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July 23rd, 2010 | By | 3,018 Comments

Behind the Scenes: Fall Catalog Shoot

Check out some behind the scenes photos from SWELL’s Fall 2010 catalog shoot…

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SWELL model Brit, doing what she does best in one of our favorite Fall outfits.

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Our stylist Michelle- making it all look amazing.

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Dream accessory closet. Sigh.

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July 23rd, 2010 | By | 3,029 Comments

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Wetsuit

Just the sweetest thing since sugar: the new Roxy wetsuit by Cynthia Rowley. Loaded with both Bond and retro appeal, this color-blocked style it THE stand-out suit of the year. Get one before the girls at SWELL grab them all up!

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Featured above: Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Wetsuit

July 22nd, 2010 | By | 772 Comments

We’re In Miami, B(each): Photos from the 2010 Miami Swim Show

So much (and so many colors) to see at the Miami Swim- the epicenter of all that is new in swimwear. Here are a few SWELL-approved highlights from the land ‘o art deco, fuchsia, sparkles and ham…

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Tori Praver- It could have been the lavender martini, but the Tori Praver line was more magical than a double rainbow.

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MIKOH at the Sagamore Hotel Penthouse:
San Clemete-based Oleema and Kalani Miller ( former SWELL models!) showed their Spring 2011 line, full of fresh cuts, amazing construction and smiles.


Luli Fama Show- fast-forward to the end of this. If I were to ever condone the using of the word “hot” in relation to style, it would have been here.

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Tyler Rose Runway Show:
Somehow the rock-star designer reclaimed gold lamé from Vegas, taking it back to its glam rock roots.

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Stars and stuff…

July 20th, 2010 | By | 4,894 Comments

Top 10 Spring 2011 Swim Trends

Curious to what you’ll be rocking when it comes to swim come next Spring? Fret not Whiskers. Straight from the Miami Swim Show, the grand daddy of swimwear shows…the top trends for Spring 2011 bikinis.

1. Bandeaus with…
Medallion, Buttons, Beads, Starfish, Shells, Lucky Rabbit Feet, etc. at the center
Bandeaus with anything at the center will be setting off a significant number of metal detectors in 2011.
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2. Heavy on the Trims:
In addition to continuing with this years’ zippers & fringe, 2011 adds some bows, leather, suede and new long tassel-like ties to the mix.
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3. Custom Prints
Generic aloha prints didn’t make the cut, both literally and figuratively. Designers opted for stand-out and signature prints, including neon mixed with muted grey and pastels, vintage chevron stripes, and customized tribals.
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4. To one-piece, or not to one-piece?
That isn’t really a question. You know this. Yes, you’ll be wearing one next year. It’ll have some cut-outs, maybe a bandeau top, possibly with a bandeau top, zipper, or tiger.
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5. “Make it yours” styles

Spring 2011 takes the idea of building a bikini wardrobe to the next level with customizable trims and ties that can be styled to make it unique to you. Fold-over bottoms that can be turned into high-waisted styles, tops that can be tied and knotted and flipped a gazillion different ways, and trims that attach to wherever you feel like at the moment.
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6. Cut-Outs: Side cut-outs on bottoms and tops
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7. Ruched and Scalloped Bottoms:
I think Confuscious, or maybe it was Brigitte Neilson that once said something about, “that which flatters the derriere hath maketh the proverbial cut.” Or something like that. Point is they look good, we mean REALLY good. Hence they’re appearance in every line next year. And we mean every line.

8. Fold-Over Bottom:
Again, we can’t resist the amazingly flattering look of the fold-over bikini bottom. Get ready for the end of the muffin top era.

9. Mixed prints: striped with flowers, dots and tribal…
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10. Retro Colors:
Gunmetal, Seafoam, Emerald Green, Taupe, Yellow, Burnt Orange, Gold, and Vintage White.
Taking colors cues from the 60’s and 70’s, while leaving some of the over-the-top 80’s neons in the dust, colors for next year reflect vintage-inspiration and creative combos.