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Taking It Easy Where It's Breezy
Jule Campbell
February 04, 1980
Glittering in the Caribbean sun, the British Virgin Islands offer a haven for winter-ravaged sailors and sun worshipers. Here, where buccaneers once sailed, a constant trade wind entices weekend salts to cast off the lines and set out in search of hidden coves, caves and cays. They might also discover unexpected treasure: the latest in swimwear. To your left, Christie Brinkley has a long, cool one in the lee of the Indians, a rocky outcropping off Tortola, in her barely-there bikini—aptly named "the half-moon"—by Norma Kamali for OMO ($45). "Many customers asked for suits that would leave as few strap marks as possible," says the designer. Another Kamali bikini decorates the cover ($40).
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February 04, 1980

Taking It Easy Where It's Breezy

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Glittering in the Caribbean sun, the British Virgin Islands offer a haven for winter-ravaged sailors and sun worshipers. Here, where buccaneers once sailed, a constant trade wind entices weekend salts to cast off the lines and set out in search of hidden coves, caves and cays. They might also discover unexpected treasure: the latest in swimwear. To your left, Christie Brinkley has a long, cool one in the lee of the Indians, a rocky outcropping off Tortola, in her barely-there bikini—aptly named "the half-moon"—by Norma Kamali for OMO ($45). "Many customers asked for suits that would leave as few strap marks as possible," says the designer. Another Kamali bikini decorates the cover ($40).

Christie has a nautical look as she stands watch by the dawn's early light in a cotton singlet, bikini bottom and snappy suspenders, all by Norma Kamali for OMO ($35).

Bathed in pale sunlight after a tropical storm has passed, Irina Gerasimenko emerges from the translucent waters off Virgin Gorda in a side-wrapped, fishnet-and-Lycra suit from Monika Tilley for Elon ($49).

Spinnaker flying is a fun way to get dunked. Irina takes in the action at Virgin Gorda's Bitter End Yacht Club in a T-back Lycra maillot that echoes a spinnaker's pattern. It's also by Monika Tilley for Elon ($48).

Sunning on her Sunfish, Christie gets a maximum tan in a very minimum cotton bikini from Betsey Johnson ($40). The Day-Glo straps give Christie added visibility—as if she needs it.

Irina takes a break from the sun on a cool, wind-and-wave-worn shelf at The Baths, a collection of enormous sculptured boulders on Virgin Gorda. Her bikini is by Kamali for OMO ($45).

Just a swing at twilight for Bernadette Swann as she takes 10 in a cove at the Bitter End. Her suit is by Maggie Reese for Cole of California ($28).

Like a firefly at dusk, Christie (left) glows on Virgin Gorda. Her Lycra swimsuit sheathed in clear sequins is by Leah Gottlieb for Gottex ($120).

At the Peter Island Hotel and Yacht Harbour, Jocelyn Javits (right) reflects by poolside in her diagonally divided Lycra suit from Gottex ($46).

Two more delicious views of Gottex sequins are found among the caves and grottoes at The Baths. Irina looks in the pink, while Bernadette shimmers alluringly.

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