Tiffe Fermaint to Release Swimwear Collection at Nostra Style House on Roosevelt Row
For Tiffe Fermaint, time is of the essence. The Phoenix designer melds futurism with a retro bombshell aesthetic in her new swimwear collection, TF Swim, a collaborative line that she'll launch with Roosevelt Row boutique Nostra Style House.
Josue Orozco Brockmann A one-piece from Fermaint's collection TF Swim
Her 2013 line has an unabashedly techie feel, with hard edges and sleek, metallic fabrics. For this project, she says she wanted to create a line that was more glamorous and pretty.
"I knew that with swimwear I could easily bring a sexy definition to my interest in futuristic design," she says. Thus, her brand of pool-ready retro-futurism took shape.
That temporal combination is easy to see in Fermaint's collection of women's mix-and-match bikinis ($30 per piece) and one-piece swimsuits ($65). The result is a sort-of robo-pinup look that reminds us of the work of Japanese illustrator Hajime Soyarama, whose NSFW art you can peep over at Juxtapoz.
Courtesy of Tiffe Fermaint Sketches from Fermaint's TF Swim collection
"I mixed retro swim silhouettes like high-waisted bottoms with mesh, bright colors, pebble print, and, my all-time favorite, hologram metallic Lycra," she says.
"During the design process I ran sketches by Angelica [Gonzalez], the owner of Nostra. She helped me choose the designs that I went on to produce."