May 9 2012 11:58 AM

Where to get that far-out new swimsuit, and where to show it off

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Model Ashley Loomis is wearing a Fables by Barrie Amelia bikini bottom and Sophie top in metal tones at The Pearl Hotel. Styling courtesy Disconnected Salon
Photo by Amy T. Granite

The early '60s marked a turning point in America; a budding subculture came into full bloom by 1967—the start of our country's sexual revolution and the end of the conservative ideals of the 1950s. Women emerged from the kitchen and traded their mother's aprons for fashions that didn't just show more skin, but also represented the freedom to express the desires that eventually led to equality.

Today, when celebrity sex tapes are no more shocking than the half-naked, drunken 20-somethings that parade the streets of Downtown every Sunday en route to, or leaving from, the Hard Rock Hotel's Intervention pool party, it's easy to forget, and take for granted, how in the hell we got here.

In our tribute to the young 1960s—when our nation was on the cusp of arguably one of the most iconic eras in popular culture—we're highlighting local businesses that have preserved a slice of a simpler time, at least by today's standards.

Since it's just about summertime in San Diego, what better way to dive into the past than with the hippest pool parties and throw-back swimwear by two local designers that prove fashions from the '60s are en vogue once again:

The Pearl Hotel: Designer Michael Soriano is known for creating inviting spaces—and his 2009 Orchid-award-winning work at the Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma) is just that, with a “vintage essence” to it, as he says. Guests lounge in hammocks by the heated saltwater pool and along the interior's raised shag-carpet floors with over-sized pillows, classic board games and, of course, cocktails. Nods to '60s and '70s design sensibilities make the space whimsical and sexy in a James Bond sort of way. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the bar opens on Saturdays at noon, the kitchen at 5 p.m. Every Sunday, $22.50 gets you an entr

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