Last weekend we had the chance to visit the bi-annual Lingerie and swimwear trade show in Paris. In summer the show's focal point is swimwear and activewear, with thousands of exhibitors from all over the world showing their covetable collections. It's a great opportunity to meet the designers behind the global brands we so often swoon over online and discover any newly launched labels.
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Arabella London captures the new swimwear space with stand out, form-fitting multi-functional pieces. Working beautifully on the beach and moving seamlessly into the evening, these are luxury wardrobe staples that challenge perceptions of swimwear and champion the perfect fit.
The initial capsule collection, AM by Arabella, uncovers swimwear designed to be worn far beyond the beach and with a focus on perfecting the bottom line. Arabella has reinvented swimwear – innovative design, close attention to detail and specific fabric choices have created pieces that bridge the gap between swimwear and ready-to-wear. The more relaxed styles have been designed to be worn as “swimtimates” layered under clothes, whilst the more sophisticated pieces can be worn right into the evening. Both beach chic and evening glamour are seamlessly blended and the collection is just at home on the world’s fashion stages as it is by the beach.
Arabella London has a fastidious care for construction – sculpted briefs define the waist, whilst the signature convex curve sits on the most flattering point on the body – complimenting your natural curves. Contoured bras have been uniquely crafted to provide both support and style whilst retaining elegance and structure. Secure gold clasps are integrated into the suits and adjustable straps guarantee a perfect fit and can be removed to immediately to offer a new silhouette and multiple styling options.
Commenting on the new collection, Arabella, 25, said; “This brand has been two years in the making, always with the premise that swimwear should be both chic and a great fit. Every piece is crafted to have a transitional and trans-seasonal appeal. The freedom and spontaneity that should encompass a holiday is brought to life in this collection – the pieces function equally well whether worn pool-side or styled under evening separates.”
PALM focuses on creating unique, luxurious swimwear with a timeless appeal. Dedicated to modernising the classic swimsuit by creating beautiful, simple-lined pieces that encapsulate subtlety and understated elegance. Each piece is made from luxurious Italian LYCRA®XTRA LIFE which provides exceptional shape-retention, chlorine-resistance and UV protection. A commitment to sustainable design is reflected in the use of high quality ECONYL fibres and high-quality recycled materials where possible.
Rose Marin is a Swim & Sunwear fashion brand based in Portugal. Established in 2015, Rose Marin features a multifaceted collection which harmonise elegance and innovation, with special attention and emphasis on details, soft cuts, and an exquisite selection of materials, adapted to sophisticated customers, who wish to join their fashion look with a surprising touch. The collections bear the signature of their founder and creative director Tereza Da Mota, whose inspiration is drawn from contemporary art, sports, travels and youth culture.
‘Collar’ believes in the beauty of unconventionality and strives to dress the personality not a body type, encouraging women to love their skin, their being and the tiny imperfections fully and honestly.
In a time when the female body is hyper–sexualised, the label wishes to bring back the covert, concealed intimacy.
Merging high functionality with exceptional quality, ‘Collar’ maintains a mysterious and refined expression of beauty with a twist of edginess for a confident state of mind.
Holding a conscious and respectful outlook on the world and people around, label’s pieces are crafted locally in Latvia in limited quantities not to overproduce, as well as to retain their high design value. With an ethical, slow fashion thought in mind, the swimwear and lingerie pieces are made to last and bring a progressive change for the sake of a more harmonic co-existence between the inner and outer worlds of oneself.
Swimslow is a sustainable swimwear brand. Designed in Iceland and made in Italy out of recycled quality fabrics. With focus on minimising environmental impact and the nowness in life, the philosophy behind Swimslow springs from the local culture and history of bathing in the Icelandic swimming pools. Simslow don’t believe in swimming seasons – swimming is a part of the daily life in Iceland and the designer took inspiration from her ritual trips to the local pool and the wooden sauna and mixed it with her experience to be in the now.
The weave in the swimsuits is from used materials such as rugs and fish nets. It’s made in Slovenia with an emphasis on the lowest possible impact on the environment. The material is then made in Northern Italy and is OEKO- TEX® certified. The swimsuits are then cut and sewn in the same region, just a few kilometres from the factory that makes the material.