Swimwear maker Authentic Fitness is set to make waves with the Hard Candy Bikini, a new style being created through a strategic partnership with the LVMH-owned Hard Candy cosmetics brand.

Authentic Fitness, a subsidiary of Warnaco Inc, will introduce the Hard Candy Bikini in its new Sunset Beach Division and it will debut at retail stores for spring/summer 2003.

The fun bikini will be available in three colours and features a skimpy triangle top paired with a low riding open-sided hipster secured by linguine suede ties and a Hard Candy signature heart.

According to Kristi Kaylor, head of the juniors division at Authentic Fitness, the partnership between the two companies is a natural fit.