by Susan Cohen
Vintage swimwear presents fashion’s biggest conundrum. It might be easy to find a fantastic ‘80s neon number, and many may long for the feminine styles of the mid-20th century. But to actually purchase and wear such fashion might be kind of icky.
You don’t know where that thing’s been. (Imagine I just said that in a sassy voice.)
Julie Wheat knows how to take the best ideas from retro pieces, like many of her Cavortress resale line, and incorporate them into her original designs; so in this case, you get the glamour without the gross. She showed off her 2010 swimwear collection at Jimbo’s Rock Lounge on Sunday night at the Hell Bounders Memorial Day Car and Bike Show, a benefit for J. Brian Flathman.
After an emcee announced the raffle winner of an American Biker subscription, the models hit the stage. There were lots of boy shorts and halter tops in hot pink and prints, accentuating all the right places like the perfect bathing suit should. My favorite was a one-piece, solid black except for a small pink rose on (pardon my language) one butt cheek. It’s all in the details. The girls could have easily walked off stage and blended in easily with the rockabilly crowd, though they would be leaving a lot less to the imagination. It was all over much too quickly; I wanted to see more.
I feel a little sorry for the evening’s models. They had to compete with the beauties outside the club. But the emcee did announce that the girls would be taking pictures with the cars and bikes. Sounded like an editorial shoot in the making to me.