Gottex: From Ethereal To Glamorous

Dina Mann

I was ecstatic when I learned that my old friend from university, Dina Mann, was going to see the new Gottex collection at New York Fashion Week via their runway show, and even more ecstatic when she offered to write up a post for my blog.

Gottex is just about as famous as you can get when it comes to connecting Israel and fashion. The Israeli swimwear manufacturer was founded in Hungary in 1949 but acquired by the Africa-Israel Group in 1997.  Native Tel Avivit Molly Grad, who is currently based in London, is head designer for the label.

By the way, did you know that Victoria’s Secret Angel Karolina Kurkova walked in the show?

Let’s see what Dina thought of the hip line.

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Gottex is definitely not you mother’s bathing-suit designer anymore. In the 2011 spring collection Molly Grad, a native Tel-Avivian who is based in London, went from natural colors that reminded this blogger of a hike in Machtesh Rimon to funky crystallized clubwear bathing suits that would be perfect for Eilat or Rehab.  Gottex said,  “materials used range from Lucite, rock crystals to hammered titanium metals and resin rock-like formation.”

The colors and textures, while rich and breathtaking were nothing compared to the creativity Grad displayed in criss-crossing and pattern-making. Showing just enough skin, Gottex’ Spring 2011 collection showcased unique and dynamic ways for covering the body and accentuating the female form. What you saw in the front is not what you saw in the back. What may look like a bikini is actually a carefully designed one piece.

Karolina Kurkova

Cover-ups also provided a unique way of looking at a woman’s body. Intricate slits highlighted shoulders and hips. Capelets were both adorable and will definitely save you some sunscreen. Gorgeous sheer long wraparound skirts showed movement and a dash of elegance, as trains followed the models on the cat walk leaving an air of sophistication in their midst.

To counter that elegance was the visor, which I wasn’t too crazy about. The hairdo inspired by the bump-it , was an homage to Austin Powers and added to the height of the Glamazons,  including model-of-the-moment Crystal Renn.

The visors weren’t the only headgear people were talking about. Gottex was probably the only show at New York Fashion Week to have a minyan of men in kippot sitting in the first row.

Great Video to make you feel like you were there

Author: Dina Mann

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