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THE STORY

Melissa Odabash is renowned for her on-trend swimwear designs that are loved by celebrities and women of all shapes and sizes. American born Melissa started her career living and working in Italy as a catwalk and swimwear model.

In 1999, with her broad experience of swimwear shapes, styles, fabrics and detailing, Melissa started to create her own pieces by hand and sell them to independent boutiques in Milan. Two years later Melissa gained global recognition when her designs featured on the front cover of best-selling American fashion magazines. Then, in 1998 her zebra print bikini became the best-selling product in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.

In 2004 Melissa was given the opportunity to design a collection of one-off pieces to celebrate Speedo’s 75th anniversary. The couture-inspired collection featured luxurious fabrics, semi-precious stones and hand-embroidered sequins. Continued success in the industry led to Melissa opening a flagship store in Notting Hill, London in 2007.

Melissa has also previously teamed up with fellow Debenhams designer Julien Macdonald to design a range named Odabash Macdonald. Celebrity fans of Melissa’s designs include; Elle Macpherson, Sarah Harding, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyonce, Cheryl Cole and Uma Thurman.

THE COLLECTION

Melissa joined the Designers at Debenhams portfolio in 2007, launching the extremely successful Beach by Melissa Odabash range. The collection features bikinis, swimsuits, kaftans and beach cover-ups at affordable prices that aim to help women feel good about themselves.

It is Melissa’s ability to create swim and beachwear pieces that are on-trend, practical and flattering that make her range so popular with women.

Style is about...feeling confident in what you are wearing and not being scared to be an individual.

My personal style is...I am totally casual in the day, it's usually jeans and t-shirts and leather jackets. At night I love glamming it up with dresses, some fabulous Jimmy Choos and vintage bags.

My collection is...about showing some exotic prints with matching cover ups.

I'm inspired by...Travelling and Vintage prints I've found in markets and James bond movies - I love the 60s and 70s era.

My fashion must-have item is...a blazer - so versatile and can be used for day wear or evening wear.

A woman looks great when...she feels confident in what she's wearing.

A man should always...pay for dinner, open the door and do everything you want - then his life will be much easier!

My most treasured possession is...my children and family.

If I weren't working in fashion...I'd be a singer but unfortunately I have the worst voice so maybe an actress!

My top tip is...If you're wearing a Melissa Odabash bikini you're bound to already look and feel glamorous but if you want to look extra chic, I recommend a hat and a kaftan that can be versatile for day over a bikini but can also be worn with jeans.