Swim Series 2012: Monica Wise of L*Space

L*SPACE expands its collection for 2012 with resort-wear and a makeup surprise!

Swim // Susan Bodack // 01/09/12
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L*Space “Peacock Parade Lorell I Coker” one piece

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Monica Wise of L*Space Swimwear

Our swimwear standby at FOAM? L*SPACE Swimwear, designed by our good friend Monica Wise. We chatted with Monica about her newest collection and why Gwen Stefani makes her heart skip a beat.

Where did you draw inspiration from for the 2012 collection?
I took a trip to France last year– the colors, the fabrics, and the prints are all inspired from my trip to the French Riviera.

It seems that affordable swimwear often translates trends we see on the runway. Which did you emulate this season?
Color always inspires me, so if I’m seeing a lot of a certain color on the runways or in general, it always somehow makes it into the collection. Same with fashion trends– for instance, lace is a big one for the new season, so we have a sprinkle of that in the collection as well.

If you could only pick one, what’s your favorite story this season and why?
I am obsessed with the seamless solids story in the 2012 collection. I love the simplicity of the styles, the colors I chose for this soft seamless fit. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this in my coming collections.

L*SPACE is known for its amazing line of mix and match prints and solids. What's your favorite combo?
It would have to be the Tessarae group. It’s a print that compliments all skin tones and has five colors from our solid collection that girls can mix and match.

This season, L*SPACE definitely seems to be expanding and trying out some new things. Tell us a little about what you’re doing differently this season.
We’ve added some great resort wear this year, which is doing very well for us. We also are offering hats and a fabulous collaboration with Stila Cosmetics where I chose four eye shadows, two blushes and a lip gloss and offered it in a cute travel L*SPACE branded travel palate. We really want the L*SPACE woman to be able to live the lifestyle on and off the sand.

And celebs love L*Space! Who do you love seeing in your suits?
It’s always amazing to see our suits on these women. I have to say though, when Gwen Stefani puts on an L*SPACE suit, it really says something. She has amazing style that I truly admire.

Shop L*SPACE at InstyleSwimwear.com!

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