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Browsing about the summer 2010 Bantu swimwear collection, it's easy to fall in love with the bright, fun pieces and look right past their true cause. As fashionable as it is, the Bantu collection and philosophy bats not an ignorant, but a conscientious eye at the third-world state of their beloved continent to illuminate it in the social spotlight. Now that Africa has a heightened sense of popularity drawn about it for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Bantu gives us one more great reason to turn our minds to the seasoned land of the Sahara. The attractive beachwear is really a campaign to attract tourism to Africa's coastal beauty. Bantu, also an African language, people, and culture, uses its namesake to help define Africa (which has been stripped of many of its natural resources throughout the course of history) through it's own form of haute couture. Instead of the traditional tailoring of clothing you'd find other places, Bantu bases its beachwear with culturally-African wax cloth, allowing them to really beat a rhythm that rings their nationalism loud and clear. Check out this slideshow for some steamy, socially-advocating Bantu swimwear samples!
by Ida Hsiang
Rosa Cha designs are usually associated with unique swimsuits and bikinis that are fun and sexy, but what happens when it's not summer anymore? Rosa Cha has transformed their designs seamlessly to light and breezy to more appropriate for the colder weather. This was the label's first time showing in Brazil since new creative director and designer Alexandre Herchcovitch took over, and the new runway collection did not disappoint. Models strutted the catwalk in retro lingerie-inspired swimsuits and separates, as well as tailored skirts and blazers featuring expert draping and lace overlays. The pieces celebrated the female form, showing curves, but still staying sophisticated and original. Sexy cutouts, strategic paneling and bare midriffs in black, neutrals and multi-color patterns were given even more of an edge with exposed zippers and straps. The collection featured everything from lacy lingerie, innovative separates and colorfully modern diving suits while keeping with a common look and theme. Says Herchcovitch, "This is a fundamental moment for us to be able to use the brand's DNA in a larger number of pieces that go from fitness, spa, and the beach, to outwear," and the new F/W 2010 Rosa Cha collection does just that. Interested in seeing the new collection? Just click on the slideshow to see some favorites!