FASHION IS not usually the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. Yet, designers are increasingly taking an interest in both swimwear and resort, which adds legitimacy to the work of the models in the magazine. Proof positive is designer Amanda Valentine, a veteran of Project Runway, who honoured the launch of the new SI Swimsuit Issue in her hometown of Nashville with the gift of a dress to the 26 models featured.
For the occasion of the Nashville launch, Sports Illustrated asked local designers, including Amanda Valentine, Ceri Hoover, Peter Nappi, and Whites Mercantile, to participate in the collaboration as acknowledgment of the active design industry in the city. This is part of a larger nationwide trend to support local design and business within fashion to counteract the domination by larger brands.
While it is far from a swimsuit, the dress Valentine selected for the gift is a wearable but stylish Valentine Valentine monument dress in a chestnut rayon jersey knit. The dress is cool, summer perfect, and identifiably a Valentine creation, particularly with her innate sensibility of the necessary balance between wearability and fashion-forward design.
by Jessica QuillinTags: Amanda Valentine > Project Runway > Sports Illustrated > sports wear > swimwear