My label of choice then was Gottex, prompted by the then enticing ads I'd see in Vogue.
Valeria Golino in Gottex
Once I saw a Gottex ad of Paulina Porizkova (one of my very favorite models, now and then), who was wearing a bandeau one-piece, in light turquoise blue embellished with a silvery-gold crackle design. I ran right out to a swimsuit shop in Ottawa and got it.
(I still have the Paulina ad, but it's home. I'll try to scan and post upon return.) The beauteous Paulina-for-Gottex is also above, top image.
Another time I saw a matte-gold maillot with a bandeau top and retro straps (gathered at the top of the swimsuit, wide on the shoulder) in Flare magazine and embarked on an immediate telephone search. I'd located and purchased it by lunch.
The second print, below, is by Manuel Canovas, a name I hadn't thought about in years, but was delighted to remember. I particularly like the flattering cut of the maillot, though the bikini looks equally wearable:
One of my favorite swimsuit models from the great 80s is Ashley Richardson. Her patented pose was the extraordinary leap:
Do gentle readers have any favourite combinations? Swinsuit/model; swimsuit/designer?