Rigby & Peller Swimwear

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RigbyandPeller_swim_swimsuit_onepiece_1Just before my vacation to the Canary Islands earlier this month, I made time to pick up some pieces on my vacation-wish-list at (and have a much needed catch up with) Rigby & Peller and I also heard about some of the exciting new developments at the label.  Predominantly a lingerie brand and retail destination both online and via their beautifully laid out boutiquesI admire them for their passion about fit and expert styling, which you can read more about HERE.

Rigby & Peller have expanded to offer a swim collection, including their own label designs.  Overall what you will find is a super flattering collection of one pieces and bikinis where loving attention has been paid to support and lift.

I picked this azure one-piece out from the Conduit Street boutique’s swim collection and it was something I truly loved wearing on holiday.  Created with a sweetheart neckline and ruched panels twisted across the torso and adorned with gold clasps,  it was the perfectly accompaniment to the summer sunrise.

Azure blue is said to be the colour of ‘true contentment’; something that inspires determination and ambition to achieve great things, and a sense of purpose in striving for goals.  This is also what a two week vacation can do for you, but the suit really did give me the head start :)

To see more Rigby & Peller swim click HERE.  Photos: @societemember

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?