Swimming in Vegas

Every wardrobe should have two kinds of swimsuits; one that forces you to swim for fitness’ sake and the other that makes you want to wear it on the red carpet. When high-end fashion swimwear labels like Mark Hoffman, Fendi, La Perla, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Missoni are involved, it’s usually the latter kind of opulence.

When luxury brands offer such escapism, you can’t help but picture a poolside party on a warm summer afternoon. It’s not just another image of a pretty lady modelling her bikini. But it’s the high fashion labels’ version of selling a good life where paradise can be easily found. Their vision of ‘paradise’, of course!

Vegas magazine’s summer 2011 issue reiterates flamboyance through a steamy editorial, where the model Chrissy Teigen’s lifestyle seems more important than the ‘swimsuit’ in itself. The narrative photography with high contrast and sepia undertones is an artistic epitome of a perfect summer life.

But the luxury labels haven’t missed out on the 2011 bikini trends of monokinis, plunging necklines, vintage-inspired cuts and statement strapping. Stylist Yahaira Familia even kept the colour palette lavish; deep plum, emerald green, grape purple and gold.

swimwear shoot in vegas

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11
Chrissy Teigen: Vegas, S'11

It doesn’t matter if you can’t wear knit cover-up trousers or six inch Louboutins to the beach. There’s always an excuse to wear them at a pool party where entering the water is an optional choice.

Click on the thumbnails to browse through the full editorial, which was photographed by Rony Shram.

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Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.