A walk in closet for your swimwear?
No, it’s not some Imelda Marcos-type fantasy; I have one in my house! A full closet, with all my bikinis and bathingsuits colour coordinated. On top of that, each set is organized with matching hat, pareo and beach bag. Heavenly. I collected every swimwear item I’ve ever designed and stored it there, so the in closet doubles as an archive for my brand. But still, how wonderfully extravagant?
Going through my collection, I’m proud of each design, but some just jump out. These are my three current favorites:
1. Holi Vintage red/ecru bathing suit
A spontaneous handstand on the beach? 30 push ups by the pool? No problem, this bathingsuit’s got me covered. Quite literally, since nothing escapes from this great fit! The cut, combined with the clever interplay of the Breton stripes, also has a very shaping effect. In the shops now, but already a design classic. If I may say so myself.
2. Flic Flac push up bikini
How sexy and glamorous is this bikini? As a matter of fact, I like to wear the top as a bra, and flash a bit of wetlook silver from underneath my clothes. Did you know that my swimwear has exactly the same quality and comfort as my lingerie? So go ahead, and switch them up! (The only thing I don’t recommend, is swimming in my lingerie. Sturdy as the fabrics are, chlorine is a harsh chemical..) The bottoms -6cm brazilian briefs- come back every season and are sheer perfection; plenty of coverage, without compromising on sexiness.
3. Safari Bikini
I didn’t realize how much this bikini looked like the stunning white number Ursula Andress wore in Dr No till I saw the original at the impressive ‘Designing 007’-exposition at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal (with matching toolbelt!) I see my Safari Bikini as the jungle version of the iconic Bond-bikini, including playful bullet holders on the shoulder straps. Perfect for when I want to release my inner Lara Croft.
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!