took the bra industry mainstream. Fast forward to the 1980s and my favourite clothing piece the bodysuit, no more an undergarment, was popularised by designers such as Donna Karen and immortalised by the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Images above from Elle.com / thisislandlife and Tush Magazine.

In another of my posts that combine fashion, lingerie and outerwear, I’m focusing on the one piece.  I think that a bodysuit is one of the most flexible and versatile pieces a woman can own; easily converting from day to night, from the casual to the dressy and elegant, from the basic to more risque.  Several versions of the one piece exist – teddies, rompers, bodysuits – each slightly different in style but all experiencing a major renaissance as a fashionable garment for women both as lingerie and as outerwear.

Here I’m wearing the black lace romper by Amber Sakai.  Amber has a number of sheer lace pieces in her spring collection and this one of my favourites.  Some of the other  one pieces I am coveting right now are:

Left to right, below: Bordelle Nouvelle Justine body; Dolce & Gabbana Peony- Print matte satin body available to buy here on Net-a-porter; Lascivious Midori bodysuit and The Lake and The Stars Monument stretch mesh body (click here to buy on Net-a-porter).

I’m also wearing my Aiko waistcoat by Lascivious (you really need to see the back of this piece, so I’ll do another post soon, I’ve been wearing it non-stop, Blog Reader) and the BCBG Max Azria Power Skirt bought during my trip to Montreal with the styling help of my friend Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou.

Do you own a bodysuit, Blog Reader? Are you as much of a fan of them as me?

Friday Swimwear Lust: 1 Sol Swimwear

I’m taking a break from Friday Lingerie Lust this week to write about Swimwear Lust.  I’m heading on holiday tomorrow, I’ll be driving a convertible around California for two weeks, visiting Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, San Francisco and then taking a route down the Big Sur to Los Angeles. I have high hopes for a big adventure, a lot of sun and plenty of time by the pool or at the beach.  This past month I’ve been exploring the new swimwear designers I met at Curve NY back in August to find some new inspiration…

Image above: Ben Cope

Unsurprisingly I have been drawn to a label based in California:  1 Sol Swimwear.  Both the design and the production of their swimwear takes place in their Los Angeles studios

At first I thought their range was too overtly sexy for me.  The 1 Sol woman is definitely someone who who exudes sexy (can you tell?!) and embodies confidence.  But their collection is also quite versatile, with something for everyone.  I learned that my favourite piece is a best seller – this asymmetrical swimsuit:

Image above: DJpremium

I love the coverage of this swimsuit and that fact that more coverage hasn’t led 1 Sol to compromise on the beauty of the design.

1 Sol have a lovely blog section of their website where they talk about a wide range of swimwear related issues – from how they set their pricing to how to feel confident in a swimsuit, you name it they’ve covered all the angles!

And so, whilst I scour Las Vegas for the nearest 1 Sol Swimwear boutique, you can enter my competition to win one of their asymmetrical one pieces.  The kind folks at 1 Sol have given me a one piece, size small (US 2-4; bust 33-34; cup size a/b; waist 26-27; hip 36-37) in black, to give away to readers in the US (UK readers I promise a competition for you next, it is long overdue… and I know I don’t do these often, just for the things I really love….)

To enter, you need to be a fan of 1 Sol on their Facebook Page.  Then leave me a comment below telling me about your favourite bikini /swimwear related image, it might be something iconic from the movies or a memory of your gran at the beach when you were younger… who knows.  I like hearing your thoughts and experiences!  I’ll pick a winner (in advance: I am going to be incredibly jealous of you) when I return from California – don’t forget to leave me your email address – good luck everyone and have a fabulous two weeks!!

For more information on 1 Sol Swimwear, visit their website here.