VIDEO: 1979 Swimwear summer 2011 collection

Mar. 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

TEXT AND VIDEO BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

For a swimwear designer in Hawaii, Suzanna Kuhlemann of 1979 is ahead of the curve.

While others fight over the teenie-weenie bikini market, she intends to steer people back to the retro glamour of the high-waisted bikini bottom and pinup-style maillots, and presented her Summer 2011 swimwear collection at Ala Moana Center on March 25.

The stage was set with the pastels of Easter flowers and the audience was swept back in time by swimsuit styles reminiscent of World War II pinup girls and 1950s Hawaii, when the prevailing look was more classy than trashy. That’s when beach-going or poolside leisure was the province of the wealthy rather than college kids on spring break.

The models varied in height and size to demonstrate how the suits might look on a real spectrum of body types, and the show itself was short, sweet and sassy.

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