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Agent Provocateur Bikinis & Swimsuits 2011

Tatum Swimsuit

Sexy 60’s style swimsuit with sleek moulded cups for incredible cleavage. The clever belt around the middle gives the illusion of a smaller waist, creating a beautiful hour glass silhouette. Stand out from the crowd in this striking cut-out swimsuit. Price: €265

Amylee Bikini

Sexy 50’s style knotted bikini top, created in our unique AP travel print. This pretty pin-up inspired bikini top is underwired to offer great support and fabulous shape. This versatile bikini features detachable straps and can be worn in either a halter neck or strapless style. Price: €145

Cheeky tie-side bikini bottoms created in our special AP travel print. Decorated with over-sized bows, these low slung bottoms help elongate the legs whilst giving great, sexy coverage. Price: €110

Tatum Bikini

Sexy 60’s style bikini top with sleek moulded cups for a streamlined silhouette. This stylish bikini bra features chic gold ring detailing, and gives great shape and support for all sizes. Price: €130

Sleek low rise bikini brief with chic gold rings at each side.  This sexy, Brazilian style brief cuts high across the derriere, creating a flirty and seductive look. This itsy bitsy cerise Brazilian brief is sure to turn heads. Price: €75

Candy Bikini

This cute, pin-up style bikini top is underwired and foam lined to give amazing support and lift. Created in kitsch spotted sateen swimwear fabric, this adorable bikini features a white broderie anglaise frill with a red and white striped bow at the centre front. This versatile bikini can be worn with or without the removable straps. Price: €145
Pretty low rise brief created in kitsch black and white spotted sateen swimwear fabric. These cute bikini briefs feature a playful white broderie anglaise frill and a red and white striped bow at the centre front. Price: €90

Risa Bikini

This gorgeous plunge line bikini bra features soft black swimwear fabric with classic AP pink stitching. Gold look branded buttons and clasp decorate this curve-creating bikini top. Sexy shaped cups create incredible cleavage. Price: €145

Low slung bikini brief for a flattering and sexy look. Featuring soft black swimwear fabric and classic AP pink stitching, these shortie style briefs are adorned with gold look branded buttons. Be daring and wear these cheeky shorts style briefs with a sheer white shirt. Price: €90

Zahra Swimsuit

Cleverly constructed, this boned swimsuit creates a mouth watering silhouette!  The corset-tie front allows for all sizes, whilst the sumptuous satin fabric enhances and flatters the shape.  A flash of red satin and the collar style cups add a stylish modern touch, whilst the handy zip back assists ease of wear. Price: €635

Source: Agentprovocateur.com by Susann Byman Ruud

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Stripes for Summer: Women’s 2011 Fashion Trend

2010’s infatuation with military fashion was heavily influenced by army and air force styling, meaning naval influenced pieces hardy got a look in. As the military trend winds down for spring 2011, we turn to new influences – but that doesn’t mean the nautical shall be overlooked entirely. For those fashionisers who are nautically inclined, Spring 2011 still has something in store. Don’t think of it strictly as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, in 2011, it’s the classic navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.

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Striped summer dress at Jil Sander SS11

The Style

Note that I didn’t say bold stripes, but dominant stripes. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look (though black and white can also work in 2011), the real key to Summer’s take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the below look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it’s about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.

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Striped summer dress snapped in Sydney by Vanessa Jacman.

As an illustration of the point be sure to look at the inspiration picture below; while most looks rely on bold stripes, you’ll see that the trend is just as effective when the stripes are thin. Hence for Summer 2010 look for dominant stripes, not necessarily bold ones.

The Pieces To Wear in 2011

Don’t think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please). As you’ll see in the inspiration gallery stripes can dominate an outfit in everything from hats to killer mini-dresses.

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Striped summer hat snapped byJak and Jil.

2011’s return of bell bottoms – a style which originated with the sailor pants of the US navy – also presents the perfect opportunity for creating nautical ensembles. And of course a striped top with flares is a combination that also lends itself to a perfectly 70s inspired look.

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Striped top and flared jeans at Fidelity Denim SS11

To Nautical Or Not To Nautical?

While Summer’s navy and white striped fashion trend isn’t a true take on navy inspired fashion, it’s likely to appeal to those who are in to the nautical aesthetic. If that’s you and you’re after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik’s sailor inspiration from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea. The shoot utilises the season’s stripe trend in the form of a dominant blazer, but takes the nautical motifs to far less subtle proportions.

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Layering

The natural inclination for layering nautical pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours (read ‘navy and white’). And I can’t fault that logic. It’s the easy option. But may I offer up one piece of inspiration that differs from the safe? Clashes of stripes with other patterns or prints, for example this shot of Nataliya Piro in Cosmopolitan magazine mixing (admittedly non-dominant) stripes with florals. The stripes don’t dominate, but in a crowded room the look certainly will.

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Nautical stripes with floral print.

Source: Fashionising.com by Daniel P Dykes

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