Swimwear Takes a Cue From Streetwear With the Frankies Bikinis x Kith Collection

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The latest collab showcases skimpy bikinis and other swimwear pieces that can be worn in or out of the water.

Francesca Aiello spends almost every weekend in the water. But the pool party doesn’t end come Monday morning. In fact, even in her Venice, Calif., office, the designer’s street style is still heavily influenced by swimwear. 

“I’m always trying to relate my personal style to all the bathing suits that I make,” the founder of Frankies Bikinis told WWD. “I love dresses, but I also pair them with sneakers. That’s the essence of my brand: girlie-girl-meets-tomboy.” 

Her latest collection — a seven-piece collaboration with streetwear and footwear brand Kith — is no exception. The limited-edition design collaboration, which lands exclusively on kith.com, starting Wednesday, blurs the lines between swimwear and streetwear with things like bikini-style tops and bottoms, a skirt, bike shorts and a dress that can be worn in or out of the water. 

Frankies Bikinis x Kith collab

A look from the Frankies Bikinis x Kith collaboration. 

The collaboration with New York City-based Kith (Frankies Bikinis’ second) was fitting, Aiello said.  

“My design aesthetic is very similar to theirs in terms of trends that are happening in streetwear and in the fashion industry, more than what’s happening in the swim industry,” she explained. 

“It’s also more bang for your buck,” Aiello added, regarding the fusion of streetwear and swimwear. “You get a really cool piece — say it’s a one-piece — and you can wear it as a bodysuit and you can also wear it to the beach. It also has a sexier feel to it, based on the idea that it’s a bathing suit and you are wearing it with your jeans and your shoes. I do it all the time. I see all my girlfriends doing that as well. I definitely think you’ll see a lot more of that this year, even in styling.”

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