Alexandria, VA based and Brazilian native, Emily Gonzaga was the highlight of this year’s Grammy gifting suites at the Staples Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Gonzaga’s company D’Milikah released a collection specifically for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. I sat down with the designer to talk a little about her line and give you sneak peek at the Grammy’s goodies.
Q: Can you tell us about your collection?
A: I have 27 styles for this collection called Blurry Feminine. I chose 5 styles and brought them to the Grammy’s lounge. There are two different prints, the citrus snake and the tiger print. I felt flesh colors would help fit the taste of celebrities.
Q: What inspired you to be a swimsuit designer?
A: I’m from Brazil and we have a little house on the beach. Going down every weekend, seeing different types of body forms and shapes, hearing complaints of how uncomfortable women are in their swimsuits…that’s how I started.
Another inspiration for Gonzaga’s designs was her Grandmother, an avid crochet artist. Gonzaga fell in love with the handcraft as a child and infused it into her full collection. “There’s an Italian side of crochet”, she reveals and Gonzaga pays homage to her Grandmother’s heritage adding a dash of macramé to the line that can be viewed at www.dmilikah.com.
Q. Which suit would you recommend for the woman who is body conscious?
A: The Nadia has a bandeau top and what makes it really interesting is the rouched bottom that hides imperfections. I had a baby so I started thinking about going into this direction.
The Nadia’s waistband can be pulled up to create a high waist glamorous camouflage for the tummy area. And when you’re ready to reveal those hard-earned abs, the waistband can be scrunched down to a sexy wink of color at your waist.
Get The Nadia and other styles at http://www.dmilikah.com/