Designer spotlight: Swimwear

Make a splash in the stylish swimwear from these four local labels.

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  • Whitney bikini in Plaid Patchwork, $134 (normally $158), at Steven Alan Brooklyn

    Whitney bikini in Plaid Patchwork, $134 (normally $158), at Steven Alan Brooklyn

  • Henrietta bikini in Blue Swiss Dot, $133 (normally $156), at Steven Alan...

    Henrietta bikini in Blue Swiss Dot, $133 (normally $156), at Steven Alan Brooklyn

  • Clementine bikini in Red Ikat, $156, at stevenalan.com

  • Ursula bikini in white eyelet, $133 (normally $156), at Steven Alan Tribeca

    Ursula bikini in white eyelet, $133 (normally $156), at Steven Alan Tribeca

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    Designer Thomasine Dolan

    Designer Thomasine Dolan

Whitney bikini in Plaid Patchwork, $134 (normally $158), at Steven Alan Brooklyn

Whitney bikini in Plaid Patchwork, $134 (normally $158), at Steven Alan Brooklyn

Thomasine Dolan of Thom Dolan (thomdolan.com)

Who she is: After a successful career designing clothes for top brands like Bill Blass, Giorgio Armani and Banana Republic, Thomasine Dolan grew weary of the paralyzing decision-making process often synonymous with the corporate world. "Ideas tend to get watered down because you have to appeal to a mass audience," she says. "I wanted to be a part of something that had gut instinct." Ready to play by her own rules, Dolan began working on her line of vintage-inspired women's swimwear in March 2010.

About the line: Dolan's colorful, mismatched bikinis ($160) are a departure from trendy asymmetrical suits that are, she jokes, "fine if you're going onstage with Lady Gaga." Instead, Dolan opts for a wholesome but sexy look, using forgiving cotton fabrics and clean cuts that flatter all shapes. Inspired by her travels to Maui, Indonesia and Los Angeles, where the bikini top is a veritable wardrobe staple, Dolan designs suits for everyday wear, not just for the water. Adamant about preserving New York's Garment District, Dolan's bikinis are all made locally.

Buy it here: Mention TONY at Steven Alan (103 Franklin St between Church St and West Broadway, 212-343-0692 * 347 Atlantic Ave at Hoyt St, Downtown Brooklyn, 718-852-3257 * stevenalan.com) for 15 percent off Thom Dolan bikinis through June 8.

 

Thomasine Dolan of Thom Dolan | Jason Laurits of Paste | Emilie Bon of Lilibon | Carl Cunow of Onia

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