The website FashionWeekDaily has a new post about Candice talking about her swim line, Tropic Of C.
CANDICE SWANEPOEL IS MAKING THE SWIMSUIT INDUSTRY A GREENER AND MORE ETHICAL PLACE
written by Charles Manning
November 1, 2018
Candice Swanepoel knows a thing or twenty about the swimsuit industry, so it makes sense that her first major foray into the business world would be in the form of a swimsuit line. But Tropic of C isn’t some celebrity vanity project. The Daily caught up with Candice to find out what makes her swim line so wonderfully different.
You launched your swimwear brand, Tropic of C, earlier this year and now you’re getting ready to launch your second collection. What has changed in that time?
The first collection I stuck with a lot of one-pieces because I wanted to differentiate from other swim brands and because I’m known for bikinis, I wanted to just start off with something a little bit more fashion. And then for the resort collection, obviously we get a lot of direct feedback through Instagram — what people are liking — so we kept some of the silhouettes that people were loving and just changed up the colors. So resort is all those desert-y nudes and earthy colors and then Spring gets a little bit more colorful. We recently started doing knits too, which I’m excited about. They have good stretch but they’re just a different take on swim.
You also seem to be working really hard to make your brand as ecologically responsible and ethical as possible. Was that always the plan or is it something that has evolved over time?
In general, with everything I do, I like to try my best to be as ethical as possible. Obviously it’s hard to be 100 percent, especially in the swim industry because it’s not known as an ethical industry. I started with the packaging because nowadays, with Instagram and everything, we get sent a lot of clothing and opening bags and bags of plastic — things wrapped twice over — it’s upsetting. So I started with the packaging which is 100 percent eco [100 percent recycled paper hang tags, ‘tree-free’ stone paper packaging, and biodegradable plastic garment bags]. Then someone told me about this brand that creates [eco-friendly] fabrics. We started researching which ones are good and then they started sending us a bunch and the quality was amazing.
In the first collection, everything that was black and white was made from this Econyl bi-elastic techno fabric, which they make from old fishing nets so you’re not producing more [petroleum-based synthetic materials]. And this season, they made us this suede fabric that’s got a different feeling. It’s really delicious, actually.
These feel incredible. And they don’t feel like swimsuits, especially these knit pieces.
The knit it not made of the same fabric. That’s why I’m very careful not to say that our brand is fully eco. We are trying out best as a company, but swim is difficult. But we’re going to get there one day.
Why is swim particularly difficult?
Because of the fabrics. Because of the nylon. The fabrics you need for swimming, for it to dry quickly and for it to work as a swimsuit are all synthetic. But at least we’re trying hard not to produce more [synthetics]. Right now we’re using about 70 percent recycled materials and still researching. A lot of the fabrics actually work better than new fabrics we sourced so it’s not like we are giving anything up.
That’s interesting. Are these recycled materials more expensive?
No, it’s not more expensive. It’s just about doing more research. I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I definitely want to be proud of my brand and for it to grow in a way that I can feel good about.
Where do you think your love and concern for the environment comes from?
Growing up [in South Africa] with such an extreme level of nature, seeing these amazing creatures and just the smells and everything, I think that definitely played a big part. I can’t wait to go back to South Africa, actually. I’m going in December. I’m taking my boys. They’re going see like lions and everything for the first time!
Where do you see your brand 10 years from now?
It’s hard to say. I would love to make it into a lifestyle brand and constitute to incorporate new elements and learn new things. I’ve already learned so much just being on the back end of the business.
Do you want to become a mogul or transition into acting or anything like that?
I mean, obviously, if you wanted to, you could probably keep modeling for the next 30 years or more.
I don’t know about that.
I have probably another 10 years in me if I take care of myself.
It’s a more demanding job than a lot of people realize.
Funnily enough, I’m actually quite a shy person. Obviously, my job requires me to do a lot of out-there things, but it’s definitely a sort of persona that I put on to help me kind of come out of my shell. I don’t know if I would go into TV or anything like that. I just wanted to have a brand and a creative outlet and make nice things that people enjoy and feel good in.
You read it right! But that’s not the only change for this year VSFS.
On November 1st we got the full list of performers and airing date for the VSFS of this year. We knew the show was coming back to NY after 2 years out of the States and we also knew the list of models and angels. Now we also know the show will be held on November 8th at Pier 94 and that will air on December 2nd on ABC.
During this morning “Good Morning America” Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes announced the full list of artists.
Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes, and The Struts.
We also know thanks to VS that Taylor Hill is the lucky angel who will open the show.
ABC/VS official press release:
‘The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special’ to Air on ABC, Sunday, Dec. 2
‘THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL’
TO AIR ON ABC, SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Chart Toppers Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora,
Shawn Mendes and The Struts to Headline the Musical Performances
Victoria’s Secret’s legendary Angels take to the runway for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Holiday Special, showcasing an all-star lineup of musical guests, including Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and The Struts. Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special” will air SUNDAY, DEC. 2 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
The world’s biggest fashion event is returning to New York City after recent productions in London, Paris and Shanghai. It will be seen in more than 190 countries after its broadcast premiere on ABC.
“The show is a year-long production, and 2018 promises to be our most ambitious yet,” said Victoria’s Secret executive producer Ed Razek. “We have more musical guests, more fashion and more stories than ever; and, of course, 60 of the world’s top models.”
Joining Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo (back after a three-year hiatus), Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill will be internationally known sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner.
“Only one show brings together the biggest names in music and the top models around the globe for an exciting hour of entertainment and style,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Late Night & Specials, ABC. “We couldn’t be happier to work with this iconic brand and bring The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to ABC.”
The holiday special also will showcase Victoria’s Secret’s newest designer collaboration with Mary Katrantzou, the London-based “Queen of Prints.” Her chic, feminine designs will be featured on the runway in a section of “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special.”
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special” is produced by Done+Dusted Productions Ltd. Ed Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart, Melanie Fletcher and Hamish Hamilton are executive producers. Hamish Hamilton is the director.
About ABC Entertainment
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including the new dramas “A Million Little Things” and “The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion; new comedies “The Conners,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Single Parents”; and the new prime-time talk show, “The Alec Baldwin Show.” The ABC Television Network is also home to the groundbreaking dramas “The Good Doctor,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy”; the Emmy® Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Speechless” and “Splitting Up Together”; hit game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank,” iconic “The Bachelor” franchise, long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for over 50 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and “The American Music Awards.”
ABC’s multiplatform business initiative also allows viewers to watch current episodes of their favorite ABC shows anytime, anywhere on ABC.com and the ABC app for desktop, smartphone, tablet or connected TV devices.
About Victoria’s Secret
Victoria’s Secret is the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products with prestige fragrances, body care, celebrated Supermodels and world-famous runway shows. A business of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB), Victoria’s Secret serves customers at more than 1,600 Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and Beauty stores around the globe and online at www.VictoriasSecret.com.
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The kickoff for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has officially started as the first episode of Road To The Runway has been released.
In it the models who attended the castings talk about their experience in the fashion show, but not only their experience in the catwalk, they also spoke about the backstage vibes.
“Is like a sisterhood.”
“I was amazed backstage on my first walk because even the veterans were inviting.”
“You’re kind of cheerleaders for each other.”
The episode is now in Victoria’s Secret YouTube channel under the title “Road To The Runway 2018: Episode 1 – More Than A Runway.”
After giving birth to her son Ariel this summer, model Candice Swanepoel is ready to return to the runway—the Victoria’s Secret runway, that is. With a whirlwind travel schedule and all that prepping for a 20-foot pair of Angel wings, the model has little time for beauty sleep these days—relying on what she laughingly calls a tried-and-true “fake natural” beauty routine to look fresh-faced and wide awake.
First up, to achieve her signature wind machine waves, Swanepoel twists her hair into a set of double buns before getting to work on her skin. “If I had time, I would do the eye masks, because Lord knows I haven’t slept in two years,” she says, alluding good-naturedly to the birth of her first child, Anaca, while securing her hair. Instead, a special rosewater mist and a heavy-duty, professional Kryolan concealer—sheered out with a few drops of face oil—cover sun damage and dark circles like magic.
“Blush on the nose gives a fake sun-kissed look,” she explains, dabbing her fingers over the bridge with a peony-pink pot of Stila pigment, before patting the same rosy hue on the tops of eyelids and cheekbones for a radiant finish. Full brows and fluttery, mascara-coated lashes are also essential to her beauty equation.
But perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle comes down to a highly moisturized and pink-tinted pout. “This is my absolute favorite,” Swanepoel says of Palmer’s buy-in-bulk staple lip balm. “I don’t go anywhere without it.” Next comes a coat of Benefit’s cherry stain to prime and a swipe of NARS deep red pencil—applied with an eyeshadow brush—to look “more pouty.”
“I’ve always felt freckles look really youthful,” she says, drawing on tiny dots with Dior’s taupe brown brow pencil around her forehead and cheeks. And with that, Swanepoel presses a fine translucent powder onto her skin and flashes a peace sign at the camera—because for this Victoria’s Secret Angel, every day is lights, camera, action.
Filmed by Talia Collis
Filmed at the Standard, High Line
Last week Candice Swanepoel took to her Instagram to use again the ask feature. During 15 minutes her fans sent their questions and Candice herself answered some of them.
The first question she answered was about her return to Victoria’s Secret.
Are you going to walk the VS fashion show this year?
Her answer appeared with a gif of Minions and Hell Yeah sticker.
She was later asked for advice to young models, how much did it take her to speak Portuguese, if she will visit South Africa with her children, the hardest thing she had to endure in her career or managing her career and motherhood.
Her workout during breastfeeding was also a question that she answered and of course, Tropic Of C resort collection launch which will be out in November as confirmed by the South African beauty herself.
She ended her Q&A answering to a question about Ariel’s name and the other options that she and Hermann Nicoli had for his name.
Do you want to know the meaning behind the names?
Ariel is a given name from Biblical Hebrew אריאל Ariel that literally means “lion of God,” although some have supposed it to be derived from the Arabic ארי ‘ărı̂y, meaning fire hearth. The female form is אריאלה (transliterated as Ariela, Ariella, or the American modernized Arielle). In modern Hebrew, Ariel is primarily used as a male name. However, in recent years in English-speaking countries, it has been more commonly used as a female name. An alternative English and French spelling is Arielle. It also appears as a surname.
Common short forms of Ariel are Ari and Arik for boys (primarily in Hebrew-speaking areas) and Arie, Elle, and Ella for girls (primarily in English and French-speaking areas).
The name Ariel is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Ariel is: Sprite; lion of God. A biblical alternate name for Jerusalem. Name of a prankish spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Thus, the name Gael (from which we get the word Gaelic) is likely of Hebrew origin. As for the Old English word for “happy,” it’s likely derived from the Hebrew word “gil,” meaning “to rejoice.” Gail (usually short for Abigail) thus means “joy.”
The name Gael is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Gael is: Stranger.
The name Axel is the Scandinavian and German form of the old Biblical name Absalom. Absalom in turn is derived from the Hebrew name Avshalom which means ‘my father is peace’ and developed into the name Axel in Scandinavia through the Old Norse name Ásleikr.
The name Apollo is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Apollo is: Manly beauty. In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of medicine and healing who drove his fiery chariot (the sun) through the sky.
Origin of the name Apollo: Derived from Apollōn, an ancient Greek name of unknown derivation. The name is born in Greek mythology by the handsome son of Zeus and Leto and twin brother of the goddess Artemis. Apollo, one of the twelve major dieties, was the god of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine.