“Swim is actually the first category I felt incredibly passionate about designing,” says fashion designer Caroline Constas. “I’ve always had a special love for swimwear—so much about what inspires me revolves around travel and the elements that accompany it.” Enter the designer’s inaugural swim line, Caroline Constas Mer; From printed bikini separates and chic one-pieces to luxe maxi dresses, her debut assortment is at once playful and refined, feminine yet undeniably flirty. Needless to say, we'll be hitting refresh on our resort wardrobe with these pieces in mind—and making room in our suitcases.
“Caroline Constas Mer felt like the next natural progression for the brand, one which I am so excited about,” says the designer behind your favorite feminine pieces. “Our inaugural season offers prints and silhouettes I have always craved in swimwear but have never been able to find.” To celebrate, Constas invited us back to her NYC studio to get up close and personal with her covetable range of chic resort wear. Keep reading to get an inside look at her sources of inspiration and the collection’s design process.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the debut collection of Caroline Constas Mer, and if you drew any inspiration from a particular locale.
Swimwear is what led me to become a designer. Growing up, I would always get so passionate about swimwear traveling to Greece each summer. I was always on a mission to find the perfect suit and always knew exactly what I wanted, but rarely found it. Launching Mer now is truly perfect timing, as I drew upon all my inspirations over the years while remaining very true to the brand DNA that I created.
Femininity and wanderlust are such key aspects of your label. How did the process for designing swimwear differ (if at all) from approaching previous ready-to-wear collections?
The design approach was actually exactly the same. The development process, however, was slightly different as swim construction is entirely different from a technical standpoint. There was quite a bit of research which differed from the ready-to-wear line and trial that went into it before creating the perfect pieces.
The INTERMIX assortment is a great mix of classic prints—gingham, polka dots, stripes and florals all figure heavily—do you have a style that you’re particularly excited about?
I would say the Aristi one piece in pastel stripe and the kali bikini in palm print are very special to me.
Describe the Caroline Constas Mer collection in three words.
Sensual, exciting, adventurous.
Your swimwear designs were meant for traveling the world! What’s your personal dream vacation destination?
I'm very intrigued by Oman—it's a really exciting place right now. A well-researched and planned vacation there is imminent!
Beach or pool? Beach
Stripes or dots? Both
One-piece or a bikini? Again, both!
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