Note from DPG HQ:
Dear Pageant Girl,
I am excited. And you should be too!
Last week we made the announcement that Kooey, the official swimwear provider for the Miss Universe and Miss USA competitions have joined the Dear Pageant Girl family as our official swimwear correspondent. Kooey will be providing you, dear pageant girls, their tips on what’s hot this season and what to wear to look your best by the pool, on the beach, or strutting your stuff on the pageant stage. They will also be providing us with the inside goss on what’s going on backstage at the Miss Universe competition, so keep a close eye on us in the lead up to the finals in Vegas. Our swimsuited sisters of the sash have shared their summer trends below, and we are loving it…especially the fellas.
Take it away KOOEY!!!!
Summer is upon us and we are all starting to dream about those lazy days when we can spend a few hours lying poolside, thinking about nothing. But before that happens we need to start thinking about swimsuits. The Kooey Australia team are here to help you plan your summer wardrobe. Here are designer Nikki Silverthorne‘s top trends for sun bathing in style this season.
Bright Sporty Styles
Colour is always big when it comes to swimwear but this season the brighter the better. Look for athletic styles in bright or neon colours to stay on trend this season.
L-R: Preston Bikini, Annie Bikini, Quin Bikini. All suits from the 2012/13 Birds of a Feather collection sold as separates. Available HERE
Fun Flirty Pastels
Think hyper-feminine, balconette bras, braided details and bows in soft colours. Pick pieces with a fun summer print to play up your girly beach babe.
L-R: Katie (top) & Emsy (shorts), Bridgey, Lena (top) & NicNoc (pant). All suits from the Kooey by Scherri-Lee collection are sold as separates. Available on www.kooey.com later this month
The One-Piece is Back
Gone are the days of only skimpy bikinis, the one-piece is back. A suit with rouched sides will flatter your figure and show off your curves. If you find yourself missing your bikini, show off more skin with a plunging neckline or low back.
L-R: Mya, Margaret, Alexandra. All suits from the 2012/13 Birds of a Feather collection sold as separates. Available now HERE
Who Wears Short Shorts?
And of course we can’t forget the guys… Whether you like it or not boardshorts are getting shorter and we are seeing more daring styles for men such as the Euro swim short. Bright colours are also here to stay!
L-R: Blackwood Volley, Quarry Boardshort, Euro Swim Short. The 2012/13 Men’s Summer collection is available now RIGHT HERE
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THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME!
That is the promotional call for what promises to be an interesting move for the Miss Universe Australia (MUA) Organisation.
Slayed for the choice of national costume for the past few years, MUA has made the move to open the national costume design submission to the public. Details HERE
The designs will be whittled down to a top 20 as judged by individuals hand picked by the MUA and from there, a celebrity group of judges in the fashion and entertainment industries will whittle it down to a final four.
The final four designs will then be shown on the Seven Sunrise show where the public will choose the 2012 Face of Australia, Australian National Costume which will be worn by the beautiful Renae Ayris at the Miss Universe pageant (location and date yet to be confirmed).
The winner will also win a trip for two to said destination with flights and accommodation included to see their design paraded on stage.
Sound like a sensational prize?
On face value, absolutely.
But beware Dear Pageant Fan – walk into this with your eyes wide open.
The Australian public excels in many things. Especially in slaying the national costume design.
It has become a national sport to criticize our annual creations – and the bloodbath that ensues are the proportions of which were only seen in ancient times mostly in the Roman Gladiator arena.
Ok, so maybe I’m a tad over dramatic here.
But never in our short pageant history have we had a national costume design lauded and celebrated by the public or by “industry professionals”. Truth of the matter is, these said professionals do not possess the knowledge of what goes into the design of a national costume for the Miss Universe competition. As a nation we do not have an established pageant culture so the majority of our designers are not aware of “the pageant brief” that the other participating nations follow and do so well.
This comes to down to the fact that we are a young nation without a “distinct” national identity / attire. It is difficult really to have an accurate representation of the Australian culture.
The most appropriate, in my view, would be something that incorporates the Indigenous culture, but the reality is, it’s a no win situation.
So the challenge has been put on the table.
Come on Australia – put your money where your mouth is and give us something to work with.
But I strongly suggest that you do your research.
Go through the library of national costumes for the last fifty years or so and have a close look at the pomp, the color and the campness that IS the Miss Universe National Costume competition.
Remember that what we choose as a nation will be judged by the world.
And we don’t want to miss the mark, because as vocal as the Australian public is when it comes to criticizing our national costume, the international community of pageant fans (whose views really matter) are even more vicious.
The winning design MUST be event appropriate.
Do YOU have the balls to walk into the lion’s den?