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3 Names to Know in Swimwear for Spring/Summer 2016

Temperatures are finally starting to drop on the East Coast as the country’s 12th-hottest summer on record draws to a close, but there was no respite for retailers perusing Pier 94 last week during Capsule New York Women’s Spring/Summer 2016 edition. From sporty, surfwear-inspired styles to deceptively sexy one-piece swimsuits, beachwear brands covered all bases.

Here are three U.S.-based labels set to make waves in swimwear next season.


Onia Spring 15 women's swimwear Men’s and boys’ swimwear brand Onia sailed into the women’s market in Spring ’15, offering one-pieces, string bikinis, reversible bandeau tops and swim shorts in an array of sleek solids, like bijou blue, tomato puree and sea spray, as well as ditsy floral prints and photo-real leaves.

For Spring ’16, the New York-based brand will ship two collections—one in February and another in April—featuring such fast-drying fabric blends as a Spanish gingham made from an ultra-lightweight and moisture-wicking nylon-poly blend and a brushed nylon from the storied Liberty of London.

In keeping with the simple styles seen in its debut, the first drop next spring takes its lead from Greece, spanning black and white floral to a green and red “birds of paradise” print, while the second—in shades of teal, orange, yellow and lilac—is inspired by the brightly colored houses of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.


In the one year since its launch, Seilenna has become known for offering a variety of styles to suit most sizes and body types, from tiny triangle tops Seilanna Spring 15 swimwear and string bottoms to a one-piece with an exposed lower back to beach-to-bar crop tops with mesh details—and the brand’s Spring ’16 offering is no different.

Using technical fabrics from Oeko-Tex certified mills in Italy and Belgium, Designer Annelies De Rouck presents an assortment of whimsical prints, like an Art Deco-inspired one featuring ladies in 1920s-era bathing suits, and jewel-toned solids. The line also offers coordinating kaftans, jumpsuits and shorts.

Made by Dawn

Made by Dawn Summer 2015 swimwear Hawaii-born designer Dawn Peterson’s aptly titled brand Made by Dawn combines the laidback spirit of coastal living with fresh silhouettes to bow a collection that’s subtly sexy for Spring ’16. Designed in Santa Barbara and made in Los Angeles, ruching and ruffles abound, with styles ranging from a jumper bottom (designed to be worn with a bandeau top) to high-neck halter tops in orange, blue and tie-dye hues. Velvet makes a surprising appearance, too—but Peterson insists it’s water resistant.