BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection was introduced on Saturday March 31st during an exclusive fashion show by the pool on the rooftop of legendary TENTEN WILSHIRE, in downtown Los Angeles, and BiKa’s bold colors and designs managed to brighten our day and shine in spite of the fact that the weather didn’t do them justice! During this fun event, offering unusually flavored vegan cupcakes and glitter tattoos, designer AmbiKa Sanjana’s eyes sparkled as she talked about her passion for fashion, and the Indian inspiration of her designs.

She wanted this collection, the Rajputani collection, to reflect the style of the Rajasthani woman! This vibrant collection is comprised of about 40 elegant, opulent, glamorous, stylish and stylized pieces, including bikinis, monokinis, but also magnificent cover ups and wraps. The rich corals and greens of the cover-ups combined with the embellishments around the neckline looked lovely in the backlight of the late afternoon sun (which miraculously came out!), and there was a bikini or monokini to please every one of us demanding ladies, from the less daring ones who love a fun color but feel more comfortable in a less eye-catching style, to the fashionistas who must have sparkles to shine at their next pool party! My personal favorite was white monokini with a green leafy pattern and a low ruffled neckline! Absolutely lovely!

This was only the second collection for this brand new resort wear line that launched in April 2011, the first collection having been introduced in July 2011 in Miami and featuring over 20 pieces! But even though it is still so young, BiKa’s presence is already quite widespread: if AmbiKa now lives in Los Angeles, BiKa is actually based in Miami, and the luscious fabrics are imported from Italy, but the manufacturer is in Mumbai, India. BiKa is already distributed in upscale boutiques in Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and Bombay, India! Rumor has it, it has perked European interest as well, but nothing is official yet…

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

 

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

BiKa’s spring/summer 2012 collection

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About The Author

An award winning fashion photographer whose work has been published both domestically and internationally, Isabelle Ruen was a teenager obsessed with fashion and fascinated with Vogue. Born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, she spent a summer working at Chanel, and a few years later and couple of Master’s degrees from the Sorbonne in hand, she moved to Los Angeles on whim. On whim also, she accepted when one of her friends asked her to take photographs of her, and still photography became her passion. Since then, feeling like a kid in candy store and claiming to whoever will listen that she is “a photographer by choice and not by default”, she has shot some celebrities, some of the biggest names in glamour, but her resume also includes numerous portrait, fashion, music and motion picture still photography assignments. She just became a contributor for The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine… why, you ask? Just another whim…

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