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Vix's super-romantic Duchesse Paula bikini. 

Everyone knows that the heart of bikini culture is Brazil — it may have been invented in France (fun fact!), but the itsy-bitsy sexy swimsuits that rule the runways nearly always reference the skimpy style synonymous with the South American party capital. Vix Swimwear has been crafting colorful, sensual swimsuits in Brazil since 1998 and is now a global brand that spreads the Ipanema vibes to shores worldwide. Season after season, we're continually excited to see what Vix designer Paula Hermanny will cook up in the studio, and spring 2017 is no exception. Leather accents might seem avant-garde for swimwear, but Hermanny proves that a touch of toughness on the beach is genius. Here are a few of our fave suits in action, courtesy of Vix's lust-worthy Insta snaps

 

 

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BFFs and bikinis—what more do you need?

 

 

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A sexy triangle top never gets old—we love the light-handed detail, which adds so much. 

 

 

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Such a gorgeous azurene shade — this sleek one-piece is an instant classic. 

 

 

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Ah, Brazil, where bikini tops are optional. 

 

 

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We're loving the updated chevron-ish triangle pattern of the Ananda bikini. 

 

 

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#onaboat and fabulous, as Vix-ens should be.