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Monday, March 16
Daily Nebraskan Supplement
ace, lace swims in spring
By Amy Edwards
Imagination is the newest idea in
swimwear this season, as styles range
from racy, animal prints to geometric
designs on suits that almost anyone
Cindy Korsakas, a sportswear buyer
for Ben Simons in Lincoln, said that
one of the biggest pluses for swimwear
this summer is in the cut of the suits,
and the greater number of people who
can wear them.
"Designers are finally listening to
customers' gripes for figure problems,"
Korsakas said. Designers are making
suits longer, and cutting the bottoms of
suits fuller, she said.
Color also is used to flatter figures.
Korsakas said that "color blocking"
(blocks of solid color pieced together
without any particular pattern) is used
to hid an imperfect figure.
Gail Ferro, swimwear managing
assistant for Saks Fifth Avenue in
Kansas City, Mo., said that the high-cut
leg from last year is no longer in.
"It's not so much the high-cut leg
now, as it is a cut with a design or ruffle
on the leg or waist. Anything that adds
interest is new," Ferro said.
Ferro also said that because of the
interest added to suits this season, and
the figure-conscious cuts of the suits,
people are willing to spend a little
more for a suit they like.
"People aren't looking at prices so
much," Ferro said. "They are looking
for a suit that fits, if they like the fit,
they buy the suit."
Elaine Jabenis, Fashion coordinator
for Brandeis in Omaha, also thought
the prices were not a big issue.
"I think people are willing to pay
more for a suit with individuality. It's
not just a dumb little suit. It's some
thing you can put on and feel special
in," Jabenis said. Jabenis said more
styling has gone into suits for 1987.
"Swimsuits have more fashion involved
in them than we've had in a long time,"
Most of the imagination has been
directed into the cut of the suits.
Jabenis said that many new suits are
very provocative, with high-cut legs and
plunging necks and backs.
"The backs of the suits have a lot of
crisscross or lattice on them," Jabenis
The newest bikini is not the "string"
of earlier times, Jabenis said. It is
made up of a "cropped tank top" and
higft-waisted bottom that can be rolled
A C-suit also is a hot item this
season. Jabenis defined the C-suit as a
one-piece connected on one side only,
with the other side cut out.
Gisela Axberg, sportswear buyer for
Miller and Paine in Lincoln, said that
their hottest item is the "monokini," a
one-piece suit with either both sides or
the middle of the suit cut out and the
Bike shorts are in for both men and
women, according to Axberg, and Marty
Howes, a csual-wear buyer for j.
Howes said that men's shorts are
from the 1950s look, longer at the
bottom, above the knee, a Madris style.
Howes said that the colors for the
season are solid, done in color-blocking,
and bright "sherbet" colors with a lot
of light in them. There also will be a few
"Out of Africa" colors; neutrals and
Korsakas said that bold geometries
and animal prints are among the hottest
designs at Ben Simon's this season.
One of the most common animal designs
is a snake imprint, Korsakas said. And
Jabenis said black is still one of the
most popular colors in swimwear.
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