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Associated Press Writer

Nothing about Gottex’s spring 2009 collection was anchored in the practicality of swimwear, although plenty of huge gold anchors were prominently displayed on the tiny bathing suits that designer Gideon Oberson sent down the runway last Monday night.

The 69 looks, separated into different sunbathing themes, differed in color, style and material, but all said the same: Broadway at the beach.

The extravagant display of St. Tropez theatrics, already apparent in the opening nautical theme that featured gold anchors, sailor collars or gold ribbon trim, showed women that the beach was a place to be a character–in particular one that doesn’t get wet, and doesn’t tan either. Many styles were cutouts or incorporated tops made with spiderwebs of ribbon or braiding, all of which are sure to leave behind strange tan lines if the Gottex woman veered from the shade of her oversized beach umbrella.

From a tropical Broadway to Hollywood to a Beverly Hills boudoir, Oberson offered some suits with the dramatic necklines of evening gowns such as a white bandeau one-piece with a huge bow at the chest and a cutout suit that draped over the shoulders, coming to an elegant V that showed off the decolletage. He even closed with a white bridal bathing suit, a lingerie-inspired ensemble that had white flowers covering a bikini top from which sheer white mesh flowed and trailed behind like a wedding gown train.

The standouts of the broad collection were the simplest and most modest of suits: a group of black bikinis, one-piece bandeaus, and halter tops trimmed with 18-karat gold ribbon. It would be fit for a screen siren lounging poolside in the Hollywood Hills, or maybe just a human woman somewhere along the Jersey Shore.

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.