Swimwear designer Lisa Curran is known for creating sexy, flattering styles for women of every body type. Her designs have been seen on Drew Barrymore and Michelle Rodriguez, among a long list of celebrity fans of the brand. We recently got the chance to talk with Lisa about her designs, style inspirations, and tips for finding the best bathing suit for your body!
The Daily Obsession: How did your career in swimsuit design begin?
Lisa Curran: It began because I could not find a swimsuit that fit well. I wondered why they didn’t sell tops and bottoms in separate sizes.
TDO: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
LC: It always depends on what I am feeling at the moment. Right now I am obsessed with mod retro with a feminine touch. And I always love pink.
TDO: How do you develop new designs, prints, and patterns?
LC: Usually I have something in my head and that is how it comes together. The design usually changes a few times before it is perfect.
TDO: How do your designs cater to women of different shapes and sizes?
LC: To design fashionable, chic swimwear that fits a large portion of the world is the concept behind the line. This is why we offer everything skimpy bikinis to one pieces to tankinis.
TDO: It can be tough for a woman to find the right swimsuit to fit her shape. What advice can you offer on how to find the best swimsuit for your body type?
LC: It is difficult to find the perfect swimsuit–I can never say it isn’t. But I would say don’t always follow trends and go with works best for your body type.
TDO: What tips do you have for accessorizing a swimsuit?
LC: I love a cover-up that matches but not perfectly. Something in a light cotton with a little crochet will work great with your suit.
TDO: What is your favorite bathing suit in your line?
LC: Right now, I love the wood bamboo bikini; it is so simple and chic. And when I am with my kids, I wear the painted flower one piece or the jazzy one piece.
TDO: What are some current swimswear trends that you like?
LC: The colors olive and slate are very popular. I love my slate bikini.
TDO: What is your favorite place to wear your designs?
LC: Probably in Italy.
TDO: What essential things do you bring along for a day at the beach?
LC: Sunscreen with an SPF of 30. I have olive skin so I tan easily, but I don’t want to destroy my skin either. A good magazine because I barely have time to read, and usually a shovel and pail so I can play with my kids.
TDO: Who are your personal style icons?
LC: Audrey Tautou; I have always been a big fan. She is so understated and beautiful at the same time. And I always wear Jane Mayle. I have been wearing her designs since she started about 10 years ago.
1. Favorite beach? In Sicily, Scopello.
2. Favorite handbag? Bottega Venetaâ€”I own 2 already.
3. Favorite place to shop? Barneys and Nolita.
4. Favorite city? NYC and Florence.
5. Favorite pair of shoes? Right now I am loving Loeffler Randall. But what I wear almost everyday in the summer are my Havaianas.
Thank you, Lisa! You can find all of Lisa’s designs at LisaCurran.com.