Last week on July 5th, members of the media were invited at sunset to White Modern Cuisine, to take part in Bikini Day Celebrations on the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard – with a silent d.
International bikini day featured a fashion of itsy-bitsy things, showcasing the talents of local and international, Latin American designers.
Most notable Gigiola Gomez, who has been active within her own brand since 2010, participating around the globe in fashion weeks, promoting Aruba as a vacation destination. This time Gigiola showed off a bikini and caftan, Biento, inspired by the island’s spectacular sunset. The bikini was royally worn by Arnalda Lampe with make up by Andy Mendez, simply spectacular.
Gigiola also introduced a young designer Daniella Carrion, promoting her own brand with a clever name Vitamin Sea.
The show at White Modern Cuisine included a twist, a literal fabric twist on many of the bikinis representing the fight against breast cancer. All designers twisted their bikini tops, artistically, to help promote October, Pink Month, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Among designers included in the show:
From Argentina, Cipitria, with designer Maylen Irigoitia
From Brazil, Aqua de Sal, with designer Fabiola de Oliveira Machado.
From Chile, Sebastián Del Real Ossa
From Colombia, MolaMola, with designer Adriana Dangond
From Peru, Capittana, with designer María Daniela Núñez Dodero
Most designers used Aruba as a point of departure for their bikinis, inspired by the island’s color-scheme, our palm trees, ocean, sun, flowers, flamingos, sunsets, beaches, the Faro Blanco and the Fofoti trees.
During the week, under the umbrella of ‘One Fashion Island,’ the designers conducted fashion photoshoot targeting the Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, and Peruvian markets.
The Aruba Tourism Authority in collaboration with the ATA Latin America also invited a number of social media influencers, reporting live from the front with Argentine actress Emily Lucius, 411K followers; Brazilian model Priscila Uchoa, 50.9K followers; Chilean socialite Valeria Ortega, with 145K followers; Colombian actress María José Martínez, with 190K followers and finally actress Daniela Núñez (The Velvet Secret), with 116K followers.
Bati Bleki was there too.