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Thursday, May 13, 2010
AGENT PROVOCATEUR'S Sexy Swim Line for summer 2010
TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY-VAN ZUTPHEN
Images of the Agent Provocateur Collection, Courtesy of Peoples' Revolution
One of my major pastimes as a teenager growing up by the beach in Old Greenwich, was to hit Tod's Point at every available opportunity, and hang-out with other teens and people watch. While the other girls' were busy criticizing the nearly "10" figures of fellow classmates, I was busy dissecting the bikinis and one-pieces they were wearing.
One of the most popular styles back then was the keyhole bikini halter, popularized by the iconic BAIN DE SOLEIL woman. Naturally, I had to have one too, in that same chocolate brown. Since then, swim styles have veered from the cheerfully sleazy BodyGlove to bikinis the size of dental floss to one pieces that have so many cutout that they look like a block of swiss cheese that's been attacked by a mouse family.
I gave a big sigh of relief when I took a look at the images Peoples' Revolution [the NYC PR firm headed up by Kelly Cutrone of Bravo's "Kell on Earth"] sent. For summer 2010, Agent Provocateur presents a bold swimwear collection in punchy tones and figure-defining forms. Hopefully, these are a portent of what's to come once we make our annual trip in July to cover Mercedes Benz Swim Fashion Week at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. *
THE COLLECTION STARS
The ‘PORTIA’ swimsuit and bikini relive 1970s glamour. These slinky black and silver wet-look snake-print numbers are made for lounging about poolside. The chic bandeau bikini top has a halterneck rouleau that can be tied under the bust or around the neck, and is paired with a ruched hipster brief. If you think a bathing-suit doesn't need to have any construction features, forget it. Only the most perfect of bodies don't need a little bit of help in this department. Both of these have inner wiring that help to create and enhance shape.
For you more tailored types, there's the ‘TATUM’ - a cut-out matte black swimsuit with a waist belt that creates an hour-glass illusion. Gold ring detailing adds further glamour and is placed strategically on the bust apex and breastbone. If you're wanting color, try the ‘TATUM BIKINI’ in shocking cerise pink.
For classic and classy vamps, there's the matte black ‘RISA’. The combination of a plunge-line bikini top and hipster hot pant make it a figure-fixing classic. The pink stitching and gold Agent Provocateur buttons are nice signature details.
If your M.O. is to make an entrance, you're going with ‘ZAHARA’. This is" one of Agent Provocateur’s most seductive silhouettes to date." This look-at-me suit has laced corsetry down the front and a ferocious red underlining. Throw-in cleavage enhancing collar-style bust cups, a boned structure and a vampy back zip detail. Yoohoo, Kim Kardashian, we'd love to see you in this one!
Regardless which style is "you", don't forget to spritz on some Agent Provocateur fragrance to complete your look. As Rachel Zoe says, fragrance really is "the finishing touch to your outfit".