Friday, July 27, 2007

ANK by Mirla Sabino at Mercedes-Benz Swim Week

ANK by Mirla Sabino Cruise 2008 Collection

Timestamp: 7:45pm, Friday, July 13

Celebrated Brazilian swimwear designer Mirla Sabino unveiled the Cruise 2008 collection of her ANK swimwear line to an approving crowd. Ms. Sabino’s beautiful collection reflected an organic color palate and uncomplicated shapes combined with distinctive prints and unique shell and stone detail work. All of these elements came together in a line that is now synonymous in our minds with the term, “modern elegance”.

Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Backstage photographs, J. Ecochard
Front-of -House photographs, courtesy of Cece Feinberg Public Relations

The ANK show at the Beachway tent, the Raleigh Pool

Italian designers are known for delivering sexy, whether it’s in-your-face Robert Cavalli sexy or quirky Prada sexy. Ms. Sabino is not Italian, but she designs like one. She showed a more forgiving and flattering cut that the 30+ woman will appreciate. The bottoms were cut just high enough, but not too high making it a possibility to wear these beautiful suits without having to resort to liposuction.
While it’s always fun to pick up a novel new suit, you’ll always want that perfect black bikini in your drawer. Ms. Sabino had the perfect one, a black bandeau bikini you’ll wear over and over again, because it’s so flattering.
Kicking things up a notch were the black and gold abstract print bikinis and a suit with a bronzy-beige gold over bottom that looked fresh and new.

Cover-ups are covered, 100% here and we found it hard to choose. Our vote goes to the abstract purple mode stripe poncho style top/mini.

Best Suit in show award goes to exit #22, the lime green and taupe twist top bikini.

The neutral mushroom/taupe color was prevalent throughout and was a major factor towards creating the impression of luxe elegance. This shade looked well against different skin tones ranging from well-bronzed skin to the palest of skins. Sounds simple, but as in the cosmetic world, it’s really difficult to come-up with a universally flattering shade. Neutral also opens up the field of possibilities when it comes to accessorizing your outfit. The gold jewelry by show collaborator, Citrine by the stones, served to highlight the taupe-y suits and worked best when limited to just one piece.
For evenings lounging on the yacht, look no further than the exquisite pointelle v-front tube dress. Maybe you’ll wear it with one of Ms. Sabino’s elegant 40s style bra style bikinis as you make your way down the Italian Riviera.

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