Runway Recap: 6 Swimwear Designers You Need to Know


This Australian brand, fronted by creative director Sue Di Chio, offers masterfully constructed pieces at affordable prices. Staying true to its dedication to precise design, Suboo’s spring-summer 2014 swimwear collection consisted of angular shapes and bold, geometric patterns by way of strapless one-pieces, wetsuit-inspired tankini tops, and cutout bikinis.

If you’re looking for a swimsuit that sizzles caliente, then Nicolita’s retro creations are for you. Designer Nicole Di Rocco looks to her Cuban roots for inspiration, satisfying customers with her vintage vision. Nicolita’s latest collection offers pinup-influenced designs, with high-waisted bottoms, bustier-style tops, and feminine details via ruffles, polka dots, and ribbons.

Dolores Cortes
Designer Dolores Cortes runs her namesake label on the ideal that unique style should come with the highest quality. Based in Spain, Dolores Cortes has established itself as a timeless brand for bright and sexy swimwear. For its 2014 line, sweet floral prints mix with luxe metals for a feminine but fierce result.

Aqua di Lara
This Montreal-based luxury swimwear brand led by designer Reyhan Sofraci is all about effortless glamour. For its 2014 line, bikinis and cutout one-pieces were strappy, stringy, and attention-grabbing, with a bit of chic bohemian flair.

This iconic swimwear brand, established in 1956, is enjoying a new generation of followers since Molly Grad joined the Gottex group as creative director in 2009. In her 2014 collection for the brand, Grad focused on chic, minimalistic, and classic swimwear designs, accessorized with wide-brim hats and sheer cover-ups perfect for a Hamptons getaway.

Mara Hoffman
New York City designer Mara Hoffman has established her design expertise, from home decor to dresses, on the runway and beyond. When her first swimwear collection showed at Miami Fashion Week in the summer of 2009, it too was an instant success. Utilizing her signature bright colors, bold patterns, and African-influenced prints, Hoffman’s 2014 collection is a mix of sweetheart necklines, high-waisted bikini bottoms, and slashed strapless one-pieces.