Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Season Swimwear Gets Funky

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Season Swimwear Gets Funky

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Byline: Sarah Green

HEMLINES continue to get shorter, but this summer there is more fabric involved in swimwear than we've seen for a long time.

After years of the incy, wincey, teeny, weeny bikinis, the one-piece swimsuit is back and enjoying some time in the sun.

Famed for her sexy swimwear, which is worn by the likes of Elle MacPherson, Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce and Kate Moss, former model Melissa Odabash said 2009 was the year of the vintage-style one piece.

"A carefully constructed one piece accentuates a woman's curves and hides her flaws," Melissa said.

"Lets face it, there's nothing worse than a woman desperately holding in her stomach.

Helping stir this swimwear flashback is celebrity endorsement, such as Scarlett Johansson's cherry print swimsuit in the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, as well as Sex and the City's lawyer Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), appearing in the 50s style red bathing suit last year.

The swimsuit - red, hip skimming and haltered - was an immediate hit following the movie's release with fashion-obsessed fans searching the globe to get their hands on this retro design.

Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field found the Mio bathing suit on the racks of New York designer Norma Kamali.

Here in Australia, women, young and old, are equally desperate to squeeze their curves into a vintage-look swimsuit.

Hannas swimwear assistant Jennifer James agreed that one pieces were very popular right now.

"There are a lot more one pieces in this season," she said.

Jennifer said this type of swimwear offered more choices.

"Colour wise there is a lot to offer - bright colours, stripes, prints," she said.

"Some have a lower leg, tummy control and also varying cup sizes."

Hannas also stock the Amoena swimwear for women who have had breast surgery. Each suit features pockets that hold a breast form securely in place to give women confidence to hop back into togs, show off their figures and be active again. …

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