Nicole Hanriot has worked tirelessly over the past few years to make a name for herself in the swimwear industry — and let's just say, the girl is making big things happen. Since launching Tavik Swimwear in 2010, Nicole has put in place an impressive line of fun, flirty, slightly edgy swimsuits that can be mixed and matched to the wearer's content. In past collections, the themes have ranged from '90s-chic geometric prints (think the opening credits to Saved by the Bell), heavy metal-inspired acid wash treatments, '60s-starlet poolside glam, and most recently, a Mexican Riviera-inspired grouping full of bold florals and bright hues.
For Spring/Summer 2012, the Tavik collection embodies its signature California beach-babe lifestyle, as well as a Western Aztec edge — partly inspired by Nicole's early Texas upbringing. "I used lots of animal prints like snake and tiger, and did lots of shredding on the suits to give them a edgier effect," she explained. "The colors are a bit more muted, but still make a statement. It is definitely our most contemporary collection yet!"
The line has set the bar high this season in terms of style and design, but we're positive that the challenge will be met and succeeded. If you need any more proof that Tavik is on fire, we suggest you take a gander at the photos from the Spring/Summer '12 collection, recently shown on the runway during Miami Swim Week. Click through to see all of the California-cool styles, plus some exclusive quotes from Nicole.