At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM 2014, AQUARELLA teamed up with A. Che, Aguaclara, and Caitlin Kelly for a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week group show held in the Cabana Grande tent at The Raleigh Hotel. The spotlight shone on the AQUARELLA Swim 2014 collection for its compelling designs and futuristic-inspired silhouettes

Designer Javier Madrigal’s favorite piece, a golden yellow one-piece with diagonal slits across the chest and down the navel, opened the show. Following the full color spectrum from green to yellow to orange and, eventually, blue, the tropical hues were paired with gorgeous floral prints creating an exotic vibe. In an interview with SJ Chronicle’s Executive Editor Semant Jain, Madrigal shared, “We look for bright colors, colors that look good on people’s skin.”

AQUARELLA featured traditional bikini cuts with a mixture of ultra-modern and unexpected cutouts. The ruffled bikini top with a string-tie bottom was a more conventional look, but the collection also mixed it up with a multi-colored two-piece featuring five parallel side strings across the hip and a top that weaved at the cleavage.

Madrigal says he designs for a woman who is sexy, feminine, confident, and desirous of an enjoyable trip to the beach. He describes her swimwear style as “elegant sporty,” referring more specifically to the high-neckline pieces that, while modest at the bust, are given an edge with low-cut bottoms and bare waists.

When asked how it felt to be the only male designer at MBFW, Madrigal was at a loss for words, barely managing to express how he was experiencing “so many mixed feelings.” He hopes to continue his focus on enhancing the female body by contributing more to the world of swimwear in the years to come, but also has plans to incorporate more apparel as well.

Model Tika Camaj closed the show in an attention-demanding royal blue, turtle neck one-piece, another one of Madrigal’s favorites. Alas, once the lights dimmed, the viewers were left craving more, savoring the sexy, powerful, and modern taste of AQUARELLA’s 2014 collection.


interview and photography by SEMANT JAIN, PH.D.
content editor MARISA LYON
fashion writer SHANNON WEPRIN