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20ies Flapper Girl look and 40ies glam style for swimwear

The Austrian knitwear specialist Wolford presents a retro-sportive swimwear collection, designed by Ronald van der Kemp. This is the second season that the designer creates the company's own collections. Since some years Wolford collaborates additionally to its own line with international designers like Giorgio Armani, Kenzo, Missoni, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood...

Wolford has started with the production of ladies stockings with conventional American knitting machines in 1950. Today, Wolford produces several knitted articles alongside to stockings: since 1996 swimwear, the first accessories followed after the dress StarckNaked by Philippe Starck (1998) in the early 2000ies. In 2005 Wolford launched the first ready-to-wear collection.

The designer

Since March 2007 Ronald van der Kemp is the chief designer of Wolford's own collections. Ronald van der Kemp studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art & Design in Amsterdam and works since 1989 as a professional fashion designer for Celine, Escada,...

The swimwear collection SS2009

On Wolford's website you will find out that the collection seems to be strongly influenced by the sportive years of the 20ies and 30ies fashion and its cheeky Flapper Girl chic. The adventurous girlish look is best expressed by the bright red animal printed 'Safari' swimbandeau and tanga with a hairbandeau for the practical swim-bob-look.

The second line is named 'Skyline' and is made for sportive swimmer with bandeau swimsuits and swimbra in zig-zag design.

Another line has the classical 40ies glam-appeal: 'Neptune' plays with transparencies and accentuates - in contrast to the boyish Flapper girl look - female forms and is made to "attract attention" with a swim tanga with coloured belt and cup balconnet

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