Get Summer Sexy With Ana Villafañe
styled and written by Ericka Hunter
photography by Nathan Johnson
Summer is undoubtedly my favorite season. I would be happy to live the rest of my life in a bikini and a flowy coverup.
For this photoshoot, featuring the sizzling Ana Villafañe of On Your Feet! and heartthrob Kyle Brown of Anastasia, I brought together some looks inspired by my favorite beach destinations from across the globe.
Ana is exclusively wearing swimwear by Bondi Born, a line created in Australia inspired by the famous Bondi Beach off the coast of Sydney. High-waisted bikini bottoms keep the look sporty yet chic and relaxed. And listen up, one-piece bathing suits aren’t just for doing laps anymore. Find a style that complements your shape and size.
A swim look isn’t complete without a fabulous, long, patterned coverup to make you feel like a queen. From Tulum to Santorini to Ibiza, I don’t pack for a vacation without a plethora of caftans or coverups to take me from hotel to beach to lunch to sunset. And don’t forget about accessories: Sunglasses always make a statement. For this shoot, we featured Illesteva frames that complement and complete any beach look. I’m also a fan of simple jewelry to luxuriate your swimming ensemble. A delicate gold necklace and a cuff are my personal faves.
And what is a woman in a bikini without her best accessory—a hot man with a 16-pack? Kyle happens to be the perfect male specimen that just about anything looks good on. While it’s wonderful to travel the world, some of my favorite looks are inspired by our very own East-Coast destinations, specifically the coveted Hamptons and ever-so-preppy Nantucket. Looking effortless is key so whether you’re wearing is a patterned or solid-color trunk, it’s always good to have a mesh tank or cardigan, as seen on Kyle, nearby to pop on.
I learned everything I know about styling from my mentor Joe Zee. I was fortunate enough to meet Joe in a dance class 10 years ago and have the opportunity to work alongside him for a full year. During that time, I worked with renowned photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Michael Thompson, and Patrick Demarchelier and with publications like Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, Details, and House & Garden. I also worked on campaigns for The Gap, Banana Republic, and Zara. For me, styling is so personal and says so much about a person. I’m continuously finding my own style and always encourage people to do the same.
To see exclusive fashion tips from Ana Villafañe and Kyle Brown, go to Broadway Style Guide!
Shot on location at Dream Downtown
Swimwear by Bondi Born, Parke & Ronen, Katama
Cover Up by Hemant & Nandita
Jewelry by J. Crew, H&M, Belladaar, Samantha Wills
Shoes by Sophia Webster for J. Crew, Parke & Ronen
Eyewear by Illesteva