SlipIns, which debuted this season, is expanding already, introducing sun-protective wear for children and young teens, available in mid-February.
Styles designed and created by Rick Rickman, who founded SlipIns with life partner Robin Chesnie, will include rash guards with matching boardshorts and boy shorts. Knee-length one-piece suits will have front zippers and long sleeves for overall sun protection. “We pride ourselves in producing our own exclusive prints and making them unique and beautiful,” says Chesnie.
According to Rickman, “We will be creating fun patterned sun hats, which may be worn as an ensemble to the rash guards and shorts or by themselves. We want to be sure that children’s faces are adequately [sun] protected. The collection will be constructed with a proprietary 60+ UPF fabric blend, creating the softest and most comfortable sun-protective water wear in the world.” Kids will not only look stylish, they will be comfortable and protected from the sun’s rays.
In addition, the company is introducing “Mommy and me” fashions for family fun in the sun. This trendy category is planned to be more sophisticated, and designed for older girls and their moms, following in the path of early success for the SlipIns’ adult wear collection. For more information, visit slipins.com.
Trimera Brands has added a new collection to its stellar swimwear portfolio. Sea & Her, a trend-driven line made for the 25- to 45-year-old customer, will make its retail debut in April. Created by the Montreal, Quebec-based mega-swimwear company, the line expects to fill a void in the market by providing D and DD cups in several styles.
Designed by fashion industry veteran Nova Gallegos, the new collection is both fashion-forward and performance-oriented. Inspired by the tropical colors and handcrafted textiles of Latin America, the collection’s flattering silhouettes feature vibrant detailed prints, including mock-embroidery, crochet and macramé effects. Styling details include fringe and pom-pom trims, lace-up, multi-strapping, printed crochet binding and hand-knotted macramé. Available in tropical shades such as berry, tangerine and grapefruit, the line will retail at $55 to $90 for separates, $120 for one-pieces and $130 for cover-ups. For more information, visit trimerabrands.com.
CURVE is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and plans to enter 2017 with its pioneering spirit. The show, which is produced by Eurovet Americas, will fête its first decade with a gala dinner and special exhibition, and by embracing the future—the “phygital” (physical plus digital) era. The intimate apparel, swimwear and men’s underwear trade show will kick-off the show season by presenting more than 350 brands at CURVELASVEGAS, Feb. 21 to 23, during Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
CURVENEWYORK will follow (Feb. 27 to March 1) at the Javits Center. To celebrate its landmark 10th year, there will be a charity gala dinner on opening night of CURVENEWYORK, from which 100 percent of the proceeds will be given to breast cancer research. In addition, a unique exhibition showcasing iconic styles of featured honored brands will be presented at the show. New innovations this season include the Lead Retrieval Service available on the CURVENEWYORK mobile app, and a co-badging partnership with UBM, CURVE’s West Coast partner, which will allow attendees to seamlessly move between shows at the Javits Center. For more information, visit eurovetamericas.com.
The OFFPRICE Show is rebranding itself to deliver a fresh experience in 2017, with a new logo, tagline and imagery that better reflect the show’s offerings. The new campaign will convey to retailers the quality of merchandise that can be found at the show for below wholesale prices.
OFFPRICE will also debut a renovated on-site show experience at its upcoming show in Las Vegas, Feb. 19-22. OFFPRICE anticipates that the rebrand will attract buyers who will benefit from the show by finding merchandise, which can be used to fill inventory gaps, or fuel in-store and online sales. In addition, the OFFPRICE Buyer Relations team plans to assist attendees with several services, including matching buyers with exhibitors and complimentary on-site buying tours. For more information, visit offpriceshow.com.
Creora’s trend direction for 2018 ranges from retro ’50s to oceanic and surf influences to high-impact textural effects. Made by Hyosung Corporation, the largest spandex producer in the world, Creora’s key moods reflect the evolution of the swimwear market and the active and modern lifestyles of consumers.
For the performance swimwear sector, “Oceana” draws inspiration from the sea and its underwater creatures. Think buzz words such as “skim,” “sculpting,” “bio-mimicry” and “modernize” to reflect fabrics that are flexible, lightweight and supportive. As the athleisure lifestyle continues to grow, the “Utopia” mood captures the enjoyment of the beach lifestyle with surf-inspired fabrics and styles. The look is fun, active and graphic, and colors take on a worn-in, sun-faded vibe. The “Pin Up” mood takes inspiration from the 1950s and the innocence of the past. The era of the hourglass figure is a key influence, utilizing creora Power Fit to create glamorous yet lighter and more comfortable shaping swimwear. Innovative fabrics with textural appeal create energetic, all-new looks for the beach in the “Mischievous” mood. Swimwear fabrics are textured, stamped and embossed, and compact fabrics are enhanced by 3D printing. For more information, visit creora.com.
EUROJERSEY’s 2018 Sensitive Fabrics Swimwear collection will include everything from bright lively colors to iridescent surfaces. Created with LYCRA XTRA LIFE, the versatility of the new collection is enhanced by bright prints inspired by moods that reflect today’s ever-changing lifestyles.
Active apparel and beachwear are suited to the “Kaleidocolor” mood, made up of multicolored patterns combined with fluorescent accents, kaleidoscopic effects and colorful transparent layers. Flashing back to the ’70s, the “Hippy Glam” mood celebrates freedom and femininity. Digital prints evoke embroidery, crochet, fringe and multi-colored folk details. The “Phygital” mood reflects the interaction between physical and digital, with lively optical prints and textural effects. Geared for fitness activities and competitive sports, prints have a three-dimensional effect in a primary palette accented with neutral black and gray. Sleek and ultra-contemporary, the “Iridescence” mood is focused on the functional fitness and spa markets. Visualize starry patterns, 3D digital prints, sequins, flashes of Lurex, and metallic pigments in gold, silver and bronze. For more information, visit sensitivefabrics.it.
The 12th edition of Interfilière Shanghai presented trend inspiration and tech innovations as well as a dedicated focus on the growing athleisure market. The show, which took place October 12-13, 2016, showcased exhibitors from across the bodywear industry. During its two-day run, Interfilière Shanghai debuted the Athleisure Prototype Show, which demonstrated the latest innovations and developments in the athleisure market.
In addition, the Mouv’ Innovation Forum, held in partnership with the Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie, revealed advanced technology and technical solutions for sportswear fabrications. The Trend Forum, a highlight of the show, previewed Summer 2018 themes, including the erotic “Body Desire”; the upscale, high-tech “Body Delight”; and “Body Rhythms,” which included a mix of active, beach and athleisure fabrics. In addition, Interfilière recognized exhibitors for their contributions to the industry during its 2016 Interfeel’ Awards. Winners included Liberty Tex for Embroidery; Takefast Textile for Athleisure; Shantou New Partner Textiles for Lace; and Penn Textile Solutions GMBH for Shapewear. Be Be Cotton Knitting received a Special Loungewear Award, and Les Tissages Perrin won the Jury’s Favorite award. For more information, visit interfiliere.com.
AC 12 Apparel Inc. is adding California MoonRise to its swimwear line-up. The modern bohemian swimwear and beach cover-up line will debut for 2017. Founded in Montreal, Quebec, California MoonRise is the result of a global artist and designer collaboration. Reflecting the brand’s inherent gypsy-inspired style, the California MoonRise muse lives by the motto: “I am a free spirit, living life to the fullest, through being myself and not being afraid of what others think.”
Made for the modern boho girl, the growing lifestyle brand has a timeless vintage look and offers unique, affordable pieces. The 2017 swimwear collection includes a full range of tops and bottoms as well as one-pieces with handcrafted details, such as beading, embroidery and fringe. There are plenty of mix-and-match options for swimwear as well as coordinating beach cover-ups. Styles include maxi dresses, chambray shorts, printed pants, rompers, tunics, vests and a lace cami with fringe, all created with the same boho-inspired vision. For more information, visit californiamoonrise.com.
Cover Me Swim is creating a fashionable new look and expanding for Cruise 2017, with new additions to its full-figure and Junior divisions. The 20-year-old Canadian cover-up manufacturer is utilizing its expertise to make its label more accessible to women of all shapes and sizes. “We are taking a more ‘avant-garde’ direction by adding a sexier, more feminine feel to our 2017 collection,” says Viviane Colpron, newly named partner and vice president of marketing and design. “The European flair of our Montreal heritage is very apparent throughout the new collection.”
The 2017 collection is inspired by the ’70s, with extra-large floral and paisley prints, fluid chiffon fabrics, modern crochets and revamped nautical styles. The Cover Me Plus collection includes 15 styles, which will be available
in an assortment of colors and prints in sizes 1-3X. In addition, 10 to 15 styles have been added for Juniors. For more information, visit covermeswim.com.
Snapper Rock Swimwear, a leader in sun-protective swimwear for children, is expanding with a new line for men and women. SR Swim will launch for Resort/Cruise ’17 at SwimShow, taking place July 16-19 during Miami Swim Week. “Our aim is to launch a sun-protective line for men and women that’s timeless and classic that any age can wear,” says Julie Rich, vice president of sales and U.S. operations. “Snapper Rock has always been a lifestyle choice for kids, and SR Swim is an extension of that lifestyle.”
The new collection is fun and sophisticated, yet takes sun protection seriously. Swimwear is made in UPF 50 sun-protective fabrics for women, and light-weight, quick-drying UPF 50+ fabrics for men. The women’s collection, available in navy solids, gold and white stripes, and exotic Moroccan prints, includes such styles as a halter bikini, deep V-neck one-piece, rash tops, swim shorts and batwing caftans in every print. The men’s collection includes a classic boardshort available in four colorful beach-inspired prints. For more information, visit snapperrock.com.