LONDON, Mar 18, 2011/ FW/ — From retro to ethnic, to animal prints and florals, expect summer 2011 to be and eclectic season of eye-catching swimwear.

  • Retro Glam

From debutantes of the 50’s to Mad Men of the 60’s and Studio 54 disco divas of the 70’s, today’s ultra-glamorous women are looking to the past for inspiration. High-waisted, two-piece bikinis figure prominently in this elegant vintage trend.

  • Ethnic

We’ve seen it on the catwalk and now we will see it on the beach. Swimsuit designers are also fascinated with travel like most of us, so it’s not surprising to see Native American, Moroccan, Aboriginal Australian and African inspiration on swimwear. It’s exotic sex appeal for citizens of the world with a fun sense of adventure.

  • Animal Prints

Since we are already going around the world, then expect to see a lot of animal prints from leopard to tiger, even crocodiles. But animal prints do not mean just safari. Don’t be surprised if you see a peacock design somewhere.

  • Florals

Playful paisleys, groovy geometrics, and fun flowers and fruits in eyecatching, vibrant bursts of color provide an antidote to minimalist and monochromatic looks. These bold, bright patterns give everyone the opportunity to break out and have fun with their swimwear.