Fashion

Summer Essentials: The Swimwear Edition

by Varnapriya Prakash
06.07.2017
A vacay without swimwear is almost unthinkable. So get your beach bod ready – and snap up these swimsuits that'll take your summer to sizzling heights
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Eres

Eres

Does your taste in swimwear skew towards classic and minimalist designs? Eres has got you covered. The French brand served as a catalyst for women’s swimwear back in the 1960's with its iconic designs – and 'til today, its clean lines, sharp silhouettes, and innovative fabrics promise to flatter the female form. And did we mention that it's très très chic? 

Where: #01-12 Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646. Tel: 6684 4080

Open daily Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm; Sun 11am-6pm

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Marysia
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Marysia

Marysia

What could a former ballet dancer and surfing enthusiast know about poolside style? Certainly enough for Maria Dobrzanska Reeves to create Marysia, a luxury swimwear brand that's effortlessly sexy and impeccably fitted – from zig-zag-edged maillots to scalloped bikinis, and resortwear befitting of any modern woman.

Also available on Net-a-Porter.com.

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K.BLU
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K.BLU

K.BLU

K.BLU is a homegrown label founded by Lyn Rosmarin to address the dearth of fashionable swimwear for petite Asian women. Governed by an Asian-design philosophy, it offers a selection of swimwear with fuller coverage, increased support, and gorgeous heritage Asian designs. Take for example 'Mulan', K.BLU's 2017 capsule collection that incorporates Oriental design elements in auspicious hues of red and lime.

Where: Mandarin Gallery, 333a Orchard Road, #02-14, Singapore 238897. Tel: 6696 6961

Open daily Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-9pm

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Gottex
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Gottex
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Gottex

Gottex

Thanks to its vibrant and colourful designs, this iconic brand has been associated with glamorous swimwear and beachwear since it was established in Israel in 1956. Gottex's styles run the gamut – from classic and minimalist to bold and bodacious that'll take you anywhere between the Côte d'Azur and the beaches of Bali; the choice is yours.

Also available at Adisha Torre (Marina Bay Sands and Paragon).

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Lisa Marie Fernandez
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Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lisa Marie Fernandez

With its cult following of celebrities such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Elle Macpherson, Lisa Marie Fernandez must surely be doing something right. Back in 2009, it pioneered the neoprene trend with Bond Girl bikinis and surf-inspired maillots and now, this global luxury swimwear brand is best known for its insanely glamourous, jet-set vibe with a fashion-forward sensibility. 

Also available on Net-a-Porter.com.

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Mara Hoffman
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Mara Hoffman
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Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

She first made her mark in history with her signature prints and silhouettes – and now, Mara Hoffman continues to highlight a feminine aesthetic with simpler, textural pieces in her eponymous label. For fans of bright, cheerful prints with a fashion-forward aesthetic, look to her swimwear collection – filled with stylish maillots and high-waisted two-piece suits that wouldn't look out of place on the beaches of the Hamptons.

Also available on Net-a-Porter.com and Adisha Torre (Marina Bay Sands and Paragon).

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August Society
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August Society

August Society

Its name is derived from the European practice of taking the month of August off to travel and its mission is to embrace that joie de vivre. Founded by Hong Kong-born and Singapore-based Toni Chan, August Society offers a gamut of possibilities: bold colours, whimsical prints, classic designs, and varied top and bottom pieces. Versatility aside, this swimwear brand also prides itself on quality, using Italian-made XtraLife Lycra® that provides UV protection and is chlorine-resistant.

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KIINI

KIINI

There's no escaping the allure of KIINI, which has made its appearance in numerous viral music videos (The Chainsmokers' 'Closer' and Justin Bieber’s 'Cold Water' amongst others) and on the lithe bodies of Bella Hadid and Cara Delevingne this past year alone. The reason for its popularity? The New-York born swimwear brand takes on a modern bohemian chic with colourful crochet designs in all its pieces – making it the swimsuit to own this season.

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Kenzilily

Kenzilily

Kenzilily swimwear takes on a character of spontaneity and free-spiritedness by pairing wearability with uncompromised femininity. The possibilities are endless with the vivid hues and charming prints with flattering cuts which caters to all body shapes. 

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