As we prep for our upcoming holiday under the sun in Tulum, the inevitable subject of swimwear hangs heavy in the air. Even at my fittest, I was never much for a teeny weeny two-piece.
Which is why I'm grateful to Norma Kamali for continuing to produce these maillots, throwbacks to old Hollywood glamour and a girl's best friend at any age. Yet their timeless styling never really makes them feel so retro. In other words, a modern classic, not unlike Norma, whom I absolute love and who has always been so gracious to stay connected since we first met some seven years ago during my WWD/W days. She was a fashion and feminist icon to me as a kid, and she remains so all this time later.
Dubbed the Bill Mio, I had one in this style in a black and white rose print. (I still shimmy into a two-piece version in black, the bottom half reaching above my navel.)
Norma renamed the style in solid as the $98 Bill. She makes it so easy, too, with her TBYB (Try Before You Buy) service which overnights purchases. The $98 Bill is nearly half the price of the printed, seasonal versions. Of course, I ordered this style in black. It's how I roll. Or, in the case of a swimming costume (always loved that phrase!), glide.
Image: Courtesy Norma Kamali