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Arnette sunglasses were created by famed surfer Greg Arnette way back in 1992, and over the years the brand has become one of the most iconic and recognizable products in the eyewear industry. Arnette sunglasses are sought after due to their unique combination of high quality, scratch and impact-resistant lenses and durable, light and stylish frame designs. If you are a first-time buyer looking for the perfect model of Arnette shades, the following are some of the most recommended products of the brand:
The Arnette Dropout is the prime example of lightweight design from the brand, with plastic lens and a frame made from grilamid. Grilamid is a transparent material processed via thermoplastic which means it is very light, has high flexibility and good resistance to both impact and weather. Despite being plastic, grilamid has low flammability and displays resistance to certain chemicals at select temperatures. The thin feel of the sunglasses’ frame and the dark lenses make it an ideal fit for summer or activities under the sun, especially if you plan to go to the beach. The Dropout is also relatively affordable since it’s made of plastic.
The Unreal model is another lightweight design of sunglasses, but it is also very sturdy as its frames are made with plastic polymer. The wraparound style of the Unreal model is great for people who are into sports or other outdoor activities, allowing them to move freely without worrying about their sunglasses falling off. Additionally, the model comes with polarized lenses for better visual focus, increased visual clarity and eye comfort under the glare of the sun.
The Arnette Slickster is a vintage-inspired, slim-framed design complete with a matte finish. Like the Dropout, the Slickster also uses grilamid as its main material, making it a good fit for summer outings. The frames are shaped rectangularly for a classic feel, and the lenses are available in black and gray shades. Like all other Arnette sunglasses, the Slickster offers 100% protection from ultraviolet rays while also providing users with a durable build that can last for a long time.
Arnette Hot Shot
The Hot Shot model boasts of exceptional lens crafted together with a light, comfortable wraparound plastic frame. Iridium is a special coating that allows the lens to adjust accordingly to various environmental conditions. The Hot Shot’s polarized lenses are made with the iridium coating to ensure that minimal deformation is done as the lens filter harmful light from the absorption of the eyes. As a result, this model regulates the glare and ultraviolet rays from light sources without compromising the clarity of the user’s vision.
Arnette Quick Draw
The Quick Draw is another great model for people who would like to use it for sports and recreational activities. This pair of sunglasses has an athletic, small and light rectangular frame while the polarized lenses are made with lightweight polycarbonate. The wraparound style of the model helps it settle in nicely to the face without disturbing the user’s vision.
There are several more models available in the Arnette catalog. Shop the latest range of Arnette Sunglasses at Great Southern Sunnies, they can help you to find something to suit. Arnette sunglasses are well-known for their high quality, style and range of designs, so you shouldn’t have a hard time making the right choice.
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London based contemporary fine jewellery designer Stephen Webster is known internationally for his cutting edge designs, traditional craftsmanship and responsibly sourced jewellery. We have been fans of his statement jewellery for years as his work is inspired by music, fashion, literature and art which allows his collections to be dynamic pieces that are highly covetable by icons, idols, music royalty to actual Royals!
Earlier this month, Stephen Webster was here in NYC and was a part of the Initiatives in Art and Culture Gold Conference which has a series of panels with notables in the jewelry industry who share their insights within this space as well as sharing their stories. We took some time to chat with Stephen to talk about how he got into the jewelry business, his involvement with this year's conference and his inspiration process.
ATHLEISURE MAG: What was the moment when you realized you wanted to be a jewellery designer and what was your journey, that eventually led to creating your own line?
STEPHEN WEBSTER: My passion for jewellery started when I was 16 years old, when I enrolled at art school. Originally, I had applied for the fashion course but after a tour of the department, which was full of sewing machines, I decided that perhaps it was not for me. Instead I discovered the jewellery department; workshops full of flames, chemicals, tools, noise and grime. A place where everyone seemed to be making treasure. This was for me. I spent the following ten years learning my craft, wanting to be able to make my own treasure. Starting my own company was a natural progression after an almost ten year spell in Canada and California working for a gem hunter. By this time, I had developed my own style and I could make anything if the medium was precious metals and gems.
AM: Tell us what the style and aesthetic of Stephen Webster is and what one can expect from your brand?
SW: Our brand has evolved from my personal passion for craftsmanship and the techniques both ancient and modern applied to the processes of making fine jewellery. Feeling stifled by an industry so steeped in tradition that there seemed to be little enthusiasm for creativity, I wanted to apply my skills to an aesthetic that felt more contemporary and progressive. This spirit of rebellion became the foundation of the company.
AM: What is your favorite collection that you have created and what is it about it that sticks out to you?
SW: If I had to choose, which I’d rather not, then it would have to be the Classic Crystal Haze ring. This piece truly put “Stephen Webster” the brand on the map. It's not just a design but more of a concept; people are still fascinated by the play of light and colour within Crystal Haze gems, not to mention the variety of colour we offer. The result is like an illumination, the light passes through the facets of the Quartz, bounces about inside the stone and reflects the colour back out to the eye. It's like magic but in fact; physics.
AM: What is the inspiration process like for you when you are creating your collections?
SW: It has always been my passion to cultivate jewellery collections that push creative boundaries, are innovative and are unreservedly cool. All my work reflects my personality. I am fortunate that selfishly, I have pursued topics and inspirations from my life’s experiences and translated them into our many collections. Within all of them there is vibrancy.
AM: Tell us about the Last Straw and why this was important to have within your product offerings as well as to be a part of a global social good effort?
SW: This initiative is our brand taking a stand for social responsibility. With the Last Straw one hopes to help raise awareness of the damage done to the seas by the 8.5 billion plastic straws we use a year in the UK alone. We teamed up with Plastic Oceans Foundation for this project to donate 10% of all sales to support its work. It’s well known that I personally have love of all things aquatic and over the years have taken part in several clean ocean and water initiatives. It’s important that no matter how small, we play a part in preserving our oceans.
AM: How important is sustainability as a brand and tell us about being awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury?
SW: Hugely Important. Throughout my four decade-spanning career I’ve always been an advocate of ethically sourced materials, travelling to mines in Peru and Tanzania to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of precious materials I use in my work. We work very hard to adhere to the strict codes of practice required to display the ‘Positive Luxury’ logo alongside our own. Our close involvement with meticulous craftsmanship, ensuring the sourcing of conflict-free gemstones, coupled with our community development activities allows us to use our position as a leading brand to inspire people, partners and customers to respect our planet. We aim to champion products and processes that contribute to healthier, happier communities while minimizing our environmental impact. Responsibility in a corporate sense was something we became conscious of due to the attention drawn to the diamond industry. We began to ask questions of our suppliers to ensure none of our products were unethically sourced. Following a trip to Peru to examine working conditions Stephen Webster championed the need for the jewellery industry to make a change, and with the help of Positive Luxury we have changed all our working practices.
PHOTOS COURTESY | PG 107 Zoe Law Jan | PG 108 Rankin | PG 109 Stephen Webster Jewellery |
How to choose a watch for a woman? If you have come to this question is that at least you have clear what to give; A watch is a guaranteed successful gift but we have some tips to help you choose the right watch.
Aspects to keep in mind to give a watch:
Luckily nowadays the budget will allow you to access certain brands, materials, finishes; but there are "low cost" brands that offer all kinds of styles at very affordable prices, for example Marea, Mark Maddox (Viceroy), Calypso (Lotus); brands created by major manufacturers such as Lotus or Viceroy. In all of them you will find options for all styles of women.
The age of the person to whom you are going to give a watch is important but not decisive, since not all women of an age have the same styles; But if there are some age ranges to consider as watches for girls, there are a variety of models markedly childish, or with colors and sizes that especially call attention to girls; even the communion watches we can say that they are models for girls, since from then on the girls tend to like younger models.
It is the most important factor to keep in mind when we are going to give a watch; In the first place we have to know the tastes and the style of the woman; It is true that there are many styles and women who use different styles depending on the occasion, if we identify that style well and we have a clear chance we will have an easy choice of model.
There are several styles but we will summarize by classifying them in the following groups:
Sport / Sport:
They are models with clear sports inspiration, normally employ very marked shapes and colors, offer features or functions oriented to the practice of sports (chronographs, lap counters, timers) but also offer resistance to water or shock. In this case, it would be a perfect gift for a woman who practices sports, who goes to the gym and likes to wear a watch, or who usually dresses with a very sporty style.
The casual models are those we use daily, which offer us the functionality of the watch and an aesthetic appropriate to our style but neither too bold, nor too elegant.
A classic style watch such as Breguet watch is simply a style that probably draws more attention to an older woman, but depending on the tastes and fashions can also be an option for a young girl. In classic styles, materials and finishes are usually used, such as gold, ceramics, which bring that elegant and classic look.
Vintage / Retro:
The models with vintage look differ from the classics in that they are usually adaptations or watches inspired by classic cut but adapted to some kind of trend.
Fashion style watches are very associated with fashion trends, they tend to be styles with a touch of fantasy, colors, stones, eye-catching spheres; usually daring watches. We can find models with very specific or identified colors. It is a good gift for that woman who changes the watch model frequently, who uses it as a fashion accessory and constantly combines it with her style.
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A few weeks back we popped into Vilebrequin’s store that is at Hudson Yards during their historic opening night. A few days ago we stopped in to the launch of Vilebrequin X JCC+ (Jean Charles de Castelbajac) at The Webster in NYC’s Soho. This line has always been on that we have loved as they make an assortment that includes mens, womens and kids. This collaboration adds an additional playful level and can be seen across a series of curated apparel as well as accessories.
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And just like that March arrived, which means we can seriously think about transitioning into Spring and eventually changing over our closets to the next season! This month's cover editorial includes two Wilhelmina models Theresa and Mietta who showcase some of the things that we truly enjoy about spring as well as trends that you can expect to see as we continue through this time of year. Our photoshoot took place in the Financial District and also includes how one can get around town with the new 2019 sporty midsize SUV crossover by Chevrolet's Blazer which keeps you connected due to their OnStar service, enjoying SiriusXM channels which makes commuting, shopping, errands and roadtrips as well as being equipped with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and built in Wifi.
Athleisure Mag's March cover story was shot by Paul Farkas, using Canon Mark IV; and selected Canon lenses: EF 50 f/1.2 L, EF 24-70f /2.8 L II, and EF 70-200 f/2.8 L II.
To create the makeup looks for the March 2019 cover shoot, MAKEUP ARTIST Jessica Bonilla used the following products:
THERESA'S FITNESS LOOK
// FOUNDATION | BECCA Skin Love in the color Driftwood | Maybelline Concealer in the shade Sand Sable | Cinema Secrets Pro 300 Series for Cream Contour | Hourglass Veil Setting Powder | BH Cosmetics Blush and Contour | Dose of Colors Highlight in the Color Mirame |
// EYES | Morphe 3b Palette in the colors Kinda Natural and Deep Hue Brown eye liner | Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara |
// LIPS | Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb |
THERESA'S SWIM LOOK
// FOUNDATION + LIPS | Same as Theresa's Fitness Look |
// EYES | Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette-Ring the Alarm using colors Loli in the inner corners and Bomb Ass all over the lid |
THERESA'S OUT + ABOUT LOOK
// FOUNDATION + LIPS | Same as Fitness + Swim Look |
THERESA'S EVENINGWEAR LOOK
// FOUNDATION + EYE | Same as Out + About Look |
// LIPS | Fenty Beauty in the shade Universal Red |
MIETTA'S FITNESS LOOK
// FOUNDATION | BECCA Skin Love in the shade Cashmere | Cinema Secrets Pro 500B Palette Concealer and Contour | Hourglass Veil Setting Powder | Tatcha Dewy Mist for a glow | BH Cosmetics Blush and Contour | MAC Cosmetics Skin Mineralizer for highlight |
// EYES | KKW Beauty in the shade Albanian and Armenian | Inglot Eyeliner | Ardell Lashes Wispie |
MIETTA’S SWIM LOOK
// FOUNDATION + LIPS | Same as Mietta's Fitness Look |
// EYES | Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Ring the Alarm in the shade On Camera and Boom all over the lid | Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Ring the Alarm in Alert on the lower lash line |
MIETTA'S OUT + ABOUT LOOK
// FOUNDATION | Same as Mietta's Swim Look |
// EYES | Switched the eyes using the same Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Ring the Alarm in the shade Rush all over the lid and lower lash line | Added a second pair of Ardell Lashes Wispie for extra fluff |
// LIPS | Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb |
MIETTA'S EVENINGWEAR LOOK
// FOUNDATION | Same as Mietta's Out + About Look |
// EYES | Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Bling Boss in the shade Bling Bling for the inner corner | Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Hush Hush all over the lid | Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Gluts and Glam over top | Inglot Eyeliner |
// LIPS | MAC Cosmetics X Aaliyah Collection Lipgloss in the shade Lili’a Motor City |
// BODY GLOW | Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist used on both models |
To create the makeup looks for the Mar 2019 cover shoot, HAIRSTYLIST Lea DeLoy used soon to be launched by Lea DeLoy and Styling Company:
Lea started each look with blow drying in Enlightenment medium hold mousse heat protectant and style memory. For the down styles sprayed in for heat protection and long lasting curls. Wrapped each section of hair in the same direction, on the inside of the curling iron, to create a wavy beachy and romantic texture.
Lea used Sunday Ritual Texture Spray to give volume and an undone, voluminous, texture. It simplified the 1/2 half up half down looks, as well as making up-styling easier. Sunday Ritual Texture Spray also added another layer of heat protectant for heat styling, and anti humidity to ensure frizz free all day.
She also added a glow and extra shine on each style with Moonlight Oil, Shine serum to add a glow to each final look. It adds super soft and weightless shine to each look.
Lea finished with Retrograde flexible hold spray for moveable texture hold.
MIETTA'S FITNESS STYLE | OUT OF ORDER Illuminate Sport Bra | BEYOND YOGA Leggings | TRETORN Lexie3 Sneakers | KATE YOUNG FOR TURA Donna Sunglasses | CRISPY GREEN Freeze Dried All Pear Slices // THERESA'S FITNESS STYLE | PHAT BUDDHA WEAR Penn St Blueprint Sports Bra | GOLDSHEEP Neon Palm Leggings | UMBRO Runner M Sneakers | VINCE CAMUTO Sunglasses | GOLD TOE Socks |
MIETTA'S SWIM STYLE | OVID COLLECTIVE Funky Pineapple Print + Jungle Print Bikini Set | LOVE BINETTI Black Surger Girl Kaftan | STELLA + RUBY Calypso Earrings in Turquoise // THERESA'S SWIM STYLE | MEI L'ANGE Eve Bow Tie One Piece Swimsuit | OLIVIA VON HALLE Mimi Venus Short Length Kimono Robe | STELLA + RUBY Wilting Rose Earrings | LAGOS 18K KSL Dia 2 Finger 6 Pyramid Open Statement Ring |
MIETTA'S OUT + ABOUT STYLE | ROBERT GRAHAM Gabriella Beach Print Silk Shirt | MAVI JEANS White Denim | KELLY WYNNE 3-in-1 Belt Bag | QUPID Shoes | VINCE CAMUTO Aviator Sunglasses | LAGOS Maya Turquoise inlay 3 Circle Pendant on 2.5 MM, 18K Caviar, Icon Turquoise 6MM with Caviar Ball Stretch Bracelet and Caviar Icon Turquoise Beaded Bangle Bracelet | SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Touch Hand Cream | INNISFREE Lip Sleeping Mask // THERESA'S OUT + ABOUT STYLE | JUICY COUTURE Queen Bee Dragonflies Jacquard Jacket + Shorts | LAGOS 18K Caviar Color Amethyst Gemstone Ring | VINCE CAMUTO Acha Heels | DAGNE DOVER Essentials Clutch Wallet in Sunbeam | STELLA + RUBY Heart Drop Earrings |
MIETTA'S EVENINGWEAR STYLE | IMMACULADA GARCIA Gown | BE THE GOOD Good Necklace | NINA JEWELRY Earrings | LAGOS 18K Torsade Wide 23MM Rope Bracelet // THERESA'S EVENINGWEAR STYLE | HERNAN ZAJAR/GROUP 868 Macrame Gown | LAGOS Maya Drop Earrings in Turquoise |
We know that some of our readers may be battling the remnants of snow, while others have enjoyed amazing weather. No matter where you're based, we're thinking one thing - swimwear. Pretty soon, all of us will be able to rock our favorite suits and with so many days of summer coming on the horizon - we had to talk with Monica Hansen of Monica Hansen Beachwear. This swimwear model, Miss Norway 1997, reality show star and host launched a line that has been a cult favorite and opened FUNKSHION's Miami Swim show last year. We talked with her about her passion for swimwear, how she goes about creating her collection, her upcoming show for Miami Swim and where we can find her hanging in Las Vegas where she is based!
ATHLEISURE MAG: Prior to creating your swim line, tell us about what you are up to previously as we know you modeled and were Miss Norway 1997!
MONICA HANSEN: I started modeling when I was 14, so it was a long time. I started out as a model and I used to do a lot of swimwear modeling, everything from runway to then getting into TV, hosting, some reality shows. Some people when they want to become models, they want to do it so that they can become famous or to become an actress – for me I was really into fashion photography and things behind the camera as opposed to being in front of the camera haha! Believe it or not, I am actually camera shy! I can’t take selfies unless I’m really drunk. I’m fine when it is a professional camera or it’s in my mind that I am going to be on TV to host, I’m fine and I’m on it. But when a friend or someone close to me wants to take a family or a group picture, I become shy and I just can’t do it – but I made a living doing it this way! It’s always been out of my comfort zone. When I’m modeling, I’m thinking that I creating art – professional work and so I know that it makes sense that I will be a part of this art. It’s really strange, I don’t know why I am like that, but it’s just the way that it has always been for me!
My passion is that I really do love photography and I do love art! I love creating and I have always been a business woman – even when I was modeling, in order to get work, you have to manage yourself like a business as there is a lot of marketing. Many people think that just because you have an agent, you’re set – but you really have to take charge to put yourself out there. Since I have always been an artist at heart, creating bathing suits was a natural transition for me from a design standpoint as well as other parts of this business. I really do enjoy doing this even more then modeling!
AM: What was the moment that you told yourself that you were going to create your own swim line?
MH: I guess that I always wanted to – it was just a matter of time. The timing was right because I was starting to get some recognition in my home country because I did a lot of TV and I thought, I should probably get some product out there. Previously, I had done a lot of swimwear and had worked for a line that is very well known now and one time the owner told me that she didn’t have a sales rep, but that she knew that I had worked with her for so long that I knew the line by heart. She had an emergency as she had buyers coming and didn’t have the sales rep so I ended up being the sales rep and I got to see all of the numbers and I was like, “I’m in the wrong business!”
I started with swimwear not because it’s the easiest – it’s actually complicated. You have to understand the bodies, the fit and the stretch and how it changes with different cuts of fabric with your patterns. I never went to design school, but I make all of the paper patterns myself.
MH: Yeah because I can draw and I had a mentor that would help me and a designer girlfriend of mine. She taught me how to do the paper patterns, I was able to pick it up and now I am able to do them myself. I do the whole collection myself, I run the business myself as well! We’re a small business so I’m the CEO, but I still manage everyone as well as doing the designing. It’s a lot, but with swimwear, it’s cheaper production in general although all of my fabrics are 100% Italian and I wanted to create something that I could produce and not have to worry about a larger production where I would have to worry about investors. Hopefully we will expand into more beachwear, but right now we’re focused on swimwear.
AM: Who would you say is the Monica Hansen Beachwear girl?
MH: It’s interesting because our target market is that we are trendy so we focus on a younger girl, but believe it or not, we have a 95 year old woman wearing our line and sending me pictures! It used to be that you could say that a number of swimwear designers were focused on younger generations, but now I feel like more people are wearing it and it’s more acceptable to wear it out even outside of the beach. I mean we had Christie Brinkley just wear it in Sports Illustrated and she was just in my bathing suit and she looked amazing! I would say that any confident woman that is all ages. What I did with my swimwear is that we have a lot of mix and match so I have like 7 bottoms that can go with a top. So the good thing about that is that you can buy 2 tops with 2 or 3 bottoms and every time you pair them together, it looks like a different suit. Also, everybody’s body is different. I purposely did it like that because sometimes you will go somewhere and say I love the top, but I don’t love the bottom with it – and that happens with every woman! Were all so different and we cater to everyone. I have suits for everybody in every shape. Some of our suits are a little more sexy and more revealing, but I feel that every woman in any shape wants to feel sexy and hot no matter what you are. Regardless of your shape, you’re not saying, “I want to wear this big diaper.”
AM: That is what has drawn us to your line the versatility, recognizing that that there are a number of shapes out there and the quality construction and fabrication!
MH: When I first started, I began with small, medium and large. Now, we have XS and XL and actually, the grading is a lot tighter. I made them as opposed to a whole size up – doing a half size up.! Because when you do 3 sizes, you’re missing the in-between and the grading becomes a bigger gap. So when you add the XS and XL, you’re bridging the gap where someone would say that it is a little too small or a little too big. Because of the fabrics that have stretch, you’re even luckier due to the 4 way stretch which makes it fit just right.
I used to have 100s of bathing suits and yet I would only wear 2 that were my favorite. They were the most comfortable, they didn’t have metals on them, etc. So when I design, I think of something that’s classic, great style and colors that go well with the skin tone. It’s also about having fabrics that feel good because you don’t want something that feels tight sitting on top of you and that makes marks. I’m trying to focus on fabrics that give you that hold and stretch but when you wear it, it doesn’t feel like you have anything on. My focus was keeping it fashionable and also being inspired by the 90s as I love that time period because it’s kind of my generation also! These suits are a higher cut because it gives women a longer look and it compliments every woman’s body. It’s more of a minimalist approach.
AM: We couldn’t agree more. When we looked through your Instagram, we know you have a number of the 90s supermodels on your page. But even when you don’t see them, the suits do give off the 90s “It Girl” vibe which is so classic and timeless juxtaposed against the Bardot elements of the line. It’s fun and has core pieces that you can truly wear over and over.
MH: Absolutely, I mean think about leopard that is a classic print that someone can wear as it will always come back and never fade. All of my colors are custom made and I’m very particular. When I first got into this because I didn’t go to fashion school or anything, I would look at these suits that just came with these stock colors and I would look at this bright orange and say, “Oh my God how do you wear this?” As it’s something that my grandmother would wear.” What sets us a part is that even though everyone can copy and try to do the same thing, people will copy you and that is part of what happens when something becomes part of the trend they make similar items. There is no copyright unless you make a print. It’s a compliment when I have seen some of the big brands copy us – it means that you’re in fashion and it will become trendy and there is a market for what you make.
What I have noticed is that when you have custom colors it makes it harder to do that as you’re mixing colors. It’s about the tones of the suit. We try to get colors that work on every skin tone as well.
AM: We can appreciate this because you have a gold tone on your website and it’s not brassy or more of an ancient, tone it’s just a great gold hue that we can see whether you’re fair, caramel complexion or olive in tone – it will work for you.
MH: I’m particular, I custom make every color except for black and white. Everything is made in Italy and I am proud of the fact that everything is Italian made! We have that stamp that says that we are 100% Italian made because from start to finish that is what we did. It wasn’t initially the plan to go that way, but when I started sourcing I consistently kept picking Italian fabrics. Our prices are in keeping with our competitors pricing but the difference is that when you buy their suits it’s not these quality fabrics manufactured in Italy, but our pricing is the same. I wanted to have quality.
AM: When you’re creating each season, what is this process like for you when you’re seeking inspiration and what is this process like for you when you’re deciding on your styles and cuts?
MH: Well that is the difficult thing. You have to be almost two years ahead when you’re designing. Because I have been in the fashion industry for so long and I was so tuned into it by looking at the editorials, photography, models and more – you can’t really go to school for that. It’s all about going into cycles were certain things are trendy and the predictions are difficult because it can be a bit hit or miss. All year around I pay attention to all of these factors and I see where the trend is going. The process is constant. I take tearsheets, screenshots and more and I have them in a folder where I put them together and label what that inspiration is. Then I start sourcing the fabrics. Right about now, the vendors have their 2020 selections available, so I sit down to then design. The process is that I get the idea and I do the sketches, the flat drawings and the paper patterns. Of course, the paper patterns – when they come in, there is a lot of back and forth between Italy which means a lot of late nights. There are a lot of video calls and more. It goes back and forth and then we get the final product – some works and some doesn’t. It’s a lot easier now because I have my classics that I do season to season and I can change the fabrics/colors or the trend idea. I also do runway pieces as well to have a little difference and we build them around the core collection. It’s a long process and it’s a difficult one. Being creative is not logical – when you’re creative, you can’t just always do it on demand. Some days you’re more that way and other times you’re not. So when you are pressured by time and a deadline, it’s not easy. Creating for yourself is great because you know what you like, but there are more elements involved when it’s for a range of women so it’s like being locked in a box and still being creative!
AM: Will Monica Hansen Beachwear be heading to Miami Swim this year?
MH: YES! We opened their Fashion Week last year and that was the first year to do a big show with the FUNKSHION platform. It was a big show and we had 30 models along with a full house. It was amazing we has Sports Illustrated, Elle Magazine. It was overwhelming and a lot of pressure because we knew that some people didn’t know who we were as we’re still a growing brand. People had heard enough that they were curious. More then just opening Miami Swim it was also my first show to do. I wanted it to be a big brand and I learned a lot from last year and we will do it even bigger this year!
There are a lot of brands that don’t have to do the fashion shows but where we are, we’re in that phase where we need to do that. We do 3 big events there that include the stores, the influencers, and it’s becoming such a big deal with that show and it’s like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and it cost a fortune too!
AM: How would you describe your line for 2019?
MH: Definitely 90s influenced, retro and the main piece of our line is called Bardot. The reason that we called it that is because we did that shoot in St Tropez and our model looked like her! That particular suit that she is wearing is actually from the 70s and so it’s a little like a spin off of that, but is inspired by that time. We have the animal print, there are colors that are more earthy tones and a bit of a safari/military aesthetic because we have the olive green. The summer/spring will still have the leopard which started last summer and trended into the winter so it will be there through the summer.
AM: So when you’re sitting poolside or at the beach, what are your 3 must hav3s that you love having?
MH: Obviously one of my bathing suits that I have made! There is a sunscreen that I like with a doctor friend of mine, Dr. Garth Fisher MD – Doc Block, that it’s the only medical sunscreen that you can actually wear makeup over and it’s healthy for the skin. It is clinically approved and I swear by it! I also bring a spray bottle with water and I like to bring virgin coconut oil for my hair. Coconut is also a natural sunscreen and is really good for you! I’m a huge fan of natural products and hydration.
AM: So you’re based in Vegas, we’d love to know where you enjoy going out for a meal/cocktail, where we could find you working out and of course where you like to shop!
MH: Oh boy! So I do Mega Pilates and it’s not like your grandma’s pilates. It’s called Mega Pilates and it has a reformer and it’s called Studio Remixx. It’s one of the toughest things that you can do and I have done everything because I’m a fitness fanatic. I do that 4 times a week. My favorite place to go out to for dining is Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I love the Apex Social Club at the Palms Casino Resort – which is more loungey. I love to shop at the Fashion Show Mall, but I also like the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace as they have the high end shops like La Perla! It’s always so packed with people but it’s one of the most beautiful malls.
PHOTOS COURTESY | Monica Hansen
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The final day of Vancouver Fashion Week took place yesterday and we were truly impressed by SINGH STYLES, designed by Kam Singh Bains which showcased menswear for women as well as menswear. The prints, fabrics and the depth of the presentation is one that we will continue to keep an eye on beyond this Fashion Week cycle. He is known for streetwear to flawless style which creates a sense of pop when this is worn.
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