Written by Rebecca Johnson
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
“In all my collections you can see the ballerina inspiration,” says Polish-born, Los Angeles-based designer Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, who studied dance in Warsaw as a young girl. When she first launched her line, Marysia, in 2009, that barre training was apparent in swim pieces featuring graceful lines, classically inspired silhouettes, and a high fashion quotient. Through July 3, she’s in residency at The Line on Melrose with a special curation from the brand’s swim lineup in a full range of cuts, accompanied by resort standouts like trousers, tops, cover-ups, and a dress. Reeves selected more than 30 pieces for this outing, mostly in shades of pink, black, navy, and tan, all rooted in one simple, wanderlust-inducing goal: “I like the idea that, with these clothes, you can pack up your whole life in a suitcase,” she says.
Her cool, sophisticated bikinis and maillots were intended for the water, of course, but just like the leotards of her youth, they inevitably turned up far from the beach, paired with jeans or peeking out over skirts. Recently Reeves followed that instinct further, adding more eminently wearable pieces for après-swim, recalling the irreverently chic phenomenon of “gourmet bathing” as heralded in the pages of the seminal 1970s magazine Wet.
Fetching, flirty details meet sporty elements in Reeves’ designs—the onetime ballet student is also a former surfer. For swim, she’s apt to borrow from her own closet: the halter neck of one maillot was inspired by a dress.
I designed with strong women in mind: feminine, powerful, and timeless.
For the residency, Reeves introduces new looks and revives a few beloved favorites, including several variations on her wildly popular scallop-hemmed suits. Ageless in aesthetic, whether strapless, halter, or over-the-shoulder, they have no need for the intrusion of an underwire. They come in appealingly textured fabric, weighty fabric, or in a light, supersmooth material.
“Truly these are suits that are meant to look good on everyone,” Reeves emphasizes. She was gratified to discover how well the Venice maillot and bikini flattered women with chest sizes ranging from A to D.“I honestly hadn’t expected that,” says the designer and mother, who had surprised herself, too, with the concept itself. “One day, I just sat down and drew it.”
With its modern, geometric allure, her adjustable Venice top can go pretty much anywhere, poolside or beyond (out of the water, Reeves tends to wear it with a high-waisted skirt). Her own perennial swim favorite features a peplum waist and a deep V-neck and, true to her core ethos, is equally, effortlessly adaptable to any situation. “Really, it’s the perfect suit,”the designer says. “It’s the one I wear over and over again.”
Lighting Design Jon Ervin | Styling Gabrielle Marceca | Hair Takayoshi Tsukisawa | Makeup Aya Kamatsu | Model Hilary Rhoda
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