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Fashion - Dec 2011 - Jan 2012

29 Nov 2011

Summer Sorbet

As warm afternoons are slowly turning into balmy nights, summer is almost upon us and nothing is more exciting about summer than the cool relief of sitting poolside, beach holidays and a cleansing dip in the ocean. We all know with swimming comes swimwear.

Some may dread this time of year and everyone is a little sick of cossies that ride up in all the wrong places. But if this season’s collection of togs is anything to go by, lycra is looking rather chic, giving the illusion of shape in all the right places.

Never mind the glare from your winter white legs, just breathe in and jump right on in to a sea of colour, bold prints, nautical stripes and florals. Retro styles featured by Anna and Boy, Gorman and Seventh Wonderland signalled a return to bombshell beauty. Think Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

Gorman features playful tropical prints while Seventh Wonderland’s collection with modern twists of mesh panels and latticed strips of lycra create flattering silhouettes and offer ample coverage with high waisted bottoms and a more grown up touch with classic bikini tops.  

Zimmermann’s High Summer 2012 swimwear collection features ultra-modern update on vintage swimwear, a floral one-piece, equally appropriate for diving under waves or as a bodysuit layered under a maxi-skirt or denim shorts. And then there’s the floral bikini inset with delicate sheer panels – both detailed and yet understated.

Sweet details such as bows and fills remind us of building sandcastles as kids, while contemporary cut outs, contrasting colour panels and graphic prints give more structure and sophistication.

If you’re out to get noticed, look no further than the digital prints from We are Handsome. Their bold and beautiful swimwear is emblazoned with outlandish landscape prints, combining new technologies in printing with sports-as-fashion streetwear.

And don’t forget your sunscreen!

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