Saturday, May 29, 2010

Living The Life In LENNY

Lenny Niemeyer is a true visionary.  Her swimsuit designs are always way ahead of the crowd, not to mention ultra feminine and exquisitely made.  Her design aesthetic is modern and chic, using the newest fabrics, custom prints and unusual embellishments with impeccable detail.

A Brazilian native and former landscape architect, she began designing her own swimsuits after not finding what she wanted in the marketplace.  Later, Lenny worked and designed for other swimwear companies for many years, until she began her own swimwear line, simply named LENNY, in 1993.  She has grown the company to include 16 stores throughout Brazil, as well as a serious presence in the US, Latin America, Middle East, Caribbean, Canada and Europe.  Her designs are shown off by many of the top models in the business, such as Ana Beatriz Barros, Giselle Bündchen, Isabelli Fontana and Naomi Campbell.  She also has a strong celebrity following, including actress Nicole Kidman. 

Lenny Niemeyer has received many accolades from a long list fashion awards including winner of the Best Swimwear Designer at the PRÊMIO MODA BRASIL 2009.  Known for her fabulous parties, she has written a book titled, 'Niemeyer: Delícia Receber' (entertaining is a pleasure)  and has also been featured in a new film documentary by Wendy Dent, 'Girls From Ipanema.'

Tropi-Ties Swimwear has been carrying LENNY Swimwear for several years now.  Her bold designs have always caught my imagination.  This year's 2010 collection features several laser-cut styles, in new and daring shapes, created with some eye catching, custom prints.  The Landscape Laser-Cut Bikini (shown above left) is one of my absolute favorites.  While it is not a swimsuit for everyone, except the leanest of bodies, it shows off the feminine figure and curves.  This swimsuit is done in is a just single layer  of a slightly heavier weight fabric, allowing it to act as a second skin on the body.  The print is dreamy, yet contemporary.  The wide shoulder straps are comfortable, yet fashionable.  LENNY's  Batik Laser-Cut Bikini (shown lower left) is another great example of how Ms. Niemeyer is able to create new and interesting bodies while using avant garde fabrications.

Every serious swimsuit collector should have at least one LENNY swimsuit in their collection.  The 2010 LENNY swimsuit and cover-up styles are still available, with the 2011 swimsuits and cover-ups unveiling sometime next month...and I, for one, am anxiously waiting with great anticipation.

~ C.

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