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The Art of the Swimsuit



Write it down. Take a picture. Send yourself a reminder. Whatever you do, remember the name: La' Daska Powell.


Add this International Academy of Design and Technology graduate to the ranks of the ever expanding Tampa Bay fashion scene. The 25 year old (pictured above) debuted some of her art-inspired La' Daska Mechelle swim suits at last year's Tampa Bay Fashion Week.


On Friday, she will launch her first complete line and the public is invited! (more on that later...) But first La' Daska shares her inspiration with us and why swim wear is the the one item in which you should never scrimp.

On why bikinis aren't just for the skinny girls....

La' Daska: "Say like you're a curvy hour glass, you'd look good in anything that cinches in the waist, including a two-piece."


Target and Wal-Mart are OK for bathing suits, but if you really want to make a splash....

La' Daska: "You need to spend more on the one that fits properly. If you want something that last forever you're going to have to spend more for a suit."

Sometimes more is more...even when it comes to swim suits...

La' Daska: "Swimwear can be too revealing. Everyone is all about showing everything on your body. You can be sexy and elegant and not show everything."


On Inspiration...

La' Daska: "Art. Mondrian. Georgia O'Keefe."

Want to see more of La' Daska, check her and her swim suit line out on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Westin Tampa Airport. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, check out

~ Deal Diva Nicole

[photos: courtesy La' Daska Mechelle]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:18pm]


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