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30 Jul

Beach Bunny Runway Report: It's a Space Jam!

Posted by Bikini Owner


Hello, space oddity. You can put your helmet on. Beach Bunny took us out of this world last night, no space suits or rocket ship required.

With Orange County native Angela Chittenden at the helm, Beach Bunny is known for its designer collaborations, sharing design duties in the past at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim with the likes of the Kardashians. But this year, They upped the oomph factor by bringing on design duo The Blonds. Cue the shockwaves.

The Blonds are known for their spectacular costumes typically designed for pop stars. Fans of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were in for a treat Friday night for a show that catered to fantasy. The space exploration theme took us to another place far away- one where Barbarella joins forces with fembots to create barely-there beachwear with a sharp edge. Think crystal corset one-pieces, shoulder-length hoop earrings, larger-than-life bangles, teased hair, and silver eyeshadow. Even the models’ nail art stood out amongst the sea of long legs and thigh-high Christian Louboutin boots.

While some of the pieces might not be considered practical for a day at the beach (a corset made entirely of chains might anchor you in the water, for instance), a lot of the swimwear was more like moving art, with details as out-there as zippers, and long-sleeved, hooded swimwear with huge metal stars.


But don't worry; plenty of swim-friendly pieces were on deck at Beach Bunny. Bright pink and silver one-pieces, lots of neon bikinis, and metallic snake skin printed bandeaus seemed to be crowd favorites, as well as their ikat zig-zag-printed fabrics. Even their cover-ups were standouts, with pieces like a black sheer asymmetrical dress with blue sequins that shone like stars in the moonlight.

But The Blonds are clearly all about the details; sequins and rhinestones updated the otherwise basic bikini, and suede thigh-high boots added a clearly sexy vibe. The capelets were a nice, subtle surprise, as they went down the runway in the form of mini cover-ups in metallic fabrics.

The water-inspired floral prints were the ready-to-wear standout at this show, with floor-length cover-ups and bikinis. Other key pieces on the runway included seashell-adorned one-pieces, monokinis with cut-outs galore, and string bikinis with large neckpieces. The collection was all about the accessories, too, with chain mail necklaces that connected to the wrists, rhinestone and sequined boleros and basically anything that one might find in space attached to corsets.

The music selections gave a not-so-subtle nod to the evening's theme, starting with the Beastie Boys ("Intergalactic", anyone?) to a dubstep remix of the theme from Space Jam. Yes, that Space Jam. No one had to fight for their right to party at this show, as lots of attendees were dancing in their seats and pumping their fists. We spotted Sports Illustrated Swim model Nina Agdal sitting front and center for a taste of The Blonds' space jam. David Bowie would be proud.


Favorite Piece: Yellow and taupe shimmering bikini

Theme: out of this world

Color Scheme: bright colors- silver, gold, bright blue, hot pink

Trend: big metal accents, zippers, wild patterns, and bright colors