Sao Paulo fashion week put Brazilian designers in the global spotlight in Mid-April, and taking center stage were the labels' funky new beach and swimwear creations.
As might be expected from a nation with one of the most vibrant reputations in the world, rainbow colors and stripes were the order of the day, with the Brazilian penchant for fun, bold beachwear holding strong.
The cuts were relatively conservative, leaving the patterns to do the talking, as was the case with fashion house Amapo, which even debuted a long-sleeved swimsuit in stark black, featuring a six-threaded ribbon of color splashed across the torso. The brand also unveiled a fun one-piece featuring different folds of vibrant-hued material stitched together in a cross-body shape, which perfectly captured the festive spirit of the aesthetic.
Brazilian brand Lenny Niemeyer confirmed the trend with his low-cut one pieces featuring horizontal muticolored stripes in greens, blues and oranges. Rope detailing at the straps added a fun nautical twist to the look.
There was also a trend towards sportier, more masculine shapes, with crop-top and bikini pant combos proving popular on the runway. The label 2nd Floor led the way, with its bikini designs featuring high necks, thick straps, generously-cut bottoms and sporty zip detailing.
A colorful graphic motif and bold black ribbing kept the overall effect dynamic and stylish. Lenny Niemeyer was also in on that trend, offering off-the-shoulder crop-top bikinis in bright coral with a bold red diamond motif covering the chest, made to emphasize athletic bodies. The label also put a more classic spin on the look with a monochrome cream and navy off-the-shoulder bikini, making boyish nautical style fun.