I was excited to attend Culture Swimwear’s launch of its first collection for the Spring/Summer 2012 season at Los Angeles Fashion Week. Culture swimwear prides itself on their colorful prints and solid cover-ups that are made of recycled and vintage fabrics with crochet details. Culture Swimwear is also charitable! The line has teamed up with the Cambodian born organization Keokjay. Keokjay has created jobs and resources that give women with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia fair opportunities and wages, enabling them to build up a quality of life for themselves and their families while getting healthy. It also aids in sending their children to school and diminishing the cycle of poverty. Their collection is inspired by the free spirit and beauty of all women, and the fact that they help out those who are poverty stricken makes me adore the collection even more.
I officially was obsessing over the first suit to show up on the runway. It was an electric blue, printed one piece with the deepest V I have seen in years! The color was beautiful, the design was fun, and the fit was great. Another great one piece was a strapless tan number with a matching headband- I loved the details on this! The same print came out in strapless and halter bikini’s and I loved it.
Leopard is one of my favorite prints and I am loving it for the upcoming season. Strappy and strapless leopard print bikinis strutted down the runway, and the print was broken up by a stud-like print in gold. The patterns mix was different, unusual, and stunning. I loved the transparent cover up and head piece that one model wore.
Tribal appears again! A one piece with a low cut front and back was my favorite of them all. I would pair it with a loose pair of linen pants and stroll along the beach or to lunch. Usually, one pieces are not the most flattering suits, but this one flattered the model in all the right places. The print appeared again in bikinis in numerous different styles.
The finale model looked absolutely stunning in a tiny bikini with an elaborate headpiece. The headpiece was decorated with multi colored feathers and even had a feathers hanging from it. It was delicate, intricate and looked amazing with the neutral toned swimsuit it accessorized.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and I was even more proud to support a brand that does its part by helping those who are less fortunate.
Photography by Kai He – © 2011 The Los Angeles Fashion magazine