Saturday, July 26, 2008


Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Runway Images, Corina Lecca, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Newsgroup

Time: Monday, July 21, 2008, @ 6:45pm
Place: the Cabana Grande at the Raleigh

OUR RATING: definitely one of the week’s highlights. This collection is both editorial AND saleable.

The show started off right, with a trio of sunset tie-dye pieces. The HAT ATTACK straw boaters, matte gold cuffs, and old fashioned espadrilles gave a distinctly Saint Tropez flair to the overall styling.

We weren’t’ overly familiar with VIX, but did remember that they do a great job with gold hardware on their bikinis. The suits are a bit on the skimpy side in the seat, but stayed on well on the briskly moving models, a sure fire sign of a well-cut suit. The Kelly green palm print bikinis worked well as did the matching cotton voile cover-up. A fresh take on the usual gold hardware were white enamel square jewels on the flamingo pink and white wave print looked good too. While the colors were vibrant and abundant, they were toned down with chocolate brown, and for those who aren’t yearning for color, there’s a brown bikini and a white bandeau one with huge gold rings on the sides sophisticated enough for a destination wedding. Either of those two suits would go well with the “enamel square print” “Paris” long dress. For those who like it better matchy-matchy, there’s an enamel print bikini to match.

The black and white electro dot halter bikini.

To see more VIX swimwear, visit their official website

To browse Hat Attack’s collection, visit the website