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Rio delivers bikinis in mesh and rigid metal

The Brazilian bikini, among the skimpiest iterations of the simple spandex triangle and string design.

By Associated_Press Apr 22, 2013 8:39PM

By JENNY BARCHFIELDAP Fashion Writer

Judging from the innovative, inventive and some downright strange beachwear options that hit the runways during Fashion Rio, the seaside metropolis' five-day-long fashion showcase, the sky's the limit. The spring-summer 2013-14 edition, featuring collections by about two dozen designers, wrapped up late Friday night.

At Blue Man, there were bikinis in see-through mesh, made legal in this country, where skinny dipping is permitted on only a handful of beaches, by strategically placed lozenges of fabric in Technicolor tropical prints. And in case hitting the beach in what essentially amounted to psychedelic censor bars doesn't appeal, the label had many a fuller coverage offering on display, including a few all-enveloping, long-sleeve unitards whose sexiest features were zippers running all the way up the models' prominent spinal columns.

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

For those looking for more of a happy medium, there were a host of bikinis — with string or bandeau tops, low- or high-rise bottoms — in colonial watercolor and tropical hothouse prints.

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Among the few shows held outside the special tents set up at a marina on the city's picture-postcard Guanabara Bay, the Blue Man display took place at the former residence of the Portuguese ambassador, a sumptuous colonial mansion with sprawling tropical gardens.

A monkey in a nearby tree took in the show with a look of nonplussed nonchalance, as if to say he'd seen better. The homo sapien guests, however, were duly impressed, applauding and hooting with gusto.

Lenny Niemeyer opened her show with a long-sleeve one-piece that looked like the love child of a swimsuit and a sweatshirt. Made from a thick material that held its sculptural shape, the suit had puffy sleeves that appeared as if they'd been grafted from a schlumpy sweatshirt onto a racy leotard. Not necessarily the most weather-appropriate design for the tropics, but certainly an eye-grabber.

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from Herchcovitch summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from the Herchcovitch summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from Nica Kessler summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from the Nica Kessler summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Models wear creations from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Known for her use of muted earth tones and the clean, almost architectural lines of her swimwear, Lenny Niemeyer sells some 350,000 pieces a year, mostly at her 26 boutiques throughout the country, but also at multi-mark shops in Britain, France, the Bahamas and in 23 U.S. states. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Models wear creations from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Known for her use of muted earth tones and the clean, almost architectural lines of her swimwear, Lenny Niemeyer sells some 350,000 pieces a year, mostly at her 26 boutiques throughout the country, but also at multi-mark shops in Britain, France, the Bahamas and in 23 U.S. states.

A model wears a creation from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. While still almost alarmingly itsy-bitsy by American standards, Lenny's bikinis are less revealing than most bikinis in Brazil, and less flashy and cutesy than the bubblegum pink offerings of many local swimwear labels. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

While still almost alarmingly itsy-bitsy by American standards, Lenny's bikinis are less revealing than most bikinis in Brazil, and less flashy and cutesy than the bubblegum pink offerings of many local swimwear labels.

A model wears a creation from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. While still almost alarmingly itsy-bitsy by American standards, Lenny's bikinis are less revealing than most bikinis in Brazil, and less flashy and cutesy than the bubblegum pink offerings of many local swimwear labels. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Lenny summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Triya summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Other unmissable looks from Niemeyer, whose bold lines and use of subtle earthy hues have catapulted her to international fame, included turtleneck one-pieces kitted out with flippy little skirts and skimpy bikinis that looked as if they'd been made out of scuba suits.

Triya delivered a rigid metal bandeau top that looked as if it had been made from a cast of the model's chest. But it was the kaftan printed with a photo from Helmut Newton's "Big Nudes" series that really had the spectators doing a double-take.

A model wears a creation from the Salinas summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from the Salinas summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Salinas, the well-heeled teens' label of choice, eased off the saccharine and toned down the screaming pinks, delivering an unusually sophisticated collection dominated by black and white polka dots. The theme was "La Dolce Vita," and competing snippets from the soundtracks of classic Italian movies from the 1960s blared over the loudspeakers as the models strutted the polka-dotted catwalk in vertiginous heels. The label blurred the usually well-defined line between one-pieces and bikinis, sending out spotted bandeau tops with high-rise granny pants bottoms or itsy-bitsy bottoms with a maxi-top that nearly reached the models' navels. Both looks left only the thinnest strip of exposed skin between top and bottom.

A model wears a creation from Salinas summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from the Salinas summer collection during Fashion Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A model wears a creation from the Cantao summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A model wears a creation from the Cantao summer collection during Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Models wear creations from the Sacada summer collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The city is holding its annual Fashion Rio events. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Models wear creations from the Sacada summer collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

While the swimwear shows are always the highlight of Rio's summer lineup, most of the labels field daywear. Top daywear displays included Oh, Boy!, which fielded a collection of denim shorts and tops so abbreviated and so laden with tassels, studs, rhinestones, patches and other embellishments, they hit the sweet spot where tacky becomes fabulous.

Reserva lived up to its reputation as Rio's answer to the intellectual Belgian label Martin Margiela with a performance-influenced show that was heavy on concept, light on actual clothes. The show, among the week's sole menswear displays, saw a parade of hipster-looking male models from whose backs emerged clothes racks, each hung with a costume that dangled a meter in front of them, as if to suggest the remarkable character they had lurking inside — a pirate, Superman, Fred Flintstone — beneath the unremarkable streetwear.

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44Comments
Apr 23, 2013 4:55PM
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wow if you guys don't want them I'll take 'em all on!
Apr 23, 2013 4:27PM
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Why are models not permitted to smile?  That would make them look so much nicer!  I'm sure they spent a lot of time and expense on their dental work, as much as everything else, so why prohibit them from letting people see them smiling???

 

Apr 23, 2013 4:19PM
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Those clothes are ugly and not real impressed with these models either.  I can go to the mall and see much hotter women walking around.  Give me a woman with some curves and some big beautiful boobs to play with.  These girls need to eat some food and put on some weight!
Apr 23, 2013 4:00PM
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Man all those models look like stick figures, anorexic looking. They have the bodies of teenage boys, yuck.
Apr 23, 2013 3:05PM
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I love women!!! I do, but when they look starved half to death, some of that attraction falls to the way side. I like a natural woman, one that eats regularly, and fully, not a total sweat hog, mind you, just a natural woman!!!

 

Some of these fashions, I wouldn't want to see on women. That metal looking bikini, wow, soooo hot!!!!!!!

Apr 23, 2013 2:40PM
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ummmm hot sun + metal = burnt skin

duh

 

Apr 23, 2013 2:39PM
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Wow!  These models have breasts and I'll bet genitilia between their legs, unlike any other woman on earth. Isn't that amazing? Why is this so special?
Apr 23, 2013 2:37PM
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How come models always look so bored and unhappy?
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