Latest swimwear fashion takes nod from the past

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The latest swimwear takes a nod from the past, from high waist briefs and the pinup girl look of the 1950s to the Studio 54 and Dolce Vita eras of the ’60s and ’70s.

Retro-inspired looks were seen throughout the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 in Miami Beach, where more than two dozen designers showcased their latest collections. The five-day event that ends Monday also cemented some new trends, including crochet, foliage prints, ruffles and fringe.

Nicolita

The Nicolita collection can be described as a collection of sexy swimwear with curve-flattering styles reminiscent of Cuba’s alluring 1940s era — but with a California twist.

The Havana Nights Collection by designer Nicole Di Rocco drew inspiration from her Cuban roots and experiences in Malibu with the help of singer Christina Milian, who said finding the right fabrics was more difficult than she had expected.

“Other than finding a pattern that you like, there are so many different materials that actually work on the body,” Milian said of her first collaboration on a swimwear line. “We actually changed the whole look twice.”

Models donned a bouncy ponytail and curled up bangs — pinup girl style — with ruched bikini bottoms and bra-like tops with underwire are perfect for the Latina figure. The crowd, including actor Wilmer Valderrama, cheered as one model in a red strapless bandeau top folded her matching high waist bottom to reveal an animal print.

The collection had plenty of cover-ups that can transition from day to night, including a short layered animal-print skirt and high waisted blue pants.

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