Archives: February 2012

estilo: Beyond the Bikini

Take a glimpse into Paula's Estilo – "style" in Portuguese – as we take you
beyond the bikini and into what inspires the ViX lifestyle. From behind-the-scenes moments
to Paula's own interpretation on luxury living, ViX is more than just a bikini.

Summer 2012 Behind the Collection: Paraty

February 29th, 2012

The iridescent blues and greens of the Paraty style from the ViX Swimwear Summer 2012 Collection is as beautifully vibrant as the natural settings its namesake is famous for.

Paraty is a small, historic town nestled in a picturesque coastal setting archetypal to the state of Rio de Janeiro. Seemingly suspended in time, the old churches, cobblestone streets and encroaching flora envelope Paraty in an aura of mystery. This once, highly important port of gold exports has seen increased tourism since its rediscovery in the 1970s and its antiquated city center allows for leisurely explorations by foot. The waterfalls of ...


Latest from Paula - Cris Barros

February 27th, 2012

Like Paula Hermanny, Cris Barros is a Brasilian designer that has impressed the fashion community with her unique collections imbued with Brasilian flair. This São Paulo-born designer began her career as a model and after completing fashion school and working with several industry gurus, launched her own brand in 2002.

Cris Barros credits her feelings and memories as the inspiration behind designing her collections, as well as having an avid interest in books and movies. She has been quoted saying, “I work using my feelings, it’s almost a natural process. Ideas emerge and I execute them.”

The Cris Barros ...


ViX Swimwear London Fashion Week Giveaway

February 24th, 2012

London Fashion Week concluded this past Wednesday, ending a bevy of exhibitions and runway shows featuring 120 UK and international designers. The London shows make up part of the big four Fashion Weeks in the world, which commences in New York and continues on to London, Milan and Paris.

The UK is renowned for its massive fashion industry and distinguished fashion colleges. The streets of London, alone, can easily double as sartorial inspiration for the style conscious. For the epitome of London style, look to model and contributing British Vogue editor, Alexa Chung. The British Fashion Council (BFC) recently appointed ...


Destino Brasil - Rua das Pedras

February 22nd, 2012

Designer Paula Hermanny spent Carnaval in Buzios, her favorite beach in Brasil. An emerald peninsula boasting stretches of beautiful beaches, Buzios has a plethora of charming aspects, one of which is Rua das Pedras or “Stone Street.”

Characterized by old world cobblestones, Rua das Pedras is a 600 meter strip of picturesque meeting places, brimming with exclusive boutiques, great shopping, street cafes and restaurants with exquisite dining. Skirting the coastline, this old world street attracts both locals and tourists alike with its quaint Brasilian allure. Rua das Pedras also comes alive at night, boasting lively bars, dance-inducing music and night ...


Destino Brasil - Satyricon Restaurant

February 20th, 2012

It is a time of summer revelries as Brasilian Carnival (also known as “Carnaval” in Portugese) continues until tomorrow, Fat Tuesday. Here at ViX Swimwear, we can’t help but turn our thoughts to the contagious energy that must be consuming the streets of Rio. Crowds of locals and tourists alike, are traversing the city and taking in all that the “Cidade Maravilhosa” or Marvelous City has to offer.

With so much to do and see, pare down your list with a gastronomic delight sure to make your trip to Rio de Janeiro a palatable one. Satyricon, in Ipanema, has ...


ViX Swimwear New York Fashion Week Giveaway

February 17th, 2012

The Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week is officially over but the bold colors, sumptuously layered knits and sleek silhouettes make the Fall 2012 designer collections impossible to forget.  Diane Von Furstenberg has been a consistent favorite of designer Paula Hermanny and the former’s latest runway show did not disappoint.  Paula was enamored with the vibrant color play, a key element in Von Furstenberg’s “Rendezvous” collection.   Fashion Week veterans such as Jill Stuart, Rebecca Minkoff, Charlotte Ronson and Derek Lam produced innovative collections that left us yearning for next winter.  Take a peek into ViX’s favorite looks from ...


Summer 2012 Behind the Collection: Safari

February 15th, 2012

The ViX Swimwear Summer 2012 Collection has finally arrived! Defined by the unbridled spirit of indigenous Brasil, designer Paula Hermanny’s latest line is a rebirth of classic animal prints, vibrant colors and bolder details.

December saw our first glimpse into the ViX Swimwear Summer photo shoot and we are so excited to finally unveil the newest styles of the season. Our first designer bikini of note is the Safari, ViX’s re-interpretation of snakeskin, done in watery hues of blue. As an unexpected detail, the Safari triangle bikini top features sliding gold accent beads with suede straps. A playful ...


Destino Brasil - Carnival

February 13th, 2012

Brasilian Carnival, or “carnaval” in Portuguese, is a time of high-spirited celebrations. About forty days before Easter, offices and shops close down for days of festivities that spring across major coastal cities of the country. As summer reaches its peak in Brasil, parties often spread out to the beach and last all day and night.

Though also widely celebrated in the cities of Olinda and Salvador, Rio de Janeiro has long been considered the Carnival capital of the world, specifically in the southern part of the city, Zona Sul. Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are prime beaches perfect for experiencing the ...


Brasilian Classic - The Girl from Ipanema

February 10th, 2012

Garota de Ipanema” or “The Girl from Ipanema” is a Brasilian bossa nova classic from the 1960’s that has had iconic popularity. The song was an international hit and went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. Written in 1962 by Vinicius de Moraes, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel, the song’s first commercial recording by Pery Ribeiro featured performers Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto and Stan Getz in the album “Getz/Gilberto”.

Our favorite part of the history on this Brasilian classic is that “The Girl from ...


New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

February 9th, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York has officially started and fashion festivities for the Fall 2012 season has the Big Apple a flurry with top designers, models and editors from all over the world. Super Bowl Champion, New York Giant’s Victor Cruz, had the honor of cutting the red ribbon yesterday, kicking off a worldwide chain of Fashion Weeks, starting in NYC, and continuing next in London, Milan and Paris.

Lincoln Center has been the new home of NY Fashion Week since 2010, and hosts a week-long series of runway shows, featuring over 70 designers, including mainstays Michael Kors, Vera ...


Destino Brasil - Ponta dos Ganchos Resort

February 6th, 2012

If a private reprieve marked by tranquility and indulgence is in order, the Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is not one to disappoint. This secluded escape is set on a peninsula south of São Paulo and made Tatler Magazine Travel Guide’s “101 Best Hotels in the World.”

With colorful fishing villages, the lush rainforest and Brasil’s Emerald Coast constantly a glimmer, guests can soak up the natural scenery or luxuriate in the privacy of their own bungalows. The resort features all-inclusive dining, making fresh foods and local delicacies conveniently available. Venture out to find toucans on the hiking trails ...


Brasilidade - BossaCucaNova

February 3rd, 2012

BossaCucaNova is a Rio de Janeiro based music group famous for “bossa with a new mind.” The band combines traditional bossa nova with electronica and funky beats. They received worldwide recognition at the 2002 Latin Grammy Awards for their album “Brasilidade,” referring to “Brasilianess” and the distinct Brasilian attitude. Marcio Menescal, DJ Marcelinho DaLua and Alex Moreira pool their talent and a broad range of musical elements such as jazz, break beats and complex melodies that catapult Brasilian music to the attention of a new generation.

The next time you find yourself entertaining, consider BossaCucaNova for creating a lively dinner ...


Trend: Neutral Color Blocking

February 1st, 2012

Neon and bright solids abound in the recent color blocking trend for 2012. At ViX Swimwear, we adore our basics as much as we adore a striking hue so much so that we’ve put our own spin on color blocking.

Try pairing off-white and black, cream and navy or warm bone with leather accents. Re-inventing a trend is a talent inherent to designer, Paula Hermanny. “I like playing around with contrasting colors,” she tells us, “because they make a bold statement for a look that is always classic.”

This play on basic colors was also seen in Spring/Summer ...


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