Sure, we could (and do) talk endlessly about the clothes we love, but for our column Line Item, we ask some of our favorite designers to tell us what they think about the best pieces from their newest collections. Today Anya Violet, head designer of tomboy favorite RVCA, talks to us about the daring Runaway One-Piece swimsuit, which made its debut at Miami Swim Week for spring ’15.
RVCA has always had a bit more of a tomboy aesthetic so it was a natural move to bring more sportswear styling into the swim line. I don’t consider RVCA to be an overly beachy brand. We absolutely channel the coastal street lifestyle but without being necessarily beachy. I wanted to honor our specific vibe with our swim line as much as we do with the rest of our collections. I think swimwear is such a hard category for women to be able to express their true style because options are so limited. I wanted to make sure that the RCVA woman feels like she is representing her vibe and personal style both in and out of the water. We were inspired by seeing girls wearing overalls in such a variety of fabrications and silhouettes—why not make an overalls swimsuit? The Runaway one-piece is made of swimwear fabric and can get wet like any other suit, but has such a specific personality. We think it looks best with a bandeau or top underneath but you can wear it by itself, as long as you don’t mind being borderline topless.