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Facebook Takeover: Melissa Odabash


Melissa Odabash

Designer Melissa Odabash recently took over our Facebook page for a chat with fans of her gorgeous swimwear range. Read on to see what unfolded…

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration for the forthcoming seasons?
Melissa: I travel to all the trend forecast shows and I love getting my inspiration from vintage shops and markets around the world. I also get lots of inspiration from the old James Bond movies, I love 60s style!

Q: Which costume is best for a pear shaped figure?
Melissa: I love the dark turquoise bandeau swimsuit because the padding and rouching on top gives you the appearance of a fuller bust. The accessory draws attention away from your upper half making your proportions look more equal. It also comes with removable straps and having straps over the shoulder gives the illusion that your shoulders and hips are the same width.

Q: Hi Melissa, which bikini from your collection suits a larger bust the best? And what are your top tips for body confidence on holiday?!
Melissa: For a larger bust I recommend a supportive bikini top that has moulding and underwire as that would give you double support. Having detail on the strap draws attention away from your bust. My favourite for your body shape is the brown snake print bikini top. My top tips for body confidence would be stick to a neutral colour, nothing too flashy as you don’t want to stand out too much on the beach. I also always recommend self tanner twice before you hit the beach, it always makes your body look slimmer and gives you sun kissed glow so you don’t look like a ghost walking down the beach. Good question Emma!

Q: Why swimwear rather than other areas of apparel?
Melissa: Hi, I used to be a swimwear model for 10 years whilst I was living in Italy and started my own collection 12 years ago selling in more than 48 countries so it came naturally to me! I saw what worked and what didn’t work and what women were really looking for. I’m glad to be able to do a line with Debenhams so I reach out to a different market.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece in the new Beach collection?
Melissa: My favourite piece is the new maxi animal print dress as I think animal print never goes out of style and this dress can be worn in the day with flats and at night with heels and necklaces. It hides all your flaws as it’s not too fitted!

Q: Hi Melissa, wondered if you could tell me the best colour for a blonde to wear on the beach this season? I have a fairly dark skin tone even though I have fair hair – helped by a few highlights of course!
Melissa: You sound like any colour would look amazing on you, it’s a girls dream to have dark skin with blonde hair! I love coral colour for blondes. Why not try this Peach embroidered kaftan?

Q: Is there any chance you could enhance your collection and create amazing sun glasses and shoes???
Melissa: Yes, hopefully we will be working on expanding the collection into other areas, I agree sunglasses would look great with some of these kaftans!

Q: Melissa I heard that you make amazing candles!!! Are you doing a range for Debenhams?
Melissa: Thanks for the compliment, we’re not planning anything right now but it’s a great idea, we’ll look to create something in the future at Debenhams!

Q: When are you going to start using children with special needs to model your clothing?
Melissa: This is something Debenhams have already done and plan to continue to look at moving forward. I’m proud to work with Debenhams who as a brand always strive to be inclusive in fact they recently won the Body Confidence Award for 2012!

Q: What colour swimwear do you think best suits pale complexions?
Melissa: I always recommend to start your holiday with neutral colours until you get a base tan then you can experiment with a few brighter colours such as turquoise and coral. I am still a big fan of self tanner which I always use before I hit the beach!

One Facebook fan summed up the event perfectly with the comment: “Thanks so much Melissa & Debenhams, such a great way to get expert advice from the woman herself!”

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