Meet Melissa Odabash, the talented designer behind the Melissa Odabash fashion line. Melissa is known for designing some of the most exquisite swimwear on the market. In this interview Melissa talks about how it all began, the latest from the Melissa Odabash collection, and even describes her own style.
When did your fascination with fashion design begin?
I began at seventeen moving from New Jersey to Europe and modeling swimwear in Italy for top designers. Doing so, I gained knowledge of fit, fashion and haute couture, and decided to try designing my own swimwear. Some designers didn’t get that a swimsuit should change the way you feel, from anxious to carefree. My designs are about flattering your figure and feeling great.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the style and color of your designs?
For my 2008 collection, I drew inspiration from African prints and Indonesian sunsets, a fusion of red, orange, raspberry and green sit alongside sexy metallic’s and signature animal prints
How would you describe the Melissa Odabash dress collection?
Classic with a vintage feel. They can be worn day into night. They are fun and flirty.
“Some designers didn’t get that a swimsuit should change the way you feel, from anxious to carefree. My designs are about flattering your figure and feeling great.”
Why do you insist on quality of materials when it comes to your designs?
I love high quality fabrics like Italian and French lace and lined silks and satins- they add another dimension to the dress.
Can you tell us more about the Melissa Odabash collection for this season?
This collection consists of the classic triangle shape, halters, and daring cut outs. I use stone, wood, and gold embellishments, while shell detail, and metallic rings remain from last season.
How does your experience as a fashion model influence Melissa Odabash today?
I was modeling tons of swimwear and everything was really cut badly and in horrible patterns. So I decided to launch a solid swimwear line with a flattering fit.
Where can we shop for the Melissa Odabash fashions?
Scoop NYC, Intermix, at the new Melissa Odabash boutique in London
Which celebrities are big fan of Melissa Odabash fashion?
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Courteney Cox, Cindy Crawford, Elle MacPherson
How do you describe your own style?
Definitely flip flops, The Amaya cowboy hat (avail every season from me), usually a white string bikini with my white crocheted dress and my beach bag; named funny enough, Melissa, with all my beach necessities (I can fit my kids stuff too.)
It was a pleasure to interview Melissa you can check out more of her amazing designs at her website: www.odabash.com/