There was a time when women were afraid to get of the water wearing a crochet bikini – so they never got them wet in the first place.“The old seventies crochet bikinis looked good on the beach, but when they got wet, all bets were off – not to mention more than a few tops,” said Wallner, who also runs Crochet Trend, a popular crochet fashion\destination featuring a new generation of crochet bikinis. “I’m proud to say that we’ve helped bring crochet swimwear dining, dancing and swimming into the 21st century – and women are snapping them up as quickly as I can post new styles and colors on my website.”
No question about it, crochet bikinis are riding a new wave of popularity, as seen in the April issue of Marie Claire, which features some crochet swimwear.
Wallner, who divides her time between styling for top Hollywood stars and running Crochet Trend, says that women appreciate the endless possibilities that crochet fashions provide.
“They are extremely versatile,” said the Italian born stylist, who also designs the fashions for her site. “They can be worn as lingerie, beneath jackets, with jeans, as cover-ups, dresses, skirts, shorts … you name it! As my Hollywood clients and customers are quickly discovering, adding crochet is fantastic way to give any outfit extra personality, texture and flare.”
For example, Hollywood notables from Paris Hilton and Kourtney Kardashian to Misha Barton have been photographed wearing their crochet fashions at high profile Red Carpet events, for magazine covers or casually strolling down Rodeo Drive.
According to Wallner, who is often called upon to style cover shots for Playboy and Fitness Magazines, her classically inspired crochet swimsuits come in a huge array of colors, styles – and almost all with strategically flattering cutouts.
“Hand-made, intricate detail and ease of care has made our crochet products more popular than I ever dreamed,” she said. “I actually made them because I couldn’t find what I needed for the stars I was styling. The crochet collection is made of a cotton, nylon blend, and can be ordered in a growing number of colors.
“Above all, they are sexy, figure flattering, stylish and just plain fun to wear,” she added.