Ruched & Retro
omen’s retro swim suits begin with an elegant selection
of vintage 1950’s one-piece suits in timeless solid black
or white. Shoulder straps and crossed-strap designs for
the back complete a look sported by the likes of Grace Kelly way back
when. It is worthy to note that Princess Grace is on the May 2010 cover
of Vanity Fair, while 20-something actress Scarlett Johansson is wearing
a retro-elegant styled ruched party dress for the May 2010 InStyle
magazine cover. The latest look includes retro printed mini sun dresses
and two-piece suits with ruffled tops and skirted bottoms. There are more
risqué one-pieces with serious geometric cut-outs named monokinis,
which are most trendy for those women who desire to politely show that
they assiduously performed their winter workouts.
For the Men
en’s swimwear choices include the usual suspects disguised
in new fabrics, slimmer cuts on board shorts and t-shirts.
Rob Holcombe of A-Frame explains that, “…current
trends in men’s clothing are widely influenced by the multi-billion-dollar
surf industry. Surf influenced fashion is athletic and stylish utilizing
state-of-the-art technical fabrics. Today’s garments are made of four-way
stretch fast-drying fabric with a silky hand.”
The new materials are durable and often environmentally conscious,
and include recycled bamboo wetsuit liners and organic cotton in
shorts, jeans and shirts.
Colors range from classic retro to updated surf-influenced colorful
patterns and prints as well as laid-back earth tones.
Clothes/Accessories: Bikini Factory, Summerland and A-Frame Surf Shop, Carpinteria; Hair: Eliane Alexandre, Montecito; Location: estate listed with Dan Encell, Montecito;
Models: Tia Shamel Caldwell, Casey Griffin, Alex McGeever, Anna Eva, Michael Walters, and Megan ONeil