FROM THE FRONT ROW: Aviva

BY Colombo Swimweek
July 18, 2016

Prasad Bidapa, in association with Linea Aqua, presents a collection of swimwear called Aviva.

Especially designed for South-East Asian Women, the silhouettes feature a figure flattering shape that addresses issues of upliftment and containment. Reinforced panels support and offer a corset like feel that enhance the body in a natural and comfortable way.

Prasad Bidapa says, “I find that a lot of Western swimwear concentrates on European-type bodies and more often than not, those pieces do not suit our Sri Lankan and Indian girls. I wanted to create a silhouette that is flattering – a high-waisted look that I think a lot of girls are going to like because it has built-in support. It’s a very simple and very basic collection. There’s nothing fancy about it. It is practical and I think women will like it because of that.

This year I concentrated on print. I wanted to use a traditionally menswear print, like houndstooth, and so I’ve got a very stark black and white canvass of houndstooth and animal print in the form of a cheetah print. Besides that, I’ve introduced a tropical jungle print in a greenish tone. I like the mixing of the two – I’m not showing them separately.”

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SWIM WEEK COLOMBO

“Sri Lanka is the lead producer of swimwear in the world, which is why Ajai Vir Singh doing Swim Week Colombo is so significant and so important to position your country as the hub of both swimwear and resort wear.”

ON HOW TO APPROACH AND BUY SWIMWEAR

“When it comes to swimwear, you have to look, mainly, for safety. The fabrics have got to be terrific – the piece will be in chlorine