>> With swimwear on our mind, we rounded up our favorite bikinis of the season. Think marbled prints from Seventh Wonderland, sexy string renditions from Missoni, a chic nautical creation from By Malene Birger . . . and more two-piece swim inspiration in the slideshow!
It's hard to hard to believe that Adriana Lima has been with Victoria's Secret for over 10 years now, but it's true, and the sweet Brazilian beauty looks like she hasn't aged a day. Lima made an appearance this morning at the Victoria's Secret store in SoHo NYC, wearing a sleek navy sheath by Black Halo, to promote the brand's sexy new bombshell collection. Between photo snaps, Adriana took time out to talk about being a bombshell, finding the perfect swimsuit, and more:
- On being a bombshell: Being a bombshell is about embracing yourself and feeling confident. There are things you can do to help you feel confident like wearing the right lingerie and choosing the right swimsuit for the beach.
- On finding the perfect swimsuit: Number one is that you have to find something you feel comfortable in. It's not about showing more or less, it's about you feeling confident with what you're wearing. I love triangle-shaped tops and bottoms, the smallest ones possible because I hate tan lines.
- On her favorite pieces from the VS bombshell collection: The collection is all about being sexy and embracing your sensuality. The balcony bra is my favorite; I love the shape and colors and it's very Brigitte Bardot. The miraculous is good for nightwear, it's very va-va-voom.
- On her Summer essentials: A stringkini, eyeliner, flip-flops, a pair of cute shorts, and VS bra and panties.
- On Summer vacation plans: Miami, with my family!
The Investment: $295 and $180
Why We Covet: A few Summers ago I traveled to St. Tropez for my friend's wedding, and there was no weekend more casually glamorous or beautiful than that weekend in August on the French Riviera. All the women seemed to have the perfect suit and the beachiest tunic. It made me realize the value of one incredibly sexy, perfectly cut, high-quality, gorgeously-printed bikini. Because if you have that, you'll be forced to spend all your time on some beautiful beach to make the most of it. And you'll never fret over what to wear to a beach barbecue because you'll have this bikini and this gorgeous tunic to throw over it.
Check out other items from our Covet List!
We always find an excuse to invest in a fantastic bikini every Summer, and this season, H&M has given us a load of cute options to make our yearly expenditure a little more guilt-free. With swimwear ranging around $15 per piece, there's enough wiggle room in your wallet show to show off more than one option on the beach. We're contemplating nabbing this exotic print bikini, and even a sexy, solid one-piece confection. Click the slideshow to check out all of H&M's offerings, then head to the nearest location near you and start trying on!
We love the curves and gap-toothed beauty of Lara Stone, so we're thrilled to see her modeling the season's swim in this sexy, glowing story shot by Mario Testino for Vogue. It's filled with luscious swimsuits, a couple of hot guy model cameos, a sunny Rio de Janeiro backdrop, and references to Brigitte Bardot's sex kitten appeal. If you weren't psyched for Summer already, click through these pictures and we promise you will be.
>> It's a day like today — which requires trudging through slush — when our minds are driven to dream of someplace warmer. Mara Hoffman's swimwear, with its cool prints and genius cuts, isn't quelling those thoughts. For Spring 2011, the designer drew influence from Africa, using mud-cloth and batik prints to create a colorful display of bikinis, swimsuits, and cover-ups. Check out the complete lookbook, which includes new silhouettes like a ruffle bustier bikini and beaded string bikini, for more warm weather musings.
Outside a heavy wet snow fell, but inside American Eagle's New York showroom it felt like a beach in Costa Rica, complete with cute guys serving breakfast burritos. AE debuted its Summer collection with the theme "Take the new path," which we interpreted to mean the shortest path to the beach in some faraway place. It was a global-minded collection of casual, beachy separates and ethnic-inspired accessories. Embroidered peasant tops, baja knits, and sundresses are meant to be thrown over your bikini and layered with beaded necklaces, while your brightly woven bag will be filled with a wide-brim hat and a cute pair of espadrilles with a floral tie. We love the recurring global theme for Spring! Mark your calendars: the collection will hit stores beginning in April.
If you plan on escaping the current freezing temperatures for warmer pastures ASAP, peek our six sunny essentials before jetting off. We're dying for Mara Hoffman's print bustier bikini set and loving on the vintage vibe of this pale pink dress from Phillip Lim's Resort 2011 collection. For extra panache, pack your carry-on with a cool printed tee from Sass & Bide — which can double as a minidress coverup, a yellow snakeskin tote from Beirn Jenna, Paloma Barceló espadrilles, and Chloe sunnies.
Left to right: Mara Hoffman Patara Bikini ($266), Beirn Jenna Woven Snakeskin Tote ($203, originally $580), Sass & Bide Take Me Home T-Shirt ($150), Paloma Barceló Doris Espadrille Sandal ($180), 3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Keyhole Maxi Dress ($750), Chloe Belladone Sunglasses ($295)
Ask me what I just spent the last hour doing? Flipping through the submissions for Roxy's Design a Bikini Contest that I'm helping judge. It's a tough life. Here are a bunch of submits I can see myself surfing, volleyballing, and chilling in at the beach. There's still time to enter your own designs — the contest ends July 31 — so get bikini designing! Check out all the fun entries, but this one, titled Cool Caribbean, had me at the sexy cutouts, and I like how the designer made a print out of the Roxy emblem. Neon surf! Flip through for more Roxy prospects . . .
Bikini season is in full effect, and we're reporting bright neon, geometric prints, 60s-inspired style, and tribal and paisley prints will be hot this season. Allison covers the Mara Hoffman, Trina Turk, Cia Maritima, and White Sands Australia runways from Miami to bring you the newest trends in swimwear.