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2014 swimwear: Bare shapes and creative cuts

Renee Minus White | 8/1/2013, 12:05 p.m. | Updated on 8/1/2013, 12:05 p.m.
2014 swimwear designs by A. Che and Poko Pano

At the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows in Miami, the look is bare. Whether you wear a one-piece or a two-piece swimsuit, it’s evident that this is the age of fitness. Just about everyone is working out and eating, sleeping and living right. The swimwear is skimpy, sexy and sophisticated. Cuts are every which way in the front and back. Dressmaker details are in. Colors and prints are bold.

Watching these shows makes you want to try on all of these suits. But then, reality hits. Can they fit you? Can you look as good as these models? Well, you don’t really have to look like a runway model. Pay attention to the suit’s cut, the color and the print. Pick the part or the idea that suits you, and do your own thing. It’s just fashion, yet it’s all about your style.

Amanda Che’s swim collection, A.Che, is unique. She integrates intimate apparel construction and the latest technology available into her line for an exceptional fit. There’s also her artistic styling that’s so noticeable in each suit. The line features fine Italian fabrics, bra-styled molded cups, underwires and push-ups that are designed for sophisticated chic. “Women are looking for sultry styles, fit and European flare,” said Che after the show.

Che was born and raised close to Malibu Beach in California. At a young age, she was a competitive swimmer and has always loved the water. Fashion has always come naturally to her, and at age 13, she began working in her family’s business manufacturing lingerie. Like everyone else, she worked her way in the business through years of exploring all the facets of a fashion brand and business. Right before graduating from Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Manufacturing, Che designed and sold her first line of luxury handbags to upscale boutiques in the U.S. Today, her contemporary swimsuit line reigns with its lingerie fit. She’s a beachgoer who says, “A swimsuit should not only exude beauty, but enhance a woman’s body with unrivaled support and fit.”

Poko Pano’s show was surprisingly exciting. Created by the young designer Paola Robba, this line showed a wide variety of looks including bathing suits, cover-ups and sportswear pieces. The best look of all was her corset-styled bustier that was laced in the back to top a bikini pant. When the model came down the runway, the audience roared.

After her university studies, Robba’s career in swimsuit design was sparked by a friend who owned a fashion beachwear store in 1987. She thought, “If I have always been able to make bikinis and maillots for my dolls, why not try to do something new in my life?” Her success came with lots of hard work and sacrifices. Her business soon grew into a multinational company with Brazilian investment. She was honored to receive her first invite to participate in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami in 2007. This show was a sizzling sensation. The Poko Pano brand is extremely popular all over the world. Good show!