CAPRISTAN Swimwear "The Secret Garden"

It takes just the right mix of coverage, comfort and sex appeal to create the perfect swimsuit. 

Since the dawn of the bikini, when fashion trumped practicality, we’ve asked almost the impossible from a fistful of fabric constructed into modern swimwear: It must be functional, cover key parts and fit like a second skin. And, of course from a style standpoint, it must be alluring.

Woe then, to the designer. It takes chutzpa to embrace a garment burdened by unrealistic expectations that often lead to disappointment for the would-be-wearer. Finding a balance is a precarious proposition.

The solution, some designers think, is to move away from overwrought designs meant to cinch, pinch, suck and tuck, which can actually draw attention to the very things the wearer wants to hide. Think of the woman who wears a skirted tank: Clearly she doesn’t want to show off her thighs, but she’s telling the world that she’s hiding them.

When it comes to acceptable swimwear, designers say, Americans are some of the most unadventurous people on the planet. “Swimsuits have become such a hot button issue,” says Keiko Fukuzaki, a New York swimwear designer, whose custom-made suits regularly grace the Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issues.

Like Fukuzaki, Martin Capristan (who left Juicy Couture in New York to design and manufacture his unapologetically sexy swim line Capristan in Orlando) also plays with illusion to create something sexy—but subtly less revealing. His popular monokinis are cut past the navel, but there’s enough fabric on each side to conceal a stretch mark or two. A fan of new, soft materials, Capristan is experimenting with a rayon and Spandex mix that feels as soft as a tissue-thin cotton T-shirt.

Why did Capristan decide to focus on a garment that many love to hate? Well, he’s human: The female form free from layers of clothing is hard to resist—especially if it’s on a sun-drenched beach.

“There is something so beautiful about swimwear and working with stretchy fabrics,’’ Capristan says. “It just complements the body.” -VIA 

BY SHELLEY PRESTON | PHOTOS BY BETSY HANSEN

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CAPRISTAN Swimwear Available Downtown DIVAS Boutique 2724 E Colonial Dr Orlando , Fl 32803