The first edition of International Talents is part of Gran Canaria Moda Cálida Swimwear Fashion Week 2014. It took place at Plaza de la Música de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and there was a total of eight designers from which I picked my FAVOURITE pieces:20140629-121328-44008379.jpg

Mama Maria's (from Holland) black and white black striped swimsuit and bikini are classic signatures of the brand - retro. Although inspired by the 50s, the cut and finish are very much 2014. Most of the pieces are interlined and material is chosen carefully to create the right weight to shape the body. The studio is based in Amsterdam, where she makes personal orders!


Hipertrofico's (from Gran Canaria) nautical stripes in blue, white and red with a pop of unexpected acid lime, high-waisted sailor style briefs and buttons prevailed throughout the collection, which included swimwear pieces for both men and women. A cute selection of paper boat hairpieces by Lodedebo finished the look!


Auria's (from and made the U.K.) summer festival colours and graphics in recycled polyamide made for a strong uncomplicated line of bikinis, crops, skirts and dresses. Total easy wear for the sun!


The Knot swimwear for men is by a combo of two Tenerifian designers: Juan Carlos Armas and Ascensión Gómez Yanes. The brand designs for a man who lives in the sun. The range includes boxer shorts, accessories and tees and has a luxe Italian feel underlining their colour combinations.


Thapelo (from Paris) only utilised monochrome. This design duo was cleverly able to unveil its expertise in cut and style - a swimsuit for every type of figure. Fabulous gold trimmings added the final touch to this extremely elegant poolside offering!


Oye Swimwear (from Turkey) used OMG materials to die for. Just when I thought I had seen everything in swimwear, the tuxedo swimsuit appeared! I need to discover more about this international brand!


We Are Handsome (from Australia) is a popular brand renowned for its prints and draws inspiration from its sun raw world. Think swimwear and resort wear in bright and bold colours. Their fans include Beyoncé, Diane Kruger, Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr and Rihanna. They showed both men's and womenswear.


All photographs by Vladimir Yakutin