Swim trends (29191)

For 2014, designer Pooja Kharbanda shapes her forms by combining the ideas behind intimate apparel with the ease and style of beachwear. 6 Shore Road is known for its effortless silhouettes that can take women from the beach to the boardwalk. The designer’s swimsuits often double as body suits, and they are made to work well with a skirt or pants and a pair of heels. On the Miami Fashion Week runway, these soft seaside cover-ups can also be easily transformed into flirty dance hits.

In the collection, each style is designed to be transitional and sexy. Born in New Delhi, Kharbanda spent her youth in Hong Kong and Panama. She recalls spending weekends with her family and friends. As an adult, she traveled to many of the world’s exotic spots, including Curacao, Isla Grande and the seven-mile beach in Negril. Her collection is inspired by the magnetic energy of the waves, sand and sun. For her new line, she incorporated her carefree seaside style that was highly influenced by her mother’s style in the 1970s. Pooja’s mother was quite fashionable in her time. She used to wear bikini tops underneath her saris with polka dot bell–bottoms peeking out. With her bare midriff, she wore a high-top bow and completed her look with oversized sunglasses.

Kharbanda enjoyed the times she spent in New York City while studying at Parsons School of Design. Her company and label were launched with a pretty line of kaftans and cover-ups. She soon added swimwear to her resort repertoire. The 6 Shore Road collection is currently carried at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. The brand has also become a favorite amongst Hollywood stars.

Anna Kosturova has an obsession with fashion design. Inspired by seeing Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” when she was 3 years old, Kosturova created a line that features costume-styled swimwear. She grew up playing dress-up in front of the mirror, and she convinced her aunt to create the latest fashion looks for her to wear. Her line was very well received at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show in Miami.

Today, her line of hand-crocheted swimwear and cover-ups are designed in her studio in Vancouver and produced overseas by a family of crochet artisans. Each piece in her affordable collection is made with the environment in mind. These colorful, hand-crafted swim pieces are beautiful, modern heirlooms.