Be A Bond Girl: Bordelle Swim Collection

When one of my favourite lingerie brands moves into swimwear, you can guarantee a flurry of activity as I book various beach holidays and plot my next move to Capri.  Bordelle, a provocative, dominant and sexy lingerie brand, have designed a collection of swimwear guaranteed to bestow on you immediate Bond Girl status.

Curve enhancing lines, a hint of bondage and inspiration from the likes of Honey Ryder (the bikini-clad entrance of Ursula Andress in Dr No is an unforgettable Bond Girl moment) makes for a stunning collection.

The aptly named Bond-Age bikini set (image top of post) comes with moulded underwire cups and side boning for added structure.  The set comes in three shades: black, ivory and poppy red each with shimmering honey.

For those who prefer a little more coverage, Bordelle have designed several beautiful one pieces, like the Olympia swimsuit (image below).  The piece de resistance however has to be the Bond-Age swimsuit, modeled on the brand’s signature hourglass silhouette and embellished with 18k gold plated hardware and an adjustable elastic overlay.  This piece can be worn in a variety of ways and naturally is high up on my Christmas wish list.

You may not possess a name that is a double entendre, but if you want to be a symbol of glamour and sophistication like a Bond Girl, visit Bordelle swim on their website here.

Bordelle lingerie is also available to buy on their site; in Selfridges; at Coco de Mer and Mise en Cage.

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…..?

Zinke Swimwear Launch

Last night the Sky Room at The New Museum in NYC played host to the lovely team at Zinke Intimates for the launch of their new swim line.  Already a fan of their lingerie, I was curious to see what this youthful and fresh label would bring to swimwear.

Picture above: The New Museum. Photo credit: The Guardian.

Pretty pastels and highlighter pen colours were combined with geometric patterns and soft feminine touches in the new swim collection.  Features included bandeau tops tied with pretty bows, plenty of ruffles and simple, sleek cover ups that surely won’t be confined to the beach.  There was something both retro and modern about the new collection.  In trying to decipher the influence of different eras on the new designs I felt there was a splash of the 40s (seen in the full briefs) with a touch of a 70s disco fever mixed with crop tops and fluorescent colours that gave it an 80s feel.

My favourite piece from the collection was the yellow two piece (below) – the peplum detailing on this was just gorgeous.  This is absolutely coming with me to Ibiza next year.

The styling of the event was wonderful and the chunky wood and metallic jewellery deserves a post all to itself for sure.

What do you think of Zinke’s new swim line?

The swimwear collection will be available to buy soon.  Keep your eye on the Zinke website for further information.