Summer’s not far away. If the recent weather is anything to go by, Spring has officially sprung, and it won’t be long before we’ve tucked away our winter coats, woollen scarves and gloves in favour of swimsuits, beach towels and a tan. ‘The Amazing Adventures of Bonnie & Belle’, gave us our first taste of the surf, with a collection comprising of brightly coloured vintage-inspired bikini’s, staying true to their aesthetic. If the kaleidoscopic prints look familiar, that’s probably because they are. Showing in Sydney for MBFWA, the collection is available to purchase (which you can check out here if you’re interested). From what I can tell, Bonnie and Belle have a lot of fun at the beach, catching some sun, riding bicycles, and cooling off at the end of a sun session with an ice cold drink.
Australian label Tigerlily followed, and had me dreaming of a summer vacay somewhere exotic, with days half-filled lying in the sun followed by lazy adventures sightseeing and soaking up the local culture. Choosing to view the world through ‘bikini-coloured sunglasses’, designer Johdi Meare draws inspiration from paintings, architecture, and her travels; nothing is safe. And boy does it show. Ethnic-inspired prints lay amongst tried and true classics, with gorgeous silk printed cover-ups and paisley-patterned denim. Indian and Sri-Lankan influences were evident, conjuring up images of a rich and pungent spice market, racks of vibrant coloured silks, and decorative bells. Models wore sun-loving bindi’s, their hair half-pulled back, their tasseled bags resembling a market find. If you feel like injecting a little culture into your swimwear collection, Tigerlily’s SS 13/14 collection is available via their online store.