»»1964年，奧裔美籍設計師Rudi Gernreich發明了只有泳褲與背帶，裸露上半身的Monokini，把泳裝布料精簡推展到了極限，自此之後，僅僅用來遮住三點的布片漸成海灘上的主流，只要底下的肉體身形姣好，皮膚細緻，泳裝的款式、布料和花紋似乎已是次要。但2012年春夏經典女性風格發燒，今年的海灘似乎也回到上世紀中，Grace Kelly和Audrey Hepburn以優雅泳裝身姿征服大銀幕的時代。
Marc by Marc Jacobs本季在鮮豔條紋泳裝上使用扣子、並且添加了翻領和小裙襬等復古元素；Jean Paul Gaultier在為義大利內衣品牌La Perla操刀的系列中，也推出垂墜領口的款式，而DKNY本季泳裝也都搭上俏麗短裙，為泳裝找回像「服裝」的一面。
除了可以玩味更多細節外，高腰泳裝也確有修飾身材的效果。40、50年代的泳裝廠商，有不少都由凋零的束腰（Corset）業轉行而來，因此對泳裝的束身功能也分外重視，在腰部採用緊窄剪裁，再加上可束緊的腰帶，讓小腹沒有走光的危險。Michael Kors春夏系列中的泳裝就以此為靈感，但把腰帶換成軍用皮帶，搭配羅馬涼鞋，展現泳裝難得的陽剛氣息；吳季剛（Jason Wu）本季一襲灰階花瓣印花兩截式泳裝，露出小小一截纖腰，更顯身材曼妙。
跳脫50年代泳裝素色與條紋等簡單花樣，Donna Karen、王大仁（Alexander Wang）和Herve Leger皆採用混合部落圖騰和Art Deco幾何線條的印花與鏤空，為經典泳裝增添姿色；紐約設計師Peter Som的迷你斑馬圖紋充滿天真趣味；Tommy Hilfiger則採用了60年代的鮮艷色塊搭配霓虹迷彩，在海灘上搶盡鋒頭；本季的在回首過去尋找靈感之餘，絕不墨守成規。««
»»Ever since Rudi Gernreich came up with the monokini in 1964, it seems that he body has taken center stage on the beach, whereas the swimsuit has retreated to merely pieces of cloth covering the vital parts. This spring however, with the upsurge of classic 50s style, more variation in swimwear has seen a comeback.
In the first half of last century, when swimming was not yet a popular pastime among women, the term “bathing suit” was often used in lieu of “swimwear”. Beachwear those days often was midway between swimwear and a dress, featuring thigh-length skirts, lace and even stockings in earlier days, when the exposure of legs was considered obscene. These little details were given a tweak by designers such as Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and DKNY who added hints of regular garments to their swimwear designs.
Prior to the development of Spandex by Du Pont in 1959, bathing suits were mainly made of regular knitted fabrics, which meant that they could not be as form fitting as modern swimwear. This type of fabrics also often created “ruffles” on bombshell body types such as the iconic Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, which also proved to be a prominent element this season.
The high waited cuts of classic swimwear also served a practical purpose. As many of the bathing suit manufacturers of the 40s and 50s came from the shrinking corset industry, a flattering figure was of utmost importance to them. This led to designs such as tightly cut waists and even adjustable belts. Michael Kors took notes of this, substituting the belt with a military belt for some added flare, whereas Jason Wu also created form flattering figures out of the high waisted cut.««