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Another Swimwear Splash in Los Angeles: Fashion Splash 2012 Debutes the Latest in Designer Swimwear 

Fashion Splash 2012 Designer Shirin Z
Written by Alex LaFosta

Summer is officially here! The Fashion Splash 2012 Fashion Show has launched at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. The Stylist Handbook was on hand to see designers from Eclat Swimwear, Culture Swimwear, and, Maui & Sons showcase their summer styles.

It's a Thursday night-- walking into the lavish Standard Hollywood, the mood is set for a chic afternoon. The atmosphere was that of beauty -- poolside scenic views of downtown Los Angeles with equally beautiful people gathering and filling the air with buzz and excitement. With DJ Niko Achtipes making people move and Little Black Dress Vodka making sure no ones cocktail was empty, it was clear that all were in store for a cool night out in the hot Los Angeles. 

Fashion Splash 2012 Eclat Swimwear Collection
There was more than fashion going on at Fashion Splash. Before the runway show, Wella Professionals and Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics showcased latest products in the elegant cocktail lounge. Not being overshadowed, the runway event did not disappoint. After an energetic introduction by the always charismatic Mikey Koffman, of the Gallery LA, attendees received what they had been waiting for... the swimsuits.

The first collection was Eclat Swimwear by designer Shirin Z. The way the designs and fabrics accentuated the curves of the models, it is clear that Shirin’s experience in lingerie design no doubt came in handy creating these scorching hot suits.  The models tore up the runway in an assortment of one shoulder suits and bikinis. Some including the very on-trend statement strapping -- not quite stringing because showed off both string thin and wider cuts. Possibly the most titillating of the three collections; Eclat Swimwear definitely turned more than a few heads.

Second to grace the catwalk was the Culture Swimwear collection by designer Hope Reiners. The line featured an array of Earth-toned, tribal pieces.  A shift from the Eclat collection, Reiner’s designs were less L.A. glam and more hedonistic wonderland. The models strutted down the runway in Reiner’s printed swimwear with designs reminiscent of Aztec and Batik patterns. With this being Hope Reiner’s first collection, I’m sure many are wondering what this talented new designer will bring to the eyes of the fashion.

Fashion Splash 2012 Culture Swimwear  Designer Hope Reiner
Fashion Splash 2012 Culture Swimwear Collection

Fashion Splash 2012 Culture  Swimwear Collection
The final show was from Maui and Sons Designer Lacey Corkery put an exclamation mark on the evening as models hit the stage with surf and boogie boards-- it was clear that Maui & Sons were going to have a little more fun with their showcase. True to their usual style, Maui and Sons displayed bright and flashy colors and lackadaisical surfer wear. 

Fashion Splash 2012 Maui and Sons Designer Lacey Corkery
Fashion Splash 2012 Maui and Sons Collection
The vivacious suits and the energetic models really brought the same amount of energy to the audience: one model sporting a pair of sunglasses and a hooded sweater ripped the sweater off and threw the sunglasses into the crowd clearly commanding the attention of the audience.  The audience surely got it. Lacey Corkery’s dynamic designs matched with the models’ animated presentation had the crowd literally started whooping with excitement.

The event went swimmingly. Though digital and animal print swimwear seemed to be consistent throughout all three collections, each designer put their own artistic stamp on their collections ranging from Vegas poolside to Venice beachside. If Fashion Splash 2012 was any indication of things to come, this summer is about to heat up.
Image Source: LA Splash
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