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Swim Shows Spring 2006

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Red Carter Spring 2006

About Red Carter
Born in Santa Ana California, designer Red Carter studied at Otis/Parson School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in Southern California, Red had the perfect opportunity to learn valuable lessons about swimwear fashion. Red was a competitive swimmer and record-breaker in sprinting, diving and water polo. After his sports career ended, he entered the entertainment industry. He has been featured in roles in commercials, voiceovers, and has had small movie roles. Red has always been an entertainer at heart, and so he visualizes himself as the Austin Powers of the bikini business.

His career in junior sportswear and active wear began in San Francisco, where he worked at Esprit under the direction of Suzy Tompkins. He then moved to Southern California and held positions with Guess Jeans, the Marciano Brothers, Rampage, Mossimo, Victoria’s Secret, Linda Wachner, and eventually Oscar de la Renta. The results of Red’s vast experience have culminated in the understanding of fit, form and function, unparalleled in the swimwear industry. His use of details from both the swim and sportswear categories allow him to set himself apart by his understanding of subtle detailing that he juxtaposes with bold, expressive prints. Every swimsuit that Red Carter makes has a signature red button on the back as Red’s personal trademark.

Red moved to South Beach, Florida in 2003 and immediately realized that Miami was missing something on its beaches. As he watched hotel after hotel rise and be remodeled, Red noticed that the important designers of the world came to South Beach, but they never stayed. Then and there, Red decided that he would be the voice of an emerging culture and try to create a product to embody the attitudes and lifestyles of Miami and South Beach.

This year marks a landmark third season for Red Carter Swimwear and the best is yet to come. Red designs four separate collections under the umbrella of his namesake company including Red Carter South Beach, Red Carter Men, Red Carter Glam and Red Carter Kids.

Red Carter South Beach is a trend based contemporary line of mid-priced bikinis, one-pieces and tunics that makes up the bulk of the company’s sales. The Summer 2006 collection was inspired by two distinct trends. The first of which is “Bridget Bardot escapes San Tropez to visit South Beach, circa 1962,” according to Carter. This fun, cheeky collection consists of bright colors and prints that he’s paired with a neutral cream to give the design a truly retro feel. The second part of the collection is the continuation of the bohemian trend that played such an important role in the Cruise 2006 collection. Inspired by a combination of the very distinct colors that glow during a South Beach sunset and tawny hues of Indian summer. Tribal stripes and crochet knit details play an important role in the fabrication of this collection.

Red Carter Men is a small but well edited collection of bikini, brief and board shorts that come in prints and preppy solids.

Last year, the company launched Red Carter Glam, a runway ready collection of swimwear that utilizes bold and exotic fabrics including leather, coin accents, crochet details and his signature colored mirrors. This season the Glam collection goes tribal. Think Alec Wek meets the beach. Carter used African wax prints to define the true texture of the people of Africa. Also with the use of tye dyes, crochet and sueded lycra looks, the collection takes a very hippy turn. And as always, embellishments are used to create a true African adventure. This high end line is sold at better department stores such as Harrods, Saks, Nordstroms and select boutiques nationwide.

This year marks the first collection of Red Carter Kids. The line features rainbow prints, bright solids, fun graphic prints, polka dots and sweet swim skirts with bow accents. Perfect for any girl age 8 – 14.

Miami is a place where everyday people get the chance to feel like they have stepped back in time. Where the neon signs cast a bright shadow on the hot pavement. And where the palm trees dance at night under the starry skies. No wonder that when you move here the moons glow and the warmth of a people who live here inspire you. What was the inspiration for Red Carter South beach 2006 collection?

“The people who live here”

Red Carter
Miami Beach
Phone: 305-674-3518

NY showroom
Phone: 212-695-2341

Photos: Richard Spiegel courtesy Lucire Magazine
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