Friday, 29 July 2011

INTERVIEW - Soraya of Soraya Amaia Beachwear

If you've got a summer holiday planned then you'll be needing a fabulous bikini right? My latest Q&A post is with Soraya Amaia whose stylish Brazilian swimwear collection is worth a look. With all the horrid weather we've been having here in London things can only get better. That's my optimistic thought anyway.

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I started off with a background in economics and finance which allowed me to travel round the world, but my creative side felt something was lacking. When I was working out in Brazil, I decided that I would start up my own Brazilian swimwear label, Soraya Amaia Beachwear.

What inspires you?
Mainly travelling and the countries I visit. Brazil is the inspiration behind Soraya Amaia Beachwear. The rainforest, the amazon, the waterfalls in Iguassu, the wildlife in Pantanal, the Rio Carnival, tropical beaches are all breath-taking, however, having spent time in Brazil, I found the most wonderful aspect is the intensity with which Brazilians live life. Their music, their warmth and their tenacity is truly remarkable.

If you had to wear just one fashion designer's clothes for life, who would it be?
That is a very tough question for someone who wears a mix-match of high street, vintage to boutique and high-end luxury (budget permitting). I love colour and playful, elegant yet functional designs from Daniella Issa Helayel’s. It’s the same approach I have to designing.

What are your top 3 high street stores and why?
Topshop, Karen Millen and Ted Baker…I always find something that I love for all occasions and at affordable prices.

What has been your biggest ever bargain?
A Valentino dress at bargain 90% discount.

And what has been your biggest ever splurge?
A jump suit from a luxury boutique in Athens…we only live once!

What is your beauty routine?
Trying to get a good night’s sleep and adding a touch of Rosa Mosqueta oil when my skin gets dry around the eyes.

What do you collect?
Bags, bags, bags. I can’t get enough of them.

Which celebrity would you love to dress and why?
Eva Mendes is gorgeous and curvy and would love to see her wearing some of my designs!

Which celebrity do you think has the best style?
Brigitte Bardot…timeless.

What is your favourite trend of the moment?
Bold colours – they brighten up my day.

How do you turn around a bad hair day?
I have so many bad hair days…thank goodness GHDs were invented.

What would you wear on a first date?
Depends on the date…drink or dinner…as long as your hair and make-up are done coupled with a pair of heels, I think you’re good to go with almost anything!

I hope you enjoyed the Q&A. Soraya Amaia Beachwear is stocked online and at Exotica Brazil, 15 Gloucester Arcade, 128 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4SF, London.

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